ORC Wk 1: Closet, Vanity Nook, & Bathroom Plans

I can’t believe it is One Room Challenge time again! Plus, I’m pinching myself that I’ve been given the honor of being a featured designer once again (thank so much Linda)!!

Last year’s Spring ORC I made over my family room and office nook as a featured designer. This year, I have big master bathroom plans, closet remodel ideas, and a little refresh for the vanity nook that connects them!

One Room Challenge Moodboard: closet, vanity nook, and bathroom plans

*This project is made possible by ORC official sponsors (affiliate links below)…today’s highlight: Minted

GUYS! I’m SO excited to finally be taking on the closet in particular. I’ve never had a walk in closet until this house, and I’ve been dreaming of what I could do with it since I moved in. Doesn’t every woman dream of a gorgeous and beautifully organized closet? Granted, I don’t have a lot of clothes or shoes (and neither does my husband), but that doesn’t mean I don’t love the look of a dream house closet!

Above you’ll see my moodboard with my bathroom plans, closet, and vanity nook plans…or inspiration really. I’m really going for a classy traditional glam…but I want some whimsical touches here and there to really make it pop!

Bathroom Before

I’ve been calling my master bathroom the ‘en suite’ because technically it is…but that grand fancy word just doesn’t seem to apply to my little bathroom. But I won’t complain about the size, it’s at least 2 times bigger than the one in my last house!

For the moment, this bathroom is…well, less than stellar. These spaces are in pretty desperate need of a makeover. Or at least a fresh coat of paint to hide all the nasty!

Bathroom plans: Ugly Bathroom 'before'

Yep, I’m pretty much going to embarrass myself by admitting that I didn’t bother doing anything to the bathroom or closet when I moved in. I didn’t even remove the framed pictures of frogs that was there when we got the keys.

Well obviously we cleaned it. But even bleach didn’t remove the odd grimy stains on the walls and doors. It needed a fresh coat of paint. But why bother when the whole room needs a makeover?

Bathroom plans before a remodel

My bathroom plans consist of freshening up all the surfaces, and adding some architectural detail to really make it pop!

Walk-in Closet Before

The closet is not much better. Here, let me give you a tour…

First we view those delightful popcorn ceilings (which now I’ll have to scrape), the rough-around-the-edges closet build, that still has nails sticking out in spots, and the simplistic no-nonsense light fixture. I’m thinking that attic access has got to be relocated for the built-ins I have in mind as well.

Closet before a remodel

Yeeeeeaah, this closet also leaves much to be desired. Especially in terms of shoe storage. And the height of the closet rod means my longer tops drag on the floor, and I have to hang dresses on my husband’s designated side. The water stains down the side of the wall complete the sad look. It’s almost as if the room itself was crying.

Closet and bathroom plans before remodel

All that being said, I’m still not complaining, because this is by far THE BIGGEST closet I have ever had.

Vanity Nook Before

I adore the idea of a vanity nook! My husband and I DO NOT share a bathroom. There will be no double sink, standing side-by-side brushing our teeth. We like our privacy, and I’m all about keeping the mystery and magic alive, so that’s just a huge ‘nope’ for us.

Which means having this little vanity nook between the bathroom and closet as a space for me to do my hair on Sabbath morning before church is very handy.

Here’s what it looked like when we moved in (please excuse the poorly lit phone camera):

Empty vanity nook

This is what it looks like in more recent of years:

Bare nook

Because this nook flows right off the main bedroom, I went ahead and painted it the same color of the bedroom when we moved in. However, I’m afraid that’s where the improvements end. That light hanging down from the ceiling has been exactly like that since we got here almost 4 years ago. *forehead smack*

Ordering The Right Design Pieces [Video]

When it comes to design, of the most common questions I get is, “how do you know it will all work together”. Especially when ordering the majority of furniture and accessories online.

Well, here’s my secret hack to help get the design and items for the space ‘just right’:

The Artwork Is Already HERE!

It may seem strange that the artwork is one of the first pieces to arrive, but it’s no surprise to me since it’s one of the first pieces I chose!

Boxes with art

One Room Challenge sponsor, Minted has a ton of options to choose from. But the moment I saw my pieces of choice, I knew they were exactly the right fit for the room!

Minted shipped them very quickly. We came home one day to a pile of boxes on our doorstep, and for a moment we all thought it was pizza. Like, who ordered a thousand boxes of pizza?? Lol! This was a lot prettier, and whole lot healthier.

