Adding feet and molding to cabinets

Adding feet and decorative molding to the butler’s pantry cabinets was a pretty straightforward and easy project. We started off with these cabinets.

butlers pantry cabinets

I removed the shoe molding from the kick plate and we dry fit a 4” piece of poplar wood which is very smooth and solid. We chose to use solid wood instead of MDF because we were routering the top and MDF doesn’t look as crisp/sharp as real wood does when routered in my opinion.

adding feet to cabinets

I also installed one of the doors back on temporarily to ensure that it would fit once the molding was attached… I don’t always think ahead, but when I do I sure as shit am happy about it in the end! So the door fit and we were back on to the next step…

adding feet to cabinets

Using SmartDraw I designed the exact cutout I wanted for the feet. We did consider adding 4 feet (one for each set of cabinets) but in the end opted for just 2 which I am so glad we did!

cabinet foot template

My Super Awesome Hubby used the jigsaw to cutout the design and the router to add a nice ogee edge to the top. Since the wood is placed against about 1.5” of cabinet face all I needed to do was nail it directly into the face, very sturdy and simple. I then filled in all of the nail holes and a long dent I didn’t see when we bought the piece, I use spackling for this process rather than wood filler as it is quick to dry and sands very easily.

adding feet to cabinets

I also added a small chair rail backer piece of molding to the sides of both of the top and bottom cabinets. Just used some Loctite and 1.5” nails and it’s not going anywhere.

adding feet and decorative molding to cabinets

Once everything is filled, sanded and caulked we can move on to priming and painting!

adding feet and decorative molding to cabinets

I’m almost finished with the the door and drawer fronts, hope to share the finished product with you soon!

Thanks as always for stopping by!


Kitchen cabinets and a little R&R

So I have this project I’m working on and I am doing a pretty good job of not letting it stress me out or make it a priority in any way… the project is painting all of the kitchen cabinets, but I’m starting with the buffet / butler’s pantry area just off of the kitchen.

This is what I started with, not too bad, the cabinet color is pleasing, but what the pictures don’t show is quite a bit of damage (one door broken, prior owner’s dog chewed on corners etc.).

Kitchen Cabinets Before

Not only did I want to paint my cabinets white, but I wanted to beef them up a bit. My final color choice was White Dove by Benjamin Moore (in Advance Satin), I saw so many pretty examples of this color and since my countertops are staying the paint tone worked perfectly with them. I removed and labeled all of the door and drawer fronts, lightly sanded (repaired) and cleaned the cabinets and then hand painted the boxes and trim.

Painting and embellishing kitchen cabinets White Dove

I also added the same trim to the sides as I did on the island and my Hubby made a beautiful set of “feet” for the base which I think makes the piece feel more like a custom piece.

Painting and embellishing kitchen cabinets White Dove

The cabinet doors and drawers are getting all new handle placement so I filled and repaired the original holes and used my Critter sprayer to spray them in the garage so I could have a beautiful streak free finish. And this is where I’m at after 3 weeks of working on them off and on…

Painting and embellishing kitchen cabinets White Dove

As you can see I still have 3 door fronts to finish (and a glass decision to make), my Critter sprayer is being a total B-I-A-T-C-H and keeps spitting chunks of paint onto the cabinet surfaces so I’m waiting for some warmer weather to tryout a new sprayer to see if I can get things working properly again… this is hugely frustrating for me, but I have plenty of other things to work on in the meantime.

So last week I left the work behind and me, my Super Awesome Hubby and the last daughter packed up and went camping at Red River Gorge for her spring break. We had a fabulous 4 day/3 night stay with lots of campfires, Uno, stories told and many beautiful hikes.

We had an awesome camp site right next to the creek… and despite what this picture may indicate we hiked miles and miles of beautiful woodland trails!

Camping in the Red River Gorge

I happen to catch these two enjoying some much needed (no electronics) father daughter time… I just love the fact that at almost 14 she still wants to hold our hands from time to time.

Father and Daughter time

So we’re back home and I’ve got to get back to painting (eventually), I’ve already removed the door and drawer fronts off of the rest of the base cabinets in the kitchen and I will slowly be working my way through them. For me this is not a race to get them done, I have no deadlines so I’m taking my time and making sure that this paint job is done properly so I won’t have to do it again! And while I’m waiting for paint and filler to dry I can enjoy some gardening and planting my new plants! We had a great time at the Starview greenhouses yesterday, I’m sure that this place will be my go-to for all of my garden plants, it was fabulous… just look at all of my lovelies! I’m also growing quite a bit from seed as well…

Plants to plant in the garden

And this little absolutely stunning true black Petunia just stole my heart and it is going to find a prominent place in the garden where I can enjoy looking at it everyday!

Black Petunia

Also there is SO much going on in Louisville now, the Derby may only be a one day affair to some but for this town the celebration starts a month in advance of the races and we have plans to enjoy as much of the festivities as possible!

