One Room Challenge, Week III: Buildin’ The Bones


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™, we’re tackling our very first demo/reno all on our own 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 we slowly (but proudly) become slaves to the (small) bathroom of our 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 tsubfloorloor that caused us so much distress.

We couldn’t really do anything else until the mortar dried, so on Sunday, we started hanging the cement board 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 the progress we made this week. And I noticed that Angelo, who is very meticulous and his biggest critiquer, seemed happy with the progress too.

But, we really gotta get a move on things. Tackling this project on the weekends won’t cut it anymore if we want to hit the ORC deadline. Looks like we’ll have to get our gloves and masks on after (work) hours to get sh*t done.

Next week, we plan on…

+ 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:

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

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  1. Nicole Varga | all the little details
    4 weeks ago

    Wow, this is such a major renovation project! I love your mood board and can’t wait to see how it all turns out!

    1. aglassofbovino
      3 weeks ago

      Thank you so much Nicole!!!

  2. Jessica Lucas
    4 weeks ago

    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!

    1. aglassofbovino
      3 weeks ago

      Thank you so much Jessica!! <3

  3. Beth
    4 weeks ago

    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!

    1. aglassofbovino
      3 weeks ago

      thank you Beth!! I can’t wait either LOL!!!

  4. Create/Enjoy
    3 weeks ago

    Going to be beautiful!!
    Congrats on the 6D!! I use an ancient 5D, at least it’s full frame… but I imagine yours is a dream!

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