As part of the spring 2015 One Room Design Challenge—a biannual blogger event organized by the blog Calling it Home—20 bloggers accepted the challenge of completely making over a single space in their homes in under six weeks.
Blogger and designer Jenna Sue, of Jenna Sue Design Co., opted to take on the daunting challenge of renovating her circa 1970s guest bathroom for the project.
Here’s Jenna Sue’s guest bathroom before the renovation:
Wanting to say goodbye to this “dark and cramped yellow time capsule,” Jenna Sue’s goal was to create a bathroom that reflected her signature cozy-yet-rustic style, but that also had a few adventurous design elements, like patterned tiles and mixed metal fixtures. “I am more proud of this renovation than anything I’ve ever taken on,” Jenna Sue writes on her blog.
Here’s what Jenna Sue’s guest bathroom looked like at the end of the six-week challenge:
Below, a few of the smart design lessons we learned from Jenna Sue’s stunning bathroom makeover:
1. Go ahead and blend different design styles, as long as there’s an element that ties it all together.
Jenna Sue decided to stray from her go-to modern farmhouse look, because she figured “if I’m going to experiment, why not in a guest bathroom?” While the resulting space blends bold patterned tiles and mixed metals in a tiny space, the rustic wood elements and muted color palette offer a sense of cohesiveness.
2. Don’t be afraid to customize with paint.
Instead of opting for a pricier custom tub, Jenna Sue purchased a basic white porcelain and cast iron claw foot tub to replace the bathroom’s golden yellow fibreglass tub-shower combo. She then painted it a warm gray color to achieve the look she was aiming for, and added special lime paint and lime wax for some DIY patina. She also spray painted the claw feet black to save some more cash.
3. You can never go wrong with a few reclaimed wood DIYs.
“Natural wood is a requirement for me in every space I design—it brings a warmth, timeless and casual feel to a room that can’t be replicated by anything else,” writes Jenna Sue. Not to mention, it’s also inexpensive and easy to work with! Jenna Sue made the valance over the shower area in under 30 minutes using a jigsaw and reclaimed wood left over from another project.
She also made this reclaimed wood ladder as a way to utilize the space over the toilet for extra storage. “This ladder was a super quick and easy DIY and cost just a few dollars,” writes Jenna Sue. “Rather than buy a towel holder and add more holes in the wall, I simply draped a hand towel over the ladder rung and placed it within easy reach of the sink for guests.”
Get Jenna Sue’s DIY tutorials for these rustic wood projects.
4. Installing DIY wood plank walls can be easier (and cheaper) than you think.
“Instead of the thick tongue and groove pine boards we used throughout most of the house, I decided to go with a different look—something much more inexpensive, readily available and easy to work with—plywood,” writes Jenna Sue, who bought five 4×8-foot sheets at Lowe’s and ripped them down to 8-inch strips on a table saw.
Get Jenna Sue’s tips for creating a DIY wood plank wall.
5. Never underestimate the power of Craigslist.
The bathroom’s beautiful vanity is actually a vintage buffet that Jenna Sue found on Craigslist, which she refinished and repurposed by adding a Wayfair sink and an eBay faucet. Get our insider tips for shopping smarter on Craigslist and eBay.