ORC: Wk 5 Little Yellow House Refresh

Good Morning All! Although I am excited about my progress at this point I have definitely fallen behind. The bathroom might have been lofty for me to take on, since this is my first ORC, and my first bathroom remodel in general. But Oh well it has been fun and I will hang in till the end to keep sharing my progress!


wk 2



In the last week my dad and husband first had to finish walling out the shower, it had been down to the studs last week then we started tiling. I have only tiled once before and my husband has helped tile once as well. But over the weekend we started on the floors and we got them all done. Once you start putting it back together it is looking really nice!

ORC Wk 5 Tiling 1

We went with two different sizes of the same tiles, I like the interest it created in doing every other row!

ORC WK 5 Tiling 2

ORC wk 5 Tiling 3

We hadn’t originally planned for it but we did a fun mosaic for the floor of the shower, my dad said that would be a better way to go than having the big tiles in there. I think it added really nice texture.

I hope in the next week to finish up tiling the whole shower, put up the walls, and get the walls treated and painted.

The other lesson I learned that I shared a bit with last week, is if you only have 6 weeks to do a shower make sure you have all your items ordred and at your house already. Many of my items are taking longer to deliver than planned (tile, vanity, fixtures…). Oh well! Lesson learned on material timing. In the end it is going to look amazing!

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ORC: Wk 4 There’s No Place Like Home Bathroom 1

So it is week 4 and at this point I am realizing a couple lessons of the challenge. But first. My husband and I have now been fulling moved into our new house for 5 weeks. Which feels crazy. I don’t’ give myself enough credit for all the things we have done in the house considering our short time here.

If you want to catch up from previous weeks see them below.

wk 1



Now, in the last week the one big thing we got done was evening out the cement for the floor to prep it for the tile. I was really hoping we would have gotten the tile done this past weekend, but the tile didn’t get delivered in a timely manner and so we lost a weekend. Flash back to the lesson I have learned in doing my first challenge — if you are going to take on such a big project as a bathroom, make sure all your supplies are here and ordered before it even begins so you don’t’ have these waiting games.

TNPLH: ORC Bathroom 1

before – bumpy floor – no good for tiles

One Room Challenge Wk 4 - 1

One Room Challenge Wk 4 - 2

after: nice smooth, level ready for tile!

Once again – my husband to the rescue getting this project done. First he did a nice layer of cement, and then he applied a layer of self leveling cement to get all the extra spots nice and even.

For the next week we hope to get the bathroom walled off and to get it tiled. We are also waiting for our lacquered vanity to get here, which I am hoping we will get this weekend – fingers crossed!!!

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ORC: Wk 3 There’s No Place Like Home Bathroom 1

So the last week has been a busy one. Unfortunately we were gone over the weekend so I feel like we didn’t’ get anything major done but we have gotten a couple things done (I never give myself enough credit). In case you are just tuning in my husband and I just bought a house on March 6th, moved in on March 13th – so this week marjked our one month in the house. We dove right into our first bathroom complete gut job, because it was gross…

Bathroom 1 #littleyellowhouserefresh

See I warned you – gross.

Weekly Plan:

Wk 1: Gut Bathroom/Move around plumbing – finish ordering all supplies — DONE!

Wk 2: Remove wallpaper/sand window trim — DONE!

Wk 3: Electrical — DONE!

Wk 4: Tile/Wall off the old Door

Wk 5: Install Vanity, Shower Glass, Countertop

Wk 6: Last minute finishes

TNPLH: ORC Bathroom 1

Above is where we were last week.


So the two big things we did this week were level out the floor in preparation for the tile and scrape wallpaper.

I couldn’t believe how the wallpaper came off. My husband did the scraping (actually he has been doing pretty much all of the demo). He used fabric softener to remove it. Once it was wet it came off just by scrapping.

So in the next week – my fingers are crossed that the tile gets here by Friday so we can tile this weekend. Hopefully we will start having some pretty pics next week!

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ORC: There’s No Place Like Home Bathroom 1

ok! week two! If you haven’t seen my week one, you can catch up here. So in the last week I feel we got a lot accomplished. Plumbing done – check! Electrical done – check! Bathroom completely gutted down to studs – check! All final fixtures and supplies ordered check!

TNPLH: ORC Bathroom 1

TNPLH: ORC Bathroom 1

TNPLH: ORC Bathroom 1

Like I mentioned before I decided to go with brushed gold fixtures. So here are the pieces I picked out from the Purist Kohler Collection.

