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$75 DIY Powder Room Update – One Room Challenge Week 4

In Week 4 of my $75 One Room Challenge, I finally pulled out my wallet to purchase supplies and materials.  I spent nearly all my budget this week, but it went a long way in making a difference in the room.  The floor and light fixture both got a makeover that brought them into this century!

Along with about 200 others, I’m participating in the One Room Challenge and over the course of six weeks, I’m transforming a space in our house.  This year, I chose to focus on our very yellow, very outdated downstairs bathroom and allotted a teeny, tiny budget for the project. 

My $75 DIY powder room update began weeks ago.  Curiosity got the best of me, and I started pulling at a loose edge of the horrendous painted-over wallpaper.  To my delight, it came off very easily and left me with a very beige, very blank canvas.

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Week 1| Homespun by Laura | Removing wallpaper in the outdated powder room

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Week 1| Homespun by Laura | Removing wallpaper in the outdated powder room

In the time since, I have spent ZERO dollars of the budget and used only paint I already had on the shelf from previous projects.  I painted the vanity and sprayed its existing hardware, then turned my attention to the walls, ceiling, doors, and trim.  It was a LOT of painting, but the result was worth the effort.

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Week 3 | Homespun by Laura | Transforming a half bathroom from floor to ceiling with paint and persistence

This week, I continued in this painted powder room, focusing on the outdated light fixture and old linoleum floors.

Updated light fixture

Why I waited so long to change this ugly fixture is beyond me.  It took no time at all and cost less than a steak dinner!  

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Week 3 | Homespun by Laura | Updated light fixture on a budget with spray paint and new bell shade globes (the Before)

I began by getting the Mister to remove it from the wall.  After a good dusting (um…I never dusted it in 8.5+ years, and there was quite a buildup) and a few coats of brushed nickel spray paint, its metamorphosis had begun. 

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Week 3 | Homespun by Laura | Updated light fixture on a budget with spray paint and new bell shade globes

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Week 3 | Homespun by Laura | Updated light fixture on a budget with spray paint and new bell shade globes

Two new bell shades from Home Depot completed the transformation.

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Week 3 | Homespun by Laura | Updated light fixture on a budget with spray paint and new bell shade globes

Just like the fixture in the master bathroom, this was an incredibly easy project that makes a major impact.

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Week 3 | Homespun by Laura | Updated light fixture on a budget with spray paint and new bell shade globes (the After)

painted linoleum floor

Over the years, I’ve seen a variety of blog posts about painting linoleum floors.  I’ve considered attempting it in our bathroom for several years but never got around to it.  I’d also been too chicken to attempt it, so I just didn’t do anything about them, ignoring the scratches and weird un-scrubbable stains.  Enter the One Room Challenge.  I couldn’t redo this room without making an effort on the floor.

This is by no means a tutorial; it’s merely my experience painting a linoleum floor.

I originally bought an inexpensive stencil from Michaels but loved the Augusta stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils.  I returned the one to Michaels and ordered the one I really liked.  

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Week 3 | Homespun by Laura | Painting a linoleum floor with Cutting Edge "Augusta" stencil

preparing the floor

Before I could begin, I needed to re-secure the edges of linoleum around the pantry door. 

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Week 3 | Homespun by Laura | Painting a linoleum floor with Cutting Edge "Augusta" stencil: Preparing the surface

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Week 3 | Homespun by Laura | Painting a linoleum floor with Cutting Edge "Augusta" stencil: Preparing the surface

I used Gorilla Glue and a couple of encyclopedias to weight it down while it dried.  They’d been flipped up for as long as I can remember.

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Week 3 | Homespun by Laura | Painting a linoleum floor with Cutting Edge "Augusta" stencil: Preparing the surface

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Week 3 | Homespun by Laura | Painting a linoleum floor with Cutting Edge "Augusta" stencil: Preparing the surface

We are probably the only people under 50 with a complete set of encyclopedias.

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Week 3 | Homespun by Laura | Painting a linoleum floor with Cutting Edge "Augusta" stencil: Preparing the surface

Meanwhile, the stencil sat in the middle of the kitchen floor with encyclopedias on top to flatten it out.

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Week 3 | Homespun by Laura | Painting a linoleum floor with Cutting Edge "Augusta" stencil: Preparing the surface

Before I pulled out the paint, I spent some quality time with the power sander to get the shine off the linoleum for better paint adherence.  There are ridges in the design, and I wanted to smooth them out a little if possible.

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Week 3 | Homespun by Laura | Painting a linoleum floor with Cutting Edge "Augusta" stencil: Preparing the surface

I’m not sure I flattened out the ridges at all, but the with so many layers of paint and a pretty design on top, it’s not all that noticeable.

