Posts Tagged ‘Remodel’

Bathroom: Tiling

After gutting the lathe and plaster… ripping out the appropriate walls… building new walls… and all things filthy… (I highly suggest you do things like this BEFORE you move into a reno.  You won’t believe the places the dust will end up!  Thankfully we did this all pre-wedding and prior to moving in.)  It was FINALLY  time to start putting things back together!



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First off, prep the floors for tile.

Cement board first!


Look!  It’s a picture of me working!  I’m always behind the camera so friends are always asking why I’m never working.  Handsome Man appears to do all the work!  But honest!  I work too!

Sam took this picture from upstairs through the bathroom drain hole.  Hence the aerial view of me cutting tile! 😉

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Next the tile!

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And more tile…


And more tile…  (This is just before Handsome Man had to do quite the acrobatic stunt to get himself out of the corner he tiled himself into! 😉  )

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And this is when we were just about finished!

At 1:00 a.m.

Cause that’s how we roll.

And probably why I like coffee so much.



Bathroom: Where it all began

So, long ago… before marriage… and a baby… and all things that those entail…


We bought this house.  Almost 3 years ago to be exact!

Happy anniversary House!


We as you know, it was a foreclosure. A fantastic deal that made this house a perfect investment.  We knew it wouldn’t be our “forever home” but it was a great “for now investment home.”


Part of the reason we got it for such a great deal was that all of the pipes in the entire house had frozen and burst.


That little thing happened to be an AWESOME turn of events for us!  Because not only were we able to get a great deal on the house, but it forced us to totally gut the bathroom and kitchen to replace the plumbing.


Because we had to completely start from scratch, we could totally re-think how our bathroom layout was going to be.



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This is what it looked like originally.  It was a tiiiiiiiiny bathroom and a very small closet next door. It had too many big windows for a bathroom. And it had a very weird layout.  And that’s not even getting into the lavender walls and royal blue drop ceiling!  Nice, huh??


I wish I had pics of it before!  I can’t seem to find them!



Here’s one of the storage closet mid-demolation.  We were cussing out the lathe and plaster walls saying goodbye to the turquoise lathe and plaster walls at this point!  YAY!




Gutting these rooms was not an easy task.  Especially the ceilings.  I hate the ceilings.  It’s that whole gravity thing.  Even while wearing safety glasses, I got junk in my eyes.  Blech!


And here’s Handsome Man ripping out walls, moving drain pipes, and just generally looking handsome! Rawr!

Actually, the whole idea of ripping out the walls and the new layout was all him!!!  My brain didn’t really work that way previous to this house.  I did lots of renovations, but they never entailed moving things like WALLS!

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This is what the new and improved layout looked like.

It feels SOOOO much bigger now!  The layout makes a lot of sense now that we have 3 very separate “areas” for the sink, the shower, and the toilet.  Having the door on a diagonal made a whole vanity attainable instead of just the pedestal sink.  The windows were replaced for smaller ones that weren’t as revealing.

In the next posts, I’ll take a trip down our proverbial memory lane to see just how we got from here to there!

Dining Room…

Some of you have seen snippets of the dining room…

In the next couple days, I’ll be posting about the details:


*The DIY batten walls

*The built-in coffee bar

*How to install crown molding

*My “Free” Dining Room Table & Chairs Re-do

*How I updated a cheap 80’s Light Fixture to a Restoration Hardware Knock-Off 

*Not to mention the Industrial DIY Curtain Rods that I already posted a tutorial about!


In the meantime….  I hope you enjoy a few shots of our dining room! 🙂

DIY in Real Life: Dining Room Before and After


I love before and afters!  It totally shows me how far we’ve come!!!

DIY in Real Life: Dining Room Before and After


DIY in Real Life: Dining Room Before and After

 The awesome batten walls that totally covered up our cracked lathe and plaster.  It looks even BETTER in person!!!

DIY in Real Life: Dining Room Before and After



DIY in Real Life: Dining Room Before and After


My cheap 80’s shiny brass chandelier!  LOVE how it looks now with a coat of black paint!!!

DIY in Real Life: Dining Room Before and After


Twisted rope around the chain and I TOTALLY LURVE it now!!!!  Looks like something from Ballard Designs without the hefty price tag!  😉



DIY in Real Life: Dining Room Before and After

 And my coffee bar…



Sooooo looking forward to showing off my awesome details in the next couple of days!!!!   Whooohoooo!!!!

This Old House…

I was just sitting here going through pictures from over a year ago.  Last August when 2 nearlyweds bought a house.  An over 100 year old house.  A house that was foreclosed on and had been vacant for quite a while.  A house that had once-frozen pipes that had burst causing mold in the basement and making it necessary to replace all the plumbing.  A house that had been on the market for quite some time.  In short, it was the house no one wanted.

But we saw something very different when we walked in the side door that had no glass and was instead all boarded up.


We saw a solid house with good bones.


We saw a house with wood floors throughout.    ….Even if they did need refinished.


We looked past the nasty plaster walls covered in numerous layers of paper bag-like wallpaper.  (Who does that??!)


And saw what could be an adorable breakfast nook.



A spacious kitchen if we re-arranged…


… And tore out walls and plaster encasing the brick chimney.   😉


It could be an incredibly functional space….


With a guest bedroom…

A master bedroom….

And an office….


If only we could trim all the trees and bushes and pull all the vines that were smothering the old girl….

Then we could have a house.  Not just a house….  A HOME.  Our home.   And slowly…. Very slooooowly….  We come closer and closer to that vision that no one else had for the house no one else wanted.

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