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$100 Room Challenge Week One – A new look for the Guest Bathroom

Usually at this time of year I would be wrapping up my projects from the previous year and sharing my goals for the upcoming one – but I’m throwing all that out the window and jumping right into the first project of 2020!  I’m extremely excited to be joining Erin from Lemons, Lavender, & Laundry this January and taking part in her $100 Room Challenge – one month, one room, only $100!  It’s a big departure from the One Room Challenge that I take part in in the spring but it’s a chance to challenge my creativity and resourcefulness in ways that I think could be really helpful to readers looking to tackle their own DIY makeovers.

Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5



Now for the question you’re all dying to know – which room is getting a makeover this time?  Well I’m going way back to the beginning of my DIY adventure and re-visiting the first room I ever transformed — our guest bathroom (you can read all about the first remodel here).  Before I say anything else I just want to go on the record and say – I KNOW…..lots of you love this room the way it is and I get it!  It’s super cute and if you want to copy this exact design in your own home then please go for it………but the truth is it’s just not right for this house anymore.  As the house has evolved (especially the 2nd floor) this bathroom feels a little too farmhouse for it’s surroundings.



That being said, there are elements I still love that won’t change – the wood tile floor, the subway tile, the beadboard, the medicine cabinets will all stay exactly the same.  But with a few tweaks, some hours up on the ladder, and a whole lot of paint – I think I can completely change the vibe of this room and bring in the fun and quirky moments that are lacking right now.



It’s really gonna be a challenge to stay under that $100 budget, and there are some structural issues I have to deal with first before I can commit money to more fun things (more on that next week but it involves re-installing the crown molding).  Here’s an idea of what I have in mind and how I’m planning to keep the cost down so I have enough left to add some fun styling at the end:



1. Add Color to the Walls – I have enough paint leftover from the Guest Bedroom to paint the walls this amazing shade of green (Halycon Green from Sherwin Williams)

2. Paint the Vanity White and Paint the Hardware Black – The paint will be my biggest expense but I think changing the vanity to blend into the beadboard is gonna make a huge difference!

3. Spray the Vanity Lights – A little leftover spray paint will go a long way

4. Re-build Floating Shelves – I have a plan to re-use the existing shelves for a whole new look – fingers crossed on this one for sure!

5. New Shower Curtain – Hoping to have enough money leftoever at the end to get something fun to add a little boho vibe

6. Add Bathroom Rug – This room desperately needs one and I have a plan to keep it in budget that you’ll love

7. Paint Wall Mural – I’m most excited about my plan to add artwork to this room for close to zero dollars

8. Right now the room is full of the boys toddler accessories (towels, cups, toys) and I think some simple swaps to more grown up accessories will be the perfect final touch



I’ve spent a lot of time lately working on other peoples homes so it’s going to be really fun to kick off the year putting a little time into my own again.  If I keep to my goal of getting at least one thing done every day I think I’ll get this room in shape by the end of the month.  Make sure you come back next week to hopefully see some major changes right out of the gate —- and make sure you check in what my fellow $100 Room Challenger have planned as well!


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January 1, 2020 at 8:17 pm

Your bathroom looks pretty now, but with all your new plans it is going to look amazing! I can’t wait to see the paint on the wall and the vanity painted white. That will be a huge change by itself. Spray painting the light fixture is a great way to save money. Happy creating Lindsey. Happy New Year too!

    Lindsey Joy
    January 2, 2020 at 4:24 pm

    I totally agree! I think changing up the colors is all this space needs to feel more like me and I cannot wait to get started!!

January 1, 2020 at 9:53 pm

I’m so behind making a space you’ve already tackled and making it fit who you are today! It’s such an evolution, the mood board looks awesome. Can’t wait to follow along!

    Lindsey Joy
    January 2, 2020 at 4:19 pm

    I am so happy to hear that because that’s exactly what I what this challenge to be about and inspire others to do!! I can’t wait to start sharing updates!

January 1, 2020 at 11:46 pm

I am in love with your inspiration pictures and board! This is going to beautiful and I can not wait to see you $100 design the season!

    Lindsey Joy
    January 2, 2020 at 4:17 pm

    Thank you so much Jen!! I look at my inspo board and I get so excited to start working on it!!

January 2, 2020 at 4:43 am

Ok, you are right! I was like “this room looks great as is” but then when you described your vision, I’m now a believer it needs a change LOL. I can’t wait to see how you paint the mural.

    Lindsey Joy
    January 2, 2020 at 4:16 pm

    Yay!!!! So glad I have another believe on my side LOL – and I CANNOT wait to paint the mural!!!!

January 2, 2020 at 2:58 pm

Lindsey your bathroom does look really cute but I also totally get wanting to change things up. You have a great plan and I look forward to seeing it come together.

January 2, 2020 at 11:33 pm

Admittedly, I love this bathroom already, however, I also understand the need to create a space that’s more “you” and wanted more cohesion throughout the house. I’m excited to see what you do in here over the next few weeks. I think it’ll be super fun to see a bathroom change vibes 🙂

    Lindsey Joy
    January 6, 2020 at 8:27 pm

    Thank you so much Erin – I honestly went back and forth more than a few times before I put that first stroke of new paint on the wall but I’m so happy I did and cannot wait to share more

January 3, 2020 at 2:03 am

I cant wait to see the reveal. I love the design and the birds are so cute.

    Lindsey Joy
    January 6, 2020 at 8:26 pm

    Thank you Nicole! Those birds are going to make me deliriously happy once they are painted LOL

January 3, 2020 at 2:56 am

Love your ideas and adding a mural and color is going to be fun!

January 3, 2020 at 10:11 pm

It is beautiful as-is, but excited to see it with a boho vibe!!

January 4, 2020 at 5:10 am

I totally understand what you mean about a room not vining with the rest of the house. The color and other fun elements are going to be amazing. Cant wait to see it all done!

    Lindsey Joy
    January 6, 2020 at 8:23 pm

    Thank you so much Kati! So glad you can see the fun in my vision – can’t wait to share more!

January 6, 2020 at 10:05 pm

I cant wait to see how it turns out! That green is going to be beautiful, its definitely one of my favorite greens!

    Lindsey Joy
    January 8, 2020 at 12:25 pm

    Mine too! I already have the room painted and it looks so much brighter – I can’t wait to share it

January 8, 2020 at 3:51 am

I love the direction you are headed for this room. Can’t wait to see it all finished!

January 8, 2020 at 3:32 pm

I can really see how your changes will really brighten up this room and make it even more lovely. Love that color green!

    Lindsey Joy
    January 9, 2020 at 8:49 pm

    Thank you Pamela! I’m so glad that is coming across in pictures. I think if this room had a window that blue/gray color would have felt a light less dull, but now this green does make it feel a million times brighter!

January 10, 2020 at 12:30 am

I’ve been watching your Stories, as you probably know, but I enjoyed getting these Before Photos here on your blog. I hadn’t seen this room before, so now I’m ready for the redesign! GL!!

    Lindsey Joy
    January 10, 2020 at 2:36 pm

    Thanks Sarah!! That bathroom was AGES ago before I really knew what I was doing LOL – I can’t wait to share more!

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