Friday, July 29, 2011

Bathroom Refreshments

Here's what we were working with:


The bathroom on the main level wasn't in bad shape and it was actually very clean but it just needed a little freshening up. My original thought for the room was inspired by this photo- I'm not sure exactly how I came across it (Googling navy blue bathroom/blue bathroom/navy bathroom or something like that) so I don't have a link as to where I found it but the mix of the navy paint and the masculine/equestrian feel had me at hello.


So naturally I went to HD and pulled a bunch of color chips to try them out. However the lighting was just too bright for the small room and since the mirror is directly under the light fixture it was too harsh for general viewing pleasure. So I swapped out the three bulbs for something a little softer and instantly it changed the look of the room. Yeah the color is not exactly navy but with the warmer light the color darkened just a tad and it seemed unnecessary to paint over it just a couple shades darker. Plus the previous owners left behind almost an entire gallon of the paint for touch ups. So like Dan says: "If it's free, it's for me." 

With my new old paint in hand I immediately got to work touching up the walls and tackling the cracked caulk situation above the vanity.



I started by removing the two long screws holding the vanity in place so I could pull it away from the wall just a bit:


Then I used a straight razor to remove all the old caulk from the vanity edge:


Next came my trusty waterproof/paintable white caulk to the rescue:


I taped off the section I was caulking:


Then removed the tape, touched up the paint, and voila:



Then after seeing the immediate success at the sink I turned to my right and removed the over-the-toilet spacesaver that was not only too "apartment-y" feeling but had it's own fair share of imperfections- ie: peeling laminate and dirty stains.


Right away it made the bathroom seem sooo much bigger:


They must have had that spacesaver there while they painted because there was no paint around the base of the toilet or along the edge of the vanity so I simply touched up those parts and the few marks on the walls. I also bought a new toilet seat and threw out the old one so now we have a fully refreshed bathroom that makes me very happy (since it's the only sane room in the house). 

BEFORE:

AAAND AFTER:

Now I wouldn't say this room is "done" but I'm very happy with the easy changes that quickly updated the bathroom. Now all I need to do is add a little wall decor (perhaps a framed horse and a few masculine touches?) and then happily move onto the next project feeling satisfied I did all I could to the room. Oh and all of the items we were storing in that spacesaver easily fit under the vanity except for my hairdryer (which easily slips into the area between the vanity and the toilet) and my mini flat iron (which just hangs out on the toilet tank). When I get my upstairs dressing room into shape I will do my hair up there so I don't need to figure out a more permanent solution for them in this bathroom right now. 

And just in case you're wondering the wall color is Sensual Silver and it's from Walmart. I'm not sure if Walmart still even makes their own paint (it seems like they've "outsourced" to Martha Stewart and Dutch Boy) but you could probably ask them to look it up if it tickles your fancy.

Now in the long run I would love to completely overhaul this bathroom and add new white tiles to the shower surround, redo the floor tiles, swap out the vanity for a pedestal sink, and paint it out in that gorgeous navy. In the mean time however we have a lot more projects on our plate so now I'm off to tackle another room. 

Have a great weekend everybody! Can you even believe Monday is August 1st? Craziness...

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Moving Day and Those That Followed

Hey guys! Sorry about the delay but we just got our cable and internet set up last night and since we are a desktop household I couldn't do any mobile blogging for ya. There's a lot to catch you up on so here's a little run-down of the past couple days:

Friday- 2 Days After Closing


Since we had been going to the house after work since Wednesday (when we closed) we realized that our porch lighting just wasn't cutting it in the style department and I was eager to dive right into the homeownership DIY pool. So we replaced our porch light with this simple and affordable Home Depot fixture:

BEFORE:

 AFTER:



 Ahh much better. Then what do you do when your in-laws come to see your new house for the first time? Put them to work of course!



We painted the living room and dining room Wheat Bread by Behr (you can read about my previously planned-out paint choices here) and I am in love with it. Unfortunately I only bought one gallon and it was definitely not enough to cover up the blue walls on the far end of each room. I planned on finishing it up before moving day but I had to finish packing still and there just wasn't enough time. So here's how it looked by the end of Friday night:

BEFORE:


AFTER:
Please excuse the crappy phone pic- there are better ones to come. I didn't have my camera on me and then we moved in and I no longer had an empty room to photograph. Aaand it's midnight and I'm tired.

Sunday- Moving Day!

