One Room Challenge Week 2: Demo Time and Floor Design

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Hi there! Back at ya with the One Room Challenge. As a recap, we are updating our master bath which we actually use as our guest bathroom.

Catch up on my weekly progress here:

Week 1 / Week 2 /Week 3 / Week 4 / Week 5

Now that you’re up to speed, week 2 is all about the shower stall. We’ve talked in week 1 about how much we haaaate this shower stall and so it was naturally the first thing to go.

Demo Woes First

We demoed the shower first down to the studs. It only felt appropriate to start with the shower since it’s what sent us to renovating in the first place. We pulled out the fitter and by we, I do mean our awesome tile guy.  I promised myself that I was going to do less DIY this year and spend more time focusing on work and the rest of my life. This comes with it’s own problems especially for a control freak. Tile Guy didn’t cut off the water and nicked a pipe. Insert me trying not to morph into the Incredible Hulk. Luckily, Marcus manages most of the work with anyone who comes into the house so it was smoothly dealt with and repaired.

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I knew I wanted shower niches. Not only are they trending but they are just down right practical. This shower stall is so tight and I learned my lesson about having anything like a shelf protruding into the space like the bath fitter previously did. So with the niches we are working inward. There was a stud directly in the center of the wall which kept us from going straight down the middle with the niches. After realizing the stud was in the middle, I quickly sketched what it would look like with the niches on the right before realizing that putting them to the right of the stud would conflict with the shower head.

Before I forget, the little niche on the bottom is a gem that I spotted on SGardnerstyle from Shavonda Gardner who built a niche in her shower stall in order to be able to shave your legs which is just genius. Mind Blown. This space is way too tight to build a ledge for shaving so I knew that whenever we redid the shower, I would make sure to include that little feature.

And now for more of the ugly. Insert Tile Guy nicking the electrical while cutting the niches into the backer board. Slaps forehead in exasperation. If you look closely to where the light is shining in one of the below photos, you can see the nick in my little shaving niche.

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Once the War of the Nicks was over with. We could start tiling which went off without a hitch on the back wall. We left the right wall open since we had an idea of what sort of shower head we wanted but it was out of stock so we are back to the drawing board on the shower head situation. Until then, the tile will commence on the other two walls and the right wall will be left open until we decide what to do.

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And Now the Part I Actually Care About

In the mean time, we are going to work on the floor which is the feature in the shower. I loved Outkast growing up and I do mean LOVED. So much so that I had an Outkast screen name on AIM. (Judge ya mama, don’t judge me.) So it only felt appropriate when doing this renovation that I pull in the lyrics “so fresh and so clean, clean”. I initially leaned on the idea of doing “Clean” exactly where you first put your foot down in the shower. Tile Guy laid the pattern out on the floor in our living room which gave me the chance to practice. I popped the mesh sheet of pastel blue penny tiles that we bought and began trying them out by laying them over the grid of white penny tiles. Because of the diagonal pattern, the words were spelling in a way that wasn’t, how you say, clean. I realized that if I rotated the pattern a few degrees, I could get the straight lines I was after. Having it laid out also helped me to realize that I wanted more letters! ‘Fresh & Clean’ read so much nicer than ‘Clean’ alone.

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I put the sheets of penny tile in the shower and began trying again with the blues on top of the whites. I tried a few different iterations of the ampersand sign with the center around the drain and settled on one that I liked. I then used a sharpie to mark all of the white pennies under the blue pennies. I plan to pop out all of the white pennies and replace them with the blues.

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And Now For More Woes

I desperately want a vintage looking brass shower head but can not seem to find one anywhere for the life of me under $2000. I have looked all over God’s green earth and have decided to try hunting for one in the Restoration Hardware Outlet in Asheville, NC. It’s a decent distance away from us but worth the trip if they actually have any of the fixtures that I need. In the mean time, I will purchase a faucet that looks similar to the one on the mood board. If I find a shower head and matching faucet at RH, then I’ll just return the other one, no problem.

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We were only going to demo the shower this week but while Tile Guy is in here, he volunteered to pull out the vanity and toilet so that he would have more room to work which is great for us. So we are off to the races.

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Hopefully, our adventure to RH goes well and I’ll have an awesome update for you around the shower head. Cross your fingers and see you next week.

