Total tile teardown.

Alright, it’s been a REALLY long time. That’s my fault. We officially made it past the wedding and came out unscathed! Everything was beautiful. Photos to come once I get all the professional pictures back!

But now the focus is back on the house. We’re finishing up the final details on the downstairs bathroom, where we made some minor changes. We flipped the toilet to a different wall to open up space (such a good decision) and ripped out the previous owner’s beat up vanity to put in a shiny new one. We also painted (obviously, because what surface of this house haven’t we painted). All that’s left is some decor touches and I’ll be ready to share some photos!

We’re very thankful that we finished the big stuff in the downstairs bathroom because on a whim we decided to tackle the upstairs, meaning we’ve been having to shower downstairs every day. Not so bad, though! The driving force behind taking on the upstairs bath was the vanity situation. It was only a single, which many of you know is the make or break item in a successful marriage.

Kidding, but seriously, we both hate sharing a single vanity after having a double in 3 out of the 4 places we’ve lived together. So, if the vanity was going to go, why wouldn’t we put in the flooring that we liked? And if we put in the flooring that we liked, we’d have to put in matching wall/shower tile. And so on and so forth until all of a sudden we were gutting the entire bathroom.

For reference, here’s what it looked like when we moved in:

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I know what you’re thinking. “That’s not so bad!”, right? It’s just not my cup of tea. That’s a LOT of tile. It’s a LOT of beige/tan/brown. It’s just… a large pile of oatmeal in my eyes.

So here’s the plan that’s underway:

  • Put in a double vanity across the wall that’s perpendicular to the current vanity
  • Rip out every single piece of tile (woo!)
  • Put in new clean subway tile that only goes a couple feet above the bathtub, and floor-to-ceiling in the shower
  • New marble flooring that continues into the shower
  • Shower shelf built into shower wall
  • Paint!

And here’s my makeshift mood board. It’s basically all the materials we ordered (or similar) that will be going in this week.

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The subway tile will be double that length, so long thin tiles. Likely with a nice light gray grout to make them pop a little bit.

 

Anyway, so excited to see this come along! Right now the bathroom tub/shower area is gutted and being re-drywalled. I’ll post progress photos next time. Can’t wait until we have a bathroom with a little color and contrast instead of tan on tan on tan. On beige.

– L

A taste of home

…but just a taste. As I mentioned in my first post, we traveled back to the east coast a couple weeks ago to close on our new house, which was a breeze! It was a great day all around and I finally got to check out the house in person. The only down side is that we were leaving 2 days later and wouldn’t see it again for another couple weeks. Still, smiles all around.

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We went back this past weekend for our niece’s baptism and squeezed in a trip back to the house to meet with painters (very questionable paint choices by previous owners – as evidenced by the pea green on the kitchen walls in the above photo) and have my parents come see the place. All went well! The downstairs will be painted by mid-May, whole house cleaned at the end of May, and ready for us to roll on in by June 1.

After spending somewhere between 9 and 9,472 hours browsing the internet and Pinterest, I’ve nailed down the paint colors for the downstairs. Don’t worry, I tested them on the walls in the house too. The open concept living/dining room walls will be Benjamin Moore Silver Mink – a very muted blue green that I think looks great in any light, the “den” and laundry area will be the ever-popular Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter, and the kitchen will go from pea green to a cool-undertoned light gray with Sherwin Williams Olympus White.

Besides the kitchen being that medium green shade, the den and laundry room downstairs were also a lighter green, but green nonetheless. To add insult to injury, all of the doors in the laundry room (which leads out to the back yard) were a deep red. Deep red…next to green walls. If you know me well, you know that it made my skin crawl. Revere Pewter with fresh white doors will be a very welcome adjustment to come home to 🙂

It’s pretty torturous to only get a glimpse of the house for a couple hours each time we go back and not be able to do anything productive in it, but luckily we have friends back east who will help get things going while we’re wrapping up life on the west coast. Can’t wait to walk in to some clean coastal colors in the downstairs when we get back!

I’ll probably write another 18 posts about paint colors so… you’re welcome in advance.

– Lauren