Week 8: One Room Challenge

The Reveal

It’s finally here! Reveal Day for the Fall 2021 One Room Challenge has come, and am I glad about it!

This bathroom journey started way back during the summer, in July, when I was only supposed to be adding board and batten to the walls. It quickly turned into my first BIG DI-TRY project also known in the project management world as a major SCOPE change LOL. Needless to say, when your teenager is out of town for the entire summer and you’re a single lady/ single mom such as myself, DIY projects come after spontaneous cocktail and brunch dates! I was living my best summer single life!

However, I still needed to buckle down and get this bathroom done. This is where I signed up for my very first One Room Challenge. Here’s a little reminder of where this bathroom space started.

But Now

But now we’re here to that moment where I’m excited and a little semi-bothered. Why, you may ask. Well Good People, going into Week 7 out of 8 for the project, there was a leak of some sort. I wasn’t certain where the water was coming from, but it appeared to be coming under the baseboard from the other bathroom. Part of me was concerned because who wants a leak? Needless to say, I saw dollar signs flashing before my eyes! On the contrary, the other part of me was ecstatic because if you’ve been hanging with me in my Instagram stories and reels on my feed, then you know I had planned to stencil the floor. However, that plan was scratched because that stenciling life just wasn’t working out for me! Imagine if it had worked out though! My floor potentially could have been ruined by The Great Leak of 2021 <enter dramatic music here>

No bueno on the stenciling

Fast forward to a plumber’s visit and a couple hundred dollars later, the problem appears to be fixed. In the middle of this ordeal, I had to remove the water damaged baseboard. However, I have yet to replace it because I want to be certain the water problem is no longer an issue before nailing down a new baseboard. BUT! There still remains the fact that I couldn’t get time back. I needed Week 7 to at least paint the floor and allow approximately a week for the final top coat to dry before I could walk on it. With all of this said, and because I know you may be to the point of GIRL SHOW ME WHATCHA WORKING WITH, let’s get into it! I’ll link throughout to to my Like To Know so you can easily shop for your first or your next DIY!

Since this bathroom is guest and teenager friendly; I wanted a design style that was welcoming to both -not too kiddie but also not too uncomfortable for its main user (my daughter aka The Girl). I found these cute outlet covers and knew they would work well. I especially knew they were the ones when The Girl (my daughter) commented that she liked them, without me having to ask. I always have found replacing an outlet’s cover can be a quick and inexpensive way to update just about any space. You can shop here for these outlet covers.

The small things

Artwork by The Girl

I’m my opinion, the little things matter just as much as the big ones. In this case, I wanted make sure I surrounded my daughter (and guests) with creativity and affirming words.

The Girl is a budding artist, and I want to constantly encourage her to stay in tune with her creative side. Our home is her personal art exhibition space. Just as with the Teenybopper Room Update, I once again brought her artwork into another space to proudly display.

In addition to the thoughtful artwork placement, I intentionally repurposed our “Just Love” sign -previously found near our home’s front door. Placed adjacent to the upgraded mirror, I want my daughter (and guests) to “Just Love” the reflection they see of themselves, looking back at the person God created. This is what I pray is seen and will serve as a constant reminder of God’s deep love for each of us – uniquely and wonderfully made.

Another small but intentionally added piece of decor is the bath mat. Though it was smaller than expected; hence I paired it with a larger mat, I love the simple message displayed.

You Look Good.

Our home is filled with positive, spoken affirmations; but I still like to reiterate the message in different ways. In a world where social media likes and body images have replaced having an actual personality and morals, I want my daughter to know that she looks good just as she is! Change what you want because it’s your desire; not the world’s. To my daughter and our home’s guests, be comfortable in your skin because You Look Good.

My favorites

My favorite parts of this project were the board and batten wall plus the floating shelf I made.

It’s amazing what learning about hard board and using a miter saw can do! I love what this addition to the previously grey bland wall did for this space. I also created a ledge for displaying art work, as previously mentioned and just because it adds a little extra jush. Also, check out the hooks thoughtfully placed on each wall for towels.

