Colorful Glam Bathroom - Phase 3 - Material Selections + Tile Layout - One Room Challenge - Week 3

We’re making great progress on the colorful glam bathroom project and this week we’re talking all about rough-ins, mapping out the fun tile installation, and final material choices as part of Week 3 of the One Room Challenge. If you’re new to this bathroom, check out our first two posts to see before pictures, the design plan, and our never-before-seen tile install.

First up - Demo and Rough-in

The demo and rough-in for this bathroom is pretty straightforward. We’re keeping all of the plumbing in the same spot except moving the shower head over a few inches as well as up about 6. We’re moving it up because this is a loft with 10-12’ ceilings (depending on the room you’re in) and they put in a silly drop ceiling in the bathroom, which we’re tearing out. Having that extra ceiling height means putting the shower head up a bit will bring a bit of texture and bling closer to the ceiling. A small design touch that will go a long way visually once the space is done.

In addition to raising the ceiling we’re removing the partial wall in the shower and doing a curbless shower pan.

I’m including a couple before pics so you can see what we’ve removed. I forgot to take a pic that showed the dropped ceiling so you’ll just have to visualize it. But at least you can see how cavernous the bathroom shower area was with that half wall and tiny shower door!

Before Pictures and Tile Layout in Blue Tape

Drawing out the tile Installation

I swear I come up with ideas and they often seem easy in my head, but when it comes to mapping them out I uncover a ton of nuances I need to sort out. I actually LOVE this part of the process but also find it interesting that it happens to me all the time. I am a glutton for punishment!

In the video you’ll see we have the shower pan poured and Durock up on the walls, meaning all rough-ins are complete. I re-taped out the tile in blue painters tape. And you get a sneak peak at the tile!

Materials

We’ve chosen the size for the custom shower glass, size for custom mirror, both wall and floor tiles, vanity top, faucet, shower head, chandelier and color for the custom vanity. Let’s get to it.

I’m keeping the rendering in here for reference, so for those who read last week’s post sorry for the repeat.

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I wanted the grooves in the vanity to be equidistant from each other all the way around, meaning where the 2 doors meet up couldn’t be another gap, it had to appear like another groove. And where the doors met the cabinet on the side had to make sense as a groove too, not just a gap. I know. fussy. But beauty is all in the details and my cabinet guy is amazing so it’s really just up to my brain and he can make it happen.

I wanted the grooves in the vanity to be equidistant from each other all the way around, meaning where the 2 doors meet up couldn’t be another gap, it had to appear like another groove. And where the doors met the cabinet on the side had to make sense as a groove too, not just a gap. I know. fussy. But beauty is all in the details and my cabinet guy is amazing so it’s really just up to my brain and he can make it happen.

Vanity paint color. I realize from a blog perspective that this isn’t a pretty image. But I am using it to share the importance of making really large samples before investing in a $275 matte enamel paint job on a small bathroom vanity. Most paint stores sell small samples now, so taking the time to make 3-5 and putting them in the room where the final piece will be so you can see them in that light throughout the day is SO IMPORTANT. So, ugly blog picture? Yup. But a must-have in design? Yup Yup.

Vanity paint color. I realize from a blog perspective that this isn’t a pretty image. But I am using it to share the importance of making really large samples before investing in a $275 matte enamel paint job on a small bathroom vanity. Most paint stores sell small samples now, so taking the time to make 3-5 and putting them in the room where the final piece will be so you can see them in that light throughout the day is SO IMPORTANT. So, ugly blog picture? Yup. But a must-have in design? Yup Yup.

The inside of the shape will be this multi-grey penny tile. We went with these tiles because they’re smaller circles than most penny tiles and a mix of gloss and matte in each sheet. These are custom ordered through one of our vendors but you may be able to get them online at Home Depot.

The inside of the shape will be this multi-grey penny tile. We went with these tiles because they’re smaller circles than most penny tiles and a mix of gloss and matte in each sheet. These are custom ordered through one of our vendors but you may be able to get them online at Home Depot.

As with the grey tile, the white is a mix of glossy and matte tiles on each sheet, so while it’s white it actually has a lot of dimension and movement to it. These are custom ordered through one of our vendors but you may be able to get them online at Home Depot.

As with the grey tile, the white is a mix of glossy and matte tiles on each sheet, so while it’s white it actually has a lot of dimension and movement to it. These are custom ordered through one of our vendors but you may be able to get them online at Home Depot.

We chose an affordable and simple chrome  faucet  but with a little uniqueness in the handles.

We chose an affordable and simple chrome faucet but with a little uniqueness in the handles.

We ended up finding this 3” thick  Carrara marble countertop  at Wayfair, and had to order 4 of them because they kept arriving damaged! This was the first time I didn’t do a custom stone countertop and it’ll be the last. So much for trying to save my client a couple hundred bucks. At the end of the day it set us back in both time and budget. Wayfair customer service was great but this item should never be shipped with one mail person expected to lift it and deliver it themselves. For reference, this is about $540 after tax and getting this custom made would be more like $650-800 depending on where you live and fabrication costs.

We ended up finding this 3” thick Carrara marble countertop at Wayfair, and had to order 4 of them because they kept arriving damaged! This was the first time I didn’t do a custom stone countertop and it’ll be the last. So much for trying to save my client a couple hundred bucks. At the end of the day it set us back in both time and budget. Wayfair customer service was great but this item should never be shipped with one mail person expected to lift it and deliver it themselves. For reference, this is about $540 after tax and getting this custom made would be more like $650-800 depending on where you live and fabrication costs.

The  shower faucet  is somewhat affordable in that it packs a big design punch but without a $800+ price tag. It’s around $400 so is that the most affordable one on the market? No, not by any means. But as mentioned above, this is both functional but also a design piece in the space so we wanted something bold.

The shower faucet is somewhat affordable in that it packs a big design punch but without a $800+ price tag. It’s around $400 so is that the most affordable one on the market? No, not by any means. But as mentioned above, this is both functional but also a design piece in the space so we wanted something bold.

We’re painting this  light fixture  a bright brass color. It has the perfect amount of glam to it that our client loves and the price can’t be beat at $100. It doesn’t throw much light but we added 4 can lights to the space and with the huge custom mirror on the wall those will provide so much light that I bet she dims them. For the most part this light is just for looks and to soften up the hard materials in the bathroom.

We’re painting this light fixture a bright brass color. It has the perfect amount of glam to it that our client loves and the price can’t be beat at $100. It doesn’t throw much light but we added 4 can lights to the space and with the huge custom mirror on the wall those will provide so much light that I bet she dims them. For the most part this light is just for looks and to soften up the hard materials in the bathroom.

Next Week


Next week we’ll be done with the tile. You won’t want to miss this reveal! I will do lots of video so you can get a feeling for being in the space.

Thanks so much for following along (make sure to follow us on Instagram where we do daily updates!) and don’t forget to check out all the other ORC participants!

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