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One Room Challenge – Spring 2019 Edition: Bathroom Remodel Ideas – Week 1

I’m very excited to announce our next BIG DIY project: the complete overhaul of my outdated and worn out 1970’s slash 1980’s bathroom!

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Design Plans for our Bathroom Remodel

The project is, to say the least, far from overdue. As you’ll soon see from the before photos, my current bathroom is a mix of the original 1970’s with some “updated” 1980’s finishes.  So when I said this project was going to be a big one, I wasn’t exaggerating. And with so many unforeseeable delays that comes along with a bathroom remodel, we are cautiously optimistic that all goes well. You’d think we would have learned our lesson the first time we took on a small bathroom renovation for our first one room challenge.

The plan is to completely transform my bathroom from worn out and just-plain-sad to fresh, clean and contemporary filled with nature-inspired touches. 

The One Room Challenge is an event that that takes place twice a year: once in the Spring and the other time in Fall.  DIYers of all types and from all over the globe take part in this challenge to finish one room in their home and share in their transformation and creativity.

If you’re new here, let me introduce ourselves. I’m Sonja, one half of a craft and DIY blogging duo with my sister Jane. Although she has her own home and DIY projects on the go, I’m hoping {insert obvious hint here} she’ll pop over and lend me a hand for my bathroom reno. And since this is the only bathroom in my house with a shower that gets used by my husband and 9 year old daughter, I have no choice but to complete this project quickly and efficiently. So my fingers (and toes) are crossed that most things will run smoothly.  Otherwise, it’ll be a pretty stinky few weeks in my home.

Although we’re not new to DIY renovations, we’ve also tackled a makeover in almost every room of our small 2 bedroom family cottage, each new remodel has its own unique challenges! Stop by and take a look at the completed orchard view bedroom, lakeside bedroom, updated coastal bathroom and kitchen.

Over the next six weeks we’ll be breaking down the renovation of this room week by week and sharing a series of DIY’s with you that will go roughly as follows:

Week 1 (you are here): The before photos and the moodboard

Week 2: Bathtub and tiling project

Week 3: Drywall and paint  

Week 4: Installing plank vinyl flooring over the existing tile  

Week 5: Install the new vanity and double sink counter top plus some fun accessories

Week 6: The final reveal!

The Before Vanity

Seems simple enough when it’s broken down like that, however, the full list of projects is more like this (gulp):

  • Demo old tub and tile
  • Remove old vanity
  • Remove built in storage cabinets
  • Install new tub
  • Tile bathtub surround
  • Install glass enclosure
  • Re-drywall damaged walls
  • Mud drywall
  • Paint walls and ceilings
  • Replace exhaust fan
  • Lay luxury vinyl plank flooring over existing ceramic floor tiles
  • Install new double vanity and counter tops
  • Install new faucets
  • Hang mirrors
  • Install new light fixture
  • DIY wood shelving
  • DIY bench seat

I’m sure there’s plenty I’m missing but I’ll figure it out as I go with the help of my handy hubby, who thankfully to keep costs down, will be doing the majority of the work. Next week I’ll be sharing on update on our new tub and shower install. Wish us luck!

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Diane Rath

Wednesday 10th of April 2019

I’ve used that matte black dela faucet in a recent project and will be using it again on another one! It’s perfect for your space! Best of luck with the Reno!

Leslea - A Heart Filled Home

Wednesday 10th of April 2019

What a beautiful plan for your bathroom! That bathtub is dreamy! Can't wait to follow along!

Corinna - TheBohoAbode

Friday 5th of April 2019

I love that bright blue in your previous made over spaces! I did a bathroom for ORC one year and I'm still traumatized haha. I'm really excited to see your room evolve. The plans are stunning!


Friday 5th of April 2019

Your mood board looks like what I want to do in my master bathroom - I'll definitely be following along! Can't wait to see how it turns out :)


Thursday 4th of April 2019

I can't wait to see how this comes out! That bathtub is so so good!

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