Adding a Light Fixture in the Bathroom Makeover Project

Have you ever started a renovation project and midway through you just lose your umph?  Motivation flies out the window, you’re exhausted, and you wonder what you are even doing?  It happens to the best of us, it happened to me after week 3 of the 6 week spring ORC.  How do you get back your reno mojo?

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How to get your renovation motivation back. Get your project back on track and to the finish line.

How to Get Your Reno Mojo Back

  1. Take a break.  Renovations are life consuming.  The entire house gets turned upside down and it becomes a frenzy of activity that takes over.  It’s okay to take a break and focus on yourself and your family for a few days.  This past weekend our 6 year old granddaughter competed in her very first cheer competition and I went with them for the day.  The whole day.  Those cheer competitions are no joke, it really is just like in the movies.  I had a great time and got some much needed R&R away from our guest bathroom.  I may have even taken a nap when I got back home…I know, what a slacker I was.
  2. Revisit your inspiration and plan for the room.  Monday I sat down after my hubby headed off to work and looked again at my INSPIRATION PICTURES from week 1 and MY PLAN  from week two to get myself back on track.  Seeing those before pictures and looking at what a difference I have already made in that bathroom just by LAYING NEW TILE energized me and helped me get my head back in the game.
  3. Re-group and push forward.  Go back over your timeline and your to do list and make adjustments to be able to get it all done.  This is a small bathroom with only a few major projects so I could afford to take the weekend off.  If your renovation is bigger with a to do list a mile long, reevaluate your projects and ditch a few unnecessary ones that aren’t crucial to the design.  You can always go back later and do them, but for now, get the reno back on track to meet that deadline.

Spring 2018 ORC featuring our guest bathroom. A six week makeover to update the space.


Welcome back to week 4 of the One Room Challenge graciously hosted by Linda from Calling It Home and media partner HouseBeautiful and Andy and Candis from Old Home Love.  We are past the midway point and with only two weeks left, I have my reno mojo back and I am ready to get this bathroom finished!

Imagine my surprise and delight when my wallpaper showed up early!  Does that ever happen?  Thank goodness it did this time and I was able to start putting it up.  If you aren’t a fan of wallpaper and you think there is no way you would ever have it your home, head over and see WHY YOU SHOULD SAY YES TO WALLPAPER, I bet I can change your mind.

This is not the same wallpaper from my inspiration board (sad face).  I realized when I was ordering it that it was unpasted and not moisture resistant.  So I headed down the wallpaper rabbit hole for another couple of hours (of my life that I will never get back) and finally found one I liked.  This one is pre-pasted and moisture resistant, a must have for wallpaper in a bathroom.

How to get your renovation motivation back. Get your project back on track and to the finish line.

The old medicine cabinet came down and this is what I found behind it.  Of course it had to be patched and the wire relocated to accommodate my new light fixture.  I couldn’t add a wiring box due to a vent pipe being right where it needed to go.  Shhhh, don’t tell the wiring police.

How to get your renovation motivation back. Get your project back on track and to the finish line.

How to Get Your Reno Mojo Back

It wasn’t a big week for progress, but week 5 is gearing up to be a doozy!  I don’t know about you, but I am ready for some pretty after photos of the finished space.  Construction photos are so horrible…but it’s real.

update on the to do list

  • repair ceiling
  • paint vanity and add new hardware
  • replace vanity top
  • replace medicine cabinet with new mirror and lights…the old one is down and the wall patched
  • tile floor
  • apply new caulk to the tub surround
  • put up wallpaper
  • add a towel bar
  • replace baseboard and door trim
  • install new shower curtain rod and shower curtain

Stay tuned for week 5 and of course the big reveal week coming May 9th.

Follow my progress  WEEK 1 I WEEK 2 I WEEK 3 I WEEK 4 I
For more inspiration and updates be sure to visit the other participants at the links below.




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  1. Proud of you for the rally! Your progress is amazing and your new wallpaper rocks! Hang in there….you’re through the rough part. Can’t wait to see your beautiful new room completed. ~~ Susie from The Chelsea Project

  2. I totally feel you! I’m losing steam on my bathroom remodel, and I have so much left to do!

  3. Such great tips! I’m also feeling burnt out… I need to go find my mojo and revisit my inspiration after reading this. Ha!

  4. Wow you are moving right along, and how lucky that your wallpaper came in early. Talk about a huge sigh of relief to get that project done.

  5. Girl, I am tired and thankful that I’m doing this with all of you who are also tired. A cheer competition sounds like fun, but all day I’d probably be thinking about all the things I needed to do in my room LOL

    I can’t wait to see your bathroom all put together. Heck, I can’t wait to see my room all put together, and my hubby wants that too 😀

  6. Its a lot of work, isn’t it! You’ve got this!

  7. Four weeks into a renovation is tough, but I love your tips for regrouping and pushing forward. It’ll be so worth it when it’s done!

    1. Yes it will Jessica!! If only I could work on it through the week and not just on the weekends, but family time is important too!

  8. I hear ya! I’m so excited to see everyone’s after pictures! Bummer about the wallpaper but glad you found something you liked!

    1. I will be so happy to take an after photo!! I am excited too about seeing everyone’s completed spaces!!

  9. Oh! Week 3 and 4 of the challenge is the hardest one. It is easy to lose motivation with such a tight deadline. I am happy you are back at it, though.

  10. I’d say you had a lot of progress this week, getting the wallpaper up and lighting wiring rerouted! I totally agree with taking a break and revisiting the design plan when you lose your mojo. I’ve been there so many times in my own house (with someone else’s house I am a fantastic decision maker, my own not so much!!) Good luck this week, your bathroom is looking great Susanne!

  11. Squeezing a whole room redo into 6 weeks really can take it out of you. Your tips are perfect to make sure you don’t get overwhelmed. I think the wallpaper is very pretty!!

  12. I’m with you!! For me, I’d love to dive in 24-7 and get’er done but with a full-time job, it isn’t possible! That said, the timeline of less than 2 weeks to go is lighting a fire under my rear-end so that’s a good thing at least! (P.S. I love the wallpaper you chose!!! It’s frustrating when your first choice isn’t available but the one you’ve got is really lovely!)

    1. I like this wallpaper too, it kind of has a retro vibe to it which works well for my eclectic style 🙂 I too am going to be going at it double time! There will be some week night work done this week to finish on time 😉

  13. Oh boy, can I relate. I always loose my mojo when everyone else is gone and I am left own my own to get work done. I work much better along side someone! But, like you we are back at it with gusto this week! I really love the wallpaper you choose, and I am looking forward to seeing it all come together!

  14. Such good advice! Renos have a way of kicking your butt really quickly don’t they?! I’ve had to put some of these tips into action sooo many times!

  15. Great tips for regrouping to finish a project! Thanks for sharing those. Can’t wait to see your bathroom all done!

  16. There’s nothing like week 4 in a ORC to make you need a little re-group. Haha. I love your tips. It’s so good to take a min. to look back on how far you’ve come! You’re almost at the finish line. 😉

  17. I usually get my mojo back by expanding the reno a little! 😀 Seriously, though, great tips!

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