Weeks 7 & 8 ORC: Decorate & Reveal

The Struggle

In addition to having my own trepidations about m adding color to the walls, I also struggle with decor. See on this end, my problem is I have Hermes taste but working with a Target budget. Good thing I really like Target and Amazon!

If you’ve been following my Instagram stories and posts, then you know part of the plan for turning this space into a sanctuary also includes lighting and gentle decorations (SEE SKETCH HERE). I decided to have a single pendant light hanging over the repurposed cabinet -formerly used in my daughter’s renovated bathroom (See it HERE).

Of course that opens up yet another project here at Kholmes_InColor! Let me add that my daughter is so over me and these projects, but she gon be okay lol! Anyway let’s get into the deets.

The Light

Ever been scrolling through instagram and see where people have “shop my feed/post”? You hit the link to their shop and see some astronomically priced pieces. Yep, me too and THIS REEL sums up those feelings.

In my pendant light search, I stumbled across this Better Homes & Gardens light online. Here’s The Link to shop what I considered an affordable light.

My design included having a light where there was not previously one on this slanted ceiling. To achieve this, I added battery operated lighting. Since this isn’t the room’s main light source, having a battery operated light would be sufficient simply for the purpose of added ambiance.


The Reveal

Because we’re lacking in storage, and because the goal was to repurpose as much as I could, the vanity from my daughter’s bathroom was used for more storage space. After removing the sink, the same plywood used to make the window seat was also used to make a countertop. With my Kregjig pocket hole maker, I was able to attach two scrap pieces of plywood together.


I stained the top with Minwax stain, and finished it off with a polyurethane clear gloss coat.


And how were the edges of the countertop addressed? That was wrapped in edge banding and stained the same color as the countertop.


Using my Ryobi brad nailer, the countertop was attached to the top base of the cabinet.


And Now…

We bring it all together with the first part of Lé Sanctuary completed. We now have added storage as well as a spot to sit and relax. Time didn’t allow for a few more design elements to be added, but the biggest piece has been completed! Stay tuned as 𝗟𝗲́ 𝗦𝗮𝗻𝗰𝘁𝘂𝗮𝗿𝘆 continues to be built out.

Shop the links here…

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Week 2 ORC: Repurposed

How a simple bathroom vanity spoke to my spirit

Here we are at Week 2 of the One Room Challenge (sponsored by Apartment Therapy), and already I’m having what I call soul full moments in doing this challenge.

I decided I wanted to re-use as many items already on hand because (1) I’m cost conscious (aka frugal) and (2) why not?!

I’m going to tell you the first item I am repurposing and how it spoke to me. I hope somewhere in this post you find something that speaks to you and you can meaningfully sit with it.

The what…

In the Fall 2021 One Room Challenge, I decided to paint the bathroom’s vanity and epoxy its top. You can check out those posts by clicking on the below labeled links.


Bathroom Vanity

Bathroom Reveal


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Soul Full Moment…

While taking out the vanity, I thought how it applies to some of our lives – at least I know I could see the semblance in my own life.

Initially, the vanity came one way -brand new, fresh out the box. Along the way, and with some use as well as normal wear and tear, there has been some bruising. Some scrapes and scratches were easy to clean up, while others have left a lasting mark. A fresh coat of paint meant having to put in some work to strip through layers of stain. Some parts were easier than others; nonetheless the work had to be done. It couldn’t be half stepped or else the new, fresh coat of paint would not properly adhere.


While this is all good, the vanity was still in the same place being used for the same purpose. It went through some changes along the way, but it served its purpose right where it was for the time it needed to be there. Then one day, my eyes opened a little more, and my mind began to insightfully see further into how this vanity could be further used -repurposed. It was now time to tear out and restore elsewhere with greater purpose.

Is this not sometimes representative of our lives? We remain in one place. In that place, we’ve hopefully accomplished what needed to be accomplished; but now, it’s time to move on. Even if nothing “bad” has occurred, at times we’ve simply reached the point of needing to be restored and repurposed elsewhere.


Vanity from Fall ORC ‘21

My friend, may I be so bold to ask… are you willing to allow God to repurpose you? Yes, I know you may have started off in one spot operating in a certain way. But now, even with a few bumps and bruises, are you willing to allow God to take what once was and make it into something more: something greater -for your good and His glory?

I hope on this DI-trY journey you feel welcomed into my genuine lifestyle, which encompasses sharing my faith along with various DIY’s. I pray you choose to Live Your Legacy NOW and be willing to walk in faith.

Until we meet again…

Keep it genuine and be open to the gift of restoration.

Ya girl, Kim!



View all the One Room Challenge featured designers and guest participants by going to this link. This year’s One Room Challenge is sponsored by Apartment Therapy.

