Boy’s Jack & Jack urban style bathroom

July 1st, 2014

The boys jack &  jill (jack?) bathroom has been one of my favorite rooms in the house. I love how the room feels stylized and unique. My favorite part of designing bathrooms is the opportunity to take standard components – sink, toilet, mirror, light, counter/cabinet, and spin them into something not standard at all. I wanted the space to have an urban sort of feel with the glass bricked subway tile – see my Style/Buying Guide for this room to get more details about design and sourcing. And then I just wanted to keep everything simple and clean.

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We happened upon these submarine medicine cabinets at the Restoration Hardware outlet, they were 70% off which still made them a splurge, but totally worth it for the style they bring to the room. The 3×6 glass brick tile is from BuildDirect and we used a snow white grout.

I also wanted a floating countertop with no cabinets in this bathroom. Mr. Project used a slab of butcher block from Ikea and mitered the edge to give it a 6″ face and make the countertop feel like a 6″ solid piece of butcher block. So far I’m loving no drawers and cabinets. The boys usually have a hamper under the countertop, and all their toiletries are stored in the medicine cabinets. The towels are stored on a train rack in the shower/toilet room.

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The cute anchor washcloth is from West Elm, and the striped handtowels, and glass jars are from Pottery Barn (both discontinued).

The square sinks are from Overstock, and the faucets are Hansgrohe. For the barn lights, I went with these gorgeous Barn Light Electric sconces in barn red – I like BLE lights because you can choose which neck and which shade you want, as well as the color.

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Here is the shower/toilet room. We used a 4×12 white subway tile and then a 4×6 glass subway tile to create an accent strip and tie it to the sink area. One day I’ll get a shower curtain, but for now it’s just baths for the boys here.

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To make the shower look more finished we mitered the tile on the top corner and had it laid vertically down each of the sides. THis works really well with a 4×12 tile because the proportion is long and skinny.

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At the last minute, we decided to order more tile and do a wainscot of tile on the walls surrounding the toilet. We have two little boys, so any protection from stray pee is a good idea. For the cap piece, instead of using expensive specialty tile, we used a 1×5 piece of wood trim and covered it with some edged molding and a 2″ trim strip on the top to make a ledge. You get the same type of feel as a tile topper but for a tiny fraction of the price. You can also make the ledge a bit deeper and place photos/art on the ledge. I may still do this with my 2″ ledge, but I’ll have to secure the frames  to make it work.

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For the floor tile we went with a 12×24 black porcelain full-body tile from BuildDirect (currently not available). The black is solid throughout the tile so if it chips or has an exposed edge you don’t see white.

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We used this same tile in our laundry and pantry and I love it.

So that’s the boy’s bathroom! I love showing this bathroom to visitors, it always gets a great reaction. There are still a few things to do in here – shower curtain, bath mats, red stools to reach the sinks, towel hooks etc.,  but we’re just taking it little by little around here!

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Black and Gold Powder Bathroom Reveal and Tile Details

May 12th, 2014

Mr. Project has been super busy with work lately (imagine that), and hasn’t had a lot of time to work on house projects. So we’re kind of living in this limbo state right now. And I want to share pictures of the house, but at the same time, I want to wait for everything to be finished and perfect. But it’s not finished and perfect yet, so I haven’t really been posting anything.

There are a few rooms that are done and ready to go, so I figured I might as well start there! I’m going to have a professional photographer come and do the whole house when it’s done, but for now you’ll have to enjoy my photography. The photos in this post were taken with my Nikon DSLR and a wide-angle lens.

Okay, onto the bathroom! Here’s the Powder Room Style Guide that I created for this bathroom. I got pretty close except the color pallet changed. And here is the bathroom from the black ceiling to the basketweave tile floor.

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And a little closer view:

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Originally I had planned on painting the vanity a brighter color, but towards the end of the build, decided that I was in love with the color black. So I painted the upper half of the room black (Restoration Hardware Obsidian), and balanced out the black with a white 3×6 subway tile wainscot (tile from BuildDirect). I finished off the tile with a piece of trim that had a dadoed edge to cover the top of the tile. I did this because it was so much cheaper than buying a specialty tile to finish it off with. I also like how it’s just a little more cozy feeling than a tile border. The wainscot is 44″ tall.

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On the floor I wanted a beautiful marble and basket weave tile. When I was pricing out all my tile, I realized I could save quite a bit of money by creating a border of field tiles (in this case 12×24 marble tiles from BuildDirect) on the outside of the room. Then the inside could be the more expensive mosaic tile. To bring some definition to the space, I found some skinny black pencil tiles at Lowes.

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I love the effect and think it looks more custom than if the whole floor was basket weave.

