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One Room Challenge, Week III: Buildin’ The Bones

To catch you up, here’s the progress we made last week

I started to take things on myself after convincing Angelo I wanted to move forward with the rest of this remodel on my own and pull him in as needed. I know what you’re thinking and no, I’m not on anti-psychotics.

Here’s this week’s progress:

+ 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.


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, mortar and a 1/4″ x 1/4″ trowel.

It felt so good to finally cover the subfloor 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)!

To watch the challenges and emotions of the renovation unfold from Week 1, visit my Instagram and check out the “ORC” story highlight.


The media sponsor for the One Room Challenge™ is  Better Homes and Gardens.

I will link each week below as the challenge progresses:

My Fall 2018 ORC Posts:  Week 1 | Week 2  |  Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6

The Guest Participant Link-ups:  Week 1 | Week 2  |  Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6

Featured Designers for October 2018:

At Home with Ashley | Brepurposed | Dabito The English Room

Erin Kestenbaum | Harlow & Thistle | House of Brinson | J & J Design

Kelly Golightly | Linda Holt  | Megan Bachmann | Michelle Gage

Mimosa Lane | Murphy Deesign | Vestige Home

Old Home Love | SG Style | Shay Geyer

Sita Montgomery | SMP Living



  1. I love your style and how you aren’t afraid to be bold in your decorating! I’m so excited to follow along in your bathroom renovation. I can’t wait to see how it turns out!

  2. Oh my gosh, that towel hook is fantastic! Love how it looks against the marble- just so beautiful! I can’t wait to see the end result!


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