Progress for progress’s sake happened around here*. And the jury is most definitely OUT.
(*Yes, that was a Harry Potter reference. Yes, I am a 27-year-old who still reads HP. What is your point?)
For those of you who are joining me for the first time today: welcome! I set out, as part of the One Room Challenge from Calling it Home, to makeover my master bathroom in just six weeks and with only $300. Every Thursday, the guest participants link up and have a chance to check out each other’s progress. There are some beautiful makeovers in the works!
In case you missed them, you can catch up on Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3.
So far, I’ve done well sticking to my budget and getting things crossed off my to-do list. Until now.
I made a somewhat hasty decision about hardware for the vanity and I think I regret it. In my defence, I’ve lost a lot of time in this challenge because I was fighting pneumonia for three weeks! I’m struggling with what to do with this ugly brown bathroom and I may need to completely re-think some of my choices.
Okay, maybe I’m being a tad dramatic, but this One Room Challenge is still kicking my butt.
So I bought some new pulls for the drawers and doors of the bathroom vanity. I thought I’d go with something contemporary but simple, to keep things clean and unfussy. I debated a couple of options before settling on these:
They don’t look that bad when you ONLY look at the vanity. But when you see how the whole bathroom is shaping up… I’m not so sure.
Perhaps it’s simply that I don’t have the art up (which will be in dark frames) or that there’s not much else to looks at yet, but those pulls just seem a little too… present? Obvious?
You must admit that the white vanity looks a whole lot better than the previous incarnation! Behold:
I’ve also been working on creating my own knock-off of these gorgeous rose-gold hooks from Anthropologie:
I don’t feel too badly about making my version, because they aren’t available for sale any more! I started off with these simple and inexpensive hooks from Rona:
I’m making two of these towel hooks, because, well, people need more than two places to hang their towels! I’ve already given them one coat of Krylon spray paint in copper (which is looking very rosy indeed). I can’t wait to show you the finished product (and a tutorial)!
Do-It-Yourself Question of the Week: Do you think I should put on some sort of sealant, over top of the new colour? I’m worried about the colour coming off on my towels when they are wet. Suggestions or tips? Leave ’em in the comments – I’d love to get your take!
And if you have any flashes of genius or clarity about those vanity pulls, I’d really appreciate hearing them. Maybe I’m not giving them enough time. Perhaps I’m just feeling tired and sulky? 🙂
So here is where I leave off for this week. I have so many things to accomplish in this space over the coming days. This weekend is going to be an extravaganza of DIY!
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 (ALMOST DONE!)
- 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 Install new vanity hardware(Hm.) ($35) Paint inside of linen cupboard
- Line shelves of linen cupboard
- Organize linen cupboard
- Accessories (So far: $10)
- Hang art (we have it all framed and ready to go!) (Frames $20)
- Buy and install new light fixture
I can’t wait to update you on the mirror framing and the DIY towel hooks next week! Happy Halloween weekend!
Here’s where I link up each week:
Mondays: Merry Monday, Monday Funday, Inspire Me Monday, Show & Tell, Lou Lou Girls
Tuesdays: Tell ’em Tuesday, Two Uses Tuesday, Tutorials & Tips, Tuesdays with a Twist, Hit Me with Your Best Shot, Tickle My Tastebuds, Treasure Box Tuesday, Tasty Tuesdays
Wednesdays: Pin Worthy Wednesdays, Work it Wednesday, Wow Us Wednesday, Wake Up Wednesday, Wordless Wednesday, Whimsy Wednesday, Welcome Home Wednesdays
Thursdays: Think and Make Thursday, Handmade Hangout, Weekend Re-Treat, Favourite Things, Artsy Fartsy Link Party, What to Do Weekends, Friday Features (Thursday)
Friday: Fiesta Friday, Feathered Nest, Link Party Palooza, Friday Favourites
Saturday: Share it One More Time
Sunday: Nifty Thrifty Sunday, Silver Pennies, Sundays at Home, That DIY Party, Frugal Crafty Blog Hop, Share the Wealth Sunday, Food Stars
Monthly/Recurring: Great Blog Train, Sunday Brunch, Before and After