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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Weeks 5 & 6 ORC: More Window Seating

Part 2 of One Room Challenge

I thought building the carcass of this window seat was time consuming but dealing with plywood was another time eater for me -mainly because I’m new to working with plywood and new to using a circular saw.


Weeks 3 and 4 of the One Room Challenge included learning how to use my Kreg jig pocket hole maker. This was exciting because those joinery holes are the best! If you’ve been following in my stories, then you know I wanted to pocket hole everything!

Now that the carcass of the window seat is completed, I needed to get the plywood going on this baby. This meant I needed to learn how to use my circular saw, which intimidated me at first. It’s loud and keeping the straight line while cutting is a monster! So, I tucked it away in a corner for far too long.

But you know I won’t walk in fear or intimidation for a lengthy period of time! To get my cuts a little straighter, I purchased the Kreg Rip Cut guide, which I will add to my list of good beginner DIY items to have. That blog post is in the making.


I first did a few practice cuts on the plywood I purchased for the garage shelves because as mentioned throughout my IG Stories, plywood and lumber in genral has become quite costly! I cannot stress the appreciation I have for the Kreg Rip Cutter! Although the plywood sheets for the garage shelves were pricey (by my standard), it wasn’t as much as the 3/4 plywood needed for the window seat.

This happened…

Before purchasing my plywood, I calculated how many sheets would be needed. Since my window seat is 100 inches long, I knew I would need 2 sheets. I wasn’t excited about this, but had I planned better, I probably would’ve done a built-in bookcase on the end of the seat. Oh well, lesson learned! Take your time; sit in the space and really give thought to budget based on your design.


Onward…

Currently, Week 8 is upon me, and the push is on! The carcass is built and guess what?! All the pieces for the window seat have been cut and painted. Now it’s a matter of putting it all together. I’m learning as I go, but this is what a DI-trY is all about!


Stick around for the final reveal! In the meantime, be sure to support the featured designers and guest participants within the One Room Challenge with media partner Apartment Therapy over on their blog www.oneroomchallenge.com/orc-blog

Keep it genuine.

Ya Girl, Kim!

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.


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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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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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Until we meet again… Keep it genuine.

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!


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.


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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.


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First epoxy coat


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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.


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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
www.oneroomchallenge.com/orc-blog

Ya girl, Kim!

Week 5: One Room Challenge

Touch ups and Hang Ups

Exhausted!

Week 5 of the One Room Challenge came with exhaustion! Last week’s challenges were focused on painting and light fixtures. Maybe it was all the thinking and tinkering that came with last week’s challenge, on top of the previous weeks, that brought on this feeling of lack luster performance. Nevertheless, the show must go on, or in better words… we’ve got a bathroom to finish because momma is tired of sharing with the teenybopper!

To keep it lowkey, this week was all about cleaning up those paint lines from Week 4 and hanging the new mirror on the stud-less wall -meaning only drywall is present. You can shop a similar mirror as well as what I think is probably the BEST hook to use for hanging up to 200 pounds in drywall (shop here)


New Mirror &amp; crisp paint lines. Who Dis?New Mirror &amp; crisp paint lines. Who Dis?

New Mirror & crisp paint lines. Who Dis?

Lauren (@pinchplateparty), one of the One Room Challenge Featured Designers, advised to lightly sand the area where I messed up and re-paint. She also shared to use a painter’s tool (aka paint spatula) to press painter’s tape closer to the wall. Since I didn’t have many lines to clean up, I chose to kind of paint over the “janky” areas. I took into consideration my plans for a floating shelf; so I didn’t give too much concern to the look of the lines.

Where We’re Headed…

Now we’re headed into Week 6 and SHEESH! I feel like I have far more to do than where I thought I would be in this process.

Up next… all the goals from Week 4, with the exception of hanging the mirror and cleaning the paint lines. Le Sigh. Will I make week 6 with great strides! Or…am I being over zealous? It’s gonna be a “yes” to one of em’!

Sneak Peak

Week 6 out of 8



There’s a vanity to paint and epoxy to apply. Plus that daggum faucet has to be completely removed <insert eye roll>. So much to do with what feels like so little time.

Be sure to check out the other featured designers and guest participants for the One Room Challenge with Better Homes and Gardens (media sponsor).

https://www.oneroomchallenge.com/orc-blog

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.

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.


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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!

Week 1: One Room Challenge

A week spent sourcing and creating the mood…

The Goal: Complete this bathroom within the 8 weeks designated for the One Room Challenge with sponsor Better Homes and Gardens.

The Mission: Sourcing aka look for and purchase fixtures to include décor -making final design decisions.

Captain’s Log: Guesteen Bathroom Update: I’ve changed my mind a million and thirty times. Yes I know the saying is actually a million and one, but dag-gum-it I feel like it has been 29 more times than needed. Taking part in the one room challenge is going to help me get it done! I’m also hoping it helps me better identify how I need to structure my next DIY/Design projects. Remember, I’m new to all of this – approximately two (2) months new, as in just started DIYing towards the end of June.

Let me add that I am presently sharing my bathroom with my teenager. One would think that would be enough incentive to get this bathroom done. Right!? Keep in mind this bathroom is also the guest bath; however primary usage is for the teenybopper. Remember over the summer when I did that accent wall for her? She loved it but she stalked my IG stories to give her unsolicited feedback. All that to say, some elements have to receive teen approval. I could pull the “I’m the mom card”, but I like The Girl (aka my daughter/ teenybooper) to have a voice in some things. Check out our reel during the hunt for a bathroom mirror and you’ll see what I mean by her “input”. Now, let’s talk One Room Challenge.

Here’s a little of what I’m working with thus far:


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Hooks and abstract lines… this seems to be my vibe

This cute abstract shower curtain I found was teen approved, thankfully because I didn’t get her say on it. The hooks are still up for debate. We’re going to bring some type of foliage into this windowless space; but first we’ve got to figure out what kind of plants we can keep alive. I’ve also fallen into deep like with lanterns. I spray painted this one and isn’t it cute! Not sure if it’s going to jive with everything else but for now, it’s a keeper. I’d like to also bring in some elements of artwork in this space. We’ll have to see what that flow looks like in our windowless, small space.


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Lanterns, Hooks, and Plants



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Captain’s Log: Guesteen Bathroom Project

In my stories on Instagram, I’ve shared the fact that I am still exploring what my design style is. I feel like I am a modern minimalist with hints of eclectic. What do you think represents your design style? Though I’m slowly figuring it out, my main focus is FINISHING THIS BATHROOM! <That’s me screaming at myself>.


Continue to follow along with this project’s progress on Insta.

Keep track with me to see if I meet the budgeted plan for this project on the Budget Bathroom or Budget Bust post here.

You can also see other guest participants in the One Room Challenge on the ORC blog site: www.oneroomchallenge.com/orc-blog