I am thrilled to be joining in on all of the fun of the One Room Challenge as a guest participant this fall. The ORC is something I have followed forever but the timing was never right for me to sign up to participate. You may have seen my post a few days ago about our tired guest bathroom and I’m excited to transform this outdated space over the next 6 weeks for the One Room Challenge. Of course, it will all be done on a budget. ;)
Are we really already halfway through with the One Room Challenge? Time is flying by and that to do list is starting to look longer and longer. We’ve crossed off a whopping 2.5 items off of our list!
The final demo ensued over the weekend - we were able to remove the old toilet (always a fun, glamorous task). The ceiling got a final sanding, some caulk, and fresh coat of paint. So fresh, so clean!
I got to work on the vanity - sanding and getting a coat of primer on the box and doors. If you've ever painted cabinets and had trouble with the paint sticking, I've found that letting the primer cure for a full week before painting with your top color really helps with adhesion. I use this primer and once I learned to let it cure, I've had good luck with the paint sticking. Also, no matter what the primer instructions say, I ALWAYS give the cabinet doors and box a light sanding. It helps to rough up the surface just a little. Give this method a try on your next project and let me know how it goes!
We should be able to get to the pretty stuff next - wall paint, the countertop, faucet, shiplap, and vanity light (if the paint dries in time!) are on the docket for this weekend. Hopefully we can squeeze it all in!
TO DO LIST
Scraping the popcorn ceilings - DONE
Painting the ceiling - DONE
Painting the walls
Painting the vanity - HALF DONE
Replacing the counter with a marble top and vessel sink
Adding a new faucet
Adding shiplap behind the mirror
Replacing the mirror
Replacing the floor
Adding a new light fixture
Replacing the toilet
Adding new bathroom hardware
Hanging a shower curtain
I think with the countertop change, we'll come in well under my $650 budget. My new goal is $500. Here's what we've spent so far:
P.S. If you’re new here, hi! My husband and I have been DIY renovating since 2011 and recently started dabbling in flipping houses. We’re currently working on sprucing up our new-to-us 90s builder grade house in my hometown of Raleigh, NC. My hope is that this blog encourages you to make wherever you live feel like home - no matter how small the budget. Whether you rent, just bought a fixer upper, or are looking to spruce up your existing place, I hope our DIY projects and budget-friendly ideas help inspire you to create a home you love.