It’s Happening!

I’ve talked about our downstairs bathroom before, but last night I had a super not-even-remotely-a-secret meeting with my aunt about it. She offered ever so sweetly to help me rehab the bathroom as my Christmas present. She has insane amounts of experience with this stuff. She and her siblings are basically gutting and redoing an entire house for their parents. They added a second floor all on their own! So yeah, I’m gonna take the help.

She has some great ideas and I can’t wait to see what she has in store for me. I was too afraid to tackle that vanity top, but she says it’s out of here!

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I showed her the towels and hardware I bought for my little plan so those will be the springboard for the design. She is the kind of person who can envision a room and execute it perfectly. Actually, all my aunts are that talented. I’m a very lucky neice. So stay tuned for the revision of my bathroom plans!

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Our House Has a Habit

Ok, maybe two habits. One is buying glorious furniture from Goodwill. Seriously, I feel like something is better if someone owned it before me. I feel like they have been searching for me and now we are soulmates. I snagged this cabinet from goodwill for $10! It’s now laundry room storage.

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Let’s not forget my Lamp for $25!

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And our newest addition, the Bar.  It is actually a sewing table and the top flips out to reveal a lower area where a sewing machine would sit. We have some exciting plans for the bar possibly including 2 new paint colors, storage, refrigeration/ice, and pizzazz. The kicker? We nabbed him for the low low price of $7! That’s a pretty sweet deal.

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Stay tuned for his makeover.  Let’s not talk about that fact we felt the need for a bar.

Have you customized/repurposed any of your furniture at home?

Feeling a Little Moody

Between painting the living room, stairs and upstairs hallway and renovating the bathroom, I haven’t had any time to beautify my room.  The ceiling is just orange from nicotine and the once kind of cute country wallpaper has seen better decades. So I lie in bed at night dreaming of an airy, comfortable room that is easy on the eyes. To keep cabin fever at bay, I put together this moodboard on Olioboard, a free moodboard making website.

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My room needs some blue and green (my two favorite colors), and some deep wood tones.  I love furniture with clean lines that feels a little tiny bit retro. The bed in the mood board is similar to what I am looking for: upholsterd, no footboard and wide sideboards. Right now we only have one bedside table that I’ve managed to cover with books, a jewelry box, a lamp, a box of sewing stuff, and half a dozen stretched out hair ties. Let’s not even talk about the state of my desk.

Unlike all those posh pictures in magazines with beds with white duvets, I like my comforter to be the star. I have a duvet from Ikea that they don’t make anymore, but I love it. It’s bold, fresh and has all my favorite colors in it. So far, it’s the only thing in my room I like other than my brand new fluffy Target pillows.  I’d like to bring in some new curtains, a few pillows and a nice rug to spice up the room.

To continue with the spicing, I have been looking around for some interesting, but cheap artwork.  Nothing too huge or stuffy.  We like graphic and nature inspired up in here. Right now we have our initials hanging above 0ur bed.  I printed off some cute monogram samples and slapped an ampersand up there. Imagine this, but framed and on a wall. A & K. I’ll post a picture one day.

The moodboard is just here to give me hope that one day I’ll have a room that I love that I’m not afraid to show my friends.

A Look Back

I started this blog a little more than 4 months ago to document my journey from woman-child (like man-child?) to adult. It has also been a  good reminder of all the things I’ve actually finished because I tend to get bogged down by what still needs to be done. So I’m going to share with you a few gems from the last year and a half I’ve lived here. Let’s begin with my crowning glory: the master bath.  In the summer of 2011, I packed up my stuff and moved in with my man. We share the master bedroom and we get our own bathroom. For someone who has shared bathrooms with 5 other people per household, that’s bordering on a miracle. The kicker was that the bathroom had only one working feature – the sink. So that means no shower, and no toilet. They were both out of commission.  What’s the point then?  The bathroom also featured this wallpaper:

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I wasted no time in attempting to tackle that wallpaper to the ground and send it packing. Then I discovered that whoever put up the wallpaper chose not to prime the walls before. Each color on the wall is a different layer. The yellow is adhesive, the white is mud where the drywall comes together, the brown in the ripped paper front of the drywall and the blue is the Dif wallpaper spray staining the drywall.