Kohler Purist Faucet in Brushed Gold

Kohler Purist Showerhead in Brushed Gold

Kohler Purist Lever Handle Brushed Gold

I think they are super pretty – can’t wait to get them!

So in the next week the plan is to fully prep for the tile. One potential problem of completing the challenge as I see it could be – when I first started not everything was already ordered. And based on lead times it might end up putting a damper on our pace. But we will do what we can see and see how far we get. The tile won’t be here until the 14-20 of April so that leaves not many weeks to get the tile installed, which we will be doing, install the vanity, get the counter top people here and the glass people. Yikes! So we will see. The biggest challenge I think will be the glass people. I have an estimate with a couple companies, but I am learning that they can’t give a final estimate with proper measurements until the tile is fully installed and then it is a 2 week lead time to get the glass installed. So that could end up being a tight installation with our short time frame. So we will see!

Can’t get too worked up worrying about that – one step at a time! So as far as the next week we are going to do everything we can just to prep for the tile to ensure the minute the tile gets here my husband and I can get going!

One Room Challenge: Little Yellow House Bathroom #1

So – this is the first time I am participating in One Room Challenge and I am super pumped. I have followed along on past challenges, but since living downtown in a small condo I never had an opportunity to get my hands dirty on a project. Until – my husband and I bought a little yellow ranch just north of downtown Milwaukee. We looked at houses for a long time to find one that was right for us. We knew we wanted a fixer-upper (mainly because I am too much a brat and wanted to update the house MY way). However we knew it was our first time taking on a project like this so we needed to make sure the house had good bones, and wasn’t too overwhelming.

Now we have been living here for about 3 weeks and we are ready to dive into the first bathroom. It needs a LOT of love….

Bathroom 1 #littleyellowhouserefresh

Bathroom 1 #littleyellowhouserefresh

As you can see there are a couple things going on in this bathroom.

1. It’s pretty small so we have to use the space well

2. It is a walk thru – with doors on each end of the bathroom – making the space kinda awkward to use. Plan is to remove the door that opens to the front hallway – making the only entrance to the master bedroom

3. By walling-off the door it will allow us to swing the vanity to the wall the door is currently on giving more counter space to the vanity.

4. Obviously it is a total gut job – I mean it is literally gross (seriously look at the floor by the toilet yuck!).

5. The shower is a slightly newer update to the rest of the house, but when you go inside it feels like a cave. Here we will be ripping down all the tile and making the wall more of a half wall and then doing glass doors on each side. Kinda like the below inspiration.

Glass Shower Inspiration


6. Also – there are 3 layers of wallpaper to remove on the walls – you have to appreciate that they love wallpaper as much as I do, at least I will have to remind myself that when I am scrapping it off

I have been looking at a lot of inspiration since we got an accepted offer on the house, we knew we would have to dive into this project right away.

orange cabinet inspiraiton

orange cabinet inspiration

Orange Cabinet Inspiration – bd home design + interior

I LOVE the above orange cabinets. First off – I love all brightly colored lacquered goodness. Since the bathroom is so small I want to make an impact with the vanity – I mean who wouldn’t want to start the day getting ready in such a cheery space. I am going back and forth between orange and a cherry/orange red.

Then I will keep the rest of the space more low key is simple white + gold everything. Here is what I am thinking for the accessories.

bathroom inspiration

Pier One Mirror: So I am in love with this mirror. I saw it a bit ago and thought it would be perfect in my spunky bathroom – and call me crazy but I didn’t think the price was too bad either!

Shades of Light Sconce: Since I have such an intricate mirror I wanted to be sure the sconces were a lot more sleek and simple so I thought these were a good choice – but instead of the silver that is pictured they will be gold

Cabinet Knobs: I like these sleek gold ones

Tile: my sister is an interior designer so she is hooking me up with this fun stuff

Weekly Plan:

Wk 1: Gut Bathroom/Move around plumbing – finish ordering all supplies

Wk 2: Remove wallpaper/sand window trim

Wk 3: Electrical

Wk 4: Tile/Wall off the old Door

Wk 5: Install Vanity, Shower Glass, Countertop

Wk 6: Last minute finishes

Now, honestly I have no idea if we are going to be able to pull this off in 6 weeks – mainly b/c I am not 100% sure when we will be able to get our electrician (my cousin) to come to the house to finish that step. So wish us luck as we try to tackle our first project in the new house! Even if we don’t get it done in the 6 weeks we will try our best!