Friday, October 16, 2015

One Room Challenge: Week 2

I've been trying to pace myself about working on our guest half bath for Linda's Calling It Home: One Room Challenge.

I feel like Dash in that movie The Incredibles....



...I speed up, then slow it back down to fall in line with everyone else.  This room is a little on the small side and will not take very long to finish, so I'm pacing myself on the project....to give the hubster time to digest all of the changes I want done immediately over the next few weeks in the house.  Thankfully, he's finally jumped on board with this project.  He sent me this link from BHG today.  And, um, no you don't...do not be patting him on the back for this.  He is still making references to my egg debacle in the kitchen.

I had mentioned that one of the changes I wanted to make in this bathroom was a better, nicer, larger, anything other than what was there, mirror.  You will be happy to know that I found one on Craigslist and made a trip almost an hour away to check it out.  I bought it!  It was worth the drive and was so reasonably priced I would have probably made the purchase and used it somewhere else in the house if I had not needed it for this room.


To give you an idea of the size of this bathroom, or the size of the mirror, the mirror will almost touch the two side walls.  The hubster held it up for me so that I could see how it was going to look in the space.  It makes a very bold statement because of it's size, but I think it will be great.

It needs cleaning and definitely a new paint job.


Just what I needed....another paint color decision....I'm already 0 for 2 in this department!  I'm open to any and all suggestions for paint color on this mirror!

The next part of this challenge is finding a vanity!  I really want a vintage piece of furniture so that the hubster can show off his expert jigsaw skills, but the dimensions are bizarre and we may end up with a traditional vanity.


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  1. Love, love, love it and when it comes to mirrors, bigger is always better! Paint? I'm boring, I say go with white. Can't wait to see what you come up with!

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm pretty boring in the paint department also...that's why I'm having such a difficult time making a decision...LOL

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  2. Hi, Benita ~ That mirror is beautiful! I can't wait to see the changes you make to it. I definitely have to start spending a little more time on Craigslist. So many great finds! Good luck with your ORC. I'm looking forward to seeing the finished room!

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    1. Tiffany, thank you so much and thank you for visiting my blog today! Craigslist does have so many wonderful things...sometimes it is a wait and see kind of thing, but there is usually always something cool to find! Thank you again so much!

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  3. I love a "very bold statement" and that mirror is great! I agree that it was worth the drive. Good luck with the challenge...I'm hoping to do one in April so am cheering you on and taking notes :)

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    1. The mirror is definitely a bold statement. I love that it has some decorative detail at the top but other than that is pretty plain. Thank you so much! Oh, I can't wait to see what you will be doing in the spring! Everyone has so many wonderful ideas for these projects!!

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  4. Great find on the mirror Benita-love the shape.

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    1. Thank you so much! I could really use your help on how to re-love it! :-)

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  5. Gorrrrrrrgeous mirror!!!! Great find!!!!!!

    OK, I will not say anything sweet, about the man. He has to stop with the egg-jibes, before I will be on his side again.

    Ohhhhhh, I can see him, shaking in his shoes, at that!!!! -grin-

    But, have I mentioned, that I keep my broom right in my kitchen. Not hidden away somewhere? Always at-the-ready as it were??? Hmmmmm? Have I mentioned that?????

    -grinnnn-

    Tessa

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    1. Thank you so much Tessa...I thought it was worth a trip! :-) LOL...you are so funny and thank you for being on my side! :-) I like that idea...a broom in the kitchen, right out in the open...for keeping them in line...I like the way you think!! And appreciate your ideas!! :-) Much love and hugs!!

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  6. Now that is a good find ... well done.

    ... I have an idea references to the 'egg debacle' may go on a little longer - I may be wrong but ...

    Have a happy weekend, it will soon be here.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thank you so much Jan! He's finally backing off a bit, because I have a great tale to reveal on him...I will be sharing it on the blog later this week! ;-) Hope you had a great weekend!!

