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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0 comment on One Room Challenge | Master Bathroom | Week 1

  1. I am redoing our master bathroom as well but I think yours might be more challenging than mine! I love a budget redo, can’t wait to see what you do! Coral is a fabulous color, love your mood board!

  2. Yay!!! We can be budget friendly together! Sometimes you’ve gotta make the stuff you don’t love work for you rather than against you. Looks like you’ve got some great ideas!

  3. OH boy, that is a project… thoughts on the mirror. I notice you don’t have any storage visible other than the vanity. How about building two side cabinets…over the mirror, with or without doors…but cubbies to store towels and pretty things. you could actually create a wooden bridge with recessed lighting (cheap) that will give your room something interesting besides your reflections in that massive mirror. Shelving could be anchored at the cielin and even through the counter withour trying to remove that mirror. Just cover some of it up and storage—a bonus. I would stick to neutral colors on the wood….you sure don’t need anymore dark. Just a couple of thoughts, Sandi

    • Hi Sandi,
      Thank you SO MUCH for contributing these ideas! I really appreciate your take on my decor woes. 🙂 I do actually have a good amount of storage, between the vanity and the linen cupboard (to the right of the sink), but I’ve always loved the idea of recessed shelving. When we gut this bathroom, I will be starting from scratch and will definitely be putting in a recessed cubby beside the sink. And for neutrals: yes, I agree. I think I’m going to paint the vanity the same colour as the walls to save a bit of $$. I AM considering a pop of colour on the inside of the linen cupboard, but we’ll see if the budget allows for more paint. Thanks again!

  4. hot damn…that light fixture you have hanging is gorgeous…I would just update the glass shade, but beside that it has potential. I love the colors you plan on going with and you have a beautiful blank canvas to work with.

  5. Looking forward to your creative solutions. Sometimes that’s the place where the best ideas come from. Good luck! I think your bathroom has lots of positives though, the window and the arch are appealing to me.

  6. I love your plan, and that you’re making it work with what you have. May the decorating odds be in your favor!

  7. I can’t wait to see what you do with this bathroom! I love that you also have set a budget…I probably should do that! 🙂 I’m excited to watch the transformation and follow your budgeting!

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