One Room Challenge: Main Bathroom

It’s here! The One Room Challenge has arrived! And I’m so excited to share that I’m one of the 20 featured designers again! This past fall, I created a virtual space for the ORC, and I’m SO thrilled to announce, that for this spring’s challenge, I’m completely transforming a real live space: our main bathroom! Can you believe after all these years, I’m finally sharing our main bathroom and finally renovating it?? I’ve been talking about this for so long, I can’t believe it’s time to actually do it.

So, let me start by explaining what the One Room Challenge is, in case you’re new to it. It was started by Linda Weinstein of Calling It Home, and the media sponsor is Better Homes & Gardens. This time around, it’s an eight week design challenge, where 20 chosen designers, along with hundreds of guest participants, cheer each other on while they make over a space from top to bottom. I like to think of it as a cheerleading challenge. Nevermind the fact that I cheered in high school. Lol. I like support and camaraderie, folks. And this challenge provides both. Making over a room is more stressful than you think, especially when gutting it and starting from scratch. It helps to be doing this alongside others; cheering for them and having them cheer for you. So, let’s start!

Today’s post is all about showing you the bathroom in its current state. It’s a doozy, friends. Prepare your eyeballs. Yes, it’s a great size and will provide an excellent blank slate once everything’s out. I recognize that there are bathrooms that are much worse, but let’s show you the goods (or should I say “the bads?”) and discuss what’s not working. Whether it’s because I don’t love it or because it’s literally broken! Here ya go, guys.

The Before…

Bring on all the emojis of the monkey hiding its face. This bathroom isn’t pretty. Nothing about it is my style. (Hello, handmade drapes with fabric circa 2000) And I believe the layout isn’t making the most use of the awesome 10×15 ft scale of it. Let’s move things around, shall we?

What’s changing?

For starters, to make better use of space, instead of using two separate vanities, we’re going for a double vanity. I know lots of people like their separate space, but most of the time, we always used one sink unless we both needed to use one at the same time. Doing a double vanity on one wall, frees up the other wall to center a clawfoot tub! The tub I picked out is so good. Can’t wait to show you! And just to show you that it isn’t all because of “the looks” of it, look what has happened to our vanity countertop …

Yup, those are my necklaces hanging from a towel rod. Lol! People always ask me how I store them. This has been how! Planning to transfer these to our closet.

I have no idea how or why it warped like that, but between that, some missing hardware, and some water damage, these vanities have to go!

As far as lighting, the ceiling light that’s over the current tub will be centered over the new one. And another light change I’m super excited about it removing the overhead vanity lights, and using wall sconces between mirrors instead- better for getting yourself ready!

And of course, the tile is also changing: floor, shower walls, and shower floor. I’m really excited about the tile in the shower. I’m taking the tile all the way up the wall to the ceiling, and I’m smitten with the unique tile I’ve found for a niche (as oppose to the hanging storage on the shower head!)

As far as the window, I’m saying goodbye to the ill-fitting, impractical, not-so-pretty drapes, and trading them for a custom Roman shade!

Let’s talk doors. We actually removed the door to the closet when I installed a closet unit last year. I’m hoping to replace it with a sliding barn door. I know when you think “barn door” you think “farmhouse.” But there’s two things I’m considering: either a super sleek, modern one, OR I’d love to find an old salvaged door. It’s been so much fun to search eBay for this! I’ll keep you posted.

As for the other side of the room, this part isn’t set in stone, but I’d really love to replace the door to the water closet (small room with the toilet) with a pocket door. It’ll avoid a door hitting the tub when it swings open. And speaking of the water closet, that space will be wallpapered! Just another reason I want a pocket door there- I’d love it to stay open the majority of time so we can see into it!

Let’s talk plumbing! We’re replacing these faucets…

Make sure to visit next week to see the faucets I’m replacing them with, along with allllll of my other selections! I’ll be sharing the mood board and talking all about the reasons behind my decisions. The one thing I truly believe is, every room should tell a story. I’m really feeling good about the story that’s coming together for this space.

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This Article Has 10 Comments
  1. Kristy says:

    I CANNOT wait to see you work your magic!!! I know it’s going to be amazing!!!!!

  2. Alia says:

    I am so excited to see everything you have picked out for this space! It’s going to be gorgeous.

  3. Rema says:

    I’m sure it’s going to be stunning! Can’t wait 🤩

  4. Jewel says:

    Oh man. You’ve been saving a gem of a room. Can’t wait to see this!

  5. Iris says:

    I’m excited to follow along, Haneen! It’s going to be great!

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