Sunday, March 31, 2013

New Porch Color

April is suppose to be the month that we work on landscaping.  I decided to get started with some curb appeal this weekend, in anticipation of April's work.

Old Porch:

I hated the blue-gray paint color on the porch, since the day we first walked through the house.  I didn't seem to match with the rest of the house.  I wanted to paint it the first couple of weeks we lived there, but hesitated until we worked on the landscaping last spring.  The rainy season came, and I got busy with other projects.  But I'm happy to say, that it looks a lot better now. 

New Porch:

Now we have a more appropriate brown color for the porch.  It's not perfect.  When you see it near the siding color, it doesn't quite match like I had in mind.  I may eventually change it again, to match the siding better.

Before and After:


Looks better, huh?

Landscaping with take over our lives for the next month.  I can't wait to show you the new changes.

AFI Top 100 Update: We watched #96, Do The Right Thing.  11 down, 89 to go. 

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Bathroom Renovation: Part 4

 This week, I worked on a couple projects, including working on the trim in the bathroom again.

The Demolition:

A couple of weeks ago, I went over the demo.  You can read about that here.

The Rebuild: 

Everything had been installed in the previous weeks. You can read out it, here, here and here.

The Details:

This weekend, I worked with caulking the trim.  I have had a poor relationship with caulk.  We have not gotten along well, but it is a necessary evil if you own a home.  This weekend was different.  I watched this video Saturday morning, and used some of his tips.  I was able to get the whole bathroom done with little problem, and little anger.  So, caulk and I have become friends, for the time being.  Here's the proof:

So all we have left to do is accessorizing; towels, art, soap pump, accessories, etc.  This will take some time, and I will keep you updated when things change.  But for now, I'm calling this renovation, COMPLETE!
Sunday, March 17, 2013

Bathroom Renovation: Part 3

So the elusive trim is finally on the wall.  I'm still not done with the bathroom yet though.

The Demolition:

A couple of weeks ago, I went over the demo.  You can read about that here.

The Rebuild:

The trim went up this weekend.  It was a nightmare to install it by hand.  I let the expletives fly (bonus points for naming that TV show), when I attached the trim.   I have learned a new lesson: NEVER install trim without a nail gun.  But it's up now.

I still have to caulk, and touch up the paint on the trim. 

The Details:

I'm on the hunt for artwork, accessories, and towels.  We will be adding color with the details.  I'm thinking of blues, purples, and greens.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Bathroom Renovation: Part 2

This little bathroom isn't quite done yet.  I have moving very slowly working on this.  From last week we had some little things to finish up, but the elusive trim remains.

The Demolition:

 Last week, I went over the demo.  You can read about that here.

 The Rebuild:

This week I added storage, installed a light fixture, and add a tp holder. 

The storage is from Ikea; Lillangen wall cabinet, and Lillangen end unit attached, and installed one above the other.  The tp holder is from Home Depot, Pasadena Tissue Holder by Pfister.

 The new light fixture is from Home Depot, Skylands 3-light vanity fixture by Martha Stewart.

The Details:

I found a mirror that I adore.  It has rounded edges, and a rich espresso color. 

We have to finish the trim, and add some artwork and accessories, towels, and bath rug.
Sunday, March 3, 2013

Bathroom Renovation: Part 1

My parents came to visit last weekend, and we ended up working the entire time on our small hall bathroom.  I'm so lucky that I have parents that have the professional skills to renovate our home. 

The Demolition:

I started with some of the demo before my parents arrived.  We had storage built in behind the door, that was original to the house.  I found them a little bulky, and not necessary.  Here's a picture after the doors were removed. 

 Three hours later or so, and I ended up with this.  I was pretty proud of myself.  I had been itching to demo something, and this was the good scratch.

My parents, Nick and I worked on the demo of the floor, and the removal of the toilet and vanity.  We were left with a nice, clean slate to work with. 

The Rebuild:

The rebuild required leveling of the floor, fixing the drywall behind the old storage, and laying the tile. 
We chose a tile that looked like fabric, and I love it.  Next part of the rebuild was to add the toilet and sink.  I chose the pedestal sink because it was the one option that would fit properly with the door swinging open.

I painted the bathroom again, Wheat Bread by Behr.  We still need to finish the storage, install the tp holder and trim.

The Details:  

I am on the lookout for a new mirror, and artwork. 

AFI Top 100 Update: We watched #54 M*A*S*H with my parents, and #41 King Kong, on March 2nd to commemorate it's 80th anniversary.  10 down, 90 to go.