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The Bathroom : One Room Challenge – Week 4

Black and White pendant We’re officially into Week 4 of the One Room Challenge and I’m honestly feeling pretty good about it! We also received word yesterday that they’re extending the challenge by one week. That gives everyone a little more time to complete and style their spaces. Honestly, the only thing I have yet to nail down is framing the artwork. That’s my plan for today. Everything else has already arrived and is set for installation. I’m patting myself on the back over here for getting my sh** together and being organized this time around. So, what’s happening this week? Click through to find out!

In case you missed the first few weeks, no worries… catch up here: Week 1 (before images and the design plan) //  Week 2 (demo and prep) // Week 3 (tile) .

Last week we tiled the bathroom and right after that wrapped up, we had the bathtub professionally resurfaced. That wasn’t exactly apart of the plan, because the original bathtub was in great shape- but Emmett dropped a hammer while tiling and it totally dented the bathtub (in a very bad way)… see the below image.

How-to-Repair-a-Bathtub Don’t worry folks, those little chips can be fixed… but for a pretty penny.

Refinished-Bathtub This added about $500 to the project, but it was necessary to repair the tub and resurface the material back to a bright white. They basically mask everything off, then re-coat the entire bathtub with porcelain spray.


Bathtub-Refinishing-101 We pretty much DIY and renovate everything in our home ourselves, but this is a project I would never take on. I wanted to make sure the bathtub was protected from cracking, chipping, and discoloration in the future, so we relied on a professional. It turned out really great and was probably for the better.

bathtub-before-and-after You can read more about the bathtub refinishing process in this post.

Aside from the bathtub being resurfaced, we’ve been working on electrical. The old light switch was super dated and had to go- it also wasn’t to code (or very safe).

Bad Light Switch

Electrical Wiring Emmett replaced the entire box and I picked out a new, modern looking backplate that was fitted for two light controls and outlets (rather than one of each).

Updated Outlet Emmett also removed the existing lights, added brand new wiring, repositioned the flush mount (because it wasn’t centered in the room), and installed a new fixture. The part you can’t see? The new wiring in the attic. He was honestly surprised our house hadn’t caught fire, because apparently it was a mess and not to code up there either. Luckily, he spent hours in the attic fixing and replacing everything.

Patching the Ceiling

Installing a Flush Mount Light Fixture

Installing Light Fixtures Check out what the new light fixture looks like…. although we still have lots of painting left to do.

Flushmount Ceiling Light My goal for the flush mount fixture, centered on the ceiling, was to have it blend in with the black ceiling paint, looking less noticeable. It was necessary because this space needs to be bright. It’s our one and only bathroom. Although it gets tons of natural light during the day, it’s really dark in the evening once the sun sets.

I opted for a pendant over the sink (as shown in the intro)… I also worked on painting the ceiling medallion that it will be paired with.


Process of Installing a Pendant Light

Painting a Ceiling Medallion Next week you should be seeing finished paint, trim, and a special detail related to the shower curtain! Stay tuned…

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    October 25, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    Oh my gosh, I’m so sorry about the hammer mishap. I could so see me doing that! But on the bright side, the tub looks brand new!

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      October 25, 2017 at 7:51 pm

      Ha! It happens. I feel like it was good for our bathtub anyway. I’m happy with it!

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    October 25, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    So many behind-the-scenes updates this week. Our house was an electrical nightmare, too and while it’s a huge pain to update, so worth the piece of mind in the end. Looking forward to seeing how next week comes along!

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      October 26, 2017 at 11:10 pm

      Totally! It’s always better to fix everything from the inside out, but I hate spending time on things nobody will ever see. We’re probably the only people who appreciate that sort of stuff. Ha! xox

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    October 26, 2017 at 4:36 am

    Oh I am sorry to hear about the bath tub incident, but on the bright side the refinish, while not originally in the budget, turned out fantastic!!! Love all you pictures it feel like I am right there with you guys! Can’t wait to see it finished those light fixture look really great.

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      October 26, 2017 at 11:12 pm

      Thanks Jen!! Best compliment ever. xox

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    Ashley - The Gold HIve
    October 26, 2017 at 5:30 am

    Dropping things in the shower absolutely horrifies me for that very reason. It happens to the best of us, no judgment, Emmett!

    Glad you’re on schedule and have your S together. Can’t say the same over here! ooooooh boy does that light fixture and dark ceiling look incredible!

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      October 26, 2017 at 11:15 pm

      Yours is coming right along!! Thank you though. We’ve had worse things happen while renovating, so I’m choosing to let that one go. hahah!

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    October 26, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    Your light fixture looks amazing!! The tub might have been an additional expense but in the long run that bright white is going to make such a difference. I am looking forward to seeing the finished space.

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      October 26, 2017 at 11:16 pm

      Thank you!! Ultimately, I’m glad we had the tub resurfaced, it’s cast iron and super heavy duty… so I wouldn’t have wanted to replace it anyway.

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    October 26, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    stinks about the hammer. that is so something that I would do!!!!

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      October 26, 2017 at 11:18 pm

      Ha! It’s those moments we just have to laugh. Emmett called and I was at a client’s house working on their kitchen, and he just said “we’re gonna need a new bathtub” … I was like “uhmmmm- explain yourself!!”

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    kate smith
    October 26, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    wow- that painted ceiling looks amazing! And I can’t believe how well the tub turned out!

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      October 26, 2017 at 11:19 pm

      Thank you, Kate!!

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    Marti | Project Palermo
    October 26, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    It’s looking great! Love that pendant and ceiling medallion combination.

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      October 26, 2017 at 11:21 pm

      Thank you! I’m so excited to see the ceiling medallion up there. Next week, fingers crossed!

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    Colette @ restyle it wright
    October 27, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    loving that old medallion! Looking gorgeous!!

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    Madeline | Teal and Gray
    October 27, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    Ouch to the bath tub. It does look much prettier after though!
    It’s looking amazing!

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      October 27, 2017 at 5:49 pm

      Thank you!!

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    October 27, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    the lighting looks good and i love the black ceiling!

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    October 30, 2017 at 3:54 am

    Love it! I didn’t even know you could refinish tubs like that. Looks great!

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    November 1, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    So sorry about the hammer mishap. I could totally see that happening to me, but on the bright side the tub looks amazing!! Great updates!

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    November 1, 2017 at 10:41 pm

    Loving the updates! The light is just gorgeous and what a great choice to paint the ceiling black- uber sophisticated!

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    November 2, 2017 at 3:39 am

    Wow you’re making great progress. I love the new pendant, it’s lovely. Can’t wait to see it all done.

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    Jessica | Petal + Ply
    November 5, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    Gorgeous new lighting! And the tub looks great too!

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      November 5, 2017 at 11:57 pm

      Thank you, Jessica!

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