I just had a feeling things were moving along a little too smoothly….

It’s week 4 of our One Room Challenge where we’re participating along with the 20 designers & over 150 bloggers in the linking event over at Calling it Home to transform a space in just 6 weeks. If you’ve been following along on our progress to complete our #DreamBedroom & #MasterBathRetreat, you’ll know that thus far in Week 1, Week 2 & Week 3, things have been moving along at a good pace. But what challenge would be complete without a few setbacks right?? Well this seems to be our week for that across the board….

Plumbing & Bedroom feature wall

We’re having major scheduling issues with our plumber which means that the work for the en-suite has yet to be completed. We would go for a white rock plumber, but we’re not in the area, so that work is pretty much at a standstill. Which of course means that the bedroom feature wall still looks pretty much like this:


The shared wall between our bedroom & en-suite, waiting for plumbing

Our plan for the feature wall behind the bed is to create a DIY pallet wall using the many left over pallets we have from various projects around the Dreamhouse. This gorgeous DIY wall from Cape27 Blog is our current inspiration. We want to make sure that plumbing is done properly too, with pipe lining services included to ensure we don’t have to tear the wall open again.

But with the plumbing for the en-suite yet to be completed, we still haven’t been able to get started on the wall. And without a firm commitment on a date from our plumber, it’s also looking like we may be adding to our already long list of to-dos. Sigh… My friend told me how to find the right Toronto plumbing services and I’m considering contacting another plumber to do the work for us. He never answers the phone!


Our paint order was delayed so it didn’t arrive in time for us to take advantage of the daylight hours last weekend. Thankfully it’s here now, but that also means we’ll be playing a bit of catch up trying to get the space painted along with everything else.



Last week we showed you a few of the options we’re considering for the vanity lighting. As if our luck couldn’t get any better, none of our choices are available to ship and arrive in time for the reveal. So now it’s back to the drawing board.

It’s looking like we’ve got a bit of an uphill battle on our hands.

Aside from all of the obstacles that cropped up this week, we were however able to get a couple of things crossed off the list.

First of all, we’ve FINALLY completed all of the tiling! And seriously, you guys. I can’t be more happy with how it all turned out! Kes’ idea to create an ombre effect on the shower walls turned out so much better than I could have imagined. I love how the texture on these white tiles gives it that little touch of glam.


All we need to do now is get them grouted.

We also got our DIY quartz countertop finished this week. This was one of the projects we had on the list that I was expecting to be complicated & really time consuming, but it was WAY simpler than I anticipated and we actually knocked it out in an afternoon.


DIY quartz countertop we made from 24×24″ quartz tiles


Front angle of the DIY quartz countertop. So pleased with how it turned out!

I’m pretty excited to get it mounted onto the vanity & put the sinks in place. If you follow us on Instagram, you might have seen the sneak peek we shared of the lovely vessel sinks we purchased from The Water Closet.

Here’s where our list is at now. Two steps forward; 5 steps back….

  • Create a feature wall behind the bed
  • Install in-floor heating mat in the en-suite
  • Build shower base & waterproof walls
  • Lay Ditra underlayment & tile bathroom floors
  • Tile shower floor & walls (DONE!)
  • Run plumbing for shower
  • Connect vanity sink drains
  • Install wall-mounted faucets
  • Install shower fixtures
  • Install toilet
  • Paint entire space
  • Assemble & hang vanity
  • Create countertop (DONE!)
  • Trim & baseboards
  • Install light fixtures
  • Furnish & Decorate!!

Just two weeks to go now, and we’re really starting to feel the weight of all of everything that’s still left to do. Wish us luck!!

One Room Challenge Linking Participant

Don’t forget to head over to Calling it Home to see what all of the other ORC participants have been up to this week. Then come back next Thursday for all of our progress as we prep for the big reveal!

  • April 23, 2015

    I think it is coming along amazingly!! Also, the ORC is short term, but this house is your forever home…so I would hold out for the things you really want, even if it means not finishing the challenge on time.

    Oh- and then invite me over for the house warming so I can pet that pretty tile! 🙂

  • April 23, 2015

    It almost seems to good to be true when things go smoothly…setbacks happen to us all the time! Your accent wall is going to be spectacular! And you must post more details about your DIY countertops

  • April 23, 2015

    I agree with what Casey said but you can’t help but feel the pressure, I get it. I didn’t realize that your counter was actually tiles when I saw it on IG as I don’t see any seams – great job! Your undertaking is huge so if it’s not quite done in 2 weeks, the world will not stop! 🙂 But fingers crossed that things come together in the end.

  • April 24, 2015

    Oh my gosh your countertop! It’s amazing, Tash, and how on earth are there no seams? Crazy. It sucks that so many things have gone wrong, but it’s (unfortunately) inevitable, right? Crossing my fingers and toes for you guys that there are no mores setbacks!

  • April 24, 2015

    This was our disaster week too. Hope the plumber comes through so you can continue working. Love the tile!

  • April 24, 2015

    Wow! Hard to believe that counter top is individual tiles! You took on some serious projects for the ORC; I’m feeling like such a whimp! Good luck with everything you are doing – it’ll be amazing even if all these huge changes take longer than 6 weeks.

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