Hey guys! Somehow the One Room Challenge™ goes faster with every passing week. It’s like aging. Only instead of wrinkles and cellulite, we gain a prettier and more functional room.
Here’s where we’re at in the second to last week:
This past weekend we tiled our mudroom backsplash. It took nearly an entire day thanks to the hexagonal shape of our tile and, consequently, all of the necessary cuts. We bought this tile saw to help us get the job done. We’d highly recommend it. Thankfully Wisconsin had mercy on our souls and provided warm weather while we worked the wet saw. The first step was laying the tile out using shims to simulate the cabinet, upper counter and lower counter. This helped us gain a better visual of where we wanted our full versus partial tiles.
We decided to make our tile’s focal center in line with the faucet (which we removed for the tile installation). Our laser level propped up on our tripod helped us keep this line even after the wall got a coat of Mastic. Mastic is the adhesive that adheres the tile to the wall. It comes ready to use in a plastic tub. We love Mastic. Don’t tell my mom, but it’s one of those chemicals you like to smell. Like gasoline. And Magic Markers. Am I oversharing here?
This suction cup tool was the MVP of this project. It allowed us to place the tile exactly where we wanted it without getting Mastic all over our hands and the tile. Precision is key with placing tile and this tool made it relatively easy and saved Marco’s fingertips. We went with 1/16″ spacers as I wanted a super clean, barely there grout look.
From the first tile, I knew it was the one. I can’t pick just one thing I love about it. The subtle, varied pattern. The chameleon of a color that straddles the line between charcoal and deep, moody green. The classic yet unexpected hexagonal shape. The substantial yet not overwhelming size for this small area. Everything about it is delish. I’m so happy I just went for it. Subway schmubway. I debated a very dark (almost black) green for the grout but put it to a vote on IG stories and the clear winner was charcoal. Good choice, guys.
Check out the subtle veining. All the heart eyes.
Another game-changer in this room was partially installed a couple of weeks ago: undercabinet lighting. We knew we wanted to add this from the onset but weren’t sure how we wanted to fully integrate it. Up until this week, we’ve been plugging the lights into an extension cord.
We wanted to avoid installing a channel in the corners to hide the cord as I worried this would detract from the backsplash tile. I asked Marco how difficult it would be to tap into the wiring in our bedroom which is adjacent to the mudroom and install an outlet in the back of the upper cabinets. We could then drill a small hole in the bottom of the upper cabinet and feed the lighting wire through it to the outlet. He loved the idea, called me a genius and gave me a foot massage. Well, the first part is true anyway. On Tuesday, we finally got around to installing the outlet in the cabinet.
Now our cordless vacuum has an inconspicuous place to charge as well!
Want to know the best part? The lighting is motion activated. With a wave of a hand, we can turn it on and off. I feel like royalty when I use this thing. Just go with it-I’m easily entertained. This is one of my favorite features in our space (I know I say that about everything but I mean it this time, guys!). I can make out every little stain our garments try to hide from me. It’s pure magic.
And now for a purely aesthetic feature: my beloved oversized prints. I sent two of our favorite photos to Staples to be blown up…you know what I mean. The Ikea Ribba frames in black are perfect. The clean and simple frame composition draws attention to-without competing with-the subjects. I love that my family’s happy faces are the last things I see when I leave for work and the first things I see when I return home. I’m not crying-you’re crying!
We still have to pick up and install all of the trim before next week as well as accessorize, style and photograph the space. I’m suddenly feeling faint. Well, that’s it for today-gotta go breathe into a paper bag. I know-all of your jaws are on the floor that I have so little to say this week. Even I get tired of talking…sometimes. If you need more talking in your life (and who doesn’t?!) please head over and check out my fellow ORC participants! Have I mentioned they’re freakin’ killing it?! (That’s a good thing in this context, Grandma). Come walk with me down memory lane, won’t you?
Next week is the final reveal and we can’t wait to share our finished space with you guys. Thank you everyone for checking in with us and rooting us on week after week. We would not have made it to this point without your support. Seriously. Thank you.