After sanding, I vacuumed and scrubbed the floor better than I ever have.  And then, just for good measure, I did it again.

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Week 3 | Homespun by Laura | Painting a linoleum floor with Cutting Edge "Augusta" stencil: Preparing the surface

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Week 3 | Homespun by Laura | Painting a linoleum floor with Cutting Edge "Augusta" stencil: Preparing the surface

priming the floor

When it was finally time to paint, I started with a couple coats of primer to make sure all the stains got covered.

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Week 3 | Homespun by Laura | Painting a linoleum floor with Cutting Edge "Augusta" stencil: Priming the floor

 

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Week 3 | Homespun by Laura | Painting a linoleum floor with Cutting Edge "Augusta" stencil: Priming the floor

Begone, weird stains!

paint color selection

I asked for help in Instagram last week because I was having trouble making a decision on paint colors.  I had determined the white I wanted to use (Swiss Coffee by Valspar) but couldn’t pull the trigger on a blue.

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Week 3 | Homespun by Laura | Potential floor paint colors: Swiss Coffee by Behr

Nearly everyone replied with the exact opposite of the color toward which I was leaning (Jean Jacket by Behr). 

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Week 3 | Homespun by Laura | Potential floor paint colors: Swiss Coffee and Jean Jacket by Behr

Swiss Coffee and Jean Jacket

This confused me further, but in the end, I went with my gut (Treasure Map by Behr). 

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Week 3 | Homespun by Laura | Potential floor paint colors: Swiss Coffee and Treasure Map by Behr

Swiss Coffee and Treasure Map

Once I took the paint chips into the bathroom, the decision was obvious.  In the room, the  paint chip for Jean Jacket looked a little purple, so Treasure Map was the winner!

I was also having trouble choosing whether to use blue as a base or as the stencil color.

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Week 3 | Homespun by Laura | Potential floor designs: Cutting Edge "Augusta" stencil

Sources: Livin’ the Life of Riley (option 1), Someday Momma (option 2)

Again, what the Mister and I liked best was the opposite of what the internet liked.  I even painted a test on a shipping box from a recent Amazon purchase to make sure we both liked our choice.

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Week 3 | Homespun by Laura | Potential floor designs: Cutting Edge "Augusta" stencil

White base coat with a blue stencil:

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Week 3 | Homespun by Laura | Potential floor designs: Cutting Edge "Augusta" stencil, dark on light

And the winner, blue base color with a white stencil:

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Week 3 | Homespun by Laura | Potential floor designs: Cutting Edge "Augusta" stencil, light on dark

I’m thankful to everyone who replied with their choices, but in the end our ultimate decision was the exact opposite.  I love the outcome, but honestly I think any of the choices would have been an improvement over the unfortunate linoleum.

stenciling the linoleum floor

I’m not going to claim to be a master stencil-er, and the close-up images of the un-touched-up outcome will prove this non-claim.

I painted two coats of the blue base color before I got to work with the stencil.

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Week 3 | Homespun by Laura | Painting a linoleum floor with Cutting Edge "Augusta" stencil

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Week 3 | Homespun by Laura | Painting a linoleum floor with Cutting Edge "Augusta" stencil

I made additional markings on the stencil with a permanent marker and on the floor with a pencil to ensure I got the design lined up with the lines in the linoleum.

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Week 3 | Homespun by Laura | Painting a linoleum floor with Cutting Edge "Augusta" stencil

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Week 3 | Homespun by Laura | Painting a linoleum floor with Cutting Edge "Augusta" stencil

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Week 3 | Homespun by Laura | Painting a linoleum floor with Cutting Edge "Augusta" stencil

But if you look closely, you’ll notice that my pencil guides were a little off.  Fortunately, they were consistently off, so it turned out ok.  I don’t think anyone but me would notice.  And now you, since I told you!

I began with a checkerboard pattern, let it dry, then went back and stenciled the remaining sections.

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Week 3 | Homespun by Laura | Painting a linoleum floor with Cutting Edge "Augusta" stencil

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Week 3 | Homespun by Laura | Painting a linoleum floor with Cutting Edge "Augusta" stencil

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Week 3 | Homespun by Laura | Painting a linoleum floor with Cutting Edge "Augusta" stencil

I left the odd areas, like at the door frames, vanity, and around the toilet, for last.

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Week 3 | Homespun by Laura | Painting a linoleum floor with Cutting Edge "Augusta" stencil

Taking the pantry door off the hinges was helpful. It leaned against our couch for about a week during this process.

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Week 3 | Homespun by Laura | Painting a linoleum floor with Cutting Edge "Augusta" stencil

The corner at the vanity was another challenge.

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Week 3 | Homespun by Laura | Painting a linoleum floor with Cutting Edge "Augusta" stencil

Corners were not my friends.

