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One Room Challenge Week Five: Tiny Powder Room Makeover Finishing Touches

Hello friends and welcome back for my week four update of my powder room makeover for the official One Room Challenge!  The One Room Challenge (ORC) is an event hosted by Better Homes and Gardens where bloggers and Instagrammers have just six weeks to complete a room makeover.











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Participants are required to document the step-by-step process in a weekly blog post over the course of six weeks.  I participated in the spring ORC by completing a Teen Bonus Room Makeover in our basement and for this challenge I have decided (with my husband’s help) to tackle the little powder room that is just to the right of our side door entry area.


As I explained in my week one post, the main goal of this makeover has been to update the floor. When we moved in six years ago my husband installed groutable vinyl tile. It was just two weeks until Christmas and we needed a quick fix after removing old indoor/outdoor carpet. He was just about to finish the tile when he had to move the toilet and discovered a tiny glimpse of the original 1920’s hex tile under the layer of carpet that the previous owners had put down.


Last week I shared how I was overjoyed to discover that the tile was in great shape for it’s age. We have since cleaned it several times and it is starting to look really good! It has gotten dirty again as we removed the old toilet and sink and my husband started working on replacing them this week, so I don’t have a pretty picture of the floor…yet!


After removing the sink we discovered missing baseboard. We also had to order new beadboard wallpaper to cover the areas that were previously unaccessible due to the sink and vanity.



This week has been the least exciting of all of them so far…


The new toilet is smaller than our old one and is a much better fit for such a small bathroom. My husband did install it earlier this week, but there seems to be a problem with the old plumbing and there was a slight leak around the bottom. In addition, as I was getting ready to clean it I noticed a factory imperfection on the back of the toilet that appeared to be a chunk out of the porcelain, so we had to return it to exchange it for another one, which was annoying and frustrating. Luckily the folks at Lowes were cooperative and let us bring in just the back piece instead of having to take in the whole toilet.


Even with setbacks we did get quite a bit accomplished this week. We replaced the missing wallpaper, repainted the whole bathroom, replaced the missing baseboard and molding and repainted it. In this picture you are getting a little sneak peek of the vintage crystal door knob that my husband switched out for the old metal door knob that had been on the door previously. The crystal knob now matches the knobs on all the other doors in our  1921 home.


Want to add a sophisticated vintage charm to your bathroom? Look no further than this collection of classic faucet handles for the perfect mix of old and new. #bathroomstyle



We were just getting ready to install the pedestal sink and add the thrifted vintage style faucet I had found at a consignment shop this week for only $15, but that plan went down the drain… (see what I did there???) Since the fixture was used I wanted to give it a thorough cleaning. We already bought the new tubes and fittings to replace the old icky ones that came with the used faucet. To clean it I soaked it in a mixture of hot water, dish soap and a dash of Borax for about 15 mintues. When my husband went to get it out and dry it off, the porcelain? handles literally disintegrated! There was no salvaging it!



Want to add a sophisticated vintage charm to your bathroom? Look no further than this collection of classic faucet handles for the perfect mix of old and new. #bathroomstyle


Needless to say I was pretty bummed, especially since faucets with vintage style handles are special order and quite pricey. I hadn’t planned on a chrome faucet but I loved the vintage look of the faucet itself, and was planning on spray painting it  farmhouse black. Until we find a faucet there is no way to install the sink because the plumbing is what holds the sink top in place.  I definitely would like some type of faucet with vintage handles like any of the ones shown above, but I am still undecided on color. Once again, it will all depend on what I stumble upon this week. If I can’t find a faucet in the next couple of days we will probably have to just use our brushed nickel faucet for the reveal and change it out later.

Faucet Inspiration

Here are some example of vintage style faucets in different finishes:



Farmhouse Black

simple bathroom




Antique Gold

9 Ways to Maximize your Pedestal Sink | Domino





How to Make the Most of a Small Powder Room

Julie Blanner


Brushed Nickel

A white pedestal sink has a classic and versatile look that will withstand time and trend. With no base cabinet, the simple pedestal on the sink visually opens up the room. The pedestal sink was outfitted with the timeless appeal of a brushed-nickel faucet, and its wide rim is a perfect spot for pretty soaps or a small vase of flowers.




Black and white cottage powder room features a white beadboard wall lined with a glass vintage wall sconce illuminating an oval rope hung mirror and a pedestals ink atop black hex floor tiles.



this is one of my all time favorite small bathrooms. black and white mosaic floor tile, frosted glass door, and classic pedestal sink. no shower curtain needed.





