Jan 26, 2010

Photo Updates of the House

Despite the lack of pictures, things HAVE been happening around these parts.

And, of course, I can't seem to find the before pictures anywhere so you'll just have to picture it.

***Picture Overload Warning***

We'll start with the latest mudroom project. I wanted to have someplace to put all the boys' winter gear, school backpacks, etc... My awesome brother Kaelen built this beauty for me. I LOVE it! I primed, painted, glazed (my new favorite trick), and it will get three coats of poly-urethane today. When that's dry the hooks will be added and she'll be finished. Can't wait!!!

Just after you pass through the mudroom you'll see the powder room to the right. This use to be the laundry room but it was too small for my liking, there was no door (I didn't want everyone to see my piles of laundry from three boys as soon as they walked into my house) and we needed a bathroom on the main floor since we would be taking the main bath and turning it into our master bath.

Remember this picture of the fun wallpaper?

Here's the rest of the room...

Next we have the Master Bedroom. When we bought the house there were three bedrooms on the main floor. They were all down a hallway with one on the left side, across from the only bathroom on the floor and then two right at the end of the hallway. So walking down the hallway you would come to a dead end and a bedroom door on the right and a bedroom door on the left.

This is what the end of the hallway looks like now...

I LOVE it!!! We painted it a dark gray and I was able to use the same bedding, furniture and everything with it. I really like the gray with chocolate brown accents. I'm planning on adding more color soon and I think with these base colors I can add a variety of colors at different times. I'm thinking reds at Christmas, apple greens in the spring... you get the idea.

So basically in this room we tore down walls between two rooms, plus the old bathroom and made it bigger. Both of the other rooms were so small that after a bed was in the room there wasn't any room left for dressers etc...

Another view. I have big plans for the wall behind the bed. To me it seems a little bland. The piece above my bed is too small for the space but I found some great deals on fabric, paint, and a canvas. My new favorite 'tool', the glaze will also play a part. Stay tuned for the big reveal!

Here is another view of the bedroom.
This is a view of the closet, on the left and the bathroom on the right.

If you look on the wall in between the two doors you'll see....
A impulse buy, but at just $10 I couldn't pass them up! I still need to figure out something to put on them but until then I like them just the way they are.

And here we have the closet...
I love it! It's a bid of an odd shape due to the window. We didn't want to lose the light from the window so we will eventually put a french door in to let the sunlight through. The 'built-ins' are all from IKEA. LOVE that place. Mike put them all together and I am in love with how they turned out. The brown boxes on top are also from IKEA and they are great for storing out of season clothes.

And around the corner of the closet you'll see this...
It's my shoe/purse/accessory area. I am in LOVE!

It's where I store all my favorite 'girly' things. Like this adorable purse from my sister Jana.
I'm waiting for just the right time/place to use it. Isn't it perfect?

An my very favorite little splurge in the closet?
This perfect little drawer for all my jewelry. Cool huh?

Next up... the Master Bathroom

When we combined the two bedrooms and main bathroom we covered up the doorway to the bathroom (in the hallway) and then made a new doorway in our room. The above picture is the view from our bed.

Mike took the layout of the space and came up with a few different ways we could make this bathroom work with everything we wanted in it. We picked this one and here's how it all turned out...
We started with a vanity. We knew we wanted two sinks but didn't have the wall space for two side by side so we used the corner instead. It turned out great and this was we were able to get a nice corner cupboard in for great storage space.

We got light fixtures and tub online, faucets, mirrors and sinks at Home Depot, and the cabinets were made by someone local. We priced them out at home depot and locally and I am happy to say that the local guy was almost $2000 cheaper!!!! Plus, he got them in almost a month faster than Home Depot would have. I love it when the local folk can hang with the big dogs!!! :)

Another view...

This picture was taken while standing on the tub.

This is what it looks like on the other side of the bathroom. This picture was taken standing right near the sinks.
The shower is straight ahead, and the tub is on the right. Duh. Mike and I both LOVE to take baths so we knew we needed space for a soaker tub. We found the tub on-line for a really great price and have been so pleased with it. Can you see the green on the face of the tub? That's still just sheetrock and we will be covering it in beadboard one of these days. And the rug? It WAS clean about 2 minutes before this picture was taken but then Katie (the dog) decided she needed to explore the shower and apparently her feet were dirty. It's perfect little paw print. :(

I had the contracter frame the tub in a little so it was in it's own space. The 'art' is just some canvases covered in fabric. The area needs a little something more, I'm just not sure what yet.

