Starting A $1,500 Makeover on the Bath the Entire Family Uses | One Room Challenge Week 1

All right, we’re back at it again joining this year’s Fall One Room Challenge! We’ve done a few of these in the past. The first being our previous home entry remodel with that dark moody feature wall DIY, and the second our sons vintage mid-century modern nursery.

Find us through the ORC? Nice to meet you!! We’re Susie & Mitch a couple of DIY lovers who have been updating our 1847 Historic Colonial in Western Mass for the past couple of years (a craftsman bungalow before this). Find out more about us here.

We tried to do the Airbnb bathroom during a One Room Challenge but life got in the way twice! Eventually we did take the room from this before to this after!


I’ll officially reveal that bathroom sometime this month on the blog. 

Until then I have another project space to reveal! 

Our family bathroom will be the next One Room Challenge Project.

And boy is it gonna be a challenge! When we bought the home 2 years ago we knew this space needed work, that the shower stall was going to need maintenance among other issues. Just like everyone else does, we had to back burner this project until we came up with the time and the funds! 

Now, it really needs an overhaul, but we have a tight budget of $1,500. Not only do we need to stick to that budget but we really need this space to function for us since it’s our only full bathroom.

Because... the Airbnb is almost always booked! Yeah! 

So the entire family uses this bathroom which includes Mitch, myself, our 4 year old daughter, (almost) two year old son, and my mother! 

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We are a multigenerational family, and we all have to use this bath! So it really really needs to function. I mentioned that right?! 

Side note: If you are new here Welcome! Just a little back story... we moved from a 800 SF house to a historic 3,200 SF colonial. Moved my mother in, we created an Airbnb, moved my husband’s Nana in... twice!  We became her full time caregivers for a bit until she passed away this summer.

And....( as if that wasn’t enough) We have built two chicken coops. Now we sell eggs on our roadside stand as a little business for our children to grow into! Whew! 

Now back to the $1,500 bathroom makeover!

Here it is now:

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We pretty much need to deal with everything! Its gotten bad especially the shower.

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The list of things to do:

  • Floor

  • Shower Maintenance

  • Vanity

  • Sink and counter

  • New accessories

  • Vent fan

  • Window treatment situation

The list of things to keep:

  • Tall cabinet storage

  • Shower tile, faucet

Those lists are a little lopsided so wish me luck and some way to make money streeetch reeeaallllyy farrrrrr. (That’s annoying huh?) Next week i’ll give you all the nitty gritty details, for now……I need to make all those design decisions!


Check out of of the other guest room projects!