Thursday, April 27, 2017

One Room Challenge (Week 4): New Floors and a Tray Debacle

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Hello everyone!  We are officially at Week 4 of the One Room Challenge--I can hardly believe it! It's getting REAL you guys...

In case you missed any of the previous posts in this journey you can catch up by clicking on the links below.

One Room Challenge (Week 1): The Plans!
One Room Challenge (Week 2): A Slow Start
One Room Challenge (Week 3): The Halfway Point!

In short, this is what our master bathroom looked like before I decided to dive into this crazy, exhausting yet fun six week challenge. 

I refreshed the vanity by painting it white and then installed some shiplap on the walls.  As of last week it looked like this. 

After spending about $35 on my amazing new floor planks and a couple hours installing them on Saturday this is what it looks like today!

(Ignore the tray for now--I'm still working on styling it!)

It's so much fun to see this space transforming little by little!

This was my second time using this flooring and I shared a tutorial that you can read here but I didn't take many pictures of the process since my father in law was showing me the ropes.  This time around I took A TON of pictures and will be sharing an updated tutorial with you all very soon, so stay tuned for that!

I purchased an entire box of Style Selections in Driftwood from Lowes because I didn't want to run short halfway through the project. I actually ended up only using 25 of the planks but I was able to return the extra ones since they are sold individually.

Here is a close up--sorry for the poor phone camera quality. They actually have a raised texture which helps them seem more like real wood and it feels super neat on the feet!

I just laid them over the old flooring which were outdated peel and stick tiles that the previous owner had laid over sheet linoleum once upon a time.  So we now have 3 layers of floors in here, but that's okay because it's only the top one that counts haha! 

One thing that I really like about this flooring is that making the cuts is a total breeze.  All you need to do is score it with a box cutter and snap!

My handy Contour Gauge (affiliate link) was a huge help in this bathroom since there are a total of three doors in here.  It also helped me get around the toilet with ease.

I knocked out half of the bathroom during the boys' naptime and then we set out for a short break.

Our "short" break actually turned into a 5 hour one since we decided to spend some time at the park and then ended up at the mall for a little retail therapy.

Anyways, we got back home just in time to put the boys to bed and I pushed through and finished the floor around 11:00 that night. 


These floors have made such a big difference in here. Even though they are darker they make the bathroom feel so much larger which I think can be attributed to the direction that I laid the planks as well as the high contrast between the gray and the white shiplap.


Remember those two little annoying spots next to the doors that I was going to originally skip the shiplap on?

After what seemed like a million little cuts later they are finally done.  Well minus the paint--I still need another coat or two on these spots.

It was well worth the extra effort because I think it looks much more complete.

Now that the major items have been checked off it's time for the real fun--the accessorizing! 

I have been searching high and low for the perfect tray and I finally found this beauty at Homegoods.  The green chippy finish is pretty but I plan to sand it off and do a white dry brush on it instead. 

Aren't the handles and the chevron pattern just the coolest?  It came in two sizes and I spent a great amount of time at Homegoods debating which one to get before deciding on the larger one.  However, when I got it home I decided that it was waaaay too overwhelming so I went back and got the smaller one. 

Wait--let me back up.  I didn't simply "go back and get the smaller one."  The story is much longer than that so prepare yourself.

I debated which size would be better for two whole days. On Tuesday, I finally went to the one by my work during my break only to find out that they didn't carry it. 

So I had the hubby go back to the first store but after making several loops in a store that he felt super out of place in, he didn't see it. 

So finally I stopped at another Homegoods on my way home but I only found the larger one.  Something told me to go back and check over in the area that I spotted the larger one in and sure enough, it was tucked in the back on a lower shelf!  Oh my goodness my heart must have skipped about ten beats haha.

It's kind  of hard to really tell in these pictures but the larger one is on the left and the smaller is on the right.

The smaller one fits the space so much better and it holds the perfect amount of stuff with out having too much blank space left over like the larger one.

Oh and my canisters!  My beautiful, wonderful, fancy, majestic (and highly overpriced) canisters!  When I saw them at Crate and Barrel I decided I absolutely could not live without them and that no other cheap glass canisters would make me as happy as these do. 

So.  Here is what I have left to do:
  • Build new towel hooks
  • Build new hand towel bar
  • Paint and install wall baskets
  • Work on countertop décor
  • Organize linen closet
  • Organize vanity
  • Clean and accessorize the shower
Just two more weeks until the big reveal--eeek!!  You can see what the other participants are up to here.

I'll be back next week!

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  1. This is looking SO good!! Way to go on those tiny shiplap pieces - that required patience I'm sure! You're doing an amazing job!

    1. Thank you so much Bre--they sure did! But I am so glad I did them :)

  2. I LOVE those Style Selections Peel and Stick planks! They're SO good! Your bathroom looks great! :-)

    More to Mrs. E

  3. The floor looks great! I'm gonna have to try these in my laundry room! :) Thanks for linking up to #TurnItUpTuesday

    1. Thank you Jessi! You really should--they make such a big difference and I am sure you will love them!

  4. Those floors are amazing! And I can't believe it only cost $35 for this room!

    Love how you did shiplap halfway up the walls too!

    1. Thank you so much Meg! I am stilll amazed at how wonderful they look for such a low price tag. Seriously the best flooring ever invented haha

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