May 2020 - Dimples and Tangles

ONE ROOM CHALLENGE: MASTER BATHROOM- TILE AND COUNTERTOPS {WEEK 4}


Welcome back for another One Room Challenge update!  Lots of big things are happening, this week we have new tile and countertops and I couldn't be happier with how things are coming along!




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Before we proceed, if you need to you can catch up on what you've missed in previous weeks here:


When we wrapped last week's update all of the old flooring was up and a self-leveler was dry on the floor ready for tile.  But before the new tile started going in, the countertops were ready to be installed!  We used the same material that was used in the Kids' Bathroom, 3 cm True White Quartz.  I wanted a bright, pure white with no veining or speckle or pattern, and this is it!  We worked with a local Oklahoma company, Hom Kitchen and Bath, and they really helped talk me through options so that I got exactly what I had in mind.  


When it came time for the install, they were very professional and courteous.  Since we were working with our existing mirrors that were staying in place, the backsplash wasn't quite the right size so they trimmed those down and returned the next day to install them.  I missed a photo at that point but they're a perfect fit now! They also installed the undermount sinks.


(*OKC friends... This is a long shot, but we came up short on quartz and need just enough for the tub surround.  It is only sold by the slab which is too much so I'm hoping to find a remnant/partial slab somewhere around town that's big enough.  If any local readers happen to know where I might find a piece of True White Quartz maybe left over from another job please let me know! I'd love to have a piece about 77x38" but could possibly go a little smaller if we have to and seam pieces together.)

The plumber was also on hand to install the vanity fixtures.  Again, we used the same line that we used in the kids' bathroom, but chose widespread handles here rather than the single handle that we used there.  I love the simple, modern style mixed with the more traditional elements that will be in the room.


So with that done, the tile installer returned and got to work on the shower and floor.  Remember, my goals for this bathroom are traditional and classic (and as budget friendly as possible!) for all of the major features, so I'm using a 4x10 white subway tile.  For a bit more detail though I chose one that has a bit of texture to it when the light hits it right.  You can see the texture a little here in the reflection.  


I originally thought about doing a simple white penny tile for the shower floor, but after doing the hex tile in the kids' bathroom I liked it so much I changed my mind to a smaller scale white hex for the shower floor.  But, I wanted to jazz it up a bit.  Again, I didn't want anything to really command attention here, just small details.  So, I wanted to mix in a different colored tile here and there so I decided on gray to blend with the bathroom floor tile that you'll see in a minute.  I made that decision almost last minute, so after searching local in-stock options the only gray hex tiles I could find that were the right size and color were part of this patterned tile-


So I bought several sheets of it and we just popped out all of the gray ones.  My walk-in shower is a weird shape, so the tile installer got all of the white tile sheets cut to size, then laid it all out on the patio so his partner could work on popping out tiles where the gray ones would go while he still worked inside.  Brilliant idea!  And by the way we're so, so pleased with his work.  He works with his sister and they both couldn't be nicer.  He was happy to help me work through some decisions, I felt like I could ask him anything and it wouldn't ruffle or annoy him, and when we needed to change something here and there he easily agreed without making me feel like it would bother him- he wanted us to be 100% pleased!  I highly recommend him if you're in the OKC area, email me and I'll be happy to share his contact info!


I love how the almost polka-dot looking pattern turned out and like it so much more than if we had just done a plain white floor.  You know I've got to get a little color and pattern in there!  ;)


We chose to use the larger floor tile on the shower curb and we'll be adding a frameless shower door here as well.


Remember that glass block window into the shower with the hamper underneath it on the bathroom side?  We kept a portion of that opening and used it for the shower niche.  I considered several patterned tiles for a little feature in the niche...


but in the end just ended up using the same pattern that we did on the floor.  It still needed to be caulked here but those little dots just make me happy, a little whimsy thrown in with the classic.  We also used all of the same brass Schluter trim that we did in the other bathroom for the edges.  I made sure that the top section was tall enough for even the largest shampoo bottles with a pump, the smaller is for soap, razors, etc., and the cut out at the bottom is to prop my leg up for shaving.


Fixtures are installed and you can see a little more of the tile texture here.


Now, on to the floor tile!  I knew I wanted white and some kind of marble pattern, and landed on a 12x24 but had several options in how heavy the marble veining was.  


Keeping in mind the busy wallpaper that I plan to use, I didn't really want a strong pattern in the tile competing with that, so I chose the one with the lightest amount of veining.  It's still enough to have some interest, but doesn't really command attention.  This was a porcelain tile in stock tile at Floor and Decor, but was on clearance at the time so I don't have any information on it to share.  They had several others that were really similar that were all affordable options as well. 

