one room challenge - week 2

Well... I can't say much got completed last week. We finished demo and our electrician is here today to install our sconces.

Here is a general idea of the design:

<< basket, floor tile, shower fixture, lighting, mirror, faucet, vanity, artwork, towels >>

If you saw my instagram post this morning, you saw that I changed my mind once again on our tile. We're now eliminating the 3"x6" marble herringbone for the main floor, and installing the Carrara herringbone mosaic throughout the entire floor and shower. I was never really in love with the use of subway tile in our shower since we have it in our guest bath, kitchen, and laundry room, so we decided on this 6"x6" square tile that will tie in nicely with the rest of the house but still feel a little different. 

I'm really into both of these tiles together, but it's weirding Charlie out that I'm using both squares and rectangles and now I'm second-guessing myself. Am I crazy?? I couldn't find a single example of this combination for inspiration. It seems like 99% of people combine this tile with a hexagon mosaic. I've been there done that in our guest bathroom and I really, really want to use this herringbone for the floors. What would you do?

Here is a little bit of inspiration:

<< via Blissful B Blog >>

I had originally envisioned putting shiplap behind the vanity, but now that we're doing so much ourselves I have no interest in all the extra work that will create. We'll likely continue the wall tile along the back wall, but I haven't decided on this yet.

Thanks for stopping by! Make sure to check out the other One Room Challenge Participants on Calling it Home - I'm sure they made a lot more progress that I did ;)

one room challenge - week 1

I can't believe it's already One Room Challenge time again! Last challenge I remodeled our laundry room (you can see the process here), and this time around we're tackling a major project in our master bathroom. I also just realized I never shared final photos from our last challenge, so I'll be doing that soon!

We've lived in our little house since April 2014 and have not used this bathroom a single time. I hadn't even opened up the cabinets until we started demo a few weeks ago! The shower felt like a cave and there had been plumbing issues in the past so you could see mold in all of the grout and caulking. It was so bad that I opted to "shower" at the kitchen sink while we remodeled our guest bathroom

Here are some before photos of the space:

That is gold glitter streaking the countertops, complete with an original 1970's seashell sink!

Can you see why we refused to shower in here?

I had major plans to remodel the bathroom to make better use of the space and got Charlie on board to turn it into this:

Which would have been amazing, right? Unfortunately our quotes for the plumbing alone were coming in at over $7,000, and I lost Charlie's interest pretty quickly. He said we could still do it, but I could tell he wasn't thrilled so I went back to the drawing board.

We're now keeping all major plumbing in the same place, but opening up the shower by cutting the walls in half and adding a frameless glass enclosure. Along with taking out the soffit to raise the ceiling in the shower to 8', this will completely open up the space. 

It may not be as fancy as before, but it will definitely be a major upgrade from our current situation, and now that we will have two bathrooms it will feel like we have a whole new house! 

We've started demo and are almost finished, but it has been a very slow process. We're not just tearing through it since this is connected to our bedroom and we're trying to keep drywall dust down to a minimum. What would take a professional crew only a couple of hours to finish has taken us a couple of weeks! So far we've removed some of the drywall, taken out the hideous blue pocket door, and put in a new door to match our other interior doors.

The vanity is scheduled to arrive tomorrow and fixtures and finishes are starting to be shipped out. If you want to see some of the selections you can check out the Pinterest board I've started!

We're in for a long 6 weeks! Make sure you check out the other bloggers taking on the One Room Challenge, and a big thank you to Calling it Home for hosting this challenge to get me motivated to tackle such a big project in our home!

one room challenge - laundry room reveal

Wow, I had been ahead of the game for most of the One Room Challenge, but reveal week definitely snuck up on me! It's almost finals week, and if you've been in school for interior design, you know it's full of a whole lot of all nighters. Between working on final projects, an open house presentation of my work, portfolio reviews, program interviews, volunteering, and Charlie being out of town this weekend I had absolutely no time to finish up and style our laundry room. I'm pretty bummed about it, but I figured I would still go ahead and show you the progress we've made over the last six weeks. You can read all about the transformation in these posts.

Here is what it looks like today! Even though it isn't quite complete and I wasn't able to get it styled, I'm still very happy with the progress we've made in just six short weeks. Unfortunately my baskets did not arrive in time, and I didn't have time before shooting to implement plan B, so the shelf is sitting empty for now. 

We used Ikea's new line of Sektion cabinets. These hang on a rail and don't sit completely flush against the wall which gave us a bit of a gap between the backsplash tile and cabinets. We have a small piece of trim to close the gap, it's just waiting for me to paint and install. I've also found some crown molding that will close the gap between the cabinets and ceiling to give the room a finished look.

Things we still have left to do:

  • Install baseboard behind the door

  • Install trim to fill gap between tile and cabinets

  • Install crown molding to fill gap between cabinets and ceiling

  • Install trim to finish washing machine outlet box

  • Install tubular skylight

  • Baskets for shelf

  • Hang hooks

  • Styling

I want to give a big thank you to Linda from Calling it Home for hosting this challenge, and to everyone else for following along and leaving encouraging comments along the way! If I hadn't participated I'm sure our poor laundry room would have sat in its unfinished state for many more months. 

After my finals are over next week I'll get to work on the finishing touches, so keep an eye out on instagram for the final laundry room reveal, as well as other exciting remodeling projects we have planned for the summer! Don't forget to check out the 20 amazing transformations that were revealed on Wednesday, and the linking participants sharing their reveals today!

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4x10 beveled subway tile - Floor and Decor

shelf brackets

pendant light

wall color

door color



sea urchin wall decor

basket - HomeGoods