Thanks as always for stopping by…

Until next time!


Renovated “Princess Suite” bathroom complete!

I’m so excited to finally be able to share the final results of our daughter’s bathroom with you! This bathroom is in her bedroom, some people would call this a “Jr. Suite” or “Princess Suite” which is what I prefer.

A little throw back to when we purchased this house and I know this may not look too bad to some of you but those are boats on the curtains and the wall paper pattern is gold rope, not our style at all.

Bathroom before renovation

Off with the wallpaper, out with the flooring, blinds, mirror and light fixtures!

Bathroom mid renovation

In go the wall planks, granite vanity top, 1” hexagon black and white floor tile!

Bathroom mid renovation

This renovation was a pretty easy (at least compared to the Master Bathroom) remodel. The final cost for the remodel was $1,340, which for us was a very good investment of our time and money.

DIY traditional black and white bathroom renovation

DIY traditional black and white bathroom renovation

DIY traditional black and white bathroom renovation

BTW I love this shower curtain! It’s from Bed, Bath & Beyond and has a mesh top which allows the light to filter into the shower area and it also has a built in curtain liner (just below the mesh) that snaps off!! I customized the curtain by sewing the teal band at the bottom, but the quality of the curtain is great! I also installed the rod just under the crown molding which makes the height of the room feel like 10’ instead of 8’… don’t know how but it does!

DIY traditional black and white bathroom renovation

Blue painted bathroom ceiling

DIY linen bathroom cubby

Polished chrome vanity pulls

Filled with succulents and moss, this planter will get plenty of light I just need to remember to water it!

Adding plants to the bathroom

Greatest Expenditure

The granite vanity top, including sink, at $410, but well worth the investment!

DIY Black granite vanity

Greatest “Time-Sucker”

Hands down the winner for this category was by far the floor, from demo, to layout, to installation it was a shit-ton bunch of man/woman-hours that I’d rather have spent doing just about anything else, but the finished product makes such a dramatic impact that I will try and forget the pain… kind of like childbirth I guess I don't know smile

DIY black and white 1" hexagon mosaic floor with flowers

Biggest Impact

The floor of course! It just sucks that it also won “Greatest Time-Sucker” too… we chose to use a low profile aluminum transition strip from carpet to tile here so as not to distract from the tile itself.

DIY black and white 1" hexagon mosaic floor with flowers

Most “Fun”

Making the café curtain was the most fun for me, it totally wasn’t hard and it makes such a cute statement in the room that I so enjoyed installing it too (because that was a BREEZE)!

Privacy sheer curtain for the bathroom

Favorite Tool

Sorry guys, but this one is a tie between the nail gun (compressor type) and the hammer drill, without either of these this project would have been much more difficult to complete and I probably wouldn’t have demoed the floor!

If My Budget was Limitless

If money was no object I would have taken out the tub and linen nook and installed a large tiled shower in their place. I would have also installed a frameless rolling shower door and I would have clad the walls with a white subway tile, but the floor I would have done in a 3” hexagon similar to the master bathroom. I also would have replaced the vanity with a taller one with better storage options. And while I’m dreaming I would have hired out all of the contracting work, just saying that’s the no fun part for me I’d much rather design and decorate but we can’t all be that lucky Crying face Still I’m glad we could do what we did, both physically and financially, we’re very very happy with the end results, but a girl can dream right?!

Thanks for taking this little renovation trip with me!

Until next time!


Still working on the Princess bathroom!

Well we had a fabulously warm weekend here in Louisville, 74 degrees and sunny on Saturday, even Sunday was pretty nice in the high 50’s! We didn’t do anything “fun”, but we did wash the cars and the dogs and that felt pretty good to get done! Of course we also worked on the Princess bathroom, which sucked, like an 11 out of 10 sucking! I will NEVER install 1” hexagon mounted on mesh again! That tile moves around so much which makes it super difficult to ensure evenly spaced grout lines. I would say 98% of our lines are pretty close to perfectly spaced, but we really had to fight to get them that way.

The hardest thing was determining where to start the tile and getting a square line off of that area. We chose to work off of the tub line, I will say that had we not chosen to also install the black tile border this process would have been significantly easier, so just keep that in mind if this sort of installation is on your “to-do” list. For some reason I seem to enjoy making our jobs harder on us…Annoyed

OK, please excuse the quick point and shoot camera pictures, but here is where we are today.

We installed the floor Saturday and we were planning on grouting on Sunday but we had a few loose tiles we needed to re-adhere and about 3 hours of cleaning out the grout lines of mastic so that the Dove Grey grout would fill the grout lines appropriately. Had I not used my Dremel tool for this job I think we may have been there all day! SO after that ridiculously painful morning we took it easy and watched movies in bed the rest of the day, heavenly!! Did you spot my cute little café curtain I made for the bathroom (ignore the blue tape I have some repair work there to do)? It has the perfect colors in the sheer fabric and the hexagon pattern is spot on!

