DIY Home Decor

Bathroom Refresh for One Room Challenge – ORC Week 1

Um hello One Room Challenge™ — It’s my first time ever participating in ORC. I’ve always been super interested in the challenge after reading and witnessing so many amazing transformations on Insta! Since building more of a community on Instagram, I’ve had the honor to “meet” and become insta-friends with so many talented people. I was determined after seeing some of the awesome rooms last year that I would participate this time around. I’m hoping to participate in the Spring ORC too! 😉


I’m (we’re*) going to be tackling our half bathroom on our first floor. I say we because.. of course Mike is helping me. We do all of our projects together. 🙂


This room has been 3? times since we moved in. However, it hasn’t been done completely. It went from dark purple walls to striped walls.. yeah, I went through the stripe wall phase. From the strips it went to half white half blue (shown below).

It also used to have a little cabinet vanity which I thought took up too much room and it was ugly. I probably could’ve just painted it and kept the storage but whatevs.  Now it has the pedestal sink which I found on Craigslist. Yup. Craigslist. So long story short… I’m going all out and doing it the right way! We’re taking it down to the studs baby! Well that’s what Mike says… we’ll see how he feels in the moment. We’re debating taking it down to the studs because the current walls are just dinged up and have been patched horribly by the previous owners.

I cannot wait to say goodbye to those original small white tiles! SEE YA!

See before pictures below #embarrassing

Bathroom Before

Bathroom Before

This is the (yellow tinted) pedestal sink I found on Craiglist. #fail

Bathroom Before

I’m not even sure what’s going on here. I thought that mirror was a cool find… the rest… unsure.

Bathroom Before

See the window in the previous photos? Yeah, I’m taking a photo through that window

Bathroom Before

The wall that the previous owners tried to “patch”

On to the good stuff…


This is where the fun stuff happens.

We’re planning on taking it down to the studs– we want to put up brand new Sheetrock so it looks fresh. I had it in my head that we would get rid of the popcorn ceiling one room at a time but that might be trying to be an over achiever. Let’s see how we do with the other stuff first.

We’re practically getting all new items except for the toilet. I may even want to get a new one of those too depending if it looks dingy next to the bright white vanity. I am just SO excited to get those tiles out of there and even more excited to put these gorgeous pink Nola tiles in.

New floor – Nola tiles by Riad Tile
Bathroom vanity, light fixture, mirror, accessories, rug: all from Bed Bath & Beyond

For wallpaper I’m debating a couple of patterns. I’m really obsessed with the Kelly Wearstler graffito pattern but I’m not sure if that’s overdone. I mean that wallpaper is epic though.. could it ever be overdone?

I’m also debating this paper below by MK Wallpapers. It is also epic and also not overdone… but it might be just a little too much with the flooring.

We shall see.

ORC Ideas



Click HERE to check out the other ORC guests this season!

Thanks so much to Linda of Calling it Home  and Media Partner House Beautiful for hosting this! I’m so excited to participate this season and hopefully next!



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  • Becky
    October 8, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    Love that beautiful tile! Can’t wait to see how this turns out!

  • Libbie
    October 7, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    Love the bold wallpaper statement! The mirror was a GREAT find. I look forward to following your journey.