I realize that the wall on the right looks a little green in this picture (at least it does on my monitor) but it's actually a couple of shades lighter than the gray in the bedroom. We painted the bath space a darker blue and I love how they contrast. Just wanted to let you know, they DO, in fact, match. :)

Next we have the shower, just to the left of the tub.

There is a little bench on the left of the shower, which I found quite necessary for the shaving of the legs. :) It's been very handy.

All the tile was done by my cousin Elana and I think it's beautiful. If you need tile or hardwood done, call her. She is awesome and very reasonably priced.

Another part of the shower I love is the built in shelf.
Smart huh?

Another great feature is the separate toilet.
Can you see the door by the vanity? It leads to a toilet in it's very own room. It's so nice to have that door so that if one of us is brushing their teeth, the other one can use the facilities. :) For some reason the boys feel it necessary to be right by my side when I am getting ready in the mornings so seperate toilet is usually used by them.

Oh and by her...
Gross huh? Actually, I've never seen her do this before but as I was taking pictures I heard something weird, came into the bathroom, and there she was. Yuck!

One last picture of this area. This picture is taken from the toilet room.

Now, we move on to the basement.

Not a lot has changed down here. It's in the works and my goal is to have the rec room downstairs painted by Friday. We shall see. :)

Here is the boys' bathroom.
We've only changed a few things in here. On the right is a tub/shower surround. In that right back corner there use to be an old stand up shower. I really wanted a tub for the boys and the shower wasn't exactly safe. The copper tubing for the water came down out of the ceiling right on the outside of the shower. They weren't in the walls or anything. I could just see Luke grabbing a 'piping' (haha, get it!) hot pipe. So we had the contractors build a wall and put in a surround. The wall they built framed out the tub and then left a space right behind the door for linens and storage.

You can kind of see that space here. I'm still looking for the perfect cabinet, cupboard, shelf thingy for this space.

And here's the other side of the room. It still needs a few things to make it homey and I am going to paint the vanity black or a creamy color one day. It's not quite at the top of my list of things to do yet.

Just down the hall from the bathroom is the guest room.
All I did here was paint. I used the leftovers from my mudroom walls. No need to point out the curtains. I know they don't match AT ALL. But they will soon. I've got something cute in mind.

And finally, I'll end the post with my laundry/craft/junk/needs to be organized/cleaned really badly room.
I know it's hard to believe by looking at it, but this room has probably taken me more man hours than any other space in the house. Why you may ask? The FLOOR!!! This room use to be covered in carpet. With a washer and dryer in here now, the last thing I wanted on the floor was carpet. So here's what I did. I really wish I had pictures for this part. You'd be amazed at the difference!)

1 - I pulled all the carpet up and trashed it. It was old. And yucky.
2 - The carpet was glued to the cement. :( I had to take a scraper and do my best to get the foam padding from the carpet off of the cement floor. When the carpet came up all the foam from the padding stayed with the glue. This was a VERY tedious step and took me hours and hours. And that was with Tiffany's help. Thanks Tiff!!!
3 - After I got most of the foam off I had to still get the glue up. I tried a few difrerent things that I thought might work. They didn't. I googled and ideas on getting glue off of cement. None of them worked. I was stumped. Finally I found a liquid something (can't remember the name, but if you need to get glue off of cement e-mail me and I'll find it for you) that sort of worked. I put this jelly like stuff on the floor in areas about one square foot at a time. The jelly had to sit there for 15 minutes. Then I could take my very sharp metal scraper and a whole bunch of elbow grease and scrape the crap out of the floor. After that I used a very stiff metal brush and scrubbed and scrubbed and scrubbed. It took FOREVER!!!
4 - After hours and days and weeks (maybe not weeks, but for sure days and nights!) of scrubbing I finally had all the glue gone and needed to clean the floor. I just used a mop and really hot water to get most of the glue off and then I used TSP to clean the floor really well.
5 -Turns out if you plan on painting cement you have to first acid etch it so the paint will stick. So I got some special acid stuff for this very purpose and etched my heart out. Actually, this part was quite easy. You just mop it on, let it sit and then clean it up. It was kind of cool. But I would suggest VERY good ventilation. When you put the acid on the floor it smokes something feirce and you'll feel like you are walking through fog that just comes up to your knees.
6 - The floor had to be cleaned REALLY well after the acid was on it. I've been told that if you don't clean it well enough, the end result will be worse than if you hadn't used the acid at all.
7 - Finally I was ready to paint! I found a tile that I liked and used that as my sample of what I wanted the floor to look like then I picked three different paint colors that would match the colors on the tile. I started with the darkest color which was a really dark blue. I think it was Benjamin Moore's Midnight Blue. I watered this down quite a bit using one part paint, one part water and I rolled it over the enitre floor. For the whole floor I only used about 1/4 can of paint. I have enough left over that I think I will paint my garage floor this summer to make it looks a little more finished.
8 - Once the base coat was dry I used my next color, Benjamin Moore's Sundried Tomato. I watered this down a little too, about 2 parts paint and 1 part water. I then took a plastic grocery sack, put it over my hand dipped it in the paint. Then I just dabbed my way over the base paint. I tried to do it somewhat randomly so it would look more natural, more like the tile.
9 - Once the red paint dried, I used my final color. Again, it was Benjamin Moors but I can't remember the color right now. It was a mid-tone green. I watered this down to 1 part water and 1 part paint and got a new plastic grocery bag and did the same thing as before. I watered this down a little more than the red because I wanted the green to be a little thinner so the red would show through. Since it was watered down more than the red, when I put the green down, it would gather a little and look like multi-colored stone.
10 - Finally, when the paint was all dry I rolled some low-luster poly-urethane on the entire floor to protect it and I was done!!!

