One Room Challenge, Week 2: Progress (Bathroom Makeover)

Hello everyone! Here we are at week 2 of the One Room Challenge! In case you missed last week’s post, you can check it out here.

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With Easter this past weekend and spring break this week, it doesn’t seem like I accomplished too, too much! However, what I did do in our bathroom makeover is likely the most time consuming… and hard-on-the-knee- work… but it’s done now!

Let’s quickly take a look back… here’s our before:

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 And here is what we’re aiming for…

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 This week it’s all about the linoleum. If you follow me on Instagram, you might remember me posting a picture last month of us removing 600+ square feet of lino. After all that, you can officially call us lino-removing experts. I’ll share with you the process…

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Last month when my husband and I started ripping out the first piece of linoleum from our kitchen/dining room , we kinda looked at each other in disbelief! Neither one of us wanted to be the first to ask out loud if we were crazy tackling this huge of a project. It felt like it would take weeks to remove! After trying a few different things, but here’s what worked best!

  • Using an exacto knife, cut “lines” into the area of linoleum you’re wanting to remove. These can be totally random… there is no exact way to do it.  I did ours about a foot wide (you’ll see later on why I only did it this wide.)
  • Using a fairly wet rag, lay it on the linoleum that you’re removing. Place iron on the cloth and heat well.  (This is why I only “cut” the linoleum about a foot wide. It’s approximately the same width as the iron). Using a scraper, start pulling the linoleum.
  • Depending how well your linoleum is glued down, removing it will vary. Some areas are easy and pulling it out goes quickly. Other times, you need a scraper to help it along.

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Heating up the linoleum “melts’ the glue underneath and makes removing it soo much easier! It’s an amazing little “trick” you need when removing lino!

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And here’ it is all taken out! Wahoooo!!!

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I also removed the medicine cabinet and here’s the big blank space where it used to be! I cannot wait to go mirror shopping this weekend!

It seems like this week was about the little things…. removing hardware, fixtures, towel rods, etc. I’ve learned though, that these little things are so important to get you to the “bigger” things!

Thanks ya’ll for following along! I was blown by all the encouraging comments you left for me last week when I started this ORC! Hope you have a great rest of the week, friends!






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  1. Kristi says:

    Way to go my friend! Now you’ve got yourself a beautiful blank slate to start with!!! Thanks for sharing that brilliant trick too – we’ve got a ton of lino to remove and it’ll really come in handy for sure!!!

  2. Lisa at Texas Decor says:

    Oh how we could have used your lino removal tip when removing it in our bathrooms! We ended up buying a scraper thingy because ours was glued down so well, it wasn’t going anywhere. Ha! Thankfully in our kitchen, they could install the hardwood right on top of it. They said it actually makes a great moisture barrier. Who knew? Lol! Can’t wait to see what you do next!

    • Kendra says:

      Oh man, Lisa! Soo glad you could keep it in for the hardwood though! We were told for tile we had to remove it because it wouldn’t stick as well as it would to the bare wood. You live and learn, eh? πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by, friend!

    • Kendra says:

      Thanks Amy! Our flooring will be dark but trying to keep everything else light! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your week! πŸ™‚

    • Kendra says:

      Thanks Rachel! Wow, good luck to you! Our kids are constantly splashing in the tub so I can’t imagine how wet wood floors would always be πŸ˜‰ Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great weekend!

  3. Erica says:

    Whoa, I had NO idea that you could get linoleum of with an iron! Definitely will have to try that trick! Can’t wait to see what’s next on your ORC journey! πŸ™‚

    • Kendra says:

      I feel your pain, Shonee! It is SOO hard and time consuming to remove but heating up the glue works amazing! Thanks for your encouraging comments… they mean a lot to me! xo

  4. Amanda @ Dwelling in Happiness says:

    Woohoo! Great progress! And SO jealous you are taking out your linoluem. I HATE ours but we just can’t afford to do it right now! Plus my hubby is so not a DIYer, so he’d have no clue what to do. πŸ˜‰ So excited to see what you do next week! πŸ™‚

    • Kendra says:

      Thanks Amanda! We had the same linoleum on most of our main floor too… and it stayed a few years before we finally replaced it. And just to encourage you, friend… my husband wasn’t much of a DIYer before we bought this house! It’s totally been a learn-as-we-go and I’m sure your husband would do great too if you tackled something πŸ™‚ Hope you have a great weekend guys!

  5. Karren Haller says:

    This is a great tip on the removal of linoleum. The photo you share of what you are striving for looks really fun, bright and modern. Cant wait to see the finished room.

    Thanks for linking this week on Friday Features, wishing you a great weekend!

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