Let’s do it again… One Room Challenge

One Room Challenge Spring 2022

I was a little hesitant to sign up for the One Room Challenge again because of all the “mom life” things going on. Then I said what the heck, there’s always something that’s going to be going on! With that being said, I tossed my hair and said, “Self, let’s do it again!”

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Now to get to what you came for… the mood board reveal and background on the chosen space for this season’s One Room Challenge, being sponsored by Apartment Therapy. Introducing…

Le Sanctuary


Note: Window seat picture by Hydrangea Treehouse and only being used for purposes of mood board

Since the mom life is a lifetime contract (let me add, a contract that I wholeheartedly love), I decided I needed an oasis of sorts. One of the most underutilized spots in our home is the dining room. To be honest, I have no clue if this should be considered a dining room given how small it is. Maybe it was meant to be a sitting area because I just could not see me placing a large dining table in here -and still needing chairs too! Good grief, it would be tight!



Back to it…

I want to create an area where I can come to read, meditate, sit and/or just be. In the past, I’ve found my daughter sitting up here with her iPad just relaxing for hours. I know it’s truly meant to be an area for calm and tranquility when my teenybopper chooses this as her second favorite spot to hang in the house. Can you guess her first favorite? Check out This Post on her first fave spot.

The plan…

Other than actually finishing Lé Sanctuary within the 8-week challenge, here’s what else I’m hoping to see come about:

  • Repurpose the bathroom vanity that was painted during the Fall ORC (see that finale HERE)

  • Hang pendant light (still need to find and purchase)

  • Paint… how do I keep getting myself in these painting situationships (le sigh) 😔

  • Add a couple of decorative shelves

  • Build window seat (this will be a first as well as using my Kreg Pocket Hole Jig)

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I’ll be sharing parts of this 8-week journey in my stories over on Instagram so make sure you’re following along with all the other Good People. CLICKHERE and give ya girl a follow!


Cheer on the featured designers and other guest participants, as most of us navigate our home lives, work 9-5, and still find time to shower – all while making our design and DIY dreams come true!

Until we meet again… Keep it genuine.

Ya girl, Kim!

Making An Entry

Upon entering my home, there’s a blank wall needing some attention. If you’ve been rolling with me in my stories over on Instagram, then you know the wall. Yep, uh huh, that one.

Listen, I want this wall to be that curiosity piece. You know? The one where people see it then wonder what other hidden DI-trY gems does this home possess?


Here enters…

Lé Slat Wall

For the longest, this wall has been bare. Like seriously… No color; no art, no nothing! Oh but baby, that’s about to change with yet another wall upgrade! If you didn’t catch the first upgrade, check out these posts on adding wall moulding and an Artsy Fartsy DIY art project using hot glue! You’ll love ‘em! For today’s DI•trY, you will need the following:


Of course, there’s always some Pinterest inspo to help get the design juices flowing. I usually try to go with no more than five ideas; or else I risk having analysis paralysis and won’t start! You ever get like this with too many options? I know I do.

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Before the fun…

Before the fun begins, I had to take care of the not so fun parts, at least to me they aren’t. I painted the wall Midnight Blue by Behr paint, followed by sanding my slats.

On my Instagram stories, I shared my fear of adding color in my home, but I’m gradually getting over it. If you’d like to try this project, you can shop materials here.

FYI… I brought my slats inside to get acclimated to the atmosphere of the house versus having them in the cold garage. Wood contracts, so I wanted the slats to do what they do in the environment of the installation, prior to staining.


Stain On…

Before taking on this DI•trY project, I honestly did NOT think staining slats would dang near take me out! In between life happening (per usual), there was plenty of staining. Hear me when I say PLENTY of staining (this is where I begged myself to abandon this project)!

Needless to say, I didn’t flake out on the slat wall. Shucks, I purchased all these slats already and the price of wood today is not ya friend! Needless to say, I’m not wasting any money simply because I had a case of the ‘don’t wannas’!

The idea…

Execution…

Of course once the staining was done, there’s the cutting. I cut my slats based on the above idea drawing (obviously not drawn to scale).

  • Started with 3 vertical slats, affixed using my 1/4 inch multi-screws.

  • Used my 1×6 as the leading board (header) and wanted to use same size as the ending board (footer)

  • Atop the slats and following the header board, I used my nail gun to attach my cut horizontal slats (again, based on my above “Idea” drawing).

  • Using a scrap piece of wood, I was able to create equal spacing between the slats. This helps eliminate mis-measuring and BONUS: the spacer can also serve as a small shelf. (Note: I’m not placing anything super heavy on this tiny shelf. I’ve opted for small decor, to include a small vase with a plant cutting)


Reveal…

I’m not one for prolonging the reveal so here’s the 95% finish of the slat/plant wall.


