Spring 2020 One Room Challenge Week 2 Floors, Countertops and Appliances


Well, it’s week two of the One Room Challenge. Last week I laid out our ambitious plans for our renovation, which can see those here. To recap, we bought a very distressed house (sight unseen from an auction house), and we are renovating to use as a Short Term Rental (talk about our timing, right?!?!). I’ll write about the process of buying at an auction another time, but let’s just say buying sight unseen is not for the weak of heart.

So what have we completed on the spaces? The dining/living area floors were original wood, so we had them sanded and then put a clear coat of poly over them. They are still rustic, but I love them. We have finished the Butcher block countertop install and put the original sink back in. We purchased appliances and wrapped wood cladding around the bar area.

Bar Counter in Progress

Not sure if I am going to stain or paint the bar yet.

Not sure if I am going to stain or paint the bar yet.

This week we are going to work on the tile backsplash and in the entryway. We tiled our backsplash in our kitchen at the Lake House and thought we could handle it. Wish us luck! The entryway tile is going to be white penny tile with a word spelled out. This is my inspiration.

Penny Tile with words

I am thinking of a few words, but it will depend on how time-consuming it is to lay it all out.

White and Blue Penny Tile.

White and Blue Penny Tile.

We are making progress, but it’s SLOW going right now. We have to do much more of the renovation ourselves (I’d really like to hire painting out) due to the coronavirus, but I also like using more of what we have on hand, and there is definitely pride in doing a job yourself. Some of the finishes started showing up, and that always makes me do a happy dance! Just look at this wallpaper from Spoon Flower. It’s giving me all the heart eyes!!

Spoon Flower removable wallpaper

Spoon Flower removable wallpaper

That’s all I have this week. Please make sure you peek at this week’s Featured Designers and my fellow Guest Participants. They are filled with some gorgeous inspiration! And as always, a big THANK YOU to Linda and her team at the One Room Challenge and the media sponsor Better Homes and Garden for putting this bi-annual event together.

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And a BIG thank you to the following companies that have sponsored my work on this season’s ORC.

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Until next time,


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  1. Brianna says:

    I love where you’re headed! I’m a sucker for that penny tile treatment <3

  2. Lisa says:

    Wow Libbie! You’ve accomplished so much! The wood clad bar and your floors look great, and love the penny tile plan!!!

  3. Carrie says:

    The original wood floors are so pretty! I’m really curious about what words you end up spelling out in the tile. What a neat idea!
    During our remodels, I always want to hire the painting out, too. But since it’s what I do best, it usually ends up on my plate:)

  4. Joy Maier says:

    Love the wallpaper and your tile words idea. So excited to see your vision come to life!

  5. Tina says:

    Those original wood floors are gorgeous!!

  6. Casey says:

    I love when people use those tiles to spell out words – it’s going to look fab!

  7. Lindsey Joy says:

    Penny Tile mosaics make me so happy! And that wallpaper is my dream combo of birds and block printing

  8. Oh my goodness I love penny tiles so I am very excited to see this part of your transformation!

  9. Denise says:

    That penny tile entry is going to be fabulous! Can’t wait to see what you come up with! Love that wallpaper too!

  10. I’m really excited about your makeover. The whole process I find fascinating. The tiling is going to be such a cute touch.

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