Hey guys! Yeah, I’m changing my schedule a bit- again- but it’s totally for a good reason! I’m doing the $100 room challenge, sponsored by Erin from Lemons, Lavender, & Laundry!
I am so excited for this challenge! But wait, I guess I should explain a little more about it.
Know how I did the One Room Challenge (see my entry-turned-library here)? That was 6 weeks and no real budget. The $100 challenge is one month, and $100 for the entire space. Crazy, right? It truly is a challenge. I’m anxious- and a little nervous- to see how I can stretch my wings a bit creatively to make this work!
If you’re new to the $100 challenge, please check out Erin’s post about how it was born, and how it has grown exponentially since she started it!
So welcome to anyone new to Avenue Laurel! I’m an RN and mom of two boys by day, and a design/DIY enthusiast/blogger by night. Check out my “Behind the Avenue” page for more about me and this little blog 🙂
Okay, on to the space!
A thrown-together space before
I’ve had our tiny laundry room/half-bath on my list to redo for awhile. It’s one of only two baths in our house, and the one right off of the mudroom, so it gets tons of traffic. Unfortunately, I haven’t done much to it since we moved in a little over two years ago:
The space started with some rooster/floral themed wallpaper before. Once we removed it, I just slapped on some leftover navy paint from when our mudroom had the navy and white stripes and some aqua paint on the baseboards.
Added the antique mirror (which is totally gonna stay!) and called it a day.
The problem is, a total lack of storage and style. Yes, I know it’s pitiful that our guests see this whenever they use the bathroom.
Don’t those wire shelves hurt your eyes?
$100 challenge- the plan
To make this work, I’m going to be using a lot of leftover stuff. I need to do this anyway- Michael practically begs me to use leftover paint whenever I start a new space- and I’m vowing to use up what we have. Finally, my propensity to overbuy supplies will pay off!
So here’s the plan.
Dark gray paint on the ceiling. Yes, it’ll probably make it feel a little smaller, but the undeniable style it will add will be worth it. I have this leftover from the ceiling in our master bedroom and I still love it!
I’m going to continue the wainscoting treatment from the mudroom into this room. I should have enough lumber left over to make this work.
Paint the walls and wainscoting white with leftover paint.
Add open wood shelving above the washer/dryer- I have enough scrap wood to make this work. This will give me folding space on the washer, and get all of the messy supplies up and out of immediate sight.
And, that wall will also get tiled with leftover subway tile from the kitchen.
What I really, really want is this wallpaper treatment above the wainscoting:
but it’s out of the budget. So I’m going to try my hand at Cricuting some pink pineapple decals to use instead. I can get the vinyl pretty cheap, so it will be a budget friendly alternative to buying wallpaper.
And finally, I’m going to do a simple DIY treatment to the light fixture, which isn’t too terrible, just to add some style.
One of the good things about such a small space is that leftovers can go a long way in it 🙂
Let’s do this!
So literally the day after I figured out my design plan for this space, I read this article in Domino about what their design editors want to see gone in 2018. Guess what’s on the list? Pineapples and pink, which had me ROFL. Ah well, at least here on Avenue Laurel, pineapples and pink will always be relevant 😉
I’m super excited to get started! I know the before pictures don’t look awful (nothing that some pretty baskets can’t handle, right?) but this room is tired, dingy, screaming for organization, and ready for a redo. I’m ready to mark it off of my list!
Thanks so much for following along, and thanks Erin for hosting this challenge! Be sure to check out the other amazing bloggers who are also part of this challenge!