Hey! If you’re new here, my husband and I purchased our first home (a generic, 1960’s bi-level) about a year and a half ago in Northern NJ. Little by little, we’re adding personality to our basic, builder-grade home, and for this fall’s One Room Challenge™, I’m tackling our very first demo/reno with our tiny master bathroom. For the next six weeks, I encourage you to sit back and follow along with a glass of (bo)vino while I slowly (but proudly) become a slave to the (small) bathroom of my dreams.
To catch you up here’s the progress we made last week
And here’s the progress we made this week:
+ Picked up some gold calacatta marble at Floor & Decor (on sale!!!) for our floors – TBD on whether or not I’ll end up using it (thank god for their good return policy)
+ Laid mortar and cement board on the floors
+ Started to hang cement board on shower frame
+ Installed shower niche
+ Consumed excessive amounts of vino
Side note – I’m SO EXCITED because I finally invested in a full frame camera – a Canon 6D! The quality of my photos (even the photos of an ugly bathroom reno) is so much better, and I’m that much more excited to capture the finished project.
I mean, look at the detail on this towel hook against the soon-to-be shower marble.
On Saturday, I kept things moving in the bathroom while Angelo tended to some much-needed yard work.
I installed cement board to the floors, using 1/4″ cement board, white mortar and a 1/4″ x 1/4″ trowel.
(Photo taken with new Canon 6D and 50 mm lens)
It felt so good to finally cover the sub floor that caused us so much distress.
I couldn’t really do anything else until the mortar dried, so on Sunday, the cement board went up in the shower.
Initially, I wanted a large, horizontal shower niche placed right in the center shower wall:
But as you can see, there’s a friggen PIPE preventing my middle shower niche dreams from coming true.
So, Angelo installed the niche on the right wall, opposite to where the shower hardware will be.
I’ll admit – for the first time since we started this project, I’m happy with this week’s progress.
But, I really have to get a move on things. Tackling this project on the weekends won’t cut it anymore if I want to hit the ORC deadline.
Next week’s plans…
+ Finish hanging the cement board in the shower
+ Install the shower pan (something I’ve been dreading)
+ Begin waterproofing the shower
+ Make sure that most of the big-ticket items are purchased and can arrive at our house before the ORC is over (and share those purchases)!
The media sponsor for the One Room Challenge™ is Better Homes and Gardens.
I will link each week below as the challenge progresses:
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