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One Room Challenge, Powder Bath, Week 3

Welcome back to the One Room Challenge, Week 3! 

Coming from Calling It Home?  WELCOME!

This is our home, Eleven Gables.  See that window with the curtain drawn, that is the room we are working on for our challenge.  The powder room.

faux topiaries // blue and white planters // more blue and white planters // fall wreath

To see where we started, visit HERE (Week 1)

This was our next step HERE (Week 2)

First, this week, we painted the woodwork.  HOORAY!

I went ahead and removed that tiny, weird lower piece of trim under the crown moulding.  With everything I want to do in here, I don't want to work around that trim.

Okay... let's talk about the wallpaper.  My husband and I spent hours trying to pry this RED paper off the walls.  It was NOT budging!  No amount of steam, solvent, or tutorial was getting through this stuff.  You should have seen the opposite wall.  The drywall was torn to shreds.  I can't believe I didn't snap a photo.  I thought I did, but maybe in the depths of despair, I missed this one or deleted it to make more storage in my phone.  Either way, it was ugly.  Hubby and I waved the white flag and called in a professional.  

Budget Busted.

The professional couldn't get the paper down either.  In his 30 years of hanging paper, he had never seen this much glue used on a wallpaper job.  We decided to just seal the paper and float the walls as our last resort.  

Budget REALLY Busted

Our next problem area was a vent/fan/light in the powder room.  Since we have a working window here, we were able to remove the fan and wire it for a chandelier.

My chandelier is ornate and I want a larger mirror, so I opted to remove the sconce that hung over the previous mirror.  I can always go back and add sconces later if I change my mind.

See that awesome miracle worker crouched down there?  If you are a praying person, would you mind praying for him.  He had a devastating tragedy recently and his family needs all the prayers of comfort we can offer.

It's coming along!! Buh-bye RED!!!  

After floating the walls and sealing them, we painted the ceiling and walls with Benjamin Moore "Steam," the same color as my living room remodel.

We have been chugging along.  This wall dilemma took every bit of our time this week.  It's fall break for my boys this weekend, so I'm going to leave the chandelier rewiring and hanging for early next week and take the next few days off.  I'll also fill you in next time on what direction I am taking the walls.  It's a big surprise that I actually dreamed up this summer but didn't know if I was brave enough to tackle for the ORC.  
I think now is the time! :)

Let's review my plans:

  • paint vanity
  • add custom marble top
  • remove weird trim and fill in holes that I will surely make
  • take down valance
  • paint trim
  • remove wallpaper
  • float walls
  • paint walls 
  • remove vent/fan
  • add sconces
  • rewire chandelier that's been in a box in my cabana for 8 years
  • replace light fixture
  • backsplash
  • wall treatment
  • fluff and add any last minute details
Shopping for:
  • 2' x 7' rug (approx)
  • handtowels
  • toilet paper holder
  • towel holder
  • mirror
My Pinterest Board Here shows the direction I am going and gives you a little sneaky peek as to what I am thinking.

Now that you're here, won't you stay awhile?  Click over to my "Popular Posts" in the right side bar or my "Before and After" post. And check out my two fall tours Here and Here!  

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I'm linking up with some beautiful makeovers, so hop over and read all of the participating blogs HERE

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  1. Oh Emily it looks brighter and better already without the red! You've made so much progress! Can't wait to see how you transform this space! XOXO, Sarah

  2. i second sarah! light and bright and better already! but i am not a red person. ;)

  3. I've never heard of wallpaper sticking that badly! If you had to float the walls, at least it's in a small space. I adore your home and can't wait to see the results. :)

  4. Its looking amazing, I can't wait to see the final result. I met your sweet friend Laurie at my shop in Greenville this weekend and she told me that you are participating too! So excited to follow along your journey :)

  5. Good luck Emily! Looking good so far!! Isn't it frustrating the smaller rooms that you think will be the most budget friendly seem to always bring lots of unexpected costs...yikes! I feel you pain;) You got this girl...onward and upward!

  6. What an improvement! Even the primer is better than that red wallpaper! I love every single thing on your Pinterest board and can't wait to see what you have dreamed up for the walls!

  7. Love the light and bright white!! Looking forward to the wall surprise :)Have a great fall break!

  8. This is a great project to work on Emily! Your new design will fit so well with your recent house renovations!!! Can't wait to see more. And keeping your hardworking friend there in my prayers.

  9. Oh wow, what an ordeal!! But so glad that you were able to fix the wall. can't wait to see the big plan you have the for the walls! my heart goes out to the contractor and will def be praying him.

  10. Aren't you so glad to see that wallpaper gone? When we redid our dining room, I think I happy danced for days one all my pink flowered wallpaper was gone. Smart choice in painting it. Can't wait to see the final reveal!!

  11. Can't wait to see what you do on the walls, Emily! Prayer said for your miracle worker that he'll get his own miracle.

  12. Oh EmilY! It sounds like you've had a stressful week, but glad you were able to arrive at a solution. I know it's going to be just lovely and can't wait to see what you've got planned for the walls. Will say a little prayer for your contractor guy...<3

  13. Dang, don't you hate it when these little small rooms that seem like they'd be easy peasy give you such a hard time?! There's already a world of difference with that red gone!! Can't wait to see your secret plan for the wall go into action!

  14. Such a bummer on what sounds like a stressful week for you but it will be all worth it in the end! I can't wait to see the final space!

  15. Em, 8 am so sorry your budget was busted with that wallpaper! But, it is going to be so worth it! I can't wait- the new paint already looks amazing!

  16. Girlfriend I waved the white flag and hired a professional to strip my chairs too. Loving watching the progress of this room and can not wait to see the final reveal!

  17. I can't wait to see what you are going to do with that room! I'm doing my bath for ORC too but lucked out that my wallpaper actually came off. It will SO be worth it, even with the stress...best of luck! Kristin @ Postbox Designs

  18. Oh it already looks infinitely better than before, but you mentioned a chandelier so now I'm on pins and needles with anticipation!!! So sweet of you to mention your contractor, by the way. It's a miracle to find a good one these days... I'm sorry to hear yours is going through a difficult time. Praying God resolves whatever is going on. XO

  19. My sister-in-law had to give up on getting her wallpaper off her bathroom walls, too! I started peeling off the wallpaper in our half bath (that I'm changing to a pantry)and the top half was coming off pretty easily, but the bottom half wasn't. Then my husband asked me about my wall plan, and I remembered I wanted beadboard. He decided we didn't need to take the wallpaper down. I like your vanity and the marble top. Looking forward to your reveal.

  20. Ugh! I still have nightmares of helping my parents remove 70s wallpaper in the mid-90s... one tiny piece at a time. I thought that was bad, but stumping the professional is serious wallpaper glue! I'm sorry that floating the walls busted the budget, but on the upside, it looks SO GOOD with the red gone!


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