The Guest Bathroom is Getting an Update!- One Room Challenge Week 1- The Before and The Plan

Hello, Hello. I am at it again. Last month I added a faux marble finish to the fire place surround and this month I’ve decided to join the One Room Challenge. I’ll have six weeks to complete a room, which I will share DIY updates along the way, saving the big reveal for week six!

If you found me through ORC, welcome! I’m April and for the past year, I’ve been feverishly redecorating our colonial style house in Williamsburg, VA. After changing decor and trying out new things, I found that I really enjoy simple modern and scandinavian inspiration. Monochromatic makes me feel calm and orderly. I also enjoy purging things from the house regularly. 

I’m always down to the wire, so why no put on the pressure and get this thing started.


Welcome to the guest bathroom. Well, it is actually the upstairs hall bathroom, which my little one uses. It is also connected to the guest room, but we never have guests because the guest room is full of both my husband and I’s DIY crap.

The room isn’t that bad. A few years ago I blogged about painting the honey oak cabinets light blue and changing out the shower curtain. It is still a pretty basic builder guest bathroom with the original mirror, fixtures and not a lot of wow.


The challenge is that the guest bathroom has two doors and a window, leaving little to no wall space for practical use. Where do you hang a towel? Toilet paper? Nope. I will be solving those issues with the update and knocking the design portion out of the park using mixed metals and navy.

Here is the inspiration for the guest bathroom. I LOVE black, gold and silver so using all of them sparingly is definitely a must. And while I am on a navy kick, painting the kitchen cabinets navy would be too bold of a statement so the bathroom is the perfect place to add a sophisticated touch to a currently 90’s looking bathroom.

Guest Bathroom Update! Gold & Navy Bathroom Update - One Room Challenge from


Vanity Paint in Coastal  |  Floor Stencil: Cutting Edge Nola  |  Mirror  | Lighting  |  Pulls  |  Shelf  |  Plant  |  Baskets  |  Curtain  |


  1. declutter & deep clean
  2. remove all wall fixtures & cabinet doors
  3. paint walls
  4. paint baseboards
  5. paint & seal vanity cabinet
  6. degloss, sand, and prime floor
  7. paint, stencil & seal floor
  8. install mirror
  9. install lighting
  10. install new hardware
  11. hang shower curtain
  12. install towel hooks & style shelves
  13. style counter

I can’t wait to share more with you as I finalize the finishes and pull the whole look together!

Come back next Thursday for a progress post. I’m going to start taking down all of the current fixtures, shelves and curtains. Check out my Instagram Stories to see the progress and some DIY tips along the way!

Check out progress from featured designers below, and don’t miss out on the guest participants!








DIY Faux Marble Fireplace #PinterestChallenge

DIY Faux Marble Fireplace Update

DIY Faux Marble Fireplace #PinterestChallenge

Welcome to the August Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop, hosted by My Pinterventures. This month I chose to recreate a DIY Faux Marble Fireplace by updating our slate fireplace with faux marble contact paper. Keep reading & make sure you check out some of the other projects linked at the bottom of this post. I challenge you to DO one of the pins you’ve pinned lately! Make Pinterest count. #pinterestchallenge

A few months ago I started searching “marble contact paper” on Pinterest for ideas of how to use it. It is all the rage right now in the DIY decorating world. Decorators are putting it on everything from cabinet faces to lining pantry shelves to nightstand drawer accents. It has popped up everywhere and I wanted on this bandwagon NOW!

We have a gas fireplace, that we never use, might I add. It has a black slate hearth and border with white craftsman-ish trim. I ordered this Marble Contact Paper and plastic scraper from Amazon {affiliate link, don’t worry you won’t be charged extra} to install the faux marble. The contact paper is very shiny and thick. I was expecting it to be like shelf liner, but it is much thicker like Silhouette vinyl and durable. As for the scraper, I use them for everything- cleaning pans, scraping kid food off floor, and in this project {DIY Table Makeover with General Finishes Paint} I used the scraper to prep our kitchen table for painting.