Black and white traditional bathroom renovation

The black and white (pain in the arse) mosaic tile floor is just perfect for this bathroom!

Black and white traditional bathroom renovation

I just adore how the little linen nook (with laundry basket) has turned out. You’ll only see it when you’re in the bathroom and shut the door (as it’s behind the door) but it’s the perfect amount of storage in that bathroom. I have the shower curtain hung, but not complete as I am going to add a band of color to the bottom of the white curtain, just waiting on the fabric to come in.

Linen nook in bathroom renovation

The sink is all operational as my Hubby hooked up all of the water and drain lines on Sunday. I just caulked the granite backsplashes with black caulk before taking this shot, hoping it turns more black once it dries because right now it just looks grey… Also, you can see I added the new chrome hardware to the vanity as well.

Black and white traditional bathroom renovation

We obviously got the new vanity lights and mirror installed and I chose to install the new towel hook to the right instead of over by the electrical out let where the original one was, am I the only one who thinks that was a dangerous placement?

 Black and white traditional bathroom renovation

I am contemplating doing the floor grout by myself this week, but honestly it is such a stressful situation for me to feel like I have to get so much done before the grout dries that I’d just prefer to wait until I have a helper to work with me on this part. However, after that we will be super close to the finish line, just need to re-install the toilet, install the shoe molding, caulk around the base of the tub and sew the shower curtain then we’re done! And I’m super excited because our daughter will be spending her summer with us here in KY instead of staying in VA like she normally does! I think some of that decision has to do with the fact her boyfriend of 3 years will be in Air Force basic training and then stationed somewhere, but whatever the reason we’re happy she’s coming!

Thanks as always for stopping by…

Until next time!


Princess Bathroom Updates

Well I’m happy to say that we made pretty good progress on the “Princess” bathroom the last few days or so… unfortunately it was a beautiful weekend here in Louisville, KY this past weekend and we basically spent it inside working on the bathroom Crying face. However, my Hubby was not complaining as he was the one cutting all of the wood outside so he would much rather it have been 70 degrees than 50!

So the first thing we did was install the under mount sink and faucet on the granite. We chose to install these while the granite was upside-down because otherwise we would have had to remove the drawer runners and quite honestly this was just the easiest way. The process is as follows: align the sink over the whole appropriately, mark on the granite the sink placement, remove the sink, put down a bead of granite caulk, replace sink and attach hardware… easy-peezy just a little nerve racking! The faucet install was just a matter of following the included instructions, which was also easy and made much easier with so much access! We let this sit for 3 days before we installed it.

installing undermount sink on granite

We reinstalled the baseboards and started our planking leveling each board as we went. We are using the same process and V-groove planking and bead board we used on the other girls bathroom.

installing wood wall planks in bathroom

We didn’t finish all of the planking (explained below) but I went ahead and primed and got one coat of paint (BM Decorator’s White) on what we did have installed.

installing wood wall planks in bathroom

We had to take a pause here in the planking because the new sconces haven’t arrived and I want to place the mirror and dry fit the sconces before we decide where to install the new junction boxes for them.

We installed the granite and backsplashes which was as easy as applying a bead of silicone caulk in the top edge of the vanity cabinet then placing the granite on top and ensuring levelness. The backsplashes are adhered to the wall with caulk as well.

honed black granite vanity top

This is my SUPER fast mock up of the mirror and sconces… I’m hoping I like them as much in person as I do in the photo!

vanity mirror and sconce mock up

I also found a few items for the bathroom that I’m excited to mix in! This cute little hanging basket from World Market!

copper hanging basket from World Market

These baskets from Target for the little linen nook.

basket for bathroom toiletries from Target

And this fun canvas print from Joss & Main that brings the bedroom colors into the bathroom. I just love the whimsical feel of this piece!

Mad Hatter deer art for the bathroom

I’m hoping to get the sconces before the weekend so we can finish the walls up. The floor will be the last to put in place and I’m soooo not looking forward to it…

Thanks as always for stopping by!!


The Princess Suite Bathroom Renovation

This bathroom belongs to our middle daughter Cassidy, who is a Sophomore at Radford University this year, she’s rarely home but her bathroom needs updating for sure! Her bedroom has it’s own bathroom and her bedroom/bathroom combination is sometimes referred to as a “Princess Suite” by some builders. I like the term so I’m going to refer to her bathroom as the Princess bathroom ‘kay?

Here is a picture of the bathroom on our walk-through day. It has gold sort of nautical rope print wallpaper with coordinating valance and shower curtains (with boats on them) someone certainly paid a lot for this look at some point. While this is a cute nautical theme it’s a) a little much for me and b) not quite what a 20 year old girl would like either… other than that  the bathroom is not too bad!

kids bathroom before

Step 1 & 2 was to remove the valance and shower curtain, I sold them on Craig’s List for $20 to a mom with a little boy who is just going to love his little boats!

