Sunday, July 10, 2011

UPDATE: Guest Bath Mid-Project Photos

Major progress has been made on both the guest and master bath over the last two weeks. Our contractor's guys have been working almost everyday since the projects started on June 24. In the middle of all this, we decided to replumb the house (replaced all the old 1964-era plumbing with new copper pipes) while both bathrooms were exposed and being remodeled.

Today, the guys are patching up the remaining drywall in the garage (from the replumb) and painting the ceilings and walls around the house (repainting the walls where the replumbing was completed, as well as painting the new bathroom walls for the first time).

New Design Additions:
For both the guest and master bath, we selected Silver Tradition paint from Behr. It is a light white/grey to maintain our grey design theme throughout the house, while still keeping the bathrooms looking light and fresh.

Silver Tradition by Behr (Light, light grey)

We also found some modern-looking, inexpensive hardware. After two trips to Ikea to look at 3 3/4 inch Ikea Metrik handles (which were too small) and 6 5/16 inch Ikea Lansa handles (which were too big), we finally found some Lansa-like 5-inch handles at Lowes which were just right:

Gatehouse 3 inch chrome pull handles
They are called Gatehouse 3 inch pull handles, polished chrome. Although they are 3-inches across from where the handles screws into the door, their total length is 5-inches from edge-to-edge. And they are chrome to match the finish of the rest of our hardware (yes, we love brushed nickle as much as the next DIYer but it's too rich for our budget right now, so chrome it is!)

Beautiful Metrik handles, just a wee bit too small for our vanities
Painting today
Vanity still needs a counter top

Love the square shower nook
We also purchased 24-inch towel bars and toilet paper holders: Pegasus Dorset in chrome
In real life, this towel bar has much less curve than in this picture

Toilet paper holder; the curve in this pic is closer to what it looks like in real life

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Guest and Master Bathroom Remodel

The time has final come where Alex is so fed up with his bathroom (the master), he can no longer handle it. Thus, the impetus for the bathroom remodel. In true Bashie fashion, we decided to do both at once to make our regularly stressful lives even more so. Below are the inspiration pics for our design:

Master Bathroom: Grey Floor Tile, custom built espresso vanity with double rectangular sinks, chrome faucets, two white le clint pendant lamps hanging over each sink, white caeserstone countertops, white subway title in shower, glass shower door, mosaic tile on shower floor, chrome shower faucet.

Guest Bathroom: Grey tile floor, custom build espresso vanity, single rectangular sink, white caeserstone counter top, chrome faucet, white bathtub (keeping the one we have), white subway tile, chrome faucet shower/bath kit.
Charcoal Grey Porcelain Floor Tile, 12X24

White Subway Tile in shower of master and shower/bath in guest bath

Kohler Chrome Shower/Bath kit for guest bath

Subway tile with three-row mosaic liner trim - both shower and bath/shower
clear glass shower door

Clear glass bath sliding doors

Chrome Kohler Shower Kit for master bath

58' Inch Mirror in Master
Example of double sink espresso vanity
Two pendant lights, one over each sink

White Caeserstone - Blizzard on all vanities

Chrome square towel bar, Moen

Example of where Mosaic Tile will be, Shower Floor

Greyish Mosaic Title for Accents on Floor and Liner

Rectangular undermounted sink (we will have white countertops and chrome fixtures)

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Mini Makeover for the Laundry/Basement

With one weekend remaining until my in-laws come to visit, I wanted to squeeze in a mini makeover of our laundry room/basement area. When we first moved into our townhouse 18 months ago, we painted every room in the house, expect the laundry room/basement and bathrooms. That said, I still want to completely paint the laundry room walls. But with limited time, we painted the built-in cabinets, replaced the closet doors (hiding the washer and dryer) and purchased some baskets for more organized storage:

Before, a washed out light blue with all our junk prominently displayed

Even half of the door trim is painted that light blue.

Removed everything and painted the cabinets Behr Swiss Coffee


After painting, we added $12 worth of wrapping paper from CostPlus World Market to the backs of the cabinets, white Sterilite Tall Ultra Baskets (set of 6 baskets for $19.88; 12 baskets shown here) from Walmart, and some stainless steel knobs we already owned.

We found bi-fold louvered doors on for $65 total.

Added lables to each basket using Painter's Tape for easy removal.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Powder Room Paradise: Not Your Grandma's Wallpaper

We used the long weekend to finish our powder room and it's finally done! Check out the photo gallery below. I will let our Orla Kiely-esk style powder room do the talking...

Before & After...
Before: doors removed moments earlier

After: Kohler + leafy love wallpaper = Paradise
How did we do it?

Finding lighting on Ebay (original Le Klint light)
Still in shock we found original Le Klint lamps for a fraction of the original cost
Using products we already had - extra flooring and baseboards from doing our floors when we moved in
Finding a shaker-style vanity with marble sink counter  ON SALE at Home Depot 

Alex nailing in baseboards - finishing nails and nailset

Installing new PVC pipes to connect the drain to the sink, about $9.00 at our local hardware store where nothing is labeled

IKEA Stave square white mirror to match the white marble sink counter

Wellworth toilet from Kohler - the bold look
Purchasing the most modern 4-inch centerset faucet we could find for under $70 (faucets are pricey!)
And...having a fabulous, hardworking husband who's willing to handle the work while I handle the design

And...having a helpful dad willing to bring over his miter saw to help us make 45 degree cuts on our baseboards and help my husband install our sink!