Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Our Master Bath Remodel: Before & After

This master bathroom has undergone such a transformation, that even two months later, it's still a bit of a shock.

If anything in the house needed to get done, it was this room! We are so grateful to God for providing the means to fix our bathroom. The mold and moisture was so bad, we stopped using it about a month before demo. You'll see what I mean in a minute.

Over the years, I tried to do a couple quick fixes, including removing the shower door and painting. I also revamped the cabinets, like you see in the rest of the house.

Here's two shots of the bathroom right before we moved all our stuff out for demo. 
Ugly and ugly.

The shower is absolutely disgusting. 
There were more close- up photos that made it look worse, 
but I can't even post those for you, it's that bad.

Let's get into some demo photos...

They removed that old shower tile in like 30 mins. It felt so rewarding seeing that go!

Removing the old floor tile, however, did not go as quickly. 
The concrete and grout they used, was on really thick! It took several different jackhammers to remove! 
And then, they found old vinyl flooring underneath! 

Here we are making some progress! Wohoo! 
The floor tile is down and the shower wall tile is coming together nicely! 


After close to a week, we finally had a beautiful working bathroom!

Things I've learned from Bathroom Remodels:

  • Be willing to be flexible. So many components didn't pan out like I had hoped they would during this process. From little things like shower fixtures not fitting with piping, to workers working here on the weekends, my motto was "just go with it". The biggest change was that this master shower was supposed to be a large soaking tub, not a shower stall. (If you want more on that story, ask me in person- it's a heart breaker.)
  • Decide on your design ideas well ahead of time, and don't budge! I had been dreaming and researching ideas for years, before we were ever at a place to have the work done. Once the money was ready, I was ready with my ideas too! Oh, and don't let anyone talk you into something else. The tile guys hated the blue paint in both bathrooms, and very much told me so!
  • Take turns with your spouse with overseeing the work. Being cooped up in the house with workers is just flat-out not fun. It's stressful, it's loud, it's dusty, and they ask you questions every half hour. My advice would be to switch off days, on who's being the contractor for the project and staying home that time. 
  • Remove everything and anything yourself. The more demo you can do on your own, the better. I would only recommend this if you've done it yourself before, or are just feeling really confident. My thoughts on this stem from just knowing that workman want to do the job they were paid for, quickly. They will re-tile over old flooring (especially vinyl) all day long. They're not going to take the time to make sure the sub-floor is as smooth as you would. It's not their house.
  • And... just know that you will be the one "finishing". This part I didn't realize, and was pretty shocked after the fact. I think I mentioned this in my kitchen posting, but basically, just know that there will be other fixes you have to do on your own once the major project is done. Touch up painting from where the wall was nicked, buying new items that got ruined in the process (shower caddy, etc), all those little "edits" will be on you. The biggest fix we had to do after the fact, was adjust the new glass shower door in the master. The workman hung it at an angle, in an effort to quickly finish up and leave for the day. I could have lived with it, or what we did, was take the time to adjust over and over again until it was level. Thank goodness my husband is a patient man! 

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Our Guest Bath Remodel: Before & After

February was so much of an intense month with renovation, that I've needed about two months to recoup. But, as promised, here are the photos from our bath remodels! I'll show you the guest bath today, and then the master tomorrow! 

In a small house, I think it just really makes sense to keep the bathrooms the same, or very similar in style and finishes. For this remodel, we put the same floor tile and shower tile in both bathrooms. They both actually have the same wall color too (although that was an accident, more on that later!). Both rooms feel bigger and more cohesive. 

Ok, let's get into the photos! 

Here's some back-in-the-day photos I found of this guest bathroom.. Yikes! 

The above photo is from the house listing. 
I have no idea how the previous family lived with this! 
Notice: full wall mirror, honey oak cabinet with no knobs, 
vinyl flooring, super dark brown paint

And this (above) photo was right as we moved in. 
We made some minimal changes, and the first to go was that large wall mirror. 
We also lightened it up with a neutral paint. 

