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.
Adding Plumbing Fixtures: One Room Challenge Week 5
You guys- we are on the home stretch. Over the last 5 weeks, so many things have been accomplished! If you’re just joining- be sure you check out Week 1, Week 2, Weeks 3 & 4 to see the progress. The space is starting to look more like a bathroom! This week focused on adding the plumbing fixtures. As with any renovation, I hit a couple hiccups & pivoted my plans along the way.
Why I Chose Chrome Plumbing Fixtures
I originally thought I’d use matte black finishes in the space, but that was the first pivot after a hiccup. My plumber installed a valve that is only compatible with a brand that doesn’t make matte black finishes. Replacing the valve was going to be too costly for it to be worth it, so I switched to chrome. And honestly? I’m pretty happy with the end result!
My concern with matte black was how it holds up in the long term. Does it show soap scum more? Chrome does show water spots, but I like the classic look of it.
Adding Old School Charm
The original design for this bathroom was modern industrial since I was focusing heavily on the use of matte black. But since that plan changed, I altered my overall vision for the space. Rather than modern industrial, I wanted to focus more on vintage industrial- still incorporating exposed elements like the concrete floors but adding vintage charm through the plumbing fixtures, lighting, & mirror (which you’ll see next week!).
While I love the vintage-inspired faucet I picked up on Amazon, I’m afraid it’s going to be too big for the space. I ordered this as a backup. You may notice the sink is not installed and that’s because of another hiccup. The sink arrived without the mounting brackets which delayed installation. By this weekend, however, the sink and correct faucet will be installed!
Details & Finishes Of The Vintage Industrial Bathroom
Since the space is small, I don’t want to add too much to it. I don’t want it to feel cramped, so I’m trying to pick finishes that really provide a lot of bang for my buck design wise. I got really lucky by scoring a great light fixture off Amazon for $10 which incorporates an industrial feel and compliments the existing chrome finishes.
Of course the lighting caused another hiccup. The wires weren’t lined up perfectly with the faucet, so my electrician had to cut the new sheetrock to move them over. So that created another project! My drywall guy will come patch & texture for me to paint it…again. That’s how renovations go- one projects causes another project!
Since there isn’t a vanity for towels or storage, I ordered a vintage-style towel holder designed to replicate an overhead railroad luggage rack. I did opt for matte black on that to bring in some contrast with all of the chrome. I’m really excited about this piece- not only because it’s functional but adds some vintage industrial charm too!
I’ve had a simple black round mirror for months that I thought I’d use in this space, but as the design shifted, so did my plans for the mirror. I found a really unique chrome porthole mirror on Amazon that I think will really be a great statement piece- and only $100!
What’s On The Agenda For the Last Week
I have a lot of projects left for this room…and only one week to finish! Here’s what will happen this week to finish out the space:
- Plumber will install sink
- Drywall guy will patch hole in sheetrock
- Painter will texture & paint the ceiling
- Plumber will swap out faucets
- Clean the shower
- Install shower rod & curtain
- Hang mirror
- Hang towel rack
- Install towel holder
- Style the space
- Photograph the finished room
That’s totally doable, right? Make sure you check back next week to see if I got it all accomplished!
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