We’ve been hard at work on our master bathroom/laundry progress over here and while no all-nighters yet, we’ve certainly had some very late nights and lots of juggling different pieces to move this project forward. So before showing you some progress shots, let’s start with the prettier stuff: the plan.
As usual (and despite my husband rolling his eyes at my predictability) we’re going with a lot of white and layering in black, wood, brass, and some color on top of that. I think that mood board looks fairly boring, but in real life it will have so much more texture and interest. Really. Not everything in this mood board is absolute, but we’re definitely going for a black vanity, wood counters, a white vessel sink with brass hardware, white drawer bases next to the washer/dryer with more wood counters, and white marble tile on the walls/floor. And I decided to commit to the white marble tile in a herringbone pattern not just in the shower but along the entire back wall behind the shower, sink, and vanity. Am I crazy??
Many decisions remain, including whether to go with walnut or maple wood counters, exactly what hardware for the cabinetry, and what lighting (there will be two lights over the sink/vanity), and art. WHAT SAY YOU?? No seriously, I am so open to your thoughts that any words of design wisdom are welcome.
So while that’s the plan, the reality is far different. You see, to take this room from a closet to a bathroom/laundry space lots of demo needs to occur and the room needs to be built up from scratch. First thing we did was to add a skylight when we put in our new roof earlier this year, so that was done for us. And then we removed the old fir floors. We flirted with keeping them but there was so much damage it was impossible. And while I do a lot of the labor myself, the floor removal was left to a couple of handsome dudes (clearly we believe in child labor and mismatched outfits).
Then we worked on more demo, tearing out a mini wall and the rest of the floors.
Next up our plumber added the plumbing for the washer and dryer, which required tearing out much of the floor. We also had to build a faux wall. Like so.
The washer and dryer fit too far back to use comfortably if we went all the way to the back wall so we moved it out about 18 inches. Better for usability and head height. Building the wall was super simple, just some 2x4s (not even evenly spaced!) to provide some structure. And I was clearly proud of building it late at night, thus the inexcusable grainy photo and semi-duck lips.
We’re also pulling out the electrical for the washer/dryer so it will be on that faux wall and then we can insulate and add in the drywall. Maybe we should leave a secret message back there in case anyone discovers the open cavity later…
So, there is still a TON to do like all the subfloor/structure for the walls/floors, tiling (which I’m pretty sure will take forever!), installing the shower pan, adding drywall, painting, etc. You get the idea. Next week I hope to share how we’re putting this room back together and then only the best part – tile!
Ours is a crazy project but so many of the other designers and linking bloggers have amazing ideas with lots to happen in their rooms as well. Check them out here! I never get sick of seeing what everyone does in just six weeks to improve their homes (and lives?). Loving all this camaraderie! Be sure to tell me if you’re participating this year too so I don’t miss your room – love to follow along and root each other on!! Now here are the designers to check out:
Centsational Girl | Chris Loves Julia | Christine Dovey | Dwell With Dignity | The English Room | Glitter Guide | House of Brinson | House Updated | J+J Design Group | Lark & Linen | Abby Manchesky | Nesting Place | Old Brand New | Old Home Love | The Pink Pagoda | Rambling Renovators | Erica Reitman | Sketch 42 | Suburban B’s | Erin Williamson Media Partner House Beautiful | TM by CIH
Week 2, check.