One Room Challenge Week Three: New Flooring/Paint

Welcome to week three of the One Room Challenge! It has been so much fun to join in as a linking participant. I can’t believe how fast these three weeks have passed and how far we still have to go. However, I’m excited to report that we are finished the new flooring/paint.

If you are just joining in, let me get you caught up! During the first week, I shared the before photos of our daughter’s bedroom. And last week I gave you a glimpse into the design plans with a fun and girly mood board, plus a detailed project list for our tween bedroom makeover.

ORC New Flooring/Paint

OK, back to the room…

Originally, the walls in the bedroom were painted with a flat white paint and the floors were covered with stained, rusty/brown carpet. Not necessarily the look we were going for. So we decided to completely gut the room. Paint is always such a cheap and simple way to update a room, and since were are trying to stick to simple updates on our house, for now, we also went with an inexpensive flooring option.

One Room Challenge Week 3

For the walls, we chose the color Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore lightened by 50%. We really liked the color in our powder room at The City House. The color is a warm gray with some yellow undertones, but not greige at all. It is the perfect light and airy color for this space.


Benjamin Moore Gray Owl 50%

I’ve mentioned before that we aren’t sure what the situation will be in a few years with this home since it is a bit smaller than we would like. Build on? Build new? Either way, for now, we opted for an inexpensive peel and stick wood look flooring. It was so easy to install! I loved it in the store, but when we put it in, I was no longer sure. I thought maybe it was too cool. However, after living with it for a week, I’ve changed my mind again. I’m in love!

It was so easy to install! I loved it in the store, but when we put it in, I was no longer sure. I thought maybe it was too cool. However, after living with it for a week, I’ve changed my mind again. I’m in love and I think the accessories and colors we are adding will warm it up.

Peel Stick Flooring Driftwood

We also changed out all of the almond colored outlets/switches to match the white trim. However, I have yet to figure out what to do with that ugly electric baseboard heater. I’m not really sure if I can paint it with a high temp paint or not. It’s such a frustrating thing to try to decorate around (no curtains allowed). I would appreciate any advice or knowledge you may have for dealing with these eyesores!

Baseboard Heater Faux Wood Floor

So far, we are extremely happy with the results of this room! The paint color is perfect and the flooring makes the room feel clean. And since everyone loves a good before and after, here is how the room looked when we first moved in (left) and now (right). Huge difference, right? What do you think of our new flooring/paint?

One Room Challenge Tween Bedroom Before ORC New Flooring and Paint

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16 thoughts on “One Room Challenge Week Three: New Flooring/Paint

  1. Jen @ Noting Grace

    We did our floors this week too! And we used the same type of peel and stick tile! I am in love with it and your floors look amazing! Awesome progress – can’t wait to see the final reveal!

    1. Erin Post author

      Thanks, Amanda! I agree that those two updates can really makes such a difference. Now if only the rest of the house had new paint and floors… ;)

  2. Emily

    I think those floors are beautiful!! For the baseboard heater… could you put some kind of a bench over it? Or maybe use those patterned aluminum sheets?

    1. Erin Post author

      We could possibly put a bench over, but I worry about it getting too hot. Those patterned aluminum sheets may work though! Thanks, Emily!

  3. Carol, The Red Painted Cottage

    Erin, I love the paint color and the floors. Other than the floors, our bedroom has changed so much from the day we moved in over 3 years ago. Unfortunately, the carpet has got to stay a bit longer until we have the budget to get either wood or laminate flooring. We had wood floors throughout our previous home, and I sure miss them! Your peel and stick floors look real. I agree with Emily about putting a bench or a wide desk over the heat register. Does all that metal get really hot?

    1. Erin Post author

      Thank you so much, Carol! We would love wood floors, but they are not in the budget right now. I know how annoying it can be to live with carpet you aren’t in love with too! As far as the baseboard heaters, they are electric so they get super hot to the touch. Once while we were away, our cat accidentally knocked down a short curtain on top of one and it scorched it! Yikes. Our house could have burned down, so I’m really hestitant with what we can do as far as decorating goes. They are such an eye sore though! Glad you stopped by, Carol!


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