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$100 Room Challenge: Week 2 – Plans and Paint

So, I’m a little bit late to the game for week 2 of the $100 Room Challenge. Which means that there will be two updates this week for you! To start off, check out our plans and paint for our bathroom makeover!


During week 1, I shared all of the eerie before photos and this lovely mood board. We are only working with $100 to get our bathroom looking pretty, so we are going to need to get creative with how we achieve this look.


Here’s our to-do list and we have a few of the items already finished:

  • Paint the walls
  • Paint the doors/trim/vanity cabinet
  • Spray paint door hardware
  • Build a ladder to put around/above the toilet.
  • Get wire baskets for storage
  • Add a can light above the toilet area
  • Make a frame for the existing mirror
  • Replace light switches/plates/GFCI outlet/thermostat
  • Add hooks for towels
  • Decorate with items already owned


Last week our house was struck with a stomach bug that had our little guy out of commission for almost 7 days. With only one bathroom in the house, it was hard to try and get all of the painting done in the midst gastrointestinal explosions. (Too much? Sorry.) Anyway, we finally finished after 7 million coats.

Bathroom Plans and Paint Benjamin Moore Pale Oak

OK.  That may be a bit of an exaggeration. We did have to go over the cabinets, doors, and trim quite a few times (4-6 depending on the surface) to cover the existing stain.  We started by sanding everything to rough up the surfaces.  Next, we applied 1-2 coats of Zinsser primer. Then, we painted on top of that with Behr Pure White semi-gloss paint, which was left over from our daughter’s bedroom makeover.

Bathroom Paint Colors

Because we are working with a pretty tight budget for this makeover, we decided to get our Benjamin Moore Pale Oak paint color matched to Glidden Semi Gloss. This ended up saving us some dough! To save even more money, we spray painted the existing hardware with Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze, which was also left over from previous projects.

Bathroom Paint Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze

We are really liking the Pale Oak paint color on the walls.  It is a lovely neutral greige and seems to add a little warmth the cool white paint in the room.

Did you miss last week’s post? Follow along with our progress by clicking the links to each week below!

Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4

Don’t forget to check out the other participants in this challenge and see all the amazing/budget friendly designs and ideas these bloggers are coming up with!

$100 Room Challenge: Week 1 – Bathroom on a Budget

We’ve been slowly moving along on our progress at The Country House since fall.  With all of the holidays, birthdays, etc., it has been hard to get a lot done, but we’ve made a little dent in the dining room, which I will be sharing soon. However, today I wanted to share our newest plans with you for our bathroom! I’m all about saving money, so this will be a bathroom on a budget!


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And as you may have guessed from the title and graphic above, this bathroom makeover with also be part of the $100 Room Challenge. I’m so excited to be joining my friend Erin from Lemons, Lavender, and Laundry who is the brains behind this challenge. (Thanks, Erin for the invitation!) The gist of the challenge is pretty simple: makeover a room for only $100 in only 4 weeks.  Click over to Erin’s blog for more detailed info.

Behold, THE bathroom!

That’s right. There is currently only ONE in our home.

$100 Room Challenge Bathroom Before

In its current state, our bathroom is blah and boring.

Small Makeover for Bathroom on a Budgetr

We are not huge fans of the cherry colored stain on the doors and vanity.

Small Bathroom Sink

The flooring is pretty UGH too.

Bathroom Vanity

The thrown itself is tucked back behind the tub/shower and even though you can not tell from this photo, it is kind of a black hole back there.  (The only lights in the room are above the sink.)

Bathroom Toilet Storage

So, as you can see, we have a ton that we need to do in here to bring things up to date and to mesh with our personal style.

Below is the mood board that I whipped up for this challenge. If we were to buy all of these items, we would go way over our $100 budget! The paint alone will probably knock out 1/3 of that amount! However, we are a crafty/thrifty family and are going to get pretty creative with this makeover. Wish us luck!


Sources:  Mirror | Robe Hook | Ladder | Hand Towel | Faux Plant

Over the next 4 weeks, I will be sharing our plans and progress with you.  Think we can pull this off?

Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4

Don’t forget to check out the other participants in this challenge and see all the amazing/budget friendly designs and ideas these bloggers are coming up with!

Holiday Entryway Decor

This year, our holiday decor is pretty minimal. Since we moved into the Country House just about a half of a year ago, our garage has been a disaster of boxes and furniture and trash and recycling. So, most of our holiday decor has stayed in the mess in the garage. We’ve put up our tree (see our Neutral Modern Farmhouse Tree) and a few wreaths outside, but today I wanted to share our holiday entryway decor.

Neutral Holiday Entryway Decor

Our entryway is really just the 4th wall of our living room with a small coat closet. (Click here to see the before tour of our Country House.)

You may remember the stocking holder that I made a couple of years ago. Unfortunately, our past couple of homes have not had a fireplace with a mantle. So, we were in need of a place to hang our Christmas stockings. This DIY hanger has been awesome and perfectly holds all of our stockings, even when they are filled with goodies on Christmas morning.

Stocking Hanger Holder

I also add some painted chipboard letters to each stocking so Santa knows where to put his loot. Yes, I know that there are two E’s, but if you look closely, you will be able to see that one of those stockings is a little different from the others. We had actually purchased the 3 matching stockings before our son was born and needed another creamy cable knit one to go with the rest when he joined the fam. I could not find that same pattern, so I settled for similar.