Then came the floating shelf. I have another blog post in the making for making this floating shelf. But let me tell you Good People how proud of myself I am for this first time build! We needed extra storage to keep additional towels in the bathroom. With this shelf, I created a “spa vibe”, as my daughter kindly pointed out to me. With the addition of a DIY candle; probably the longest living plant in my home; and of course fresh towels, we’re well on our way to an oasis on here.

The epoxy

I wasn’t going to totally leave the epoxy countertop hanging -though I kind of wanted to toss it out the window. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not bad; but in my humble opinion, it’s not as good as I would’ve liked. I think epoxy, particularly for beginners, is best done on a flat surface. The integrated sink and backsplash proved to be too much for me to maneuver before the epoxy began to thicken. I have yet to try any other epoxy brands, so I cannot give an opinion based on comparison. I’ll simply leave it at this… I think it’s worth a try.

Total Boat epoxy

Lights, camera, action

To round this reveal out, I want to give an honorable mention to this light fixture that replaced the builder’s grade light. Look at those globes enclosing the light bulb. It’s beautiful… as are you!

Though this marks the end of the 8 week One Room Challenge, it’s not the end of my DI• TRY lifestyle. Subscribe Now so you can get first looks at upcoming projects as well as first looks at their completion.

Ya girl, Kim

Week 7: One Room Challenge

Epoxy Escapades

Have you played the “never have I ever” game? If you have kids or if you’ve even been around kids, you may have been exposed to this claw your eyes out because it lasts so long, game! Lol. With that said, NEVER HAVE I EVER done an epoxy application. On top of that, I chose to do my bathroom countertop that has an integrated backsplash. <insert gasp here> along with me repeating… NEVER HAVE I EVER!

Epoxy Time

I’ve been building this whole epoxy situation up in my mind -probably not the best thing to do when nervous about the whole thing… am I right?!? As mentioned in my Week 6 One Room Challenge post, I took the leap when I saw a coupon for Total Boat epoxy. I’m winging much of what I’m doing, hence the whole DI-trY mantra. So… Let’s Get It Started!

First up, I needed to prep my bathroom countertop which involved sanding with a 220 grit sand paper. Side note: wear protective gear when sanding and most certainly when doing epoxy. Okay, back to the doing…

After sanding, I used a tack cloth to wipe all the sanding dust away. Thereafter, I used TSP to wipe away any remnants the tack cloth didn’t catch. Thankfully, I kept my daughter’s old burping cloths for this task (mind you she’s 13 years old now so really I was just holding on, which finally came in handy). You probably could use a little Dawn dish detergent with some warm water if you’re not wanting to use TSP.


On to the next…

Now, on to the next part of the project. After sanding and wiping down, I mixed the first coat of epoxy according the Total Boat directions. Moment of Transparency: I looked up several paint mixing videos simply to learn how to read the mixing measuring cup. I almost was ashamed to admit this, but I recognize not everyone knows what they don’t know – and that’s okay! Now, I know how to mix a 1:1 ratio of epoxy.

With my epoxy mixed, it’s time for at least adding the first coat. I poured and smoothed my mixture over the countertop with one of the included spreaders. I thought using a foam roller would help this process, but I feel like it made it a bit more messy. As the epoxy thickens with time, I found rolling became more of a chore and less helpful for a quicker execution. This is where I get even more shaky in this epoxy decision. This first coat is not giving what I think it should be giving me.

First epoxy coatFirst epoxy coat

First epoxy coat


I used the heating gun that was included in the epoxy kit; unfortunately, that didn’t show improvement. BUT…this is just the first coat. I let it dry because it was getting late and you know… ya girl still works a full time 9 to 5, so I needed my rest. The following day proved that I wish I wouldn’t have pushed myself so hard because mistakes were made. I didn’t remove the painter’s tape and some of it set into the epoxy. Good grief! Sometimes, I get on my own nerves, creating more work for myself.

Using my razor blade to cut away parts of the painter’s tape trapped in the epoxyUsing my razor blade to cut away parts of the painter’s tape trapped in the epoxy

Using my razor blade to cut away parts of the painter’s tape trapped in the epoxy

Fast forward to a sand with 120 grit sandpaper, followed by an isopropyl alcohol wipe down, and I am back on the epoxy road.

