One Room Challenge – Weeks 2 and 3: Plywood Floors and Wallpaper

Last week time got away from me and I didn’t have a chance to get you an update on the One Room Challenge. So I figured today I would give you a full update!

Last week I spent the majority of my time focusing on the floors of the living room. After doing a TON of research on ceramic tile and vinyl tile I realized I didn’t want to drop a few hundred dollars on flooring. So instead of spending a majority of my laundry room budget on floors I opted for a cheap (yet beautiful) alternative.

I decided to use quarter inch plywood as my flooring! I visited my local Lowe’s Home Improvement store and had them rip plywood down to 6″ strips. I used a hammer and nails to attach the wood flooring to my underlayment, and in just a few hours I had beautiful flooring that only cost me $25!

In the coming weeks I plan on painting a checkerboard pattern on the floors and then sealing with polyurethane.

This week I spent the majority of my time doing a hand painted accent wall that gives a nod to herringbone wallpaper. To create the “wallpaper” I taped off the wall in 5″ increments and then used a paintbrush to brush on an alternating herringbone pattern. I pulled off the tape and “ta-da” — hand painted wallpaper!

My favorite part about this week’s addition is the peg rail with hanging laundry hamper! I hand made the pegs and attached the entire peg rail to the wall. I purchased these over the door hampers (that only cost $14 each) and hung them on the pegs. I’m excited about a laundry organization that gets our dirty towels off of the floor!

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One Room Challenge Week One: Moody Laundry Room – Design Reveal

I’m so excited to announce that I will be a guest participant in the Better Homes and Gardens Fall 2020 One Room Challenge. Although we’ve been in our home since 2017, I’ll admit that I’ve been lazy with home design and upgrades. Like many people, that all changed this year when we started spending more time at home.

If you’re not familiar with the One Room Challenge, it is a 6 week design event that provides community, structure, and encouragement to completely transform a room.

The Room: Laundry Room

Our laundry room is always a mess. It lacks any type of organization and it’s turned into a landing spot for towels, shoes, and anything else that doesn’t have a home. The laundry room is the perfect room to tackle for this year’s one room challenge! I believe that every room in a home is important and the laundry room is often overlooked.

Our laundry room is roughly 98″x64″. Although it’s not huge it defintely is enough space to transform into something more functional.

Design and Mood Board

My goal for the space is to provde a utility room that is cohesive with the rest of the house. I plan on adding in texture and depth by painting a checkerboard pattern on the floor, handpainted wallpaper, and adding plants for color and life.

My plan for storage includes doing an IKEA hack to create a floor to ceiling cabinet that’s anchored to the wall and sits on top of a small bench seat. By adding in the bench I will have additional space for under steating storage (aka a place to hide laundry baskets). I also plan on adding in a heavy duty peg rail to add in additional wall organization (similar to the peg rail I did in my guest bathroom refresh).

DIY is what I do best and I want that to be front and center during this process. One DIY I’m most excited about is a fold down drying rack. Currently I just lay out sweaters on top of the washing machine to dry. It will be nice to have a custom and space saving drying rack. I will also create a natural wood shelf to replace the white one that’s currently in the room.

At the end of the day, I want a beautiful space that is functional, organized, and well designed.

Progress Updates

Over the next few weeks I will share my progress on instagram and here on the blog. Make sure you follow along at instagram.com/pinchplateparty and check back here weekly for updated details on the project.

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Finally Finished – Master Bathroom Updates

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From the moment we moved into our home, I knew I wanted to make updates to almost every room in the house. Over the course of the last 3 years I’ve worked on little things here and there, but I never really took on too many major projects. I wanted this year to be different — I wanted this year to be the year that I really made some big changes to the house.

I decided that transforming out master bathroom was a good project to start with. The builder grade cabiets were pretty strudy but I absolutely hated the color. I decided to paint the cabinets white and used the bright white as my design inspiration. I’m so happy that this first set of updates for the master bathroom are complete!

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Although this bathroom is not my “dream bathroom” It’s definitely so much better than it was when we moved in! It’s amazing how a little paint and a few hardware changes can make such a difference!

Below are my tips for a quick and easy bathroom update.

1. Paint the Cabinets

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Believe it or not, I’m usually not a big fan of white cabinets. But because I can’t change out the tile, I needed something that could really brighten up the space. My favorite white, Night Blooming Jasmine, did the trick! It’s a bright milky white that’s calming and inviting. It was the perfect color and it helped transform the room.

2. Change the Cabinet Hardware

I knew I wanted some contrast but I was really nervous to do dark hardware on the white cabinets. Thankfully the combination of the bin pulls with the acrylic handles gave me the exact look I was going for. I found both styles on Wayfair and I was excited to find acrylic handles that didn’t cost an arm and a leg.

3. Get Rid of Towel Bars

I strongly dislike towel bars and I just don’t think that they’re the best design decision for my home. I removed one towel bar completely and I replaced the other one with a towel ring. They take up less space and add a little contrast to the walls. Also, these Turkish towels look beautiful hanging on the ring.

4. Embrace Art

I love art. I’ve always loved art. I love creating art, I love looking at art and If I could fill every wall in my house with art, I would.

I decided that the big wall above the tub needed some art but right now I don’t have money in my budget to buy large and oversize art — so I improvised and made my own. I used leftover paint I had from other projects around the house and I love how it turned out. Although this art is temporary it definitely fills the space well and adds a little quirkiness to the bathroom.

5. Decant and Organize your Countertop

2020-06-23-07.46.31-1If you’ve never decanted items I would encourage you to give it a try. In this case I decanted my mouthwash and my daily vitamins. Both were sitting on my counter in distracting and colorful plastic containers. I purchased a cute glass storage container to house my vitamins and I poured my mouthwash into a glass bottle.

The decanted items are so much more aesthetically pleasing AND I can clearly see how much mouthwash I have left before I need to purchase another bottle.

With the exception of the mouthwash and my vitamins almost everything else was organized into the drawers and cabinets. I found a better way to organize the items that I use frequently and I tossed out all the items that I wasn’t using.

6. Upgrade Your Decor

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I know that very few people will see the inside of my master bathroom but that doesn’t stop me from adding in cute details. I love feeling “at home” and happy in my home and sometimes that homey feeling comes from the small details.

The updates I made really transformed my space! In the coming months I’d love to replace the large builder mirror with two seperate mirrors and I’d also love to change out the lighting. But for now, I’m very pleased with the space!