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Once I realized this, I had to stop.  This was way above my paygrade. We had a painter come in to remove the wallpaper and fix up the walls and he did a great job. Then our landlord (aka my bf’s dad) hired a contractor to fix everything else.  We have a new shower stall, sink, toilet, vanity, medicine cabinet and tile. Literally everything in the bathroom is new.  This bathroom is lightyears ahead of what it used to be. He also repaired our kitchen ceiling that had been damaged by water from our master bath as well.

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We’ve since painted the walls a happy green (although I was going for a sageish green so I might repaint). Now that you’ve reveled in the glory that is the baster bathroom, I would like to share with you the results of hiring a crappy contractor. The man that rehabbed my bathroom did a WONDERFUL job.  The contractor that was hired before him was absolutely terrible. He rehabbed the shared bathroom upstairs.  The only think that was done well was the tile, which he hired someone else to do. About a week after he “finished” the bathroom, I came home to water dripping from my living room ceiling.  The ceiling looked as if it was going to cave at any second.  I poked a hole in the distended ceiling and let the water fall into a bucket. We thought it was a plumbing issue so we called a plumber.  He promptly cut a hole in our ceiling and told us nothing was wrong. SOMEONE didn’t caulk around the bathtub.  All 4 of our shower water was pooling under the tub and leaking into our neighbor’s house as well. So we were left with this:

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The same painter who fixed my bathroom walls came and patched the ceiling, leaving us with this:

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It looked so much better, but I was still disappointed that it had to happen at all. What would have cost us $5 to fix ended up costing us hundreds. All because of one man’s negligence. In the end, I’m glad we now have fully functional bathrooms and ceilings, but it was quite a journey.  We started with 2 of 3 toilets operational and basically no shower to 3 functional if not super visually appealing bathrooms.

En El Baño

After the painting is complete (full pics up soon), we will be taking charge of the bathroom on the first floor.  When we first moved in, it was the only bathroom in the house that was completely functional despite it’s lack of visual appeal.  Once our other 2 bathrooms were serviceable, meaning both the showers and both the toilets worked, we finally took it upon ourselves to get down to business (pun intended) in the downstairs baño.  It’s the bathroom people use when we have guests over so I’d like it to be nice. I don’t want my friends and family wondering if they should get a tetanus booster after leaving my house. Right now it’s kind of rough in there.

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Delicious faux marbling!

In a fit of productivity, my sister went crazy on the wallpaper.  It was a 40 year old, grimy floral print that just needed to go. The reoccuring issue with this house is that no one thought to put primer under the wallpaper.  They just stuck it right on the drywall. The adhesive bonded the wallpaper to the paper front of the drywall so when the wallpaper came down so did the front of the drywall. MAJOR PROBLEM. We had a few choices:

  1. Replace the drywall
  2. Hire someone to skim coat the walls
  3. Attempt refinishing the walls ourselves

We went ahead and have been refinishing the walls ourselves.  Please note this is not something you should try without doing a lot of research before.  I am going to be completely honest and tell you that I was way too impatient not to do this my way.  We picked up some DAP spackle that specifically says not to use it for skim coating. Once again, I’m incredibly independent/foolhardy. My sister spackled and sanded, then covered the walls with bonding primer.  Then she repeated those steps. I’m going to repeat them tonight to finish it off. The walls are definitely improved.  She did a great job of fixing the difference in thickness between the areas where the wallpaper ripped the drywall and the rest of the wall.

The walls are nearly completely smooth.  I think they just need one more once over.

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A particularly rough area

In preparation of having a bathroom I can be proud of, I also painted the gold mirror frame to freshen it up. What color? You shall see.

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Our Bathroom Redo Checklist

  • Paint mirror frame
  • Paint cabinet
  • Buy new hardware
  • Install new faucet
  • Patch walls
  • Paint walls
  • Replace toilet seat
  • Tile floor
  • Create/buy bathroom art

After painting the mirror frame, I also painted the cabinet with some paint we had left over from the basement (Bone Folder by Martha Stewart) and sealed it for wipeability.  The cabinet was a dark brown and it wasn’t working for me. I like bathrooms to be light and fun.  I know you saw the sink. It’s hard to miss. I don’t think it’s in the budget to replace it right now and I’m not sure about using countertop paint on it so it’s staying – for now. I also bought some new hardware for the cabinets.  I could not take the weird distressed brass/gold thing going on in there so brushed nickel it is!  My aunt is going to show me the tiling ropes so hopefully we can pull this bathroom into modern times together.

Do you have any major projects on your agenda? Think I can tackle this?