At least twice a year we do this thing called a 30-Day Room Makeover Challenge.
What’s different about this challenge is that it’s not a bunch of bloggers participating, showing off to readers how great our homes look and how creative we are.
This challenge is about regular ‘ole folks like you and me.
You’ve seen the bloggers whose homes look like they belong on the cover of Better Homes and Gardens.
Well, you ain’t gonna find that here, honey. 🙂
My home, as much as I hate to admit it, is in need of a lot of DIY and decorating help, just like my readers’ homes.
I started these challenges so that we could all band together and tackle one space together.
Not to create a cover of Better Homes and Gardens. Instead, to create a space that’s clean, comfortable, and cozy, without the expense or the talent that a cover-worthy home may require.
You can consider these 30-Day challenges as the challenge for regular folks that just need a swift kick in the pants to turn their homes into something great!
Welcome to the 30-Day “Naughty or Nice” November Room Makeover Challenge!
Meet our challengers and our sponsors.
Keep reading for more information about the prizes that will be given away at the end of this challenge!
Meet the Room Challengers!
(Click below to see their slideshow of photos!)
Serena’s Master Bathroom – In Progress!
Melony’s Dining Room – BEFORE & AFTER!
Cynthia’s Kitchen and Butler’s Pantry – In Progress!
Letty’s Foyer – BEFORE & AFTER
Anne’s Kitchen and Family Room – BEFORE & AFTER! – WINNER!
Michele’s Dresser Room / Closet – In Progress!
Nadine’s Dining Room – BEFORE & AFTER!
Diana’s Kitchen – In Progress!
Robin’s Kitchen – BEFORE & AFTER – WINNER!
Linda’s Kitchen – BEFORE & AFTER! – WINNER!
Yvonne’s Dining Room – In Progress!
Haley’s Toddler Room – BEFORE & AFTER! – WINNER!
Jeane’s Kitchen – BEFORE & AFTER!
Jodi’s Kitchen – IN PROGRESS!
Ashley’s Guest Bathroom – BEFORE & AFTER!
Kelly’s Basement – BEFORE & AFTER!
Kathy’s Library – BEFORE & AFTER!
Susanna’s Laundry Room – BEFORE & AFTER
Gwen’s Mom’s Furniture – BEFORE & AFTER
Joy’s Bathroom – In Progress!
The challenge ended December 10, 2016. See everyone’s progress below, and stay tuned for more updates from those (including me!) that are still “in progress”!
Meet the Sponsors!
These room challenges are made possible in part by sponsors that donate products and prizes to Challengers that actually complete their room makeover. (Winners will be chosen at random).
Room makeover challenges always say they don’t do these challenges to win–they do them because it’s the kick in the butt they need to make over their rooms!
But it sure doesn’t hurt to be eligible to win something, right?!
So here are the prizes that our sponsors are giving away for this challenge!
1 WINNER WINS – Tigressa H2O Bounded Rug – LINDA!
- Durable construction that is pet-proof, kid-proof, and waterproof!
- Prevents liquids from soaking into the carpet padding and subfloor.
- Perfect for young, active families
- Durable and easy to clean.
1 WINNER WINS – Holiday Welcome Mat – ROBIN!
1 WINNER WINS – Resista Floor Cleaning Kit – HALEY!
1 WINNER WINS – Denali Toilet from Mansfield Plumbing – ANNE!
- Incredible power – 20% higher flushing performance than the highest industry rating awarded.
- Incredible distance – Gets rid of waste further than code requirements–a full 60 feet!
- Easy-to-clean surface – Has something called PuraClean glaze finish that makes it easier to clean than other toilets.
- Simple, 2-bolt installation – Creates a sturdy connection without rocking or leaking
- Ergonomic SmartHeight Bowl – Makes sitting and standing easier
This bathroom has gone through an evolution since I’ve moved in in 2010. It’s had several DIY updates, but it’s gotten to the point where everything OLD and dingy just needs to go. Paint can only fix up so much! It’s time to start fresh! I plan to get a new floor, build a new vanity with new sinks, new toilet, and hopefully a new shower! Not sure of the budget for these things, but since bathrooms have good ROI, I’m sure we’ll get our money’s worth!
Sadly, I am not done yet! 🙁 This bathroom has been more challenging than I thought because I’m being super meticulous about building the DIY vanity from scratch! But so far, the flooring is in, the vanity is 1/3 of the way built, and the decorative wall trim is going up!
Here’s what Melony has to say about her dining room, and what she hoped to achieve:
“We opened up the entire downstairs 3 years ago…. and everything has been put on hold while we worked on our flip houses. The room needs painted, perhaps some trim, a new cabinet painted for storage and new lighting. [We’d like] a better looking downstairs. We have installed flooring and a backsplash in our kitchen (which is open to the dining room). It needs trim yet, so if we got those two spaces completed at least half of our downstairs would look like a home again.”
