half bath reveal

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Before our new daughter came into this world, we had another celebration! Our half bath renovation was finished! We had a wonderful contractor, who’s one goal was to finish the bathroom before we had the baby, and he did!!! We couldn’t be more pleased with the space. But first here’s the ugly demo picture!

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Here’s the room all put back together. We kept the same layout; we took down the cabinet above the toilet to make this teeny-tiny space took a little bigger and replaced the vanity and fixtures. We could not be happier with the tiny space and love the new look!

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We went with a hexagon floor tiles which have a hint of blue and green in them and feel like scales on your toes!

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We decided on classic subway tiles up the entire wall behind the sink which acts as a backsplash for any water while washing your hands or face. With a toddler, splashing happens often. We extended the tiles from floor to ceiling for a more dramatic look. I wasn’t sure if one wall would look weird, but I think it turned out really well!

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The sink and vanity are from IKEA and the bronze pulls are from Schoolhouse Electric. I really like the way the vanity floats above the floor, making the space feel a little bigger. However, our plumber wasn’t a fan of the vanity, as he spent all day configuring the plumbing, so it would fit in the small space behind the drawers. I suggest showing your plumber this vanity early on in the process. He will really appreciate it. The handles were an add-on, IKEA’s vanities don’t need hardware, but the subtle detail helps to make it less cookie-cutter. Plus, the bronze makes it pop!

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I also purchased the pendant light from school house electric and we love the big bold glass, bronze finish and the way the colors accent the mirror, vanity hardware and the framed artwork above the toilet. Ahhh… It makes me happy!

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All in all, we are loving this space. I still have a couple details to finish, such as window treatments, maybe a shelf above the toilet, drawer organizers, and some art to the left of the window. But, it’s 90% finished and with two small kiddos, I’ll take it!

Happy Week, Friends!

kitchen progress I: dry wall and electrical

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Now that the leak has been found and fixed, the walls have been bleached and dried, and the floor has been pulled out, we can move forward with the repairs of making this space back into a kitchen!
They replaced the drywall that was affected by the leak.
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Then, we moved onto lighting! I knew we needed more light! It was always so hard to take good blog pictures of food! Ha! We decided on six can lights dispersed throughout the galley, which will be on a dimmer. They also drywalled where the furrow used to be and took out that ugly fluorescent light! Yay!!
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One pendant light will be hung by the kitchen sink window. We are thinking the pendant below from school house electric will be perfect. The pendant will be a natural bronze or polished nickel, and I cannot wait to see it in person! It’s so sleek and that glossy black will be a fun friend to the light above the breakfast nook!
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Because of all the cracks in the ceiling and that big office light in the middle, we decided to “float the ceiling”. This required them to scrape off the existing texture, tape, mud, smooth the cracks out, and re-texture to make what we have today!
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We didn’t ignore our breakfast nook in the lighting department! We added four smaller can lights in the nook, which will also be on a dimmer switch, and we plan to keep our Eldridge pendant light hung over the farm table (or another table – I haven’t decided). But I’m SO excited to see it all come together, either way!
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We also have under-cabinet lighting and a light that illuminates our oven surface! Oh, Progress!
If you missed our original kitchen post, check it out here. Happy Weekend, Friends!

kitchen planning + demo

Pre-DemoOur galley kitchen before the demo. Minus our hardware which we sold on Craigslist. 

I don’t think you realize the goodness (chaos) that is going on in our household. No, not the baby announcement!! We have a kitchen remodel in process, as I type this post! Actually, the contractor/workers have all gone home for the evening but you get my idea!

A couple of weeks ago, gosh more like a month ago, I started smelling this funky smell in our kitchen. It was especially prominent when I opened up the drawers, under the sink, and when we revved up our freight-train-sounding-dishwasher. The hubs didn’t smell it at first, and I started to believe this was something my pregnancy nose was conjuring up! Finally, the hubs smelled it, too, and we knew we had to do something. It smelled moldy! We had assessment peeps out and they established two things; yes, we were smelling mold, and pointed out some of it manifestations AND he, too, had no clue where it was coming from.

This meant demolition. Taking out the cabinets, at least on the sink side to expose the leak. At first, I was bummed that we didn’t get to do our kitchen remodel on our terms/timeline but then realized, this was the push we needed to just do it! We hired a contractor that was willing to work with our little galley kitchen and me, to make this space our own!

Below are a couple snapshots of the redesign and ideas I gave him for the space. We pushed our refrigerator over making more counter space for cooking, took out the furrow to extend the cabinets all the way up to the ceiling, added a wine cooler, apron sink, and put drawers next to the sink for towels!! It was wonderful living in our kitchen for three years before the planning, so we could tweak things we didn’t like throughout the space. There was a big part of me that wanted to open up the space (basically above the range) to the family room and have a more open concept kitchen; I pictured pendant lighting, a couple stools for the kiddos and the ability to see whats going on in the family room while in the kitchen. But, I was turned down numerous times for various reason. So, I’ll keep my uppers and the wall, and Jack and our baby girl will have to play unsupervised. I’m only kidding…

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As you can tell I’m a BIG fan of white kitchens! I love the cleanliness they possess, and the accent colors you can add to white throughout the years are endless. You aren’t tied down with a color scheme, which I like.
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I’m deciding between Benjamin Moore’s Rockport Gray, which I already love, or Valley Forge Tan; it’s a little lighter than Rockport with less mud green tones and more reddish undertones. And those are white subways tiles with two different quartz countertops. Sorry it’s more yellow than pure white in this picture.
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And then the demo began. Our contractor informed us this was the worst water damage he has seen, which was not uplifting news considering he has been in the business for 50+ years, but he reassured us it would look great, the leak would be fixed (yes, he found it, it was the main water line coming into the kitchen) and the damage would be fixed/replaced/cleaned and never be seen in the final product. After I saw this, I was a little leery myself…Cabinet Demo
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The water damage went underneath our wood floor as well as our subfloor, which was not in the original plans for the space, but it had to be done. The leak just kept going! Luckily, our insurance will help us out with some of the cost.
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Other not-so-fun parts of renovation is our soon-to-be baby’s nursery now houses our kitchen! Our guest bath is our kitchen sink, dog bowl storage, and bath/bathroom! And our living room holds our pantry, refrigeration, and microwave. Jack thinks it’s heaven…. I guess at least someone likes the chaos.
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I’ll be back with the start of putting it allllll back together, soon!!
Happy weekend, Friends!