4.02.2014

The One Room Challenge: week one


Hey party people!  Today is the first day of the One Room Challenge.  Can you even believe it? I'm so glad you're here!  I'm telling you, once you say yes to Miss Linda, the One Room Challenge is quite mind consuming.  Six weeks, 20 bloggers (designers, DIY'ers, design bloggers) all give their best to make over one room and share the process with you.  This is such a great group that I can't wait to click through and see what everyone is working on!

 I had a very hard choice deciding which room to design in our home.  Basically all the bathrooms need to be done.  I believe they are original to our 1970's ranch.  The two full baths are the worst.  I mean bad.  They are the type of spaces that require so much work that I've basically ignored them since we moved in three years ago.  I'm only in the bathroom a short time--and maybe if I pretend the bathroom doesn't exist it will go away.  It hasn't.  
Oh, the despair! ;-)

Please don't shield your eyes from the photos that about about to grace your screen.  They are real.  This is real life here, folks.  I love our house.  Big time love it.  But if all of the rooms were perfect then I wouldn't have a space for the One Room Challenge!  

Let's get after it.

This is our main bath: where my two boys get clean, where I sit outside the door and wait for my toddler to say, "I'm doooooone", and the space that our guests get in and out of quickly.  It's just not pretty on the eyes.  Our poor guests.  You also see this bathroom when you look down our hallway from the front door.  So glam, I know.  


The photo above is from the MLS listing when we bought the house.  Really, nothing has been done since.

What I hope you can notice is how many different colors are going on, making the room feel choppy.  White counters, beige/cream sink, white faucet, cream chair rail, beige tub, green walls, cream cabinets, white floors.  I'd like to change that.

The whole house had a more faux Tuscan vibe when we bought it. Worked for them, not for us, and this towel bar is a great example.  The bathroom had one towel bar.  I have two little boys and let me tell you, they don't share a towel bar. ;-)  And when we have guests, it's always a trick as to where to keep their towels.  Must fix this.

I went through a phase where I considered painting the vanity red or deep blue.  That was at least a year ago and the samples are still up.  This is what happens when you're busy working on other people's homes.  At least that's what I'll tell myself.

I've already removed the light, and this picture gives you a better idea of previous wall color.  The green is perfectly lovely on its own, but the feeling in the room is almost country, and doesn't fit with the more modern vibe of the rest of our home.  

Here's my plan...


When I first began working on our home, I fell in love with this photograph from QuercusDesign.  I love the beach-y colors and have loosely based our home around my inspiration.  I plan to carry these colors right into the bathroom!

I recently used a new-to-me color in a client's dining room, called Lead Gray by Benjamin Moore, and I love it so much that I'm planning to use it in the bathroom.  It's not black, it's not navy, it's slightly in between.  If I could hug a wall color, I would.  So I must find a place for it in our home.

  I'm really excited about this challenge.  Trust me when I say that the room will look totally different when it's all said and done.   Thanks so much for reading today! I can't wait to see what the others are doing!  I hope you click through the list of participants.  I know I'll be so inspired.  


Whether you're near or far, I would love to work with you to create a home you love.  Email me at abbyminteriors@gmail.com for more information on my local & e-design services.

50 comments:

  1. Oh I can't WAIT to see this transformation. That BM colour is heaven on earth and I know you're going to do amazing things with that fabulous plan of yours- can't wait to watch!!!! xx

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  2. Sounds like a lovely plan Abby! Love the seaglass inspiration. Best of luck! xo Nancy

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  3. That wall color is to die for. I used a deep navy in the last ORC and love it so much that I have been scheming to paint another room that color. Can't wait to see how you make this work!

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  4. Abby, what a great space to redo. It will make such an impact on your everyday life and will be so worth the time and effort. So looking forward to following along with you through the ORC!

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  5. I cannot wait to see it all come together! You are brave to do a bathroom in 6 weeks.

    Holly

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  6. I'm tired for you already! ;) You can do it! You can do it! You can do it! Consider me your personal cheerleader.

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  7. Abby I love your plan! and that color you will use is out of this world. YOu have done so much already! I look forward to checking back in next week for more progress

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  8. What a great room to do! I have similar dated bathrooms and I'm dying to see how you change this while keeping the major elements. I know this is going to be amazing, especially if that kind of wall color is involved!! Good luck. My eyes will be glued :-)

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  9. Eeek! I think my favorite part is the faucet. I've never seen anything like it. You have got your work cut out for you and I'm so excited to watch the room evolve. The wall color will be amazing in there. Good luck!!

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  10. Glad I'm in the same bathroom boat with you! I'm loving your plan and that wall color is heaven. I can't wait for this room!

