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Bathroom Demo Continues – ORC Week 3

This week I’m sharing an update about how our bathroom demo has been going, and the plans for the last few weeks of the One Room Challenge! We’ve hit a few bumps in the road which has delayed things, but I’m hoping we can still make our deadline!

Bathroom Demo - ORC Week 3
WEEK 1 | WEEK 2 | WEEK 3 | WEEK 4 | WEEK 5 | WEEK 6

The One Room Challenge has been going for 10 years now, and it is such a fun way to join in with others who are tackling a space in their own homes! It is a place where you can find inspiration and ideas for any room in your house. Check out the other designers and participants this year, as well as in past years!

Facing Challenges

The last few weeks have been challenging in multiple ways, but the biggest hurdle has been that Nic hurt his back. It isn’t serious thankfully, but it is still affecting the demo process and has had unfortunate timing! He is still taking it easy to get back to normal.

I also ran into issues while trying to cut the sink holes in the butcher block counter, so we had to find a way around that as well. I tried drilling holes in each corner, then going in with a jigsaw to connect the dots. The wood wasn’t cutting well so I abandoned that plan. With the advice of a friend, Nic decided to use our circular saw to cut the sink openings and had great success!

Now that we have our sink holes cut in the counter I plan to stain it and use multiple coats of polyurethane to seal it. Once it is ready to be installed we will anchor it from underneath the vanity, and then move onto installing the sinks and new faucets from Pfister!

Bathroom Demo - ORC Week 3

Moving The Light Box

Moving the vanity light required removing some drywall, and I took care of that last week. I used a level to draw straight lines down from the current location and used this multi-tool to cut through the drywall. The light box will be moved down to the bottom of the opening and then the drywall will be patched afterwards.

After we have the light box moved and drywall repaired, we will prep the wall for tile! I will be using this musclebound to attach the tile to the wall, then use grout in a dark grey color. It will be exciting to get to this step, which will make such a big difference in the room!

Bathroom Demo - ORC Week 3

Prepping For Board And Batten

I’m going to be adding a board and batten wall across from the toilet. That is the perfect spot to hang towels, so I’ll add hooks to the top horizontal board for all the girls’ towels!

The first step was to add backer board to the wall to cover the texture (an optional step, but I prefer this look to our textured walls!). I measured the space and we happened to have some extra backer board that I had to trim a bit to fit the space. I love when we can re-use leftover materials for projects!

Then I found the studs with my favorite stud finder and used our brad nailer to nail the backer board to the wall. After I add the batten boards I’ll move on to adding wood filler, caulk, and painting it to match the doors and door trim!

Bathroom Demo - ORC Week 3

To-Do List

  • Stain Counter
  • Seal Counter
  • Install Sinks & Faucets
  • Install Tile Backsplash
  • Paint Vanity
  • Paint Walls
  • Tile Floor
  • Finish Board and Batten

It’s a long list, hopefully we can get it all done in time for the reveal week! Follow along for updates!

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