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A Timeless and Classic Traditional Bathroom Renovation for the Spring 2019 One Room Challenge

by - Thursday, April 04, 2019

And just as the dining room makeover wraps up, it's time to move onto the next project. Time to get our renovation on and transform a room in just six weeks as part of the One Room Challenge! And I know we're seriously crazy because for this ORC we will be attempting a down-to-the-studs full bathroom renovation.


If you're not familiar with the ORC, it’s a twice a year challenge created by Linda of Calling It Home to renovate or makeover a room in just six weeks and give weekly updates of your progress along the way. I'm not gonna lie - even though in previous ORC challenges we've...

...transformed a living room from plain and purple to preppy and refined:


...brought tropical calm to a busy yellow dining room:



...and went from bold and awkward to serene and neutral in our master bedroom:



... this is our scariest and most ambitious ORC project ever! We have yet to do a single thing - this is happening in REAL TIME friends. And the plan is complicated. And it's full of things we have never, ever done. And I've ordered some products and delivery times are long so installation time will be very short.

Geez, I'm hyperventilating just thinking about it. Ready to hear about the plans?


Here's our bathroom. It's the main bathroom that we use and the only one with a tub. It's functional but needs updating. While it's a good size and gets great natural light, there's lots of things we don't love about it. Like the whirlpool tub. UGH. Is it just me or are jetted tubs gross and breeding grounds for grime? And the fact that the almond skirt doesn't match the white tub is just wrong. Basically, aside from the toilet which is in perfectly good condition, we are changing EVERYTHING in this room.


The bathroom renovation plan:
  • remove the whirlpool tub and replace with an alcove tub
  • replace the floor tile
  • replace the shower tile
  • replace the vanity and tower with a wider single vanity
  • replace the single wall light with three lights
  • change the housing of the recessed lights
  • replace the mirror
  • add laundry chute hole to the vanity
  • change the shower fixtures
  • remove the wall tile and possibly replace the drywall
  • add new shaker or board and batten trim to the walls
  • paint the trim and ceiling
  • change the door handle
  • sew a window treatment
  • install shelving, artwork, curtain, and hooks
All in SIX WEEKS. You can see the design mood board at the top of this post and I'll dive more into the details next week.

We're going to be mostly DIYing this entire thing and while we've done tile work before we haven't done things like rip out a tub or changed the plumbing for a shower. We might have to call the professionals in for that one.




I'm excited to say that we are working with some pretty fantastic sponsors for this major renovation. Once again, I'm partnering with The Home Depot Canada. We've done lots of fun projects with them over the years including our paver walkway, our beadboard panelling, and the super cute make believe station. They've got most everything we need for this job, from tile to the vanity to lighting, and next week, I'll share more about our design choices.

I'm also thrilled to work once again with Delta Faucet Canada. We put their matte black Trinsic faucet in our cottage bathroom and we have fixtures that are just as fabulous slotted for this space.

So that's the plan. The fun starts NOW and I hope you'll follow along here on the blog and on Instagram to watch our progress - or lack thereof, ha!

Wish us luck, friends. I think we're going to need it!



Disclosure: This post is sponsored by The Home Depot Canada and Delta Faucet Canada. All expressed opinions and experiences are my own words. Thank you for supporting the brands whose quality products I bring into my own home.

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