One Room Challenge – Week 1 Laundry/Powder Room Renovation

April 5, 2017

Oh my goodness you guys it’s finally here, the first day of the One Room Challenge! I’m thrilled to be participating this season. I had a tough time getting my ducks in a row to be ready but I can’t wait to share our renovation process with you all!

A couple weeks ago I shared plans for our laundry/powder room here on the blog. If you missed it that’s okay because plans have really changed since then and for the better.

First, lets talk about this space. Our home is a traditional, brick colonial. Everything is pretty much what you’d expect for a colonial home but I’m definitely left scratching my head on this room. This is the only bathroom on the main floor so when we have guest over I always make sure to do a quick run through and make sure there isn’t any unmentionables hanging up to dry. Many of you also know the terrible state the house was in when we bought it. If not, you can go back through and see the before photos under home tour. Between all three bathrooms we had one working sink, what we thought was one working shower and one working toilet. The working sink was not in this space. We’ve known from the beginning that the counter top, sink and faucet needed to be removed but have been waiting until we had a full plan so our guest have had to wash their hands in the kitchen sink or use our hallway bathroom upstairs.  Not fun or sanitary! The washer and dryer has walls around them leaving a very tight and useless nook across from the toilet and it left the space feeling dark.

Here is the space before we moved in. Yikes!

We found the blue prints for our house in the basement shortly after we bought it. The powder room was supposed to be located in a different place entirely and this was only supposed to be the laundry room. Unfortunately, the powder room can not be relocated at this time so starting over in this space it is!

I had originally planned on doing a simple update, paint the walls, trim and floor. Add curtains to the laundry closet to keep it closed off from guests but when it came down to it I just wasn’t loving the idea of keeping the walls around the washer and dryer. The space was not going to be fully functional. We decided to gut the space and take advantage of every inch. I’m so glad we did!

Here’s the room after we removed the old flooring, painted the trim and walls.

Here’s that tiny nook I was telling you about –

Here’s what the space looks like since we decided to remove the laundry closet with the exception that the studs around the washer have been removed completely and the plumbing has been relocated to the back wall behind the washer since I took this photo.

Let’s talk plans. The washer and dryer are going to stay on that wall and a floor to ceiling cabinet will be built into place on the left side of the washer for added storage. Cabinets and shelving will be built above the washer and dryer as well as an added sconce for extra lighting.

We’re going to plank the ceiling and install a fresh light fixture. The flooring will be a herringbone pattern in either brick or hardwoods. We’ll see!

The current vanity and sink will be replaced and a new mirror will be hung. We’ll add a window covering, area rug and some pretty artwork and this room will be ready for guests!

Here’s what I’m envisioning –

In keeping with the traditional style of our home I’m going with a timeless, classic, brass fixtures and a neutral color palette with pops of color from the rug and artwork. I’m thrilled to be partnering with for a lot of the items you see here!

We have a lot to do in this space in a short time but I am so glad you’ll be here for the ride! I hope you’ll check back next week to see the progress we’ve made.

Have a great rest of the week friends!







  • Reply Lanita Anderson April 5, 2017 at 8:34 am

    I love your ideas and can’t wait to see how the space turns out! Best Wishes! šŸ™‚

    • Reply Amanda April 6, 2017 at 9:25 am

      Thank you so much Lanita. I’m glad you like it!

  • Reply Marty Oravetz April 5, 2017 at 9:15 am

    Love your design. This is going to be amazing.

    • Reply Amanda April 6, 2017 at 9:26 am

      Thank you so much, Marty!

  • Reply Kristi Mercer April 5, 2017 at 9:45 am

    Amanda! You’ve chosen some amazing pieces (love all the brass)! Can’t wait to follow along!