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  7. Hi Benita,
    I am with Kim on this one. The bigger the better for the mirror and I think white or even solid black would be awesome on this mirror. I know whatever you chose it will look fabulous.
    Kris

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    1. Thank you so much Kris...I do like the size...now just to find a perfect vanity to go with it! That task is a little more challenging than I originally thought it would be. Hope you had a fabulous weekend! Hugs!!

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  8. I vote for black on this beautiful mirror. It would really pop against the wallpaper.....Thanks for sharing Rebecca

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    1. Rebecca, thank you so much for visiting the blog...I appreciate it so much! I'm really hoping to make this little bathroom something more special than what it is and hope to get some color decisions made soon! :-)

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  9. I say picking paint color is the same as naming a baby before it is born - you gotta wait till you meet before you do that. The same theory applies here - wait till you find your vanity then name the paint color(s) for them both when you see what you got! My vote is always for neutral colors on walls and large pieces then you can change your décor colors and style easily - in this case towels, mats, art, frou frou etc without having to crack open a can of paint. Can you tell my love affair with painting ended long ago- likely after my 6th move with whole house repaint plus barns exterior and interior and farm fence?! UGH lol

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    1. Kari, that is a PERFECT analogy!! Everything is hinging on the vanity and then I think I will be able to pick the colors for this small bath. And I'm with you, I usually choose very neutral colors so that I can change the other things out easily. I hate painting also and that is probably another thing that is factoring in to not being able to make a color decision...LOL! When we had to paint our split-rail fence in Texas, we paid the kiddos to do it...LOL

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  10. Gorgeous mirror, Benita! What an amazing find! Black would look so dramatic, and help the room seem not so small, or antique white, I've never been good at making choices! ;) Which ever color you choose, it will look fabulous! Of that I am sure! Have a fun weekend! hugs, Christine

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    1. Christine, thank you so much! It was purely luck that I ran across this mirror. I'm not good at making paint color choices either, that's why I've hit a snag with this room. I've got to decide on wall color and I think that will help me decide on a color for the mirror...decisions, decisions...LOL Hope you had a great weekend! Hugs!!

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  11. That mirror is fabulous!!! I would have to see the big picture of the room to pick a color....I am with Prairie Kari....what she said!!

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    1. Thank you so much! I think I’m going to have to find the vanity and pick the paint color for the wall before I can decide on how to repaint this mirror…I don’t like making these types of decisions when it comes to a variety of colors…LOL

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  12. Benita,
    Great mirror find, and I agree with Prairie Kari also. Wait until you have both the mirror and vanity to decide the color. I'm looking for a mirror to go over a small sink in my master bath, but am having a hard time finding one with the right sizes.

    You know the egg debacle will told for generations to come at all the family gatherings... Thanksgiving, Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries.... It's part of your history now. :)

    Judith

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    1. Thank you so much Judith! I am thinking along those same lines...that I've got to have the other pieces of the puzzle in place before I can decide on a color for the mirror...the vanity has become the most difficult decision because of the size...it is a really narrow space.

      And yes, ma'am it is definitely already started making the story rounds...but I've got one of my own to share about him, so I'm hoping that will take the spotlight off of me for a bit! :-)

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  13. in my book bold is always better!
    aren't men's muscles lovely to have around! xoxo

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    1. I think so also…that’s why I wanted something oversized in the mirror department! And yes ma’am they are! I couldn’t life that thing to hang on the wall for anything…LOL Thank you so much for the lovely card…that was so very sweet of you! I hope you had a fabulous weekend! Love and hugs!!!

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  14. Benita that mirror was worth a 10 hour drive, it is so beautiful! I think you might be able to score something vintage to make into a vanity...you do have some time to find one. I would have to see the vanity/counter top and the wall color in order to pick the color for the mirror. You can paint the mirror last too once you get the other things in place. It will all fall into place and it will be beautiful!
    You're off to a great start 'Dash'! ;)
    Have a wonderful weekend!!
    Hugs, Kimberley

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    1. Thank you so much Kimberley....I thought it was worth it also. It is plain with just a hint of being ornate. I've been looking for a vintage piece to turn into a vanity, but so far haven't had any luck. I need such a narrow piece, I don't know if I will be able to find anything sturdy enough to hold a sink and faucet. And I've decided that I definitely need the vanity and the wall color before I can pick a color for this mirror...so many decisions and so little time...LOL.. You are too funny! Hugs!!