Motivational Moment

For the record, I didn’t know (and still don’t know) all of this epoxy, sanding, isopropyl wipe down stuff off the top of my head. I read the directions. However, I recognize that in DIY-ing sometimes it appears everyone just knows how to do. For the most part, they’ve done some research and read the directions, which means YOU CAN DO THIS TOO! Now let me get back to it.

The next applications

The next applications were mixed in like manner as the first, except this is where I’ve added some character to the initial coat aka covered up some of those “ewwww, why does it look like this” moments. Here’s another moment of transparency. I still don’t like it! I know you’re probably more accustomed to reading those blog posts where everything comes out gum drops and lollipops. This one ain’t it my friend! I am NOT feeling it and I want to totally rip the entire vanity out!

This is most certainly a part of the DI•trY where I admit it doesn’t always work out the way I’ve pictured the first go round. Even with all the research and prepping done, it doesn’t always work out. Hopefully, by the time Week 8/ Reveal Day comes, this whole bathroom would have come together far better than this Week 7. The most pleasant thing to occur was the plumber fixing what I thought was a huge issue, but turned out it wasn’t. Ya girl will most certainly need a miracle for this bathroom to make a favorable turn around. Send positivity my way because it’s now down to the wire for myself and many other ORC guest participants who can check out at

Ya girl, Kim!

Week 3: One Room Challenge

Welcome to the 2021 Faucet Games

Faucet Blues

Faucet Blues: I literally wanted to cry trying to remove the pre-existing faucet’s hoses from the soon to be replaced faucet.

My hands were sore from all the prodding and twisting -only for absolutely NOTHING to happen! Those jokers would not budge. Let’s add that my back began hurting because of the awkward position while in the cabinet. Full transparency, this part of the project has sucked! BUT. Yes, here’s the “but”… haha, did you catch how that first ‘but’ was carefully placed? Lol.

Back at it with the faucet removalBack at it with the faucet removal

Back at it with the faucet removal

The more I tried, the more I prayed and trusted God for even “the smallest thing”, like a hose loosening. Did doubt creep in? Yes. Did I want to quit when it wasn’t happening right away after the first few prayers? Absolutely! But I shifted!

I shifted my thoughts to ones that spoke of encouragement, and spoke to this mountain telling it to move. The past few weeks, this faucet situation was my mountain that needed mustard seed faith with action to move it!

I know you came here for the DIY, and you’ll get that. But sharing my faith and even the moments of wavering, this is a part of my genuine lifestyle that I hope serves as encouragement for you.

Now…about that faucet

We did it! First victory was getting the hoses detached from the water valves in Week 2 of the challenge. The next victory came at least 3 more days later after finally getting the plastic faucet screws removed. Using the advise of Leslie from @pink2palace, I bought some penetrating lubricant (I couldn’t find WD40 but this stuff was worth all of the $2 spent)! I also found a helpful YouTube video which mentioned using a 3/8 drill bit to drill through the plastic.

Lubricant and one of the ORC sponsors (Ryobi Tools USA) for the win!Lubricant and one of the ORC sponsors (Ryobi Tools USA) for the win!

Lubricant and one of the ORC sponsors (Ryobi Tools USA) for the win!

I purchased this case of Ryobi drill bits because (1) I only own an one eighth drill bit and it’s randomly stored in an old ice cream container also(2) it was inexpensive, has multiple bits, and comes in a handy hard case. These tools combined with my stubbornness to see it through is what got me to my “We Did It” moment! Now let’s tackle more of this One Room Challenge.

Sneak Peak…

Here’s what’s coming in Week 4 of the One Room Challenge.

Creating horizontal stripes using my Ryobi laser levelCreating horizontal stripes using my Ryobi laser level

Creating horizontal stripes using my Ryobi laser level

Originally, my daughter wanted a dragon on the wall. And well umm, that would be a no ma’am! Once my daughter got over the dragon request, we were able to move on to something more sensible for this space. With that said, I’m attempting to add stripes and The Girl (aka my daughter) has also agreed to a semblance of a circle near the top of the abstract shower curtain. Mind you, this too are things I’ve never before done.

