One Room Challenge Week #4: That Time I Got Cocky

Hello everyone,

I swear, the One Room Challenge is probably the fastest six weeks of the entire year.  I don’t know how, but in two months it will be two days AFTER Christmas, and in two weeks, my son’s bedroom makeover will be (gulp) done.  God willing.  I shared the progress I made with the masculine molding last week, and then my kids were off on fall break, and we went to New York City (because my oldest is a senior and I feel like we need to max out our family time).  The trip was fantastic, but I didn’t get as far as I thought I would this week as a result.  But, it was worth it.  I mean, how often do you get a family selfie in Times Square?

Family Selfie

I got a bit cocky after my progress last week, and actually started looking at options for my son’s bathroom sink area, that connects to a Jack and Jill bathroom.  I kind of treated it as “bonus” space, with the thought that perhaps I could roll this into the entire room.  Because I never procrastinate or run behind schedule, and always finish with plenty of time to spare, right?

Here is his sink area, with some of the last remaining wallpaper that needs to be removed in my house.


I was thinking of painting the cabinets the same color as the masculine molding wall, but after seeing Sherry’s gorgeous high contrast room as part of the ORC, I’m going to have to admit, that Iron Mountain is on my paint wish list.  Is that gorgeous or what?

I have always wanted to incorporate some penny tile somewhere in my house, and was thinking that this would make for a pretty addition along the mirrored wall (removing the boring mirror that’s there now).

Penny tile

And then maybe switch out the light fixture with one of these that I spotted at our Restoration Hardware Outlet (and the price was marked down another 30%).  They do have good deals on lighting, some of the other items are still on the pricey side.

Restoration Hardware French Farmhouse Sconce

I don’t know if you can tell from this photo, but when I looked inside the box at the 14″ sconce – it was huge.  This one is in a zinc finish.

Restoration Hardware Sconce

This one was more in line wit the size I was looking for – this was a black enamel finish, if memory serves.  The finish isn’t captured very well in the photo.

Restoration Hardware Sconce

Or I could go for a different style altogether –

Restoration Hardware Sconce

I did get this comforter in this week – the jury is still out on the “softness factor”, since again, my son is all about function over form.  Might have to pop back in to Restoration Hardware and dig through their bedding again…


In addition to all of this “bonus” work, I still need to knock these items off my list:

  • Update the desk area
  • Add rustic, man shelves for additional storage and display space
  • Add drapes and/or black out blinds
  • Incorporate a rug for interest
  • Add a nightstand with additional storage

Speaking of nightstands, I did look at our local consignment store to see what they had available.  A couple of them caught my eye – tell me what you think.

Option 1:  Campaign Style

I love this style, and it has some great potential, if I painted it.  I’d love a high gloss look, but it’s oak, and I don’t know how that would look.

Campaign Nightstand

Option 2: Mid-Century-ish

The brass pulls on this one are giving it a dated, look, but it has great lines and could be completely transformed with paint and new hardware.
Mid-century nightstand

Both are good options – do you have a favorite?

Coming down to the wire awfully fast, aren’t we?  Did I mention that my daughter’s sleepover birthday party is this weekend?  Yeah, didn’t plan that one out really well, did I? 😉

It will get done – I know it!




  • Reply
    Cassie Bustamante
    October 27, 2016 at 8:03 am

    campaign FTW! very masculine! love where this is going and those lights! and damn, girl… you are rocking it. you should be cocky. meanwhile i am over here shaking in a corner wondering what i have gotten myself into!

    • Reply
      October 27, 2016 at 9:22 am

      Thanks Cassie – I feel like I’m still falling short on my idea execution. I have it all in my head, but it’s a matter of bringing it all together. I guess that’s what the next two weeks are for, right? Let’s hope!

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    Oksana |
    October 27, 2016 at 10:29 am

    Hi Jenny! Fellow ORC-er here, stopping by from the linkup. 🙂 Your photo of tile caught my attention, because we recently installed white penny round tile in both of our bathrooms, and when I saw your photo I desperately wanted to yell, “Nooooo…. Don’t do it! It’s a pain to keep clean!!!” before I realized you’re thinking of installing it on the wall, in which case, YES!!! DO IT!!! It will look incredible, especially with dark grout!

