One Room Challenge | Week Three | Tile Breakdown

We are at the halfway point of the One Room Challenge! Luckily, last week was very productive, because, honestly, this week was a slow one as far as the basement bathroom renovation went. We spent the majority of the week in Virginia visiting family and friends, and although the trip was good for our hearts, it was tough to make progress when we were not in the same state as the room. This week, we are taking a closer look at the tile choices.

Tile #1: Shower Walls and Bathroom Floor

Originally sporting a shower insert and linoleum floors, this bathroom desperately needed some beautiful tile. Right away, we were leaning toward a large format, marble-look tile for its clean, modern look. We preferred a white tile with gray veining, and we preferred the tile to be matte rather than glossy. Floor and Decor to the rescue. They had a 24x48 in. porcelain tile that fit all our requirements for $2.99/sq. ft. One tip about large format tile: it is HEAVY. We ended up splitting our tile haul into two loads even though we were driving a big SUV. This tile ended up covering the majority of the bathroom: the bathroom floor and one shower wall.

An in-process photo of the large format tile being installed.

An in-process photo of the large format tile being installed.

Tile #2: Shower Ceiling

To complement the marble-look tile, we searched for a different tile for the shower ceiling that would then continue all the way down the end shower walls. We wanted a version of white subway tile, but not in the standard 2x4 in. size. That seemed like an easy request but was actually tricky to find in a brick and mortar store (we were on a time crunch). The only tile that was both matte and a complementary shade of white ended up being this 3x12 in. tile. Then it was down to the choosing the pattern for the layout.

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After laying out some different patterns on the living room floor, we went with a pattern that included a wider and thinner tile. Even though it was more work for our tile installer—shoutout to Nick!—since it required cutting some tiles in half, he was game because he had never laid in that pattern before. We like the visual interest it adds to the space.

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Tile #3: Shower Pan

We actually stumbled on our last tile choice while we were at Floor and Decor. Although penny tile is a classic choice, the dark charcoal penny tile looked fresh when paired with very dark grout, and it highlighted the gray veining in the shower wall tile. Love those easy choices that fall in your lap.

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After being installed, we love that the tile choices look sleek but will also act as the perfect backdrop for some warm touches—looking at you, wood vanity and beams.

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

Even with a slow week, we feel like we are in a good place to get this bathroom transformed. Hopefully, the bathroom will get a fresh coat of paint this week, a light fixture installed, and maybe some beams?? Time will tell. 😉 There is so much design goodness going on with the One Room Challenge beyond our basement bathroom. Make sure to check it out!

See you next week,

Staci and Kylie

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One Room Challenge | Week Two | Basement Bathroom Design

Big progress has been made in Week Two of the One Room Challenge. Design and demo and tile installation galore. As always, if you are new to KS Design Company, welcome. We are so glad you are here. For this round of the ORC, we are tackling a basement bathroom with some sad before photos.

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.

The Design

Before we delve into the progress, here is a run-down of the design. Some of these pieces have already been ordered, while others are just inspiration.

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The aesthetic will lean modern with the large format marble-look tile being the star of the show. The large format tile will be installed on both the bathroom floor and shower walls. With all that tile, the bathroom will mainly be white, but there will be touches of black: black penny tile will be installed in the shower pan, black quartz will top the vanity, and accessories with touches of black will tie it all together. With all the tile and contrast, we didn’t want the bathroom to become too stark, so two wooden beams will be added to the ceiling, and the vanity will remain wood.

The Progress

The bathroom has seen a lot of change: going from neglected to demoed to being tiled.

Here is a glimpse of the bathroom in its current state. Beautiful tile, lots of dust.

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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

It’s only Week Two, so we have a way to go, but we are already looking forward to final reveal where we will share every inch of this space. Make sure to jump over to ORC headquarters and see all the amazing work being done.

See you next week,

Staci and Kylie

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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

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