kitchen remodel inspiration

i have a plan. it started innocently enough. like most of them do, it started with reading a blog. blogs & podcasts, man. the amount of each that i consume on a daily basis is a little frightening. anyway, i've recently been back-reading jenny's blog & though her style doesn't line up with my own a lot of the times, i find a lot of inspiration in her projects. i came upon her laundry redo in 2013 & i've read many blogs over the years about the ardex concrete counter technique but i never gave it much thought since our counters aren't a smooth surface. for some reason i got the inkling to do a little more digging around for anyone that's tried it on tile & found this! so i'm hoping that over my christmas break our countertops will be getting a complete overhaul & we'll end up with beautiful concrete counters. our plan has always been to replace the counters & i think this might just solve that problem! all i know is that i personally HATE tile counters & i can't wait for them to be gone.

just like i did with my bedroom inspiration, i turned to pinterest to help hone in what it is that i really love in a kitchen's aesthetics. i wasn't surprised at all by the results. apparently, i prefer simple kitchens with white walls, two-tone cabinets, open shelving, light stone or wood counters and black details/accents.

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one thing i've also noticed is that my favorite kitchens are small, one wall european style kitchens which work for me because i don't enjoy cooking & when i do, it's minimal. we don't require much kitchen cabinet space so my first thought has always been to take out our upper cabinets but my growing love for saving old homes has made me realize that i probably don't want to. enough of the character from our house has been destroyed over the years; i don't want to contribute.

if i look at these enough will it motivate me to start? other blogs i've read over the years have acted like repainting cabinets is no big deal but i think they have to be either lying or they did zero prep work. the dread of all the prepping is what's making me drag my feet on this one. please, people who have repainted their cabinets, exactly how much prep did you do? did you sand them all the way down to wood? did you just do a light sanding? did you just say fuck it & prime right over those bitches?

all i know is that i'm really ready to say goodbye to our tile counters & backsplash. i want to start the demo right NOOOOOOW.

 

rv dream

i came across the most beautiful home last week on instagram & what do you know, it's a rv! i had almost made my mind up on a tiny home until i saw this beaut!

ashley & her husband bought an old rv & completely renovated it. in fact, you wouldn't even notice it's a rv from certain angles! everyone go check out her blog & instagram while i drool.

honestly, this is my dream scenario. the more i looked at this, the more i realized how cost effectively you could do this to an rv which really sways me to rv > tiny home. class a and/or c rv's (the kind you drive) actually cost less than a lot of RVIA tiny home & with a tiny home you then also have to spend a fortune on a 1 ton truck to be able to tow the thing.

i need money to fall from the sky so i can vacation in each for a couple weeks at a time because right now..

rv:1     /    tiny home:0

going tiny

i'm nine weeks post spider bite & going a little crazy. i still don't have full mobility in my leg so house projects have still been on the back-burner. buuuuut i've got a new project crowding my head. you know when you get a crazy idea that you just can't shake? you know, like one that keeps you up late, then you dream about it, & then you wake up still thinking about it? that happens to other people right?

it all started about two weeks ago when we had a guy come out to look at our fence & roof because we desperately need new of both & are hoping our insurance throws us a bone. anyway, that's a whole other shit show. ryan got to talking to this guy about how our neighborhood is being snatched up right now by investors & buyers in general. we live in an old neighborhood that's definitely rough around the edges but a very popular district is down the road & i guess a lot of young people are buying/renting in the city right now. he started saying how he had no doubts that we could sell our house and make money on it as it is now. that's something we really didn't think was possible due to larger repairs it needs (i.e. piers being a big one). it really got us thinking about what's next for us & got us really excited. i immediately started researching what houses in our zip have been selling for & holy shit! he was right! that rabbit hole led down a week-long search for temporary housing which led to a bottomless pit of despair because humans are garbage & think my dogs are monsters. one day i'd love to be a property owner & only rent to people with "aggressive breeds". it's an impossible world for a renter with three dogs, two of which are considered "dangerous". we don't want to buy again. well, i take that back. we don't want to buy a permanent residence in the state of oklahoma again. it doesn't feel right when we don't know what area we want to live in. we don't even know what city or state we want to live in, not for a long enough period to take up another 30-year mortgage. so we went back to the drawing board & came to one conclusion: let's go mobile.

our 1,267 square foot house has felt way too big for quite some time now. i know that going tiny is not for everyone. i know that a lot of people are going to think it's stupid that we think we could live in <300 square feet with 3 dogs. i'm prepared for that judgment. what i will say to those people is, please come spend a week at my house & see how little square feet we use currently. (only, i don't really want you to stay with me. i don't have a guest room for a reason, remember?) i can tell you just how much space we really use. we use our small bathroom. we use our bed & a space on the wall for a tv. we use our living room to sit on our couch & we use our kitchen for the fridge & sink & sometimes to cook something. sometimes. that's really it.

i've spent the last two weeks researching rv & tiny house living. we've tossed around the idea of "one day" going small for the last couple of years. apparently, that day is a lot closer than we thought & we're ready unless someone has a super valid reason for why we're idiots...

 

there are pros & cons about each. class a or c rv's are more convenient, require less cost upfront & travel better. tiny homes are designed sturdier & more efficiently & can be customized a million ways to match your taste. but rv's are ugly as sin, look like plastic & they would require more money in the long run if we decided to redo the interior. tiny homes require you own a vehicle capable of towing one ($$$) & cost more to get an RVIA certified one so that we don't have to worry about finding places to park it. there are definitely things we'll really have to consider, finances being a big part of it, but for now, i'm enjoying some online tiny shopping & scouting out all the rv parks around town.

next step? cross our fingers that our insurance adjuster is having a really good day, sell our house & hit the road. easy right?

 

 

let's talk bathrooms

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.

 

bedroom inspiration

i thought i'd take a break from scraping windows to stop in to share my inspiration for our bedroom. like most people, my style has changed significantly since my first apartment but it's been focused on the same styles pretty consistently the last several years. thank god the fleur-de-lis & audrey hepburn portrait phase didn't last long & that there's little, to no proof of this phase beyond my own nightmares. i started looking through my pinterest & realized that i might as well just re-pin the same spaces over & over again. the same reoccurring theme is in all of them: white walls, black accents, linen textiles, plants, wood floors, low furniture, natural light, neutral color palette. i skimmed over my bedroom folder & saved the ones that really jumped out at me & immediately began regretting our bed...

easy like sunday morning

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thanks to my windows, my arms are tired & my hands hurt when i close them but looking at these photos makes me remember why i'm doing it. i want the most important room in my house to also be the most comfortable. hopefully i can get our room put back together over the weekend so that i'll be one step closer to having the room i envision.

& if anyone wants to make any linen textile or plant donations, i am accepting. :)