$100 Room Challenge: The Reveal
Welcome to the Reveal of $100 Room Challenge, if you are just joining us this is the final product of a 5 week journey and $100 budget.
We have finally reached $100 Room Challenge: The Reveal week. 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:
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RECAP OF THE BEFORE PICTURES AND TO DO LIST:
WEEK 1- Inspiration Board, Room Prep, and Product Procurement WEEK 2- Install Mirror Frame DIY WEEK 3- Faux Coffered Ceiling DIY WEEK 4- Chinoiserie Bird Stencil DIY, Revisit Mirror Paint Color-Possible Grey? TBD
WEEK 5 – Room Reveal
These are just a couple of the before pictures, just so you can remember how the room looked when we started. Pretty much a blank slate no paint, no color story, no personality at all, just still a gray builder’s grade bathroom.
Week 1- $0
Week 2- $17.82
- 8 ft fluted primed trim boards $6.95 ea. x 2= $13.90
- Decorative Rosettes primed .98 ea. x 4 = $3.92
- Trim Paint, Adhesive, & Tape- On Hand Leftovers- FREE
Week 3- $20.28
- 52 ft primed trim boards .39/ft x 52=$20.28
- Dorian Gray Paint- Exterior Paint Color, left by builder from building house- FREE
- Paint Supplies- On Hand Leftovers from all our painting projects -FREE
- Caulk-Leftover Tubes- Loads of half used leftover tubes (6 to be exact) -FREE
Week 4- $55.96
- Stencil Kit $79.95 On Sale 30% off- $55.96
- Dorian Gray Paint- Exterior Paint Color, left by builder from building house -FREE
- Paint Supplies- On Hand Leftovers from all our painting projects-FREE
- Shopped My Home for Accent Pieces and Decor (Candle, ceramic vases, & faux florals) FREE
- Rug- relocated from Twin Guest Room due to decor changes- FREE
- Light Fixture- Flipped to change up the look – FREE
REMAINING BALANCE $5.94 under BUDGET
So, here is what some left over building supplies, $94.06, and a bunch of creativity was able to get done in this hallway bathroom:
Shopping Your Home for The Accents:
Shopping your home is one of the easiest way to freshen up a space. You may have things in other rooms that will work perfectly in your new space. Sometimes these are things that may not normally be in a public area or maybe they are in your personal bedroom or bathroom, and no one has ever really seen them. For example, this rug seen below was used in one of our guest rooms. However, that room is currently being re-designed and the colors no longer work, so it was free to be used in this bathroom; which worked perfectly with the fact it is directly off of my office that already has coral accent in it, seen in the third picture.
You may also notice the vase on the second shelf on the left in the office was also used here in the bathroom as well. To be honest, you do not even miss it on the shelf, but it really makes a big difference in the smaller bathroom space. Again, this is how shopping your own home can really help you to design your own space on a budget. I have now placed this piece somewhere it can be seen as a focal, and not just as a space filler on the shelves.
I also always love to add something green into bathroom spaces whether it be a living plant or, if your bathroom does not get natural light like this one, a faux plant will do the trick too. These great greenery plants from Ikea are perfect and I tend to move them all over the house since they are so versatile and inexpensive. I highly recommend picking up sets of 3, next time you are near an Ikea, they really are one of my go to decor pieces in a pinch.
I am always on my soap box about proper lighting in a space, and I guess that is because that is what I live with. For those of you that do not know what Ron’s day job is, he works as an electrical engineer and primarily designs lighting and power plans for large scale commercial spaces. So that being said, you know that our home will be well lit, LOL. While we do disagree on the esthetics of the actual fixturing, as any good interior designer and electrical engineer would, we do always agree on that the rooms need to be well lit with dimmable fixturing and proper lumens. Since we were not going to have a budget for that in this space with this project, we opted for a good old fashion trick which was flipping the fixture.
While this maybe a small change and cost nothing but a little time to do, you can see it was very effective because of how the light is now being distributed. Funny story…. when we first built the house I actually asked for the fixtures to be installed with the globes facing up as they are now, for all my bathroom lights. They were all installed with the globes facing down because this is how the they are shown to be installed, but they are actually a universal light fixture and can be installed either direction. Now here we are flipping it over, go figure.
Okay, so one last funny story about our renovation. Always make sure that when you put a room back together you check everything twice. Can you tell what is wrong with this picture below?
Well, in our rush to get the bathroom put back together before we had some guest over to our home, Ron inadvertently installed the door knob back on backwards. 😯 So when our guest came over, the lock was not on the inside of the room, but on the outside. 🙄 I think I made some joke about locking people we don’t like in the bathroom, which is completely untrue…. since there are two doors, and only one was backwards. Anyways, we all had a good laugh and got to watch Ron fix a door, you know a typical party trick…. here is your complimentary DIY door tutorial with coffee and dessert. I mean, I personally can’t think of worse places to get locked in, at least it was after the renovations and you had something pretty to look at….LOL.
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