One Room Challenge: Downstairs Loo, Week 3

Week 3 of the One Room Challenge brought a battle with the toilet, some meddling with the door frame, and a decision on flooring.

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Last week, we decided to change the flooring in the loo (despite originally thinking that we would keep what was already there). I leaned towards a patterned tile at first, but it was just too busy in the room and detracted from the wallpaper that I intend to be the star attraction. Instead, I opted for something more neutral in warm tones to complement the gold accessories. I chose an oak-effect ceramic tile that I will lay in a herringbone pattern, and I have now added that to my updated moodboard.

The House that Will | One Room Challenge Downstairs Loo powder room moodboard

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As we begin to emerge out of this coronavirus lockdown, I feel it is really important to support Irish companies, and especially small local businesses. To that end, I want to give a special mention to JP and Brian at Cutting Edge Tiles in Galway. I was able to arrange a socially-distanced appointment at their showroom in Ballybrit, pay for the tiles over the phone, and collect them the following day. Cutting Edge has long been my favourite tile store, stocking great styles and with very knowledgable staff. I should be clear that they haven't asked me to mention them, I am not getting paid to do so, and I didn't get any special treatment as a blogger - I just believe in giving credit where credit is due, and this is just one example of the fantastic service I have experienced at the store while working on several different home renovations over the past decade. 


I described last week how we want to make some changes to the layout of this part of the house, one of which is to flip the swing of the loo door so the handle is on the opposite side. My carpentry skills are pretty basic, so this is one job where I needed hubby's help. 

With the door taken off its hinges, I brought it out into the garden to sand and prime it. Unfortunately, the birds didn't exactly co-operate with my efforts. 

The House that Will | One Room Challenge Downstairs Week 3

This actually happened twice in the space of a couple of hours! However, I perservered and managed to get both sides primed before the rain came.

Meanwhile, hubby worked on the door frame, cutting new rebates for the hinges and strike plate. 

The House that Will | One Room Challenge Downstairs Week 3

After checking that the door was hung correctly, we removed the door again so that we could work on the door frame because the old rebates for the hinges and the strike box (where the lock fits into the frame) needed to be filled in. Hubby used an electric plane to make thin wafers of wood the same depth of the rebate, which we then cut to size and glued and nailed into place.

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Then I built up wood filler around the patch to smooth it out.

The House that Will | One Room Challenge Downstairs Week 3

I haven't finished painting the door yet, but even with just the primer done, the patches are almost invisible.

The House that Will | One Room Challenge Downstairs Week 3

On the door itself, Hubby used a chisel to cut out the new rebates for the hinges. Then I cut a wooden block to size and screwed it into the new hinge rebate. I used the block to protect the rebate as I worked woodfiller into the old rebate to fill it in. 

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I have filled and prepped the walls, but I'm holding off on starting the painting until after we have finished all the dirty work in here, such as core-drilling the wall. 

The House that Will | One Room Challenge Downstairs Week 3

We also finished gutting the room, removing the sink, toilet, and radiator. Because we used a lot of silicone when installing the toilet, it put up quite a resistance to be being removed. Eventually, we ended up breaking the tiles underneath the toilet and removing the toilet with the tiles still attached! Lucky thing we had intended replacing the floor anyway. I documented it all on my Instagram stories @thehousethatwill and it is saved in my highlights under ORC Loo.

The House that Will | One Room Challenge Downstairs Week 3


My little WC door plaque arrived in the post during the week. With so many doors leading off our utility room, guests often walked into our hot press (airing cupboard) when looking for the loo. So hopefully this will help spare our unsuspecting visitors the indignity of walking into a roomful of our smalls hanging out to air!

The House that Will | One Room Challenge Downstairs Week 3
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So that's all the progress I have to report this week. As I speak, Hubby is getting set up to start core-drilling the external wall to run drainage for our washing machine, so I'll let you know next week how that goes. And don't forget to check in on all the other One Room Challenge participants who are undertaking some fantastic projects in homes all over the world. 


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