Friday, December 29, 2017

Bathroom Remodel & A Special Visitor!

If you like HGTV as much as I do I then you'll like this post! So when we moved into our house 11 or so years ago we always planned to remodel our bathroom because it was plain old HIDEOUS. It was probably last updated in the 80's with the cheapest of materials. The worst part was the awful wood paneling that made it look like a knockoff Swedish sauna. It was so ugly that I never put any effort into decorating because of what we always said "we'll remodel soon."  Unfortunately there were more pressing issues that came up that kept preventing us from doing it. Painting the exterior, insulating the walls, re-roofing the garage, TRIPLETS, money, addition of half a bathroom, and then a kitchen remodel. FINALLY after all these years it happened. Finally....

Since I never specifically took pics of our bathroom you'll get to take a
little walk down memory you can see the wooden walls and the tri-fold vanity.
The hideous laminate counter-top which would actually
get stained with blue toothpaste that the kids left on it.
Vinyl flooring that "looks" like tile.
Yeah you aren't fooling anyone!
Plastic tub with matching plastic walls.
Oh I bet you're jealous now!
You can't see it but the bathtub floor was permanently stained or discolored or something.
It always looked dirty even after cleaning it. 
We originally thought we'd gut the bathroom down to the walls but we decided
to see what it would look like if we just painted. It didn't look too bad
so we went with it! It saved us a TON of work too! I must add, we bought a paint sprayer for this project and it's amazing, painting is soooo much faster now.
It's totally worth it if you are a do-it-your-selfer like us! All those years painting by hand, ugh!
Layers upon layers of vinyl flooring! 4 layers to be exact, why why why why?!
Why would you do that!? And do you know that you can't throw this away in the regular trash.
You have to haul it to a special place where they test it for hazardous chemicals. Then if
it's contaminated you have to pay extra to get rid of it (insert red angry face)!
Ta da!
Our house if over 115 years old and has a craftsman/cottage look, so we tried to have the bathroom match that style. We picked a traditional octagonal floor tile. We also painted
the ceiling gray to balance out the white walls.  
Phil built this mirror from salvaged old barn wood,
I really love it and think it adds character and color. 
A salvaged wood shelf  with one of Phil's paintings
and some antiques we've collected over the years. 
Classic white subway tile with dark grout because who wants to worry about stained grout!
I also really wanted a shower head with a handle because the infrequent times that I actually do scrub the walls I'm always like "how do I rinse this now?!" I would always end up splashing water at it with a cup and getting the floor and myself soaked, ha!
Shower nook!
As Phil will attest, this was one of the most challenging parts of this remodel.
But he just had to have his challenge, haha!
Everyone always loves the boys matching robes : )
Matching school house lights
(Very affordable from Wayfair, we shopped around). 
Solid wood vanity with quartz countertop and undermount sink.
We got it from a place we recently discovered.
I was very impressed by the quality and price (compared to what HD or Lowes offered).
Check out Wayfair if you are needing lighting or a vanity soon.
I still need to decorate the window sill with something, looks too empty right?
Last week mama Elda came to visit!
The boys were so excited for her arrival : )
E & T with mama E
P & C
Farewell Ikea breakfast (it's conveniently right next to the airport), it went too fast!

Saturday, December 2, 2017

7 Yrs 2 Mo! (Funny Story)

ETC are 7 years and 2 months old!
This might be the longest time between posts in several years, ha! I've been very preoccupied, first I had a crazy two weeks at work followed by Phil and I jumping into a full bathroom remodel. Then trying to host this years Festavus during the remodel. Anyways, it's good to be back and just because here's a funny story: 

A couple of months ago, we stopped by my work so I could do something quick. I told the boys one of them could come with. Phil and the other two boys waited in the car for us. As we were leaving I told Thomas that we should use the bathoom before getting back to the car. As I'm in the bathroom stall I hear Thomas next to me unlocking the door then an immediate "Oh I thought that was Eli!"

There so happens to be a very large mirror right outside the stall, hahahaha! It cracks me up that he confused himself for Eli and he wasn't anywhere near him : )