October 26, 2018  

Window Trim, Board & Batten And A Vanity Mirror | ORC Week 4

I’m giving our half bath a much-needed makeover on a small budget in 5 short weeks during this fall’s edition of the One Room Challenge. Today I’m sharing the new light and mirror for our bathroom, the pretty window trim and board and batten progress!


It’s Thursday which means we’re due for a One Room Challenge progress update!

The short story is that I’m way behind schedule and struggling to figure out when I’m going to have time to complete our bathroom makeover. But instead of stressing too much I’m instead celebrating the fact that the walls are painted and the trim is mostly done. Plus the new light fixture arrived yesterday and I have a pretty mirror ready to hang!

Keep reading to see what I’ve been up to!


Just to recap, I’m joining in on this round of the One Room Challenge and giving our half bathroom a makeover. Hop back to the past two updates to see my design plans for the room!

If you are unfamiliar with the One Room Challenge, the gist is that design influencers transform a room in their home in five short weeks. We all post weekly progress reports and then share our final room reveals at the end. (That room reveal day is seriously one of the best days in blogland! It’s so fun to tour all of the rooms!) The One Room Challenge happens each spring and fall and it’s always inspiring to follow along!

Although you’ll see a lot of ambitious renovations and expensive makeovers during the One Room Challenge, that’s not at all what mine is! Here is a quick recap of my approach:

  1. Everything I do will be very budget friendly.
  2. This makeover will be done in a few hours each weekend.
  3. I’m a one-woman show doing this all on my own.
  4. This makeover will be full of practical, budget-friendly cosmetic updates.

As a reminder, here’s a before photo of the bathroom. It’s your standard half bath just off of our kitchen. It’s functional but leaves a lot to be desired in the design department.


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Dark Green DIY Board And Batten

I’m installing board and batten following the same process I did in our entryway. You can see the full DIY board and batten tutorial here.

This time around, I’m taking the board and batten about two-thirds of the way up the walls and only doing vertical battens as opposed to the squares I did in our entry.

Almost all of the board and batten is installed and painted and I am obsessed. Moody walls combined with a pretty wall treatment makes me so happy. It feels good to finally have this part done! Well, mostly done. I have couple tricky boards to add behind the toilet and mirror yet but am still contemplating the best placement of those.



New Window Trim

I’m feeling like a super awesome homeowner for adding trim to our bathroom window this week! Building things like this from scratch is such a cool feeling.

I’ve never done this before and researched several styles online before deciding to follow this DIY window trim tutorial from my friend Christene. Her blog post is really detailed and she even has a free PDF workbook you can download that helps you calculate the lengths of all of the boards. That was super helpful since math is so not my strong suit!

I painted the window trim pieces in the garage last weekend and installed them Tuesday night after work. By labeling the backs of each board as I cut them, I knew exactly where each piece would be installed.

The actual installation went really fast thanks to my trusty Ryobi nailer. That was one of my very first tools and I’ve used it for so many projects!



After (still need to add a couple final pieces to the top this weekend!):


Mirror And Lighting Upgrades

My new light fixture arrived yesterday so I’m anxiously waiting to install it this weekend! I’m partnering with Lamps Expo for the bathroom makeover and I had such a tough time choosing a vanity light but I’m really happy with my choice!

I selected the Hansford Light in Antique Bronze and it’s as pretty in person as it looks online!

I also ended up selecting this mirror from Target which is massive and looks much more expensive than it really is. I’ve been looking for ways to bring some wood texture into the bathroom and I love the wood frame of this mirror.


I still have the packaging on it just in case I decide it looks off with the new light fixture, but I’m feeling pretty confident that I will love the end look.

Tasks For This Week

Here’s what I hope to accomplish in the coming week:

  • Finish Board & Batten Installation
  • Finish Window Trim
  • Install Light Fixture
  • Hang Mirror
  • Paint Vanity

With little time to devote to this makeover, I’m a little nervous that even that to-do list is too lofty but I’m going to try to sneak in the bathroom any spare moment I have and knock out some projects. We’re only a couple weeks away from the big finale of the One Room Challenge and I still have a long ways to go to finish on time!

I’ll meet you back here next week with another update on our modern green bathroom makeover!

Be sure to visit the One Room Challenge website for links to allllllll of the other participants.

And if you want to keep up with behind the scenes, real-time updates, be sure you’re following me on Instagram!

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Emily Counts is the founder of Small Stuff Counts, a home and organization blog she created in 2013. Her goal is to help moms make home life easier so they can create beautiful, organized, and thriving homes. She shares life at home as a working mom juggling two young kids, a corporate job, and all that goes into managing a home. The Iowa-based blogger lives in the suburbs of Des Moines, Iowa, with her husband, two children, and rescue dog. Emily has collaborated with brands including The Container Store, Cricut, Command Brand, Bissell, Sam's Club and Rubbermaid.

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