Melony told me her dining room includes, “custom made chandelier, original artwork, custom backsplash and the hutch and built-in done over in Beyond Paint! I started on November 21st, so I am so happy you extended this 10 days!!!” Great job, Melony!
You can see her makeover in progress on her blog, Sledgehammer Queen.
Cynthia wanted to finish up projects she started but hadn’t completed. She planned to finish painting floor, fill old cabinet hardware holes, clean-up hinges, and hang a kitchen light. For this challenge, she was able to finish painting her floor, which looks great!
Most of the work has been done in Letty’s foyer, but now it’s time to organize and decorate! She’d like to get the entryway ready before the holidays roll in!
It looks fantastic!! Letty has two more things to do: “1) Get the bench. I have the order in but I don’t think it will be ready for Christmas, and 2) We have a huge piece of Teak root about 4 feet long that we have outside weathering to gray that we plan to install over the front door. I love all the art, texture, and utilitarian features of our tiny yet beautiful new foyer.”
Anne wanted to get done some painting, add a new wall treatment, and she wasn’t sure about the furniture. She wanted to finish it so that she could put her tree up!
For more details about Anne’s room makeover, read all about it in detail on her blog, White Lace Cottage.
Michele’s wants to add storage, clean it up, and make it functional, including better lighting. She says she has this huge closet but no real organization and the dog has claimed it as his bedroom! (Awwww….that’s sweet!).
Michele told me:
“This holiday month has gotten the better of me but I did manage to get my shelf wall painted, I love the blue against the dark wood… it just makes it pop! Left to paint is the rest of the walls in a nice Coastal Gray. I also managed to figure out a lighting solution. I have a light fixture that I am going to mount to some pallet wood and hang above the windows the fixture really has an industrial look but I think the pallet board really gives it a farmhouse look.I found a Drexel Buffet that I am eventually going to paint for now I just lined the drawers. I will store my purses, unmentionables and workout gear.Left to complete general clean up and the tufted bench which is about 20% done. I purchase a coffee table with big chunky beautiful legs. I have to top off and have been working on covering the buttons. I have the holes on the top drilled and the foam laid out but I need a few more supplies! This was fun, progress was made… all good things!”
Nadine moved into her home 7 months ago, and they’re slowly tackling rooms with paint and small remodeling jobs. She thinks the house is nice but stuck in the 1990’s with lots of brass and beige paint and vinyl flooring and old cabinets in the bathrooms. She’s done a lot of work like removing wallpaper, painting, building furniture and more. Here’s what she says”
“I have removed the wall paper (have pictures) and did the painting. I just finished the furniture(painting) Hubby made the buffet with barn doors and black walnut top. The wood slab took a month to come back from the mill. It has black walnut and maple with living edges. I have finished painting the benches and table base. And our end chairs came last week. Hubby also made two wine racks out of barn wood. The dining room took me 2 weeks to remove wallpaper and paint. The furniture took a little longer to complete. Once I found the furniture plans, we hit the ground running.The buffet took two weekends to build and one weekend to paint. The table base one weekend to build and paint.The benches, that is a different story. When you have vision in your mind and he has something else…He wanted to make the legs by using a lathe. Something that he has never done before. So that would mean, taking classes and practice..my comment was. “We don’t have time for classes right now, I want us to be able to sit down at the table” we agreed that Thanksgiving dinner would be much better if we are sitting.“
Diana says: “This home is in Oklahoma. It belonged to my parents. It has been sitting with no inhabitants for over 16 years. I made the decision a few years ago to move to Oklahoma and try to make this house my new home! My first task was to take inventory and arrange for the home to be sprayed for Brown Recluse Spiders. I learned that the spiders love brown boxes and paper. Of course, everything had been packed in brown boxes and stored in the garage! Anyway, all that has been done, flooring for the common areas selected and installed. At this time I have chosen to do what I can with the kitchen. I’m tired of my friends seeing the kitchen and laughing!”
Diana’s kitchen makeover has been a rollercoaster! She’s gotten so much done and has had several adventures, like finding that awesome kitchen island for her baking, to accidentally damaging the bottom and fixing it herself. But she’s also had some setbacks, such as her cousin passing away, along with shipments not coming when they were supposed to. But she’s made so much progress and I’m very proud of her for following through! I can’t wait to see what else she’s doing in her kitchen!
Linda’s kitchen has had its own evolution, just like my master bathroom! Her kitchen used to be closed off, but she and her husband removed a wall, did some other renovations, and finally, added a nice, big kitchen island! She said the renovation “about killed us both,” she and her husband, that is. She’s about finished, but she’s looking to colorize and accessorize!
Yvonne wants to get back to blogging and remodeling and she said that this November challenge sounded like a good place to start.
Haley and her family just moved into their home and their toddler is getting her own room for the first time. They want to make this a fun playful space that she can call her own. She loves color, painting, and organizing her toys and they will incorporate all that into her room.
