Almost 300 diyers – 220 bloggers and 58 Instragrammers – challenged themselves to makeover an entire room (sometimes more than one!) in six weeks as part of the Fall 2019 One Room Challenge. The camaraderie that comes with tackling a near-impossible task together with a couple hundred strangers on the internet is incredible. Following along with renovations on Instagram inspired me and knowing that every other participant would be getting posts up on Thursday mornings and working toward their goals kept me on track.
I’m not going to lie – it was hard. We gutted an entire room to the studs and somehow brought it back to life in six short weeks. I also traveled a ton during that time which added to the stress. But, like 220 others, we made it! Sure, some lights are still missing, I’m ordering roman shades for the windows today, we still need to move rugs around, find another coffee table and finish up a few touch-ups, but I’m incredibly proud of where we landed! And we officially hosted our first party – Friendsgiving – in the space this weekend. Filled with friends, food and laughter – t’s everything I dreamed it would be.
Anyway, today I wanted to shoutout some of my favorite renovations that One Room Challenge guest participants completed. There are SO MANY great ones though! I encourage you to check them all out and get inspired!
Bari’s master bedroom is a masterful mix of pattern and color. I would never have the guts to mix leopard print with florals but man does she nail it! The wallpaper, the pendant lights, the channel tufted bed frame in a kelly green velvet, the floating shelves for nightstands – there’s so much to be inspired by here!
You know how I was going for “California Casual” and missed that design aesthetic entirely? Well here’s a great example. Cassie’s dining room makeover is perfection. The banquet with the faux leather! The live edge table with gold resin and x base! THE MURAL! It’s beautiful and serene and soothing. The colors are incredible. Excellent job, Cassie!
We don’t have a mudroom in this new house, but if we did I would steal all of Rebecca’s ideas because it. is. perfection. Oh, and she didn’t do just the mudroom. No, they did the mudroom, guest bath, laundry room AND hallway. And all of it is jaw-dropping incredible. You have to go check it out. Everything is just so fresh and thoughtful and smart and…I could go on and on!!
That picture above is part of Deb’s master bedroom renovation and while I love this vignette the whole room is just as stunning. It’s so beautiful and serene. It feels like an upscale hotel – one I would never want to leave! The way she layered in antiques and art to create interest while still evoking a feeling of calm is fascinating. I want my whole house to feel just like this room.
Victoria’s guest bathroom renovation is so adorable and well thought-out, but you have to see the before. It’s wild what a transformation she did to this space. It’s almost unrecognizable. I love the style and the art you can barely see on the right wall is so, so good.
Guys – that fireplace did not exist before the six week challenge where Shea and Jeremy undertook the redesign of their living room. Let me repeat that: there was no fireplace. There were no built-in shelves (follow the link – trust me, they’re incredible). These gorgeous floors did not exist! This is another space that I would love to just copy and paste into my house. Definitely taking some style cues from them.
If you’re a DIYer with a small budget, this is the post for you. Jen renovated her son’s bathroom with $1,000 and so many creative DIY solutions. One. Thousand. Dollars. That’s not even a new vanity – they just sanded down the original and built it up to accommodate her tall sons. You’ll be impressed.
Cityscape climbing wall in a boys superhero themed bedroom. Need I say more? Also, I’d like you to know this is coming from someone who despises super hero movies/characters. But! The clever way she Chris and Christine incorporated a fun element (climbing wall) into the theme of their sons’ room is just so smart. What little superhero wouldn’t want to climb buildings in their room??
Renee’s master bedroom makeover is very minimal Scandi cool. There’s lots of clever DIYs (that I’ll be taking note of!) and the simple furnishings are so refreshing. This also feels like a very cool boutique hotel somewhere like San Francisco or Prague, and isn’t that just what you want your bedroom to feel like?
I’m already planning to copycat that DIY antique ruler knife holder because, hello, it’s incredible. Jenny’s budget kitchen refresh is incredible. If you’re looking for ideas to make your kitchen more functional or want to know what color that green is (me too!) check out her post!
I love that Jessica kept the rich wood door and trim, but painting the wainscoting inside and outside of the bathroom in her powder room reno. So many people worry about painting wood trim vs. keeping it natural, and this is a great PSA that you can do both! Find a balance that works for you. Also, I love Jessica’s blog name/logo!
Cyd’s den and powder room makeover also worked with the existing wood paneling and I think they rocked it! It’s so refreshing to see people make these “old” features into a focal point rather than covering them up or ripping them down. Their den is gorgeous and ready for the inevitable resurgence of wood paneling (which we’ll be ready for too!).
Laurel is one I will be following – her voice is so fun and I think we’re kindred spirits, future best friends. She fell in love with the original kitchen of her 100-year-old home – the before would make most buyers shudder. In this phase one refresh she worked with all the existing cabinetry, bringing it back to life and making use of the awkward layout. Check it out if not just to enjoy the very entertaining “before” photos.
Shelly is another master of mixing patterns. I LOVE the floral wallpaper in her master bedroom makeover. I would never have thought to mix in a heavy wood antique bed and bold leopard print but it totally works!
Nikole’s laundry room makeover is incredibly well thought-out. It’s beautiful and functional. It’s quiet yet makes a statement. The little touches are everything, from the footed cabinetry making them feel more like furniture to the concealed fridge (oh yea, there’s a fridge in this picture!) to the chunky floating shelves painted to match the cabinets – it’s all so thoughtful.
Last but certainly not least, I’ve been in love with this wallpaper for years so seeing Deb use it for her teen daughter’s room just reinforces that love! The room feels high-end French, like it’d be in a French politician’s country house. Drama and quiet in balance.
Well, those were a few (okay 16) of my favorite guest participants this year! Which is your favorite? Did you participate this year? If so, share your project link below! I’d love to see it.