Monday, September 14, 2015

Leaky Tub = Bathroom Renovation

I know I said last post that I would be sharing an update on the covered porch, but in true "Jessica" fashion I'm switching gears and talking about our master bathroom remodel. (Hoping to have a covered porch update before the snow starts flying. :) )

So we're remodeling our master bathroom. Sort of.

This was a completely unanticipated project spurred by a jacuzzi tub leak that led to demolition of our bathroom floors in order to get rid of moisture and mold.  We always planned on painting and updating fixtures and replacing the "Nemo" accent tile (super cute for kiddos but no kiddos here yet), but that was really all. I'm not really a tub person, per se, but when we bought the house, the jacuzzi tub seemed more of an "oh that's nice to have" than a "what a money pit that is. Run!"  Boy was I wrong.  After two plumbers and dropping untold sums to fix a leak (THAT'S STILL NOT FIXED), not to mention the damage to our floors and downstairs ceilings I am singing a different tune.  Damn that jacuzzi tub!

Since we have a full bathroom downstairs, we're opting to take out the tub completely and replace it with a large tiled shower.  I don't think we're hurting ourselves for resale considering there's a tub downstairs and I think a lot of people find large showers to be more luxsurious anyways? Don't tell me if that's not the case...

I'm really bummed about those floors, though.  While they're pretty much one of the cheapest tiles you can pick out at Lowe's, they're still pretty with their vintage vibe.  Bye floors.

To save some money, we're keeping the existing vanity and countertop.  Is it what I would pick? No. Is it completely functional?  Yes.  We're definitely going to paint it white and I'm thinking of replacing the drawer fronts and cabinet doors with something more shaker style.  I'd like to update the faucets with something a little more "stylish" less "functional".  Sometimes style over function wins.

In other exciting news, we're getting a new commode and we'll be updating the lighting, mirror, and other fixtures.  Here's what we picked out for tile.

We're going with the 3x12 glass subway tile in "smoke" for the shower walls.  "Smoke" looks more green than gray in person and I think it really compliments the existing countertops.  The shower floor and shampoo cubbies will be tiled in white polished penny tile and we're using a 6" x 24" porcelain tile laid in an offset pattern on the bathroom floors.  

To be honest this wouldn't be the tile that I'd select if I was doing a bathroom 100% from scratch, but sometimes you have to work with what you have and this is the perfect exercise in doing so.    Can you feel the beachy, zen vibe we're going for?

After 1.5 days of demo, things are looking pretty bare bones.

PS:  I don't post nearly as often as I'd like (damn real job!), but I do post on Instagram at least a few times a week.  You can follow me at JessHouse2Home for more frequent updates!

UPDATE: My awesome husband (who spent most of Sunday on a ladder demoing tile from the walls instead of on the couch watching Sunday Football) requested I add a picture of his hard work.  From his iPhone to this blog post, here you go honey! Hard work much appreciated. 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

An Update on the Sunroom Remodel (Finally!)

Howdy!  I can't quite seem to figure out where the time goes or how entire months pass in (what seems like) the blink of an eye.  I think it has something to do with getting older.... :/

Back in June, I shared how we were beginning our sunroom remodel  among many other projects.  Well, the sunroom has actually been done for more than a month now.  I still need to finish up some fun things like caulking and painting, but the construction is dunzo.

A reminder of where we started:

The space was pretty much unusable with low ceilings and fogged windows.  In the summer, it was too hot and in the winter it was freezing.  Since we use this as our main entry, I thought it would be better to open up the space and turn it into an open-air covered porch.

Baxter approving of his new perch...

And then he got the boot to make way for new decking.

We went with a composite decking and vinyl and pvc posts to save on maintenance down the road.

And I got the dutch door that I've been wanting!

Part deux of the remodel (including some of the finishing touches) up next!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Project Palooza (starting with a sunroom remodel)

We have a ton of sh*t going on over here. Like walk in our house and every room is a disaster kind of sh*t.  We're hosting a party in August and there's nothing like the prospect of having people over to wake you up to the fact that you have a whole lot to get done. Like yesterday.

Our house is a project house.  It's old with some "newer" touches, but it needs a lot of TLC.  And it's gonna take time to take it from its current lived in but lovable state to the beauty I imagine in my head.  And since hubby and I are doing a lot of the work ourselves, it's going to take A LOT of time.  Sigh.

In the present works we have a bathroom remodel (mostly cosmetic), "renewing" the grout on our kitchen floors (more on that in a later post), having a new garage door installed, turning our sunroom into a covered porch/entrance to the house, and two smaller projects I'm working on with Behr paint (more on that later too).  And to add a little excitement to our lives, tonight water started leaking through the downstairs bathroom ceiling from the upstairs bathroom. Awesome.

We're smart enough to know we can't do it all ourselves (or at least not faster than it will take us to pay off our 30 year mortgage), so we've decided to hire out a couple of projects.  The first being changing our sunroom to a covered porch.


Isn't she a beaut?  This is the natural entrance to our house (besides the front door, which no one ever uses).  But I hate when people come to this entrance since 1) don't even know they're there half the time, 2) I have to greet them through a mini-slider and welcome them into my green carpeted, unfurnished room thingy.  It's awkward at best.