Why 95%

Why 95% you ask? Well, turns out the bottom portion of the wall isn’t straight so the bottom boarder slat can’t simply lay flat and get nail gunned like the top boarder. This places a slight burnt crisp on my cookies – meaning I’ll need to figure something out.


HOWEVER(comma), it’s going to have to go on the backlog because I’m totally over all the staining and the One Room Challenge is headed my way! So let’s end on a good note.

Possible changes…

also known as The Backlog

I’m thinking I would like to bring the Midnight Blue Behr paint slightly higher up the wall. Perhaps, I’ll also move the slat wall over to the right, and cut the bottom portion up above the electrical outlet.

But again… that’s all BackLog and we’ve got more plans for this space during the One Room Challenge!


Till we meet again… Keep it Genuine!

Ya girl, Kim!

Picture Framed

I wanted a small yet effective pop in my den area, and I have just the right space for it. My den’s main wall once displayed this beautiful trio I found in the clearance section of Kirkland’s. However, it still wasn’t exactly making this wall stand out.



Blank slate

I did what most DIYer’s do and turned to Pinterest to find my inspiration. I knew I wanted something simple, yet chic and slightly modern looking. I also knew that I didn’t want anything too intricate because it could possibly clash with my next project -window trim throughout my home. The great part about doing the molding this way is I can always add or subtract from what I’m presently installing.

Pinterest finds…



First Up

The first thing I did was measure my wall and do a bit of math, that kept changing the more I realized my initial math was wrong (rolls eyes at self). It also changed as the design was updated. Though my math and design changed, the 45 degree angles I needed remained the same. Also, the fact that I used this miter box for every single cut was a consistent tool used on this project, along with this Ryobi laser level and Ryobi cordless brad nailer.

Side note: Painter’s tape as a visual is cool but it is NOT my jam! Will I still use it? Absolutely! However, I do recognize that frog tape is my go-to for holding actual pieces on the wall so as to get a better visual and temporarily attach pieces.


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Back to the wall…

Initially, I wanted 3 slender framed boxes. I changed my mind and went with two slender boxes on the outside having one large box in the middle. I felt like this gave the wall better balance, not that I’m a design guru or anything but I’m sticking with this train of thought. Keeping in mind I also have a smaller adjacent wall where I’ll do another trim install, I think the larger box will help better tie together the look of the trim in this room.


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Don’t forget to keep fun in your DIY


Notice the change…

Did you notice the change from the painter’s tape design (slender boxes) to this one with the 2 slender boxes on the outside and the larger middle box?


Here’s the final result of what could be a weekend project; but took me about one week… only because Life Be Life-in and this reel sums it up! Lol. Do you think you’d be willing to try this to give your walls a subtle pop?


For now, the walls will stay Behr white (pun intended, lol) until I change the color, if I change the color. I’ll rehang my Kirkland’s wall decor in the two smaller boxes and repurpose the third piece elsewhere. The larger middle box will stand alone until I get a piece of artwork to fill it. I’ll come back and update the final look once the paint has dried. You can check out my Instagram stories highlight “𝚆𝚊𝚕𝚕 𝙼𝚘𝚕𝚍𝚒𝚗𝚐” to see the entire process.

Don’t forget…

Join me as I head into my next project on my 2022 Home DIY list. You can see my 2022 DIY plans here…unless some life event happens that turns the next project into necessary because of circumstance… Idunnknow! Lol.

Until we meet again… Keep it Genuine!

Ya girl, Kim!

Pursue 2022

Here’s what I’m pursuing in 2022…

Where has the year gone!? It feels like I’ve blinked my eyes and what do you know… it’s Happy New Year ringing through the air -with the prayer that this New Year will be far better than the last!

One Word

My one word to live out loud for 2022 is Pursue. On the list is the pursuit to take on more DI-trY projects throughout my home. Here are the projects aka Captain’s Logs I’m hoping you’ll join me for executing in the upcoming year over on my Instagram page @kholmes_incolor.

Project List

  • Laundry Room – I shared on Instagram that my wash machine and dryer are both on their last leg. This project obviously made the list due to circumstance.

  • Sanctuary – I want a space in my home, that’s not my bedroom; and that is dedicated to relaxation, serenity, books and meditation.

  • Cozy nook/ catch all -not exactly a mudroom but definitely a spot for our stuff when coming inside. Since the laundry room is so small and narrow, we definitely could use a well-organized designated area. I also want to create a little more storage because we’re short on these types of spaces in this house (le sigh).

  • Closets -teenybopper and my bedroom closet need an upgrade aka more storage. There’s also some real estate I want to maximize.

