Recently, I helped my parents renovate their powder room. The powder room wasn't in bad shape but the wallpaper was starting to peel in one tiny section. It was in an area that most guests and people who visit my home would never notice. My dad being the perfectionist that he is, had to redo the entire powder room. Fortunately, the previous owner of the home had left extra tile just in case. There was enough tile leftover to actually tile the wall half-way up. We also had left over paint from when I redesigned the basement. The only items we had to pay for was the border tile and the bullnose tile to complete the look. Matching the existing tile and staying under budget was quite the challenge. I ended up going to four places before I ended up with tile from Lowe's.
After three days, the powder room was complete! My dad is a mason so he tiled, painted, and all that jazz. I must say, he's a good little worker! :) It may have taken me three days to find the perfect tile - but overall, I am so happy with the result! The existing tile matches the border tile perfectly which also compliments our existing paint.
The best projects are the ones that challenge you! In design, there are so many different learning experiences whether it is dealing with unexpected problems or different personalities - it is all good experiences. The challenges in this project were: finding a border tile that matched existing tile and paint, find a bullnose molding tile that didn't protrude too much because a mirror would hang over it slightly, and a $300 budget.
By using what we have, I finished this project for $258.00 - that's pretty good!
Challenge Yourself: Do you have a room that needs some TLC? Instead of breaking the bank, look around your home and see what can be re-used. Do you have left-over paint? Make it work! I want to hear your stories. Share an experience with me that you have had a "make it work moment" by using what you had around the house.
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