Step 3 was to remove the wallpaper, which I was expecting to be easy and come off in great big sheets like the other 3 bathrooms of wallpaper… well it did NOT!!! Pictured below was about 3 hours worth of wallpaper removal because they didn’t paint the walls appropriately before they papered!!! Please people properly prepare your walls for wallpaper!!!

Wallpaper removal nightmare

My original plan was to install board and batten (like we did in the master bathroom) and paint the top third of the wall, but the wallpaper removal tore the crap out of the walls (that’s my technical term) and I just decided to finish the walls the same way we finished the other girls bathrooms. See I can be flexible… however this left me with all white planked walls and I really wanted some color in there so I rolled a quick coat of Benjamin Moore’s Palladian Blue on the ceiling, which I had on hand from painting my two front porch ceilings… and yes I used an exterior satin paint inside and I think it looks gorgeous!

Palladian Blue painted bathroom ceiling

There is also a little linen nook in the bathroom, where we are adding nicer shelving, which I painted the same color as the ceiling.

Palladian Blue painted linen nook

Now as to the floor, seriously I could have left the 8×8” white tiles, but I HATED them and their stupid stained white grout. So I removed them with my hammer drill (super easy just use ear plugs and eye protection for sure) and was left with the underlying mortar to remove.

Bathroom tile removal

I was also left with a large hole near the tub, but using a grinder I proceeded to remove the mortar to make a smooth surface for the new tiles to stick to. I could have used a self-leveler over the existing mortar (I think) but the mortar bed and lathe were already adding 1.5” to the height of the floor and I didn’t want to add anymore. By the way the grinding of the mortar was AWFULLY messy and I hated it and I’m pretty sure I won’t do that again if I can help it.

Bathroom tile removal

I stopped here because this hole was really bothering me… how do I fill it? Can I just pour new concrete in here, level it and that would do? Well based on my many hours of research the answer could be yes, could be no… seriously the web was not very helpful in this case.

Bathroom tile removal

In the end I decided I’d rather be safe than sorry so I removed all of the concrete and lathe with my trusty and much loved hammer drill (which took about 45 minutes) and got the surface back to the subfloor. Now I can start from scratch and feel confident in the job I’m about to do!

Bathroom tile removal

I purchased this pretty white hexagon tile with black flowers and a box of just black hexagon tiles to create the border around the room. All of our girls had b&w mosaic tiles in their last bathrooms and I just really love the classic look of them. I did a dry layout on the bathroom floor to ensure I had the look I wanted and enough tile for the job.

Dry layout of black and white mosaic tiles with flowers

I then moved all of the tile out of the bathroom to an out of the way place in the bedroom, trust me these steps will save you when you go to actually lay the tile.

Dry layout of black and white mosaic tiles with flowers

We’re also installing a new top on the vanity. I did look into replacing the vanity entirely, but it was cost prohibitive and this one is in very good shape anyway.

Bathroom vanity before

I made a trip down to the stone yard and perused their remnant slabs for options. I went there thinking I’d want something light-ish with some white and gray, but when I saw this slab I stopped and said this is the one! I was not envisioning a black top, but I’m totally digging the idea! This is honed Negresco Granite and it looks a little like soapstone.

Honed Negresco Granite for vanity top

The cash and carry price for the top (including an under mount sink) was $410, which I think is pretty good for a 44” long granite top, the only issue is they cut the backsplash a tad long and I need to take it back and have it re-cut…

Honed Negresco Granite for vanity top

So that’s where we stopped for now, we’ll be working on installing the concrete backer board on the subfloor next so we can move forward with the floor tile installation!

Until next time!!


Master Bathroom Final Reveal

So the Master Bathroom is D-O-N-E, as in there is nothing left to do and we love it, it’s perfect for us and most importantly I’m very glad it’s finished!

So the photo below is a view from the bedroom into the bathroom, the top of the walls are painted Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray (same as the bedroom) and the wainscoting is painted Benjamin Moore Decorator’s White. The new recessed lights are all LED in a daylight temperature as we like our bathroom to be nice and bright! You can get a glimpse of the closet at the end of the hall which is painted the same as the bathroom, but the lighting is a soft white which is why you see a color difference, crazy right?! And “yes” we love the engineered wood floors in our bathroom and have had no issues with them at all!

Master Bathroom Renovation

I installed all of the board and batten myself and let me tell you it was no fun… a ton of sanding, caulking, painting, design layout etc. went into this project. I chose to use pre-primed MDF boards in standard sizes and I just love the final look, very upscale and traditional. If you’re curious each wall panel was configured based on the length of the wall vs. each panel being the same size and then you end up with an odd sized panel at the end… I only had 2 small walls where the panels look larger than the rest of the panels, other than that the panel size differences between the walls are very insignificant.

Board and batten walls in master bathroom renovation

The mirror is from West Elm, but the original wood frame was much lighter than I thought it would be. I darkened the frame by wiping on a coat of Dark Walnut stain, super easy and it only took a couple of minutes. The color of the frame is now very close to the color of the wood floor.

