Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Kitchen / Bathroom Reno Progress

In the last post you previewed the bits and pieces that will make up our future kitchen. Now, for the fun, how-we're-getting there pics.
Before we could start on the kitchen we had to deal with the airplane-sized bathroom that is just around the corner. For obvious reasons we wanted to move the bathroom wall before we refloored the 3 back rooms (kitchen, back entry room, family room). No point in putting hardwood down just to cut it out to lay tile, amirite?

Of course, in an old house (or any house, maybe?) gutting a bathroom isn't just gutting a bathroom. It's updating wiring and plumbing, building a new support wall in a tiny crawl space, creating a header beam, and sistering in new joists. Not necessarily in that order.
Just writing all that was exhausting.

The bathroom was so cramped that it was really hard to get "before" shots while standing in it so I've label this open wall shot so you can get an idea of the layout. As you can see, there is a multitude of construction sins in need of redemption.

Check out how much space we gain by moving the wall! Woot!
I don't have any pictures of the new support wall that we built in the crawlspace. Peering into that old heating vent hole is as close to entering the crawlspace as I get, but rest assured that Keith and John were looking quite fashionable in their Tyveck suits as they maneuvered blocks and boards into the space.

New header beam

Clean-up crew
Surprise! We found some hidden windows. Also, has it been mentioned that snow shovels make excellent industrial sized dust pans?

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Kitchen Reno - samples

Before we even owned the house, Keith and I knew we would revamp the kitchen. While the layout is wonderful, it's so freaking dark. It's also kinda wonky in a major way. Almost everything needs to be leveled, aligned, or remounted. No exaggeration. So, leveling, aligning, and remounting is what we are doing. Woot! Woot!
Here are some bits and pieces to give you an idea of where we are heading.

As I said, we are keeping the layout, but that's about it. We will be using Lyra quartz by Silestone for the counters. (Planning to purchase it tomorrow. Eeep!)  I am super excited to be rid of the dark, cheap laminate and am looking forward to pale expanses.
The cabinets will be painted. The lower ones will be the darkest color, Light Sage, while the upper ones will be the white paint chip, Designer White pkg.
We love the classic look of white subway tile so that is what we will be using as the back-splash. Currently, we have some nasty-nast porous tile for a back-splash. It doesn't clean well and frankly, it gives me the willies. I'm looking forward to ripping them out.
The pulls, sink, and faucet are all stainless. Not sure about the wall colors yet, maybe a pale, pale grey? Anything but the stupid mustard brown that is there now.

We still aren't 100% sure about the floor yet, but that's because we aren't 100% sure what we will find when we roll back the linoleum. We are thinking we will use bamboo hardwood but aren't sure about the color yet. Basically, we are trying to decide if we want it to match the color of the hardwood throughout the rest of the house or if we should go a titch paler. The flooring sample you see above it a really good match to the rest of the house but, as you can see, it's quite rich.

So all that is what we are currently planning. We'll see how much of it changes before everything is done ;)

Thursday, April 30, 2015

All the Plants | New Acquisitions

As I said on Instagram, I am becoming a plant person. Maybe even a plant hoarder. What that means is that one of my new favorite places to wander is the garden center. Especially if said garden center has a cactus and succulent section.

I'm still kinda winging it in the Care and Keeping department, but so far, so good! Even after Toastie attacked that purple pretty.

And now the combo planter. It was a bit gnarly, but for 5 plants in one I was quite happy to do the splitting. The plants desperately needed to be split because of different watering needs. At one time there was a sixth plant. Only a rotted root and twiggy stem remained. Anyways, I thrifted and eclectic assortment of containers, squirted them with spray paint, and busted out the potting soil. I'm quite pleased with the end result!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

A Blanket from Sari Bari

Every now and then I find a loveable company and then spend waaaay too much time on their website daydreaming about future purchases. Currently, that's how I am with Sari Bari.

A friend gave me this awesome scarf for Christmas. It's super soft, matches a ton of things, and I love it so much I wear it about once a week. To give that statement some heft, I own more scarves than shirts. I wear them almost daily (talking about scarves here, not shirts, you weirdo). So, the fact that this one in particular makes it into such frequent rotation means something.

Not long after getting the scarf, I found Sari Bari online. They have the sweetest website and, chickadees, they make blankets
A throw is what I consider a splurge so I debated long and hard about which one to get. I even waited for a fresh release of stock so that I could get one in aqua. It was totally worth the wait. It is so soft, has wonderful, cozy drape, and is remarkably pretty.
Things get even bet though, not only are the products super soft, cozy, and colorful but they also are a force of good. Sari Bari's whole purpose is to give women, who would otherwise be in the sex trade, another option of employment. You should definitely check out their shop and read more about their mission.

P.S. They are having a QUILT AUCTION soon!