DEMO DAY(s)! for the bathroom

The bathrooms in this house are probably the biggest projects we’re taking on.  They’re livable, but clearly pretty dated.. and generally just not the best.  Here’s what we’re working with for the guest bathroom:

IMG_8363IMG_8372IMG_8367Not awful, but not great either.

Our rough remodel plan is:

-Install vent fan
-Demo/clear room
-Get plumbing work done (heighten the shower head/replace and raise the mixing valve)
-Install new tub (we had originally planned to just get the tubs reglazed, but it turned out to be way cheaper just to get a new one)
-Cementboard/waterproof/tile tub surround
-Install can light above tub/ move switches
-New flooring/trim
-Install new vanity/ toilet/ light fixture

Straightforward right? 🙂 The biggest problem we have with both the bathrooms (they’re pretty much identical) is space.  While we were planning this project we decided we wanted to rip out the vanity/mirror cabinet/cabinet above the toilet, and come up with an alternative that doesn’t make the bathroom feel even smaller than it is.  Additionally we’re trying to stay pretty light with our paint/tile choices since the bathroom doesn’t have any natural light.

But anyways, DEMO DAY(s)!


Demo was pretty tedious at first, but then we got a proper sledgehammer and borrowed a mini jackhammer from a friend and went to town!


It’s so exciting to have a clean slate!


Closets Revisited

When I last posted an update on the closets both the office and guest bedroom closets were framed out, and now they’re (basically) completely done. We just need to add door catches.

Last progress update / trimmed / with doors

Painted the doors, added hardware and viola!

So complete B&A’s



Now that we’ve gone through that process once in its entirety, time do do it all over again! I’ve since started on finishing the master closets.

Current master B&A


A little bit of everything: house progress

We’ve been focusing on a few different small projects/updates while waiting on avoiding finishing up the closet project. Those projects being:

Painting the master!

that awful color now only exists in the bathrooms!


New blinds everywhere!

no more discolored/broken mini blinds!


New outdoor lights!

with bug zapper lights in them! #smarthouse


A back patio/yard we can now use!


bonus! fire pit!



No more half dead tree in the front yard!

the tree


Adding window trim

The original trim on all the windows was just one piece of trim below the windowsill, as seen here:


We decided to add a little bit more to that, and make them actually look finished rather than just a hole in the wall.  So found a design we liked (thanks pinterest), made some trips to good old Home Depot for an assortment of 1×4’s 1×2’s 1×6’s and 1×3’s and got to framing.

After I framed them all out went back with some caulk and wood putty, then primed and painted (a bunch).  A pretty simple and cheap project (averaged around $20 per window) and the house has so much more character!


(Isn’t that a great color in the last row?? WOULDN’T IT BE A GREAT IDEA IF THE ENTIRE HOUSE WAS PAINTED IN IT!?)

Closets, Closets, Closets, Closets!

Or lack thereof. When we moved in all the bedroom closets were like this:


The closets were actually like this in a lot of the houses we looked at with our realtor.  She said that since the houses were built in the 70’s they originally had floor to ceiling paneled sliding doors, and as time went its really hard to find a place to buy replacement doors. AKA we get to build closets!

I started with the closets in the guest bedroom and the office, so I could practice a little bit before doing the 2 in the master. So it begins! Painted the interior, framed them out,

Drywalled and spackled,

Sanded, spackled, sanded, spackled, etc, primed, and said goodbye to more of the fiesta orange!img_7602

We still have to make the door jambs and hang the doors, but at least the messy part is done!


Kitchen revamp, part one

While we wanna do a whole revamp of the kitchen, that’s a lot of work. So we’re breaking it down into phases.  Phase 1 = appliances, switching out the lighting (and patching wiring related drywall holes), preliminary paint, and replacing all the switches, outlets, and covers. Further down the road we’ll be refinishing the cabinets/replacing the hardware, putting in a backsplash, and getting new countertops.

So upon move in the kitchen looked like this:


AKA beautiful florescent lighting, fiesta orange walls, off white outlets/switches, older white appliances (no refrigerator), a hall light over the sink, and a gigantic old phone jack which I sadly didn’t get a picture of.

Well we pulled all the panels/lighting down and Zach installed some dimmable can lights, and after pulling down the trim that framed the recess I discovered this gem.


Perfect choice for a ceiling right? Also notice how the ceiling is the beautiful fiesta orange color that’s literally throughout the entire house? Another spot on decision by the previous owner.

So painted the ceiling white,


and knocked out the rest of the “phase 1” things. And this is where we’re at right now:



Way better, Phase 1 complete!