$100 Room Challenge: The Game of Thrones

$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:  

WEEK  1     WEEK 2    WEEK 3     WEEK 4

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

  1. 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. 
  2. Paint to match trim color and make room feel larger
  3. Add a pattern accent to back wall with shelves – stencil project with existing paint, not wallpaper 
  4. Replace dome light with a sleek flush mount can style fixture 
  5. Possibly repaint shelves- TBD (after accent wall is complete) 
  6. 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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  1. Excited to see how the stencils turn out! I didn’t take them but they sure are pretty.

  2. First, I literally laughed out loud at your post title 🙂 I love what you’re planning in here (and I agree that wallpaper is an absolute nightmare to remove down the line). I absolutely LOVE the stencil you chose. It’s gorgeous, and it’s going to look awesome in this space! I cannot wait to see the progress over the next few weeks.

  3. I can’t wait to see the stencil on the back wall! I’m laughing at your aversion to wallpaper! I just came around to it!

  4. I know Rebecca it is funny, and I laugh at myself, but after stripping some of the ugliest 1970’s wallpaper off the wallpaper off the walls of our very first rental home, I just swore that I would never put any up. Then my sister, who loves wallpaper, took me shopping during the wallpaper resurgence of the 1990’s and I am pretty sure I still have nightmares over some of those patterns. I actually remember a horror flick where the Toile patterns came to life and killed people, pretty sure that was based on a true story…..ha ha ha, just kidding.

  5. I can’t wait to see how the stencil looks!!

  6. I am excited to see your bathroom transformation. I love the stencil you picked and I am with you. I have removed so much wallpaper in my lifetime so I do not want to wallpaper my walls even though I love the look.

  7. I absolutely love your post title!!!! So creative just like you! I can’t wait to see that stencil done. And for the record, I agree on the wallpaper. I have had to strip it too and it’s soooo not fun!

  8. Wanda. Cain

    Good designers makes the best use of the space you have. A great designer makes that space into an integeral focal point of an already beautiful piece of art. That is what I see you doing with every challenge in your Home I look forward to more!!

  9. Ms. Cain you always know exactly the perfect thing to say and make me feel so special 🙂 Thank you so much!!! I can not begin to tell you how much I appreciate all of your support, you are the best.

  10. sara

    What an exciting project!

  11. LOL I know I just had to have fun with it. About a week ago a facebook friend had a toilet covered with aluminum foil titled Game of Thrones, and the idea just spiraled out of control. I released a teaser as “The $100 Room Challenge is Coming…..” with that picture just to get my readers ready LOL 😀

  12. Sherry, I know!!!! I love the look wallpaper, but once you have done that removal it ruins you for life!!! LOL, I call it age and experience.

  13. This is so cute and inspirational!

  14. What a great idea to tackle spaces like this. I never thought to use a stencil like that. Now to see what to do in my house!

  15. I completely agree with you on the wallpaper! I am not a fan either…unless maybe to use as some fun gift wrap. I love your linen closet makeover!! Also, what a cool challenge!

  16. Farmhouse Fixer Upper

    Ok the title is hilarious, OMG…. I laughed so hard I nearly had to use my toilet room. All jokes aside, I can not wait to see that stencil in action, and how it looks on the accent wall. I got to say this is one of my favorite challenges that you do, it really is something that all your readers can do in there own homes for a reasonable budget.

  17. I followed along for that closet makeover and loved what you did. Looking forward to this $100 room challenge Jen. I totally agree with you about wallpaper, ick, such a pain when you want to make a change! Paint is a better option and I can’t wait to see your stencilled, updated space.

  18. This is seriously such a clever idea because so many people want to upgrade their home but just don’t have thousands of dollars. And simple changes like this, even in the toilet room (love the title by the way) can make your home feel that much more comfortable

  19. sunshine and daisies

    Yay I love this challenge you always have great ideas for under $100. Oh and I love the name you chose that is so funny.

  20. Brandy

    I cannot wait to see what this is going to look like!

  21. It is such a great idea to have a challenge where people revamp a space in their homes for $100! It’s a reasonable amount that most can afford and really makes you think creatively. I can’t wait to see your toilet room’s transformation!

  22. Southern Sassyfrass

    You might be the funniest woman I know 😛 that title is killing me! I am so excited to see what you do with this round of $100 Room Challenge, wishing you luck my friend!

  23. This is an absolutely marvellous challenge! I’m feeling so inspired. Now to pick which room to makeover…?

  24. Hi Jen! Your title made me laugh out loud! You’re so funny! I can’t wait to see the stencilling you do! It will be so pretty!

  25. That linen closet re-do is fantastic and great stencil choice! I can’t wait to see how it all turns out 🙂

  26. What a cool idea! Great way to motivate yourself by focusing on one space with a manageable budget, love it!

  27. You have done a great job! I loved every bit of what you have done! Bravo!

  28. Tracy @ Cleland Clan

    I’ve never considered stenciling an entire wall. Those are so cute! I can’t wait to see the results.

  29. I’m excited to see how the stencil turns out! I loved your linen closet make-over as well, and I think this whole concept seems fun

  30. Ohhh I love how it looks! Major inspo!!

  31. The Delightful Farmhouse

    Is it already $100 Room Challenge time again? The year has flown by, I can not wait to see what you do this time. Love that stencil pattern that should be a treat to see finished.

  32. Sophia, if you like it now just wait until I do all the upgrades to the room over the next four weeks 😉

  33. Looks great Jen! Can’t wait to see it all come together!

  34. Amy @ Her Faith

    I always enjoy seeing the new ideas that you come up with for these design challenges. I will enjoy see the stencil portion of this project too.

  35. Omg I’ve been looking for an article like this! I’ve been wanting to change up my room, including bathroom, and this is the perfect way to do it! Definitely saving!

  36. Our Little Fox Hole

    I am just catching up on this challenge and I am so glad that I am since the reveal is this week. Excited to see it all come together!

  37. Gwendolyn

    Did I miss the $100 Room Challenge? Oh my gosh I love this one, I gotta catch up!

  38. Addison Wheeler

    What a great challenge! Are you doing the ORC again this year? I love that one too!

  39. Hey Addison, Yes I am participating in the One Room Challenge and it actually starts next week! Talk about a busy holiday schedule, LOL! I hope you can make by to see the challenge it is going to be a good one 🙂

  40. Shelia G.

    Wow this is a great idea for a designer challenge I love you have a $100 budget, that is super cool.

  41. Abby

    LOL I just love the title, you can literally write anything else in the post and your have already made my day!

  42. Kat Arriaga

    Wow you have been really busy this season the $100 room challenge and ORC, props to you!

  43. the cheap jordan’s

    Oh you know how I love this challenge so glad I remember to check on this one!

  44. Little Sparrow

    What a funny title I love that you use a play on words for your posts.

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