    As for the nightstands, you have my vote for anything MCM! 🙂

    We’re transforming our living room for the ORC – well, we’ve spent the past 15 months renovating an abandoned 1930 bungalow, but for sanity’s sake I figured that if I can just finish one room then I’ll consider it quite an accomplishment, ha!

    On pins and needles with anticipation for how this space looks next week!

    XO, Oksana

  • Reply
    October 27, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    Both dressers are great finds…my favorite is the Campaign style in high gloss black but then the Mid-Century is nice too…high gloss black and maybe leaving the top the natural wood for contrast.
    Cant wait to see what you decide!

  • Reply
    October 27, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    I like the campaign style nightstand and the lighting! Love Sherry’s paint choice.

  • Reply
    Carol M Olson
    October 27, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    Such a nice looking family! Good for you!

    • Reply
      October 28, 2016 at 8:04 am

      Thanks so much Carol – we had a blast. 🙂

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    Carol M Olson
    October 27, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    As I said earlier, nice looking family!

  • Reply
    October 27, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    Hey Jenny!

    You definitely made the right choice by going to NYC w/your family! The room is looking great! My vote is for the campaign nightstand, but I would either paint it one of the colors in the bedding or restain it – maybe even doing some sort of paint detail on it? I do think the high-gloss black would look great, but I think it would disappear against your wall color.

    Will you be resuming your “Painter In Your Pocket” series in the new year? I’m looking for a paint sprayer and want your wisdom!

    Cheers from NoVa ~

    • Reply
      October 28, 2016 at 8:03 am

      Hi Karen! Great ideas for the nightstand, and I agree, I’m going to have to go lighter or do something different so that it doesn’t get lost in there. As for the “Painter in Your Pocket” series, I have a paint sprayer post written, but I keep holding off because I want to add different things. But I’m starting to think I just need to post it and then make it one of several posts. There’s so much to cover!

      • Reply
        October 28, 2016 at 10:10 am

        Morning Jenny!

        Yes, please and thank you!! 🙂 With all the information out there, a lot of it from paid content, it’s hard to trust what the true “pros and cons” are of each. I really want to learn from someone who is using a paint sprayer professionally. Amazon reviews are helpful, but… again, you’re the pro.

        We bought a little HomeRight “burner” sprayer to paint the outdoor table we made (I wanted to copy the pretty white outdoor furniture that Frontgate offers!). It did an okay job, but it dripped while we were spraying. Ugh! After doing a few more jobs, it’s sadly “burned out”, so I want to upgrade. What I was thrilled about, was the finish.It was like “buttah” and so beautiful!

        Jenny, thanks for engaging with me, and all of us. It’s a blessing and appreciated. 🙂


        • Reply
          October 28, 2016 at 9:23 pm

          Thanks so much for the feedback and kind words Karen. I really appreciate it. I think I’m going to just put out my first sprayer post and go from there. I’m definitely overthinking it!

          • Karen
            October 29, 2016 at 1:57 pm

            Big Lol… I totally understand the “overthinking” thing. “Paralysis by analysis” figures into many parts of my life, along with it’s close cousin – “perfection/procrastination”. I’d want to plan out the series too, then wordsmith it to death and then… put it off. 🙂 If you did that – you wouldn’t have a blog. Kuddos to you for going for it! I’m sure it will be great!

  • Reply
    October 27, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    I always love campaign. It is going to look great.

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    October 28, 2016 at 12:22 am

    I can’t believe you have an unpainted vanity in your home! I love all of your choices, can’t wait for the reveal! It’s going to be a crazy two weeks!

    • Reply
      October 28, 2016 at 8:01 am

      I do still have some unpainted cabinets in my house – once I get rid of all of the wallpaper, maybe I’ll start knocking those out too. 😉

  • Reply
    October 28, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    Love the campaign style. I also love that charcoal wall color. That would be a great accent wall color and it can be matched with so many colors.

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    Tammie Kimball
    November 3, 2016 at 11:45 am

    I remembered that Sarah used an outdoor scone in the house—inexpensive. It looks smaller than the 14″ that you showed.

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