Master Bath Renovation – Week 9

Things continue to progress with the master bathroom project.  Slowly.  But it’s progress nonetheless.

I think we’re nearing the end.

Only a few more weeks.  But didn’t I say that a few weeks ago?!  Oh well. Hopefully only a few more weeks.

Our windows are stuck in a truckers strike. Seriously.

So we are waiting for the windows. Because they can’t put trim up until the windows are installed. And they can’t paint the bathroom until the trim is installed….I think you get the point.

But we have some forward progress and it’s pretty exciting.

Countertops got installed.  Bathroom faucets too.

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I love the handles!

The shower fixtures were {mostly} installed. A tile cracked so now that the tile is fixed, they can come finish the plumbing fixtures.

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 And quartz was put on the shower seat and ‘curb’ going into the shower.

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Quartz was also put around the tub.

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As you can see, we’re nearing the finish line!!

I have some friends coming to town mid July and the contractor tells me we SHOULD be done by then!

I hope….

jen

Master Bath Renovation – week 6

Here we are, six weeks into the bathroom renovation.  This week, things really started coming together because…

…our tile was installed!

I love seeing a vision come to life. Something that was once on paper, slowly installed and creating a real life visual.

Pretty exciting.

I’m just going to dive right into the pictures. Because that’s what everyone wants to see, right?!

You may have seen this one on instagram…

our floors!

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And the shower….

(please pardon the iphone pics)

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What do you think?!

I absolutely love it.

Every bit.

Counters and sinks were installed yesterday. So make sure you come back next week for a week 7 update!

jen

If you’ve missed previous weeks, click below:

week 1, week 2, week 3/4, week 5

Master Bath Renovation – week 5

This wasn’t the most exciting week on the renovation home front.  Our tile was backordered.

Ugh.

The first backorder date was May 18th. Then it was due on the 20th. Then it was supposed to be  in on the following Monday, available to be picked up Tuesday. And so on and so on and so on.

Finally, Friday the tile arrived!

In preparation for the tile, the subfloor was laid down (that’s the orange part). And the heating element for the floors was woven in as well (that’s the red wire).

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Now you’re probably saying “Show me the tile!”

That’s what I’ve been saying all week long.

Here’s a sneak peak.

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The 2″ white hex will go all over the bathroom floors.  The shower floor will have a cement look with this 2″ gray mosaic.  The shower walls and  counter/bathtub backsplash will be white subway tile. And the shower niche will provide a bit of contrast and interest with this carrera marble.

I’ve got my fingers crossed that we get some tile laid this week!

jen

If you missed any of the past weeks of the master bathroom renovation, click below for:

week 1week 2week 3/4

Master Bath Renovation – Week 3 and 4

We’re one month into the bathroom renovation.  While week 3 did have some forward progress, it didn’t produce the most exciting of pictures. So I’m combining my post to include weeks 3 and 4.

If you’re just joining me, or in case you forgot, here are before pictures for you.  I wish they were worse pictures so you could really appreciate the age and status of the bathroom. But the light was (surprisingly) shining bright that day, washing out the striped wall paper.  And you can’t see the broken towel bars.  Though if you do look closely, you see a broken light on the far right.   Now that I’ve pointed out all the bad parts, here are the before pictures:

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And here are a few inspiration pictures for you to see where we are headed:

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Now on to the exciting part…current day!

They cut the hole for the bathtub and put up the wood trim on the outside of the tub area.

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And the shower made some progress too.  I’m not sure what you officially call this step, but it started to look more like a shower. So that’s a plus in my book!

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And the cabinet installation is now complete too.

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The tile arrives tomorrow. So I’m hoping we see some tile installation this week!

Stay tuned for more progress next week.

If you missed a previous post, click HERE for week 1. And HERE for week 2.

jen

Master Bath Renovation – Week 2

With Mother’s Day, I slacked on writing my week 2 master bathroom update! But things are moving right along.

I mentioned last week about my decision to shiplap or not to shiplap.  And after stewing about it one entire day, we said yes.  So this past week was mostly about getting the shiplap on the walls!

First of all, some of you may be asking “What is shiplap?”  Basically, it’s wood planking.

Let me know you a few inspiration pictures before we see my bathroom.

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Aren’t those bathrooms lovely!?

So you can imagine my excitement when I saw this laying in my driveway last week!

The shiplap arrived!!!

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It took most of the week to get it on the walls.  And while these may not be the worlds most exciting images to you, they’re pretty fun for me!

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I had a few people confused about my bathtub, one of which was my son.  He thought we might climb up a ladder to get into our new bathtub!  A hole will actually be cut for the tub and the tub dropped INTO the hole. So it will be a regular ol’ bathtub. Not a fun ladder/slide combo. Though that would be fun! Just probably not safe.

