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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From Boring to Bright – Guest Bathroom Photo Tour

About two years ago I painted our guest bathroom cabinets green as a quick refresh for the space. Today, I’m sharing how I recently upgraded this “so-so” bathroom from boring, to bright and relaxing!

The use of vertical shiplap, mix of natural and neutral tones, and the functional pegs turned this bathroom into one that’s convenient and stylish. Keep scrolling to check out more of the space to learn about my design and DIY process.

THE WALLS

From the start, I knew I wanted to add some sort of accent and texture to the walls. I originally thought I would use board and batten but eventually settled for vertical shiplap.

I created “do it yourself” shiplap using 1/4″ plywood. I purchased the plywood from Lowes and had them rip the plywood down to 6″ strips. This ended up being much more cost effective than purchasing tongue and groove shiplap.

I painted the walls and the shiplap “Baby Artichoke” by Behr in a satin finish. keeping the walls and the planks the same color gives the room the feeling of having taller ceilings and it keeps from breaking up the space too much.

THE PEG RAIL

I am loving the peg rail trend and wanted to incorporate it into the room as well. I knew I had a very specific look I wanted for the pegs and decided to make them myself. I purchased 3/4″ and 1.5″ dowels and and cut them to the appropriate lengths for the pegs. After a little wood glue, sanding and staining I had the exact look I wanted.

THE MIRROR

We have a very basic builder grade 2000’s home. This means the home is PACKED with cheap builder grade finishes, including oversize unframed mirrors.

I decided to frame the mirror instead of buying a new one and I’m so glad I did! I framed out the mirror with pine common board and stained it with my favorite color stain, Early American, by Varathane. Framing the mirror was definitely worth the effort and really upgraded the entire space.

DECOR

I incorporated additional color and texture with the textiles, rug, and bath tray. This chambray shower curtain by Target’s new Casaluna brand is beautiful (and affordable).

I swapped out a traditional bath mat with this affordable vintage look runner by Unique Loom.

I added in Turkish towels — these towels are super absorbent, stylish, and lint free.

Finally, I found a simple way to incorporate a trendy terrazzo look by using a fun bathroom tray by Target’s Project 62 brand.

Links to all the items used in the bathroom are outlined below.

Wall/Panel Paint: Baby Artichoke by Behr in Satin

Vanity Paint: Fig Tree by Behr in Eggshell

Bathroom Tray: Terrazzo Bathroom Tray – Project 62

Shower Curtain: Chambray Shower Curtain Clay – Casaluna™

Rug: Bright Tones Vintage Traditional Green Runner Rug

Cabinet Pulls: AmazonBasics Euro Bar Cabinet Handle in Oil Rubbed Bronze

Wood Stain: Early American Classic Wood Interior Stain

Vertical Shiplap: RevolutionPly 5mm Poplar Plywood ripped to 6″ strips

Liquid Nails: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Liquid-Nails-10-oz-Extreme-Heavy-Duty-Adhesive-LN-907/205089262

Caulk: Alex Fast Dry 5.5 oz. White Acrylic Latex Caulk Plus Silicone

Turkish Bath Towel: 77×38 Bath Towel

Turkish Hand Towels: Bazaar Anatolia Set of 4