Monday, June 23, 2014

Project House Update: Blue Bathroom Mood Board

For almost the entire time we've lived in this house, we've had grand plans for our hall bathroom. Since it's our only stand-alone bathroom, it could be a little more outrageous. And what could be more outrageous than tiling a fifty square foot room in pennies?

Penny Tile Inspiration

Here's what the room looks like now. It's actually two rooms, one housing a double vanity and another the toilet and shower tub. The plumbing is 1983 original and cornflower blue. It's dated and boring and we can do better.

Basically, we want to gut the room and start anew. If you didn't notice, it's carpeted. That will be the first thing to go. And all of the plumbing, the cabinetry, and the accessories. The only thing we plan on keeping is the general layout.

That's not entirely true. We are debating removing the wall separating the two small rooms, which would make a clawfoot tub make more sense. Doesn't every girl dream of having a great tub like that? Although the $1200 cost may not be justifiable...

So, there are three big questions still in my mind about this space. I would love to hear opinions down in the comments.
  1. Which mirror? The one on the right is more vintage and incredibly gorgeous, but I worry that it is too vintage. That it makes the room themed rather than classic. Also, it kind of looks like a penis.
  2. What color to paint the walls? Sometimes I like the idea of them just being a clean white. Other times, I think it could be pretty to pick up some of the blues in the oxidized copper pennies. 
  3. How to surround the tub/shower? We should probably tile both the walls that hug the tub, but how do you tile it without clashing with the pennies? It would probably need to be classic and white, but what scale and what pattern? 
The only reason we haven't started on this room yet is simply because we are waiting for the vanity to go on sale. According to Dan's deal tracking website, it's gone for 30% off before and we'll gladly wait for a $300 discount.

This room has just sooooo much room for growth. I can't wait to see how it will turn out. Eventually.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Project House Update: The List - Version 2.0

It's the second annual version of The List! The end all be all of the status of our entire house.

Last year, I started a tradition of documenting our entire house once a year. That way, in five, ten, twenty years, I'll actually be able to remember it. Think about it. How many pictures do you have of your childhood bedroom? Or your dorm room? Or your first apartment? Our spaces don't get enough respect in the moment and we're left without any evidence after the fact.

{Sidenote: you can catch me in a couple of reflections. It took me several days to clean and take the pictures so there's a few outfits. There's also one of my favorite photobombs ever by Dan. Keep an eye out...}

So without further ado, here's a room-by-room guide to what we've done so far to our first home and what still needs to be done!

* means something Dan wants to do and I am trying to talk him out of.
# means something I want and Dan is ignoring and hoping I'll forget/change my mind.
bold means something new or completed since the last version of the list.


Done: Painted, installed new light fixture, set up corner table, hung some art
To Do: New flooring, new baseboards, maybe repaint a more neutral and subtle color#, new light*, coat rack or console table.

Dining Room:

Done: Painted, hung curtains
To Do: Hang some art, new flooring, new baseboards, new light fixture, new chairs, redo dresser into china cabinet, maybe repaint a more subtle yellow#.

Formal Living Room:

Done: Hung curtain rod and curtains, hung ceiling fan, painted, upgraded light fixtures
To Do: Redo fireplace, new floors, new molding, build built-in bookcases, get fireplace working, hang art.

Kitchen/Breakfast Nook:

Done: Painted, new ceiling fan in breakfast nook, removed awkward ceilingfan in kitchen, installed new microwave, purchased refrigerator
To Do: New floors, new cabinets, new range instead of built-in oven and cook top, new counter tops, additional lighting under cabinets, pendant lighting over the sink, new bar stools, finish painting chairs for breakfast nook, new windowsills in nook*, new sink.

Great Room:

Done: Painted, purchased entertainment center, hung art, hung TV, routed cables through the wall, new coffee table, added more seating, new ceiling fan*, hung star mirror.
To Do: New floors, new molding, maybe repaint a more subtle color#, widen doorway to entryway, add sofa table.

Master Bedroom:

Done: Painted, installed new ceiling fan, purchased dressers, new blinds blades, hung curtains, purchased bed frame
To Do: New floors, redo fireplace, install crown molding, new door (instead of stupid sliding pocket door)#, find side table for Dan, more lighting.

Master Bathroom/Closet:

Done: Replaced sliding glass door, removed and patched toilet paper holder
To Do: Paint, new floors, new vanities, remove overhead dry wall pocket*, new mirrors, new window treatment, add wall sconces, french doors into closet, new shower*, new shelving and organization in closet, chandelier, twinkly lights around top, furniture (including a standing mirror and an island/ottoman)

Guest Room/Guest Bath/Guest Closet:

Done: Painted bookcase and end table, bought bedding, painted room, installed new ceiling fan, window treatments, magazine shelves
To Do: New floors, modify bed frame, new cabinets and countertop, new toilet, new shower doors, paint bathroom and closet.


Done: Paint, new lighting, hung art (1 and 2)
To do: New floors, add baseboards

Hall Bathroom:

Done: -
To do: Penny floors!, paint, frame mirror, new toilet, update tub, new lighting, hang some art, new cabinets and countertop*


Done: Hung art, new dresser
To Do: Stain shelving, remove desk and install cabinets, built-in cat box, new window treatment, paint, new floors, new lighting, new window, new ceiling fan, new desk(s).

Workout Room:

Done: wiring for ceiling fan, paint, ceiling fan, new lighting
To Do: new floors, new windows, new window treatments

Laundry Room:

Done: Purchased washer and dryer, electrical work on lighting.
To Do: Paint, new floors, move sink into garage, build platform for washer/dryer, purchase deep freezer, straighten out crooked pantry, install some shelving, find bench and storage for shoes, new lighting.


Done: Built Turtle's habitat, removed pokey bush
To Do: Remove gravel, plant some trees, fire pit, build housing to hide pool pipes, convert exterior shower into a shed, replace outdoor lights


Done: Removed fountain, planted one tree, removed a ton of dead cactus
To Do: redo driveway, paint garage door, new driveway lights, paint pergola 

Other things we've done: new roof.

Other things to do: build Dan's external shop.