The Learner Observer

So we’re officially in the home stretch now and if you noticed (*you probably didn’t) I didn’t even post an update for week 4! Things have been on hold because, well, babies! What else is new! Honestly, I find it so hard to focus on getting small projects done around the house when there are things like kitchen countertops to be chosen, boxes to be unpacked, food to be cooked, clothes to be washed… you know, just regular everyday stuff! Oh, and raising two babies. Yeah, there’s that, too. Honestly if you’re a mom and you find time to do things with two little humans at your feet and crawling into and onto all the things all the time, message me. I need to know your secrets!

Anyway, about the powder room… You can see where I started by checking out weeks 1, 2 and 3, in case you’re new here!

I got some really annoying work finished in there. I painted all the grooves in between the shiplap boards. It took 4 foam brushes and all of my patience, but it’s done!

One Room Challenge Powder Room - The Learner Observer

You may notice that the window is a little different. That’s because it’s no longer brown! I spray painted that bad boy black. So much better.


I also painted the ceiling.


One Room Challenge Powder Room - The Learner Observer

Weeeeee! I’m so happy happy happy about the ceiling, you guys! I originally wanted this whole room to be dark, but a certain someone (ahem-husband) wouldn’t go for it. He was probably right (shhhh never tell him I said that) because the room is small and not very well lit. I just loved the idea of a black room. Especially since most of our house is white right now.

Anyway, we still have a few things to get finished before next week. Here’s the list:

  • hang artwork
  • install lighting
  • towel bar & toilet paper holder install
  • add a shelf? (maybe)
  • put up blinds
  • hang mirror
  • clean and style!

It’s really not a WHOLE lot, so I feel good that I can actually get this thing done. Maybe. I don’t know.


Cross your fingers for me, will you?

I do have a dillemma, however, and maybe you can help me. I can’t decide whether I should put up this one large print we got in Paris a couple of years ago (yes, it’s stained, ripped and all, but it’s an original piece I found in Versailles at a small antique shop and I love it) or the two smaller pieces, which are maps: one of Brazil, one of Jamaica (where I was born and where Alex was born). I have to see it on the wall, but will you give me a little input? Pretty please? (My foot is in there for scale purposes)

One Room Challenge Powder Room - The Learner Observer

One Room Challenge Powder Room - The Learner Observer

I also can’t decide if I should put art above the toilet or on the opposite wall. Making decisions is really not my forte right now, can you tell?

Regardless of my inabilities to decide on anything, next week is the reveal! Yikes!

Don’t forget to go see what everyone else is up to over on Calling It Home!




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    November 3, 2016

    What a tedious job to paint between the shiplap but it looks great! I’m excited to see the final reveal next week!

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    November 3, 2016

    Very nice! I would go with the two pieces of art to break things up a little. Good luck!

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    November 3, 2016

    Looking so great! I like the maps – because of the meaning and because I’m drawn to the multiples I think. Can’t wait to see the finished product! xo

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    Megan Smith

    November 3, 2016

    Love the black ceiling! I vote for the maps, too. Hard decision as to where to place them. Above the toilet, stacked would look nice, but weren’t you putting a shelf there? If shelf, then across from toilet. No shelf, then above it. But then you’re going to be compelled to fill the space on that opposite wall, aren’t you? hehe Maybe shelf with 1 map, and other map on opposite wall? Hard questions, Thalita :)

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    by Brittany Goldwyn

    November 3, 2016

    Holy crap, how small was your brush?! You’re a patient lady!!

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    November 3, 2016

    The shiplap looks amazing! I vote maps as well.

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    Meredith Newberry

    November 3, 2016

    Maps maps maps! They’d look awesome in there. It looks fantastic Thalita. And agreed, small humans make finishing to-do lists impossible! But life is so much more enjoyable with them in it :)

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    November 4, 2016

    I would put the maps somewhere else more prominent in the house because they have so much meaning to them. Maybe in the entrance, a conversation starter when people come in? Also, this is looking amazing!!!! Your whole house is going to be so beautiful!!!

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    November 4, 2016

    Placement-wise, I think it depends on what kind of mirror you have, but I would probably go for shelf above the toilet, art across from it. And I would choose the two maps, they’re lovely!

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    Crystal Fox @ The Weathered Fox

    November 4, 2016

    Everything looks great, but I am in LOVE with your black ceiling!

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    Sarah @ Making Joy and Pretty Things

    November 4, 2016

    I think the one large print from Paris would be perfect for the space. I would be so scared to paint a ceiling black so good for you – it looks great!

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    November 8, 2016

    I just saw your two page Leon’s ad in the December issue of House and Home – looks amazing!

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