$100 Room Challenge: Birds of Paradise

$100 Room Challenge: Birds of Paradise

Welcome to the $100 Room Challenge: Birds of Paradise. This season I will be adding a few birds of paradise to my downstairs guest bathroom.

Welcome to the $100 Room Challenge: Birds of Paradise. I decided to do my first $100 Room Challenge one year ago in January and I loved it! This challenge takes place twice a year, January and September and is hosted by Erin from Lemons, Lavender, & Laundry.  She invites us to redo a room in our home using only $100, and we must complete the task in one month. We have one month to complete the makeover and we post a weekly update every Wednesday. You may have seen Erin talk about this challenge on the Rachael Ray Show. If you want to learn more about the $100 Room Challenge, you can check out Erin’s post to see how the concept was inspired, and it’s colossal growth since she started it.

Weeks at a Glance:  

WEEK  1     WEEK 2    WEEK 3   WEEK 4   WEEK 5

My Previous $100 Room Challenges:

I always like to show my previous challenges to give you a little background, and if you are like me and hate to wait the 4-5 weeks for the reveal, these links will give you access to past complete challenges you can read straight through. My first $100 Room Challenge: Linen Closet  was one year ago. Since this was my first $100 Room Challenge ever,  I was not sure if I could really stay within the $100 budget. For this reason I played it safe, I choose to update my linen closet to give it some much needed organization and a rustic farmhouse feel to match the rest of my home.

Linen Closet Before: 

Linen Closet After:

Our second $100 Room Challenge: Game of Thrones featured our master bathroom toilet room. Again I was playing it safe, not sure if I could adhere to that $100 budget for a room, but I was able to for the most part and produce a great final outcome. However, as with any project you always see more things you want to add on, which would not meet the criteria of the $100 budget. So, our Master Bathroom will be our One Room Challenge this spring and we will be expanding on this final outcome a little bit more.

Toilet Before Pictures:

Toilet After Pictures:

Birds of Paradise Bathroom

So, what do I have in store for you on this $100 Room Challenge? Well….. I have a few lofty ideas this time, since I’m now getting a better feel for what I can achieve for $100. Take a look at my inspiration board below, and the schedule of purposed projects for the next five weeks.

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Proposed Schedule:

WEEK 1- Inspiration Board, Room Prep, and Product Procurement

WEEK 2- Install Mirror Frame DIY

WEEK 3- Install Faux Coffered Ceiling DIY

WEEK 4- Chinoiserie Bird Stencil DIY

WEEK 5 – Room Reveal


As you can see, we have kept the bathroom very simple since moving in and added only the basics like showers curtains and artwork to pull the space together. However, it has yet to really have a true design. I think I was just waiting for my office to be done, so I could pull design inspiration from it. The side by side doors do take up a lot of valuable wall real estate, so it made me want to do a pattern that was pretty vibrant, since those are just big blank spaces. Along with the super long 96″ wall of white shower curtain, which was a custom order and completely out of a $100 budget to replace, it would take the entire budget, lol. Why so long? Well in my experience, to make a room feel larger, it is better to add curtains or drapes closer to the ceiling height; which is what we did with the shower curtain. That being said, the ceilings in this room are 10 feet tall. So this gives me an opportunity to add a darker color and the coffers to the ceiling for more visual interest in this room; while adding value to our home with permanent trim upgrades.

Plus, adding the frame around the mirror should also really dress up this space too. We have a lot to get done over the next four weeks, so we better get to it.

Be sure to check out a few of blog friends below to see what they will be up too during their $100 Room Challenge this time too!


  1. This challenge is so cool, and the rooms look great!

  2. Judean

    I am amazed and shocked at the difference $100 can make in these spaces! I always thought it would take several hundred dollars to thousands of dollars to make these changes. I’m going to follow in your footsteps!

  3. Such fantastic ideas!! I can’t believe how great that linen closet looks…SUCH a difference!!
    -Madi xo

  4. I love the concept, Jen! That stencil is going to look so pretty. I can’t wait to see all the projects you tackle.

  5. I love this! I really enjoy redecorating, but I don’t always like to shell out a ton of money! Thanks for the share!

  6. Tren

    Such nice upgrades. It’s such a simple task to add in a few minor upgrades that makes such a significant difference.

  7. Jen! This is amazing. I totally want to attempt a $100 room makeover myself now!

  8. That looks like an exciting challenge!

  9. Am looking forward to seeing your progress over the next four weeks. We need to do something to our ceilings and can’t decide between faux planks or board and batten so can’t wait to see how your faux coffer ceiling turns out. It’s going to be beautiful just like your other two spaces you designed.

  10. who knew you could do so much with only $100! totally inspiring to vamp up some of my small spaces!

  11. Love this ! The rooms all look wonderful

  12. I loved your other $100 room challenges. Can’t wait to see what you do with this one–the plans sound amazing!

  13. I have LOVED the other spaces you’ve done for this challenge, so I know this bathroom is going to be awesome! I’m so happy to have you participating again!

  14. This had given me some really good ideas for some spaces in my home.. thanks!

  15. Thank you Erin I am so excited to join this lovely group of ladies and see what everyone has planned this season.

  16. Farmhouse Fixer Upper

    I am so excited to see what you do with $100 this time!

  17. Southern Sassyfrass

    This is such a fun challenge and really great way to showcase you design and DIY abilities.

  18. Nancy @ Slightly Coastal

    I loved your last stencil project so I am looking forward to seeing how this ones turns out.

  19. The Delightful Farmhouse

    I like to get my inspiration from really meaningful people and projects like this one.

  20. I am so excited that you are doing the $100 Room challenge again, it maybe one of my favorite challenges that you do.

  21. sunshine and daisies

    I am always so inspired by this challenge. It is amazing what you ladies can do with $100 and a ton of creativity and know how.

  22. I can’t wait to see how this room comes together! I know you’re going to make it beautiful!

  23. Tahlia Earnhardt

    What a great looking bathroom, I really like the bird stencil it looks really nice.

  24. Sunlun

    Love the pattern and color of this stencil pattern it is so pretty and really changes the space.

  25. You made some really great looking upgrades for a very impressively low budget my hats off to you.

  26. You made some decent points there. I seems like on the web people search for the answers to home issues and together with your website they will find some great ones.

  27. Josephine Bokuniewicz

    I agree. Reminds me of the old saying, when life gives you lemons make some lemonade.

  28. Berneice Rookstool

    What a great idea for room challenge I love that the budget is $100 that makes you be really creative.

  29. Clementine Jacobson

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  31. April Hadde

    I love you as much as the artistic example carried out right here.The sketch is attractive and stylish.

  32. gigi58

    What an great idea I love the idea of painting instead of pesky wallpaper , that stuff is a nightmare in a bathroom, from years of experience.

  33. Rosalie Farrow

    Yesterday, while I was at work,I had some time to surf the net and I found your glorious site filled with ideas and inspiration.

  34. Juliann

    I need to thank you for this good read! I definitely loved every bit of it. I have got you book-marked to look at new things you post.

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