Please ready yourself posthaste for a metric ton of photos because the $100 Room Challenge is over and I took allll the pics to prove it. Big thanks to Erin for hosting this challenge and giving me something productive to do with my New Year frenetic self. Seriously, I loved this challenge and would recommend it whether you blog or not. It’s a great way to take on your house room by room, but to keep yourself on a budget. It feels creatively challenging but wallet-ly manageable.
Quick recap: I decided to update our bathroom for the challenge for a few reasons. 1) It’s our smallest room, so it seemed like $100 would have the biggest impact in here. 2) I want to repaint our whole house but at the same time I very much don’t want to repaint our whole house, so painting in here seemed like a manageable first step. 3) I already mentioned the frenetic New Year energy. 4) We only have one bathroom in our little rental house, so I wanted to make it look and function better for us and for guests.
To fully catch up, you can find the previous week’s progress posts right here:
week 1: the plan
week 2: budgeting
week 3: painting and purging
week 4: hanging macramé planter
Find a link to all the sources and a full budget breakdown at the bottom of the post!
Even if you have been following along, here’s the before pics as a reminder:
And some side-by-sides, because honestly what is more satisfying in life than a side-by-side before and after photo?
A little bit of decor and organization went a long way on this side of the room. The brass and wood shelf was a lucky find, and even luckier for me, it was on sale when I purchased. Other than that, the only thing I purchased for decor is the tiny picture frame. I “shopped my house” for the other items, and actually most of them came from the previously cramped bathroom closet.
I know, I know. You’re like…cool. The basket color changed. But what you don’t see is a ton of purging and reorganizing those little suckers to make them work better for us. Plus, the white just…makes it easier to breathe, somehow. I haven’t mentioned this, but there actually is another cabinet on top of the open cabinet in the picture. I can’t reach it, so it doesn’t exist. I honestly have no idea what Matt puts in there.
If you voted on the storage bin selection from week 2, thank you for your input! The Target baskets won out of convenience. The other bins were from Ikea and I didn’t want to haul up there just for bins, mainly because I knew I’d leave with significantly more than that. Ikea is only about 25 minutes away from us, but it feels far, which is the excuse I give myself when I’m there. “Well, while I’m here…”
- Paint: $9.32
- I used about 1/3 of a gallon of Marshmallow by Sherwin Williams color-matched to Behr Premium Plus. I’m going to use the rest of the paint for a different project, plus I need every penny of this budget, so I’m counting it as 1/3 of the $27.96 gallon.
- Lazy susan: $13.99
- Kind of a splurge for this project, but dangit if it isn’t useful and aesthetically pleasing in the closet.
- Storage bins: $43.91
- Yah, I spent almost half of my budget because I wanted my storage bins to be white instead of dark grey + multi-colored. It means something to me, apparently.
- Brass & Wood Wall Shelf: $26.10
- Urban Outfitters heard that I was participating in this challenge, so they made the perfect brass + natural wood shelf to fit the exact dimensions of my space, and then they put all their home goods on sale. Pretty cool!
- Glitter frame: $3.60
- Find this tiny frame filled with rose gold glitter and sequins for less than $4 and I dare you not to buy it.
- Macrame rope + 6 inch gold hoop: $5.01
- The full budget breakdown on the planter is here.
- TOTAL: $101.93
Yah, I went $1.93 over budget even with some budget finagling. I think that’s probably not terrible for a first-timer. I feel really good about it, and I think the dudes in that glitter frame are pretty happy with it, too.
You can find all the bathroom sources on the recently updated Shop Our House page.
There are some seriously amazing transformations happening in this challenge – grab a beverage and have fun clicking through the other participants below. Thanks again to Erin for hosting, I loved being a part of it! And thanks to all who stopped by with an encouraging word. That meant so much and was instrumental in getting me through week 2 with the flu and week 4 with the paint fumes. 🙂