Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Farewell Tour {main bathroom}

The next room on the Farewell Tour is the main floor bathroom. Here she is in all her glory on demo day 1:


This room presented the first bummer moment the house had. In the first weekend of owning the house we were ripping out alllll the carpet, which also included the carpet in the bathroom. Someone had the genius idea to carpet (glue) over the tile floor in the bathroom - I'm thinking so that grandma wouldn't slip and fall on the tile? IDK, BUT, turns out it takes awhile for carpet to dry! SO, after a few years, that wet carpet ate away at the tile below.


At first I had hopeful thoughts of salvaging the floor and patching in where the tiles had broke off. When you walked into the room there was a crunching noise from where the tile had separated from the concrete below (BUMMER!). And, YUP, two inches of concrete was below that hot mess, and it ALL had to go.



It took us about 2 nights to get rid of all of the concrete, and another day to prep the floors for tile! My first tile job! Woo!




Shout out to Roger & my fasha for helping lay the cement board and my father for helping me cut little pieces of tile to finish this beast off! Once the tile was in, I re-installed my concrete countertop vanity (which, has held up well!) with a re-finished base.

Wanna see the glamour shots? SURE YOU DO.



Can anyone explain to me the reason for toilet seat covers? And how to get ones to match PERFECTLY with the carpet? Like, do people use toilets as a chair at times? And Porcelain is just, too cold? Asking for a friend...

 
BTW, being without a bathroom (I moved in mid-bathroom reno) is a lot like camping in your own house. Jury is still out on which is worse to live-in-through: bathroom reno or kitchen reno. But all I know is...thank god for showers at work though AMIRIGHT?
 


Thursday, June 9, 2016

The Farewell Tour (bedrooms 1&2)

This house has two bedrooms on the main floor, one is slightly larger than the other...BUT the other has TWO closets. So like, they both coo. We use the smaller one as an office/craftroom/overflow. It either is completely empty or it looks like a tornado rolled through. All depends on how crafty I am feeling in that particular week :). And the other is my bedroom, which I don't think I've ever blogged about?


Both of these rooms also got the 'rip up carpet refinish floor' treatment prior to move in day.


See that darker wood box on the floor in the photo above? And how it magically disappears in the photo below? Good times patching wood floors :).....


Other than that, they both just needed a good coat a paint and they were G2G (good to go).



p.s see that picture framed jewelry holder? Still lovin' it, tutorial can be found here!

Aaaaand here is the 2nd bedroom/craftroom/office/tornado room.



The office was pretty cave-like before with the dark paneling and curtains, just a few coats of paint to make it all bright and pretty (recap of that fun project here). Also, that amour we got fit PERFECTLY in the little closet niche.



If there's one thing I learned whilst renovating this house, it's the magical power of paint.





Thursday, June 2, 2016

The Farewell Tour {the living room}

The first room we are going to walk through on this farewell tour happens to be the FIRST room you see when entering the house. I remember like it was yesterday walking into the house for the first time with my realtor. It was a cold winter day in the middle of the afternoon with only feet marks on the sidewalk to guide my way. The room was pitch black thanks to the thick curtains and lack of overhead lighting (or lamps...). But, it screamed with potential. I opened up the closet and could see the wood floors under the carpet - gold.
 
Oh, ps, still have that record player by the front door. The nice people left it for me and I LOVE it. I just need to fix the speakers...
 
 

 So, obvi on day 1 we ripped out the carpet and my mom did a ceremonious taking down of the curtains to let in ALL THE LIGHT.
 



#TBT to when dad sawed a couch in half because we couldn't fit it out the door #funtimes


Since pulling up the carpet, we painted the walls a soft green, played musical furniture for about 2 years, and painted the trim. Have I mentioned that I painted the trim in the house? It was horrible, I think I blocked that weekend out of my memory #neveragain #jki'llprobablydoitagain.

ANYWHO, we are here for the money shots right? My cute lil home got some glamor shots done, which explains the nicer-than-i-take photos below, and the wide angle lens...






That cute lil rocking chair had to have been there aWHILE. When I was sanding the floors I had to go over that area juuuust a little more than the rest, grooves had set in where the legs are :)



 
 
More shots just 'cuz!