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Bathroom Renovation: One Room Challenge – Week 5

Welcome to Week 5 of our Bathroom Renovation in the 2017 Fall One Room Challenge event!

As you may remember, I am transforming and renovating an outdated and dysfunctional bathroom into a sophisticated, functional, and inviting guest bath for my discerning client, Rebekah.

If you are new to this blog and would like to read about the Bathroom Renovation’s progress – read the earlier blog posts:
Week 1 here – where I show you the before photos of the lurid space and provide you with the mood board that I gave my Client.  The, demolition begins!
Week 2 – design elements are refined, wall elevations are created, and the contractor prepares the space for tile installation.
Week 3, tile and more tile!
Week 4, okay, sooooo I skipped writing a blog post last week!  Sorry!  But absolutely NOTHING happened in Week 4!  We were waiting on the wallpaper hanger.  I probably should’ve written a blog, to help with SEO, keep others interested in knowing more about my project.  But seriously, there were crickets chirping in there last week!

Sooooo…..welcome to Week 5!

Wallpaper is ready to be hung!
Week 5 was great!  I’m not gonna lie.  We got a lot of items checked off my list and the bathroom is starting to look more and more like a brand new, shiny penny.
Tub panel in initial stages of completion

1.  Bathtub Wood Panel.  I haven’t really talked about this add-on project, but it’s a sensational idea and turned out fabulously!  The circa 1940s style tub was looking a bit too…..flashy? dated? Okay, ugly for the likes of this soon-to-be pretty new bathroom!

The dated tub style
I didn’t want the tub to be the ugly step-sister in the room!  So, we decided to hide it with a wood panel!  I found a great visual on Pinterest for my Client and contractor.  The concept is surprisingly simple, but the results are HUGE!  It’s still a work in progress.  We’re missing the marble slab that will hold on top of the wood panel.  We were originally planning on using 3 white marble thresholds.  However, my contractor isn’t keen on having seams in the marble.  So, he’s going to have a single narrow slab of marble fabricated for the top.
Wood fillets added to outside frame. Creates a prettier and more traditional look to the tub panel.
The panel began as a flat sheet of wood, cut to size.  1X4 wood planks were cut to create the frame.  And filler pieces created the more graciously detailed traditional look I was after.  When painted gloss white……TA-DAH!  Totally FAB!

Wood panel installed on tub face in bathroom
2.  All trims were painted gloss white and the ceiling was painted a flat white.  The walls were primed with 2 coats of Zinzer 123.  We’re now ready for wallpaper!
Installed panel, now painted in a gloss white finish
Nelson rolling on the Zinser

3.  Wallpaper installation.  The bathroom area is tiny!  The Thibaut “Bahia”  wallpaper went up very quickly.  And completely transformed the look of the room almost instantaneously!  Seriously though, don’t you agree?  The wallpaper has a beige ground with a darker brown metallic starburst.  The metallic starburst color replicates the metallic browns in the specialty tile in the tub/shower area.

1st roll of wallpaper – GOING UP!

Bathroom wallpaper installation is complete.

4.  Electrical.  You may recall that the previous bathroom only had one switch, which turned on the lights.  There wasn’t a switch to the exhaust fan (whaaa?  Then, how did it work? It didn’t).   There wasn’t even an outlet for a guest to plug in her hairdryer!  (Say it ain’t so Barclay!). I KNOW!!

Visual Comfort “Etoile” sconces are installed
So, the electrician came in, installed all of the plugs, and also installed the two new Visual Comfort “Etoile” sconces in burnished gold!
And now that Week 5 is over, I’m very very nervous that we won’t be able to finish this Bathroom Renovation Challenge on time.  We’re waiting for the sink vanity to be finished.  Once it’s finished, a myriad of small tasks will need to be accomplished AND we have to get it professionally photographed.  Unfortunately, I feel certain that (despite being granted an additional week to finish by the ORC committee) we won’t hit the deadline.  But, fingers crossed. I’m still hopeful.  Let’s send some positive juju vibes to my furniture maker!  We need the vanity to complete my bathroom renovation!
Here’s my LIST going forward – let’s see what I can knock out by next week!
1.  Order niche glass and glass clips – install
2.  Vanity arrives – install
3.  Baseboard underneath vanity – install
4.  Order marble vanity top, have cut, attach undermount sink – install
5.  Install shower fixtures, new toilet, sink fixtures
6.  Install towel rod
7.  Install mirror
8.  Have client approve and order artwork to be placed over toilet (thinking tonal landscape images 2 or 3 framed)
9.  Monogram towels
10.  Photograph space
There are lots of other Guest Participants in the Fall 2017 One Room Challenge event.  If you’d like to see progress on some of the other bloggers’s rooms – click HERE to take you to that page.  The main group of blogger/renovators progress can be see HERE.
Thanks everyone for reading my bathroom renovation progress!  I’d love to hear your feedback on the project! (okay, that’s sort of a shameless way of asking you to give me happy comments!)
Until next week!


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0 thoughts on “Bathroom Renovation: One Room Challenge – Week 5”

  1. You’ve made remarkable progress. Love the transformation with wallpaper. Hope all works out for your week six completion.

  2. It’s looking fab!!! Love the wallpaper—and we did something similar with our tub, even though it was brand new….I just didn’t like the tub screaming “Here I am!!!” to the world. Love the sconces and how they mirror the wallpaper (l’etoile). You can def finish this!! Wish I could come down from Boston and help you tick those items off your list. But I’ll be rooting for you!!! xo

  3. Amazing ideas and this will be good to follow as our bathroom too. Thank you for sharing this clever ideas of you, you will be helping many people to have a great and appreciable bathroom. Great job!

    • Thanks Melissa for the compliment! I didn’t finish this bathroom during the 6 week challenge, but it turned out really beautifully and the client was exceptionally happy! I will post photos of it as soon as I can!

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