  • Flooring – I have no intentions of laying wood floors nor doing the carpet in the bedrooms, but it’s going on the list because it’s a part of the design/update process. Though I say I have no intentions, this may depend on cost to determine if this is going to become a DI-trY!

  • Garage -At the beginning of December, I did a minor garage organization by building a shelf for STORAGE and to get things a little bit more orderly. Now, I would like to take the garage up a notch and build a workbench as well as paint and add more shelving.

  • Leaving room for some simple DIYs as well – Moulding on the walls; some painting; a few outdoor projects and a whole bunch of trips to the tool supply store.

Overall…

Have you seen the overall theme here? STORAGE! My home is extremely low on storage, so I definitely want to have something that is DIY friendly and stylish!

These projects are fairly big ones for me. Since I will be doing the bulk of the work by myself, I’ve already accepted that everything may not get done this year. I mean have you seen my IG stories when I redid my daughter’s bathroom. There were quite a few challenges, but even more victories were achieved! The plan is to do what adds more value -to my home’s bottom line (i.e. property value) and more importantly adds value to my peace of mind.

Let’s plan to have some fun in this season of genuine lifestyling and DIYing – or more like DI-trYing!

Ya Girl, Kim!

Float On This Shelf…

Float On


Captain’s Log: Bathroom Update: Shelf It. Let’s jump right into this thing.

I wanted to add a floating shelf to my guest/teenager’s bathroom so we could keep towels handy, as well as add a smidge of décor.

Of course I could have purchased floating shelves from just about any home decorating store; but what would be the fun in that!?

Besides, I really wanted to learn how to DIY these shelves because the plan is to do a larger version of them in my laundry room. Might as well learn now with the hopes that later, the process will move more quickly.

Per usual…

I enrolled at Youtube University to scour through everyone making floating shelves. I landed on two that I felt were (1) doable and (2) didn’t require any tools beyond what was already in my possession (miter saw and drill). Those two accounts were Ana White and The Rehab Life. I ended up making the shelf found on the latter. Though the video was quite straight forward, I still had a few hiccups.


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Garage floor math and miter saw cuts



My first shelf’s back board was slightly longer than what I needed it to be. This was caused by me cutting down one board and forgetting to cut down the other. I still continued traveling the path though because I think this can be saved! Plus, I really try not to waste much; everything can be used. NOTHING IS WASTED (for the most part; sometimes there are exceptions).





I made a second shelf, taking into account a few glitches along the way learned from my practice run. This floating shelf was made to be a tad bit longer. I’m thinking it may need to be wider; but for now, I am staying in the moment and being excited for MY FIRST BUILD!

Here’s what I used to make my floating shelf:

  • 1 in. x 6 in. x6 ft. Common board

  • 1 in. x 4 in. x6 ft. Some more common board

  • 2 in. x 2 in. x 4ft.

  • 2 inch trim head screws

  • 2 inch construction screws

  • wood filler

  • sanding block (I opted to use my orbital sander, starting with 120 grit and finishing out with a 180 grit). Honestly, I’m still learning about which grit is best. I’m going to take a 400 grit to smooth the shelf down a little more without being too harsh on the wood.


You’ll have to decide if you want to stain your shelf or paint it. I wanted a stain that was kind of a chalky white that would still allow some of the wood to show. At least, I thought I wanted this until I stained it and …Hated It.


I made all my cuts using my Dewalt compound miter saw. Although I didn’t use the same dimensions as those found on The Rehab Life’s youtube, I did use their easy to follow video instructions -adjusting for my specific measurements.


Using my trim head screws, I attached each end as viewed in the aforementioned video. Here’s where I put a spin on things and probably should have not taken this route. Taking away what Ana White did by using a nail gun to connect her shelf ends, I thought this would be ideal for me. Welp, turns out it wasn’t and I ended up going through the other side of my board. This mishap isn’t all that bad, but I will need to abandon the whole nail gun idea this go round. I’ll use my wire cutters to cut the hanging nail off.

After getting all trim nails screwed in, I’m ready to roll with my sanding. To cover where my trim screws were placed, as well as to cover up some minor construction flaws, I used wood filler. If you want to try making your own floating shelf, all items have been linked here. You can easily have it delivered to your front door!


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Now the finale to it all… Using the same color used to paint my vanity, as well as the color used to make the stripes on the bathroom’s wall, I painted the floating shelf. I have a highlight bubble called “Floating Shelf” over on my Instagram feed so you can see the action. Do you think this is something you’d try? Tag me if you do give it a go; I’d love to see your results!



Ya girl, Kim!

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!


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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.


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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.


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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.

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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.


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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.




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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!


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

A HERCULIAN PERSON PUT THESE THINGS ON…

…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.


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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.


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Removed Builder’s Grade Mirror

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Until we meet again… Live In Color ♡︎

Ya Girl Kim!