One Room Challenge: Reveal Day!


I’m so excited to share my master bathroom reveal for Calling it Home’s One Room Challenge!  I hesitated to join in, but I’m so glad I did.  It’s been a rough road, I won’t lie, and this past week has been the toughest week of them all.  A lot of blood, sweat and tears beers (ok, wine),went into completing this project under the six week time schedule.  But, I did it, and I couldn’t be happier with the results.  My only regret is that I procrastinated finishing this space for such a long time – it finally feels like a tranquil master bathroom that I’ve been envisioning.

Let’s get to it, shall we?  

I’m going to take you way back to when our master bathroom had wallpaper (the devil’s handiwork).  I think this picture was taken before we moved in to the house nearly five years ago.

I have spoke of our “space age” shower before, and while it’s not my taste, it’s not in the plans to tear it out, so this is a “love the one you’re with” makeover.  My goal is to distract the eye from the tile.

Last year, I had started the wallpaper removal process, but that’s where it ended.  The walls were a hot mess, and I avoided them like the plague.  Repairing damaged walls ranks right up there with a root canal, and you know how I feel about dental work.  Sedate me and wake me up when it’s over.

Well, those days are over.  Here is our master bathroom now – with a new lease on life.

just noticed that the bottom drawer in the vanity is crooked! Letting it go for right now because those drawers and that hardware were big swearing points for me.

The wall color is Gray Wisp by Benjamin Moore.  It’s almost a perfect match to Restoration Hardware’s Silver Sage.  I’ll admit, I had a last minute panic attack about the color.  I had purchased the paint awhile ago, and when I went to paint the walls, the paint had turned to sludge since I’m a dummy and left it in the garage over the winter.  Since I had to buy new paint anyway, I almost changed the color.  Thankfully, my friend Cyndy, at The Creativity Exchange, talked me down off the wall, and encouraged me to stay the course.

The lights were a big splurge for me, since I had a hard time finding anything locally that I really loved, that didn’t cost a fortune.  Granted, they were about the same price as some fixtures that I saw in local lighting stores, I love the way they look, and they give off amazing light as well.

Did I mention that I installed them myself?  Yes, indeed!

I love the pattern that the rug brings to the bathroom, and the fact that it hides the tile is a bonus.  I scored this beauty at the Ballard Outlet that isn’t far from me, for a cool $65 on a 50% off sale.  The mirrors are from the Grandin Road Outlet (right next to Ballard), and I purchased both of them for less than $250.  I like the scalloped edges – they work with the other rounded edges in this space.

And then there’s the window – I decided to paint out the frame to reflect the color of the vanity, and keep your eye moving away from the tile.

I know this photo seems pretty underwhelming, but let me remind you of where it began.

We’ve come a long way baby.

This is the best outcome I’ve had with wallpaper removal, even if it was a grueling process.  I will have to share my steps with you once I unwind.  I essentially ended up skim coating the walls to fix the damage, but they really turned out nicely.  It makes all of that work worthwhile.

A few things that I knew about myself were reinforced in this process:

  • I am an epic procrastinator, and also a serious under-estimator (I always think things will get done faster than the time it actually takes).  I am pretty sure that I’m one of the last of the participants to finish this task.
  • I am not made for one of those design challenge shows – I would crack under the pressure, and I would break out with stress zits, which would not make for pretty television.
  • I think I’m developing man hands from all of my power tool usage.
  • I get projects done when the deadlines are imposed by someone else, other than me.
  • The rest of my house is a total train wreck due to my laser focus on the master bathroom.
  • When I get frustrated, I swear.  A lot.  And drink wine.  And eat chocolate.
Thanks for following along on this journey with me.  Stay tuned for my “other” one room challenge that I recently completed for a client.  A sneak peek…
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  • Reply
    Linda {Calling it Home}
    May 7, 2015 at 11:19 am

    What a transformation. That shot with the hardware is fantastic. Great job. Those space-aged showers are all over FL.

