One Room Challenge Week Two: Bathroom Demo Surprises and Plans
My maternity leave ends this week, so I’m posting this early in anticipation of being busy catching up with work in the coming days and only having nights and weekends available for posting (if I have energy!).
It’s week two of the One Room Challenge™, hosted and organized by Linda of Calling it Home, with media partner House Beautiful. And we’re making progress on our tiny ¾ bathroom renovation! The clashing wall finishes—blue tiles, blue paint of a non-complementary shade, and beadboard—are gone, as is the flagstone floor.
Underneath, the demo revealed an uninsulated space that accounts for the frozen pipes we experienced this winter. What’s more, our contractor found that while the overhead fan and waste vent had piping, they weren’t connected inside the walls and ceiling. So we’re lucky we haven’t had bigger problems of mold or sewage odors and gases!
With re-plumbing underway, to be followed by floor and wall insulation and shower installation, I’ve started looking ahead to wall finishes and fixtures.
This bathroom is so, so small. It’s about 44 inches wide by 115 inches long, with the toilet and sink side by side along one short wall and the shower along the opposite wall. I’d really like to do something interesting with the walls, but our contractor has advised against paneling or tiling since it would further shrink the space.
To stencil, or not to stencil?
So I’m trying to think creatively…maybe a stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils? I’m a little nervous about my abilities to do it accurately and worried I’d end up with a cheesy ’90s look like when border stencils were all the rage, or a look that’s too busy in a small space. I’d love thoughts from anyone who has done one of these stencils—is it easy enough for a beginner? Are you happy with the outcome? We could also/alternatively do a chair rail and have different colors above and below. Here are a few of the Cutting Edge Stencils patterns we’re considering (all photos credited to Cutting Edge Stencils):
Making it efficient
This project is all about conservation—of usable space, energy, and water. For the toilet, I’ve ordered the Niagara Stealth one-piece 0.8 gpf, which we have been very pleased with in our upstairs bath. It’s a good thing I ordered early: the first one arrived broken! Thankfully, the vendor refunded it quickly and I already have another on order, so hopefully it gets here in time. The shower fixture is the relatively low-flow Moen Caldwell, though I may switch the showerhead for an even lower flow one. The shower parts are from Lowe’s—I went with a surround rather than tile, but am dressing it up with a fancy Kohler door and sleek AeroPure fan/light combo with humidity sensor from Build.com.
I ordered the tiniest little pedestal sink from Signature Hardware, which arrived intact and looking good. The rest of the fixtures are from Pottery Barn, mostly from the Mercer collection, in oil-rubbed bronze: 18-inch towel bar, paper holder, and double sconce. I got the Eleanor oval mirror from Pottery Barn as well—the narrowest mirror I could find at 17.5 inches wide. The other fixture I’m excited about is the brass vintage wall shelf, also from Pottery Barn, but it’s backordered until May 10—yikes. I’ll keep hoping it gets here sooner.
Getting to know you...
I’ve been enjoying getting to know the other guest participants on Instagram and on the One Room Challenge™ Guest Participant page and love the bold plans for room transformations. Looking forward to seeing what everyone’s been up to this week, and please feel free to introduce yourselves in the comments!