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bathroom: before & after

Dec
05

let’s just jump right into it because i’m excited. the feeling you get once a room is finally finished is indescribable. i am very happy with how it turned out & it will do just fine until we can put some big money into it later on for a full remodel.

door

shelves

sink

the black door is my favorite, let’s just not talk about how it looks from the hallway ( it’s very bad right now). one day i’ll have a sink with storage so the cart will no longer be necessary. speaking of the cart- i spray painted it & learned that i don’t really enjoy spray painting. now that i know, i probably would’ve opted to just buy a new cart in black for $40. the only thing missing is a hamper. i’m not putting one back in there until i can be 100% happy with my choice so for now, we’ll be hamper-less. so that’s it! i hope you enjoy it as much as i do (not really)! i think i have to go finish my bedroom now since ryan actually asked me yesterday if i planned on ever having a bedroom door again or not. oops.

sources: shower curtain / bath mat / turkish bath towels 1 & 2 / hand towel / cart / vanity light / trash can / towel hooks / tp holder

 

bathroom: week 4

Nov
18

WHAT. realizing it’s been four weeks makes me feel reaaaal dumb.

side note. i was going through flickr to download the pictures i needed for this post & the “auto-tag” that flickr put on them was “hallway” & “monochrome”. HA.

the important lesson i learned this week is that having a good electric drill makes life a lot easier. iiii have a piece of shit drill that can’t even make one hole in my stupid walls without dying 3-4 times. what should’ve been a simple half hour project quickly became a two and a half hour project. shoot. me. needless to say, a new drill was immediately put at the top of my wishlist.

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i didn’t give up & got the job done so that we no longer have to remember to grab our towels from the hallway before we hop in the shower. i had a really hard time picking out towel hooks but i’m glad i landed on these. there are so many options out there that it’s a little overwhelming. i also really hate towel rings but i kept second-guessing myself that it would be weird to only have hooks. in the end, i decided that i wanted it to be a very simple & cohesive look so 3 hooks lined up with the medicine cabinet knob is what i went with. and i don’t care how “on trend” turkish towels are. they are the best. i don’t see myself ever buying another kind of towel. the hand towels are new & they were really cheap so the verdict is still out on those but i love my bath towels from dandelion textiles & cacala.

this weekend i need to man up & finish this shit.

it starts with finishing this door*.

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*the paint under the white on ALL the bathroom woodwork was pink. that beige color was UNDER the pink. who were these aliens that previously lived here??

have a good weekend guys. IT’S FRIDAY.

 

how long can it take to paint a bathroom?

Nov
08

you’d think i had kids getting in my way for how long a project takes me. i honestly can’t explain it. i get 16 hours of uninterrupted time each week with ryan’s new work schedule & i use that time to work on the house & yet still, the bathroom isn’t done. in conclusion, i am slow as fuck. also, why does it take so. many. coats of paint to make a wall white? it can’t just be me can it?

the good news is that it’s almost done. i’ve hit the point where it’s so close that i’m so anxious to finish up all the details. like putting the door back on. although not having a bathroom door is a really great excuse to not have anyone over. unless you have friends that don’t mind & in that case, you have bigger problems.

clean slate

...to this...

primed walls & work in progress door frame

so close! (hi hank!)

two major things happened that have given me all the feels (besides the new toilet).

  1. i FINALLY got the goddamn window open after being painted shut for god knows how long. people that paint windows shut; shame on you! just don’t do it. ever. this was the 7th & last window that i’ve had to fix after being painted shut.

2. NEW LIGHT! we weren’t planning on doing this so soon but then i realized that it seemed silly to paint around the 4 light vanity bar, just to have to paint that area later on when we did replace it. i was concerned that it wouldn’t give off enough light but it’s great & you can’t beat getting a nice vanity light for under 100 bones.

* BONUS: i’d also like to introduce you to my new best friend, the mixing mate. i need one for every gallon of paint i ever use from here on out. i highly recommend it for the pour spout alone.

