I knew as soon as I read the email that it would change everything about my One Room Challenge...
In the best possible way.
Remember that moment in school when the person you've had a crush on for a while finally smiles at you from across the room? Well I've been crushing on Tonic Living, the online fabric store, for years. Truly, I used Tonic Living for my very first client and they made the roman shades and pillows for her room. I have since used their fabric for numerous clients (especially the Modern Bungalow Project) but never for myself. Then I received an email from Tonic Living, (Ohmygosh my crush was not just smiling, but talking to me!) congratulating me on being part of the One Room Challenge, and asking if I'd like to partner with them for an element in the room. Dying.
Of course they were probably thinking of a couple pillows--something small and easy. Then I broke the news that I was actually doing a bathroom. Would they consider creating a custom shower curtain? What I wanted was slightly needy, work intensive, yards of fabric. Of course it couldn't be simple...
First I had to narrow down which fabric I would even use from their huge selection! Here were a few contenders.
Should I go more simple? Less color? They would all look "nice", but I'm more of a go-big-or-go-home kind of gal.
The fabric had to fit in my overall color scheme (inspiration below) and be approved my boys. It is their bathroom after all...
To convince Tonic Living that I was, in fact, going to turn this bathroom around into something fab, I sent them this design board. The Ming Dragon fabric by Dwell Studio was approved by my kids (dragons make florals work for boys) and let's face it, is just a stunning pattern. The colors were spot on for my bathroom makeover.
Thank God Tonic Living said yes to my crazy custom shower curtain!
So last week we ended with my shower doors removed, which I explained was a MUCH bigger job than I expected and I was still struggling to remove the film of silicone caulk. Turns out I now know what removes silicone. Anger. ;-) Yep, if you get mad enough at the silicone for trying to drag you down and defeat you in the One Room Challenge, you can use your fine grit sanding block to remove the caulk. Basically, brutt strength and determination came into play here. Little did I know that there was so much work ahead.
If I was going to have a gorgeous custom shower curtain from Tonic Living, then I could hardly keep the yellow tub and dingy tiles, or the beige toilet, OR the cheap floors. Am I right?!
I found this gray, linen-like tile for the floor, and my tile guy installed it in a record time. Truly, it was just meant to be.
He gave me the estimate Wednesday, I bought the tile on Thursday, and he installed it on Friday. Everything happened so fast! Originally I wasn't even planning to replace the floor, but once we had the beautiful marble counter it became even more obvious that the floors needed to relate better to the room and not be the cheapest tile from a box store.
We were on a major time crunch. The One Room Challenge is only six weeks, and I would need the curtain finished and installed before the reveal. While my guy was installing the bathroom floor, two packages came in the mail...I wish you could have seen my face when I opened them.
First, this five foot valance, with PIPING (love details)...very carefully wrapped in plastic, folded neatly, and crazy easy installation directions.
Then this box with approximately six yards of fabric. If you follow on Instagram you probably saw this picture. I could have cried, the colors are so beautiful and perfect for my bathroom. It was obvious as soon as I opened the carefully packed box, that this curtain was so well made. Perfect hems, back tabs so that they drape nicely, no short cuts here. Just perfection.
The floor was finished but my tub was still yellow and that wouldn't do! I had been dreading this part since the beginning of the One Room Challenge. This is where the rubber meets the road. Or more accuratly, where the rubber meets the tile. I had to paint my tub and tile. I used a tub and tile kit from Lowe's. The preparation/cleaning for this project is so extensive, that it took endless hours. Again, much more work than I anticipated. There was actually blood, sweat, and tears. I'll do a full review on my blog at a later date.
But now it's done! Yellow tub and tile be gone.
Remember the ugly vent in the middle of my fancy glass block window? Covered it with a mirror. I just used velco tabs and it was fixed within minutes.
We even have a fancy new toilet, also from Lowe's. Husband installed it himself with no problem. No, this isn't sponsored by Lowe's, it's just a great toilet. Who knew switching from beige to white would be so glorious. OK, so we probably all knew that, but really, it has made a HUGE difference.
Once the tub and tile were finished, I could
finally install my shower curtain!
The valance would hang from ceiling height on the wall above the tub. Tonic Living wrapped the wood in fabric, pre-drilled the holes and provided the screws for installation. The whole process took about three minutes. The valance was a *perfect* fit. Once the wooden rod was installed on the wall, I simply velcroed the valance, gorgeous piping and all, to the wood.
I mean...this valance is everything.
As I predicted, the colors are stunning against the Lead Gray wall color. There is a hidden pleat on each end of the valance, and a box pleat exactly centered in the middle. I love that you can really see the dragons because the valance is flat. It hangs so nicely.
Next I hung the drapes from the curtain rod, hidden under the valance. The fabric is fully lined and crazy well made. I could sleep in this bathroom, I love the fabric so much.
I still need to install the art and accessories, but a double panel shower curtain with valance is by far the focal point.
I'm saving the full reveal for next week. I need to
save some surprises for the last week!
Thank you to Tonic Living for their generous contribution to my bathroom. I am incredibly grateful, and I know it has made the room. Not only do they sell beautiful fabric, but Tonic Living makes custom window treatments, pillows, cushions, and shower curtains. I hope you visit their site and check out their selection. They are very easy to work with and always getting new fabrics. Although the curtain was courtesy of Tonic Living, all opinions are my own.
Thank you for reading! I can't wait to see what everyone else has done this week. There are some really incredible rooms coming together for this challenge! Just click through the list below to visit them all.
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