Grey vanity, white board and batten walls, master bathroom renovation

Two sections of this vanity I purchased off Craig’s List months ago, but my Hubby made the curved shelf piece at the left end to finish it off.

Grey vanity, white board and batten walls, master bathroom renovation

The vanity top is honed White Mountain Danby marble from Vermont, it’s beautiful with loads of grey veining and it has a hint of blue/green to the white. It was more expensive than the Carrera marble we were originally considering, but it is supposedly more dense and honestly I just couldn’t resist all of the beautiful veining… The installers did a great job installing the vanity tops and shower curbing too!

Honed White Mountain Danby Marble from Vermont

The drawer pulls are polished nickel and I painted the cabinets and tub apron in Benjamin Moore Wickham Gray which is a very light gray with blue undertones. I chose to spray paint the drawer and door fronts, but I brushed the cabinet frames. I used the BM Advance line in Satin and it was fabulous to work with and left virtually no visible brush strokes.

Custom painted vanity in Wickham Gray

I really wanted to replace my tub with a freestanding pedestal tub, kind of like this one… isn’t it gorgeous?!

Parisian® 1

But the $4k-$8k in additional cost to replace the original tub just didn’t make sense for us Crying face… I do really like our corner jetted tub, it’s deep, fits perfectly in the room and I use it all of the time, but I still dream about the tub above…

Custom trimed corner jetted tub, board and batten surround

The light over the tub we made with products from the Color Cord Company and it adds a little interest and light in that corner… the lights are spaced perfectly so I can stand up in the tub without hitting any of them.

Master bathroom renovation in shades of grey and white, with engineered hardwood flooring

Here’s a Before and After comparison of my vanity area for you… the original builders really loved their mirrors didn’t they?

Master bathroom renovation in shades of grey and white, with engineered hardwood flooring

On the Hubby’s side of the bathroom we used this cabinet (1 of the 3 cabinets in the set we purchased off Craig’s List) to create his vanity.

Original part of 3 part vanity

He deconstructed the original cabinet so we could use it as two pieces and then added a new unfinished sink base cabinet from Home Depot in the middle to make this one of a kind piece… I think he did a fabulous job!

Custom vanity in master bathroom renovation

We were going to make new doors for the center cabinet, but decided to install a removable back and shelf instead. He didn’t need the storage space under the sink and I really love this look! The inside is painted Benjamin Moore Black Iron, which I have also used in many other places in our home.

Custom vanity in master bathroom renovation

The faucet is a chrome American Standard “Town Square” faucet, all of our faucets and shower heads are from this suite. We prefer the ease of a one handle set, but it is hard to find one that is not too modern looking so I’m really happy with traditional look of this suite.

Honed Mountain White Danby marble from Vermont

The Before and After of this vanity area.

Custom vanity in master bathroom renovation

The water closet is no longer for showering too! We installed a new American Standard VorMax toilet and decreased the overall size of the room since there was no longer a shower in it. For privacy we added this solid core door on a barn door track. The door is painted the same Black Iron as the vanity cubby.

Barn door in master bathroom renovation

This is now our view of the bathroom from the new closet area… we still have a few cabinets to make before I can share the closet makeover… The runner is Dash & Albert, but I did cut and sew one end in order for it to fit the space exactly.

Master bathroom renovation in shades of grey and white, with engineered hardwood flooring

So much better right!? I will tell you that while this was not an inexpensive renovation, we did figure the renovation costs into the offer we placed on this house and because we did so much of the work ourselves we saved thousands! The total cost for the closet and bathroom remodel was roughly $20,000, here’s the breakdown:

  • Barn door & toilet = $464
  • Closet = $450
  • Dumpster rental = $180
  • Electrical = $618
  • Flooring = $2,000
  • Vanity mirrors = $523
  • Shower (complete build) = $7,466
  • Vanities (inc. sinks & fixtures) = $3,290
  • Walls & insulation = $4,773
  • Wood trim = $720

Of the $20k we spent roughly $11,000 was spent on contractors for shower glass, marble installation, plumbing rough in, framing, blown-insulation and sheet rock installation and finishing (items we felt were best left to the professionals). One of our contractors flips houses and when he was here he said that this job was about a $35,000 remodel job if we had hired out all of the work so I was very happy to hear that!

Master bathroom renovation in shades of grey and white, with engineered hardwood flooring

I so hope you enjoyed seeing these pictures and following along with this renovation! If you have any questions or comments please leave them below!

By the way we will have the closet finished by the end of spring, there’s not much to do but build and paint 4 cabinets but I want to spray paint them so I’m “waiting” for warmer weather! In the meantime we are renovating another bathroom, but this one is small and on a much leaner budget!

As always thanks for stopping by!