But I shifted…

But I shifted my thoughts to being open and willing to continue trying new things in my genuine -lifestyling space.

Interact with me in my stories over on Instagram and stay tuned for more coming in my Week 4 One Room Challenge post.

Until then, check out some of the other One Room Challenge guest participants here.

Media Partner: Better Homes and Gardens

Until we meet again… Live In Color ♥︎

Ya girl, Kim!

Week 2: One Room Challenge

mirrors, faucets and irritation… Oh My!

We’re at week two out of eight for the One Room Challenge and we need to give the scoop on where things have landed. First, let’s quickly talk about the schmood (mood) of this bathroom.

It’s a schmoodIt’s a schmood

It’s a schmood

The Mood

The Mood: It’s a guest bathroom whose primary user is a teenybopper aka my daughter whom I affectionately refer to as “The Girl”. We needed to find something having a healthy balance between mom approved (because hey, I’m the one doing this DIY work) and likability for an evolving teenager. With all this said, let’s jump into some of the design aesthetic for what has been added to the Captain’s Log : Bathroom Update aka GuesTeen Bath Project.

First up, we tackled what The Girl gave her okay on for a shower curtain. I wanted a Black and White shower curtain, but she said it looked too much like a cow and as she put it, “that’s not my vibe”. What does she know about a “vibe”?! Lol… these kids, I tell ya! After about an hour of scrolling on Amazon, we landed on and agreed to abstract. Trust me when I say, we have been in consultation mode -meaning we’re over here lovingly butting heads, then compromising down the line. Here are a few of the options we scrolled pass before agreeing on the final one shown.


The Drama aka Faucets

The Drama aka Faucets: At first, I was going to hire a plumber to handle the faucet on the vanity. However, I realized that I would need said plumber to come back after faucet removal because I’m also doing an epoxy atop the vanity. Stay tuned for that! If you haven’t already subscribed to the blog and want to be FIRST TO KNOW and FIRST TO SEEhit the Subscribe Now button below honey dip! Then come on back to get the rest of these deets.

Now back to the faucet… It has taken me all of 3 dag-gum days to get the 4 parts off -that’s top and bottom of each of the water hose’s connections. Two connected to the water valve and two connected to the piece leading to the faucet. BUT THEY ARE OFF!


After finally getting those removed, there remains the plastic pieces holding the faucet in place beneath the undermount. I am convinced


…and put them on with pride because they are ON ON! Since they’re plastic, I’m afraid of breaking them with my basin wrench. This is another stay tuned moment because at this point my hands are sore, my back hurts from the awkward positioning of my body under the sink, and I’m simply frustrated. More in my IG stories as we progress. In the meantime, here’s a pic of the replacement faucet.

The Mirror

The Mirror: After getting over the fear of removing the builder’s grade mirror glued to the bathroom’s wall, we had to mirror shop. But before the shopping could officially begin, the now mirror-less area needed to be prepped, which meant a visit on over to good ole YouTube University! In a separate blog post, I’ll share the steps I took to remedy the wall after mirror removal. For now, let’s get to the best part… SHOPPING!

The Girl and I had to come to an agreement on what mirror would be used for the GuesTeen Project. You can check out our reel on insta to see how that moment went for us. I think she thinks she’s now a design consultant after watching a few episodes of My Dream Home. Nevertheless, we’ve made an agreed upon decision. After painting and doing all the things, we’ll be ready to hang the mirror.

Searching for our new mirrorSearching for our new mirror

Searching for our new mirror

Next up, and to offer a better distraction there’s going to be some MORE painting taking place. I’ll share those results here on the blog first in Week 3 of the One Room Challenge. Hint: there’s wall art involved. That’s all I’m saying for now. Don’t forget to subscribe…which means there’s a button conveniently placed for you to Subscribe.

Removed Builder’s Grade MirrorRemoved Builder’s Grade Mirror

Removed Builder’s Grade Mirror

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Until we meet again… Live In Color ♡︎

Ya Girl Kim!

I Joined the One Room Challenge!

…what in the world am I getting myself into!?

