Renovations Update

June 5th, 2011

So much happens every single day on the house. In my last update I shared with you my vision for the kitchen. Just a few days later and the one side of the kitchen was ripped out and the drywall was removed:

Then two days later the contractor came and made 4 holes for the windows:

And just a few hours later, the windows were in:

You can kind of see the tree and pool in this photo:

Here is a long shot of the room. It really is going to feel so much more open when all is said and done.

So now what will happen is that the electrical will be finished and then drywall re-hung and all the trim work will be done before the painters come in. The new kitchen wont go in for another 3 months, but it will look really nice until then!

The master bathroom is under-going its own renovations at the same time – check out my previous post on the bathrooms to see how far we’ve come. Here is a view from the outside:

Drumroll please… here is the tile work being done:

I love the visual interest that the shelf brings. The white subway tile will have white grout and will also be on the ceiling over the shower. We’ll have glass that goes all the way to the ceiling for a nice steam shower effect. The floor of the shower has the same tan penny tiles as the shelf:

Here is the plumbing for the wall-mounted faucets

Faucets will look like this:

And will have a 12″ backsplash that looks kind of like this (I couldn’t find an actual image, but this is close):

In other bathroom news I need to clean and seal the grout and tile in the powder room tomorrow. Then the sink will be ready to install.  Here is an updated photo so you can see what the vanity looks like:

I need to get new nobs… I’m thinking something simple but heavy like this knob from RH:

I still need to procure mirrors for all the bathrooms. This is low on the priority list, but it will be really odd to live without mirrors for awhile. I think we’ll end up feeling like vampires or something.

I finally bit the bullet and decided on the paint colors. Here is a shot of  SOME of my testers (I swear I spent a small fortune on testers):

The two big ones in the back are Silver Fox which I absoultely adore, and Revere Pewter from Benjamin Moore. The dark one in the middle is Slate by Restoration Hardware. The brownish one is Ashley Gray (Benjamin Moore) and I can’t remember the name of the other two more tan-ish grays.

What I ended up going with is Abalone by Benjamin Moore. Its the lighter version of Silver Fox and we really wanted something pale throughout the whole house. The Master bedroom will be a really dark warm gray (I can’t remember the color name) and the Master Bathroom will be Ashley Gray @75% strength.  My craft room will be a dark desaturated greenish-blue. And the laundry and two bathrooms will be Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams. Everything else will be the Abalone. Now that the stress of picking colors has passed, I am super excited to see how everything looks and to really start formulating how I want our furniture to come together.

Here is our updated move-in list:

  • scrape ceilings
  • tear down some unnecessary walls
  • remove ALL trim/casings
  • add necessary walls (frame, drywall)
  • put in recessed lighting, move outlets, fix non-working outlets
  • re-texture ceilings and smooth drywall
  • Install new windows in Kitchen
  • Completely re-do half bath
  • Completely re-do master bathroom! (in progress)
  • Completely re-do guest bath (in progress)
  • put up new railing on stairs/overlook (scheduled)
  • replace ALL doors
  • Board & Batten in guest bath
  • replace ALL trim/casings (this week!)
  • install all new underlayment
  • Prime + PAINT!
  • install carpet
  • install all new hardwood flooring (ready to go)

Wish us luck this week… we’re going to need it!

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