We have two bathrooms upstairs… the master bath, and “the kids’ bath”.  The kids’ bath is also used as the “guest bath” when we have overnight guests.  Many moons before I developed my current interior design style, I picked out the fixtures for this bathroom.  I would do it all different now, but neither time nor money will allow that.  So, I figure it will benefit from a minor facelift.  I was thrilled with how my powder room makeover turned out, and that was on a budget.  I’m hoping that I can turn this bathroom into another room that I love, on a shoestring.  Because right now… it ain’t doin’ nothin’ for me.

Kids Bath Before / Pursuing Vintage

As you can see, there is a mixture of I-don’t-know-what here.  The vanity has a very traditional look, and I’ve looked at replacing the hardware, but it seemed like I wouldn’t be able to do that with the cabinet door pieces (which are the pieces that bother me).  I’ll have to re-investigate that.  The flower photo is … not for two boys!  The shower curtain was my half-a$$ed way to quickly add color to the room.  We need the little chair because the boys still are supervised during bath time (and who doesn’t love a little chair?!).

Kids Bath Before / Pursuing Vintage

I want to paint the walls, add some art that appeals to the boys (but is also not “kid art”), get coordinating towels, paint the little chair, possibly do something about the hardware on the vanity, replace the shower curtain.  What else?  I’m sure I’ll add to the list as I work on the project.

I was thinking I’d do something like this:


Kids Bath Makeover / Pursuing Vintage


I found a great Benjamin Moore color, Silver Fox.  It has a nice balance between brown and grey.  And I can’t resist the name – I told my husband that Benjamin Moore must have named it after him!  Ha ha!

Silver Fox by Benjamin Moore

I love the pop of color that the shower curtain provides, and I was thinking wildlife photography would be fun for the kids, yet not totally scream “kid art”.  I’d need to figure out what to frame them in (add it to the list!).

I’m still in the planning stages, and would love any feedback.  Don’t be shy!

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It’s here!  Week 6 of Calling it Home’s One Room Challenge!  Reveal Day!

I chose to makeover my side screen porch, my back porch, and front porch.  The side screen porch was the biggest job, but all three spaces needed a facelift.  You can see the original plan here.

For the most part, we accomplished what we wanted to.  Here are a few of the before photos with the punch list.

The Front Door : Pursuing Vintage : ORC : Punch List

The Screen Porch : Pursuing Vintage : ORC : Punch List

The Back Porch : Pursuing Vintage : ORC : Punch List

Let’s take a look at the front of the house first.

Pursuing Vintage : Front Porch Makeover

My husband took the lead here.  He took salvaged wood pieces and built the flower boxes.  He also took a second-hand light, painted it black, and created the board to mount it on.

Pursuing Vintage : Front Door Light

I painted the front door “Sophisticated” red using Modern Masters Front Door Paint.  (Tune in next week for a detailed write up about painting my doors!).

Pursuing Vintage : Red Front Door Brass Knocker

Pursuing Vintage : Salvaged Wood Flower Boxes

Pursuing Vintage : Red Front Door : Brass Details

Now for our back porch, which we use much more than our front porch!  It’s actually the door everyone comes to when they visit.

Pursuing Vintage : Back Porch Makeover Red White Blue

We added some potted ferns and a new doormat.

Pursuing Vintage : Back Porch : Blue Door

I painted the back door this beautiful “Peaceful” blue using Modern Masters Front Door Paint.

Pursuing Vintage : Blue Back Door

We also spray painted our old doorknocker, and turned it into a more glamorous gold pineapple.

Pursuing Vintage : Gold Pineapple Door Knocker

We repainted our vintage mailbox with a fresh coat of black paint.

Pursuing Vintage : Vintage Mailbox

Pursuing Vintage : Patriotic Back Porch Makeover

We repainted our Adirondack chairs and made them a candy apple red.  We added flag art that our kids painted, and a stars and stripes pillow on the rocker to pull it together.

Pursuing Vintage : Patriotic Back Porch

We found these cool antique brass tags at an antique store and attached one to each chair.

Pursuing Vintage : Red Chair with Vintage Tag

Our screen porch was the largest job.  We had a contractor re-frame, screen, and replace the door.  We painted the floor, and added our decor.  We are LOVING this space and the boys enjoy eating their breakfast outside.

Pursuing Vintage : Screen Porch Interior

Pursuing Vintage : Screen Porch Makeover

I found the vintage rattan furniture and purchased new cushions and a rug.  The little table – you’re not going to believe this – was only THREE DOLLARS at our preschool resale fundraiser.  I figured that I couldn’t go wrong for $3, and I can replace it anytime and not feel guilty about it.  But it’s actually the perfect size for the kids to sit at and it doesn’t take up too much room in this small space.

Pursuing Vintage : Screen Porch Makeover with Vintage Accessories

It totally bugs me that the contractor said we had to wait several months before we could paint the wood framing because the wood had to dry out.  (?)  I’m just going with it – and we’ll go through and repaint all the white trim next year.

Pursuing Vintage : Rattan Chair

Pursuing Vintage : Rattan Loveseat

To style the table, I shopped my own Pursuing Vintage Shop inventory.  I picked up some brass candle holders and a blue and white small jardiniere.

Pursuing Vintage : Styled Table on Screen Porch

We added a “K J” planter (our initials).  The planters were used at our outdoor wedding (7 years ago in September!).

Pursuing Vintage : Jade Plant

And, of course, I’ll be drinking many glasses of wine in my new porch – and this bottle bears our family name, so it’s the perfect first bottle to enjoy on the porch!

Pursuing Vintage : Details of Screen Porch


I am so happy with all of the work we did, and the impact all these little updates had on the exterior of our home.  We gained a living space, increased curb appeal, and cleaned up some areas of neglect.  We have a few things we’d still like to accomplish this summer, such as painting the porch ceilings and hanging the shutters (they’re painted and ready to go!).  But there are several months of warm weather ahead of us, and this six week challenge has got me on a roll!

I can’t believe I’ve now completed my third One Room Challenge!  (You can see my Mudroom Makeover and Powder Room Makeover here).

If you haven’t already, take a look at all the other amazing makeovers from the ORC Official Participants and the ORC Linking Participants.

A HUGE Thank You to Linda at Calling it Home for hosting yet another fun and productive ORC!  Linda, I have you to thank for helping motivate me to get (now THREE!) spaces completed!

Check back next week for more details about how I painted my front door and back porch door (even the inside of one!  I’ll show you the photo next week!) and shutters for the entire house.