 

things left to-do:

  • roll on one more coat of paint
  • finish scraping the door
  • paint door black & install
  • install new towel hooks
  • install new toilet paper holder
  • buy shelf brackets (aka figure out how to get them)
  • apply polyurethane to wood shelves
  • install shelves above toilet
  • drink a lot of wine & celebrate

hopefully, i’ll see you back here soon with a mostly finished bathroom redo.

lovely little shitter

Oct
18

i swear i was about to pick up the putty knife & get to work on the bedroom doors so the room that we spend 90% of our time in could be pretty & mostly finished but then…. our toilet broke. & my gears shifted back to the bathroom.

you know what isn’t fun? having to manually fill your toilet tank with water because it stopped filling itself & you’re not a plumber. it’s also not fun to sit on a toilet that feels like it’s going to fall through the floor. have i mentioned our toilet is slightly unstable?

once i got over being mad that our toilet broke & i would now have to pay for an unexpected expense, i was probably a little too excited at the thought that “hey, now is the time to make where we shit just a little more pretty & efficient”. don’t even act like we don’t all shit. i appreciate the hell out of a pretty toilet & although it’s not the top of the line fanciness that you see all over the nice blogs, it sure as hell beats the beast that was there before.

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to everyone who’s ass has touched our toilet seat, you’re welcome. you can now do your thing without having to balance the toilet at the same time. okay, so our floor is still un-level but it’s still significantly better than it was.

things left on the to-do:

  • new shower curtain
  • install new toilet paper holder (ordered!)
  • install new hand towel hook (ordered!)
  • replace trash can
  • spray paint ikea cart black
  • finish painting
  • install new toilet
  • have a plumber fix our leaky faucet & toilet line
  • paint door black

bedroom doors, you’ll just have to wait. the rest of the bathroom needs to rise up to meet the new toilet’s standards. after all, what’s the point of shitting pretty if the only thing pretty is what you’re shitting on?

 

let’s talk bathrooms

Aug
31

the bedroom is pretty much done but i’m interrupting all of the bedroom talk to tell you about my bathroom because as of last night, i think it’s killing me.

my bathroom was disgusting. like i was embarrassed & i was the only one home to see it. so last night i scrubbed it clean from top to bottom, primed the shower walls/ceiling & took out the old target bookshelf we’ve dragged around with us for the past 8 years. it was satisfying until i was finished, put everything back together & then stepped out of the room to look. i had a little panic about how ugly my bathroom was. i’ve never LOVED our bathroom but it’s never bothered me. maybe it’s because the rest of the house is finally coming together & seeing this pretty untouched space made me realize how much love it really needs.

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proof. i’m embarrassed to even show this. my best friend kept trying to reassure me that it was fine. i am aware that this might be dramatic but nothing about this is fine. if it wouldn’t have been 9:30pm on a work night, i’d have been in there, paint brush in one hand & ripping down the shower curtain with the other. why was i ever okay with keeping that paint color from the previous owners? why did i think that shower curtain looked okay? better yet, what did i even see in that shower curtain to begin with? why did i buy orange towels? where do bloggers put their laundry hampers & how do you get a pretty one that won’t cost you your first-born child?

 

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this is my goal for the overall look. white walls, black accents & plants (surprise!). i’m either going to spray paint my blue ikea cart or buy a new one in black. the topic that is up for debate is paint. i’m really tempted to paint the ceiling black. am i crazy? my gut tells me that am & that i should do it.

if i had money, i’d start gutting this room immediately. i seriously cannot wait for that day to come. one day i plan on having black hexagon floor tile with white subway tile on the walls/shower. until i can afford that, i’m breaking the renovation down to three phases; each one being a step towards the final project & complete overhaul.

phase one: (done!)

  • paint everything
  • replace the shower curtain, orange towels, hand towel hoop, toilet paper holder, air vent cover & storage
  • restore the door, replace the hinges & paint it black

phase two:

  • replace the sink with a basic cabinet sink & black faucet
  • new lighting
  • anything else from phase one that we couldn’t afford

phase three:

  • new flooring
  • gut shower & redo with white subway tile & black hardware
  • every other disaster that is going to come our way when we start ripping shit out

that’s about it. i can’t stop thinking about it. i need to clean my house for ryan’s birthday weekend tonight but my heart is telling me to prime those walls…. we’ll see who wins.

 

tour: part IV, finale

Aug
08

**i’m sorry for any of you that have been experiencing technical difficulties with this site. it has been a headache the last 48 hours & i hope that it’s resolved now. as i’m new to this whole website thing, there’s a huge learning curve on my part.

anyway, on to the final leg of the house tour. i promise this is the last one. i’m over it just as much as you are.

hallway

2016

the hallway was the same poop brown (even the ceiling!) from the kitchen when we moved in & i painted it charcoal because i knew it was dark enough to cover it without priming. this is also known as being a lazy piece of shit. i give myself a gold star anyway because i did at least have the decency to paint the ceiling white. i’ll be honest & tell you that i did that three years ago & have never finished it because i’m a disgusting human being. it needs a lot shit-ton of touch-ups.