Here is the before photo:

It was a pretty simple update. Here’s what you’ll need to do:

  1. Measure the slate fireplace surround. Measure the width across the top and the length of each of the slate pieces.
  2. Cut contact paper to size leaving a 1/4″ to 1/2″ extra buffer.
  3. Apply top contact paper first. Start in one corner and work your way across the top piece. Use the scraper to push the paper against the trim. (There is a small gap between our trim and slate, so I pushed the contact paper into the gap and tucked it under the trim).
  4. Smooth out any bubbles with your hand and press firmly to adhere the faux marble contact paper.
  5. With a razor blade or X-acto knife, trim the excess contact paper. Start by trimming the top right over the existing lines of the slate. Trim out the corners.
  6. Lastly, stick the blade into the very top of the vertical piece and carefully drag the blade down the entire length of the fireplace, resting the side of the blade on the existing slate as a guide. This creates a precise line, but does not leave any paper over or underlapping. (This seems wordy- better description: As if you are cutting wrapping paper, stick in the scissors and just slide them to the top instead of chomping with them. In this case, work from top to bottom).
  7. After cutting to size and applying all three pieces of contact paper, give the whole thing another good press to seal and tuck in any last corners and cut any excess off the bottom.


DIY Marble Contact Paper Fireplace Update from


DIY Marble Contact Paper Fireplace Update from

What do you think of this DIY version of a Faux Marble Fireplace update? It turned out great. It brightens the room up and will look even better after I paint the surrounding wall bright white.

It has been installed for a little over a month now and has handled little kid beatings like a champ. The baby likes to rub her little fingers over the seams and she has yet to pull it off so it’s a win in my book.

Below I will link the supplies again and the other Blogs to check out for inspiration for your next project.


Now let’s see what other things Pinterest inspired! Head over and visit the other hosts to see what they crafted, cooked, built, or tried!

Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop

Erlene – My Pinterventures • Alexandra – Eye Love Knots
Joanne – Our Unschooling Journey • Laurie – My Husband Has Too Many Hobbies
Jenny – Cookies Coffee and Crafts • Kristie – Teadoodles
Beverly – Across the Boulevard • Katrin – Kreativ K
Debra – Shoppe No. 5
Gail – Purple Hues and Me
Emily – Domestic Deadline • April – Stampin Fool
Chelsea – Making Manzanita • 
Julie – Sum of their Stories • T’onna – Sew Crafty Crochet
Michelle – Our Crafty Mom • Lisa – Blogghetti
Marie – The Inspiration Vault • Kelley – Simply Inspired Meals
Debbee – Debbee’s Buzz • Shirley – Intelligent Domestications
Habiba – Craftify My Love • Marci – Stone Cottage Adventures
Kenyatta – My Design Rules • Kelli – The Olympic Nest
Roseann – This Autoimmune Life • Terri – Our Good Life
Leslie – Once Upon a Time & Happily Ever After

Lydia – Lydia’s Flexitarian Kitchen

An InLinkz Link-up

The Wilderness Awaits Non-traditional Baby Shower

Wilderness Awaits baby card at

You’ve seen it. The Wilderness Awaits stamp set.   You’ve thought, ‘That would make a great manly, hunting card.’  You probably have not thought that it would make a cute baby card.  In fact you probably thought like I did, “Hmm, this looks a little bit like dead animals in a baby crib, cute. Not.”

I had this initial idea of WOW, this would make the perfect baby card.  A cute crib with animals.  I didn’t want baby animals that were cutesy, I wanted real animals, nature, hunting, woods.  And The Wilderness Awaits delivered.   I quickly got over my creeped out feelings when the card started coming together as a perfect baby shower card for my nature loving, hunting friends who are having a cute baby boy. Nature Nursery = card win.

I started by stamping the Hardwood stamp onto Crumb Cake card stock and assembling the crib. I stamped the animals in Momento ink, colored them in with Blender Pens, and carefully cut them out.  I added a thin layer of Crystal Effects to the animals mixed with water, and applied with a paintbrush to make them shine.  The colors looked dull without the touch of Crystal Effects.  Finish it off with a Doily and a little banner with ribbon and it looks adorable.

I used the 2015-2017 In Color Envelope Paper (Mint Macaron) and my favorite envelope punch board to make an envelop that fits to size, while the card is designed to lay mostly flat.   Add a banner of Mint Macaron paper, Hardwood grain crumb cake, and a doily and the card is tied into the envelope.

While this amazing card took about an hour to create, I did all the hard work in measuring and figuring out the easy way to do things.  You now have the benefit of having the dimensions and tips and tricks at your fingertips, which will significantly reduce the amount of time it should take you to recreate it.  I will have a the full color, step by step photo Tutorial available here on the blog shortly. Wilderness Awaits baby card at

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