To see other parts of the renovation: Master Bathroom Remodel Part 1, Master Bathroom Renovation Part 2, Master Bathroom Renovation Part 3, Master Bathroom Renovation Part 4, Master Bathroom Renovation Part 5Master Bath Flooring Progress, A Tale of Two Dormer Windows, Building Knee Wall Cubbies, The Evolution of a Walk In shower

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The Evolution of a Walk-In Shower

I just realized I have not shared any master bathroom renovation updates in a L-O-N-G time! I have shared some pictures on Instagram, but have totally been behind posting updates here! So thank goodness we finished the master bathroom portion of the renovation a couple of weeks before Thanksgiving and I am super thrilled with the final results! It was a ton of work but well worth it in my opinion…

I wanted to take some time to run through the steps we went through in the shower building process. It was a first for us and I will share with you where we did get help from contractors and where it was just me and my hubby plugging away at the job.

This is what we started with, hubby took this picture on the original walk through of the house, it’s a toilet and shower “room/closet” inside of the bathroom space. So the vanities and tub were all in the main room, but the toilet and shower were in a “closet” inside of the room (I hope that makes sense). It was dark, I hated it and I thought it was just strange… it had to go!

Here is the original setup of the bathroom closet area.

Bathroom closet plans

Original bathroom shower toilet combination

So as part of the overall bathroom remodel we removed the shower and the wall separating the closet/room from the rest of the bathroom. It was pretty easy to demo, as a matter of fact I took out the shower by myself. The walls were that faux marble, heavy, but easy to break up with a little force and of course safety gear.

Bathroom shower renovation in progress

We laid out a rough outline of the new shower dimensions (6ft. deep x 7ft. wide) with spray paint to validate size and position within the space.

Bathroom shower renovation in progress

We did all of the demo ourselves, but did have a contactor come in and rebuild the walls. I helped him a lot (so I could pick up some tips for the future) and I really enjoyed working with him and learning from him as well. We also hired a insulation contractor to blow in more insulation in the floor (which is over the garage in some areas) and also wrap reflective insulation around the backside of all of the walls to help with deflecting heat off of the roof.

Bathroom shower renovation in progress

We also hired a plumbing contractor to add an additional shower head and move the drain. He had to tie the new head off of the incoming 3/4” copper pipe rather that running it straight off of the 1/2” pipe that was already there. This will allow 2 people to take a shower at the same time and get both get perfect water flow Send a kiss … just in case you were wondering why… We saved some money by locating the 3/4” junction ourselves and cutting the flooring for the plumber to gain access to the pipe.

My Super Awesome Hubby and I had to shore up the floor openings with 2×4’s attached to existing support beams in order to add plywood over the holes to close everything up. We also installed all of the bat insulation in the new spaces ourselves.

Bathroom shower renovation in progress

We hired out the drywall installation and finishing, we’ve done drywall work before… it sucks and we done do a good enough job at it so we almost always leave the large drywall jobs to the professionals… just like rough-in plumbing…

Our contractor then came back in and he and I  installed the shower liner on the shower base. Making sure that the base was free of debris and all screws were countersunk in the plywood so that nothing could puncture the liner. By the way we used a pond liner here because I couldn’t find a shower liner big enough locally. It’s made of the exact same material, but it’s a lot cheaper and was plenty big!

Bathroom shower floor installation in progress

We then mixed the Mississippi Mud base together by placing the dry material in the center of a tarp and adding the water to it in the center and shifting it back and forth by lifting the tarp up and down from the 4 corners. It’s a neat trick he learned and it made mixing the product super easy. He laid all of the mud down and using a level made sure it sloped properly towards the drain… I just watched him Open-mouthed smile

Bathroom shower installation in progress

After a few days he came back in and installed all of the concrete backer board. I then added the mesh tape to all of the seams and then filled the seams, holes and any low spots on the floor with thinset.

Bathroom shower installation in progress

After everything was dry and smooth I painted 3 coats of RedGuard over all of the walls, floors etc.

Bathroom shower installation in progress, RedGuard

We then dry-laid out our tile pattern on the floor to determine layout.

Shower tile dry fit layout

We then used a laser level and marked a level line about 3” off the floor to ensure a nice straight line, we temporarily installed a 1×2 on this line to ensure we maintained a level line. We then started applying thinset and laying the tile. We found it worked best to apply the thinset to the wall in about a 3ft square and then affix the tile to the wall. It also helped that we broke up the responsibilities, I laid the tile and my hubby marked and made all of the cuts… this was definitely a team effort!

Tiling master bathroom shower walls

I’m not going to lie to you… the herringbone tile part was a HUGE pain, I didn’t have to figure out the cuts, but it was a lot of little tile to lay and it took a long time!

Tiling master bathroom shower, herringbone subway

We installed the Carrera Marble 3” hexagon floor tiles next, which compared to the herringbone tiling it was a walk in the park! Then after the tile was set, 72 hours I think, we went back and installed the last row of wall tile.

