Monday, October 31, 2011

More Bathroom Progress

First of all... never in my lifetime have we ever had SNOW in OCTOBER! Saturday was a mess around these parts of central Jersey and it literally snowed all day long. Luckily it was pretty wet so we didn't get too much accumulation (about 2 inches at our house) but driving in it was pretty terrible. Unfortunately I had to go out in it and run to Home Depot and Target to pick up a few things but my efforts were rewarded because I unexpectedly stumbled upon and picked up a beautiful rug for our living room (more on that later). How about you guys? Where are you from and how much did you get?

Secondly... HAPPY HALLOWEEN! I'll be back later to show you how we tricked out our front porch for the little ghouls and goblins.

Now back to our regularly scheduled posting... Since I was trapped indoors for much of Saturday I had time to work on a few more things for the bathroom. First off- we changed our shower head. We had bought the new head probably months ago but never got around to installing it. So now that my attention was in full bathroom mode we broke it out and Dan replaced the old one. It honestly took about 5 minutes total (why do we put off these easy things for so long?).

I don't have a very good picture of the old shower head but here's a cropped pic of our bathroom on closing day:


And the new shower head:



Love it. Then the next thing I did which was another really easy 5 minute fix was to add a little life to the room. Even though the bathroom is, well, utilitarian, doesn't mean it can't be lovely and treated like any other room in your house. Adding a little greenery is a great way to make the room feel fresh, literally, since plants cleans the air for you. Out in our front yard we have these low-growing plants that I always liked and they kind of look like succulents but I really have no idea what they are. But I like em. So I snipped three and placed them in my thrifted barber shop mug with a little dirt and hopefully I'll be able to  keep them alive.


Now onto Project #3 which necessitated the risking of my life to run out to Target-- adding a little art to the bathroom. Four simple matted frames and whole lotta measuring and leveling later and we have this:


How'd I do it? What will be in them? Why is there a blank space? (My Target only had three for sale when I went so I have to pick up another at a different Target) Stay tuned for all those juicy details!

I'll now leave you with a photo of our bathroom when we toured the house back in May followed by how it has shaped up as of today:






Ahh... much better.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Bathroom Refreshments: Part 2

Back in July when we first moved in I tackled the bathroom right away and made just a couple changes to make it feel more open and fresh. After living with the purple-y blue on the walls for three months, it was time for an upgrade. I initially thought I wanted to go navy but after that turned out to be a bust I fell back on my second choice- a nice warm tan with a hint of gray that was just dark enough to contrast with the tile but would also pop against the white trim and other white accents. 

Enter Indian River by Benjamin Moore, color matched to Glidden:





Now the color in these pictures isn't 100% accurate since it was nighttime when I finished so I'll have to snap some pictures this weekend of the room with some natural light. (Oh and that little white patch next to the mirror is a spackle job waiting to dry so I can paint over it.) Bottom line is I love the color and I can't wait to add some accessories to really polish it off. It definitely feels good to be mostly done with this room since it was on a color hiatus for almost a month- yikes- sporting about four different paint choices at once. With all the other madness going on (floors, kitchen demo) it's nice to have this room in proper working order again. Tonight we will hopefully make even more progress with the floors (we've had a few leveling setbacks) and even get started a little in the kitchen.

Now for fun here's a photo timeline of how our little bathroom has progressed over the past three months:

Move-in Day

5 Days After Move-In

Today

Have a great weekend everybody. It's the last one of the month! Craziness...

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Costumes & Cocktails

This past weekend we attended a friend's annual Halloween shin-dig of costumes and cocktails and man do they go all out in the decor department. It surely didn't disappoint the Halloween-enthusiast in me, after hearing about it from my sister and even Dan who went last year when I couldn't, I finally went for the first time. I'll let the photos do the rest of the talking:












The hostess and host (he made that entire costume, huge wolf head and all)




We were a fortune teller and a boxer.






And if (most of) those pictures look so awesome, it's because these two also make up J&M Photography, which I mentioned, along with her kitchen makeover, here.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Insanity

That pretty much sums up how our kitchen looks right now, as of last night to be exact. Our kitchen is currently an empty shell of insanity and is literally crying for us to make it all better (well, ya know, not literally crying but you get the picture).

Let's back up a bit. Our contractor let us know on Sunday that our cabinets are in and ready to be delivered when we are! Yay/exciting/woohoo! Except we had one small problem and that was that our kitchen was no where near cabinet-assembly but rather was in dire need of disassembly and floor installation. So I called our cabinet place and they said they could hold onto them for another week until we were ready for delivery so last night was major kitchen demo time. We saved a ton by doing the demo ourselves (and by we/our I mean Dan, a friend, and my brother). I did my wifely duty of cleaning all the dirty dishes in the sink and putting them away and then clearing the kitchen of every item that wasn't attached to something else and created a little make-shift kitchen in the dining room (or what is supposed to be the dining room):


And then we were left with a completely blank slate, ready to be ripped to shreds.



"So long gross terribly-painted cabinets and your hideous painted hardware. Bye-bye stove that tilted forward and made cooking terribly uneven. Adios off-white double sink with your off-centered faucet and perpetually-dirty facade. Farewell peeling pointy-edged laminate countertops."
None of you will be missed.

So basically when Dan got home he wasted no time and got straight to work, starting with the soffit.



And then things went downhill from there:







Insanity, right? I told you. I can't even believe the madness that existed behind those cabinets and countertops. Let's recap: 2 different colors of faux tile, 3 different patterns of wallpaper, 1 weird angled wall opening in the back left corner, and 1 mystery wire that led to nowhere (you can see it on the floor in front of the fridge). Man oh man is this kitchen a doozy. We certainly have our work cut out for us before we even think about installing new cabinets.

But isn't this all the fun part of kitchen renovation? Discovering all these little fun, albeit insane, decorating choices from years past? Here's hoping the future homeowners of our little house will thank us for righting all these wrongs and giving them a nice clean slate to build off of, if they so choose (I mean our kitchen is gonna rock-- who'd ever wanna change it??).

And now for fun I'll leave you with a couple Before and In-Progress photos, taken from the same angles:





You can check out our exact floor plan and choice of finishes here.
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