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Welcome to the One Room Challenge

As first time participants in the One Room Challenge, I’d say that we are beyond excited to share what we have planned to tackle over the next 8 weeks! If you’re new here, WELCOME! You can learn more about us here.

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So what is the One Room Challenge? It’s a biannual event held every April and October. Each round 20 design influencers are selected to take the challenge of being featured designers and transform one space in just 6 weeks!

(However, two additional weeks have been added to this round as supply and demand needs have been altered during the pandemic.)

Additionally, guest participants like ourselves are likewise invited to transform any given space during the same time frame. Each week designers and guest participants share their progress via the One Room Challenge platform as well as blogs and all forms of social media. Be sure to join us each week to check on our progress!

Of course if this isn’t exciting enough, two lucky guest participants with a blog will be selected by the editors of Better Homes & Gardens (who is the official media partner of this event) as Featured Designers for an upcoming ORC event! Surely that would be an unbelievable opportunity!

You can easily navigate through each week of this coastal inspired bathroom project.

-1st week: you are here

-2nd week: painting and faux shiplap wall installation

-3rd week: How to tile a shower like a pro, even if you’re not.

-4th week: How To Grout Tile stress free!

-5th week: How to install a hexagon bathroom floor tile

-6th week: How To Make an Affordable Barn Door

-7th week: How To Confidently Choose Bathroom Vanities

-8th week: Modern Coastal Bathroom REVEAL!

One Room Challenge: Jack & Jill Bathroom

For this round of the One Room Challenge, we plan to completely transform the unfinished basement space for our Jack & Jill bathroom. The bedroom to the left of the Jack and Jill bathroom has been finished for a few years. It’s currently used as our home office and craft room. All remaining areas of the basement are currently in progress.

jack and jill floor plan

Design Inspiration

The design inspiration for this space comes from my love of all things coastal! As mentioned in my home tour, when building we opted to stick with many of the builders grade finishes to keep costs down. Despite this, we plan to upgrade these finishes at some point. Whereas finishing the basement from a blank slate is the perfect opportunity to incorporate upgraded finishes right from the start!

This Jack and Jill bathroom will boast a combination of styles. From the timeless look with navy subway tile, a modern flair with mixed gold and black finishes, natural wood elements and unexpected vintage accessories.

Undoubtedly I can’t wait to bring all these elements together to create this calm coastal vibe! Certainly upon completion, this will be the most high-end bathroom in our home! Although the remaining basement projects take precedence, personally I think the master bath should fall next on the docket! Don’t you?

Shop this coastal inspired bathroom

Clearly if you’re drawn to this calm and relaxing look, you can grab your own coastal elements through the supplies we’ve already sourced. What additional elements do you feel help create a calm coastal look?

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one room challenge: unfinished bathroom

plumbed for vanity and toilet

Over the next 8 weeks you’ll see this empty space transformed. In its current condition, the bathroom has primed walls. Everything else in this space needs to be finished!

The right side of the bathroom will include a large vanity and toilet. Through the second doorway you’ll find the shower and another vanity.

A functional board and batten design will be added to the wall connecting these two spaces. This will provide the perfect area to install hooks for towels.

tub separating jack and jill bath

As mentioned previously, the shower surround will feature navy subway tile with white grout. The shower niche will also include a beautiful Newport scale beach tile.

tub centered in jack and jill bath

The flooring throughout the space will be a 2″ white hexagon tile with black grout to further accentuate the high contrast in this space.

Finally, a smaller vanity will also be located on the far left end of the bathroom.

Tentative 8 week work flow schedule

  • Week 1: Introduce the coastal inspired vision board and plan for progress. Gather remaining supplies.
  • Week 2: Paint walls and ceiling white. Paint and install navy shiplap behind each vanity.
  • Week 3: Install shower tile.
  • Week 4: Grout and seal shower tile. Begin tile floor installation.
  • Week 5: Apply grout and sealer to floor. Make and install barn door.
  • Week 6: Paint doors and baseboards. Install baseboards and board and batten wall.
  • Week 7: Install vanities, mirrors, light fixtures, toilet and accessorize.
  • Week 8: Final room reveal!

Again, we’re eager to transform this space and hope you’ll follow along to watch the progress! Also remember to check out the many other room transformations taking place on the One Room Challenge blog. Surely you’ll be inspired with countless design styles and creative ideas.

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This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Elizabeth

    What size is the navy tile? 3×6 or 4×16?

  2. Elda & Marian

    This is going to be gorgeous! We are also participating for the first time. This is so exciting.

    1. Stephanie Hofer

      Thank you! Yay for you two as well! What room are you working on? We’d love to follow your transformation as well!

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