Friday, March 22, 2013

Bathroom Renovation

I am a little behind and I know that I haven't show you our regular house but last summer we redid our main bathroom.  This was truly necessary since B had put his feet through the wall while laying in the bathtub at one point. The beauty of being 6'4" and having rotten walls. Plus, we were expecting a lot of company during our wedding all of which would be staying with us.

We started with this....dark, brown and blue and just overall in dire need to be gutted. The previous owners had replaced the sink and redid the floors at one point, which were cracked though when B moved in.

Original Bathroom:

This was a complete gut job, including moving the window and toilet, redoing the insulation and electric.

Moving the window in order to make it more functional. While we had originally thought to hire somebody to replace the window, we ended up doing it ourselves, since we were told by various companies that the job is too small and not worth their time.

The gutted room ready to be put back together.

Finally... window is in, insulation done, electric replaced, new lights installed and the walls are coming back.

We decided to go with classic subway tiles along with some accent tiles. Both products are from Home Depot.

For the floor we used slate tile, that we had purchased at the local Re Store. We purchased enough for redoing this bathroom along with the 2 main bathrooms at the beach house (various sizes all for $400). We are very excited and so far I am still loving the slate floors, even if they are little harder to clean.

I then also decided to try stripes in the bathroom in a grey/ greenish color combo. I will need to look up the colors and let you know.

Keeping it real. This is what the entry looked like during the renovation.

Finally the finished product. I am very happy on how it turned out.

We didn't want to go overboard and were working with a $2500 budget. Given that we did all the work ourselves we came in right around there.

Product List:

  • The vanity is from the Restoration Hardware Outlet 
  • Lights and towel bar are from Restoration Hardware
  • Mirror is reused but we built a frame
  • map is a Custom Map of my HomeTown in Germany from JennaSue Design
  • Giraffe soap dish was from Lowes and got spraypainted
  • Subway and Accent Tile Home Depot
  • Paint Lowes
  • Slate Floor Tile is Re Store
And since I love Before and Afters from other people....Sorry the POV is a little off but its close enough.

Before                                                                                                 After

Thanks for reading.


Thursday, March 21, 2013

Living Room to do

In order to keep me organized I'd like to keep track of what needs to be done.

We really haven't really done anything to this room except remove the heavy curtains that match the couch. Yes, we are very stylish around here.....I really do wish Grandma was still around since she knew her way around a sewing machine.

Current Living room

What I would like to do to this room:
  • Install wood floors
  • Install lighting in ceiling
  • switch all outlets and switches to white
  • paint all the brown trim around the room white
  • turn the bookshelf into a sit on bench
  • built in a TV/ Storage unit
  • built a new dining room table for 10
  • get new dining room chairs
  • seating in general (new couch or reupholster the current furniture- maybe move this furniture to the porch?)
  • new lampshades
  • new curtains
  • get new TV (we don't watch much TV but useful for a rainy day or our summer renters)

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Our Beach House

I am still working on a Floor Plan and updated pictures but here are some older pictures of our house. I promise I will walk around soon and update the pictures fully along with a list of what has been done in each room.

Please keep in mind that this is our second home and we are only working on it on weekends.



Our beautiful yard during sunset


In Progress

Master Bedroom

In Progress

In Progress



Living room

Bunk Bedroom

As you can see there is no shortage of work for us at our house but I think we have already come a long way.

Thanks for reading.


Hallway- we are getting there

We are slowing getting there in the hallway.

I recently created another gallery wall on the left side (who would have thought that this space used to be all orange and dark.

I am still working on the other side as well and hope to have B built an entry bench sometime this summer. I can't wait for it to get warm so that I can paint the inside of the front door and OBR the hardware.

 Here is our new coat rack for towels, bags and all other stuff.

I am still on the hunt for the perfect lamps for the console table and I owe you a picture of the new hallway light as well. Can't wait to share final results in 2 weeks or so (after we come back from vacation)

Oh so much too do......

Liebe Gruesse