2009 to Present { First floor bathroom remodel}

The start of the bathroom demolition.


Goodbye broken medicine cabinet/ mirror.

We are keeping the pedestal sink.
Goodbye tile.

When we first moved in I painted the walls grey.

Need to patch the hole in shower. 

Goodbye graph paper tile with blue grout.

We need a new shower basin.
I wonder if this could be painted with Rustoleum fiberglass or plastic paint.

The door frame needs some tlc!


Goodbye dirty grout floors.


In 2009 I painted the blue grout white.
It still looked bad but a little less bad.



We need a new doorknob with lock!

Minus wall and floor tile.
When we did our recent drywall project(s), we replaced the drywall in this bathroom too.

The tile behind the toilet is gone and replaced with fresh new drywall. 
The toilet and tile still needs to go. Before we work on the floors.

This is with black Rustoleum paint. 
Still needs another coat.
I cannot get the door shiny clean. Tried degreaser, dishwashing liquid, WD40, vinegar, and even scraped it with a razor blade.
The door doesn't hang right either, so not sure if it can be saved. 

Painted tile with Black Rustoleum paint.
Still needs another coat or more.

The floors need some major tlc!

Paint color is "inkwell" from Sherwin Williams.

I tried to install the old sink and broke part of the pvc pipe.

I had to cut a hole in the wall to see the damage. Will have to patch it up later.
Broken PVC. 
If I can separate the pvc elbow fitting from the pipe without breaking it, then it should be an easy fix. 

The toilet needs new hardware. 
I just replaced everything in our master bathroom and it wasn't too difficult.
The materials were under $50. Much less than a new toilet. 

So that is where we are at with this bathroom. Not pretty!
The progress has been slow, but since it is low priority project it's ok.

March 2017 { kitchen plans }

As you can see we haven't done much since our big insulation and drywall projects
The dining room is in the process of being painted (again). The color is "dark night" from Sherwin Williams. The trim around the windows has been painted "inkwell" from SW.

Kitchen to do list:
*  prime and paint walls and ceiling white
*  paint the door black
*  lay new floor tiles
*  install new lower kitchen cabinets and countertop
*  install back splash with open shelves above the sink
*  hang wall mounted range hood
*  install light fixtures
* patch and install floor molding and transition strip

Before we install anything we need to decide on tile, cabinets, etc. 
This is what I have in mind for the new kitchen...

Black slate floor tile with dark grout. Something in the $3-4 square foot price range.

White subway tile with dark grout.

Countertops and base cabinets:
Butcher block counters with black doors (probably Ikea)

Wall mount range hood:
in black or stainless steel

January 2016 { Kitchen updates }

Frames are being built to insulate and hang drywall.
We also installed a new plywood sub-floor. Now it is level and ready for tile.

Ceiling beams reinforced.
Plywood floor. It's level now.

Here is the kitchen with drywall- after the final sanding.
We installed a new kitchen door that has a window. It helps bring in more natural light.

Here is the other side of the kitchen after the drywall installation.
So much dust!

December 2016 { Back porch progress } New insulation and drywall

We removed this drywall due to water damage.
Underneath was beadboard and old pink insulation. It was damp and smelled of mildew/ mold. There was no vapor barrier or house wrap, so water was seeping through the vinyl siding.

At some point there was a wall of windows(s) here. They were removed and replaced with this one window. The window frames were covered with wood planks, and the siding was nailed directly to the planks.

This old bead board was gently removed and is being stored for a future project.
To the left, and around the door, we have insulation and drywall.
We were able to keep the beadboard on the interior wall (to the right) and the ceiling.

We were able to recycle some pieces from my wood pile to trim the windows. With some caulk and paint, it will work.
The trim around the door I rescued from our dining room demolition. 

Next: clean, prime and paint! 
Shop for a floor runner rug, ceiling light fixture, and window treatment.

Future: Better quality exterior back door and window. Even with insulation, it is still freezing cold! 

Since we do need to replace our siding on the back porch, we can better insulate at that point.

{ Our Kitchen } up until December 2016

Here are some snapshots from our kitchen. Completely gutted but we made it work for awhile.
We started a remodeling project in December 2016, so the kitchen looks completely different now!

It is hard to see in the photos, but the walls are all exposed brick.
Since they were in really bad condition, I patched them and did a plaster/ paint  treatment. 

There were two windows that were hiding behind the drywall. Since we were undecided about our kitchen remodel design, we kept them open. 
I built frames for the windows and covered them with curtains, and also tried building shutters from some rescued old closet doors. The fit is all wonky! I was picturing installing some sort of glass windows. I really love(d) all of the natural light in the kitchen.

Temporary kitchen set up. 
We were able to use the old sink and a portion of the old counter. 
The counter is resting on two cabinet end pieces saved from the old kitchen cabinets.
Garbage and recycling is hiding behind the curtain.