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  11. The faucet cracked me up! Can't wait to see what you do here. And that blue/black looks awesome! Isn't there a saying that abt the cobbler's children have no shoes...same for int. design I guess...my kids are in the same boat here. :) Good luck!

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  12. I have no doubts it will be amazing in the end! I can't believe you don't like the Tuscan vibe?? ;)

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  13. This should be so sharp! Cant wait to see reveal!

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  14. Super love that BM color - that immediately has me scheming as to where I can use it! Gonna be great girl. I just know you will work your magic!

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  15. This is the perfect kind of space for the ORC.....You are going to be a star! Of course I love your inspiration!

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  16. Love that paint color! You bathroom will be a stunner!

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  17. That paint is fabulous! It will completely transform the room... I'm so excited to watch you work your magic!

    XOXO,
    The Glam Pad

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  18. Word, bird! Here's to making ugly bathrooms livable once again!

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  19. Love that color! I'm guessing know one will even recognize this bathroom when you're done with it.

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  20. I cannot wait to see how it turns out. That art! That paint color! Love where you're headed.

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  21. I know you will make it beautiful Abby!
    -Shelley

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  22. Love dark bathrooms. That color is insane...good insane.

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  23. I had two 50s ranch houses with "unique" bathrooms, and can so relate. This is going to be fantastic. That blue/black paint color is spectacular!

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  24. We're on the verge of a bath remodel ourselves, so I'm so excited to see what you do!

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  25. Wonderful plans, adore the color scheme. Looking forward to see more next week.

    Jessie
    www.mixandchic.com

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  26. So glad that you are doing this. Your plan is my favorite style. I know that I will be inheriting one of two of these bathrooms when we move. Impressive about the 'no construction'.

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  27. I love your beach-y inspiration and that BM color looks great! Excited to see how it all turns out.

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  28. No way to go but up ;) And it certainly is headed that way anyway with those awesome plans!

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  29. I love the ORC! Looking forward to following your transformation!

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  30. Can't wait to see what you do!!! That wall colour is amazing... and love your inspiration photo too!

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  31. OMG! That dining room is gorgeous, I am in love with the color. Can't wait to see the way it looks in the bathroom!
    xoxo
    ashlina
    TheDecorista.com

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  32. The Benjamin Moore Lead Gray looks like an almost purple shade and I have to say by the photo that I like this color too. I am a big fan of the colors you picked out for the bathroom too.

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  33. I am so excited to see you in the ORC! Your plan sounds great; I love that wall color! Can't wait to see how it all turns out. :)

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  34. Can't wait to see how you transform this, I'm on the verge of transforming my boys bath as well! Good luck!

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  35. Abby, I've been following and loving your instagram feed for so long now, I can't believe I'm only just getting my butt over to your blog now! Loving what I'm seeing here too. Well obviously not in these 'before' pictures. I had a good laugh at that faucet! I am sure that this is going to be one of the biggest and prettiest transformations we see! xo

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  36. I love that you are going for the drama on the walls! Great color.

    I laughed at the cabinet paint sampling part. I tested out three fuchsias on one wall in my kitchen. It's been 6 months and I've decided I'm definitely not using them, but am too lazy/busy to paint over them too.

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  37. Yay for bathroom makeovers! Can't wait to see how you work the navy in :)

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  38. Exciting project! Love that you are working with what you have. Should make for a fab transformation. Good luck!

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  39. Excited to see your progress!! I'm linking up to Linda's Thursday ORC link party with my powder room update!

    Can't wait to see how your bathroom turns out!
    Jen {Jen Gilday Interiors)
    athomeinthenorthwestblog.com

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  40. I love a good bathroom makeover. Can't wait to see what you do. Love the color scheme.

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  41. LOVE the color! Can't wait to see it all come together! Good luck!!

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  42. I love the wall color! I can't wait to see how it all turns out!

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  43. loving the color palette you are working with for this bathroom. Yes, that blue is wonderful!

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  44. LOVE the color in the dining room. I feel your pain on the bathroom, in the same boat, CANNOT wait to see your finished room!! Best of luck!

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  45. Oh how fun … I can't wait to see how you change this up … we just downsized and I have 3 of these similar bathrooms that I HAVE to do something with!

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  46. Beautiful!!!


    Http://www.perfectpieceinteriors.com

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  47. i cant wait to see what you do. i know i'll (we'll all) love it Abby!!!

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  48. Abby bathrooms are my absolute favorite rooms to design. I know it will be stunning once you get in there and do your magic.
    Kathysue

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  49. Can't wait to see it all come together, especially after seeing the paint color and job you did for your client! Thanks for inspiring this ORC newbie!

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