One Room Challenge | Week One | Basement Bathroom Before

We are gearing up for our third go at the One Room Challenge! This fall we will be tackling an outdated—dare I say ugly?—basement bathroom. Although we only have the before pictures today, the plans are already underway, and we can’t wait to reveal a new look for the bathroom in six short weeks. If you are unfamiliar with the One Room Challenge, here is the lowdown: The One Room Challenge is a bi-annual event that features 20 featured designers and many guest participants who makeover one room in six weeks. Better Homes and Gardens is the media sponsor.

If you are new to KS Design Company, welcome! We are a mother-daughter design team working in Topeka and the Kansas City metro. We started KS Design Company a little over a year ago and completed our first One Room Challenge last fall and our second last spring.

The basement bathroom: a sad place.

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This bathroom needs some love and attention. After moving into our house 16 years ago, this bathroom has been heavily used, but as far as design goes, it hasn’t really been touched (beyond paint and a light fixture upon moving in). The brown/cream linoleum, the shower insert, and the laminate vanity countertop have lived their best lives, but it’s time for them to go. The plan is to revamp the space from top to bottom.

What do we have in store?

We will get into the details of the design plan next week, but the overall aesthetic for the bathroom will be modern with touches of rustic. Think large format marble-look porcelain tile for that modern feel. Then wood elements with a new (or potentially heavily repurposed?) vanity and new ceiling beams will bring some warmth. Here’s a sneak peek.

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Because this space is getting a head to toe makeover, demolition has begun.

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Already on the way to transformation! Join us next week to see more progress. And, in the meantime, check out all the creativity over at the One Room Challenge blog.

To keep us accountable, here is our to-do list that we will be updating weekly. Italics mean the task is partially completed.

  • Demo bathroom
  • Source and install tile
  • Install new vanity or repurpose old one
  • Source and install light fixture
  • DIY ceiling beams
  • Install glass for shower
  • Source mirror
  • Source rug
  • Paint walls and trim
  • Source art

See you next week,

Staci and Kylie