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 - final week!

It's here! The week before the One Room Challenge reveal. So much progress was made this week, and it now looks like an actual room!

This week I spray painted our old shelf brackets gold to go with our new hardware. This was an impromptu decision, and I'm so glad I did it!

Drilling into our newly tiled wall to place our shelf was a bit nerve-racking, because short of ripping out the tile, there is no going back if you make a mistake! Thankfully we got it in with no problems. Also, this is bit of a side note, but if you haven't tried the limited edition peony scent from Mrs. Meyers you have to try it! I found mine at Target, but they can also be purchased through the Mrs. Meyers website. I'm so obsessed with the scent that I stocked up on enough to last me until next season!

All of the accessories (except for the baskets) arrived this week and are waiting for their install!

Finally, these brushed brass beauties will be used on all of the cabinets. We have these same handles in chrome in our kitchen, so after not finding anything else I liked, I decided on these to tie in with the rest of the house.

Here is a final recap of our to-do list:

  • Install new flooring

  • Install baseboards

  • Possibly install crown molding This is happening, but not before the reveal. We have other obligations this weekend and next week that will be preventing us from having time to install this.

  • Install new cabinetry

  • Paint interior door and water heater closet door

  • Replace water heater closet door hardware

  • Install cabinetry hardware

  • Install marble countertop

  • Install backsplash

  • New light fixture

  • Finish painting walls and ceiling

  • Install solar tube lighting for natural light. We have settled on a skylight, but installation will not happen before next week. I'm so excited about this, because getting natural light in here will completely change the space!

  • New rug, art, baskets, and hooks The baskets may not make it in time for the reveal, but I have a plan B.

  • Install trim piece around washing machine outlet box.

Thank you for following along. Don't forget to check out the rest of the One Room Challenge participants! There is some serious talent this time around!