Today marks the start of the One Room Challenge, and Robert and I are almost ready for it to begin! 😉 If you are new to us, we participated in the ORC’s spring event, and remodeled our office space by tackling probably the biggest Ikea hack I could have ever dreamed up. The ORC is an eight-week event open to anyone, including amateur DIYers like us, and participants transform one room in their homes over the course of the event. Everyone participating posts updates once a week, and it’s an amazing source of inspiration. It’s an HGTV watcher’s dream, because it’s like watching hundreds of episodes of renovation shows all at once! Last time, we were novices; I had no idea what we were getting into, and signed up on a whim. This time, to tackle our guest bathroom, we came with a (kind of) plan!
And if not a plan, at least we came with a mood board! Even if the only part of the mood board I’m absolutely set on is the penny tile floors, I think this gives a pretty good idea of where we want to take our bathroom space. But in order to fully appreciate this project, you have to check out the “befores.”
We’ve done a lot of work in our home this past year, but we haven’t touched our bathrooms! Our home was built in the last 15 years, so the space is in good functional condition, but it asthetically isn’t exactly our taste. This guest bath is also our toddler’s bathroom, so certain things have to stay, like the tub. We also aren’t planning on changing the cabinetry, although we may update the doors. And they’ll get some love with some paint!
Other than that, we plan to tile the vanity wall to the ceiling, hang double mirrors and replace the lights, and replace the countertops. We’ll install beadboard on the walls, choose a paint color (possibly Evergreen Fog, Sherwin Williams’s new color of the year!), and maybe even install wallpaper, if we’re feeling ambitious.
But the big project of this round is the penny tile mosaic floors! Chris Loves Julia recently renovated their powder room and installed penny tile floors, and I fell in love. We received some sample tiles from the wonderful Alexander James tile shop recently and started to play around with them to figure out a pattern…and quickly realized this is going to take some mental energy and patience!
But I think we’ve narrowed it down to two options–which one do you like best? (We were also playing around with color options, but we’ve decided to go with classic black and white. I tried to love the green, but the heart wants what it wants.
This next week will involve finalizing some design choices and sources, and possibly installing the beadboard. We’ll be ordering the tile this week now that we have our color scheme, so the pennytile extravaganza will have to wait. But anyone who has tackled it before is free to leave tips and tricks in the comments!
Be sure to check out the rest of the participants in this Fall’s One Room Challenge here.
Good luck to all participants! I can’t wait to see what everyone has in store for this round!