All Saturday night was spend trying to pack up the last of our belongings to make the big move into the new house. Sunday after church I hurried home to try to finish packing before the moving crew came (aka family and friends). Here's a few tips I employed to make the move just a little easier:

1. Pack everything clean. I can't stress this one enough since there's nothing better than being able to simply unpack your belongings and put them in their place all fresh and clean and ready to go. For example I cleaned our toaster- for the first time ever in 5 years I actually opened up that little crumb-catcher on the bottom, emptied it out, and wiped everything down. Now when we finally get around to re-doing the kitchen (high priority-coming soon!) I can simply unpack that bad boy and proudly display him for all to bask in his gleaming white glory. But you catch my drift- a little extra work during packing time equals a great deal of relief during unpacking.

2. Use saran wrap to secure drawers. This is a great tip I learned from my friend Julie (thanks again!) and makes moving desks and nightstands a breeze. This tip doesn't really work for larger pieces like dressers (it'd be too heavy) but is perfect for smaller pieces that usually contain lots of even smaller items like pens and books and batteries that would easily get lost during moving day. It also worked well for our trash can (that I first cleaned) and then filled with the last of our pantry goods that we couldn't finish eating in time.


3. Use household items to pack other items. This might sound confusing but it's actually a great tip: Use things you're already packing to pack other items, such as t-shirts wrapped around fragile plates and/or jars and duffle bags packed with shoes. This way you're not moving unnecessary packing materials like bubble wrap and newspaper into your new place only to cause more clutter and more work to throw it all away.


 4. Employ lots of help. Seriously- we had so many helpers (and vehicles) it made the job that much easier. Tons of friends and family pulled through and lent their helping hands to make our moving day so smooth, despite the heat advisory (thanks again guys- you're the best!).





Oh, and it's also helpful to have some other cute little helpers to keep your stress level at bay.



And of course I must include the classic "first night at the new house" pic. Actually quite cozy if I do say so myself.


Although it was a little bit of a struggle to get it up the 80's-tastic staircase:


Monday- First Day After Moving In

Let's be honest- having this in the middle of your living room is quite daunting:


But Monday after work I did my best to put some things in their place (and most things in the basement) so I could accomplish my first task: taking up the carpet in the living room and determining if the wood floors were worth refinishing since we knew there was a wall taken down.



Ya see those? The large patches in the wood? Yeah, not what I was hoping for but unfortunately what I expected. The conclusion: we will be laying new flooring throughout the whole first floor (minus the bathroom). Coming soon...

The other task: taking up the tile from the front entryway:




Tuesday- The House Is Starting To Resemble A Home



The furniture is currently somewhat in it's place- yaaay. Those boxes by the couch contain carpet tacks and subflooring so it all needs to go to the dump. Along with that smaller tall box- full of tile scraps. 

It has to get worse before it can get better right? Well we're off to a meager start and there's so much more to come and I need to go to bed so I hope you'll all stick around and enjoy the ride with us.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Lock It Up

One of the first things that we were advised after signing our last signature at closing was to replace two things in the house right away: the toilet seats and the door locks. Makes sense. So tonight we will be off to our other new house, Home Depot, to check out what they have to offer. Remember, I'm planning on painting our front door black so I will probably wind up going with a brushed nickel finish.



Although this black on black is very nice.
{Is it Fall yet?}

Here's our top three contenders from Big Orange:


Option #1: $129.00

Option #2: $99.00

Option #3: $21.97
{Can this be right?}

We will just have to go there ourselves and check them out in person. Obviously the price tag of the last one is calling our names but we'll see if there's some sort of a catch. Wish us luck that we can get all the preliminary cleaning done soon so we're all set to move in Sunday. Oh and say a special prayer that no one gets heatstroke and/or that it doesn't torrential downpour on us while we're moving in, say, our mattress. Fall really can't come soon enough...


Have a great weekend everybody! 
All door images via Pinterest

Thursday, July 21, 2011

It's Official


That's right my friends. As of about 3:00 yesterday afternoon Dan and I officially own our first house and dang it feels to be a gangster homeowner. The ride home from the realtor's office was full of squeals (from me), singing of "Our House...in the middle of the street...Our House"(from Dan), and overall excitement that was so thick you could cut it with a key. And it was just our luck we had two in our pockets. We are beyond excited to get moved in (hopefully Sunday) and get started making it ours.

The birthday boy walking into HIS house for the first time.

Feel free to check out our new and improved Tour tab that now showcases our new digs including renovations we want to tackle and images that are inspiring us.

Since today is Dan's birthday (Happy Birthday Love!) tonight and the rest of this week will be chock full of celebrations. There's a lot to do so stay tuned for all the decorating ooey goodness.
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