My husband and I were very blessed to escape to the Twin Cities for 3 days this weekend. Our days were filled with delicious food and drink, urban hikes, salvage shopping and long walks along historic avenues. It was so, so lovely.
We started the New Year with a little bathroom rennovation project. It’s actually been finished for a couple months… except for an odd sized outlet cover, that just got cut and painted yesterday. The devil is in the details, you know.
Here’s another look before:
Here’s my dream bathroom Pinterest inspiration:
And here is our very own AFTER…
Now, for the tour.
To your left, you will find one of our sinks. It was a freebie from a plumber friend. We had to spend about $110 on antique hardware, paint, plumbing parts and a craigslist cabinet
Here are some before shots:
Next on the tour is my faviorite thing… the tub closet. This was the biggest challenge for us- what to do with the original clawfoot tub. My 6’3″ husband did not want to live with a free-standing tub surrounded by a shower curtain, and I did not blame him. But… BUT… what kind of person would I be if I got rid of the original clawfoot tub??? I just couldn’t do it. After much huffing, pacing, gnashing of teeth, etc, it dawned on us (Lance): put the tub in the closet. It actually fit and the plumbing from toilet and sink was so nearby that tieing in plumbing for the tub was no big deal!
Up next is our second sink (having two is convienient when 3 females and 2 males share 1 bathroom). We found it on Craigslist for about $50, I think. Fixtures included.
Other bathroom notes:
-Another splurge was updating the lighting. I will not put can lights in any other room of this house, but in the bathroom, it really made such a nice difference.
-Paint color is “Cabbage” by Valspar. I love it.
-Trim and celing color is “Decorator White” by Benjamin Moore
-Tile is from Lowes online. I think it was around $3/ sq foot
-Towel hooks and rods are from IKEA
– We did all of the work ourselves (except for electrical)
Final Thoughts: This was quite a project. Our first complete bathroom renovation, I’d say, was a complete success. The space is 100% usuable and not wasted, like before. It is bright and cheery. I think I pulled off a vintage look that hopefully will be timeless, helping us to avoid another remodel. New materials: wall tile, floor tile, shower, lighting, towel hooks and rods. Old materials: sinks, tub, sink cabinets, storage cabinets, medicine cabinets, lighting, accessories and decor.
Thanks for follwing my bathroom saga.. for us, it was worth the wait.
Important things happened here last week.
Last week marked the end of the green siding.
Dad and I tackled the North Nook and got it 100% painted- trim and all. The lower level of the house is done! Yes!!!!! Now *all* that is left is trimming the upper level. Which, when you are priming and trimming a Victorian roofline + turret roof 4 different colors, ’tis no small thing.
Lance + Cement Mixer + 2 Dads= Steps! The previous steps were original and were crumbling even before the lift ran over them to access our roof for shingling.
Another important thing that happened this weekend did not happen on our property. It happened in our neighborhood. We painted our city’s first street murals, along with our neighbors and others from the community.
Sometimes, my kids (and myself if I’m honest) ask “why did we move here?” I felt that as I jogged past our old house in a quiet, suburban-feeling neighborhood on Friday night. Why did we leave this place for the one we are living in now?
The next morning, when I joined other like-minded families and individuals to create something beautiful in the middle of an intersection in a run-down part of our neighborhood, I remembered why. Because we live here, we were able to create something vibrant, bold and beautiful in a place that was lacking. Neighbors came together purposefully in order to accomplish a goal and in order to get to know the people who we share our streets with. And THAT is why we live here.
Finally, the other important things that were done this weekend weren’t “accomplished.” They were just experienced and enjoyed.
On Saturday night, Lance got to play cards with his buddies in the screened in porch we cleaned out and repaired:
And on Sunday, after street murals and church, we enjoyed family time- the library and a puppet show performance, the toy store, shopping and dinner out. No work- just fun and time together. That’s important too.