We finished most of the work in the bathroom thanks to some extra hands this week.
Here’s the vanity with the faucets installed. It’s looking pretty sexy!
Vanity With Sinks
I also did a little painting in the closet and texturizing in the pantry. Nothing too exciting but progress.
Adding Sand Texture to Pantry Walls
Painting Progress in the Pantry
And I did a little ceiling touch up paint where we took down the old soffit. I don’t know how you feel about soffits but I can’t find a good reason to like them. Yuck.
Kitchen Ceiling Minus Soffit
Just in time because our kitchen cabinets are in! I’m SO excited to see them go in. Hopefully I love them. They are white with a flat shake look to them. And they are custom ordered, not just your basic plastic bargain bin white cabinets (aka what I like to describe as bathroom cabinets). My vote was for a few with glass fronts but I got out voted by the boss. If it were my house, there would be glass in the two cabinets that will frame the sink.
We also purchased appliances for the kitchen.
There was a dishwasher that was left but we bought a refrigerator, a new above the stove microwave (again, not a decision I’d make for my own house, but for a rental, it’s fine) and a stove. These are going to be all white. And I’m a little worried because normally stainless steel appliances help break up an all white kitchen. But I’ll do my best with the remainder of the kitchen choices to bring some life to the room. I’ll save those for later!
Here’s a little kitchen preview.
Corner Cabinet Reveal
Another very non exciting aspect, but a very wonderful change is all of the outlets are now white and don’t have paint on them. Just a little thing but makes a big difference!
If you’re wondering if we got a chance to install those cabinets over the long weekend…you’ll have to wait and see!
Wowza. We have really hit a block. Not much is happening on the fixer upper lately. I only have a few cool things to show you. First, remember that coat closet that was at the top of the landing? Well, I had an idea on how to make better use of that space.
Door on the Left
Don’t get me wrong, every place deserves to have a coat closet. But it doesn’t need to be quite so deep!
Closet Without Door
My idea, let’s split this closet up and make part of it a pantry.
Wall Going Up In-between
A small kitchen desperately needs a pantry. And I’m envisioning a nice little nook where each shelf pulls out. And we will also build the shelves to roll out should you ever need attic access. I’ll save a little surprise with this spot for a later date.
Mudding and Taping
And here is the small space for the pantry-
While this space is only about eighteen inches wide, I have to say, it’ll be bigger than one side of my pantry space in my own kitchen and a shelf taller. It’ll be a great spot for all those groceries. And a better usage of space than simply hanging coats.
I had to laugh a little when I wrote that title. Chip and Joanna would whip out a fixer upper in, at the most, a month’s time. We are going to go WELL beyond that. 🙂 That’s what happens when your crew is just a handful of people working on it part-time.
This week the focus was mainly on the bathroom. I’ll refresh your memory about what it looked like before-
We took everything out of it (no more carpet, yea!) and did a little plumbing to move the shower head up. That way tall people can shower too! We also are working on plumbing for a new vanity with…double sinks! I’m sure whomever will live here next will appreciate having two sinks, even if for now, there is only one bathroom. I shopped Menards, Home Depot and Lowe’s for a new vanity and kept coming back to the first one I fell in love with…at Menards!
Here’s a picture of it in the store, just as a single sink.
Vanity from Menards
This beautiful piece has a black granite top and it looks amazing! Here it is sitting in the kitchen waiting to be installed!
Double Sink Vanity, Covered In Dust
I also had to choose flooring for the bathroom. (And really fun things like a toilet. Um, one that keeps itself clean, thanks!) If it were MY house, I would have done tile. But since we don’t know the future of this home and I may have to clean it, we went with a sheet of laminate. It looks like it has grout only I won’t have to try to scrub it. The bonus, it was a remnant.
Here’s the flooring. It is darker in real life (it resembles slate) and will look great with the vanity-
New Bathroom Floor
And if anyone does purchase the home, tile would be an easy upgrade. (That they can clean themselves.)
I also painted the room Joanna’s favorite, SW Silver Strand. It is a neutral with green tones. I loath painting in semi-gloss but for a bathroom, it is just a must. If you want to argue, you can visit my bathroom that four kids use. Trust me, semi-gloss.
Here’s the paint job-
Silver Strand Paint
Okay, that’s really hard to see. I’ll take a better picture once we have a light in there.
Here’s the tub going in. I tried to pick the biggest tub (who wants a tiny tub?) that looked easiest to clean. I will not be getting shower doors and will go old school with a shower curtain. Because you can throw them out when they are nasty. #hateshowerdoors
New Shower Going In
So the bathroom is slowly coming together… We still have TONS of plumbing to do. It’ll be an exciting day to actually be able to flush the toilet!