Tiling master bathroom shower, herringbone subway and carrera marble

The shower sat ungrouted for a VERY long time while we worked on flooring and other projects, but we finally got it grouted with a white grout. I had originally wanted grey grout but changed my mind pretty much at the last minute…

Tiling master bathroom shower, herringbone subway and carrera marble

We were then in a holding pattern for over a month waiting for the marble to arrive for the vanity tops and the shower curbing, but it was worth the wait to get exactly what we wanted!

The hardware is all polished chrome and its as frameless as the glass guys could build it considering the size…

Master bathroom shower stall, white ceramic herringbone and subway with Carrera hexagon tile floors

The setup we chose for the shower heads was very simple, 2 heads one on either side of the shower. We gave this a ton of thought and we decided that we wouldn’t use a bunch of different spray heads or a rain shower head often enough to justify the additional cost.

Master bathroom shower stall, white ceramic herringbone and subway with Carrera hexagon tile floors

Each of the heads has it’s own max temperature setting, mine VERY hot, my hubby luke warm… The heads and trim package are a chrome American Standard set.

Master bathroom shower stall, white ceramic herringbone and subway with Carrera hexagon tile floors

We actually used a marble threshold for the bottom of the niches, it worked perfectly and was significantly cheaper than other options.

Master bathroom shower stall, white ceramic herringbone and subway with Carrera hexagon tile floors

I really love how the curb turned out. It coordinates with the Carrera marble but because it is so thick and solid I think it really shows well! The curbs are White Danby Vermont Marble in a honed finish.

Master bathroom shower stall, white ceramic herringbone and subway with Carrera hexagon tile floors and White Mountain Danby Marble curb

Master bathroom shower stall, white ceramic herringbone and subway with Carrera hexagon tile floors and White Mountain Danby Marble curb

Master bathroom shower stall, white ceramic herringbone and subway with Carrera hexagon tile floors and White Mountain Danby Marble curb

Even though I’m more of a bather than a shower-er I really do love this setup! It’s obliviously plenty big for two of us to shower at the same time and with the ability to have our own temperature settings it makes it that much more enjoyable.

I do have one “complaint” with the shower, which at first when I saw it I thought I would cry, but I have sense gotten used to it… you see the glass surround distorts the color of the tile! I had no idea that the glass would have a slight green/blue hue to it so the tile doesn’t look white. I was not given the option of a pure colorless glass and when I spoke to the glass guy he indicated that this glass was the norm. I researched it a bit and found that colorless glass is available (not sure at what expense) so do consider that option if you are going to install glass in your shower… just a thought!

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Another Dormer Window Nook Update

I PROMISE this is the last dormer update you’ll see from me (mainly because it’s the only one left  Winking smile) So we have been working on this little space for a while and to be honest it’s not technically complete, but it will probably stay in this state for a while until I’m ready to get back to it… honestly that’s the way it is sometimes! As you may remember I have already renovated / updated the two other dormer windows in the master bath and closet, but this one is in the “Princess Suite” which is our middle daughter’s room. Again it was just a long hall to a seat destination, not very comfy but it did have a little storage.

This is the picture my hubby took during the walk through inspection.

dormer window before

At this point I have already painted the nook Benjamin Moore’s Teal, which is quite a lovely very dark color that coordinates beautifully with her wall color which is Benjamin Moore’s Sagebrush a totally soothing spa like green/blue/grey… I want to envelope myself in this color it’s so perfect!

I have also made a window shelf with vintage wood brackets and a blackout Roman shade for her as she loves sleeping in pitch black and lets face it at 20 years old she doesn’t want to wake up with the sun!

Dark teal painted dormer window

I had measured the length and width of the dormer and determined it was the perfect size for a twin size bed and what a great place to curl up and read a book (Cassidy is an avid reader) or maybe if you have a friend come over there is a place for her to sleep. It is also a great place to watch the deer in the backyard or just enjoy the scenery.

So rather than remove the existing set we just added to it, much easier in the long run and no need to make a big mess…

First we added 2×4’s, screwing them to the studs with 3” screws after ensuring they were level both front to back and side to side.

How to DIY build a platform bed in a dormer window space

Then we added cross braces in order to support the plywood platform.

How to DIY build a platform bed in a dormer window space

I was very concerned about screws not being able to withstand weight so we used these hanger pieces to add additional bracing and support

How to DIY build a platform bed in a dormer window space

We added 3 cross braces in total, feeling like that should be plenty of support.

How to DIY build a platform bed in a dormer window space

We added a 3/4 plywood top, which will eventually have pistons installed on it so you can access the area for storage, but for now is just sitting on the 2×4’s.

We then built a box out of MDF (using the Kreg jig and pocket screws) and nailed it to the sides of the end 2×4’s. This area is right near the outlet and we thought it would be a great charging station area for cell phones, iPads and laptops.

How to DIY build a platform bed in a dormer window space

We added MDF around the face of the box, caulked, spackled and added back the baseboard molding to the space.