I probably just threw a lot at you with a simple one liner. So, let’s first give a quick high level of what the One Room Challenge is (and what it is not). First let me start with what it is not. The challenge is NOT a competition. There are guest participants, but we’re cheering each other on -not competing. I repeat… WE ARE NOT COMPETING AGAINST EACH OTHER!

Now, if you’re still with me and not overly concerned with this not being a competition, then let’s get into what The One Room Challenge IS and the fact that it is sort of like a competition! Lol…just kidding. It’s more like a competition against myself and against an 8 week clock. Here’s the high level break down:

  • Featured Designers [chosen by the official ORC crew] have been chosen to transform a space of their choice Each week (over the course of 8 weeks), the designers will share their progress, their process and their sources -where all their goodies were found.

  • While Featured Designers are being shared, we (guest participants) will upload our progress to www.oneroomchallenge.com/orc-blog every Thursday, starting September 30th. We’re not necessarily “featured” in like manner to those selected,l; but we have a way to share with each other and you all. It’s another great way to get ideas for your next design project!

  • BUT… you can continue to follow my progress in my stories over on Insta @kholmes_incolor . More detailed information & first looks (as in before IG sees it) will live here on the relaunchincolor.com site. Make sure you subscribe to be the first to know!

In this DIY journey, I’ve chosen to LIVE my life fully and jump all in despite fear and/or doubt!

Since I’ve been adding scope (project management term meaning making this project longer and longer…also costlier) to the Captain’s Log: Bathroom Updates, this is going to be the kick in the pants I need to GET IT DONE!

Basically, each week, I am placing pressure on myself to meet my goals > Update Bathroom. Share progress on Instagram. Update blog with full details and first looks.

Here’s the link so you can see other great creatives sharing their One Room Challenge.

Ohhhh before I forget to mention it, I’m still working full-time and doing the single parent gig so umm yeah…

The Heat Is On!

Budget Bathroom or Budget Bust

Which will it be?

There are only 2 bathrooms in my home – the one for my daughter and the one for myself. I wanted to update her bathroom first because it also serves as a guest bathroom. Since there isn’t any natural lighting, I am opting to do something that would brighten and potentially enlarge this space. I also want to add storage, but I haven’t been certain if adding a cabinet would cause the spot to seem smaller. I’ll explore other options -depending on cost.

As previously mentioned, this area will serve a dual purpose (teenage daughter/guest bath); so the update needs to fit the bill for both teenager and visitor. Now I am no designer; I’m just going by sight and what I think will work. Design and DIY can really rack up the bill -especially one without a full vision. Will this be a big splash or big flop?!

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If you recall, there wasn’t a real budget for the Teenybopper Room Update, -meaning there wasn’t a solid number though I stayed mindful of what was being spent. On the contrary, the same approach will not be happening here with this project because ya girl (that’s me) just paid for school uniforms and back to school supplies! As a single mom, bearing it all on my own, that ‘add to cart day’ becomes limited to “Girl knock it off; not today”. With that said, we’re going to stick to the budget and make this space happen!

In an effort to cut cost, I won’t be changing the already painted grey walls. I will use the remnants left from the initial paint job for touch ups as needed. Here are some of the updates I am thinking to do in this space. I’ll go into more detail on a separate blog post for some of these, but for now…here’s the game plan. You can also follow along in my stories over on my insta feed or catch up via my “In Progress” highlight. I encourage you to shop my feed over at my LikeToKnow.It page.

  1. Paint bathroom floor using Rustoleum Home Floor Coating (we’ve already started on this one and had to change the order of operations -meaning the floor will be last).

  2. Add Board and Batten

  3. Paint vanity

  4. Paint vanity countertop

  5. Replace builder grade mirror

  6. Replace builder grade lights

  7. Decor

My goal is to keep this project below or at $500. Now the biggest question…is it doable?

Hang with me in my stories over on the gram’ to keep up with this update and find out if this bathroom makeover will be Budget Bust or Budget Friendly! Also to note, I will update this post periodically with materials and cost so check back from time to time to see how the numbers are looking. We’ll call it a budget check-in; to monitor and make sure we’re tracking at or below our $500 target.

