It's finally here! The One Room Challenge reveal! (We shouldn't really say "finally" because for us, every minute of this was a panic-filled sprint, and there was definitely no sitting around tapping our fingers waiting for it to be over!)
For anyone who stumbled here and has no idea what we're talking about, this was a 7-week challenge, hosted by Linda of Calling It Home, called the One Room Challenge. We are one of over 200 guest participants who signed up to re-do a room, start to finish, in that time frame. Our "start" may have been a little behind everyone else's, because our room had only very recently come into existence. Yep, we built a powder room on the main floor of a house that didn't have one. You can catch up here:
This powder room was built in what used to be Laura Irion's dining room. It was an oversized and underused space, so she and her husband, Ryan, cut it in half to create an office on one side, with an expanded mudroom and a powder room on the other side. Ryan had installed all of the internal plumbing and electrical prior to this challenge and had just finished the drywall when this rodeo started.
Here is where we were 7 weeks ago:
And here is where we were 7 days ago:
And...drum roll please...this is today!
AHH! It's hard to believe how many difference pieces fell into place in only the last 7 days. The wallpaper went up, mirror, sconces, faucet...a door! When the photographer came on Monday morning and asked, "So, when did you guys finish this?" the answer was, "10 PM last night!"
LI's #housegoals are centered around taking her 1991 builder-grade and dated home and upgrading the architecture over time. It was soooo bad from that era. You know it well...the skinny brown baseboards, hollow slab brown doors with polished brass scroll lever handles...and, oh yes, those white laminate kitchen cabinets with the brown stripe at the top. '80's chic for the win. Since her husband is ultra handy, they're doing it slowly over time (which sometimes makes her want to rip her hair out with impatient frustration, and other times makes her appreciate the fact that she can make thoughtful decisions based on how life is really lived in the house).
When they bought the house, there was a powder room smack dab in the middle of the kitchen and family room, directly at the end of the foyer. You literally walked through the front door and looked straight at a toilet, and worse than that, the toilet was inside a large box floating in the center of two rooms. Awkward. A month after moving, they ripped it out and have been living sans bathroom on the main floor ever since. (For those counting, that was six years ago now). So this is a VERY exciting day, and it's been a long time coming!
The moral of the story is that good things come to those who wait, but also that we apparently desperately need Linda and the ORC to actually make a room get done in our own houses. So a huge thank you goes to her, for creating this challenge and opening it up to those of us who have beautiful rooms to enjoy because of it!
Laura & Laura
Faucet- RH Vintage Polished Chrome
Towel Bar, Tissue Holder- RH Lugarno Collection Polished Chrome
Subway Tile- Ceramic Tiles International Delray Collection
Cornice Trim (top of wainscoting)- Cornisa Classic Blanco Neri White Chair Mold (via Virginia Tile)
Pencil Trim (used above bottom row of subway tile to mimic skirting)- Adex Neri Stripe Liner, 0.7 x 6" White (via Virginia Tile)
Mirror- Wisteria Moroccan Mirror, Gold
Wallpaper- Pyne Hollyhock in Charcoal by F. Schumacher & Co.
Sconces- RH Wilshire, Polished Chrome
Basket- Homegoods (tassels & beads were a DIY)
Handtowels- West Elm (similar here)
Photos 1, 2, 3, 6, & 11 by Ron McKinney Photography