It’s here! It’s finally HERE!

No, not Christmas.

The #OneRoomChallenge from Calling it Home!!!


What’s the ORC you ask? Why, only one of the most awesome decor challenges in Blogland! Linda, over at Calling it Home created the event as a way of motivating herself and other bloggers to completely re-vamp a room in six weeks. Yes, you read that correctly: SIX WEEKS!

Now, six weeks may seem like a lot of time. And I guess it would be, if ALL YOU DID was work on the room. But we all have lives and jobs and families, so six weeks is going to fly by!
ORC Guest Blue

For the ORC, I’ve chosen to completely makeover our master bathroom. *WARNING: pictures of toilets and showers ahead.*

Our master bathroom is… well… trapped in 1981. Brown and café au lait tub and tile. GIANT unframed mirror. Curlicue vanity hardware. Pseudo-Victorian “oil lamp” lighting.

Our master bathroom

Our master bathroom

Our master bathroom

The real challenge here is not going to be re-doing this bathroom in six weeks. The real challenge will be re-doing this bathroom in six weeks for only $300! It’s not within our current budget to change the tile, tub, or toilet, so I’m going to be incorporating those colours. Brown and café au lait are not colours that I would ever purposefully choose, but after spending hours on Pinterest researching (and discarding) the options (painting the tile, changing the toilet and putting stick-on tile to the tub) I’m going to make it work!

Tim Gunn would be proud.

So what do I plan to do to make the brown tile work with and not against me?

Master Bathroom Inspiration Board | One Room Challenge | flourishandknot.comClockwise, from top left: Benjamin Moore “Pink Damask”, pendant light, shower curtain, towel hook, bath mat, towels

Master Bathroom To-Do List!

  • Prep walls for painting
  • Prime walls and doors (Free – thanks mom and dad!)
  • Paint ceiling white (Free)
  • Paint walls and doors Ben Moore’s “Pink Damask” ($46)
  • Buy shower curtain ($20)
  • Buy towels
  • Buy bath mat
  • Buy or make towel hooks
  • Spray paint or replace hand towel rack
  • Replace curtain rod
  • Install short curtain rod and clear curtain over window in shower
  • Frame out mirror
  • Paint vanity
  • Paint inside of linen cupboard
  • Organize linen cupboard
  • Organize vanity
  • Accessories (So far: $10)
  • Hang art (we have it all framed and ready to go!) (Frames $20)
  • Buy and install new light fixture

Budget Breakdown


– $96


I have $204 left to work with. I think I’m going to have to get creative, especially when it come to the lighting. I have a few gift cards that I plan to put to good use for towels and accessories, so that should make my budget go a little further.

If you have any suggestions for stretching my budget, or for framing out the mirror, I’d love to hear them!

Ugly 80s bathroom. Minuscule budget. Six week timeline.

Let the games begin!


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