Week 5 ORC

This week Mike put up the shower walls and was going to install the shower plumbing fixtures when we discovered the shower fixtures we chose were a few inches too tall for the shower area. This set us back a little bit. But luckily Amazon Prime came to the rescue and everything came in the mail today and Mike will be finishing up the shower (hopefully) Friday. Then I can finish the wallpaper.

I can’t believe this is pvc

This week I made a lot of progress. I built the framing for around the fireplace, added hardiboard, skim coated, sanded, primed, sanded, and then applied Portola Paint’s Roman Clay in the color Piano Room. And sanded between those too. I hate sanding.

Pocket holes helped make a quick and sturdy frame
The 1/4″ hardieboard went on next in one piece to avoid seams, I used the smooth side of the hardie – the side with the grid is for tile.
Here it is skim coated, I patched the screw holes with vinyl patch so it would flex and not make the screw heads pop the finish out while CuzinEd bounces down the road.

I did three coats to get this amazing soft clouds finish. Then I put hardieboard on the “hearth” so that I could tile it. This was such a pain because the hearth was 1/4″ plywood with steel framing underneath. In order to screw in the hardieboard I had to predrill all of the holes with a bit made for metal so that the hardieboard screws would sink in.

Portola Paint’s Roman Clay in Piano Room. Such an easy DIY and really beautiful finish.
Half done on the hearth tile
Between coats of Roman Clay I made this channel headboard for the master bedroom.
I installed the rest of the upper cabinet doors. I still need to finish the trim and vent by the ducting.

After I finished the fireplace I tiled and grouted the kitchen backsplash. I used an epoxy mortar that also doubled as grout for the penny tile. That leaves the trim/toe kick around the cabinets and swapping the lights for recessed lights left. And hanging the roman shade over the window by the kitchen sink.

About 3/4 of the backsplash done

We have a lot to accomplish to be ready for the reveal in one week.

Thank you to Better Homes and Gardens, the Official Media Partner of the One Room Challenge. A huge thank you to Linda Weinstein, the creator and director of the ORC. Click on over to the ORC blog page and see what the other challenge guest participants and featured designers are up to with their rooms.

The Official Media Partner of the One Room Challenge


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