We’re moving right along with our latest project. Today is the master bathroom renovation week 2 of the One Room Challenge. We’ve made quite the process! Here’s a look over the last couple of weeks.
It’s week two of the One Room Challenge and we’re moving right along in our master bathroom! It’s a room that we’ve waited to tackle due to the work involved and the cost. It’s one of our last rooms to renovate and I for one couldn’t be more excited! We started out renovation at the end of February because a project this size needed more than the six weeks that the ORC offers. We started by gutting our bathroom completely. You can see our bathroom’s before and design plan in last week’s post. Josh and I decided one Saturday morning that the day had come for the bathroom to go! We got our hammers, crow bars and gloves and went to work.
Day one consisted of removing the horrible tile shower. We removed all of the shower fixtures and the top edging tile. Josh then was able to use a large crow bar to loosen the entire backer board from the wall and pulled the tile wall down wall by wall. (It was a good thing we did because we discovered an inch to two inches of standing water under the tile due to water not sloping towards the drain correctly.) It was super heavy to carry out and my stairs are going to need some touch up but I was so thrilled to see the tile go that I wont complain. We also removed the walls that separated the tub and shower.
See ya tiny dark shower!
We even let Charlie help. Like most boys, he loves a good demo!
Day two we removed the wall trim, the garden tub, sink and vanity. The vanity is a sturdy wooden vanity so it’s going to get a wooden counter top and will be reused in our wood shop. A couple days later Josh pulled the sub-floor up and began the process of moving the plumbing. There’s not one piece of plumbing that stayed in its original spot. After what felt like a hundred trips to Lowes, he successfully moved and soldered all of the plumbing. It’s times like this that I wonder if there’s anything my handy husband can’t do! We saved ourselves thousands in plumbing cost. I wouldn’t recommend this to just anyone. It is a major job and it does take some know how. Josh has had a good bit of experience in plumbing over the years, so if you’re unsure yourself it’s always better to hire plumber.
It always looks worse before it looks better, friends!
Three weeks later we were able to put the sub floor back down and move onto more exciting things like pocket doors! Josh and my sweet father-in-law built a wall for the water closet and installed a pocket door. Again, this is a project that I would recommend having some experience in. If the door is not installed correctly it will not open and close properly. Josh’s dad is very experienced in framing and hanging doors, so he was our guide for this project. It took just a weekend and that pocket door is smooth as butter! I don’t think I’ve every been so excited about a door before.
The following week Josh installed two new recessed lights in the water closet and a second one in the main bathroom area. We marked the spots on the wall where the vanity is going where we’re going to put our new wall sconces. I’m really excited to show you the sconces that we decided on for the room as well as the vanity. They’re both stunning! Last weekend we installed floor to ceiling bead board in the main bathroom and bead board in the water closet just 5 ft. up. I’ve got a pretty English country style wallpaper in the works for the upper half. More on that later as well. I’ve personally always loved floor to ceiling bead board, or any kind of pretty trim work for that matter. I think it adds so much charm, especially in a smaller room like this. Here’s a few bathrooms with floor to ceiling bead board that I just love.
I love the vintage detailing and character that the bead board lends to each of these spaces.
I’ll be painting the planked ceilings and walls over the next couple of days and of course I’m sticking with a neutral wall color. Anytime I’m gone with a “color” on the walls I’ve come to regret it a year later. I’ll be bringing color into the room with wallpaper, fabrics and the rich wood tones of the vanity and antique storage cabinet that I found recently. Here are colors that I looked at for our bathroom. Each are a warmer white. I want the simplicity of what but I don’t want it to feel too sterile. Warm whites are my favorite and I’ve used several of these colors else where in our home. I’m not going to tell you just yet which one I’ve chose. I’ll let us be a surprise until next week.
Colors from left to right, top to bottom:
Chantilly Lace BM, Cloud White BM, Oxford White BM, Simply White BM, White Dove BM, White Heron BM
The walls, ceiling and trim will all be painted the same warm white in a satin sheen. I love the look of tone on tone. Last year I painted our family room all in one color and I would do it again in a heartbeat. You can see our family room in our spring home tour.
The last thing we accomplished over the weekend was getting the ceiling planked. We’re slowly planking the ceilings in our entire home. Currently our kitchen, dining room, laundry/powder room and master bathroom are complete. Planked ceilings are very much in-keeping with colonial homes and I’m going to share a step by step tutorial how to install them with you all very soon. I’m just over the moon to see the ugly textured ceilings go!
This coming week we’ll add trim work and paint. I’m currently waiting on fabric samples for the shower curtains and window treatments, the water closet’s wallpaper and our floor tile. In the next week we hope to begin the tiling the floors. I’ll be sharing the flooring that we chose. I had thought that I would go with a white or marble hex. Once the samples were in the space I quickly realized they were not quite right for the room. We’ll be going with a marble herringbone instead. I’ll share all about that with you soon!
We’re worlds away from what we started with and yet we have so much left to do. As Josh would say, I just want to get to the fun part! I can’t wait to put this room back together and see my vision for the space become a reality. Until then have a lovely weekend friends and don’t forget to visit the One Room Challenge link up to see all of the beautiful rooms in the making!