Friday, July 29, 2011

bathroom reveal.

Without further ado...

Bathroom before (post-gutting, re-plumbing, and installing a new toilet):


And after:


I absolutely love the way the sink/vanity turned out. I knew I wanted a warm, rustic look for the cabinet, in a natural finish, since the rest of the room is done in various white/cream textures (i.e. the large tile flooring, the board and batten walls, the mini metro tile around the tub/shower). It was built out of hickory, by my awesome husband and father-in-law, with turned legs underneath to give it less of a built-in and more of a stand-alone look.


We found the sink at IKEA. Yes, you read that right. IKEA saves the day again! The sink was a huge decision. We priced/looked at/debated over apron sinks and pedestal sinks (which leave you with no counter space to set things on), vessel sinks (which we already have in the downstairs bathroom), granite slabs with undermount sinks (which are very costly), and nothing was fitting with the room quite the way I wanted it to design-wise. So on a whim we decided to go to IKEA and see what they had. Bingo. Isn't she a beauty?


And from another angle, just because I like to look at her...


Okay, one more...


As you might remember from this previous post, the sconce lighting was another tough decision. I'm really happy with the one we ended up choosing. Classy, yet primitive.


On the opposite wall we added a linen closet, stealing a bit of space from the master walk-in closet. I'm so glad we decided to do that. Extra storage = extra happiness for an organizer like myself. :)


And who could forget the tiny 1x2" tiles that Manly begrudgingly lovingly installed around the tub/shower...


So there you have it! And only a couple months late. Next up on the remodel list: my office. Once we've replenished the energy and monetary supplies, that is.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

fainting couch.

The upstairs bathroom is finished! Well, except for a few little towel hooks and other odds and ends. Tomorrow I'll take some photos and post them for you. But until then, here is another fun before-and-after going on around here...

Before...


After...


Winn's dad gave us this fainting couch a few months ago. We had it restuffed and reupholstered by Barb at Fabrications in Fabric. She does nice work (and she's quick too!). I'm not entirely pleased with the end result in that the shape of it is a little different now. I wish the back part where you rest your head was a bit more pronounced as it is in the before photo. But I really like the sleek look of it, as well as the new houndstooth fabric.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

hello again.


On this 92-but-feels-like-104-degree morning, while the still-not-walking almost-15-month-old is napping, I'm savoring a long-awaited morning at home and indulging in air-conditioning and an iced French vanilla latte (thanks to Maxwell House)...


...and sorting through my photos, contemplating where to even begin blogging after being MIA for a couple of months. So I decided to start small, lest I get overwhelmed.

I promise you that our upstairs bath is almost finished. It has, in fact, been "almost finished" for several months now, but when summer arrived, we turned our attention to the outdoors and such projects as building a new chicken coop, gardening, cleaning the garage, hanging a baby swing, chopping wood, and the like. But hopefully by the end of the week, Manly will have finished the doors for the vanity and the linen closet, and I will give you a complete virtual tour of the new facilities. :)

In the meantime, I'll let you in on a little secret. Remember this post about my lighting selection dilemma? Well, here's a peek at the sconce I ended up choosing...