Also, the walls will be painted! My mom already told me that the bathroom looked like a sauna.  That’s only temporary! The room will be brighter and whiter when it’s finished.

My light fixtures arrived too.  I love them.  Though I’m questioning how they will fit with the rest of the bathroom.  They’re an dark/blackish color. Not a rubbed bronze.  Restoration Hardware calls it Aged Steel.

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Sherry Hart with Design Indulgence says that every room needs a little bit of black. So I’m hoping that these lights will coordinate ok and not look out of place.   Also, the curtain hardware will be black/aged steel, as will the hooks for our bath towels.  So I think in the end, it’ll all work together just fine.

So that’s it for week 2!  Yesterday started with a day of cabinet assembly!  Make sure you come back next week for another update.

If you missed it, click here to read about he master bathroom week 1 update.

jen

Christmas Home Tour {Part 2}

Welcome back!!

Yesterday, I shared part of our home, all decorated for the holidays.    And today, I’ll show you some more!

Come on in! We’ll start at the front door.

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We moved the bench and shelf from the entry and pulled this cabinet in for a change.

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The jumbo picture of our kids is an engineering print from Staples that cost less than $5. I had some art in this frame that I was tired of. So I painted the frame and added the picture of the kids instead!

Simple trees, and old toolbox with pinecones peeking out the lid add some color to the entry. With the addition of some twinkling lights on the trees too.

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Instead of garland on the railing, I hung wreaths this year instead.  I miss the glow of the lights that are usually there, but I enjoy changing things up a bit.  And behind that, you can catch a glimpse of the gallery wall that we updated when the entry was painted this past year.

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Here is the other side of the entry.

Flanking the door are the kids Santa pictures.  We go see him every year.  And while the pictures make for a busy display on the wall, it’s fun to watch the kids grow up year to year in the pictures.
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By the kitchen sink, I added some berries, ribbon and pinecones to the fern.

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Can you see the cute playhouse that I showed you yesterday just out the window?  I love that view.

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This summer we had a window seat built in the kitchen.  And just a few weeks ago, it was finally painted! We’re still waiting on the cushion to be made.  But I love how it adds so much seating to our kitchen. Comfortable seating!

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And since our family room and kitchen are an open concept, the window seat helps blend the two areas together.

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And there’s the cute playhouse again, just out the window again!

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And once again, more pinecones and red berries!

That wraps up our house tour this holiday season!

Thanks for following along!

jen

Christmas Home Tour {part 1}

Welcome!

Today I’d like to share a few rooms of my house, all decorated for the holidays.  I got an early start this year. I dragged the bins out of our attic before Thanksgiving, so things have been decorated for a while now.  But I neglected to take pictures until this week.  Of course, I also waited until it was dark and rainy, thus making for poor lighting.  But thank goodness for a tripod!

If you were walking into my home, I would like to think I’d offer you a cup of coffee. Or something to warm you up. But we’re not coffee drinkers.  So you don’t want me making you a cup o’ joe!  But I’d probably offer you a diet coke or some water – with the option of ice or no ice {I always choose ice. It make a drink more fun.}

OK. On to the tour.

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This bench isn’t typically behind the couch.  It’s originally from the entry, but last winter when we painted, I moved it over to the window in this room.  And now that we have a Christmas tree in that window, the poor bench has moved yet again.

The chalkboard above the fireplace is a recent addition to this room.  I was inspired by House Seven.  She has a similar one in her dining room that I fell in love with. So I buzzed over to Lowes and had them cut me a piece of plywood. I painted it, added some stained trim and the project was complete!

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I ordered a really long strand of these micro lights on Amazon.  They were inexpensive {$15 for 33 feet}, and they are DIMMABLE!  So instead of being a bright light that hurts your eyes, I can dial it down to 10% and it gives off a nice glow.

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And here is the tree.  We are at the stage of life when our tree has no theme.  The main idea with our tree is ‘anything goes’.  I add lights and red wooden berries. And the rest is a hodge podge of random ornaments.  One of which is an old Safeway receipt that Jack looped a piece of ribbon through.  It was the sweetest little ornament made by a toddler. So it still hangs on our tree all these years later.

I haven’t typically blogged much about the living room, because I didn’t love the room.  I was tired of the yellows walls and dark furniture. But we had our main floor painted this past winter.  And a few months ago, I had Dan help me switch the couches between the playroom and the living room. And I’m starting to love this room again! It’s so much brighter. And much more neutral, giving me more flexibility with my decorating.

