One Room Challenge // Week Two
Behr is one of our sponsors for the One Room Challenge and they provided us paint for this post – all of the raving about it that you’re about to read comes completely from me, though!
Are you ready for the first official bathroom update?
We’ll talk about the paint in a moment, but first let’s chat about the fact that I have walls again! Y’all, it’s been almost three years since this entire bathroom has had walls. There are no words for how good it feels to have this part of the renovation done.
So, let’s chat about how we got here. First, we finished demo.
Demoing the walls was fun and easy – the floor, not so much. It was noisy, exhausting, and messy. But, we got it all done (thanks largely to the help of my amazing brother in law – did you SEE him on my Instagram story breaking up the tile? He’s my hero.) and as soon as we did I felt like I could breathe a giant sigh of relief because it meant we could finally start putting the bathroom back together!
We spent all weekend (ALL! WEEKEND!) cutting up and installing the backer board for both the floor at the walls. I thought we’d be able to knock it out in one day but I was oh-so-wrong. It hours (and hours and hours) of backbreaking work. There was sweat. There were tears. There wasn’t enough sleep.
Oh, and on top of all of it, I got sick on Saturday. Sweet.
BUT! We finished it! It nearly killed us, but we finished.
And that brings us to paint. As you know, Behr is one of our sponsors for the One Room Challenge, and I am so incredibly glad that we decided to work with them on this. I wasn’t super familiar with Behr paint until recently, and I am not at all exaggerating when I tell you guys that I am 100% converted to using nothing but Behr from here on out.
Seriously. They’re not paying me to say that. Behr provided us with the paint for this bathroom, but I can assure you guys that all of the gushing you’re about to hear is coming from me…this paint is amazing. Oh, and be sure to keep reading, because there’s a giveaway!
I’ve done a lot of painting in my day. We hadn’t used Behr very much until they agreed to sponsor us for this challenge. We decided to give their paint a shot when we were re-painting the garage walls (I haven’t given you that big reveal yet, but it’s coming up next week, I promise!) and we were able to paint our entire garage with one gallon of paint.
Now, if you aren’t familiar with the room, let me remind you how important that information is – we converted our two-car garage into a media room a few years back and made the mega mistake of painting the walls black. I hated it almost immediately, and I have been dying to re-paint it ever since. We recently gave it a major overhaul, and part of that was painting the walls a super pale blue. I was terrified of the project because I figured I’d have to use buckets of primer and paint and it would take ages.
But! I decided to try out Behr’s Marquee line for the room. I didn’t use any primer (you heard me right! No primer!) and I got fabulous coverage in the entire room with just two coats of paint and a few touch ups. And I only used one gallon of paint! We used Silent White, and it’s the absolute perfect bright white – there’s a hint of a blue/gray undertone (which is exactly what we wanted) and it shifts slightly throughout the day. In the mornings it’s very bright and cheery, but when the sun goes down and there’s less natural light in the room, the gray undertones come out and it feels more moody. It’s basically perfect.
I’ve been shouting my love of this paint from the rooftops ever since we painted that room (seriously, all of the people in my life are tired of hearing me talk about this by now) so I was really excited to see how it covered up the ugly brown walls in our bathroom.
As you can see, it did a pretty fabulous job.
I ordered two cans of paint when I was preparing for this because I hadn’t worked with it yet and didn’t know how magical it was. I didn’t even get through one of the gallons, so I have tons of it leftover! I’m definitely going to be using this in the guest bathroom when I get around to painting it, and I’m even considering using this color in our guest room (that is, if I can talk Corey into white walls).
I’m kind of blown away by how big of a different it makes just to be rid of the brown walls. It’s always so much fun to see how a room can be completely transformed by just a couple of coats of paint! We still hate the texture on the walls in this room (who thought that was a good idea?!) but we don’t have the budget (or time, or energy) to do anything about it, so we’re rolling with it. It’s much less noticeable now that the walls are brighter, and it makes me so excited to see how the rest of this room comes together!
Next up on the old to-do list is tile. You’ve already seen the tile we chose, and you can see from the photos where we’re planning on doing tile in the bath and shower area – we’re taking it up a lot higher than it was before around the bath, and we’re bringing it out into the room a little further as well. We’ve already started doing a bit of tiling and it’s looking amaaaaaazing. Be sure to follow me on Instagram and Facebook to see some sneak peeks of the tiling process as it starts to come together!
After the tile is done, we’ll be tackling the vanity, swapping out the mirrors, doing something amazing to the ceiling, and adding in some really fun details. So much left to do! So little time!
We can do this.
Oh, before I go, I need your help!
See the medicine cabinet? I’m stuck on what to do with it. The current options are to paint it the same color as the vanity (which I’m not wild about, because it’s going to be a bright-ish color), paint it the same color as the walls, or paint it the same color as the trim (which is a brighter white than the walls). I’m leaning towards just painting it the same color as the walls so it blends in a bit, but I’m not sure. What do you think?
Alright, I promised a giveaway, didn’t I? Behr generously offered to give a gallon of this amazing paint to two of you! Head on over to my Instagram page for the giveaway – it’s open until next Friday!
