That open concept life

EVERYONE wants that open concept in their house. Just watch Property Brothers "ok so we will knock this wall down all simple and such..." WELL, we took the open concept to ANOTHER level these past few months. OPEN STUD CAVITIES!

YUP! That's the kitchen we've been living with since demo hath commenced. Ya know, we like to keep things open and airy, it's real nice... However, a definite improvement from what was there: 

BUT! Turns out the common folk prefer to NOT see wires dangling from their ceiling and the inner workings of a lath and plaster wall. So we decided to pull the trigger on installing drywall! Once we made that decision, I realized the amount of work I had been putting off to prep for said drywall. YOU SEE, once those sheets of white beauty get hung, I can no longer run electrical without creating a WHOLE other mess. Most of the work was done, but we needed to move a few things around to get them juuuuuuuust right. 

When we tore down the top of the wall into the dining room, there were a few outlets that were in that wall, and have since been dangling in the abyss behind the oven/cabinet. Re attached those bad boyz to some studs. The other electrical item lingering was a little sconce that was in the closet. It's a hard space to photograph, but the area inside this door to the left used to open up into the living room many moons ago.

At that time, there was a makeshift sconce light that was rigged up precariously. It came up through where a wall was, so once we ripped that out we needed to move the conduit. I drilled a few holes here, a few holes there, and ran the line up the new stud wall (where the door used to be) and secured it in place. We will put a little pull string sconce there once drywall is up and we pick out a fixture.


For pretty much ever, the new bathroom/laundry room was a dumping ground for material and tools. We FINALLY cleaned it all out and brought it to the garage, which got us REALLY excited to finish this space. We forgot what it actually looked like under all the paint buckets and tarps.


OK so let's take a quick tour here. As you walk into the room, on the right is a shower (where the step ladder is...) and beyond that is a little nook for a vanity. Which of course I can't just BUY a vanity and make things simple for me. No, I found a DOPE farmhouse sink that i'll build a custom vanity for and OMG it's going to (hopefully) be super cool.

Then I got around to building out the blocking and adding the shower niche, because we all know i'll never wait until the hardiboard is already up to do that again...#lessonslearned

Here's another shot of the sink area, we will have a sconce above the mirror (which is that blue box) and OMG LOOK AT THAT YELLOW STUFF! INSULATION! What a concept! This house has ZERO so we are adding it where we can!

 If you turn around you are greeted with our washer and dryer and the hook up to the toilet! Once we get the flooring in we will install that puppy, and put a little counter above the washer/dryer for folding etcetcetc.

These windows are so adorable and charming I LOVE IT.

SO, once drywall is up then we will be working hard to paint the walls, tile the shower, hang the bathroom door, install light fixtures etcetcetc. THEN, once everything is good and ready, we will get that flooring in. I mean, plywood and carpet remnants IS a nice flooring option...but again those damn common folk...

Bathroom Wainscoting (finally!)

Care to take a stroll down memory lane?! When the bathroom was in it's blue glory days. There was clearly a renovation at the peak of the monotone colored bathroom days. After looking at so many houses there was clearly a pamphlet with "would you like an all blue, pink, or yellow bathroom we have JUST the tile for ya (and matching tub/toilet/vanity)!"

The bathroom was riddled with mold and water damage, and the shower head was fit for the 5' and under we knew walls would be coming down in here. It was pretty cool to see, once we had everything ripped out, that at one point there had to have been a tub (probably claw foot...WHYYY did they remove it!) in it's place with a radiator at the foot of it. The dangling cut pipes in the walls were a dead give away.

The tub was leaking into the kitchen, which wasn't ideal, and the window was one shower away from crumbling out the side of the house. SO! we ripped it apart.


 OK, so we tiled the floor and the shower, installed the vanity and toilet and......stalled. Mainly because I hate trim, especially in an old house where nothing is straight and I have to Macgyver solutions.

We wanted to put wainscoting over the old tile glue. It wasn't the prettiest wall treatment, and bead board is clean, water resistant, and doesn't involve us having to tear down MORE plaster walls. Because, we are SO over that.

Something i've learned in a house that is not level, caulk is your BFFL.

SO, first I cut a piece of trim for the door and floor molding. We got a new miter saw as a wedding gift and I LOVE IT. Using it was further encouragement to finish this project...

The panels had a tongue and groove system on each end, so they locked into each other. I added some construction adhesive to the back of them, then after stacking a few  I put in a few nails with a nail gun to keep it in place.  

Then, I added ALL the caulk, to the edges, joints, and nail holes. Sidenote: although the packaging said to use caulk for the nail holes, i'd use woodglue next time. It shrunk too much and showed the holes still after a few applications.


I used a Dremel to cut small holes in the panels for the electrical (we will be installing electric heat in the bathroom), and the sink pipes...still pretty amazed that I measured the location of those holes right the first time *pats self on back*.

Then I added a piece of trim around the edge, using my nail gun (love that thing), and caulk. 

Finally! Time for paint! The panels come in a prepainted white, however it was a little creamier than the white that would be the trim, which would have bothered me. So I painted it the same color, 1 coat of primer and 2 coats of paint.

During that time, I also started working on the walls, which were in rough shape, I took off the remaining pieces of wall paper, washed and sanded them down.  I also replaced the light fixture, mainly because it was so huge and the bulbs were SO hot that whenever I worked close to it I couldn't stop's what it looked like, light is turned off because when it's on it has the light capacity of a million suns. Or so it feels...

Photographing light fixtures is impossible, just trust me it's better than before :)

Wall color is Revere Pewter (love the color, used it in the master bedroom as well), Trim is Polar Bear.

OMG, much better.

SO, what's left for this room? Still working on some patching on the ceiling, then that'll need a coat of paint. Then it's just hanging some pictures & towel hooks, and installing the heater before winter! We have noodled the idea of a glass shower door as well, so that may be in the cards...down the road.

All in a weekends work!