ORC- Hall Bathroom Week 4


Getting close! Week 4 One Room Challenge. We are doing things a bit out-of-order. Electrical is all in, but the walls are not textured or painted. We had to get lights and mirror up so our guests had a somewhat finished bathroom for my daughter’s birthday party. We will have to take the mirror down and of few pieces of the sconces off and then cover the rest really well to paint. But what it looks like now is such a big improvement! The room feels bigger and brighter already. The height of the mirror makes a big difference.


I’m on the hunt for the perfect accessories. The rug is always tricky, I can get in a loop mulling over beautiful vintage rugs. Pro tip- Have an inspiration piece to pull from. Like a piece of art or rug, and build the design off of it. I did not do this, this project had all sorts of project creep going on. If you don’t know what project creep is, it’s when you do or plan a project, and then a bunch of other projects start to need doing.

For example, we started out this bathroom just planning to change the vanity and mirror and lights. Yes, no tile changes, no rerouting electrical. Well, when I saw the new vanity I couldn’t imagine putting it in the blue tile mess that we had. So tile became a part of the plan. Then we realized that the lighting needed to be not only updated, but placement needed altering due to the mirror, and we HAD to have a light above the bath. Giving the kids baths with it is very helpful. So there you are, a mainly cosmetic change turned into a major renovations. Oh and then there’s the unexpected, like whoever remodeled the bathroom previously used incorrect sizes for the p-traps and no new drains would install with it, so ultimately they had to redo the plumbing under the tub! Good thing I had a great team doing the tile and plumbing- another Pro tip- HAVE A GREAT TEAM.

A great team is one that cleans up after themselves every day, is flexible with your design changes (because there will be many!), charges fairly (not cheap!), produces good solid work, and is nice/tolerates to your kids! Ha, that last one is specific to me. My team had quite the inside view to my kids meltdowns and drama. There were siblings issues, toddler tantrums, kids moving in and out around them quickly. They were great and even got sweet byes from my littlest.

Still to do: drywall – tape/mud/texture, caulk, paint room, add filler pieces on side of the vanity, install a floor reducer at the threshold, finalize accessories, take some sweet pictures (this is going to be challenging due to the size of the bathroom and the wall). Not that much left!

Well that’s all for week 4 of the ORC. Check out some fo the other fantastic projects here.



ORC- Hall Bathroom Week 2


We’re back! Week 2 of the One Room Challenge. In Week 1 I laid out the basic plan, and it’s really happening guys, the demo is DONE. All the old blue tile is gone, and get this, all the NEW tile is in! The rough plumbing is mostly done, we decided to change the shower valve. We had a 3 handle set up, which is an older or more traditional style. Because most shower/tub faucets are one handle, we weren’t finding any in our price range in matte black. It was an easy fix for our contractor. We choose to hire out for the demo, tiling, and plumbing. We are going to do a few DIY things, like paint, and texture the walls. We decided to hire for the small elecrtical changes.


Demo was messy! Fortunately our guys covered the house pretty well.


But look at where we are now? (please excuse the crappy iphone photos, I wont break out the real camera till we are done styling)


So much of the big stuff is done! I LOVE the grid layout. There is nothing wrong with staggered subway tile, used it for several other spaces. But grid, whether horizontal or vertical, is more modern and clean looking.

Oh, and I have never had a niche, and we finally do! I think the kids are going to enjoy using the new landscape for playing with their toys. We went with a white metal schluter around the subway tile, and I am so happy we did. initially we were going to use matte black to match the faucet. It would have been ok, and I’ve seen some bathrooms that it looked great in, but for this space, the white was the right choice. And lets just give a quick praise to schluter for letting us have simple modern tiling without beveled edges! Sometimes you don’t want a bevel.

Also this week, picked out my lights (will be sharing them soon), and I’m playing around with some decor. Looking pretty!



Still to do; complete plumbing, electrical, new drywall, patch and texture, paint, install toilet, install faucets, install lights, hang mirror, decorate/style! Whew, that’s quite a bit.

Well that’s all for this week, hopefully we continue with this momentum, and if you get a chance, pop in and check out what others are doign for their One Room Challenge.

