Demo in the master bath

Since we’ve basically already done this renovation once before on the guest/hall bath, the demo on the master went far more smoothly.


We basically gutted the entire thing. Vanity/sink, mirror cabinet, wall cabinet, toilet, and tub all ripped out and taken away – for free! Instead of waiting for the next bulk trash pickup day or getting a dumpster, we take full advantage of the free section on Craigslist (it was all gone within 24 hrs of posting!). Ripped out the tile tub surround, ripped out the tile floor, and cut back the drywall to the height we’re going to do the tile wainscoting.

Since we demo’d the whole bathroom we got a plumber in as well.  Just like in the hall bath we had the shower head raised, the water controls raised, had a new mixing valve installed (that works with the trim kit we decided on), and generally just the plumbing done to the new standard.

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We dropped in the tub, Zach framed out the shower niche, and that’s where we’re at!



Master bath reno – the before

Its finally time. Time to bring the master bath into the present.

We haven’t touched this bathroom since we moved in, so here’s what we’re working with:


Generally we’re keeping it pretty similar to the look of the guest bathroom reno we did, plus a few nicer touches.  We’ll be installing a shower niche, using a little nicer trim kit for the tub/shower, a different light above the vanity, and subway tile wainscoting etc!

Its gonna be so great – and this is the last bit of the fiesta paint in the house!

Office Bookcases

After moving in together, Zach and I decided we were definitely going to need more book storage for our combined collection.  We couldn’t really find anything at our price point that was exactly what we wanted, so I decided to use some leftover/new wood to make some!

We wanted the bookcases to be able to fit some of our oversize art books as well as fit the room to look quasi like built ins, so I adapted this plan from Ana White and went to town!



So happy with how these 3 bookcases turned out!

Garden Alley – update!

Now that we’re back in TX with no crazy plans on the horizon we’ve jumped back into home reno projects.

So – we went ahead and finished off “building” the garden – now just for plants!

So as far as improvements go…
– We built boxes
– Unexpectedly had to get a new A/C unit… not really a garden improvement, but it is technically an improvement in the garden lol
– Ordered and spread dirt
– Stained the backyard fence
– Put down weed fabric
– Spread gravel
– Got a rain barrel (not free, but the San Antonio Water System had an end of summer program selling them at a rate comparable to making your own)
– Built a stand for the rain barrel out of some scrap wood (for FREE – it’s the small things)


All thats really left to go is plants! and maybe figure out a better gutter to rain barrel solution…

Furniture building experiment

After moving in I decided I wanted a little makeup vanity for our bedroom, and couldn’t quite find anything that was going to be the right size.  So I decided to try my hand at building one.  I found this plan online, and modified it roughly using this plan to the specs I wanted (2 drawers and a different depth).

Progress pics
I ended up going with a darker stain to compliment the other furniture in our bedroom


The mostly finished product! (sans pulls)


All in all I spent less that I would’ve to buy something that wasn’t quite perfect, and I think with my leftover materials I’ll try my hand at making some bookshelves!

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!?)