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.




Let’s hear it for week two!  Woohoo!  If you’re just joining me, today marks Week 2 of the One Room Challenge Linking Event hosted by Calling it Home.  We’re given six weeks to transform a room.  I’ve chosen our powder room.  Here’s a recap from Week 1, and here’s a “before” photo:

Powder Room 3

What did I get done in the last seven days?

-Deconstructed the bathroom (took down art, t.p. holder, towel ring)

-Prepped for paint (taped all edges)

-Purchased paint (Shhhh… don’t tell my husband!  I originally thought that I had leftover ceiling paint from the Mudroom Makeover, which is the same color as the new powder room color… but, alas, I couldn’t find it anywhere and time is of the essence!  I just hopped over to Home Depot to get another gallon.)

Behr – Skipper


-Purchased a new shade from Select Blinds (this will be the 3rd shade I’ve purchased from them, I’ve been very happy with the product).

Tropical Isle Basic Bamboo shade in Molokai Camel


I wish I had more to show you, but this was a big “prep” week.  Hopefully, I’ll have more to show you next week!

Be sure to check out all the other One Room Challenge participants – both the Invited Participants on Wednesdays and the Linking Participants on Thursdays!




Twice a year Linda, from Calling it Home, hosts a One Room Challenge party.  The idea is to redesign/decorate a room in six weeks, while sharing your progress online.  You can view her hand-selected group of designers and their makeovers on Wednesdays, and then tune in on Thursdays to see the Linking Participants’ makeovers (of which I will be one!).  There are so many fun designs and makeovers happening, you won’t want miss it!

I participated one year ago as a Linking Participant and did a mudroom makeover.  It made a huge difference in my home – and was probably a room I would have ignored for several more years had Linda not put out a call to action!

A year later, and the small powder room that is connected to the mudroom is not finished.  Soooo… guess what I will be doing for this round of the One Room Challenge?  The powder room!  (Don’t you love that name?!)

ORC The Problem

Here’s the space from the mudroom… behind that pocket door exists a “blah” bathroom!

Pursuing Vintage Mudroom Makeover Update Kerry Steele Art

A peek inside… This is a very small powder room.  Large window on the wall opposite the door; sink to the right; toilet to the left.

 Powder Room 3         Powder Room 2

Powder Room 5

Powder Room 4

Powder Room 1

As you can see, we’ve attempted to decorate.  This is a theme bathroom.  NOW BEFORE YOU LEAVE… give me a minute to explain!  We live near Washington, D.C. and we love the city.  We love the history, the architecture, neighborhoods, you name it.  My husband has spent most of his life in the DC area – I’ve been here for twelve years now.  We felt like the bathroom was a place where we could design with a bit of a sense of humor (thus Washington’s bust on the toilet) all the while showcasing some DC Area art.  (The whole thing started when my mom gave us that tacky DC themed candle… we laughed about it, and then kind of embraced it…).  We want this room to be a work-in-progress in terms of the art.  My husband and I love searching for new pieces of DC art, and we want to be able to add to the (bathroom) gallery wall.

ORC The Plan

1. Edit the art and “humor”.  It’s kind of mish-mashy right now, and I’d like to streamline it so as to not totally catch people off-guard when they visit our loo.

2. Paint the walls.  I plan on using the blue from the ceiling of the mudroom to paint the walls.  I know it’s dark.  Everyone tells me that.  But I like it.  (Or at least I hope I will!)

3. Update the window covering.  I plan on ordering the same natural fiber shade that I have in the mudroom (and also my dining room).  However, I will order this one with a privacy lining!

4. Accessorize the space.  New soap dispenser, hand towels, maybe a rug?

ORC The Inspiration

via The Vault Files – another ORC room!


via Homedit


via Homedit


I think I can handle this.  Of course, I thought my mudroom makeover would be a cinch, and it was much more involved than I anticipated, so we’ll see!  Wish me luck!  And be sure to check out all of the other One Room Challenge Linking Participants at Calling it Home!