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Week 3 | Homespun by Laura | Painting a linoleum floor with Cutting Edge "Augusta" stencil

Between the toilet and vanity is a space just barely over a foot wide, and it was difficult to squeeze into. On the other side of the toilet are about 8 inches, which was even more challenging.

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Week 3 | Homespun by Laura | Painting a linoleum floor with Cutting Edge "Augusta" stencil

Getting into an awkward position here…

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Week 3 | Homespun by Laura | Painting a linoleum floor with Cutting Edge "Augusta" stencil

I was literally hugging the toilet to stencil this section.

I’m a pretty impatient person, a fact that’s evident from the little bits of white paint that wound up on the freshly painted wall, vanity, and trim/doors (at least it blends in with the trim & doors).

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Week 3 | Homespun by Laura | Painting a linoleum floor with Cutting Edge "Augusta" stencil

I have since covered up the evidence of my impatience.

I did gently wipe the stencil with an old towel between uses, but I apparently forgot all the other tips for a clean stenciling job.  And I never smudged anything, which I was worried I might do.

Fixing my mistakes

Fortunately, it does look pretty great in the less zoomed-in photos, and in person you do have to look a little more closely to see the goofs.

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Week 3 | Homespun by Laura | Painting a linoleum floor with Cutting Edge "Augusta" stencil

Just don’t look too closely…

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Week 3 | Homespun by Laura | Painting a linoleum floor with Cutting Edge "Augusta" stencil

Oops.

I crawled around on the floor for an hour this afternoon with a tiny craft paintbrush and touched up the worst of the stray marks.

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Week 3 | Homespun by Laura | Painting a linoleum floor with Cutting Edge "Augusta" stencil

Needs Improvement.

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Week 3 | Homespun by Laura | Painting a linoleum floor with Cutting Edge "Augusta" stencil

Needs to be vacuumed (but the paint looks much better!).

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Week 3 | Homespun by Laura | Painting a linoleum floor with Cutting Edge "Augusta" stencil

This corner was not kind to me.

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Week 3 | Homespun by Laura | Painting a linoleum floor with Cutting Edge "Augusta" stencil

This is before the touch-up paint dried, but now you can’t even see it.

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Week 3 | Homespun by Laura | Painting a linoleum floor with Cutting Edge "Augusta" stencil

There was a lot of mess like this throughout the room.

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Week 3 | Homespun by Laura | Painting a linoleum floor with Cutting Edge "Augusta" stencil

Again, once the paint dried, all evidence of stray paint disappeared!

The result

This amazing rug my grandmother bought in Charleston years ago looks awesome in the space.  While I love the design, it was a little loud to both of us before I pulled the rug out (and it covered up the rough areas before I got around to touching them up).

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Week 3 | Homespun by Laura | Painting a linoleum floor with Cutting Edge "Augusta" stencil: The After

I’m so glad I found the perfect place to use this rug.  It sat in a drawer with no place to go for nearly a year after she gave it to me.

The room makes me smile every time I pass by or through it now, instead of averting my gaze and accepting the ugly but functional half bath.

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Week 3 | Homespun by Laura | Painting a linoleum floor with Cutting Edge "Augusta" stencil: The After

$75 DIY Powder Room (and Pantry!) Update: One Room Challenge Week 3 | Homespun by Laura | Painting a linoleum floor with Cutting Edge "Augusta" stencil: The After

budget breakdown

That $75 was starting to burn a hole in my pocket. I finally dipped into my budget this week for supplies for the floor and light fixture:

  • Stencil:  $21.24
  • Porch & floor paint:  $25.87
  • Globes:  $15.70

Which brings the total for Week 4 to $62.81…

…added to the totals for Weeks 1-3:

Week 1:  Remove wallpaper – $0
Week 2:  Paint vanity and hardware – $0
Week 3:  Paint ceiling, walls, doors, & trim; replace hinges – $0

…leaves us at a grand total of $62.81 so far!

what’s next?

  • Remove wallpaper
  • Paint trim + door frames, doors, and vanity
  • Paint walls
  • Replace faucet (replaced in June; not part of the budget but it feels good to check it off the list:-))
  • Update light fixture with spray paint and new globes
  • Paint floor (touch up messy spots)
  • Reframe mirror
  • Replace door hinges
  • Spray paint doorknobs + cabinet hinges and knobs + towel & toilet paper holders
  • Paint ceiling (to make the whole thing one color)
  • Organize the pantry (for at least the 4th time)

Next week, I’ll share how to make an inexpensive wooden frame for an old or ugly mirror.  Until then, check out the progress on all the other fantastic One Room Challenge projects!

Thanks for stopping by,

Laura

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