This is the last week to tie up all of the loose ends in the bathroom renovation. Aka, crunch time, or “don’t do anything else but work on the bathroom time.” I’m so excited to finish it so we can have a little relaxation. My husband has been such a trooper- he’s worked on the bathroom every minute he hasn’t been at work (thanks babe!).
The One Room Challenge usually is a 6 week thing, but this year they added one more week- and thank goodness! We need it! As a recap, here are all of the weekly progress posts if you need to catch up: The last we left off with week 5 the toilet and floors had just been installed. Here’s the links to week 4, week 3, week 2 and week 1.
above the sink
This week, we tackled the area above the sink. There used to be one light, but I wanted two sconces on either side of the mirror. Here’s the before photo from a few weeks ago.
My husband rewired the light, we patched the drywall, and installed the two sconces. It took awhile to get to this point, but I was so excited for it because it meant that I could wallpaper!
I started in the corner and put up enough that I could hang the towel bar. I was so, so excited! Finally, pretty progress!
The drywall needed more patching. So, I pretended that I knew what I was doing, and with the help of YouTube got the wall looking pretty decent.
We also had to move the light switch up so we didn’t have to tile around it. Previously, it had been really crocked so we fixed that too. That meant more drywall patching and texturing.
Next, it was time for more wallpapering! I cut the wallpaper out around the sconces, which was pretty tricky, but ended up looking SO good!
I made myself a template of the sconce and then traced it onto the wallpaper and cut it out. If you are going to wallpaper around a sconce, make sure to trace it before it is up, it’ll be a lot easier that way. I think that most people would wallpaper before the sconce is installed, but because those are our only lights in that dark room, we needed them up asap.
Next, we decided to tackle the shower tile. Because this is our only bathroom, we are redoing it one section at a time. Last week we didn’t have a toilet, a few weeks ago we didn’t have a sink. I will admit, it is strange to have one corner of the bathroom totally complete and the other side getting demolished:
The old bathroom tile was an off-white color, badly stained, and mostly I wanted it to match the rest of the tile in the bathroom. A fresh start! Plus, the plan is for the tile to go to the top of the ceiling when before it stopped a few feet short of the ceiling. Here’s a before picture for reference:
the to do list
So that is where we are right this second. We have A LOT to wrap up. Here’s the to do list:
- finish putting up cement board in the shower
- tile the shower
- grout the shower
- install wood beams outside of the shower
- finish the floor tile
- tile the small wall between the shower and the door
- install the shower fixtures
- install crown molding (fill holes and paint it too)
- hang hooks, shelves, art
- finish fixing outlet and light switches
- finish wallpapering
- caulk where needed
- make a bath tray
Wish us luck and make sure to check back next week with the grand reveal! I wanted a pretty picture to end this post, so I pulled out the accessories. Its going to be good! A big thanks to Overstock.com for providing most of the items for this bathroom. I am so, so thrilled with how its turning out and I couldn’t have done it without them!
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