ORC – Hall Bathroom Week 1


Here we go! Its my first time participating in the One Room Challenge, but I’ve been following and enjoying this challenge for a while. Some of my favorite designs and transformations were featured on ORC. I mean, look at this Master Bedroom, or this Office, or this Bathroom.  Here’s some more info on the ORC. Basically you will get to watch me make a space in 6 weeks! Yes, only 6 weeks. Obviously I’ve been mentally remodeling the space for much longer than that, but the work and finishing touches are happening fast.  The ORC is great because it allows you to see the full process designers use to create a space, planing, mood boards, selecting finishes, budgeting, etc.

The Plan

Our Hall bathroom is one of the most used spaces in our home, it’s the guest bathroom and the kid’s bathroom. During our large remodel of our common space (kitchen, living/dining room) we even used this bathroom as a make shift kitchen sink, coffee station. Maybe I’m due for a post about surving while living in the remodel. Since its one of the few spaces that has remained untouched, we decided its time to tackle it. Noticing mold in the grout and an uncleanable ring around the base of toilet and tub was also a big motivator. The mirror is builder grade and heavily distorted, I mean I love looking wider and all, not, but its time to go. The Bathtub faucet is an anomaly, the edge of it is sharp and worn away from I’m guessing years of hard water build up? I don’t know, but its freaks me out every time the kids take a bath, if they hit it, they would defnietly get a cut. I know they make cute covers, but my kids just pull them off, so no point. The current tile is very much not to my liking, and the vanity is also cheaply made and due to the finish wont take a coat of paint. Its at the point where it never looks or feels clean despite deep cleaning.

Heres what we are working with…


The pictures don’t do it justice, I swear. Also, don’t ask about those randomly placed ikea hooks/knobs on the wall. We’ve lived with this for almost 5 years! Amazing that I didn’t just start breaking tiles after 1 year.

So this is a bathroom, one that is used by three children and guests, it needs to be durable, forgiving, and budget friendly. About 4 years ago we remodeled our master bath- it was rushed and low budget due to a pipe burst and some damage. I really wanted matte black faucets and hardware. Unfortunately 4 years ago, matte black was just starting to catch on, the only options were soo expensive and special order- either we didn’t have the time to wait and see if we liked them or we didn’t have the budget. I settled on brass/gold (I’ll show it on the blog soon). We like it, but I never got over matte black, so when it came time for this hall bathroom, I knew matte black was a big starting point.

I’m hoping to have a clean, modern, relaxing space, but with my usual love of high contrast. I find most of my rooms have a hint of drama and high contrast- they aren’t washed out, even with all the white and neutral elements.

So far I’m still teasing out the accessories and decor so this is the hardscape mood board, I can be very picky about art, and finishing touches. But without further ado here’s where we are going…

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mirror  | vanity | shower faucet | sink faucet | hexagon tile | subway tile | toilet

We found this very budget friendly white vanity, it came with a sink and countertop. It had the option of marble or quartz. Marble is beautiful, but this is a heavy use bathroom with kids, so we went with durability. For the floors, I’m loving hexagon tiles, and so are a lot of others. This tile is affordable, easily picked up at lowes, is neutral while still being interesting. The bathtub is staying, its in ok shape, a few nicks. The tub is cast iron, its crazy heavy and its white- so it stays. The walls are going to be a classic and modern 3×12 subway tile. But instead of the typical layout, we are going horizontal grid.

Then of course, vanity hardware will be changed out to matte black pulls and knobs. Faucets, matte black. The mirror was a nice find, look at that price! Its not the highest quality mirror, but its not distorted to make everything wider, and its pretty. Its got a rustic vintage feminin vibe, which is welcomes in this otherwise modern clean lined space.

The toilet is gong to be a toto, vespen II, it allows for adjusting the distance from the wall, because it offers the toto unifit adapter which gives the perfect fit for a 10, 12, or 14” rough in. Moving plumbing isn’t alwasy an option, so unifit comes to the rescue.

Well there you have it! The hard finishes are planned and we can break ground! See you next week for week 2. If you want to see what other designers and bloggers are cooking up, head over to ORC.