I bet you didn´t expect a house from the Caribbean to be in this challenge. Well, I certainly did not. I sort of bumped into the One Room Challenge by a happy accident and here I am with a tiny concrete room that looks totally different from many of the spaces that I have seen on this event, but with the same need as all: To be FINISHED.
Even though I actually work helping people transform their houses to feel happy in them and enjoy their completed spaces, the room that I have chosen for this challenge is terribly half way.
It happened to me what happens with most people that start a renovation process all by themselves: Run out of gas (metaphorically speaking, it can be lacking motivation, time, money or meeting the comfort zone).
For me ALL of the above.
From happy accident to the motivation I need
This is where the happy accident comes along and I say thank you Linda for this great idea! I am so happy to have found this challenge and to finally have the chance to overcome all the delays, setbacks and contractors from hell that this tiny bathroom has had.
The process started back in January 2022, along with all the other rooms in the apartment, which we actually completed.
For some background, Casita Caribeña is our place in the Colombian caribbean inspired on memories of simple, eclectic and full of life grandma house. Delivered without any hard finishes, we have chosen all the materials, undergoing the process of remodeling and decorating in 70 days (moving in on day 40).
When I say no hard finishes, this is what it means:
The goal for this “mandatory” renovation was to have a second colorful home (our first is in Buenos Aires, Argentina) living with the essentials, decluttering both physically and mentally, staying close to the family and the sea for a few months.
As the process went along, we encountered many setbacks due to materiales being out of stock and poor workmanship, which left us with a huge change of plans.
Here’s a quick overview of the revised plan C. We will:
-Replace the door, both changing color and type of frame
-Tile up the walls and/or cover them with wallpaper or a combination of both choices.
-Create a focal point
-Put up all the accessories, including the mirror and the vanity.
I also want to share and teach other homeowners or anyone who has to contract someone to fix something in the house how to actually do it to minimize the risk of getting poor workmanship.
Am I being too ambitious? Follow along to see what happens. Will the eight weeks be enough to finish? I promise I´ll share the good and the bad of all the decisions. Plus, I am thinking of designing the wallpaper from scratch, for me, major DIY ever!
Lots more of this room and the ones already completed on my Instagram stories
Let’s not forget the many other great projects going on during the tenth anniversary of the One Room Challenge, here’s the link to view everyone else who is participating.
Happy transformation. See you around!