Sunday, November 25, 2018

Pushing for Progress

Doesn't it seem like so much goes into getting a project to a point where someone else can see results.  It always looks so much worse before it starts to look better and that's where we are now.  Take the front porch for example.

Sadly this seems to be the only picture I have of the porch before the work on it started.

I did get a shot of the west side of the porch.

Check out those shifting bricks from the inside.

A little straightening to do here.  I wish I would have raised the camera to take in the column on this corner.  You could literally look straight through from one side to the other because the mortar was completely GONE!

The roof of the porch is now propped up and the columns have been dismantled.  Wish I had been there to see that.  I am sure they were able to just lift them off one by one.

The dismantling continues.

 We had a few sunny days up to this point and then it turned rainy, cold and overcast.

But the guys worked through the weather and in short time the porch was back together.  Obviously still much more work to do to the entry but that wont't happen until spring.

We can now see some progress on the inside as well.

One of the laundry rooms has gone from this....
to this...

to this.

The bathrooms are moving along too.

The shower base is going in and, yes, that tile is identical to the laundry tile.

And, NO!, that's not the selected color for this room...just the water proofing.

 The kitchen looked a lot worse than this for way too long.

This is the view from kitchen looking towards the laundry and out to the hallway on the left.

This is the view from the hallway looking int the kitchen.  The wide opening to the kitchen is now trimmed out and looks so much better.

Cabinets are in, tile is down, and the counter tops are on order.

The new closet for the bedroom got off to a rough start but that's history now.

After several false starts it's moving in the right direction.

Originally there was a door between the bedroom and the dining room. That opening will be closed since the closet is now on the other side of the wall.

That opening is now closed but connecting the picture rail across the gap is under advisement at this time.
The beamed ceiling is getting some needed repairs 

There are 25 doors in need of hinges, doorknobs and backplates.  
As you know from a previous post, I have been working on cleaning the original hardware and painting some of it.

Much to my dismay, that job is on going.

It's a messy and time consuming job but it means a lot to me to see that it goes back into the house where it belongs.

Stay tuned for updates.  The pictures should get prettier from here on.

Monday, November 5, 2018

In between the BEFORE and the AFTER

If anyone is wondering when I am going to post the after shots of the new bathroom, the answer is: after it is finished.  I really can't predict that with any certainty.

It turned out to be a really smart move to install a temporary shower in the basement.  I have been using it for over a month now and I anticipate another couple weeks of showering in the wide open spaces.

There was a lot involved in tearing out the existing shower and the wall behind it.

  Then came the moving of the plumbing and the drain.

FYI for those interested, this is the new plumbing, just waiting to be put back to use.

This shows the drain that was moved from the right side to the center.  The floor of the shower leveled for the shower base and, where the shower used to stick out into the room.  That, of course, needs to be filled in as well.  The new tile will go over the existing tile because removing it would add a lot of time to demo and restoration.

That was followed by framing for the hall bump out that gave the bathroom a few inches of much needed space. (oops, missed getting a picture of the framing.)

 Of course there was drywall, mudding, sanding and priming on both the bump out and the left shower wall. (Actually this picture was taken after the first coat of paint as well.)

That left shower wall originally went all the way up to the ceiling.  Since it is only door height now, there was patch work to do on the ceiling too.

Over the weekend, while things were quiet, I decided to degloss and prime the windows.

They still need to be painted and the hardware put back on, but it's one more step forward.

INSERT (one week later, I finished painting the window trim.)

Somewhere along the line, Dan got tired of the 25 watt chandelier bulbs and replace them with some serious contractor lighting.  That will not be a permanent change.

I bought new handles to raise and lower the windows. The old ones seemed a little country for the new look.

A few things happened this week that made a big visual impact.  First of all the tile was laid and grouted.

And secondly, the walls were painted with the first coat of Ellie Gray, a Sherwin Williams color.

This left shower wall was moved about 4" to the right of it's original position, so a piece of wood trim had to be added on the right side of the door.  That was one more thing I primed and painted this weekend. (Only primed in this shot.)

Still debating the right color for the radiator and the shelf that goes below the windows.

I thought I could use a color I had on hand called Newsprint.  However, it turned out to be a little darker than I wanted.

So, tomorrow I will get a quart of Peppercorn and paint it again.  That's the new color on top of the, soon to be, old color.

I debated all weekend about the wall color too.

I added some white to the Ellie Gray and painted it on the wall of the shower on the right side of the white line. After some deliberation, I decided to keep it the full strength color on the left side of the line.  Some might consder it over-thinking.  I think of it more as thinking it over. Very carefully, I might add.  To me it's all in the details and time spent getting the details right makes all the difference in the finished look.

FYI, I am still trying to figure out the Canva program.  This looks perfectly fine in the editing process but when I publish it has the white background.  Since I have spent all the time my patience will allow trying to make it go away, I am going to ask you to ignore it.  So much for getting the details right!

Monday, October 8, 2018

My Choices Are Made

I will be jumping between the two-family project and my own personal bathroom project for the next few weeks as they are going on simultaneously. Yes, I know, Glutton for Punishment!  It's just the way it happened to work out.

So, just to clarify, these are some of the materials planned for my bathroom remodel.

This is the floor tile and was the first finish selected for the room.  I debated between this one and

Love the mustard/gray tile and it went well with my toile curtains, a fabric I LOVE, but this tile is a little over 1/2 inch thick and the cost was about three times the other tile.  Those two things were enough to rule it out.  

I was fortunate to find a 4" x 16" solid tile that works beautifully with this tile.  I plan to use it as a base tile rather than a wood baseboard..
I think that white streak is just a reflection.  It's a little hard to see here, so check it out below.

Now it's a matter of picking a grout color and the floor is settled.

I have ordered the shower and do have a small sample I can show you.  There will only be seams in the corners and where the base meets the walls.  I thought about tile but I really like the idea of no grout lines with this patterned floor tile.

The shower choice is the white onyx material right in the center of the photo.  The color is Icicle. There is a very teeny sparkle scattered randomly throughout and, although it looks solid white, it is equal amounts of a light gray blended with the white.
On a whim I dropped into Anatol's to check out fabric for curtains.  And as is usually the case I found something I really like. (sample above)  It's skimming the edge of being too much with the floor tile but I think it's going to work.  I like a little tension vs playing it safe when it comes to fabric.  They only had one yard in stock so that's on order.  I'll show you the full pattern when it arrives.

I was a little slow finishing this post and the fabric arrived in time to insert it here.
That allowed me to settle on a color for the walls.  I debated on a contrasting color for the walls especially after the new Farrow and Ball color chart arrived in the mail.

But, I talked myself into a more classic look and choose SW 7650 Ellie Gray with SW 6252 Ice Cube for the wood trim on the windows and the door. It's such a small bathroom that I want a seamless look.

Because I'm used to a pedestal sink, I don't want to crowd the room with a vanity.  So I chose one from Ikea that measures 39 1/2" wide and 19" deep.
I'm looking forward to having counter space on either side of the sink...something I didn't have with the pedestal.  I thought I could download a picture from their site but I didn't have much luck with that.  Guess that will have to wait until it is installed.

The faucets and shower head are pretty simple too.  This is one item that takes a chunk out of the budget no matter now simple.

On order for the sink.

On order for the shower.

AND, just as I was about to publish this post, I was informed it will take at least one day's labor to demo the existing tile and backerboard.  Seems it was installed as recommended and will be a bear to remove.  Because the new tile is slightly less than a quarter inch thick, we can apply it over the existing tile.  That could not have happened had I opted for the mustard and gray tile.  Guess that's my silver lining.