September 5th, 2014
My original Project House was featured today on Southern Hospitality, thanks for the feature, and thanks for clicking over if you came from there. I just wanted to give you a few links so you can easily find some great photos!
Here’s my most popular Before/After post. This house really was grimy, grungy, and stinky when we got ahold of it.
And be sure to check out ALL of our BEFORE PHOTOS!
The New house that we are working on can be found under the Canyon View House Category.
My Husband builds all of our furniture and cabinetry (except the antique pieces). He wrote a post about DIY cabinetry:
I’m obsessive about finding deals and renovating on the cheap, but my renovations never look cheap! Here’s an article I wrote about saving money on your renovation projects:
People always ask about my Paint Colors, So I wrote a post about that too.
And I just have to share this photo – because if we could take this kitchen:
And turn it into this kitchen:
Then really, the possibilities are endless!
Here are some more links you might like about our kitchen:
Kitchen reveal part 3
Kitchen reveal pt. 2
Picking a Marble Slab
Kitchen update – install 2
Kitchen Cabinets Painted 1
Kitchen update – install 1
Kitchen Plans 1
And a few more from other areas of the house:
Project House Mantel* Reveal
Master Bathroom Reveal!
Laundry Room *finished*
The Project House (house tour)
The Project House BEFORE PHOTOS
And if you’re still with me, I would love you to:
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.
And a little closer view:
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.
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.
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.
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.
The jamb is made of marble (cut from 12×24 tiles), and the exterior casing is just regular flat door casing.
We used the same 3×6 white subway tile for the walls and ceiling. And the marble basketweave for the floor.
And a little bit of the marble on the inside of this recessed shelf. The bench top is from a remnant piece of quartz.
I’m so in love with how elegant and unique this room is. Also, I totally spray painted the chandelier gold/brass!
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
Post post notes:
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*To see past updates – view my Canyon View House Category.
*If you have any questions, I’d love to answer them, just leave a comment!
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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.
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.
Here you can see the finished column on the right, and kind of see the one on the left.
Mr. Project building one of the center columns using MDF (full weight), and 2x4s.
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