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The couch is from the Pottery Barn and it has been well loved.  The cushions have been jumped on. Slept on. Moved around. Thrown around. And they show the wear and tear.  But it’s a really comfortable couch, and I find that we sit in this room a lot more now.  And last week, we added this rug from Rugs USA.  It’s a nice added layer of texture to the space.

I typically display Christmas cards on a little metal wall hanging.  But this year, I added some twine to an old door that I have leaning against the wall instead.

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Greens, ribbon and pinecones were added to the top of the door.  And when a card arrives in the mail,  we just attach it with a clothespin!

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This year we took down our play set since the kids had {mostly} outgrown it.  But we kept the cute house part of it because it had too much character to get rid of. And if no one wants to play in it, we can use it for storage.  My mom had the idea to add a wreath to the door,  which I love!  I can look right out my kitchen window and see this!
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The lights were leftover from summer.  So all we needed was the wreath, ribbon and rubber boots!

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Thanks for reading!  Please come back tomorrow for a few more pictures of our home!

jen

Painting: Family Room Update

A few weeks ago, we had the main floor of our house painted.  What a difference new paint can make!!  I shared a few pictures of our newly painted entry (And I still have more pictures to share!)  But today, I’ll show you our family room.   The wall color is the same as the entry: Benjamin Moor Classic Gray.

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In case you forgot what the family room looked like, here is a before picture.

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… B E F O R E …

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… B E F O R E …

And now, with a fresh coat of Benjamin Moor Classic Gray paint…..

 . . . t h e   a f t e r . . .

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I think the picture below is my favorite.  If you look at the before pictures, I had an old door propped here.  When we painted, I of course had to move things out of the room. When we pushed the couch back in place, I decided to move around the wall decor. This chalkboard found a new home here.

The cotton stem is from everyone’s favorite new HGTV show, Fixer Upper.  I ordered a bunch from Magnolia Homes and this stem was an extra one that didn’t fit in my vase…so it found a casual home on top of this frame!

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And here is a peek to the right of our sectional…

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I have an old cabinet that was always a challenge to open up. So I took the doors off! Now the cabinet is more functional, and I now have a fun  accessory to decorate with….old cabinet doors!

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I had a faded boxwood wreath in my garage that I hung from black and white striped ribbon.  It felt good to put the old wreath to use (instead of throwing it out).  And I love how it brightened up the doors!

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Now, swinging over to the others side of the room sits Dan’s chair.  It’s the Hathaway Swivel Glider from Crate and Barrel. We special ordered it in a linen fabric about 18 months ago.  I think it blends nicely with the couch.

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And recently, I picked up this lumbar pillow on a whim from World Market.  I hadn’t planned on putting it on this chair, but I love it there!

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There are still a few tweaks that we need to make to the room {like replacing the well loved area rug}. But for now, painting the room was the perfect update!

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Thanks for humoring me and looking through my many pictures today!

jen

Simple DIY Wall Painting for Christmas

A few weeks ago, I found this great {and simple} DIY Christmas wall hanging at Emily A. Clark’s blog.  {If you don’t already follow her blog, it’s a must read!}

I loved it so much that I made my own!

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I’m not an artist. And I can say that it was really easy! Just head over to Emily’s blog for a quick tutorial on how to make your own.

I made several for gifts and it was neat seeing how each one turned out different than the other.

I wasn’t sure where I’d hang mine…..and it finally landed in my powder room!

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DUCK CLOTH WALL HANGING SIMPLE DIY PROJECT

Thanks for stopping by today! Hard to believe that it’s only a few more days until Christmas.  I hope you’re ready to celebrate and can avoid the mall these next few days.

jen

Christmas House Tour – Part 2

Welcome back!  Sorry for the delay in getting the rest of my Christmas pictures to you!  Emmie was in a local production of the Nutcracker, so our weekend was quiet full.  It was so much fun, and quite exhausting at the same time.

A few days ago, I shared Part 1 of my Christmas house tour.  Thank you for coming back to see the rest of the house!  I won’t add much text….just scroll down to enjoy some more pictures….lots of pictures!

I ditched the standard tree skirt this year and went for a $12 galvanized bucket from Home Depot instead.

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We only have one Christmas tree. So it holds all of the ornaments.

Emmie helped me decorate the tree this year too, so the spacing isn’t perfect.  And the tree has a slight lean to it. And we were short on lights this year, too.

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It’s not magazine worthy, but it makes us smile.

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Our powder room has a bit of a neutral feel….

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And yet another burlap wrapped tree!

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O HOLY NIGHT PRINT

BOTTLE BRUSHES, CANDLES AND PINE CONES

And the front porch…

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LANTERNS ON FRONT PORCH WITH GREENS AND PINECONES

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 Thanks for coming on my holiday house tour!  And if you missed part 1, click here.

jen

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