$100 Room Challenge: The Game of Thrones
It’s $100 Room Challenge time, and this season I am getting my Game of Thrones on. That’s right, I will be throwing 100 big ones at our master toilet room.
As many of you many remember, I decided to do my first $100 Room Challenge back in January. This challenge takes place twice a year, January and September. Erin from Lemons, Lavender, & Laundry 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:
My Previous Challenge:
I always like to give you guys a look at my previous challenge; which was the $100 Room Challenge: Linen Closet we did back in January. 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:
The Game Plan for The Game of Thrones
This time for the $100 Room Challenge we have decide to update our tiny toilet room. In all honesty the square footage of this room is approximately the the size of your average powder room, at 10 feet long x 3 1/2 feet wide, just minus a pedestal sink. So I feel like this challenge, even though it is only a toilet room in my home, could actually be done in a powder room for the same $100 budget. Especially since we will not be touching the actual bath fixtures.
Toilet Before Pictures:
The “To Do” List:
- Add a Wainscot trim to match panels & columns in the rest of our home. Install high to come directly under light switch plate and above toilet tank.
- Paint to match trim color and make room feel larger
- Add a pattern accent to back wall with shelves – stencil project with existing paint, not wallpaper
- Replace dome light with a sleek flush mount can style fixture
- Possibly repaint shelves- TBD (after accent wall is complete)
- Restyle shelves with items shopped from other rooms in our home for a fresh new look.
ASK THE DESIGNER: Jen, why not Wallpaper?
Okay, so the list seems pretty straight forward, but I am sure everyone wants to know why I want to do a painted wall stencil, not wallpaper. First of all, I personally have never liked wallpaper, just ask my sister, LOL. Why, do you ask, it is so cool? I think it’s because I have actually had to strip wallpaper off walls, which is a utter nightmare. So, for that reason I am not a fan. While I do love the cool patterns, anything that is stuck directly to your sheetrock is just asking for trouble later down the road. Believe me, I have seen enough, and repaired enough to know it is so not worth it. Wallpaper was all the rage in the 70’s and 80’s, but if you had it in the 90’s or millennium, when I was is in design school, your were a complete leper in the design world. It wasn’t until the past 2-3 years that it has started to come back into style, so to me it’s just too fickle to ruin your walls over; paint can always be painted over, you only lose the time you invested. As a certified faux finish artist, I guess I always fall back on my roots and my comfort zone. I would rather paint it, because I know I can fix that easy with a $30 can of paint, but when you rip up your wallboards, new sheetrock costs a whole lot more.
Ordering the Stencils:
Since I have decided to paint the accent pattern on the wall; one of the first things I need to procure is the wall stencil. Cutting Edge Stencil has an amazing product line and very reasonable prices. I was able to narrow my pattern choices down to 2 stencils that were both $9.95 each, which on a $100 budget is completely workable. I have to admit, I may be planning a few other projects with this company since I really love their selection and product line. So do not be surprised if you see me using these products again in other rooms. These were my top two choices, and I let my Instagram followers vote on their favorite too, with the promise that the winner to be revealed today:
Augusta in a 6×6 size
Lyndhurst in a 6×6 size
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