Wednesday, August 22, 2012

half bath

Nothing about our half bathroom was done to our liking. But we knew it would be a job to make it over so we were patiently waiting for the right time to attack it. Six years later, the time was right! Jordan tore out the three levels of flooring (the ugly vinyl tile, the white and gray tile underneath the vinyl, and the original wood flooring beneath the tile) until he finally reached the sub-floor. Next came the beadboard... the worst part of the demo. Our walls are plaster and there is chicken-wire in the walls as well (to hold the plaster together). Removing walls around here is never fun or easy! After cleaning up the mess, we finally had a blank canvas to work with. Now we had to decide what we wanted to do with it. Our style around our house is something of a modern farmhouse with industrial decor. What that means to us is clean lines with old, natural materials. We have very similar likes and dislikes and with Jordan's talents as a carpenter, it was easy for us to come up with a solution for the space. This is what we came up with:

We put the horizontal boards in place and painted them. I absolutely love the look of plank walls! We got a new toilet, sink, faucet, and light fixture. Jordan built the sink base with some reclaimed lumber. We laid the wood flooring, sanded, and painted it white. Jordan turned the awkward, wasted space (unseen in the picture but to the left of the sink) into a closet. I painted the room in a white cream and the ceiling in my most favorite shade of gray. We're going to attack the mirror with some acid to distress it some and we still have to decide what to place above the toilet. Actually, we're pretty sure that some of Jordan's antique gears are going to be placed in that spot, we just haven't gotten to it yet.

This sink is one of my most favorite items in the house! I just love it's shape and size and I think it works so perfectly in this space. 

I searched high and low for a before picture of the bathroom but cannot find one. That is so unlike me. I think I snap a shot of a room everytime I paint and especially before we demolish a room. But not this room, I guess. So imagine with me: some cheap, ugly beadboard (that had been up since we purchased the house), an old toilet, a not-so-special vanity.  Also, there was a small, useless cubby where I stored the broom, mop, and vacuum behind a curtain.  But that space became an official closet.  We actually lost half of the size of the closet because the refrigerator that was butted up to it from the other side was pushed back (which meant another wall demo!)  But losing space in the already tiny closet just forced us to organize!  We put in these simple shelves which I love!  And I only use Norwex products (and you should totally do the same!) so there is plenty of space!

We love our new bath room! And I must brag about my husband here! He's just amazing and can make anything happen. We really enjoy working with each other and getting our kids in on the 'fun' too. I love it that Jordan can turn our conjured ideas into something that can be seen and...painted!

And someday I will take pictures of my home projects in the daylight where things are better reflected as they are seen!  But... realistically it isn't quite as orderly and clean in the natural daylight hours when my kids are awake!

home makeover

Wow.  I have not updated this blog in a looong time.  I'm kind of embarassed at some of the things I have done to our house in the past but it is still fun to look back on what we've done and how our style has evolved.  So I guess I'm back to posting on this website for awhile to continue documenting what we are doing and have done with the house.  A lot has changed since the last post!

We bought our home seven years ago and we haven't stopped reconstructing it since! We have replaced all of the trim, half of the doors, taken out two walls, finished off most of our basement, have added paneling, pulled out and replaced the flooring, new countertops, all new light fixtures, new sinks, added built-ins, painted (I'm slightly embarrassed to admit that each room has been painted over at least twice) and so much more. And still, the to-do list goes on.....
We have done everything ourselves and we love to do it. We love to get creative and with many projects we start in this 1950's ranch, we run into issues with the house we have to troubleshoot our way through. But the end result is always so worth it! It's our hobby, something we love to do together. Jordan and I have similar taste that has evolved over the years and we like to turn our ideas into reality. We do frequent check-ups on each other to make sure that the house projects are 'just hobbies'. It's important to us that we are content with our house. And we are. But we really enjoy change, too.
When we bought the house, we didn't foresee living here for too long. I'm not sure that we ever put a limit on how long we'd stay. We just figured something better would come along and we'd probably raise our family elsewhere. But we love this area and now our house is so custumized to our liking. We've made a decision that we'll probably be here for awhile. We're going to add another bedroom eventually to accomodate our growing family and, who knows, maybe we'll put the kids through all of their school years while we're here.
The house has changed more in this year than in any other, I would say. I've been wanting to post about all of these changes but just haven't even known where to begin! Also, I just don't feel like a room is ever complete over here because I've got all of these plans and intentions inside my head. But I don't think that'll ever stop. So here goes... I'm just going to take it one room at a time! Stay tuned....