If you were updating your bathroom, how much do you think it would cost you? More like, how much would you be willing to spend? Share in the comments.

The beginnings of a $500 bathroom update… I hope $500.The beginnings of a $500 bathroom update… I hope $500.

The beginnings of a $500 bathroom update… I hope $500.

Purchases (prices may vary based on region):

  • Rustoleum Floor Paint Kit: $42.98

  • 1x3x8 feet Common Board (2 pieces): $11.78

  • Kiwi Seal Tub & Tile: $5.38

  • Respirator: $20.97

  • 1x2x8 feet Select Pine Board (3 pieces): $17.46

  • Caulk gun: $3.97

  • Liquid Nails (3 tubes): $11.61

  • Circular Saw: $49.97

  • Baseboard: $10.20

  • Krud Cutter Caulk Remover: $8.48

  • Hardboard: $10.33

  • Painter’s Tool: $7.47

  • Nail Setter Kit: $6.97

Captain’s Log: Bathroom Budget Check In

As of August 22nd, the running total is $197.24 leaving $302.76. Mind you, we still have another half of the bathroom to take into consideration [to include décor]. The good part is some of the budget went to needed tools that will be used on other projects.

August 30th: Needed a drill driver with more power to get the nails into the floating shelf. I ended up purchasing the Ryobi ONE + 18V 3/8 in. Drill/Driver Kit. I’ve linked some drill/driver kits that you can shop for yourself over on my LikeToKnow.It feed.

  • Cost: $49.97 (I probably could’ve gotten a cheaper one, but I liked that this one came with the same kind of battery I use with my Ryobi brad nail gun and orbital sander. Now, I have two batteries that I can interchange when needing to charge the other one.)

Total as of 8/31: $247.21, with remaining budgeted amount being $252.79. (Presently biting my lip wondering about this budget I set with respect to what I want to do with this bathroom). There’s still a light fixture and sink faucets to purchase. PLUS! Did I mention the vanity still needs to be painted, and no paint has been purchased. <Le Sigh>

Total as of 9/8: $261.07. I needed to purchase joint compound (to fix the drywall) and 400 grit sandpaper (for the floating shelf). Remaining budgeted amount: $238.93. To Note: I still need to purchase the final materials for fixing the drywall, where I removed the glued on builder’s grade mirror. In addition to this, WE STILL NEED DECOR! (and yes, I am screaming because I didn’t want to skimp in this area but ummm…

Total as of 9/10: $276.04. Purchased sealer for the drywall fix after removing the builder’s grade mirror. Remaining budgeted amount: $223.96.

Side note: the mirror replacement I wanted cost $300! That’ll be a NO‼️

Total spent as of 9/13: $350.43. Purchased a little something something that I’m going to keep as a surprise. Remaining budgeted amount: $149.57 out of the designated $500. And yes, we still have fixtures to purchase, as well as a mirror to replace and décor. For real, for real…

Here’s the skinny on the budget. Found a mirror. Forty smackers (aka $40). Remaining budgeted amount: $109.57 out of the designated $500. Now we’re on the hunt for a light fixture and praying to have all that’s needed for the vanity so there can at least be something for décor. Sheesh…I’m really living on the edge with this budget!

Oh Mylanta! Found a light fixture and the total with tax was $75.76, leaving $33.81. Guess what? I had to spend $15 on a dang basin wrench to remove the old faucet. So of the $500 bathroom budget, the remaining amount is a whopping $18.81! I am truly teetering on the edge and crossing my fingers I don’t NEED anything else… at least nothing greater than eighteen bucks!

Latest Update!

Currently, I am participating in the One Room Challenge to finish out this Captain’s Log: Bathroom Update. The budget… well the latest Home Depot purchase has been an adjustable cross bar kit that I hope will help get the light fixture hung. The cross-bar that came with the newly purchased light fixture won’t do the trick. Amount spent: $4.67; leaving a budget of $14.14

Remember you can keep up with this project and all other projects over at my corner of Insta World and within my stories or highlights. There’s usually something IN PROGRESS. Check back here next week to see if there have been any budget changes.

This is gonna be fun! Or I’m going to cry. One or the other…

Ya girl, Kim!