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    Maximalistic French Powder Room: One Room Challenge Week 5

    Welcome to Week 5 of the One Room Challenge! If you are new here, we are renovating our powder room into a beautiful maximalistic french style bathroom retreat on the main level of our new-to-us home. Let’s do a quick recap of the last few weeks:

    Week 1: Inspiration + Mood Board

    Week 2: Demolition

    Week 3: When Renovations Come to a Standstill

    Week 4: Learning New Skills During Renovations

    This renovation has been like none other before. With all our previous One Room Challenges, we’ve always had very visible progress every week. But with this one, we’ve ran into quite a few challenges from shipments being delayed on certain parts to running into some challenges behind the walls with plumbing to simply not having enough time in the day or week to get it all done.

    A ‘gut’ job renovation is quite the process, so we’ve learned over the last two renovations. Especially when plumbing and electrical are in the mix, it can get complicated in a heartbeat and you simply can’t take shortcuts or else you’ll be paying for it down the line.

    So while it might not look like we’ve had much progress this week, trust me when I say, we made HUGE progress!

    Chris learned plumbing 101 thanks to Youtube and was able to get all the pipes properly fitted in the wall in order to work for our exposed plumbing vanity situation. I had NO clue it was going to be that much work when I decided on that console vanity with the exposed under belly. I’m just SO grateful that I have a husband who doesn’t shy away from a hard task and is willing to learn anything in order to get the job done!

    Once the plumbing was all complete, it was time to close up those walls! And if you’ve ever drywalled, you also will know that job ain’t for the faint of heart either! All the precise measurements and cuts and then screwing everything in the right place is a tough job. We also got all the mudding and tapping done and are just waiting for it to dry to sand down in order to paint!

    And as you’ll notice, we’ve got the floor tile in! While it’s not fully complete (not grouted yet), isn’t she GORGEOUS?! I knew early on that I wanted a small white and black hexagon tile and I went back and forth between a few designs. I wasn’t sure if I wanted a full-on flower or just a single black dot design. But going with that maximalistic theme, I decided to take the plunge and order the black flower (these tiles were also purchased online without me seeing them first – just like everything else in this makeover!)

    When they arrived, my heart leapt! They were even more beautiful in person than online! And now that I see them in the space and am starting to see even the earliest beginnings of my design come to life, I’m getting SO excited for how it’s all going to come together!

    So, if you’re keeping track, we have only ONE WEEK LEFT in this One Room Challenge! <GULP> And as you can see from the images, we have A LOT, and I mean A LOT left to do. Here’s the list:

    • Finish sanding drywall
    • Finish grouting floor
    • Add trim
    • Add board and batten to lower half of walls
    • Prime and paint
    • Wallpaper upper half of walls
    • Install two light sconces
    • Install vanity
    • Install faucet into the vanity
    • Install new toilet
    • Hang mirror
    • Hang shelves
    • Style with accessories

    PHEW! Like I said…A LOT left to do. But do you think we can do it?! Honestly, I’m not 100% sure…we may be pulling a few all nighters over the next week, but one things for sure, we are going to work our @$$’s off to try and GET IT DONE!

    Stay tuned friends for the BIG reveal!

    Love & Blessings,


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  • Reply Jewel May 1, 2019 at 11:05 pm

    I am incredibly curious and excited about this one!!! One more week!!!!

    • Reply Christine June 6, 2019 at 8:33 am

      Thanks! Hope you enjoyed our final reveal!

  • Reply Susie | Chelsea Project May 1, 2019 at 11:37 pm

    Looking good, Christine! Love the tile…and LOVE that sink.

  • Reply Emy May 2, 2019 at 7:23 am

    Your floor looks amazing! Can’t wait to see the finished room!

  • Reply Kristen May 2, 2019 at 9:04 am

    Ooh I love your floor! Kudos to you for a complete gut job, and good luck finishing it all! I definitely get pulling all nighters to get things finished!

  • Reply Denise May 2, 2019 at 10:00 am

    I love the floor tiles, reminds me of ones I had in our bathroom growing up..the colors are certainly more modern but a classic style.

  • Reply Mary K Hunnicutt May 2, 2019 at 10:11 am

    OMG! I adore the tile!! I agree with drywall…we did it in our basement and I never want to do it again. Can’t wait to see your finished space!

  • Reply Joannie May 2, 2019 at 10:54 am

    I really want to see more of this room! I love the floor tile and that mood board *crush*

  • Reply Libbie May 2, 2019 at 9:57 pm

    Wow! So much work!!! And if that tile is any indication it’s going to be so worth it. I’m impressed and looking forward to your reveal.

  • Reply SarahRose I Decor & Diapers May 3, 2019 at 1:08 am

    You’re brave for taking on plumbing. Good for you! Luckily my ORC design does not include any REAL demo. Can’t wait to see your reveal!

    • Reply Christine June 5, 2019 at 9:40 am

      Thanks! Chris loves taking on new challenges. Hope you enjoyed the reveal!

  • Reply Tee at Beauteeful Living May 3, 2019 at 8:06 am

    You are going to get this done and it’s going to be an amazing reveal! I just know it. Can’t wait to see. Good luck!

  • Reply Jen @ Jenron Designs May 8, 2019 at 5:09 pm

    Love that tile it is gorgeous! I am so excited for the reveal!!!

    • Reply Christine June 6, 2019 at 8:30 am

      Thanks! Hope you liked the reveal.

  • Reply Corinna - TheBohoAbode May 9, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    You’ve already made so much progress! Hooray for an amazing hubby. Loving that floor tile so much!

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