No freaking way is it week 5 of this season’s One Room Challenge where we’re creating a master bathroom/laundry space from an unused closet. And doing it by ourselves. Yes, we’re very crazy (and even crazier if you consider our full-time jobs, full-time kids, and full-time need for fun/not just work). We have at least a month’s worth of work to finish the bathroom and yet somehow we need to finish it up in a week. A week! Let’s just say I’m very jealous of those one-room-challengers out there who are nearing completion and will have all week to style/photograph while we’ll be working down to the wire big time – yikes. So here’s where we’re at now.
Everything sort of in place but nothing actually finished. But let’s back it up real quick. I’ve been going on and on about this challenge for weeks but if you aren’t in the know yet, this is a (CRAZY!) six week challenge hosted by Linda at Calling it Home where 20 featured designers and hundreds more participants join in to redo a single room in six weeks. Sounds so easy, right?! I’ve done it several times, from simple refresh to full on crazytown remodel (this one is the latter) and no matter what anyone is doing, it is super stressful and yet super rewarding. To catch you up, we’re taking an unused closet space off our master bedroom and turning it into a master bathroom complete with a washer/dryer for our adult clothes washing needs while we force our kids to the basement to do their own laundry. For our space, here is the before, the plan, how we rebuilt the floors/walls, and all the insane amount of tiling I did. I may have had more than one tantrum over that tile but it’s finally grouted and done. Woot! This is real time folks, and since last week we’ve worked really hard but don’t have much in the way of beautiful pics to show for it. I rushed to grout all the tile so out shower glass could be installed. The shower door knob they delivered was wrong but hopefully we’ll get the right one in this week. But even with that error, just having shower glass (and grout) makes it feel like a bathroom!
We also got in our washer and dryer. And not just that, but we added in the cabinetry surrounding our washer/dryer. These 36″ drawer base cabinets are from The RTA Store (which we also used for our kitchen cabinets and couldn’t be happier with them). Of course the dryer was delivered with the door swinging the wrong way so hopefully that will get fixed this week.
But that aside, this side of the room is looking closer to finished. We just need our walnut countertop, paint, and hardware. Oh the hardware. If you caught me on my Instagram stories (still live for a bit!) you’ll see I needed all the help/votes I could get on where to place these most amazing unlacquered brass 18″ handles. So far the vote has been split fairly evenly between middle or high placement and I haven’t installed them yet so let me know your thoughts…
The biggest and messiest step has been all the drywall. We finished installing lots of drywall and spackled the hell out of this bathroom. Here you can see where we had a gaping hole and have started to finish it. Let’s just say there’ no easy way to attempt to create straight walls in a 1924 house, especially where that wall is on an angle.
Also fun is the arrival of so many deliveries for the space! I really love the Minted art we’ve received and particularly love this piece, which I just couldn’t help but put in the bathroom temporarily I was so excited about it.
It’s just so palm trees, neutral, and amazing.
And our new towels! Man, we haven’t had new towels in years. I picked these amazing towels from Annie Selke/Pine Cone Hill. I have always had, and I’m pretty sure always will have, white towels in our bathrooms but wanted something with a little more texture this time around and these ribbed white towels are just perfect. Historically I’ve tried towels from department stores and even Restoration Hardware but none have been quite as soft, textured, or awesome as these. We already have them in the house but I’m saving them for our first shower in our new bathroom – weird?
Finally, late last night we installed our new Cedar & Moss sconces (the Wyatt sconces) and they are everything. Walnut bases, ceramic shades, and just enough brass.
The end is so, so close, I can’t even stand it! And lest you think I’m the only one in the crazy boat, there are a whole group of designers in this challenge – following along with them has been so fun so don’t miss out on their latest posts here:
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
Okay, I need all your good vibes to somehow finish this space to share with you next week…