One Room Challenge Part One | The Before & The Before Before

I am excited to be joining in with the One Room Challenge over at Calling It Home:
My challenge is a doozie -- updating a powder bath that I have never been able to get just right, design-wise.


The powder bath is a fun room, it sits underneath the staircase and is small and oblong. We started out 6.5 years ago with it being the same color as the main part of our home. Only it has zero natural light so the butter yellow which is so light and airy in our living room became crayola yellow in the bathroom.

The same yellow in our living area:

Learn from my follies, when building a home, try out your dominant color in every single room, not just your main space.

So the color was a fail. Our building manager recommended a gal who could do a faux finish which would also have the added benefit of being oil-based and much easier to clean than the flat yellow paint. I envisioned a Tiffany blue and she did an interesting basket finish with silver undertones that gave the room a texture.

She got a little creative with it and added a stencil around the ceiling made out of a putty-type material. It had a country chic look to it that has never been really my cup of tea but I did not have the heart to say anything to her. So I lived with it -- for six years. Not that it was a hardship, she did a great job, it just wasn't exactly my style. Have you ever had a room that didn't exactly match your taste but it wasn't worth the time and $$$ to change it? 

I really try not to be high maintenance but the fact of the matter that this was our guest bathroom which visitors use more than any other room of the house. It had become this hodgepodge of style where I stuck towels, bath accessories and prints that I had no other place to put. So fast forward to this fall. It was time for a fresh coat of paint and an intentional design plan.

Picking out paint colors has never been my forte but Pinterest makes it so much easier to brainstorm how a color will work with the finished look. These days when picking paint, it is the first place that I go. Since this room is small, completely enclosed and odd-shaped, I am taking a departure from my usual color palette. While every other room in my Home is light,  get ready because we are going dark and dramatic.

Stay tuned and follow along with the progress via one of the social media buttons above. Thanks for dropping by!


  1. I look forward to seeing the final design. I know that you'll make it look lovely! I need to join Pinterest. I've been resistant to do so because I think I may spend too much time on it, but several people have told me that it's very worthwhile for recipes, decor, and party ideas!

    1. My decorating style has improved greatly since Pinterest, absolutely!

  2. Katie this room is so cute!! I love the location and the plan to go dark and dramatic!! Can't wait to see what you do in here!


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