Then we made various other changes over the two years, but this photo from October of last year, was the only one I could find. 
Notice: dark stained cabinet with knobs, new toilet, new light fixture, new faucet, beadboard, and a more bold paint. 
I was going for a pumpkin color, but it ended up looking Tuscan-inspired, aka absolutely hideous. 
A few weeks later I finally painted because it looked so awful, 
and used some leftover blue paint from the master bath. 

Ok, now that we've seen this bathroom's multiple changes, let's get into the demo!!! 

Wow! That was quick! 

Much better! 

We had the guys re-tile the floor, and re-tile the shower stall up to the ceiling. 
I also got a deeper soaking tub. Yay!


After the guys finished the shower stall, tub, and flooring, 
we had a little bit of money to finally get a new sink vanity top. 

I can't even believe it, but this entire room is complete. 
It's 100% finished, and 100% beautiful! 

What do you think? 

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Old Furniture Just Keeps Finding Me

This past weekend, a neighbor across the street put out a few pieces of furniture by the curb for the trash man to take on Tuesday.

More often then not, the curb-side furniture has severe water damage, is rotted, or is just falling apart. So, I noticed these pieces, but didn't pay them much mind. I figured the local pickers might drive by and take them anyway.

Well, they sat for the whole weekend (granted it was a holiday weekend), so I figured I'd take look since I was outside anyway. Much to my surprise, they were in fabulous condition! I was so shocked! No water damage, no missing pieces, and still pretty sturdy.

So of course I had to have them!

I sent my husband to ring the doorbell and see if they would mind if we took the furniture. They were thrilled! Apparently, both the dresser and secretary belonged to the wife's mother, so they were happy they were going to a good home to get some tlc.

What do you think of my finds?

From my research, I can place this piece as made in the 1950's. 
It was made in the French Provincial style, which was actually quite popular then. 
We tend to only think of mid-century modern when we think of the 50's, but French Provincial for bedroom sets (think feminine lines, whites and pastels) was super popular too. 

I know this looks pretty darn rough. And yes, you're pretty much right. 
My best guess would be that someone painted this piece white at one time, and then wanted to re-do it again and sanded it down (hence all the different colors and strokes). 
Or, maybe the white paint never happened, and this is the original piece that someone stripped and sanded down. 

Fortunately, all the hardware and door inserts were in a Ziploc bag just waiting to be put back together! Wohoo! That never happens.

They even got fancy on me and painted all the hardware gold. 
WHY oh WHY do people do that?!
I'm telling you-- original hardware is always the best! 

I can tell it's been painted by the bleeding in the back (see above). 
I'm going to have to use some chemicals and strip all that off. 

I could tell right away that this piece was missing something. The brace screws in the back told me that this dresser once had a mirror attached on top. Sadly, we don't have that piece, but that's alright! 

Above and below are images I found on a web search desperately trying to find what this dresser originally looked like. By using the maker's mark found inside a drawer, I at least had a starting point. 

Because I found two separate photos that have this off-white/cream/faint pink color shown, and knowing that color scheme was popular in the 1950's, I feel pretty confident that these photos show the dresser in it's original state. 

But of course I couldn't just take one piece of furniture... I had to also grab the secretary that was curb-side!

She's also a little rough... 

Obviously the paint is in bad shape. One shelf is missing. 
A set of drawer pulls are missing. 

However, this is going to be amazing storage for our home! 
I'm thinking office work station- laptop storage, deep drawers for office supplies, note cards, etc. 

This piece should be an easy flip, with just paint needed, a change of hardware and adding a shelf.

I've seen some beautiful flips of old secretaries on Pinterest. My contenders for paint colors include a deep navy, dark charcoal, or a sunflower yellow.

With this piece, I'm not as concerned with preserving the original look, as it's not as substantial or expensive as the lady's dresser above. I think I can go a little more wild with this one.

Well, I guess these will keep me busy this summer! "After" photos coming soon!
Happy furniture flipping!

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