Leopard Slides- my most worn sandal!


We decided on a herringbone pattern, talked through the layout and orientation with Moises, and I was thrilled once we started to see it come together.



The grout was probably the hardest decision of all!


Since the colors in the shower and floor were so similar, I wanted to use the same grout color in both places.  I was torn between two colors- Warm Gray (more brown-gray hues. below right) and Rain (more blue-gray hues, below left).  After much consultation with Moises considering the lighting in the room, I decided on the Warm Gray.  It's so hard to decide based on those tiny little samples!


The grout lines on the floor are so slim that I guess it might not have made a huge difference, but they're more pronounced in the shower and I'm pleased with how the color turned out both places.


After the tile was complete the plumber came to install all of the faucets and reset the toilet. So even though it's not all pretty yet, we're happy to have a functional bathroom again! 



We're getting very close to the end of all of the "hired out" work and are facing to a long "to-do" list of cosmetic projects that we are DIYing ourselves to get this bathroom finished up.  

Thanks so much for checking in on our progress this week,  don't miss seeing what the other participants are up to as well!  





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ONE ROOM CHALLENGE: MASTER BATHROOM- DEMO! {WEEK 3}


Thank you all for sharing my excitement after seeing the design plan for my Master Bath makeover last week.  I'm so excited to see it all come to life!  I also appreciate your input about the chandelier and the rug situation.  I'm now certain that the chandelier will be centered in the room but am still undecided on a rug.  I love the idea of one large rug in the center, but not sure that I want to just cover up all of pretty new tile we put in.  I know something will work out in time...

If my amazing photos in today's post (ha, right!) caught your attention in the guest participant link up and you're visiting for the first time today, I'm so glad you're here!  Catch up on what you've missed here:

Moving on to this week's One Room Challenge update-  I have absolutely nothing pretty to show you!  But in this scenario, progress itself is beautiful, right?  So without further adieu... IT'S #DEMODAY!!!  (P.S.-I had some trouble yesterday with my last post not going out to e-mail subscribers, so if you missed it there IS something pretty to see there!)

I mentioned previously that we're hiring out the tile demo and installation, and that's the first thing on the list to get done.  But first, we had to prep for the tile work by removing the old whirlpool tub.


Super thankful for a handy brother-in-law and sister who came to help us muscle that beast out of there.  We hoped to sell, donate, or give it away so someone else would haul it off for us, so we about did some permanent damage to our bodies trying to get it out in one piece.


We were successful at removing it intact, but couldn't get rid of it so we ended up breaking it up after all to make it easier to dispose of.  I think Ray might have enjoyed that job of smashing it all up!



The next day, our demo hero tile guy came in and worked to get the shower all torn out.



We planned to take the tile a few feet higher than it was previously, so he got that drywall all cut out and cleared.  The glass block shower window is gone too!


Next, he got everything covered (we were still working around demo at this point and using our vanities and closets at night) and ready to demo the floor. 


After tearing out the tile floor (worth every penny of hiring that out!!) he also helped us remove the countertops... an angel! (He said demo is his favorite part.)  :)   And we're super thankful for the kids' new bathroom at this point since we're all sharing it!


In preparation for the new tile he poured a self-leveler on the floor throughout the main part of the bath and the water closet where the new tile will go.



So that leaves us ready for tile.  LOTS of decisions to make there and I'll share it all with you next week, as well as how it's looking with it all installed.  #spoileralert... I LOVE IT!

Thanks so much for checking in on our progress this week,  don't miss seeing what the other participants are up to as well!  



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I PAINTED MY CHINA CABINET {GREEN CHINA CABINET MAKEOVER}


There's been a project looming for several years that I've wanted to tackle, but other things kept jumping on the "to-do" list ahead of it.  However, since we've had so much time at home and I had all of the supplies on hand, I finally buckled down and painted my china cabinet!  But if you've been a fan of the green china cabinet, never fear!  It's still green, just a slightly different shade.


When I originally painted the cabinet green 7 years ago (I can't believe it's been that long!) after agonizing over green paint sample after green paint sample, when I stared at it day after day I noticed that the color really had some yellow undertones.  I didn't necessarily choose the wrong color at the time, but when I would use anything that was my favorite "Meadow Green" spray paint color on the table it would clash with the china cabinet.  It especially started bugging me last year when I updated the Dining Room and brought in the green and navy chairs... the green in the chair did not play well with the shade of the china cabinet.  Here's an example-



At this point you might think I'm crazy and not really notice the difference in photos, but in real life it's very apparent.  This photo that I snapped before I painted might help illustrate the difference...