I got these pretty little chalk drawings by Minted artist, Jess Blazejewski, for the bathroom space. Black & White Botanical #1 on the left, and Black & White Botanical #2 on the right.

Minted Artwork: Black & White Botanical Prints, part of bathroom plans

They are simple, but classy. I’m thinking I’m going to do some mixed metals in the master bathroom, and the artwork needs to help the mix of colors.

Jess also did these wonderfully sophisticated pencil drawings, Figure Drawing No. 17, and Figure Drawing No. 16, which I’m excited to use in my closet space.

Minted Artwork

I got three more pieces of artwork, but you’ll just have to wait to see them…

What’s Left On The To Do List:

Okay guys, I may have ordered the majority of pieces for my space, and I’ve definitely started on the hard stuff in the space, especially with the type of bathroom plans I have, but there is a LOT to do:

  • Scrape off popcorn ceilings and mud ceilings
  • Fix crackling walls in bathroom
  • Prime and paint rooms
  • Install wallpaper in closet
  • Replace outlet covers and switch plates
  • Replace bathroom vanity counter top
  • Paint doors and add new door levers
  • Add molding and trim to bathroom walls
  • Install light fixtures
  • Build closet units
  • Remove carpet temporarily and replace after closet built-ins
  • Remove toilet and see if offsetting is an option
  • Install tile flooring in the bathroom and replace toilet
  • Install crown molding and baseboards
  • Paint/update bathroom vanity
  • Build vanity nook ‘makeup’ table top
  • Add final decorative touches

Shop items from my closet, vanity nook, and bathroom plans.

Other ORC Featured Designers

Check out all the amazing featured designers of the One Room Challenge here and their spaces here…

A Glass of Bovino | Beginning in the Middle | Beth Diana Smith | Clark + Aldine | Coco & JackDeeply Southern HomeDesign Maze | Dwell by Cheryl | Erika Ward | Home Made by CarmonaHouse of Hipsters | Hunted Interior | Kandrac & Kole | Kate Pearce | Katrina Blair | Liz KamarulVeneer DesignsRambling Renovators | Renovation Husbands | Studio Plumb | Media BH&G

One Room Challenge Sponsors

Special thanks to all these One Room Challenge sponsors for making these spaces possible:

Minted | Milton & King | Novo Building Products | Emtek | Crystorama | Build.com | Schuab | The Tile Shop | Wovenbyrd | SWD Pillows

12 Comments on ORC Wk 1: Closet, Vanity Nook, & Bathroom Plans

  1. Katelynn Dortch
    May 13, 2020 at 10:51 am (2 weeks ago)

    I love all the gold!! This room is gonna be epic!

    Reply
  2. Danielle Gutelli
    May 8, 2020 at 12:22 pm (2 weeks ago)

    This is so exciting! I cannot wait to see it come together!

    Reply
    • Ursula Carmona
      May 8, 2020 at 8:01 pm (2 weeks ago)

      Thanks cutie! I usually wish I hadn’t waited so long to tackle these spaces, but I feel like this timeframe was meant to be!

      Reply
  3. tim
    May 7, 2020 at 12:53 am (3 weeks ago)

    Love your VIDEO and great tip on photoshop! I use good old powerpoint but it looks like I should really learn how to use photoshop. Love the fun wallpaper you picked and the arts from minted are spot on!

    Looking forward to seeing that bathroom transformed!!

    Reply
    • Ursula Carmona
      May 8, 2020 at 8:00 pm (2 weeks ago)

      Thanks Tim! I’m sure any editing software would do, I’m just a little hooked on photoshop. Lol!

      Reply
  4. Leslie
    May 6, 2020 at 11:38 pm (3 weeks ago)

    Oh, I can’t wait to see your transformation!! Love what you’ve got planned!

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    • Ursula Carmona
      May 8, 2020 at 7:59 pm (2 weeks ago)

      Thank you! This makeover has been a looooong time coming. Haha!

      Reply
  5. Ashley Izsak
    May 6, 2020 at 10:33 pm (3 weeks ago)

    This is going to be a gorgeous bathroom (but I can’t wait to see the closet too)!

    Reply
    • Ursula Carmona
      May 8, 2020 at 7:59 pm (2 weeks ago)

      Thank you! Sometimes I don’t know which one I’m more excited to remodel!

      Reply
  6. Kyla
    May 6, 2020 at 4:37 pm (3 weeks ago)

    That wallpaper is to die for!

    Reply
  7. Kate Pearce
    May 6, 2020 at 7:42 am (3 weeks ago)

    I am so excited for this!!

    Reply

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