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FALL 2018 ORC, WEEK ONE: ART DECO INSPIRED MASTER BATH MAKEOVER

This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for! The Fall 2018 One Room Challenge has officially arrived! I’m so amped up to see all the design inspo and so excited to be taking part in this incredible event for the very first time. Since I am a newbie, I’ve decided not to do anything too incredibly crazy or time consuming for sanity’s sake, especially with two kiddos under four years old who I’m responsible for one hundred percent of the time!

Now let’s get down to business, shall we? First of all, we recently renovated our bathroom when we first moved into our house. This was a few years ago now. Don’t get me wrong, our bathroom is really nice, but I’d like something with a little more pizazz. So I’ve decided to change things up a bit. When I initially designed our master bathroom, we were planning to flip our house like we’d done with our previous home. Since we were fixing it up to sell it, I wanted to make things as nice, neutral, and cheap as possible. Sure, we splurged here and there, especially as we started to realize we probably weren’t going to sell, but for the most part I tried to keep it pretty tame with the hopes of attracting a buyer that way.

Yeah sure, I love black, white, and anything in between. BUT I personally like some color thrown in here and there and I’m not sure if you know this about me, but I’m rather partial to PINK. Naturally, when thinking about how to make your master bath a little more interesting, painting your existing tile pink should always be a go-to. I mean, come on … nothing says glam like pink with a touch of brass. And what a better place to go out on a limb than in the bathroom?

So here’s the plan. First and foremost, I’m going to take the backsplash tile behind the sink all the way up to the ceiling, which I should have done in the first place, but, yet again … cheap and easy was the plan. Once I’m finished with that, I’m going to clean all of the existing tile and grout really well and seal the grout again. The grout we used is a medium gray and I’m not ruling out using a black grout paint/sealer combo on the floor grout, but I’m going to leave the sink backsplash and shower grout gray. There’s pretty much a zero percent chance that I’m painting all of those lines!

I’m going to paint the tile in the shower inset and the sink backsplash tile a really pretty muted blush called Gentle Butterfly by Benjamin Moore and I think the medium gray grout will look beautiful with it. But the paint I chose for the floor, another Benjamin Moore color called Coral Dust, is slightly darker than the backsplash tile color, so I’m not positive how the grout will look with it and I may decide to paint it black for that reason. I’m also contemplating painting the porcelain top of the sink the same color as the floor tile. And when I say “paint” the tile and sink top, I mean paint it with this.


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I decided to go for somewhat of an Art Deco glam feel to the space with the round mirror, blush, and brass pendant; but with black fixtures to keep it feeling current. I’m going to use the IKEA sink and cabinet we installed when we moved in because they’re very minimalist, they’re basically new, and I don’t really see any good reason to replace them. I noticed as I looked for inspiration for this project that all the bathrooms I was most drawn to were super modern, with round mirrors, black or brass fixtures, and lots of pink. In fact, the first image here is what got the wheels turning in the first place. It pretty much knocked my socks off the first time I saw it and I still just can’t get over it!

Again, I’m so excited to be taking part in this awesome event and I can’t wait to get busy and start sharing my weekly progress with y’all! Stay tuned because next week will be all about my tiling progress. Thanks so much for being here to cheer me on! It really means a lot!

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