October 17, 2018  

Green Walls And Mirror + Light Combos | ORC Week 3

Our bathroom walls are green! Today I’m sharing a painting update along with my ideas for a new light and mirror. 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 kicks off the third week of the One Room Challenge so I’m popping in to give a quick progress report for the week!

Although I’m not as far along as I’d like to be, I did manage to finish painting the walls and am making progress on some of the other to-dos. 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.


A huge thanks to Behr and Lamps Expo for sponsoring this bathroom makeover. All opinions of their products are 100% my own.

Painting The Bathroom Walls Green

I finished painting the walls last weekend and am so happy with how the room looks! As I say time and time again, it’s amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do to transform a space.

I painted the bottom 2/3 of the wall a rich green, using a strip of painter’s tape to mark the division between the green on the bottom and white on top. You’ll notice a strip of the old blue color where the painter’s tape was. The top horizontal board of the board and batten wall treatment I’m adding will cover up that thin blue line so I didn’t worry about painting over it.

The green wall color is called Rainforest by Behr. I used Behr Marquee paint and am super impressed that it only took one coat to completely cover up the bright blue underneath.


I wanted to paint the top third of the wall white to brighten up the bathroom and provide a nice contrast to the rich green on the bottom. I had a couple open gallons of white paint from other projects and ended up choosing the creamy white leftover from Chloe’s nursery (it’s White Jasmine by Behr).

Now that the walls are painted, my next step is adding new chunky baseboards and board and batten on the green part of the wall. I also plan to add trim around the window and door. The board and batten will be similar to what I did in our recent navy entryway makeover but it will only have vertical boards, capped off with one horizontal board at the top.


By the way, before I started painting I removed the light, mirror and all of the hardware from the walls. Then I took the time to patch holes and retexture the walls so everything was ready for painting. I followed this tutorial for patching and repairing holes in the wall. 

Mirror And Light Options

I’ve been stuck holding a sick baby for the past few days and have used that time on the couch to shop for a light fixture and mirror to go above the vanity.

These will replace the original builder light and frameless mirror and are where the bulk of the makeover budget will go. Upgrading a few basic things like these makes such a big impact!

If you are following me on Instagram, you may have seen me asking for your opinions on light and mirror combinations this week. There are so many great options out there that it’s tough to choose!

Lamps Expo is partnering with me on the bathroom makeover and it took me a while to narrow down all of their options! Check out their helpful guide to choosing bathroom lighting. I finally decided on two pretty and very affordable light fixtures.

Hansford Light In Antique Bronze
Octave Light in English Bronze

Thanks to your help over on Instagram, I selected the Hansford Light in Antique Bronze!

Now that the light fixture is selected and ordered, it’s time to choose a coordinating mirror. I’m really hoping to do something different than a standard rectangle vanity mirror and have found some great options. I’m still deciding, but here are all of the combinations I’ve been considering this past week:



I’ll meet you back here each week with progress updates on our modern green bathroom makeover. Stay tuned for next Wednesday, when I’ll have painted walls to share with you!

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 mom juggling two young kids and being a working mom with a corporate job. 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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