Bathroom Makeover – Clé Tile Cubicon – ORC Week 3

Seriously, how are we halfway through this challenge already? I’m exhausted and not even doing the heavy lifting. Poor Gerry is dealing with my, “let’s customize everything in the smallest amount of time mindframe”…oh, and hey Gerry, I also need you to fix a basement and makeover yet another bathroom. Can we all take a pause and give Gerry and his crew a hug? Poor guy didn’t know what he was getting himself into with me.

Clé Tile Cubicon One Room Challenge for House Of Hipsters. Contractor Gerry Reinhardt Renovations, Chicago General Contractor. Bathroom Makeover.

MORE AFTER THE JUMP…

Unlike The Boy, he’s actually taking it like a champ and pushing through all the obstacles. However, I think my husband has reached his breaking point. Today he pulled me into his office to have a “chat”. Prior to using his words, he closed his eyes and did his breathing exercises on his Mindful app. Uh-oh, I’m in trouble. In my head I know limits are being pushed and drama has the potential to ensue, but I just gave him a hug and said, “it’s all under control.” Sometimes he wishes I was a much simpler, low maintenance gal. But seriously, so there’s a toilet in your foyer? It’s not THAT big of a deal, is it? Also, don’t mind my daughter’s pink tutu.

Toilet in the living room. One Room Challenge disasters. House Of Hipsters bathroom makeover.

I’m sure it didn’t help that on that particular day there was another crew of guys in the house replacing the sliding glass door and windows in the family room because every time it rained, the door leaked water into the basement. All the furniture from the family room was in the living room, oh and we live in a bubble to keep the dust minimal. And no one could go into the basement where all the kids’ toys were stored so for the past couple month my children stare at him and say, “I’m bored.” The Boy with his Type-A personality, love of quiet, alone time, and OCD was at his wits end. His entire body screamed, “Serenity now!”

Living in a bubble. One Room Challenge disasters. House Of Hipsters bathroom makeover.

During our “chat”, The Boy informed me there was a home improvement store down the street where I could buy all sorts of faucets and sinks and vanities and countertops and wallpaper and paint and tile and toilets and toilet paper holders and save tons of time…NO! REALLY? You don’t say! Insert eye roll emoji here. Dude! This is the One Room Challenge! Are you kidding me??? Did you not read last week’s post? We can’t slay with builder grade! This is balls out, go big or go home. You’ve been through this before son. Slap that helmet on and buckle down the chin strap. No one is taking the easy way out.

So what’s been happening? Lemme get you up-to-date if you don’t want to read Week 1 or Week 2’s posts. We finally picked flooring and ordered it up from Clé Tile. After ripping out the old tile, Gerry discovered a slow leak from the old toilet tank. Nothing major (phew!), but we had to let the subfloor dry. He came back a couple days later after his crew put up new drywall to lay the self leveling floor.

Choosing a flooring pattern using Clé Tile's cubicon encaustic cement tile. House Of Hipsters One Room Challenge.

Once the tile arrived, we picked a pattern and we were off to the races. Of course I picked the more eclectic of the two. Giddy up. Insert my Go Gerry Go dance here.

Clé Tile Cubicon One Room Challenge for House Of Hipsters. COntractor Gerry Reinhardt, Chicago General Contractor. Bathroom Makeover.

Clé Tile Cubicon One Room Challenge for House Of Hipsters. COntractor Gerry Reinhardt, Chicago General Contractor. Bathroom Makeover.

After a long hard day, the floor looked like this, and I was dying over the Clé Tile Cubicon pattern. Yahtzee! Gerry my man, you slay like Bey.

Clé Tile Cubicon One Room Challenge for House Of Hipsters. COntractor Gerry Reinhardt, Chicago General Contractor. Bathroom Makeover.

Screaming emoji right here, “SERIOUSLY! I LIVE HERE!” In fact, I might actually sleep here.

Clé Tile Cubicon One Room Challenge for House Of Hipsters. COntractor Gerry Reinhardt, Chicago General Contractor. Bathroom Makeover.

Yep, sleepin’ here tonight.

Gerry worked extra super hard and installed the Clé white subway tile on the walls shortly after. BTDubs, he isn’t sponsoring this project one bit, I’m just extra super happy with his work and attention to details. A good contractor can be hard to find. Especially one who puts up with someone as crazy and eclectic and picky as me. So, if you have a project on your plate and live in the Chicagoland area…give him a buzz. He won’t disappoint.

Clé Tile Cubicon and White Subway tile. One Room Challenge for House Of Hipsters. COntractor Gerry Reinhardt, Chicago General Contractor. Bathroom Makeover.

Suddenly, the house was being put back together. The light at the end of the tunnel could be seen. No longer was there a toilet living in my foyer.

Clé Tile Cubicon One Room Challenge for House Of Hipsters. COntractor Gerry Reinhardt, Chicago General Contractor. Bathroom Makeover.

