4.09.2014

One Room Challenge: Week Two


Good morning!  Thanks for visiting my tiny part of blogland today!  I'm so glad you're here.  It's week two of the One Room Challenge (the ORC) and I'm rearing to go.  Did you check out the other 19 designers and their projects?  I believe there are three other bathrooms besides mine, and we each have completely different plans.  It's going to be so fun to watch it all come together!!

Last week I shared the ugly.


I also shared my plan.

I know many of you follow the ORC to read about the process--how we really put a room a room together.  But I need to tell you a secret.  My design process for myself is not the same as what I would do for a client.  There are two reasons for this.  
1) My clients are paying me hourly and I want to make sure I'm working in the most cost effective way.
2) I don't need to convince myself I'm right.  When I'm my own client I always agree with myself. ;-)

If I was designing this bathroom for a client I might start with a fabric and build from there.  But for me, I started with an overall vision in my head and no specifics.  I knew what colors I wanted to use and how I wanted to feel in the room.  The end.  

Jumping right in, I removed the light over the vanity and started painting.  I chose Lead Gray by Benjamin Moore.  I've used this paint in a client's dining room and knew I had to have it in my own home.  Lead Gray is a nearly black with a navy undertone.  As one of my goals is "no construction", I want to make the fixed elements look better through color.  There are a million different creams, beiges, golds, and whites in this bathroom, and I needed more contrast than the sage green to make them look their best.  Finally, I knew Lead Gray would look fantastic next to the wide stripes in our hallway.  The blue in the hall is Salt Glaze by Martha Stewart.  It's also our living room wall color and just a very livable light blue.


Walls got painted.  Glossy.  I was trying to make it as tricky as possible to get good photos, so I went glossy on the walls!  Just kidding.  I chose a gloss finish because it fits the vibe I wanted in the room, and will bounce light around the space.


***Designer tip: the key to going super dark is to go all the way with the color.  Not only did I paint the walls, but the chair rail and the baseboards.  I think I'm even going to paint the trim around the door and possibly the interior side of the door.  Still deciding.


I loved it immediately.  There's less variation on color to break up your eye in the room.  Scroll back up to the before photos to really tell a difference.

Next, it was time to tackle the vanity.  I considered painting it the same color as the light blue stripes in the hall, but then I decided I didn't want the vanity to be a focal point.  I want it to look clean and fresh without being the main focus.  AND I wanted to eliminate another version of the many off-whites in the bathroom.  

I am not a DIY expert in any way.  DIY is not my thing.  My basic DIY philosophy is just to go for it.  The vanity already looked horrible and I couldn't make it worse.  I did all the non-sexy work of removing the hardware that had been painted onto the door.  {For the love of all things beautiful, don't paint your hardware onto your cabinets.} I also took five minutes and removed the child safety hardware that was installed by the previous owner.  That's one of those small tasks I've been needing to do for years and finally did.  Why in the world did I wait so long?!  Then I just grabbed my sanding square and gave the whole cabinet a decent sanding.  

I chose White Dove as the cabinet color because it was the closest match I could find to the fancy laminate counters we have.  (Note the sarcasm.) I want the vanity to blend in more than it was.

Enter the best paint I've used to date...  
It's pricey, but one pint covers 500 square feet. I knew I needed a paint and primer in one, because I'm a lazy DIY'er and didn't want to take the time to prime and paint separately.  This paint was like pudding.  Truth.  It was so thick that I possibly could have used one coat.  Try it!  I dare you.  

Sidenote: this isn't sponsored by Ben Moore, I just like the paint and thought you should know about it.  There are a handful of generous sponsors for the One Room Challenge I will always let you know when I'm talking about a sponsor.  But my opinions will still be my own.  


Now for more ugly pictures...
It's painfully obvious in the photo below that the vanity needed a fresh paint job.  I would love a new custom vanity but it's not in the current budget.  You may not see a huge difference in the vanity color from other photos, so I took this shot for you to see the difference between the dingy, yellow-ish gross white and the more fresh, airy, clean color of the White Dove.  Really, White Dove is on the creamy side of whites and not a bright white at all.  But next to the dingy white of the cabinets you can really tell a difference.  

***Designer Tip: Hardware is important.  Please make sure you save money in your kitchen or bathroom budget for hardware.  This isn't the place to skimp.  Occasionally you can find the perfect hardware at a low price, but it's rare and can take time to hunt it down.  

