Week 6 of the Calling it Home One Room Challenge is here!  I’m so happy to have another room in my home “lookin’ goooood”!  Let’s dive right in!

Week 1  Week 2  Week 3  Week 4  Week 5

I started with this (main level powder room immediately off the past ORC mudroom) :

Powder Room 3          Powder Room 2

The goals of the makeover were:

Make the powder room flow with the mudroom

Allow the gallery walls to change with time as my husband and I find & add new art

Show a little sense of humor with our “Washington DC” theme

Spend as little $$ as possible

I feel that I accomplished those goals.  The total cost of the makeover was under $250, which includes new hand towels, soap dispenser, paint, and custom window shade.

Stop talking, Kristen, and show us the photos!!!

Pursuing Vintage ORC - Powder Room & Mudroom

Pursuing Vintage ORC - Powder Room Reveal

Pursuing Vintage ORC - Powder Room Makeover

Pursuing Vintage ORC - Powder Room Window Shade

Pursuing Vintage ORC - Powder Room Sink

Pursuing Vintage ORC - Powder Room Storage

Pursuing Vintage ORC - Powder Room Details

Pursuing Vintage ORC - Glam George Washington

Pursuing Vintage ORC - DC Candle

Pursuing Vintage ORC - GW Art

Pursuing Vintage ORC - DC Art Wall

Pursuing Vintage ORC - Art 1

Pursuing Vintage ORC - Art 2

Pursuing Vintage ORC - Art 3

It’s not a huge transformation – but I’m really happy with it, the paint makes a huge difference, and I know that it will continue to evolve as we continue to search out DC art and memorabilia that has meaning to us (or just makes us laugh).

A big Thank You to Linda at Calling it Home!  Please take a look at all of the other ORC Linking Participants and the 20 Official ORC Participants.  There are some truly wonderful makeovers and you’ll be inspired by all of them.



It is Week 5 of the One Room Challenge linking event hosted by Linda at Calling it Home.  If you’re just joining me, you can see my plans and progress (Week 2Week 3, and Week 4) for this crazy fun event designed to kick our butts motivate us to finish designing and decorating a room.  In six weeks.  Did I mention that?  (I jest, Linda!  Thanks to you for motivating me to finish two essential spaces in the last year.  It will really make a huge difference in my home!)

Last week was a bit of a dud since I had been traveling and basically didn’t get anything done.  This week was all about the accessories.  I was DIY and “Homegoods Happy”.

I chose these coral pink hand towels to coordinate with the bench cushion in the mudroom.  And how could I resist an acrylic soap dispenser?


I also decided that George Washington needed a little makeover.

George “before” his glam session:


George “after” his glam session.


I also decided to take my dad’s advice and get some letters to include.  (See Dad, I DO listen to you once and awhile!).

I found these little wood letters at the craft store and think they’ll look cute on the shelf above the toilet.



George and the wood letters got a coat of this Rust-oleum paint.  But to be honest, I wasn’t that impressed with it.  I felt like I used a lot of paint to cover those three little things.


Still to do before next week’s final reveal:

– Touch up paint

– Hang window shade

– Edit / Rearrange art

Please take a look at all of the other One Room Challenge and One Room Challenge Linking participants.  There is some really great, inspirational work going on!

Don’t forget to check back here next week for the final reveal!



Welcome to WEEK THREE of the One Room Challenge Linking Party hosted by Calling it Home!!!  If you’re just joining me, check out my progress from Week 2.

This week has been… all about that paint, that paint… no trouble!  I figured if I sang those “adjusted” lyrics to Meghan Trainor’s song, I’d get that powder room painted quickly, easily, no problem.  Overall, it worked.

I had a little help.

Painting Assistance

I started after I put the kids to bed by painting all the edges, but the next day, in daylight, I could see that the edges would need a second coat.

Let me introduce you to my help for round two of painting:


Oh, the babysitting powers of Nick Jr!  In about 40 minutes, I was able to go over all of the edges a second time, this time in daylight, ensuring that I wouldn’t need a third coat.

That night I was able to roll the walls, and this is what I got:

Powder Room Blue Walls


Yes, it’s dark.  My husband is fretting about it being “too dark”.  He even *gasp* suggested I source a new light fixture!  (I know I should really take him up on that – but part of me wants to prove to him that I can stick to our original budget agreement.  The power of saying I told you so might outweigh the power of a new fixture. For now.)  My solution is to grab a new light bulb and see if increasing the wattage will help the low light situation.  I’ll let you know how that turns out.

I’m pretty happy with the Behr “Skipper” blue.  I opted for eggshell because I wasn’t totally in love with the satin finish we chose for the Mudroom Makeover.

Behr SKIPPER blue


That’s all I got, folks!  Stay tuned!

Don’t forget to check out all of the other One Room Challenge linking participants at Calling it Home.