Because I wanted the black walls, I decided at the very last minute to paint the vanity off white. Mr. Project had undertaken the task to strip the whole thing in preparation for the new paint, and when I saw how beautiful the original wood was, we decided to stain (to make the color/grain look more uniform) and seal the top, and then paint the bottom for contrast. I would have loved to have the whole thing be the original wood, but I was a little worried with all the fine details that we would run into paint stripping issues and an uneven finish. I love the final product though, it really is a gorgeous and unique vanity.

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Behind the door is a hidden pocket or closet shower. I had seen pictures of showers with door entrances like this while I was looking for house inspiration, but I didn’t think I would have a spot for one in the house. When our framing was being done, we changed this space from a supply closet (accessible from the pantry) to a shower. I just love how it turned out.

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The jamb is made of marble (cut from 12×24 tiles), and the exterior casing is just regular flat door casing.

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We used the same 3×6 white subway tile for the walls and ceiling. And the marble basketweave for the floor.

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And a little bit of the marble on the inside of this recessed shelf. The bench top is from a remnant piece of quartz.

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I’m so in love with how elegant and unique this room is. Also, I totally spray painted the chandelier gold/brass!

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Mirror (24″x48″) – Ballard Designs

Vanity (22″x41″x36″) – found at local vintage market

Wood Stain – Minwax Espresso

Sink – Overstock.com

Wall Faucet – Elements

3″x6″ Subway Tile – BuildDirect

Marble Basketweave Mosaic Tile – BuildDirect

Marble 12″x24″ Tile – BuildDirect

Black Pencil Tile – Lowes

Toilet – Kohler Tresham

Paint – Restoration Hardware Obsidian (we had it color matched)

Sconces – Restoration Hardware

Chandelier – Lamps Plus (no longer available)

Grafton Train Rack, Towel Bar & Paper Holder – Restoration Hardware

 

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Construction Update – Surviving the move and Kitchen Progress

March 31st, 2014

Okay okay, I must beg your forgiveness on not posting for the past 5 weeks. I’ve gotten emails, texts, and calls from friends and readers begging for more updates. The beat goes on, so they say, and I’ve been on quite the ride the past 5 weeks. We had to move out of our rental before the house was done. I’ll tell you right now that this is a logistical nightmare. Even more so with 2 small children and a husband who is busy finishing a house.

If you want to hear all about it… read below, otherwise, skip to the pictures of the kitchen build!

So for 3 weeks were were without stable housing. I took the boys and went and stayed with my parents for nearly a week. This was great… and not so great. They live an hour from the house build, and with so much going on, I really needed to be close by the build site. Also with limited child care available, it was nearly impossible to work. And work is kind of a priority. So the boys and I headed back to the construction site and found a hotel a few miles away. Not quite a vacation, but not terrible either, we were able to get somewhat settled in a hotel, and have our regular babysitter help with the kids (a Godsend), and I was able to work once again. With an unknown closing date, we weren’t too thrilled to be paying for a hotel for days and days. So after a week, we packed up again and headed to a friend’s house for another week. Once we got the OK to move in, I was beyond thrilled, however the excitement was somewhat dampened by the fact that Mr. Project was going on a business trip early the following morning. Not so exciting being in an empty new house with just the kids and very limited toys/clothes/cooking implements/work supplies (who needs a desk anyway??). Not to mention no furniture, TVs, INTERNET (kill me!), and towels. Needless to say there were many break-downs most of which were me, not the children. Mr. Project was gone for 2 days, and in a twist of fate, we all caught a stomach bug upon his arrival back home… luckily I had found some towels and the washer and dryer were installed before he left. Unluckily, I was pretty much down for 2 days, and Mr. Project was right there after me.

After recovering, the past two weeks+ have been spent unpacking, organizing, moving everything into the house from the garage, and of course working. So blogging has been low on the priority list. It’s also been a bit overwhelming. So many pictures to edit, and wondering how exactly to divide the updates into digestible bits. At the end of the day its just easier to go get cozy in bed and rest then to commit to blogging.

But here I am, back and ready to get all these exciting pictures and moments documented. I’m just going to start small, and hopefully with momentum get  a lot posted in a short time period. Lets get started with the kitchen build!

To get an idea for the layout and design of the kitchen check out my Kitchen Inspiration & Style Guide. Looking back at it, we really did follow this pretty closely.

Mr. Project built all the cabinets for the entire kitchen+island. So these pics are all the various stages of install.

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First step was the wall cabinets where the range goes. This image is missing one last drawer cabinet on the far right. This was a little tricky in that the cabinets had to be installed before the countetops could be installed before the wall trim could be installed. So a lot was hinging on getting these cabinets in place.

The adjacent appliance wall was a BEAST. We were going for these built-in looking columns which funny enough required building actual columns. So build them Mr. Project did! 4 columns total.

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Here you can see the finished column on the right, and kind of see the one on the left. kitchen-progress-columns2-theprojectgirl

Mr. Project building one of the center columns using MDF (full weight), and 2x4s.

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