One Room Challenge: Week One
The One Room Challenge is a biannual event hosted by CallingItHome.com. There are twenty official participants and anyone with a blog is invited to play along, as well. So this is me, with a blog, playing along! The idea is that over a six week period, you completely makeover one room in your home. Over the course of the challenge you document your plans, progress, and ultimately (hopefully!) reveal your finished space at the same time as everyone else. The blog posts go up on Wednesdays and Instagram should be overflowing with #orc goodness throughout.
I'm feeling a little overwhelmed and I've yet to begin. It's been awhile since I've taken on a big project in our own house, I've been fully absorbed in client work and trying to sell our old house since August. I just need to get back in the groove, pull off the band aid, all that jazz.
So let's talk about this "challenge" room. My little powder room under the stairs, in it's first incarnation, was an L-shaped coat closet, with a built in chest of drawers. It had long been a bathroom by the time we got the house but retained the L-shape and chest. When I was pregnant with my third baby, I demoed the chest and wall, opening the space under the stairs for much needed storage. I had a new sconce put in and took down the burgundy wallpaper. That was good enough for awhile.
I have found that, having such a monster house, it's much easier to get all three kiddos downstairs in the morning for the brushing of teeth and combing of hair, in our only (in use) downstairs bathroom. We have no medicine cabinet, which leads to everything being left out or being shoved in my, already short on storage, kitchen drawers. That is actually the main reason I chose this room to re-do. We desperately need a place for toilet paper, toothbrushes and, get this, medicine!
This wee closet, turned bathroom, also has the lowest ceiling ever at a whopping 6'. I know at best I can gain a couple inches by removing the existing ceiling but a couple inches would be a great help to my 6'1'' husband. I'm also planning to take out the cheap and boring ceramic tile and put in a corner sink that doesn't jut out into the room. I hope to make it feel just a bit more spacious.
If time and resources allow I would like to put doors on the cubby under the stairs. That's where we store out bi-weekly water delivery. It's not lovely to look at. I also want to restore the little window and frost it (for a bit of privacy) and add a locking mechanism for the door. It is a bathroom, after all.
I've got a lot of balls in the air right now but I'm crazy, so I'll toss one more up. What the hell? Hope you follow along... and that I don't fall flat on my face. Also check out @oneroomchallenge on instagram and the website callingithome.com for links to the official participants blogs. Lots of awesome bloggers are taking part!