See what I mean?  No mas!

So what's the plan stan?  We're taking out all of the sliders, windows, and walls and replacing them with deck rails.  The old stairs are going and a new set will be built and centered on the outside.  The ceiling is getting beadboarded, we're keeping the carpet (kidding...), new decking is going in, a couple new lights will be installed, a doorbell (yesss) and are you ready for this??  Mama's getting a dutch door in place of the one above.  Yippee!!  

I am so excited for my dutch door.  Yes, it's MY dutch door.  I will be working every day just beyond it in the mudroom/office and I can't wait to let the summer breeze in.  I'm guessing the dogs will like the "doggy door" aspect of it too.  

Oh, and I forgot to mention that we had to remove a beautiful but huge bush from the front of the sunroom to make room for our new stairs.  If you follow me on Instagram you've already seen this picture of Matt yanking it out of the ground with his Nissan Rogue.  Proud wife right here.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Home Office/Mudroom Updates Part 2

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As promised, here's part deux of our home office/mudroom updates.  Catch up on part one here.

So I mentioned that I painted the walls Brushed Aluminum by Benjamin Moore.  I would describe the color as a greige with a green tint to it.  It's a lot like "Night Mist" by Benjamin Moore that I used to paint the living room, except not as green.  It's a good neutral.

I took down the closet door and hung a curtain I had on hand.  I have plans to do some open shelving, but for now the curtain hides the scary mess.

The artwork and basket are from Target, and the bench is from HomeGoods. The rug is the Tricia Trellis Indoor/Outdoor Rug from Ballard Designs.  Since we'll use this as our main entrance, I needed a place to wipe our feet but didn't want to give up beauty for function.  Indoor/Outdoor rugs work great!  They stand up to stains really well and are easy to clean.  You can even hose them off if you need to.

I wanted a slightly larger desk than I had before and something with lots of storage.  I had my eyes on the Pottery Barn Bedford Corner Desk for some time.  Fortunately for my wallet, the dimensions were not right.  I ended up buying the Original Home Office Corner Desk from Ballard Designs.  Still not cheap but I caught them on a 20% off sale which made it a bit more palatable. I really do love the desk!   Some time here I will get around to adding some shelving and art above the desk.  Did you notice my pretty chair?

It's the Threshold Brookline Tufted Chair from Target.  I will admit the quality is not great (legs get wobbly and need to be tightened), but I love the pattern.  

I ordered the radiator cover from Finchman.  See my living room post for source. It's nice because I can use it as a shelf too.  I hung a bamboo shade but would love to get some other window treatments up at some point (haven't decided what yet).

The other side of the room is still pretty neglected.  We have plans to add the same board and batten treatment along this wall and I would love to do a built-in bench.  

I painted all of the downstairs doors a taupe color, Raccoon Hollow by Benjamin Moore. All the doors downstairs are pretty beat (I'm thinking they're original to the house), but I kind of like all of their imperfections. 

I have some other completed projects to share (in due time)..two posts in one week...I mean, I'm killing it.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

An apology, a wedding, and a home office makeover

Hello there!  Somehow I managed to take an unplanned 8 month hiatus from this blog shortly after starting it...sorry 'bout that.

I do have one good excuse. In December, Matt asked me to marry him (!) and in April we sealed the deal. A quick 4 month engagement meant drop most home improvement projects and shift time (and money) to wedding planning.  After a week long honeymoon in Turks and Caicos, I'm back home both a couple shades darker and ready to go!

Image courtesy of Nadra Photography

We did manage to get a few projects done around the old house, but it's been slow going.  One of the projects I've been working on is my home office.  Our house technically has 4 bedrooms; two upstairs and two downstairs.  One of the downstairs bedrooms has an exterior door that goes out to a sunroom and then exits to the front of the house.  For that reason, I have a hard time calling it a bedroom and immediately began thinking of other uses for the space.

I work from home every day so a home office was the most natural idea to me.  We have plans to convert the sunroom to a "more welcoming" covered porch since most people's natural tendency is to use this entrance when they arrive.  I figured we could kill two birds with one stone and make the 4th bedroom a home office/mudroom combo.   

Here are some images of the space before we got to work on it.  The first two photos show the exterior door out to the sunroom (dutch door coming to replace it soon!):

And here are few other views of the room:

The space was pretty dark and drab and while functional enough, I did not go to my "happy place" working in here.

The first project we tackled was adding a board and batten wall to hang our coats.

There are a number of DIY tutorials out there and we used lots of those tips to complete this project. We made only a couple of errors measuring and cutting, but all in all it wasn't too hard.  Word of advice - hang the horizontal board first and make sure it's level then do the vertical pieces.  If your floors are a little (or a lot) wonky like ours are, each of the vertical pieces will end up being a different size.

Once we were done hanging all the boards, I caulked all of the joints using a paintable white caulk and then primed and painted (multiple coats) of white paint on both the boards and the wall.

I chose some oil-rubbed bronze coat hooks from Home Depot to finish it off.  

And that's it, folks.  We're done.


I then painted all the walls Brushed Aluminum by Benjamin Moore got a new desk.

Tune in tomorrow for those changes. 

It's sooo good to be back. :)