Bathroom Remodel

Ever since we remodeled our kitchen (Jan 2010), we have been talking about remodeling the adjacent bathroom.  We put it off at the time because we just didn’t feel like doing it.  And we have majorly regretted it ever since.

We finally had enough and decided to just go for it.  So sometime in November, Jon decided to go into Tasmanian-devil demo mode and rip the bathroom apart.  We figured this would be the push we’d need to actually get started.

Well… then holidays came and insert any other number of excuses here.  And the bathroom remodel is still not finished.  But we’re at least making progress!

First we took everything out (including the toilet… not fun having to trek up 2 flights of stairs to go to the bathroom if you happen to be in the basement.  Or, worse, rush a toddler up the 2 flights of stairs so he can get to the potty on time).  That also included the light fixture (which we always hated) and the linoleum floor.  So we were essentially left with a little, dark box.  Ooh lovely.

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No light!

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Bye-Bye toilet!

It didn’t sit that way for too terribly long.  We soon got to work sanding and spackling walls so that we could repaint the bathroom.  It needed fresh paint desperately!  That took a few days since we did a few coats, but all in all wasn’t too difficult.  It was easily managed after Ian went to bed each night.

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Doesn’t everyone just LOVE painting?

Next we installed the new light fixture.  It was pretty easy, and it was SO NICE having a light source in “the box” again.

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We have LIGHT!

Then we moved on to the tile floor.  We wanted it to match the kitchen tile…FORTUNATELY it was still available- and not discontinued.  We had to do quite a bit of prep-work before we could finally lay the tile.  But, a few weeks later and the floor was installed, grouted, cleaned, and sealed!  Woo!

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Tile dry fit

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Grouted! Ready for a good clean and some sealer!

Now we’re working on installing the baseboard molding.  Once that’s in, we’ll be able to install the toilet and the new vanity- and we’ll be so close to having a complete bathroom again!  I’m so excited!

What’s the latest DIY remodel project you’ve started (or completed)?

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Nursery Refresh for Baby Girl

Now that Ian has moved out of the nursery and into his “big boy room”, I have been making my plans for turning Ian’s previously “boyish” nursery into something suitable for baby girl.  Ian’s walls were a sage green (they were already that color when we moved in, and I really loved it), and his nursery accent colors were Navy Blue and White.  It was a striking pairing, and I loved the deep, rich Navy paired with the soft sage.  I also loved the Winnie the Pooh mural that was on the wall when we bought the house- something I definitely wanted to keep and even incorporate in the finished nursery design.

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As you can see, his crib skirt, curtains, and changing pad were all Navy blue. His furniture was white (including the fan and the baseboard molding in the room), and the shelves and picture frames I added to the walls were white, too.  His sheets were mostly white, with either sage green patterns or blue patterns.  The “theme” for his nursery was storybook (see the Winnie the Pooh tie in??)- so the artwork on the walls were covers of favorite children’s books (Babar, Curious George, Peter Rabbit, and Paddington Bear), and he had an ABC lamp on his dresser/changing table.

All in all, I loved the look of Ian’s nursery.  It was calming and relaxing, and definitely for a boy, without being over the top.  The only downside to my nursery choices were finding decorations and things to fill it.  For some reason, “storybook” isn’t a particularly common nursery theme, so I had to improvise a bit (hence the printed book covers on the walls).  And, finding baby things in Navy blue was equally challenging.  This led me to make some of the things myself (the crib skirt and curtain tie-backs), but I didn’t mind- I liked putting my own personal touch on his room.

But, now that he’s moved on to his new room (which I wrote about last week), and baby girl will be moving in, it’s time for a refresh.  Time to make this baby boy room into something a bit more tailored to my baby girl.

I have no desire to paint the walls, so baby girl will also have a sage green nursery as her background color and the same Winnie the Pooh mural.  With this in mind, I’ll also be keeping the storybook theme (it’s just so lovely), but I’ll be swapping out the book covers for more traditional girl covers (keeping Babar, but thinking of adding Madeline, Olivia, and Charlotte’s Web). Next was picking an accent color, and it didn’t take me very long to decide.  I knew I wanted a rich, deep purple- like a plum.  I’ll also probably sprinkle grey here and there, but the main color will be the purple.  So here’s my color palatte:

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Of course, finding baby stuff in this deep purple shade is more challenging even than finding it in Navy blue (which, annoyingly, is EVERYWHERE now), so I’m again making the crib skit.  I’m also expecting I’ll have to make the changing pad cover since I’m having zero luck finding the right purple for that.  The only other major project for the nursery will be baby girl’s name art.  I’ve already got it planned out- I just need to execute.

More posts to come as the room comes together- and then there will be the big reveal.  I simply cannot wait!!

The shed kit is here!!!

The shed kit is here!! The shed kit is here!!!

When the husband ordered the shed, they told him it would take about 3 weeks to be delivered.  We were pretty bummed, but accepted it since there really wasn’t anything we could do about it.

Well… someone obviously can’t figure out a calendar because 3 days later, we got a call telling us the shed was in! Hooray!

It was delivered to our driveway and we spent that evening taking inventory and reading through the plans (which, by the way, are a joke).  We also managed to cut a few pieces of wood (the kit came with all the materials, but nothing was pre-cut) so we would have that much less to do later.  With any luck we’ll have a shed in our backyard soon!!  Our plan is to get started on Saturday and just keep at it all weekend until we’re done 🙂

Wish us luck!

 

Let’s build a shed… how hard can it be?

My husband and I have decided to build a shed in our backyard!  We’ve been talking about building/buying a shed for close to three years now.  Yes, THREE.  Every year we complain about the lack of space in the garage- due to his car hobby (fixing/rebuilding cars) and our ever growing pile of tools and lawn/garden supplies.  But every year we come up with good (and even not-so-good) excuses to not take the plunge.

Finally, after the winter-that-would-NEVER-end and my constant complaining about having to scrape ice off my car and walk through snow, we have decided it is time to stop talking about getting a shed and actually just get a shed.  We had done price comparing over the past three years and knew that we’d pretty much have to build it ourselves if we didn’t want to spend a fortune.  We have some home remodel/improvement experience under our belt from our previous projects (kitchen, floors, etc… I’ll talk about those in posts later), so we feel reasonably confident that building a shed just can’t  be all that hard…

After exhaustive searching and comparing, we decided to buy a DIY shed kit from 84 Lumber.  They provide all the materials and the plans- you provide the muscle and the money.  Jon ordered the kit, and now we just have to wait for it to be delivered! So exciting 🙂

Stick around because I’ll be posting progress updates, and I know you won’t want to miss that 😉