Stocking Monogram

Underneath the stockings is a console table with a couple of storage ottomans below that. The ottomans are great for storing our kid’s shoes and work as extra seating in a pinch.

On top of the console table is a couple of vintage items that each belonged to one of my grandmas. The white, milk glass double bowl with a lid belonged to my paternal grandmother and the old typewriter was my maternal grandmothers. I love having keepsakes like these!

Vintage Typewriter Black Console

I also added an appropriately typed Christmas poem/story to the typewriter for the season.

Vintage Typeface

This little space is lovely to walk into when we get home. Even though we don’t have a ton of decor up this year, there is just enough to make it feel merry and bright!

Christmas Entryway Decor

What do you think of our holiday entryway decor? Leave a comment to let us know!

Tween Bedroom Makeover Details and Sources

You guys! I must apologize. In the final reveal post, I said that I would share all of the Tween Bedroom Makeover Details and Sources with you last week. Oops! Over a week has passed and I’m just now getting around to finishing up this post. Part of it was probably laziness and the other part was burn out. I hear that completely overhauling a room in just 6 weeks can do that to a person. *wink* However, I’m ready to jump back in and tell you all about it.

One Room Challenge Tween Bedroom Reveal

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To see all of the before photos, mood board, and all of the final photos of this space, click here!

As I already mentioned, this room was completely renovated. After some major gutting of the old carpets, we added new floors (peel and stick faux wood) and painted the walls (Benjamin Moore Gray Owl in Satin @ 50% ), trim, and doors (Behr Pure White in Semigloss).

Tween Bedroom White Door Hanger

Over Door Hooks | Door Handle | Thermostat

We also replaced all of the electrical outlets, switches/plates, and the ugly almond thermostat.

Aren’t these printable art pieces perfect?  Guess what!?  They were all free!

Tween Bedroom Printable Gold Pink Art

Have Courage Be Kind | Glitter Initial | Don’t Quit Your Daydream | Frame

Since this room was craving some storage, we added large white boxes in the closet to help corral clutter and collections.

Tween Bedroom Closet Organization

White Storage Boxes

This pretty dress form is now a display area for new and vintage necklaces. Our creative girl also likes fashion and design, so her fabrics and sewing machine are just behind the doors of the closet. When inspiration hits, she can remove the necklaces and pin up a new outfit .

Tween Bedroom Neutral Dressform

Dress Form | Blinds

Finding a tufted headboard that our daughter liked and also fit our budget was a bit of a challenge. It seemed that every place we looked was out of stock of this particular one. However, after a little waiting, we were able to score this puppy and it looks so beautiful in this space.

Tween Bedroom Twin Bed and Nightstand


Aren’t these Morrocan mirrors cute? We snagged them for just $16 from Marshalls. The scale is a little off for my liking, but my daughter loved the shape and they just happened to go with the room.

Tween Bedroom Bed

The nightstand was a last minute idea. My hubby built this one from scratch, using building plans from Anna White. A drawer and a few pretty boxes below add more storage to this small room.

Tween Bedroom Nightstand and Storage

Drawer Knob | Pink Storage Box | Floral Storage Box 

The gray and white clover pattern bedding was our first purchase for the room and one that we are so happy with. The duvet cover is reversible (gray on white) and adds some nice pattern in here.

Tween Bedroom Beige Gray White Pink

Duvet & Sham | Pink Pillow

By looking at this room, you probably wouldn’t guess that our daughter’s favorite color is purple. What? That’s right. The girl loves all things lavender. However, when looking for inspiration, she kept coming back to rooms that featured touches of pink and ultimately decided she liked the warmth and softness of a light pink color vs. purple.

Tween Bedroom Nightstand Acessories

Lamp – Passed On From Family | Pink Flameless Candle | Notepad

One item I haven’t talked about yet is this plush, cream, shag carpet we picked out. Since the new floors are pretty dark, we wanted to brighten the area with a soft rug. This fluffy option is perfect for stepping onto right out of bed in the morning. Or practicing splits and stretches.  Whatever you may fancy.

Tween Bedroom Cream Shag Carpet

Area Rug

And if you’ve been following along, you may remember chandelier-gate 2016. (OK, it wasn’t really a scandal.) This pretty little number gave us a few installation problems, but luckily we worked them out.

Tween Bedroom Chandelier Crystals

Chandelier | Ceiling Medallion

I already shared the details of how we built this “dresker” using two small chests of drawers. It is such a functional piece of furniture in this room since it doubles as both a dresser and a desk.

Tween Bedroom Desk/Dresser

3 Drawer Chest | Drawer Pulls | Chair | Faux Sheepskin | Waste Can

The swivel chair and faux sheepskin were a few last minute requests from our daughter…

Tween Bedroom Pink White Acessories

Pink Frame | Deer Print | Lamp | Plant & Pot

Along with some of these pretty accessories.

Tween Bedroom Desk Accessories

Jewelry Tree | Flowers | Pencil Holder

We wanted a place for the little miss to display photos and important reminders, so I whipped up this easy pinboard with an old corkboard, some dropcloth, baker’s twine, and upholstery tacks.

Tween Bedroom Dresker

White Chromebook | Pom Pom Stickers

Wowza! I think that covers all of the tween bedroom makeover details and sources. We are so happy with how this room turned out and it is currently our favorite space in the house. Now we need to get working on some other rooms! Hmmm… I wonder which one will be next?