Wow, it’s already week 4 of the One Room Challenge, guest participant Spring 2020! 

Thanks for stopping by, please take your time and have a look around.

You could start by checking out our $100 Master Bathroom Makeover here, and then head over to our recipe page to grab a few new ideas.

In case you don’t know what the One Room Challenge is, I’ll give you a quick rundown.

The ORC will provide participants with a supportive, enthusiastic forum to share the process of transforming a room. The ORC is not a competition, but rather a celebration of creativity, inspiration, and original ideas. Welcome!


The One Room Challenge™, currently in its seventeenth season, is a widely anticipated biannual event every April and October. It has been postponed to May this year because of Covid-19.

Each round, twenty design influencers are selected to take the challenge, as Featured Designers, and transform a space. Every Wednesday, the designers document their process while sharing their sources and professional advice over six weekly posts.

In addition to following along, everyone with a blog or Instagram account, is welcome to join the fun as a Guest Participant by linking their own room transformations up during the eight weeks. Each Thursday, the internet and social media are flooded with interior design inspiration, ideas, and encouragement.

To date, more than 3,800 rooms have been transformed through the One Room Challenge™. The event, and many of the spaces, have been recognized and featured.

For the next eight weeks, these gifted designers will take you behind the scenes as they transform their rooms into beautiful spaces. I hope you will stop by their sites each week as they share the reality of what it takes to create an amazing space, it will be exciting to see the hurdles they overcome along with the victories they achieve!


A Glass of Bovino | Beginning in the Middle | Beth Diana Smith | Clark + Aldine | Coco & Jack

Deeply Southern HomeDesign Maze | Dwell by Cheryl | Erika Ward | Home Made by Carmona

House of Hipsters | Hunted Interior | Kandrac & Kole | Kate Pearce | Katrina Blair | Liz Kamarul

Veneer DesignsRambling Renovators | Renovation Husbands | Studio Plumb | Media BH&G

Follow Along 

Get ready to check your Instagram feed as we embark on this exciting design journey together. We hope our photos motivate and inspire you over the next eight weeks. Every Thursday I will be posting info about our progress here on the blog as well as linking up  with all of the other guest participants, so be sure to check back often.

You can also  Follow #oneroomchallenge and #BHGORC so you don’t miss a thing! And of course be sure to check back on June 25-July 21st to be amazed by the final room reveals.


We finished putting up the cable railing on our stairs this week. No more jail pickets, YAY!! It took a while to think it through. My husband is good at that sort of stuff, so I just provided a helping hand and cold lemonade, while my boys and husband did all the hard work.

We used this cable railing kit from amazon, along with some other tools that I talked about in our ORC week three post.

They began by knocking off the old pickets from the stair railing.

renovating deck stairs

Then we measured how many strips of cable they needed to run. Using our trusty hole spacing tool from the deck again to keep the holes an even distance from each other, my oldest son screwed in all the anchors, while my husband drilled holes in the deck anchor posts.

We learned a couple lessons here.

First, the stairs aren’t as easy as the rest of the deck, but they aren’t that bad either. Second, it would have been better if we had planned on terminating each cable at the end of each section. Our steps have three sections. The first set comes down from the deck onto a small landing.

deck renovation before

There is a short cable section on the landing, then the last section goes to the ground. We should have ordered enough hardware to treat each section separately. In other words, from the deck to the landing has an anchor on one end and a turnbuckle on the other. The landing should be the same way and the same for the last section to the ground. We didn’t have enough hardware, so we had to improvise a little.

It still turned out awesome! We ran the cable through the post level. So the angle of the cable changed as it went through the post. Hopefully the pictures will help this make more sense. The lesson of the stairs was it would have been better to have termination hardware for each cable on each section, but if you want to save  quite a bit of money, you can run the cables through the posts. You will probably have to add another cable at the turn to keep your spacing right. This was the hardest part to figure out.

The cables look fantastic. The paint on the other hand…That’s coming soon.

renovating deck stairs

new cable railing on deck stairs

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