If you’re new around here, welcome! I’m Alisa Bovino and I’m an interior design blogger + student, full-time marketer, serial DIYer, and secondhand furniture stalker. Grab a glass of (bo)vino and follow along as my husband and I renovate our main bathroom over the next few weeks for the Spring 2020 One Room Challenge™ . Stay tuned for the final reveal on June 24th!
Oof, it’s been a heavy week. Week 5 was cancelled to pay respects to George Floyd and to stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter. I used my week off to reflect, listen, learn and understand the pain from the Black community. It was a rather uncomfortable week for me as I felt overall angered with myself that a Black man had to die in order for me to open my eyes to the true racial injustice and discrimination that still occurs in the U.S. today. But I know there is no growth without discomfort. Doing my part in the fight against racism as a White woman has only just begun, and I will continue to push myself far beyond this week. This has nothing to do with politics or religion, it’s simply human.
It feels strange to talk about our bathroom being that the world is just so heavy right now, but I suppose I should catch you up on some bathroom progress. Angelo and I have been powering through and putting in overtime as we near the finish line in just about 2 weeks. The 2 week mark is where I begin to shudder a bit, because I tend to always think I have more time when in reality, the photoshoot is NEXT WEEK (I like to allow myself a few days to shoot, edit and write the reveal post).
Here are all the things we accomplished over the last few weeks:
Built a tub skirt
We used pressure-treated 2×4’s to build the frame and hardie board to frame it out. The whole process took less than 2 hours! This tub skirt is going to help the shower to look “built in” and intentional, and also show off the gorgeous calacatta that can be seen from the doorway!
I waterproofed the tub skirt with Aqua defense since we’re tiling it and it will most likely get wet.
We also started to dry-fit the floor tile and figure out the starting point and where we’ll have to make cuts in the herringbone sheets.
We continued tiling…
We’ll most likely be using a flat gold Schluter to finish off the niche edges and a bullnose gold Schluter on the tub skirt.
(STARTED) TILING THE FLOOR!
The first time I ever tiled anything was when I laid small-format hex in our master shower and it was an absolute nightmare, to put it lightly. So I was definitely nervous to lay these small format herringbone tiles from the Tile Shop, but it turned out to be relatively simple and painless, haha!
After laying the first few sheets, I decided to forego the tile leveling system I had originally planned to use because it just was making things more complicated for me. That meant that I had to make sure there was no lippage and each of the sheets were spaced evenly
I’ve partnered with Emtek for past ORC’s and I will continue to seek out and buy their products + hardware for our home – whether gifted or not. I’m trying to decide between two types of cabinet knobs for our vanity – the unlacquered brass Providence knob or the Old Town knob. They’re both so pretty, which of course makes it harder to choose!
FOR THE SAKE OF MY MENTAL HEALTH, PLEASE HELP ME CHOOSE A FREAKIN’ PAINT COLOR.
For the record, I may have already ordered a gallon of one of the below colors, but I’m not sure it’s going to be *the* color for the bathroom. I have another room I’d use it in if it fails in this room.
1. // FRENCH GRAY:
2. // CORNFORTH WHITE
3. // PIGEON
This little vintage runner has been a part of every color decision I’ve made thus far for this bathroom, and what I love about is that there are so many colors I can pull out of it for the paint color. But, which one is going to be the best?! I have to make this decision by this weekend. No exceptions.
Here’s the full to-do list, which I’ve be sharing each week to keep show you what we’ve accomplished thus far and how much more we still have to go. Let’s just say we still have a lot to go but luckily, I work well under pressure.
- Take measurements and before photos – DONE
- Gut bathroom – DONE
- Rough in plumbing + electrical – DONE
- Install mold-resistant sheetrock on walls – DONE
- Install bathtub – DONE
- Close seams, spackle, and sand – DONE
- Install hardie board on floor and around tub – DONE
- Frame out shower niche – DONE
- Waterproof shower walls – DONE
- Tile shower – in progress
- Prime walls – DONE
- Build and install tub apron – DONE
- Waterproof tub apron – DONE
- Dry fit + install tile on floor – DONE
- Install tile on tub apron
- Build and install recessed linen cabinet
- Prime, cut, install, caulk and paint molding
- Grout shower walls, floor and tub apron
- Fabricate vanity countertop
- Install vanity, vanity top, sink and faucet
- Install toilet
- Install flush mount, sconces and exhaust fan
- Build & install open shelving
- Install door
- Install shower fixtures
- Cut and install vanity mirror
- Paint 2-3 coats on walls, ceiling, doors
- Prime vanity
- Paint 2-3 coats on vanity
- Wallpaper inside linen cabinet
- Install curtain rod and hang shower curtain
- Install roman shade
- Add finishing touches
- Photograph room
- REVEAL: June 24th!
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