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    Lisa @ Shine Your Light
    May 7, 2015 at 11:31 am

    Jenny your "what you learned about yourself" list cracked me up!! I am with you on all accounts – epic procrastinator of the boring or tedious jobs, DIYers man hands (badly in need of a manicure!!!), and especially the last one – swearing, chocolate and wine!!! HA I can so relate my friend!!!
    Your bathroom has come SO far!!!!!!! Can you even believe it??? I love the vanity color so much, and the wall color balances out the warmth from the tile. And those lights and mirrors!!! Gorgeous!!! Awesome job and now it's time to enjoy a spa day!!

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      May 7, 2015 at 11:40 am

      Thanks so much Lisa! I'm so beyond thrilled with the bathroom, I can't even tell you how much I love it. The kids were blown away by the finished project, as I was down to the 11th hour to get it done. So glad I jumped on the ORC wagon to finally check this space off my list!

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    Cassie @ Primitive & Proper
    May 7, 2015 at 11:48 am

    the vanity looks awesome and i LOVE those mirrors with it! what a difference!

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      May 8, 2015 at 2:11 am

      Thanks Cassie! The mirrors really make a bigger impact than I even imagined. Love them!

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    The Rozy Home
    May 7, 2015 at 11:57 am

    You go girl! Those mirrors are amazing!

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    May 7, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    You give me hope for my bathroom! Great job! It turned out beautifully, & the paint & rug really do distract from the tile!

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    Sonya Barker
    May 7, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    It looks gorgeous! You did a beautiful job and great choice with the colors. By the way, love the things about you at the end, LOL!! I feel great relief today that it is DONE! ~Sonya

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      May 8, 2015 at 2:15 am

      Thanks Sonya! I should have added that I'm lucky that I'm married to a man that didn't file for divorce after I painted the bathroom with oil based primer at 11:00PM. Although, I concede that it wasn't my brightest moment. 😉 Soooo glad to be done!

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    Kris Jarrett
    May 7, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    So glad you threw your hat into the ORC ring – it looks like a completely different space! Doesn't it feel wonderful to be done? Love the color of the walls and the vanity!!!

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      May 8, 2015 at 2:17 am

      Thanks Kris – I'm so glad I made the leap, even though it was crazy stressful at the end. I feel happy when I go in there now!

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    the cape on the corner
    May 7, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    wow, what a relaxing space, it looks so zen in there.

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    Simply LKJ
    May 7, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    Jenny, it looks amazing. Love the wall color, and glad you trimmed out the window as well.

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    May 7, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    Looks great!

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    marty (A Stroll Thru Life)
    May 7, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    Wow, what an amazing makeover. This doesn't even look like the same space. I love it all.

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    pam {simple details}
    May 7, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    Wow, Jenny! I'm so glad you joined the fun, and have such a beautiful makeover to show for it!! Ugh, what a project to remove all of that wallpaper! You're a pro at choosing paint colors, and the vanity looks FAB!! You couldn't have a more perfect rug! Oh my gosh, your list is so me! Congrats, friend!

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      May 8, 2015 at 2:19 am

      Thanks Pam! I'm really happy that I took the dive and tackled this space. Better late than never, right? I'm happy when I go in there now!

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    Traci Hutton
    May 7, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    So fresh and chic!! Amazing transformation…well done!!

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    Cyndy Aldred
    May 7, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    Girl, I am SOO proud of you and it looks so amazing!! You are just cracking me up and I am so with you on removing wallpaper. I will NEVER do it again and like you, would rather have dental work! High five on installing the lights yourself! Woohoo! Wow! Just such an awesome transformation and even though it was a lot of hard work, I know you're thrilled to have it finished and so gorgeous! Big hugs!

    • Reply
      May 8, 2015 at 2:20 am

      Thanks Cyndy! You were my paint whisperer throughout the process, and I can't thank you enough!

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    May 7, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    Looks fantastic! What brand of paint and color did you use on the cabinets?

