It's Week 5 of the One Room Challenge - which means just one more week to the final reveal! The ORC is a semiannual decorating event where bloggers makeover a room in just six weeks while posting weekly updates. It's my first time participating, and I've taken on our guest ensuite that I'm decorating from scratch with lots of help from Hubby. If you're here for the first time, you can catch up here: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4.
Because we just had some guests staying with us, there were a few days this week when we didn't have access to the room or much time to work on anything for it. But we did manage to wrap up a few half-baked projects that had been on the back-burner for a while ... and it mostly involves lots and lots of spray paint!
But first, there was just one of the boring-but-necessary items still outstanding: that is, installing the radiator, which we had moved from an adjacent wall (you can see the before and after plans for that here). We had already done the plumbing work, so it was just a matter of hanging the radiator and connecting it to the valves at either side.
With that in place, I could finally move on to more decorative items ... cue the spray painting!
First up was the carriage mirror for over the sink. I had wanted it in black, but that colour was out of stock (and similar versions from other suppliers were over budget) so I ordered it in a grey colour. What wasn't obvious from the online images was that it had a distressed finish (almost like plaster had been mixed with the paint and brushed on to leave a texture) and there was some white paint showing through from underneath.
That's not the look I wanted for this room, so I used a fine sandpaper to remove the texture and spray painted it black.
As I mentioned before, for some reason now lost to me, I purchased the same bathroom suite for both this room and our master ensuite. If then was now, I'd buy something individual for each room. Anyway, it's a perfectly good suite, so I'm working with what I have to keep the costs down. That includes the chrome wall light I bought for over the sink. The chrome looks great in our master ensuite, but I wanted a black finish for the guest ensuite. So, again, my trusty can of spray paint came to the rescue.
Spray paint was also deployed to upcycle the pendant light that I had picked up at an antique shop a while ago. I love the marbled pink glass globe (pictured in the Week 2 update) but the brass-coloured fitting didn't suit the décor, so I gave it a silver finish to co-ordinate with the chrome tap (faucet) on the sink and the chrome shower enclosure.
I bought this great double hook to hang on the door - it's solid metal with white ceramic knobs. I thought the metal looked black in the online image, so I was surprised when I received it to discover that it's actually an antique brass effect. So that too is being - you guessed it - sprayed black!
I've also been working on this little storage unit that I'm going to freshen up before hanging it in the room.
It was scruffy and damaged, so it's getting a fresh coat of Old White paint (the same colour I used on the other woodwork in the room). Then the antique brass-effect hooks will be spray-painted black and the drawer knobs will be replaced.
So, basically, this week for me has looked a lot like this!
Priming the metal before painting it black
For the final week, then, this is what we have left to accomplish:
- Tiling the splashback behind the sink
- Filling, sanding, and painting the nail-holes in the skirting boards
- Creating a sharp paint line where the white colour meets the blue on the wall
- Fitting the oak floor trim underneath the door to cover the gap between the tiles and the hardwood bedroom floor
And then I'll be adding all the little finishing touches, which I'm already starting to gather.
I'm so happy with what we've achieved so far, but I can't wait to start putting some personality into this room!
We do have quite a bit still to do, but I'm feeling confident that I'll have a finished room to show you next week. In the meantime, do check in with the other ORC participants, and I'll see you back here next week for the final reveal! (gulp!)