After the floor was finished I painted and my part was done! The contracters rearranged some electrical and plumbing and I got the washer and dryer in. This room will eventually have built-ins around the walls where I can fold laundry, store laundry baskets and have a craft area.

Thanks for visiting!

* I was going to go through and re-read this to correct any grammatical errors etc... But then I saw how long it was and decided to be lazy. Sorry about that! :)


Lynn said...

Oh my gosh!!! You two have worked SO hard to make your home so beautiful! And it truly is. Thanks for the tour. What an inspiration!!!!

Angie said...

WOW! I am so impressed by you!!! You go girl! I would so like to do something like this on my basement floor in my craft room. It mops up well too?

Anna said...

that is a lot of hard work - totally paid off, in my opinion. love it ALL!

Anonymous said...

Wow Karli, youi have done an amazing job...it's all so beautiful :) I must say I am in love with your main bathroom and your closet!!

Teija said...

OH MY GOSH!!! Everything looks sooo amazing! I really love the lockers in the mud room, I will have to show Chas so he can build me some! Love all the work, it is so worth it in the end eh? It all looks so beautiful! can't wait for the tour when I come up in June!

Dana M. said...

wow, you have been so busy!! it looks so good.

Sheriece said...

Holy moly, just thinking about all that work makes me need a nap! Everything looks absolutely gorgeous Karli, good work :D

Ryan McCoy said...

Wow. You guys have done great things in the house. I'm impressed. Can't wait to come visit and see it in person.

Kara said...

HOLY #$%#@ Crap! I haven't seen it since it was all torn up and it is amazing! LOVE the lockers, LOVE the bathroom, LOVE the bedroom. And the closet, LOVE that too. Makes me want to buy and have you come visit :) Miss you.

Kjirsten said...

I am stunned! Do you want to come do mine next? I would love a personal decorator/designer:)

Jody said...

Karli~ Your house looks awesome! You have talent girl!!

Lauri said...

"I cannot say a part of what I feel!" You are Alarmingly Amazing! Creatively Cagy, Beautifully Boldy Bodacious! Holy WOW. When are you inviting us up? (I'll bring a . . . uh, cake?)

Rochelle and Kaelen said...

i agree, Kaelen is an awesome brother!

TL said...

wow, you have done a lot of work! It looks awesome!

Melissa Stiles Rowland said...

Looks great. Wish I could run over and see it tomorrow. Someday hopefully.

Paula said...

Your photo of Katie reminded me that my dad used to call the bathroom "the throne room," and our dog used to get drinks there when we weren't there to stop him. One day someone pointed out the line in a hymn: "Haste to your Heavenly Father's throne and sweet refreshment find"! We could not sing that song after that without getting the giggles in church.

Lisa said...

Your transdformations are amazing! I can't even imageine how much time and effort went into making everything look so beautiful! Your mud room cubbies are super cute and I would love to do something similar in my own house.


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