Look into these perfect concepts intended for rustic #countrycottagekitchens

French Country Cottage



Week Six Goals- Finishing Touches:

  • Install pedestal sink/ find a faucet
  • Call a plumber to troubleshoot and install the toilet
  • Find a light fixture (the vintage chandelier was too big for the space)
  • Find a Mirror
  • Add a few decorative finishing touches


DIY Dilemmas:

Well, as I was finishing up this post my husband informed me that something else broke with the toilet plumbing, so it looks like this DIY job is going to require the assistance of a certified plumber. In addition, the mirror I originally chose is way too big for the space above the sink so I am back to mirror shopping this week. As of right now I am not sure if we will get everything finished in time for the big reveal next weekend, but I am sure it will all be ready for guests to use in time for Thanksgiving. I am really not stressing, and just taking it one day at a time and hoping for the best!



Thank you so much to all of you who have been following along and sending encouragement during this challenge! Even if everything isn’t completely “finished” (is anything ever really finished in home renovation and decor?) I am still excited about how everything is turning out  (especially the hex tile floor!) and sooner or later we will have a cute, updated period style bathroom. See you next weekend for the (hopefully) big reveal!



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  • Reply Botanic Bleu

    Your tiny powder room is going to look fantastic when it is finished. The hexagon tile floor is amazing. The fresh paint and new bright white toilet make the room look 100% better already. Whether or not you finish in time for the ORC™ reveal date(s) is not the important thing. Getting a beautiful, functional powder room is the goal, and you are going to be so glad you took the time to find what you want.


    November 4, 2019 at 12:47 am
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you Judith, that is exactly how I am looking at it. A cute “new” bathroom just in time for the holidays. Thanks for visiting!

      November 4, 2019 at 10:11 am
  • Reply Paula@SweetPea

    It’s going to look amazing, Amber! The DIY troubles that you’ve had sound like what happens in my house when we start any project. There’s always multiple setbacks to any project. I was so thrilled to see that you have hex tile in your space. What a great discovery and it is going to look so good when it is freshly scrubbed for your big reveal.

    November 4, 2019 at 5:34 am
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thanks Paula! We have done this long enough to know nothing is ever smooth sailing with these projects. I was getting suspicious when by week four everything was going along so well! It will get finished in time for the holidays for sure, so I am excited still even if everything isn’t in place by next weekend.

      Thanks for visiting!

      November 4, 2019 at 10:13 am
  • Reply Cindy


    Sorry you’re having issues with the bathroom. The floor looks great, love it. I also love that you incorporated a glass doorknob, perfect for your home.

    Looking forward to seeing this finished. It will be beautiful


    November 5, 2019 at 3:39 pm
  • Reply Michelle | Thistle Key Lane

    I’ve been following along Amber and I know this will look great when you finish. Sometimes small spaces can be more difficult to update than larger ones. Hang in there!

    November 6, 2019 at 10:26 pm
  • Reply Mother of 3

    Oh boy; that is the “fun” of home renovations isn’t it? Nothing ever seems to go quite to plan. Hope the plumber can get it all fixed up for your in not time and I can’t wait to see the reveal.

    November 7, 2019 at 4:32 pm
  • Reply Julie Briones

    I have SO loved following this reno adventure, Amber! I sure hope the Lord give you a taste of Heaven, and blesses you with the things you would like… and need! He is good, and will supply, eventually (but, I’m praying right now, sooner than later!)

    November 8, 2019 at 12:50 am
  • Reply Tania

    It’s looking great so far though Amber, despite all the setbacks. You are so lucky to have found that hex tile and in such great shape! Looking forward to seeing it completed :o)


    November 9, 2019 at 8:23 am
  • Reply Barbara Chapman

    You have sooo many good ideas here, Amber! I hope everything goes smoothly with the plumber coming in from here on out!! Charles used to work for Stanley Black & Decker and they have some lovely vintage porcelain taps on their faucets. Well, if you can find their older version (seems like everyone wants Art Deco or something more modern, but that’s not my first love either.) <3 Will share this week's post at next week's SYS for you. <3

    Looking forward to the reveal,
    Barb 🙂

    November 9, 2019 at 11:00 am
    • Reply Barbara Chapman

      Amber, I featured your post at Share Your Style #232 this week. 🙂

      Happy finishing,
      Barb 🙂

      November 13, 2019 at 10:11 pm
  • Reply Katie Mansfield

    I’m so sorry about the faucet. I love your hex tile. So fabulous. I cannot wait to see the reveal.

    November 12, 2019 at 4:56 pm
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