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That paint looks awesome! I can’t wait to see the tile go in. Keep rocking it!
Paint the medicine cabinet the same color as the walls – definitely.
Thanks, Holly! That’s what I decided on! 🙂
Love your little helper! The bathroom is coming together nicely, and it will be beautiful!
It’s looking good! Love the white walls. I am a huge fan of Behr paint too. It always covers so nice and goes on so easily.
Wow you got so much done! Way to go! I can’t wait to see where you are with tiling this week!
Wow, you guys are off to an awesome start!!! Best wishes with getting your tiling done quick!!!
great choice, I am struggling with color choices right now. Wish we had a Home Depot closer :(. Looking good, Pinning!
Wow!! You guys are rocking the demo & reno! So sorry to hear you got sick! Hang in there! Looking forward to more of this bathroom transformation 😉 – Rachael
Wow looking great. You are really moving along. Good job!
WOW! Huge progress. You should be proud!
A bathroom is a huge undertaking, looks like you have your hands full! I love the paint, it looks amazing and I can’t wait to see the rest! As for the medicine cabinet I would either paint it the same as the walls so it blends, or take off the door and have some open recessed shelves in there (if that’s possible!).
Such good progress Amanda! And I know firsthand how miserable backerboard can be – I’m impressed you did so much of it in one weekend!! Can’t wait to see more…
It’s awful! I was determined to just knock it out as fast as possible. Now if only we could finish the tile…haha
Great progress! We are working on a master bathroom too. You are making me nervous I don’t walls in my shower yet! Can’t wait to see your space evolve!
Installing the backerboard is the worst part! Once that’s done, it’s smooth sailing in comparison. We’ve been tiling our butts off all week and it’s exhausting by way more rewarding!
Hmm I would either take it out (if you have time) or paint it the same color as the walls. That bright white really transformed the space.
Paint and walls! Huge progress in just a week! Keep going, you’ve got this!
Seems like your ceilings are quite high in this bathroom. I love that! Glad that you found paint that works so well! Looking forward to seeing this room get transformed!
It all looks amazing! Doesn’t the progress feel great?! I love your little helper too 🙂
Wow you have gotten a lot done!! I thought I had a lot to do in my bathroom but I think you beat me! Can’t wait to see that gorgeous tile in there!
We have gotten a lot done! And we’re EXHAUSTED! I feel like I’m going to need a week-long nap once this challenge is over. 🙂
OH MY! you have such huge project! and you have accomplished so much! I love the tiles choices on the sponsored ad, those tiles are going to be so perfect and creating a gorgeous bathroom.
It’s looking good! Love the paint choice! I’m considering white as well, and I’m pretty sure I’ll be using Behr paint too. It’s one of my favorite brands! 🙂
Thanks! We love how the color turned out, and we’re total Behr converts now! 🙂
This is looking fantastic!! I’m in awe at what you’re doing. I can’t wait to see how it turns out!! Shared!!
Thank you!! It’s exhausting but I know it’ll be worth it in the end.
So much done yet so much to do!! I’m cheering you on girl!!
Thanks, Ashley! I’m super excited to see your room come together too! 🙂
We are slowly but surely painting our living room using Behr paint! The sellers painted the entire house a neutral beigey-yellowy color. Not terribly offensive, but still not my cup of tea. So far, we’ve done one wall in a nice sage green and the other walls will be a more “greige” color…I think it’s called Merino Wool. The difference is subtle, but so wonderful. And we did an entire side of the room with less than half a gallon of paint!
Re: medicine cabinet: I would totally paint the trim of it the white color of the walls, then replace the panel inside the door with frosted glass (or plexiglass!). This blogger has a super easy tutorial. The frosted look would keep it discrete. http://www.confessionsofaserialdiyer.com/how-to-add-glass-to-cabinet-doors/
Jamie! I LOVE that idea! Girl, you’re a genius, and what an awesome tutorial. Going to chat with Corey about this and see what he thinks – such a cool idea! 🙂
You’ll probably disagree here, but I’d just get rid of that cabinet. It’s oddly placed, will stick out too much in the room, and will constantly be in the way of any mirror you put in replacement of the ones that already exist.
You should have plenty of storage space in your vanities, and maybe a cute magnetic sheet board for all your makeup essentials would look better on the wall in it’s place.
I actually don’t disagree with you, Amanda! I don’t know if we have the time during this renovation to patch the wall and all that mess after removing it, but I agree it would be much nicer looking to just get rid of it!
Definitely paint it out the same colour as the wall. Looking forward to next week already!
Phew, okay that’s what I’m thinking too! 🙂
Ooo, giveaway! Yay! I entered 🙂 Sad you didn’t like the black paint in the media room 🙁 but happy to hear you love the space now!
Paint that medecine cabinet white like the walls! or get a flush door and mechanism from Home Depot!
Also, I’m the biggest fan of Behr! Their paint is unbeatable, I only ever use their paint now.
I would paint it in the wall color too!
I always love adding that first coat a paint! Your bath is looking good, excited to see your progress.
Makes such a huge difference, doesn’t it?! Thanks!