One Room Challenge {Week One}: Here we go Again!

Oh my goodness…

Just typing this post is making me bubble over with excitement, anxiety and everything in between.

I suppose this makes things official

Making it in the Mountains is signing on for another One Room Challenge my friends!

What’s the ORC you ask? Basically, I’m pledging to completely makeover one room in our home in just six weeks.

This will be our third ORC – yes, you read that right – THIRD.

Without knowing quite what I was getting us into, I took part in our first ORC when we created this rustic cabin themed retreat for our little man.

One Room Challenge: Rustic Boy's Bedroom | making it in the mountains

Then, we took on our own bedroom, creating this lovely farmhouse style master bedroom last Fall.

A lovely Farmhouse Bedroom full of all sorts of dreamy details!

The One Room Challenge is not for the faint of heart my friends! It’s one of the most difficult and exhausting journeys I’ve ever had to walk (twice), every moment of which certainly lives up to it’s name.

So, why then would I make the choice to inflict this torture on myself and my family a third time? Well, aside from the fact that I’m clearly mad, there’s really nothing so motivating to me as a challenge. I love to run 1/2 marathons (currently working up the courage to take on a full someday), hurl down mountains on a bike, and really, what’s more challenging than parenting a toddler?!

With great challenge, comes great reward.

There’s nothing like proving to yourself (and the world) just how capable you really are!

Thankfully, my husband agrees. Or I’d really be in quite a pickle right now.

You see, as if making over an entire room wasn’t enough – we’re planning a complete and total gut job. *Key word here is planning my friends, because there’s a very real chance we’re completely overshooting our skill set and timeline on this one.

I’m talking electrical, plumbing, drywalling, tiling (any ideas about where I’m going with this?) – all of which neither one of us has ever attempted before.

You guessed it friends, we’re officially signing on to renovate our main bathroom and we’re officially the craziest folks ever for doing it.

Seriously, what are we thinking? You can bet I’ve asked myself this more than a few times as we started planning all of this.

But, here’s the thing I keep coming back to – this One Room Challenge is overflowing with support from so many other people just as nutso as we are. It’s an incredible feeling to not only make it through this challenge alive, but to have another room in our home completely and totally finished. Not to mention, we’ve got some AHHHHHHMAZING brands we’ve partnered with to create a design so gorgeous that I have to pinch myself to make sure it’s all real.

But, before I get into all of the wonderful things we have planned for this space, let’s just take a quick peek at what we’re starting with.

One Room Challenge - Before

Welcome to our lovely bathroom in all of it’s yucky blue 90’s glory.

Let’s start with this toilet that only flushes if you hold the handle down for about 2947876 minutes. And of course, the gorgeous linoleum floor around it.

One Room Challenge - Before

And how about that ginormous jetted tub, which I’ve never been able to make myself use in the year+ that we’ve lived here. I mean, who really knows what’s in those jets?!

One Room Challenge - Before

Luckily, Carson didn’t inherit his Mommy’s crazy genes and has been able to enjoy his baths in here at least.

One Room Challenge - Before

This corner shower also remains unused. I’ve scrubbed this thing within an inch of it’s life (figuratively of course), but it’s still full of rusty spots around the track that just won’t budge (I’ll spare you the photo of those).

One Room Challenge - Before

It’s also got a pretty wicked patch job, which at the very least, took a whole tube of caulking to fix up.

One Room Challenge - Before

So, it’s become this scary place that we just shut off from the rest of the house.

One Room Challenge - Before

There isn’t a single towel holder or toilet roll holder in the room (hence the roll on the back of the old toilet), which means we’ve had to add a few hooks to the back of the door to hold C’s towel.

One Room Challenge - Before

Thank goodness we’ve got these lovely 80’s style glass shelves to display our extra wash cloths at least.

One Room Challenge - Before

And of course, the main hub of it all, this perfect little vanity complete with the slowest draining sink ever and caulking that rubs off each time I clean it.

One Room Challenge - Before

And my very favourite part, the gorgeous light above it all that adds some much needed charm and personality (for the record, I was too cheap to replace that bulb when I knew we’d be changing it soon anyway).

One Room Challenge - Before

You probably find yourself wondering why I’d ever want to mess with SUCH a good thing.

Well for starters, this self proclaimed germaphobe is desperately missing her baths. I mean what Mama doesn’t wish for a half-hour to herself with a good book and a glass of wine in the bath? #agirlcandream

More than that though, it’s just not a functional space for our family (see all of the whining and complaining above).

So, I bet you’re wondering now what we’ve got planned for the space. Well my friends, for that you’ll just have to wait until next week.


You may want to pop on over to our ItSums board for a peek at our budget for this project as well as pictures and links to all of the products we’re planning on using. Y’all know how much I love this brilliant tool for keeping track of our renovation costs and plans – we’ve put it to work, creating a separate board for each room renovation in our house so far and it’s been such a HUGE help in keeping everything on track and all in one place (you can read more about it here)!

This bathroom remodel is going to be one crazy, wonderful, exhausting overwhelming, beautiful ride … are you ready?