XO Prepford Wife

Restoration Hardware Outlet in Asheville, NC

Hi all,

This is a completely random post about the adventure hubby and I took to the Restoration Hardware Outlet in Asheville, NC. I was on the hunt for a few fixtures for the bathroom and because the drive is about 4 hours from us, I scoured the internet for anything I could find about a Restoration hardware outlet or restoration hardware warehouse sale and found little to nothing. So I am compiling this quick post of what was available in the store that I visited around mid-September so you know what to expect should you adventure to one yourself.

The Asheville Restoration Hardware is located at 800 Brevard Rd Suite 670, Asheville, NC 28806. It’s within the context of the larger Asheville Outlet Center so you can also make West Elm outlet happen while your in the area. The store is relatively expensive compared to an outlet but I think for the most part, their clientele understands what RH’s actual pricing is like. If it helps there is usually some other promo going on in the store at the same time. the day we were there it was 40% additional off which would have been great if I found what I was looking for. (If you ask why I didn’t call ahead when I knew I was 4 hours away. I did. Twice. The first woman wasn’t helpful. The second woman didn’t understand what I was asking for and why in spite of me explaining how far my drive was. Sigh)

Overall, there was a wide array of merchandise in the store, the hardware had been picked over which is sad because they are literally called Restoration hardware but they had an awesome selection of lighting and sofas, so if you are in need of either, it’s probably still a good time to go for those unless they had a clear out sale. I hope this helps you as you hunt down any need you may have from the store. I tried to include a healthy sampling of what was available and a few prices so you know what to expect when you get there. Let me know if you have any questions and happy hunting.

XO Prepford Wife

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One Room Challenge Week 1: Plan of Attack

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A happy happy Thursday to you all! I am so excited to share that I’ve decided to participate as a guest in this fall’s One Room Challenge. The One Room Challenge is a biannual forum -April and October- for participants to have a fun and supportive way to share their room transformations over a six week period. This is my first time participating in the ORC and though I have some hesitation about that crunch timing, we have a room that must be done.

The room we are tackling is our downstairs bathroom. This bathroom is off of our kitchen and our guest room which is actually the house’s true master though we don’t use it that way (we took over our entire second floor as our set of masters). What that means is that we have a bit of a challenge on our hands; how to pack all the style of a tradition powder room, because it’s off our kitchen, but also how to maintain some of the formality that people come to expect from a master bath.

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Humor me here with these before photos. I had no idea I would ever need them for a blog post. But we’ve done mild work to this bathroom since moving in, just to make it livable but it still had some serious issues.

The major problem is that this room is at the center of our house and has no natural light at all. Hence the hazy yellow glow in all of the photos. We thought about how we could add light but we can’t add a window or skylight (center of the house and all). And we can’t add a door with frosted glass (it’s off the kitchen and nakedness and a kitchen doesn’t much mesh).  It also has the problem of a very small footprint. But this like I said, this bathroom is at the center of our home and the layout in our house is very efficient; there’s no where we can steal square footage from.

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Another problem is that we hate the vinyl floors. It’s the bane of our existence. We have it in the kitchen though, I painted over it, and knew it just couldn’t stay if we were going to do this room over.

But the most pressing problem and the one that set us off down the renovation bath is the shower stall.  It’s waaaaay too tight, not just for a master but for any full grown adult to enjoy a shower. Oh you can take one, but you surely won’t enjoy it thanks to that bath fitter which eats into the shower area by at least three inches on each side. 

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Here are some inspiration photos:

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I recognize that these images have very little in common with each other except the bright, light and airy aspect of all of them but that is truly the goal.

So here’s where we’re going:

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  • Open up the shower space by removing the bath fitter
  • Create illusion of light by keeping the room white
  • All brass everythaaaang for the fixtures to warm up the icy white
  • A little something special that involves my favorite Outkast lyric of all time
  • Use open vanity to not weigh down the tight area

So that’s what I’ve got folks. I am crossing my fingers that this turns out well. I have been waiting quite some time to do this bathroom and I really want to get it right. Stop by next week for an update and to see if we are on track so far and what pitfalls we inevitably have.

 

XO PrepFord Wife