One Room Challenge: Week 1

I’m so excited and a little more than slightly nervous to announce that I’m participating in my first ever One Room Challenge!

One Room Challenge

For those of you who are unfamiliar, the One Room Challenge is is a widely anticipated biannual event held every April and October that challenges bloggers to transform a room in 6 weeks. Sounds easy? Not so much!

This round I’m joining in with the craziness as a Guest Participant. While I’m not one of the 20 official bloggers, I will be participating – and accepting the challenge – to renovate a room from start to finish. I’ll be posting updates right here on the blog every Thursday, so make sure you’re signed up for email updates (below!) so that you don’t miss a thing!

By the way, if this is your first time here, WELCOME! My name is Jenna and I live just north of Boston with my husband, Brian and our 16 month old son, Cian. We moved into our current home this past December and have been busy working away on updating every inch of it since. You can learn more about me in the About Me section of the blog.

If you follow me on Pinterest, you’ll have noticed same MAJOR powder room pinning. You guessed it – I’m redoing our awful 1960’s brown powder room!

A bathroom with pink tiles halfway up the wall, a wooden cupboard under the window, and small orange and brown tiles on the floor

Since it’s on the first floor, adjacent to the living room, this is the bathroom that anyone coming to our house uses.

A pink toilet with wooden seat

And it’s pretty ugly to say the least. While the rest of the house is light, bright and airy, this bathroom is dark with brown everything – toilet (with a wooden seat no less), mosaic floor tile, ceramic wall tile and built in vanity and sink. Oh, and does your powder room have an attached toothbrush holder?!
A pink sink in a bathroom with pink tiles halfway up, and a medicine cabinet with sliding mirror doors

Minus the bathrooms, the rest of our house is neutral tones of gray and blue with lots of bright white. I’m sure our guests have probably been hoping we’d do this room soon rather than later!

A bathroom wall with pink tiles halfway up, and a pink towel rack holding a white towel

OK, enough ugly images. Let’s get down to the fun stuff! The majority of my inspiration for this makeover has come from Pinterest. Here’s the direction I’m going in: (click image for source)

A double sink vanity with white countertop, silver faucets, silver knobs and handles on grey cabinets and a shelf below with white bath towels, and a wooden elephant on the sink top

Guest Bathroom / Powder Room inspiration

A double sink with marble countertop, blue cabinet and gold faucet and handles

A white sink with white cabinet doors, a mirror with gold frame, and delicate blue and white wallpaper

A sink with gold hardware, grey cabinets, white countertop, two mirrors with gold frames, three gold sconces and a grey, herringbone-patterned floor

A bathroom with large bathtub with beige, wood framed side, near a beige double sink with grey countertop and oval, gold-framed mirrors
A pedestal bathroom sink, black faucet and towel ring, shiplap walls halfway up and cream-colored painted walls, with hardwood flooring

A sink with marble countertop, white cabinets, tall silver mirror, and wall sconces on shiplap walls

Guest Bathroom / Powder Room

Guest Bathroom / Powder Room

Guest Bathroom / Powder Room

Do you notice some trends in what I pinned? When I analysed everything, it was obvious that I wanted a gray vanity, a wall treatment and patterned cement tile. I also want this room to be FUN and unlike anything else I’ve ever done before.

So, this is what I’ve come up with so far:

Designing a Powder Room

I’m still undecided about a few elements – namely the specific wall treatment, faucet color and paint. I want a horizontally oriented ship lap wall, but Brian wants vertical beadboard. I want champagne bronze faucet & hardware, Brian wants chrome.

And I probably won’t pick the paint color until I see how everything else works together.

So that’s it! The next 6 weeks are going to be hectic but hopefully worthwhile. First things first, we’ve got to begin the dirty task of demo! With floor tile that’s embedded in 2 inch thick concrete, things might get interesting!

I’ll be posting sneak peaks to Instagram as the weeks progress, so make sure you’re following along.  You can also sign up for email updates below so that you don’t miss any of the action!


You can see what the other Guest Participants are up to for week 1 here. Now…Let the games begin!!


See all the Powder Room Posts!

Week 1: The Design | Week 2: Demo | Week 3: Floor Tile

Week 4: Shiplap | Week 5: Vanity, Trim & Paint | Week 6: The Big Reveal

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