ORC Week 2: Demo Day

It’s Week 2 of the One Room Challenge! In case you missed last week’s post, for this round of the ORC I’m working on our guest bathroom. We aren’t making structural changes or moving anything, so it’s more of a refresh than remodel. My goal is just to make a basic bathroom beautiful on a budget. Calling this post demo day is a bit of an exaggeration, but I like how it sounds.

Anyway, let’s jump right into the jobs that we had to hire out. The first task was to have an electrician center the light fixture. When I bought the house the bathroom had one of those rectangular Hollywood-lights looking fixture. It was mounted off center, so at the time we just replaced the light and called it good. But we wanted to have this bathroom done correctly, so we hired an electrician to come center the light over the mirror and sink.  We also changed the light fixture to this one from Home Depot. We are changing the finishes from oil rubbed bronze to brushed nickel. 

The next task was having the drywall repaired. But before we could do that, we had to remove the old countertop. The original countertop extended across the top of the toilet to the shower. That looks so dated and the countertop was starting to yellow, so it had to go. Adam removed all of the drain/plumbing stuff with Jelly’s supervision (look at Ringo peeking out from behind the toilet). 

The countertop was actually pretty easy to remove once we cut some of the caulking off. You can see now why we had to get the drywall repaired. So we had a drywall company come out and completely redo all of the texture in the bathroom. Before every wall was a different texture and now it’s all matching and looks amazing!

We also have our new countertop! It’s custom from Home Depot using the St. Paul countertop customization tool. I had previously ordered a small sample of the countertop material so I knew what it would look like. It looks way busier in the tool than in person. 

I’m so excited by the progress we’ve made so far! I’ve already started painting, but I’m doing it in sections after work, so I’ll have to wait until next week to show how it all looks.

In the meantime, let’s look at the to-do list: 

Center junction box/light fixture
Fix drywall/wall texture

Paint room
Paint vanity
Install new cabinet hardware
Replace vanity countertop
Install new faucet
Replace mirror
Hang new light fixture
Replace toilet
Install new toilet paper holder
Buy new shower curtain
Install new towel rack
Hang artwork
Replace Rug
Replace Towels
Accessories/Finishing Touches

Don’t forget to check out the official participants here and the other guest participants here! There are so many amazing makeovers planned! I’m so excited to see how everyone is doing!


  1. Looks like you've got a great little pupper help!

  2. My dog helps me with all of my projects as well:) The new counter looks good, I love the look of carrara marble.

    1. Me too! It looks 1000x better than the old countertop!


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