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One Room Challenge, Eleven Gables Style Week 1

Well, it's here.  
The One Room Challenge by Calling It Home

 This is the reason I started a blog in the first place.  I loved reading all of the ORC posts, but I couldn't comment on the posts without having some sort of google name, so I opened my own blogger account.  To comment only.  That was in 2009.  Enter 2014 and I thought I'd try my hand at blogging myself.  Two years later and here I am.... sucked into the challenge of remaking a room in six weeks.  What have I done?  Am I crazy?  My family will surely disown me.  
This is our home, Eleven Gables:

The room I am remaking is my front bathroom.  It is for guests only.  We have another half bath across from the Butler's Pantry that is dubbed the "boy bathroom."  My guests are not allowed there.  Girls are not allowed there.  My boys have even commented that they are shocked when I use their bathroom.  I do, on occasion.  Someone has to go in there and clean it.  And that is the only day you will find me in there.  But I digress.  Let's talk fancy for a minute.  Powder Bath.  Sounds way more elegant than half bath.  So that is what I am going to refer to this one room challenge as, the Powder Bath.

Here she is in all of her pre-makeover beauty.  

There is that dark cherry wood like you have seen in my before and after post HERE.  To stay within my budget of "not wanting to spend any money but will probably end up spending some" on this room, I am keeping the vanity.  I have to.  The one I really want is as much as a car.  Not going to happen.  Unless I win the lottery.  In that case, the vanity is the first to go.  But we will make her purdy, just wait and see.

 I don't know WHY this ever had just a wood top?  It is awful!  
This vintage tulip sink from Kohler is one of my favs.  I think it is unique.  Replacing it crossed my mind, but then I thought, no one has this sink anymore.  It's unique.  It's staying put.  My plan is to add a piece of marble to the top of this vanity.

Okay, let's talk walls.  The tiny trim under the moulding needs to go.  I don't get it.  Is it a border or something?  No idea.  That was the previous owner's design.  Also, the red paper. Buh-bye!
You like that double curtain thing going on in here?  Yeah, me neither!  I made the belgian linen cafe curtain for privacy and ease of use years ago when I made the kitchen curtains.  The balloon valance is left-over from the previous owner.  I've just been too busy lazy to take it down... Until NOW!!

Here are my plans:
(I'd make you a cute little lay-out thingy but I honestly don't know how to do that, so you get a punch list instead) 
  • paint vanity
  • add custom marble top
  • remove weird trim and fill in holes that I will surely make
  • take down valance
  • remove wallpaper
  • float walls
  • paint walls or hang wallpaper (haven't decided yet)
  • new mirror
  • remove vent/fan
  • remove/replace light fixture with chandelier
  • rewire chandelier
  • add sconces
  • fluff and add any last minute details
My Pinterest Board Here shows the direction I am going.

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  1. I'm so excited to see what you do with your "powder room"! I'm about to embark on my own bathroom room re-do in my husband's bathroom....it's been 10 years since it got an update, brown walls were all the rage back then (LOL). My handy dandy fix it man should start next week and I can't wait!

    I know your room will look as awesome as the rest of your lovely home.

  2. Yay!! So excited that you are jumping on board the ORC crazy train! HA! Can't wait to see how your powder bath comes out Emily. I know it will be beautiful!

  3. This should be a great before and after, and I know you're going to kill it! Our powder bath actually had a similar vanity that I didn't like, so my husband found a pedestal sink on Craigslist. It was cheap with clean lines and the perfect way to lighten up the space!

  4. Fun times! I'm thinking maybe that skinny molding was maybe intended to be painted out-with everything above it- to mimic a super thick crown? But if so not sure why there's paper above it. Excited to see the transformation here!

  5. Can't wait to see what you do, I know it will be incredible when all is said and done!

  6. Emily
    It has really great bones! I also think that little thin piece of moulding is to make the crown appear larger. But, only if you painted it all one color it would definitely look thicker and prominent.
    Can't wait to see how you decide to transform the powder room.

    Betsy Gordon

  7. So excited to see you are doing the ORC! That is quite a list, girl - but I am sure you can pull it off. I have only attempted the ORC one time when I redid my office. Maybe one of these days I will jump in again. Can't wait to follow you along!

  8. Oh my goodness!!! I'm so excited to see what you do with your cute little bathroom! And honestly, reading your blogging story was so much fun! xoxo

  9. Your plans for the bathroom sounds great...Love that you decided to keep the sink...yes, it is unique and beautiful....Looking forward to all of the progress posts...I know it will be gorgeous!

  10. Can't wait to see what this bathroom looks like when it's done! The red is so 90's isn't it? I remember helping my mom redecorate our living room years ago and red was all the rage!

  11. Emily, you have such a beautiful home and I am so glad you decided to participate in ORC! I'm updating our guest bath too along with our master bath. I love your plans and can't wait to see how you transform this space! XOXO, Sarah

  12. Em, this is going to be awesome!! I can't wait to see all your plans come together!!

  13. Can't wait to see your progress and final reveal, Emily! Looking forward to following along. Know it will be lovely! ;-)

  14. Can't wait to see how that sink looks in the new design!

  15. So first things first, your house is gorgeous! As for the bathroom, can't wait to see you turn that dark and dreary space into something gorgeous! Excited to be among such great talent this go-around! XO

  16. My cousin has that sink in their powder room and I have always loved it. So glad you are keeping it and can't wait to see the results!

  17. OMG your house is so beautiful!!! I think it's a good choice keeping the vanity to save on cost - once it's painted it will feel like new. I can't believe the wooden top??? Good luck, and looking forward to seeing your progress.

  18. I'm with you on the sink! It's gorgeous! It would definitely look amazing with a marble top! Excited to follow along. I'm doing the ORC for the first time and I'm giddy with excitement and maybe a touch of stupidity for doing this! Happy Fall! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  19. Definitely keep the sink!! Can't wait to see all the transformations you make.

  20. I think it's great that you're keeping the sink. It's beautiful and as you said you don't see them everywhere. With the marble it will be gorgeous. Good luck!

  21. Welcome to your first ORC! It can be addictive; this is our third round and each time we think we won't do it again. haha! Looking forward to seeing the results

  22. I'm glad you're keeping the sink. It's so unique and will look great with a new countertop!

  23. Emily, I love the way you write. You're hilarious! Oh gosh, I can't wait to see what you do. I'm so glad we're doing this together! I know your end result will be fabulous!! I have always loved your classic style coming from a fellow blue and white lover myself. Cheers to the ORC!


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