Jeane says, “I’m getting carpeting in there…and they won’t install it until I remove all the things from the surfaces. That’s a lot of stuff! (Sigh!)”
Wow, look at the difference in that floor!
Jodi’s hoping to get more organized with this challenge. She’s tackling her kitchen and planning to paint the cabinets, add accessories, and maybe wallpaper.
Jodi is still trying to figure out what to do with the bulkhead, but she’s made a lot of progress so far with her painted gray cabinets!
Ashley’s goal was to paint the walls, take down the 30 year 30-year-old shower doors, and revamp the light fixture! She wanted to make the space more inviting, and to hopefully get motivation to tackle other projects! After seeing the great job she did, it looks like she accomplished her goal!
Here’s what Ashley had to say about her makeover!
“I found the paint in the clearance section of Walmart ($12 for a quart!) it’s Glidden and I think the light blue goes nicely in the bathroom. Among the updates include a new faucet, updated light fixture, and new shower curtain instead of the glass door insert. Plus some decorative touches. I had to get my dad to help with the faucet because I’m no plumber, and the light fixture only needed some spray paint and new bulbs. The glass door insert was a relatively quick process compared to what I thought it would be, it only took about 45 min to take everything down and clean up. The hard parts were the screws and glue on the sides. Awkward arm angles were needed to get some of the screws out, and a razor blade took off all the excess glue. Overall it was a fun project and took about 2 1/2 weekends to complete! I’m glad to have a fresh and updated bathroom for guests during the upcoming holidays! ~Ashley”
Here’s what Kelly had to say about her room makeover! (And P.S…..how cute that she wrote a message for me on the whiteboard! Awwww!!)
“Well, it’s not the dream room I had envisioned when I first signed on. I was going to repaint,and do something cute with the windows, and put a fancy floor in, and…suddenly I couldn’t breathe. Once I let go of the dream of being the next Serena 🙂 the task became a little less daunting.
Funny how working in one room involves other rooms. I had to find a home for the 6 drawer dresser which meant rearranging another room, but it actually made sense to swap its location with my To Be Upholstered chairs. Similar with winter boots which were swapped with my sewing machines that were located in a storage closet. Now all my crafts and tools are in this one room.
I found artwork my daughter did in high school that I hope to hang on the “never finished” walls. I tossed about 4 years of cross stitch magazines that I couldn’t believe I had liked at one time. And I accepted the fact I wasted money on Goodwill purchases that weren’t really a good buy, at least the money went to a good cause. I even got creative by referring to Pinterest before I threw away an old needle point project My grandmother made and the toboggan shown on my new craft table (disguised as a portable buffet table).
My only real investment was a set of clear storage bins and an area rug…which the darn cat peed on today 🙁
I actually feel happy when I walk into this corner of the basement!
It looks good from afar but is far from good. Maybe after the holidays, I can finish taking up the tiles and slap on a fresh coat of paint on the walls.
Thanks again, this was very rewarding.” ~Kelly
Kathy wanted to paint the walls, ceiling, and all the furniture. Here’s what she had to say at the end of the challenge:
“Well, our library is finished. Even though it is a small room the painting of the furniture seemed to take forever. I used Melamine paint as it sticks to everything, but, not what I was doing. The coat armoire and the long dresser took it well but the bookcases and the chest of drawers had to be touched up several times. The flooring extends into the living room so that will be finished in a few days and the new drapes in there and we will be ready for the Christmas tree.”
Great job, Kathy! Looks like a totally different room!
When Susanna signed up for the challenge, she said she wanted to “declutter, add a stenciled floor & accent wall, build a ‘case’ for the laundry tub that we need because if it’s size and all by projects but I hate because it’s just not pretty, and add a folding table because right now I don’t have a place to fold clothes so I end up taking them to my room and throwing them on the bed. Then my kid needs something and I walk away only to find them at bedtime and put them on the floor. Super embarrassing but I’m being real – I HATE laundry!”
I don’t blame her! Here’s how her laundry room looked BEFORE:
Wow, what an awesome job! She added a wrap to the utility sink and a folding table made out of an old door and stair spindles found at Restore for $1 a piece! She also stenciled the floor. What a beautiful laundry room! Even though she hates doing laundry, I bet going into this room makes it a little more bearable! 🙂 You can read more about her room makeover on her blog.
Gwen didn’t tackle a room makeover like she did in the previous challenges in which she has participated. This time, she was working on a side table that belonged to her mother. What’s amazing about Gwen and her husband is that they have disabilities or challenges that impact how much they’re able to work on projects. Yet they already get things done and make them look beautiful! I’m sure her mom would be proud of this piece she finished for the challenge!
BEFORE & AFTER
Come back often this week because more 30-Day Room Challenge “BEFORE & AFTER” pictures are going up this week! The challenge ended December 10th, 2016!