Be sure to follow along with us on Instagram for all sorts of updates and sneak peeks!

Now, you’re going to want to pop over to the One Room Challenge page to check out all of the other incredible room makeovers that are just kicking off too!


Pop on over here to see how our {farmhouse style bathroom} came together in the end:

A Farmhouse Style Bathroom |

And you won’t want to miss all of these other fab {farmhouse style bathroom} projects:


Wishing you SUCH a lovely day!

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75 thoughts on “One Room Challenge {Week One}: Here we go Again!

  1. Oh this is so darn exciting, Kristi! I can almost imagine how gorgeous this bathroom will look in 6 weeks! So excited to follow along with you!!!!!

  2. Kristi, I love seeing you tackle a room that I would be afraid to do myself! You have such great light in this bathroom. This is going to be fun watching you transform this space! Let’s do this! XOXO, Sarah

  3. Hoorah to you and your husband for taking on not one but three such challenges. Best wishes for a project that makes you happy from beginning to end. May it come in below budget and under the projected timeline. Cheers, Ardith

    1. Thank you so, so much Ardith! Your enthusiasm makes me feel a little less nervous about what we’ve gotten ourselves into with this one! 😉

    1. Thank you Stephanie! I just couldn’t resist 😉 Looking forward to following along with that dining room too, it’s going to be amazing!

  4. Girl, that’s a big job. I can’t wait to see what you do. We have two baths that need remodeling. If you think the 90s are bad try the 70s. Hahaha. Anyways. Looking forward to this my first time with the ORC ….hopefully I’ll get it done in time cause I didn’t get a jump start at all.

    1. Thanks Deborah! I think we may have gotten ourselves in over our heads a bit here. I’m sure your game room is going to be amazing my friend! Here’s hoping we can both pull it all together in time!

    1. Thanks so much Christina!!! I can’t wait to see how it all comes together!!! Here’s to a busy & productive five weeks to come for us both! 😉

  5. Oh my goodness! You’ve certainly picked a doozy of a project to tackle for this go around, Kristi! Eek! I’m excited and nervous for you. But you always do amazing, amazing work so I have no doubt you’re going to rock this challenge too. I can not wait to see how this bathroom turns out!

    1. Awwwww, thank you so, so much Carrie! I’m feeling quite nervous about it all too … here’s hoping it all comes together as planned! SO excited to see you joining in the fun too! That boys’ bedroom design is going to be amazing!

  6. I’ll be following this one closely, Kristi because we have a bathroom (on a much smaller scale) that needs a total update. I would love to participate in the ORC to finally get er done! Google luck – I have full confidence it’s going to be stunning like the other two rooms!

  7. Oh my gosh, Kristi! You certainly have your work cut out for you, but I am 100% confident that you can pull it off in time AND that it is going to be breathtaking. You are a rockstar at the ORC and your designs are ALWAYS stunning. I am so excited to follow along with this makeover! I’m routing for ya, girl!

  8. After your son’s room and that bedroom I obsess over every time you post a photo, I am sooooo looking forward to seeing what you do in this space!

  9. So excited to see that you are doing the OCR again. Your bedroom came out beautiful last time, good idea to redo the bathroom,I look forward to seeing it the progress. This is my first OCR, its a bit overwhelming, but then again so is life.!

    1. Thank you so, so much Maria! You are going to love it my friend – it’s certainly overwhelming, but so much fun to go through with everyone together! Good luck girl, looking forward to following along!

  10. When we gutted and redid our bathroom I foolishly thought it would only take a weekend or two, so you’re way ahead of the game haha 🙂 I’m interested to see how you update those 80s glass shelves / cubby space – it could be a really good storage area!

    1. Thank you Nicole! Things are chugging along slowly so far, but I’m hoping that once we’ve finished with everything behind the walls, things can start moving a little more quickly. To be honest, I still haven’t decided what exactly we’ll be doing with the cubby area, though I do know we have to keep it as there’s a heating duct running beside it, which is why it was there in the first place. Thanks so much!

  11. I know you’re going to transform this bathroom into something gorgeous! We just got rid of a pair of similar crappy light fixtures in our master bath, and it felt SO good.

  12. I know your quality in remodeling and decorating is always on point so this is going to be spectacular! Can wait to see it. I have two bathrooms to remodel (someday) so I just know you will give great inspiration!

  13. WOW Kristi – this is a big undertaking, but y’all have proved that you’ve got what it takes to get the job done! We can’t wait to follow along and see how you progress. We are participating for the first time…and our rookie-selves have already had some stumbling blocks LOL. Best wishes!

  14. Along about now, you must be about halfway through and exhausted! But stay strong and keep focused! I’m sure you are going to make a wonderful “getaway” for yourself and your family. Can’t wait to see how it turns out.

    1. Thank you so, so much Debbie! We’re more than halfway through the timeline as I write this today, and I wish we could say that we’re more than halfway through the work that needs to be done. I’m beginning to think we might not get it all finished up in time, but we’re certainly giving it our all. Thanks again!!!

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