One Room Challenge

Fall 2020 One Room Challenge: Week 2 – Bathroom Renovation

Hi there Emtek visitors! Amy here again—it’s Week 2 of the Fall 2020 One Room Challenge and due to the rules of the game and the Thursday posting schedule, I am mostly ready to share our plans for this 2nd space. While not as large as the kitchen plans from last week, the bathroom is no small task to take on simultaneously. In an effort to maximize the next 5 weeks of the challenge and every available waking moment I have left on the countdown clock, I’m going to try to keep this short and sweet so it doesn’t cut into my ambitious construction time too much.  

First, the before/current situation:

Note the western coyote bathtub tile. It’s truly something.

And here’s a bit of inspo of where this is headed:

I haven’t quite decided on the orientation of the muted green subway tile yet. The vertical feels more modern but still trying to stay true to the era of the house in some small ways. Do you prefer the vertical or the staggered? 

Currently the space is a 1.75 bath that is 7’x7’. There is a shared bathtub/shower and a small storage closet that reaches from the outside of the hallway into the bathroom. We’ll be installing a pocket door with one of Emtek’s many great pocket door lock options to help maximize the limited space (probably something like this. And will of course be utilizing a variety of Emtek bathroom accessories like our Transitional Paper Holder and Towel Bar.

To honor the 100 year old history, the floor will be a classic Carrara 2” hexagon tile and we’re hoping to salvage the headboard wainscoting already present in the room but will paint it a creamy white. The remaining upper part of the wall will be a neutral gray. We are also adding a separate clawfoot tub at the back of the room under the window and a large-ish walk-in shower behind the existing swing door and across from the vanity. 

Because one of the 4 walls is currently half closet and half bathtub/shower, we will likely need to continue the green tiling all along this wall, unless we can match the existing beadboard. Will this look odd? It’s possible! Will I know before it’s too late? Unlikely! So this is a TBD following demolition later this week but keeping my fingers crossed we can make something work. 

We are trying to stick with a mostly neutral metal theme of Polished Nickel with a few variations in the cabinet hardware and the bath fixtures. 

The 36” vanity was on sale a few weeks back via Joss & Main and comes with a marble top (but will be getting a Schaub & Company cabinet hardware upgrade yet to be determined—but that I hope you’ll help me decide on): 

We are also adding a built-in medicine cabinet from Rejuvenation, with a polished nickel latch and beveled mirror.

Here’s the lighting and the faucet

While I am not currently sponsored by Wayfair in any way whatsoever, I relied heavily on their extensive product offerings and highly recommend all of their adjacent brands. 🙂 

There will also be a small linen closet added outside the bathroom— AKA another opportunity for me to demonstrate Schaub’s extensive and beautiful product line. 

Maybe something like one of these?: 

https://schaubandcompany.com/products/collections/sonata

https://schaubandcompany.com/products/collections/chemin-de-fer

I think that’s it for now! There is still a bit up in the air as we determine what the situation is with the existing plumbing and what’s behind the walls. I’m sure next week will be a journey all its own— stay tuned for demo on both spaces in Week 3 and thank you for following along! 

xx 

Amy 

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