I wanted colorful and interesting hardware to pull in my sea-glass scheme.  I drove over to our local Anthropologie to see what was available.  I had looked online to get an idea of what I liked, but sometimes you need to see them in person.  I found the Calisto Knob in green.  Completely in love.
They aren't too feminine, have the colors and the brass finish I was looking for, plus they're a great chunky size.  Done.  

Below is a progress picture of the wall color and the new vanity color.  You can see the crazy faucet and incredibly stylish soap dispenser is still in tact.  Don't worry, they aren't staying.  The mirror is still there, but I'm hunting for a more modern, more simple mirror with a very clean edge.  Wish me luck with that.


If you're paying close attention you'll remember the one faux-tuscan towel rod that was in the bathroom.  This bath will be used by my two boys, (J. and H.) and also by our guests.  I decided hooks were the way to go.  No towel rods for us.  Again, Anthropologie to the rescue.  These Marquee Letter Hooks have almost a galvanized metal finish with brass welding along the edge.  OMG.  Crazy good.  
Cool for boys and guests alike.  Now everyone knows which towel is theirs and can easily reach their hook from the shower.

You'll have to wait until next week to see how they look on the wall.  ;-)  Let's just say I have a ton of work to do on this bathroom and some major wow factors planned.  I hope you come back next week to visit! Click on the links below to see the other rooms and their progress.  There is some serious talent in this list and you won't want to miss out.  Just click on the links below.
Thanks so much for reading! xx




















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56 comments:

  1. Hi, Love your plan and progress so far! I know that you said you were not a DIY-er but you are obviously a seriously good painter!! I have used a little bit of gloss finish paint on a project and I am terribly impressed by how smooth your walls look!! Did you use a special pad or roller to get that finish? With that dark color ( which I LOVE) and using gloss finish, for it to look so good you get serious props, so I hope you will share your tool choice...Thanks! and looking forward to the next installment!
    Meredith

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  2. That wall color really is amazing. So glad you went dark. I also really adore those pulls. Anthro always has the cutest things. I saw some beetle ones I may need for another project I'm working on. Can't wait to see those hooks up next week!

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  3. Such a huge difference already! I am especially love the new hardware...just gorgeous!

    Angela @ Number Fifty-Three

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  4. Abby! That wall color is fantastic! I love that you painted all the trim, it makes the space look bigger! I'm dying to see what you come up with between that paint and those knobs (killer). Oh, and love the brass with that wall color. Woohoo it's looking good (naturally)...

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  5. I love your design tips, so true. The walls and cabinet look amazing, and those knobs....I need those knobs. Looking great.

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  6. Abby...that color is too good! I can see why you wanted to use it and the knobs are killing me. Boy you sure made some progress and I can't wait to see more!

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  7. I'm loving the deep blue! And you killed by painting everything blue, makes a great statement. I can't wait to see more. So addicting.

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  8. Such rich, beautiful colors! Totally looking forward to seeing your art against those gorgeous walls.

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  9. I'm so with you on painting everything when you go dark...I like to always do it actually- love when all trim, doors, windows etc. are the same as the walls. The colour you picked is heaven and the knobs are so so pretty!!!

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  10. I am in love with your wall color. It looks like it would work for my project!

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  11. Looks fantastic! This is my favorite so far. I am stalking Anthropologie for knobs for my builder vanities. Even if they stay white - they will have a little something to bring them up a notch.

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  12. LOVE the wall color so much! I love seeing people re-do bathrooms like this one so I can't wait to see what else you have in store :)

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  13. I love the hardware you selected! xo Kristin

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  14. Looks amazing so far-- loving the wall. Bravo on your speedy progress!

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  15. Its looking great! I love the color of the a wall!

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  16. Holy crap, that paint color is spectacular. Awesome choice. The bathroom looks 1000x better AlREADY! And it's only week 2.

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  17. Abby, awesome in every way. Love the wall color so very much. Love the wall hooks. Love the soap dispenser :). And oh, those knobs. I've done a lot of painting for myself and everyone I know and at this stage of the game I'll only use Ben Moore. Regal is fab and also Aura, although super expensive, but if you can cover in one coat it is worth it. Love what you've done so far, can't wait to see your progress next week!

