Hi One Room Challenge fans! Welcome to The Bachelorette Pad Flip. I’m Jenn, an accidental real estate investor, house flipper, Realtor, designer…and that’s just my 8-5 roles! If you’re new around here, check out my sunroom transformation for the One Room Challenge 2018. Thanks for stopping by- please stick around to see this bathroom transform into a modern industrial bathroom over the next 6 weeks!This week I’m sharing the details of the custom shower.
Tile Shower Project: One Room Challenge Weeks 3 & 4
You may have noticed I snoozed right through my Week 3 update last week. Well, I didn’t really snooze. I’ve just been swamped with both work and Garage Airbnb projects. So this post is compilation of progress for weeks 3 & 4. Both weeks have been solely dedicated to getting the tile shower project done. And it’s almost there! You can see the before pics of the space here & the prep work for a custom shower here.
Prepping The Shower For Tile
You can’t just tile directly to sheetrock. Instead, the surface has to be prepped & waterproofed. Once the cement backer board was installed, my tile guy added a waterproofing membrane before tiling. This is a critical step to keep the shower in good condition in the long term. Since water will permeate the grout, you don’t want it seeping directly into drywall or backerboard.
Choosing The Right Tile
Since the space is very small, I didn’t want an overwhelming design. I wanted something classic but chose a modern accent tile for the shower pan & niche. For the main shower walls, I chose white 3×6 subway tiles. I scored the tiles on sale at a local wholesaler! White subway tile is a very affordable choice for backsplashes and showers- they typically cost around 9-13 CENTS per tile!
For the shower pan & niche, I wanted something that popped against the subway tile. This black & white windmill tile was a great choice. It was affordable with a semi-matte finish (important for shower pans!).
Grouting The Tile
I specifically didn’t want white grout. White can yellow with age, not to mention shows more dirt & grime over time. I chose charcoal for both the subway tile & the mosaic. I wanted the lines on the subway tile to really pop, but I also wanted something that was low maintenance in keeping it clean!
I also got the walls painted this week too and love that crisp white. You can see more details about which paint I chose here.
I got almost everything done on my checklist for weeks 3 & 4. I didn’t get the DIY ceiling project installed, but I do hope to have that done this week.
Next week’s to do list:
- Install DIY ceiling
- Install shower trim kit
- Have plumbing fixtures installed
- Getting light fixture & exhaust fan installed
To see what so many other designers have up their sleeves for the One Room Challenge, be sure to check out the Guest Participant link-up, as well as the Designer link-up!