Gerry finished off the tile with brass edging and it looks slick.

Clé Tile Cubicon One Room Challenge for House Of Hipsters. COntractor Gerry Reinhardt, Chicago General Contractor. Bathroom Makeover. Brass edging on white subway tile.

Next up is the sink. And lemme tell you how thrilled The Boy is about helping me DIY our new vanity from an antique cabinet I found at an estate sale. It’s in pretty rough shape. I’m also frantically looking for faucets and sinks to be dropped into the vanity. Wish me and Gerry luck, and please pray for serenity now for The Boy.

Serenity now!

Be sure to check out all the other participants in the One Room Challenge. All the makeovers have been so much fun to watch.

*** Oh! And if you live in or around Chicago, be sure to sign up for my workshop, Pinning For Success: Growing Your Business With Pinterest held at South Loop Loft, Monday, November 7 at 6:30. Tickets are on sale here. If you’re serious about growing your reach on Pinterest and increasing traffic to your site, this class is for you. Here’s a little write up over on Windy City Bloggers about last month’s workshop. ***

One Room Challenge House Of Hipsters Bathroom Makeover mood board. Modern eclectic twist. Clé Tile and House of Hackney Empire Wallpaper.

 

 

22 Comments

  1. Cassie Bustamante October 20, 2016

    that is some bad ass sexy tile.

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  2. Erin Burke October 20, 2016

    Holy crap this is looking good. So flipping cool.

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  3. Jillian October 20, 2016

    Yes I agree that is some amazing tile! Looking great, and the wallpaper choice is super cool, can’t wait to see it all come together.

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  4. Amanda October 20, 2016

    It’s looking good!!!! You can tell The Boy I currently have a toilet in my bedroom, so you’re not the only crazy one. 😉

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  5. Freaking love it! The brass edging is such a perfect detail! I feel bad for the boy, but he’s just going to have to get over it. LOL!

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  6. Breanna Bertolini October 20, 2016

    Girl you’re totally killing it right now! Yay for tile and toilet!

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  7. Crystal Fox October 20, 2016

    Wow! Just wow! So dramatic in all the right ways! Love this!

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  8. Krystle October 20, 2016

    LOVE that tile floor! It looks incredible! So much progress too… So excited to see more!

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  9. Tara @ Lehman Lane October 20, 2016

    Your floor tile is awesome and of course I love the subway tile walls :). Can’t wait to see how the bathroom turns out!

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  10. Jen @ Noting Grace October 20, 2016

    Gah!! THAT. TILE!! (swooning)

    Absolutely stunning. You have got to be so proud of the progress stall have made so far! It is so inspiring!! Can.not wait to see the final reveal

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  11. Jessica | Petal + Ply October 20, 2016

    Oh.my.tile! Gorgeous!!!

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  12. Mark Joshua Santos October 21, 2016

    Nice! I like the combination. It’s somehow looks simple and at the same time very elegant.

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  13. Charlotte Smith October 21, 2016

    Kyla. I CANNOT HANDLE your tile! I need to find the right powder room in our house to do this… thinking my daughter’s room could be fun with these. SO dang cool.

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  14. Sarah October 21, 2016

    that tile is gorgeous!!! I would probably sleep there, too!

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  15. Becky / Daly Digs October 23, 2016

    Looovee the direction you’re going! That tile….swoonnn!!!

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  16. Megan October 25, 2016

    Kyla! This is so crazy good. Wanna switch basements

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  17. Brittany Goldwyn October 25, 2016

    I love the tile, Kyla. We just moved into our builder grade house, and I would LOVE to gut our master bathroom, which is large but has an awful layout! My husband, who hates renovations, actually said last night “when we reno the bathroom, I want to put a tub in.” I was like WHAT?! RENO? I spent the rest of the night looking at tile online and dreaming. So, please trade bathrooms with me. <3

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  18. Melissa @ Polished Habitat October 26, 2016

    Oh yeah, I’d be sleeping on that gorgeous floor!

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  19. Amy @ Love On Sunday October 27, 2016

    Oh my! LOVE that floor and the subway tile is perfect. SO, SO GOOD.

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  20. Ruthie November 2, 2016

    That tile is amazing!! I can’t wait to see next week as I’m obsessed with how the room is turning out so far!

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  21. tamar jones November 19, 2016

    It’s gorgeous!! The pattern makes me want to change my bathroom’s tile too. Or maybe I should really do that? Anyway, it makes me feel really sleepy when looking at it.

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  22. Kareen Walton November 21, 2016

    When you are just flooring, I look at the bricks and quite embarrassed about, don’t know any décor will suitable for the wall here. But oh no! I was mistaken, you have chosen the type of brick for the wall very matching. The room although have not yet perfected but really very beautiful! So looking forward to the results!

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