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  15. Oh girl..you better have this mirror attached really well to the wall because I'm coming down to get it!

    Jane x

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    1. LOL…..I think if I told the hubster, he would hang it ever so loosely so that it could be taken away. You should have seen the look on his face when I walked in with it…LOL Hugs!!

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  16. It's a pretty find. I don't know what the color of the bathroom is going to be. I think some gilding on it, either antique silver or gold, would be pretty after you choose a paint color, because it will highlight the details. xoxo Su

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    1. Thank you so much and thank you for the gilding suggestion....I haven't decided on a vanity or a wall color either, so that's most of my hang up with the colors for everything...gilding....hmmm, that is interesting. Thank you again so much! Hugs!!

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  17. That mirror is so pretty. It's going to look so great in your bathroom. By the way, I loved that clip you shared from The Incredibles. That was such a cute movie... :)

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    1. Thank you so much Dee! I’ve got to get nailed down and make some decisions on these colors…and thank you. We love this movie! :-)

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  18. I'm boring too, go with white :). Or...gild it gold...Or, maybe silver! Or...bronze. Yeah, that's the ticket. Bronze :).

    There, wasn't that super helpful??!

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    1. LOL....you are so funny! The gilding had definitely not popped into my head...I think once I get a vanity and wall color, the mirror will be easy, but I do like the gilding idea!

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  19. Benita,

    What stunning lines this mirror has-I too would go with white or gilding, but I suppose that will depend on what other happenings are going on in the bath.
    It will be gorgeous for certain!
    Happy Hugs to such a sweet friend!
    xo
    Jemma

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    1. Thank you so much Jemma. I loved this mirror as soon as I saw it and knew that it would be perfect for this bathroom. It is so very large, but will make a great statement. I’m really liking the gilding idea…I hadn’t thought of it, but am turning it over and hope to find some tutorials on how to do it! Hope your week is off to a great start! Love and hugs to you!!

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  20. I'm with you on the mirror. It's lovely and cheerful. Who would not be happy looking in that mirror?

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    1. Thank you so much! It is such a pretty piece. It makes me wonder what the dresser looks like that it was formerly attached to! :-)

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  21. Great mirror - I know you can work your magic on the bath. Or buy more mirrors and cover the walls.

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    1. Thank you ma'am....more mirrors...that might work too. Will you send me the one you have that I love so much! ;-)

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  22. That mirror is beautiful...You sound like me with the ORC...I have to slow down to keep up with everyone or else I would already be finished. I cannot wait to see what you do.

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    1. Jess, thank you so much and thanks for visiting my blog! I love new visitors because then I get to start visiting their blogs! ;-) I love all the choices you have been making as well and can’t wait to see how it turns out. And yes, taking the navy fabric down is progress! You’ve completed a lot more than I have…I’ve bought a mirror…and that’s it…LOL

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  23. What graceful lines the mirror has! Can't wait to see how it looks when you've finished the job. We've only bought one thing off Craigslist, years ago. I need a rug now so should look. One of our sons finds so many unique things that way.

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    1. Graceful...what a great choice of words for this mirror and thank you so much!! I think it probably was in a former life and hope it will be again! We've bought and sold a great many things on Craigslist...there are just so many wonderful things available! Love and hugs to you!!

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  24. You have to love Craigslist for a great bargain!! I bought my china closet on there for $125.....delivered!! Can't wait to see what you do with this mirror.

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    1. WOW…what an awesome deal!! AND delivered! You can’t beat that at all!! There are so many great treasures on Craigslist…it is a wonderful resource! I’m still tossing around ideas…just need that vanity to pull it together I suppose.

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  25. It's beautiful!!! Love the shape and intricate top. It's going to look great in the bathroom.

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    1. Thank you so much Stephanie. The mirror was definitely a great find. Now, if I can get the vanity squared away, we can get started! :-)

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