I've actually had the paint for almost a year and at the time just had a color match done to the Meadow Green spray paint.  However, I recently came across Behr's "Crown Jewel" and it's a near if not perfect match.  So to make it easy and not have to mess with color matching, let's just say that the new color is Crown Jewel!  ;)  This is actually the same color that I'm going to use on my bathroom vanities when I paint them in the next few weeks as well.




In an upcoming post I'm going to share the painting process for this piece, what I used, etc. so watch for that next week.  But for today I just wanted to share all of the pretty pics!




Did the new butterfly artwork happen to catch your eye?  I'll share more about that (I had it printed for free!) in an upcoming post as well.


I'm so glad to have this project marked off the list, painting a china cabinet is a beast!  Because my peonies bloomed and I couldn't resist, I'll leave you with one more pic that I snapped after the above photo shoot...




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TARGET OPALHOUSE FAVORITES


Happy Monday everyone!  I hope you all had a nice weekend.  For the past few weeks we've been doing so many random (quarantine) projects around the house and taking advantage of some gorgeous weather to work outside.  Most of those  projectsnever make the blog, I usually just share quick snippets on Instagram.  Maybe I need to do a big round up post of all of those things to share with you here!  I haven't done much on my Master Bathroom One Room Challenge makeover though.  I need to get moving because that finish line is going to be here before I know it!


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ONE ROOM CHALLENGE: MASTER BATHROOM- DESIGN PLAN {WEEK 2}


Hi friends, welcome back for my Week 2 update for the One Room Challenge!  This Spring my husband and I are finally tackling a long overdue Master Bathroom Makeover.  If you missed the proof of our dire renovation need, be sure to see all of the "before" photos in last week's post.  After scarring you eyeballs with those beauties, let's focus on prettier things this week as I share our Master Bathroom design plan with you!

I believe I mentioned last week that part of the reason this makeover has taken so long to happen is totally my fault, I just could not decide on a direction I wanted to go with the design.  It didn't help that I love so many different styles and designs, I just couldn't make up my mind!  I knew I wanted it to be classic, timeless, and traditional, but for me that includes a huge dose of color as well.  After years of browsing blogs, Pinterest (follow my Bathrooms inspiration board here), and magazines for inspiration, my creative wheels starting turning and things finally fell in to place.  So without further delay... here's the plan!


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GRADUATION GIFT GUIDE


Graduation season is upon us, and although our grads are tragically missing their graduation ceremony and parties, we can and should still shower them with lots of love!  Honestly, I've always been a little stumped for graduation gift ideas.  I mean cash is always an obvious choice (and very much appreciated if the grad is saving up for something big like a computer to use at school), but sometimes one might be looking to give something a bit more personal.  Well now that I've had a past graduate who received some super thoughtful gifts last year, I feel like I can pass along some great Graduation Gift Guide suggestions to you!


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ONE ROOM CHALLENGE: MASTER BATHROOM- BEFORE PHOTOS {WEEK 1}


Here we go again... it's been years since I've participated in a One Room Challenge Project.  I think it's taken me that long to recover and get psyched up to take on another project with a deadline!  And obviously, if you followed along with me through the Kids' Bathroom Makeover that started last Fall and didn't wrap up until earlier this Spring, it's clear that I need a deadline to finish a big project in a timely manner.  In the past I've participated three times, 5 years ago with our Master Bedroom, 4 years ago with our Powder Bath, and 2 years ago with my daughter's room.  This time, I'm so excited to be renovating our Master Bathroom.  You'll see, it's a project that is way, way, way overdue!

Master Bedroom ORC (more recent bedroom refresh post here)

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FIVE FRIDAY FAVORITES


For me these days seem to drag on at times, today the same as yesterday, but boy it seems like Friday came quickly this week!   It helps so much when the weather is beautiful as well.  And, the peonies in my yard are blooming... what could be better??  I've been working on a paint project this week that you've seen if you follow me on Instagram.  I'm waiting on a few finishing touches and will be ready to share it here soon!  Also, another round of the One Room Challenge starts next week and I'm thinking of jumping in and participating.  I need a bit of accountability and a deadline to get a certain project rolling and finished.  I've been a little unmotivated to blog lately but feel that I'm getting past that hump and have several things that I just need to sit down and write up to share with you... some small makeovers, a little travel, a few tutorials and possibly some food and fashion.   However, I'd always like to hear any suggestions of what you'd like to see posts about here, too!  Just leave any ideas in the comments or feel free to message me on Facebook or Instagram


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