the built-ins are great for storage, even if using the drawers are a headache. they aren’t on tracks. they are literally just wood boxes shoved in holes that screech the entire time you pull or push them. i will get around to refinishing them & making them a little nicer eventually but you know, minecraft still exists. the question is, what do i do with the walls? my first thought is to just paint them white (surprise!) but if i white out the entire hall, will it be too much?

bathroom

2009, previous owner's

2009, previous owner’s

we have one bathroom that is small & cute. the size doesn’t bother me. ryan & i both use it at the same time & it’s fine so that’s all that matters. i’m just glad we don’t have to work around pink or avocado tile like a lot of people in old homes.

we’ve really not done much of anything to the bathroom except replace the shower head & change the shower curtain a million times. we’ve also taken down the roman blind & put up window film instead. i love the natural light in there.

my main annoyance in here is that although i love the look of a pedestal sink in an old home, it’s cracked & i wouldn’t mind getting a little built-in storage action so i can take out the bookcase. the best part of the bathroom, and maybe the entire house in my eyes, is by far, the floor. the original tile is beautiful & admittedly, it’s been there for me through a lot of drunken sick nights. i will be so sad to see it go. i’m pretty positive there are a lot of things wrong lurking just beneath the surface so a gut remodel is most likely in our future. i’m actually looking forward to this day because i think it sounds fun & i have so many ideas. except, how will we survive without it while that’s happening? what do people do when they remodel their only bathroom?

north bedroom

2009, from the listing

2009, from the listing

we use the back/north bedroom as a dog room because dogs come with a lot of shit. especially when one of them is 75 pounds and therefore requires a crate the size of a crib. the former owners had a king size bed & huge chunky wardrobe just to the right of the door squeezed in here & it was ridiculous.

2010

this was our bedroom for the first several years until our miniature australian shepherd died 3 years ago & we just needed a change. those yellow walls annoyed me so much.

2011

one night, we were sleeping peacefully & the plaster ceiling fell on our heads. okay, it only fell on ryan’s. so we had to rip it all down & put up drywall. i later discovered that you’re supposed to take down the lath too. oops. does anyone else love the lath ceiling or is it just me? i wish i could’ve just kept it bare.

2011

there was one thing i knew for sure. i couldn’t stand looking at those yellow fucking walls for one more day so as soon as the new ceiling was ready for paint, so were the walls. i painted it the same blue-grey i used in the living room at the time with a darker “charcoal” wall (it’s totally navy).

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2016

2016

now it’s just a room dedicated completely to our dogs, my clothes & the only thing i own just for sentimental value; the rocking chair my great-grandfather made. the red ikea bookcase is perfect for storing our dog food (bottom shelves), my pajamas & unmentionables (baskets), the printer & what few books we have remaining after our purge (top shelves).

the best part about the bedrooms is that they both have really good-sized closets. it’s really hard to photograph such a small space but i think this still gives an idea of how deep they are. above the racks, there’s a shelf with about 1.5 feet of storage room. i keep extra 30 pound dog food bags up there. we’ve found that it just makes sense for each of us to have our own closet, rather than having half of our things in each. this is all of my clothes & shoes for year round. like most things in my life, i don’t like to over think shit so i try not to with my wardrobe either. if it’s black, i’m happy. ryan’s closet looks pretty much the exact same, just add 500 million more shoes.

south bedroom

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2009, from the listing

2009, from the listing

the thing that most confused me was that this room was painted slightly different from the other. i don’t understand the choices in that.

i pretty much never took a picture of this room for 6 years! i don’t have a single one & there’s a good reason. it always looked like shit. we had a roommate for a little while shortly after we bought the house & all i remember is that he only ever had one little lamp on next to his bed. it then became “the awkward room” for 3 years until we moved our bedroom in there. the awkward room was essentially storage. the dogs crates were in there & various other furniture (old couches, dressers, chairs, guitars, etc.). pretty much, if we didn’t know what to do with it or didn’t want to look at it out in the house, we put it in there & shut the door. then ollie died & we made it our bedroom but i still never took a picture until now.

2016

& because i took these on 2 different days between laundry, you get to see our primary bedspread (found here) & our back-up (similar here). this is my favorite room. i spend a lot of time in here & even though i disagree with the paint color, i am so comfortable in this room. i think a lot of it has to do with the fact that there’s not much in it, it gets the best natural light of the whole house & we splurged on linen sheets awhile back & they definitely live up to all the hype. the worst part about the room is that it’s the hottest room in the house.

 

i have a lot of plans for this half of the house & plan to execute them under my husband’s nose while he’s gone for work so who knows, maybe he’ll find out via this blog.

 

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