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  18. LOVE the color, the hardware rocks & the letters are an awesome idea! I may borrow and add to the boys bathrooms so they stop fighting over towels!

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  19. Well, I'd say you're off to a great start! Love the knobs!

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  20. I am in LOVE with those knobs. I want to put them everywhere. Like...now. The wall color, the cabinet color, all perfection.

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  21. Love, love, love the color and knobs! Can't wait to see you sneak peak from instagram in the room!!!!

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  22. Love the new bold paint color and the stylish knobs!

    Jessie
    www.mixandchic.com

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  23. Those dark gloss walls couldn't be more amazing and that hardware, the perfect detail!! What are you talking about you did awesome on your DIY!!

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  24. LOVE those walls! It is looking great! I love your style!!!! Cant wait to see it all come together!!! :)

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  25. I love it Abby! It looks amazing - I'm so excited to see the outcome! :)
    Tricia // Suburban Bitches

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  26. love the wall color!! and thank you for the tip on the paint....ALWAYS worth going with a really high quality paint :) Cant's wait for next week!

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  27. Wow, what a transformation already! Those knobs are divine!!

    XOXO,
    The Glam Pad

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  28. The lead gray is so good! And you're so right about including the trim when using a dark color, especially in a small space with a lot going on. Here's to finding the perfect mirror this week!

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  29. So much progress already! The color looks great and love the new knobs and towel hooks.

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  30. That wall color is gorgeous! Love the gloss! And the knobs are perfect! You got a lot done already!

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  31. Abby I am already loving the transformation! Painting is making all the difference in your room. I know it is going to be spectacular, I can tell. Great job!
    Kathysue

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  32. that color. with the gold & the knobs. perfection.
    xox

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  33. Oooh...this looks so good Abby! I need to add Lead Gray to my dark colors list. I actually like your mirror now that your walls are painted. And have you used Rub N Buff at all before? Depending on the look you are going for, the RNB might take the dated black out of the mirror and give you more of a sheen that would look nice (IF you can't find the right mirror). I just used RNB for the first time and used it on the frame of a piece of art that needed that dated black taken out and it gave the art a beautiful sheen and for super cheap (and not a lot of effort). Can't wait to see what your choice of lighting is going to be!

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  34. Loving those dramatic walls! And I love your comment about painting over the hardware, very true ;) Totally guilty by the way. Ours' had been painted over a bunch of times and I was afraid of what I'd find underneath all of that paint. lol

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  35. Looking good. I love those cabinet knobs!

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  36. I love the walls, but I'm drooling over those knobs! I love the towel hooks as well. Great idea!

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  37. The wall color and hardware are AMAzing! Its looking great.

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  38. Are you kidding me?! Looking awesome already. Love the wall color and knobs!!

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  39. I don't know what you were so nervous about. You are doing one heck of a job. From what I can see, you are almost done. The room looks great!

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  41. Abby I love your bathroom even more after reading your week 2 post! OMG, the mirror against the wall, and the knobs, so cute and easy custom look! Thank you for the insider tips. :) Can't wait to see what's next!

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  42. WOW! Such huge progress already! I love everything so far and can't wait to see it all!

    XO,
    Krista
    www.goodwillglam.com

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  43. well, safe to say i like your choices. i'm all about high contrast and some brass. looking good so far!!

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  44. Looking so good Abby! I have gotten hooked on that paint too. Actually just painted all our kitchen trim Dove White and am going to be doing the cabinets in it too!

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  45. The gloss paint is perfect and I love the knobs! Looking good!!

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  46. Love the wall color and the hardware. Looking great.

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  47. The bathroom is looking great so far. Love the colour choice! I too am doing a bathroom makeover for the ORC link party. Can't wait to see what you do next!

    Sabrina-Pink Little Notebook

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  48. I'm so madly in love with that color!!!!! So beautiful my friend.

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  49. such great progress! i'll stay tuned!

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  50. Exited to see it finished! So great to find your blog! xx

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  51. Hi Abby,

    What a makeover already! I love the wall colour and the handles are amazing!!

    www.verandahhouse.com.au/blog

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  52. Love the gold mirror against the rich blue wall colour. Looking forward to seeing your progress!

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  53. Looking good Abby! Love your finds from Anthropologie. Elle

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