    • Reply Amanda April 6, 2017 at 9:30 am

      Thank you, friend! I’m really excited about the brass features. Thanks for following along. šŸ™‚

  • Reply Holly April 5, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    I can’t wait to see how this is going to turn out! This ORC gets me excited. I decided to participate as a guest participant this year! Can’t wait to see your laundry room, cause I love your style!

    • Reply Amanda April 6, 2017 at 9:32 am

      Thanks Holly! I’m also guest participating… for some reason I remembered posting on Wen. last year. I have no idea why. Oh well LOL! I’m so glad you stopped by and good luck with your space!

  • Reply Brenda Johnson April 5, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    Can’t wait to see it all done! I live in Georgia…Dallas, GA. We have lived here for 11 years now, but originally from Michigan. We love it here and love our home. Do you still live in GA?

    • Reply Amanda April 6, 2017 at 9:34 am

      Thanks Brenda! You’re not too far from me. I’m in Canton, GA. I’ve lived in GA all my life and I love it here. So glad you feel the same. šŸ™‚

  • Reply Iris Nacole April 5, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    It looks amazing! I can’t wait to see it all come together!

    • Reply Amanda April 6, 2017 at 9:35 am

      Thank you so much, Iris! I can’t wait to see it all finished up myself. Laundry wont seem so bad in a pretty space!

  • Reply Becky @ Daly Digs April 6, 2017 at 9:11 am

    I loooove your vision! The gold fixtures with the herringbone and a pop of color in the rug….ahhhh! I can’t wait to see it finished! Good luck w/your ORC! šŸ™‚

    • Reply Amanda April 6, 2017 at 9:36 am

      Thank you so much, Becky! I’m just thrilled to be participating. This ORC thing is such a great way to see that I actually get the space done! Thanks for stopping by. šŸ™‚

  • Reply christine dovey April 6, 2017 at 9:40 am

    This is going to be an amazing before and after…love the plans! That sink is stunning!

    • Reply Amanda April 10, 2017 at 3:27 pm

      Thank you so much, Christine! We picked up the sink just this week and I’m dying to get it in place. Alas, that will not be anytime soon though.

  • Reply Summer April 6, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    I’m loving everything you picked out! I can’t wait to see it!!

    • Reply Amanda April 10, 2017 at 3:28 pm

      Thank you so much, Summer! I’m so happy you stopped by. šŸ™‚

  • Reply Deb April 6, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    I love this mood board amanda, I can’t want to see how gorgeous it’s going to turn out!

    • Reply Amanda April 10, 2017 at 3:29 pm

      Thank you sweet friend! I’m so excited to be participating again. I can’t wait to see all the beautiful rooms, including yours!

  • Reply Brittany Goldwyn April 7, 2017 at 10:53 am

    Oh yes, this is going to be one hell of a makeover. I love your choices on your moodboard–can’t wait to follow along with the progress!!

    • Reply Amanda April 10, 2017 at 3:30 pm

      Thanks girl! I can not tell you how amazing it felt to swing that hammer at those walls. Goodbye ugly nightmare, hello beautiful!

  • Reply Ruthie April 10, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    I’m so excited to see the final product and follow along! Loving your vision board!

  • Reply Amanda - Life at Cloverhill April 10, 2017 at 11:07 pm

    You’ve done so much to open up this space already. I can’t wait to see how it all comes together – especially the brass šŸ™‚ Good luck!

  • Reply 5 Home Updates We’ve Loved & Those We Regrets | The Tale of an Ugly House April 11, 2017 at 9:27 am

    […] A lot of you are probably thinking, why is that a regret? There is nothing wrong with rubbed oil bronze hardware. It’s actually very popular but I had originally wanted gold hardware in the kitchen. I decided last minute to go with the other. It’s something that has bothered me over the last year. I wish I had listened to my gut because I think it would have been stunning! After living here for a year I’ve learned what style I gravitate too and what I want the end result to be. I’m not going to change the hardware out anytime soon because of the cost. Down the road I hope to bring the gold into the kitchen like I am in the powder room. […]

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