    • Reply
      May 8, 2015 at 2:24 am

      I used Benjamin Moore's Advance paint on the cabinets, and originally had it matched to a Farrow and Ball color called "Railings". But, it was too gray, so I had my paint guy darken it to the soft black that it is now. So, I guess it's a custom color. 🙂

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    Melissa @
    May 7, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    Beautiful update! Great idea painting the window frame to distract from the tile. Love the colors you chose. I don't usually comment, but I'm really enjoying your blog. I knew I had to follow you when I saw all the wonderful board and batten, and you helped inspire me to start my own blog. Keep up the good work!

    • Reply
      May 8, 2015 at 2:25 am

      Thanks so much for taking the time to comment Melissa! I really appreciate it! So happy to be finished with this space – now I need to muster the energy to clean my house!

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    Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles
    May 7, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    Jenny! This is absolutely wonderful! Your cabinets look gorgeous and I love all of your choices. Well done and I agree… why don't we do these things sooner!?!

    • Reply
      May 8, 2015 at 2:27 am

      Thanks Jennifer! I think I must be a *really* slow learner because I seem to take the route that makes things the most difficult! 🙂 Just happy to be done!

  • Reply
    May 8, 2015 at 12:29 am

    I'm so impressed you stayed the course on the wallpaper removal. I got to the half-ripped down stage two houses ago and called in a pro to skim coat it for me. I love the wall color and this bathroom is such a great example of how you don't have to do a gut job to get impressive results. Beautiful!!

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      May 8, 2015 at 2:30 am

      I can totally relate – wallpaper is the WORST! You'd think I'd be used to it, since I've taken down a lot of it in this house. But, I'm a slow learner. I will say, this is the best result I've had in terms of wall repair, but I'd prefer not to do any more practicing on honing these skills!

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    May 8, 2015 at 12:31 am

    I'm so impressed you stayed the course on the wallpaper removal. I got to the half-ripped down stage two houses ago and called in a pro to skim coat it for me. I love the wall color and this bathroom is such a great example of how you don't have to do a gut job to get impressive results. Beautiful!!

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    Kristin Williams
    May 8, 2015 at 5:30 am

    Jenny, can I just tell you how GORGEOUS your bathroom is? Soo much work, but you did an amazing job and I love absolutely everything you picked out. From the wall and cabinet color to your lighting and fixtures. WAY TO GO! And how nice that you can relax now and just enjoy it. So glad you were part of this one room challenge, you did a beautiful job. Have a great weekend my friend!

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    May 8, 2015 at 11:05 am

    Jenny! It looks amazing. I love the vanity color and the new wall color. Your painting skills amaze me. One of these days, I'm going to hire you to repaint our kitchen cabinets. All of your hard work certainly paid off. I'd be right there with you, cussing and drinking wine.

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    Erin @ the-organized-life
    May 8, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    Beautiful bathroom! I love the rug and mirrors. And painting the framing around the window was a great idea! Great job!

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    May 8, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    I'm totally impressed. The bathroom looks stunning and you really did distract from the tile. Removing wallpaper is a terrible, terrible job.

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    May 11, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    Jenny…..aren't you thankful for the ORC to light that fire! It looks amazing….great job updating this bathroom and I am amazed that you installed the light fixtures yourself! Go girl:)

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    Decor To Adore
    May 11, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    What an amazing transformation! A true job well done. I adore the color palette you selected. It feels fresh and classic. The six weeks went by so fast. I completed our entry, living and dining areas in a new to us 30 year old house. So, cheers to us! Have a wonderful weekend.

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    Vel Criste
    May 12, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    Love the changes you made Jenny! Black made the cabinetry so classy and the pulls, just perfect! Wonderful job!

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    June 1, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    I love the makeover and those mirrors are really special. I have painted a desk a similar color to your cabinets and I love the way it turned out. Your bathroom turned out very nice. Painting the bath doors the same color as the wall color may be a consideration also. Nice job.

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    Mitzi Hall
    January 24, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    Could you tell me what color the bathroom
    Cabinet is?

    • Reply
      January 24, 2016 at 5:36 pm

      Mitzi – the cabinet color is one that I had color matched by my paint guy. Started out as a color match to a Farrow and Ball color that ended up being tweaked to be a shade of black.

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