One Room Challenge Spring 2017 // Builder-Grade Beige Master Bathroom Makeover
Welp it’s about that time again: time for the One Room Challenge. I participated for the first time during last fall’s ORC, and I worked on a multi-use space in our home. It’s basically a part of the main living area that we use for my workspace, for our two-top dining table, and for a crapload of plants:
I love challenges because they kind of hold my feet to the fire and force me to get things done. If I don’t have a deadline, I kind of just meander along, doing things here and there, and I can end up letting projects drag on and on for months. Example: my living room progress. (See the last update from NOVEMBER here.)
So I knew I wanted to tackle our master bathroom for this challenge because, let’s be honest, it would probably drive Mike to leave me if we left our master bathroom un-done for 6 months. As some of you know, we bought a builder-grade spec townhouse in August of last year. We got extremely lucky when we found a spec home that had pretty much everything I would have picked had I had the chance to…except the master bathroom.
So when we first looked at the house, I was disappointed that there wasn’t a tub. I know a lot of people love big walk-in showers, but guess who doesn’t? This one. I’m a BIG tub person. I love love love a good relaxing bathtub. My husband was pretty excited about the big shower, though…before we used it. We quickly realized that it’s so big and open that it’s actually pretty cold. So let’s jump into the before pics and then I’ll chat about what this little remix is going to entail.
Builder-Grade Beige Master Bathroom Before Pics
Here’s what you see as you walk in the door. There is a large walk-in shower with a 60″ shower pan. Then, because they didn’t really know what to do with the rest of the space back there, they built out a giant “bench” in the shower space that no one would ever use because it’s so far away from the water stream that you’d freeze to death.
I’m kind of embarrassed to be putting the tube dude on the Internet…that’s what we call our shower head. It’s a pretty rigged up rainfall shower head that we saw at Lowe’s for like 30 bucks when we first bought the house. Since Mike really wanted a rainfall shower head, we picked it up. It’s actually pretty awesome to shower with…it just doesn’t look awesome. Because…the tube.
You can see the double vanity on the left. We’re keeping that, the vanity top, and the sink fixtures. In a perfect world I would replace the vanity top, but that’s not in the cards for this go round, so I’ll have to live with it. 🙂
Between the shower and the vanity is a linen closet. Say goodbye to that. We thought about this for a while and wondered if it would do a number on re-sale value. Ultimately we decided that the double vanity provided a lot of great storage space, and that with the laundry nook just outside of our room *and* some open shelving we planned to put up in the bathroom, it would alleviate concerns about storage.
This bathroom has the same ugly light figures that our downstairs powder room had. I’d originally wanted to replace the giant mirror with two smaller medicine cabinet mirrors, but I decided against that to save some cash. Plus I didn’t want the room to feel smaller by removing the giant mirror. However, I’m going to frame it out it make it look more finished.
I really killed the rug game here, too. Two different rugs in two different colors that are two slightly difference sizes right next to each other. The shot below gives you a good look at the floor, too.
I’m not big on how far away the towel rack is from the sink. Even though this is really meant for a bath towel, we have a hand towel on it because there isn’t a designated place for a hand towel. I’m planning to remove this towel bar, but I’m not entirely sure what’s going to happen here. Bear with me.
The toilet is in a separate little water closet area, and we’re keeping it there. One of the first things we did when we moved in was remove the door from the water closet…not because we love each other THAT much, but because when you opened it, it hit the main bathroom door. Super annoying and not designed well at all. I’m thinking about a sliding door here because there is some electrical in the wall that I really don’t want to deal with moving to accommodate a pocket door.
I want to put some shelving up above the toilet for things like extra TP, hand towels, etc. There is also a boob light on the ceiling of the water closet, and I kind of want to replace that if it’s in the budget.
My Plans for the Space
Alrighty, so now that you’ve had the before tour and heard my gripes, here are my plans for the space in a nutshell:
- Demo…remove toilet (but keep it), pull up floor and shower tile, remove the linen closet, shower door frame, shower tray, and frigid built-out shower seat. Sweep and vacuum 5,000 times.
- Have plumber run lines for the tub and re-set plumbing the new shower tray; set new shower tray. Freak out a little bit.
- Put walls back together and build out knee wall between the vanity and the tub space. Agonize over some tiny detail.
- Patch drywall all over…get angry at how annoying drywall dust is. Clean some more.
- Re-lay subfloor, tile floor and all back walls of the bathroom. Grout and stuff.
- Put the toilet back–thank you Jesus. We missed you, toilet.
- Have shower company measure for and install shower door.
- Set new tub and put in the new hardware.
- Add caps for the new knee walls.
- Put baseboards and shoe mould back on.
- Paint walls, ceiling, and baseboards.
- Hang new mirror frame and lighting.
- Finishing touches. Plants, etc.
- Celebrate and take a bath.
And some things for full disclosure:
- As of writing this post, the room is demo’ed and the vision is very far from coming together. In fact, if you felt like the list of what we have to do is a bit negatively tinged, it’s because the final product feels very far away right now. Like, Saturn far away. But I’m keeping my eye on the prize (i.e., thinking about my tub and white glass tile), and we’re pushing through.
- I also wanted to let you know that we’re working with a licensed contractor (my dad, if you’ve been around the blog for a while, you’ve probably seen him during some past project!) and plumber for the more complicated stuff. I love DIY, but I won’t eff with the tough stuff.
- I’m working with a few awesome sponsors for this makeover, which I’ll be spotlighting throughout the process. I hope you find my thoughts on them valuable!
Next Wednesday I’ll be sharing an update on the demo progress! Cya then. 🙂