How to DIY build a platform bed in a dormer window space

It took about three coats of teal to cover all of the raw wood, had I primed it with my grey tinted primer I’m sure I could have done it in two. Also, I added a little trim to the front just to jazz it up a bit and that was it!

DIY built platform bed in dormer window area

A nice place to store books and show off collectables… and collect dust if I’m being honest…

Blackout Roman shade with shelf above

Throw a bunch of comfy pillows and a blanket here and it’s such a cozy spot!

DIY built platform bed in dormer window area

I hung up a charcoal drawing self-portrait my daughter drew in high school. She’s a very talented artist I just hope she keeps it up!

DIY built platform bed in dormer window area

DIY built platform bed in dormer window area

Like I said it truly is a great chilling out spot, the kids used it a lot during Christmas break for watching movies and napping (the shades are blackout). The mattress pad that I have on it I bought at Ikea for about $100, it’s foam and comes with a cover and is about 3.5” thick and it’s pretty comfy. I have temporarily wrapped it in a twin sized white duvet cover, but I will get around to making a real cover for it eventually. Like I said we still need to add the pistons on it that will allow easy and safe access to the storage portion, but since we don’t need to store anything there it’s on the backburner for now.

We have three dormers in our home and for each one we have customized it to work for us. I understand why the contractors build little seats in dormers to make them seem useful, but for us I’d much rather have a space we would really use, not just something to fill the void… So what do you think? Have you done anything awesome to your dormers? I would love to know what other people are doing too!

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Thonet Chairs Refinishing Complete!

Well Happy 2016 to you all! Over at our home we had a very busy Christmas Holiday with our normal household of 3 humans and 2 dogs increasing to 9 humans and 4 dogs!!! It was crazy and lots of fun, but I’m glad we’re back to normal capacity now! Believe it or not I did get the Thonet chairs finished by Thanksgiving and I would have posted about them earlier, but with all of the blogosphere hyper focused on Christmas decorating I felt like this little post might get lost in the shuffle and I totally think it’s worth checking out… just saying Open-mouthed smile

So you may remember that I started off with this set (plus a couple more I picked up later) of Thonet chairs. (If not you can check out the post I wrote on the refinishing process here) Man have I forgotten how ugly these were to begin with!!

Vintage Thonet Chairs

This is where I left off while I moved on to refinishing the farmhouse table, see I wasn’t 100%sure how I wanted them finished so they sat here empty for a couple of weeks as I thought on it…

Vintage Thonet Chair Update

I had initially thought I wanted to use faux leather on the seats to help with the inevitable cleanup, but after looking at several (let say 10 or so) samples I couldn’t find one that I liked enough… they were either too shiny, too fake looking or just not the right shade. So I ended up finding this very extremely soft grey crocodile embossed velvet.

Velvet Croc Zinc Fabric

Of course this fabric was the most expensive fabric I looked at (isn’t that how it always goes!), at $28.00 a yard, but I only needed 3 yards. The cost breakdown of the chairs is: $80/set of 8 chairs + fabric $92 + paint $25 + $10 repair product = $207 or $26 per chair, which is pretty freaking awesome don’t you think!?

To reupholster the seat cushions I just cut the fabric off, using a sharp knife and cutting as close to the staples as possible. There were a ton of staples and honestly I just didn’t want to remove them, had I been upholstering these for someone else I would have probably started with a new wood seat and foam as that would have been less time consuming than removing all of the staples.

Reupholstering chair seats

I chose to leave the original bottoms (less the previous owners address stickers) and stapled the fabric right near the old staples, it worked like a charm and only took me about an hour to do all 8 seats. Having said that though I should mention that I do have an electric stapler that uses very fine staples, I would never have been able to recover them so quickly with a manual staple gun, you know the old saying about using the right tools for the job!!

Look at that gorgeous velvet!

Reupholstered Thonet Chair Seats

Originally I was thinking I would paint the chairs grey (which is why I used a grey primer) but once I found my fabric I decided to paint the chairs Benjamin Moore’s Linen White in Advance Satin. I sprayed about 4 light coats on each of the chairs, which would have been less had I primed them with white primer instead of gray Baring teeth smile but oh well!

Updated Thonet chair set, new upholstery and paint

I tried to get a good picture of an area that I repaired, I will say that the repairs are about 99.9% invisible! I think they look like they were built this way originally and I’m pretty proud of the job I did…

Repaired Thonet chair backs

Updated Thonet chair set

I’m really digging the different shades of “white” I used, it helps make the table feel like it is less of a set and more of a collection… if that makes sense?!

Thonet chair set and farmhouse table updated

Now that I have all 8 chairs in they really are a little snug around the table, but one day I will be able to used both ends of the table and it will be the perfect amount of chairs! I love the finished look of the chairs and I am so happy I took the time to update them. I hope this post may inspire you one day to take on a project like this, it really was pretty simple!

Thanks as always for stopping by! By the way I’d love to hear what you think about this project!


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