Happy Thursday, folks.
As promised, I wanted to give you a little more insight into our current state of renovation. I’ve been stopping by the house daily and the last few weeks have been chock full of change.
(Did you have a chance to check out the downstairs progress yet? You can read all about it HERE!)
This time, we’ll turn the renovation home tour focus to the upstairs!
If you recall, one of the biggest projects we conceptualized for the house was turning the 5th bedroom into a laundry room, master closet and expanded master bathroom.
Here is what our master bedroom suite looked like only a few short weeks ago…
While the footprint of the actual bedroom itself has stayed exactly the same (we had the space painted, new closet doors are being installed and a new fixture/ceiling fan is going in!), the bathroom and closet have been totally transformed.
Here we are in our new master bath!
The room has been lengthened to allow for a large double vanity with tons of storage. This involved swapping out our existing window for a longer, vertically-oriented window. In addition to providing us better use of the space, the new larger window brings in a ton of natural light — which every makeup-loving girl needs! The tiny shower is now a huge walk-in shower and the once awkward doors leading into the bath and the closet have been streamlined into space saving pocket doors.
Most of all, I’m loving the tiles!
The shower is getting the subway tile treatment, punctuated by dark grout. The floors in both the master bathroom and laundry room will be a dark charcoal slate laid in a herringbone pattern. In the first bathroom photo above, you can even get a glimpse of the carrara stone along the shower curb. The same material is going to be used for our countertops — those go in tomorrow!
The electricians were hard at work installing all our fixtures including those HINKLEY KARLIE SCONCES hung over each side of the vanity. I love the sparkly chrome — it gives our master bath a little bit of shine and glamour. HINKLEY — coincidentally, a locally based Cleveland company — has such a well-designed and affordable selection of lighting options that we sprinkled throughout the house. Stay tuned for the dining room chandelier — it’s a showstopper!
Now, onto the closet…
If you walk directly through our bedroom you walk into my new walk-in closet, which technically didn’t exist in the old house floorplan. It’s bright and cheery and currently void of any sort of shelving. I’m working on designing and selecting a closet system, but that will be one of the last pieces to go in.
Lest we forget about our much anticipated upstairs laundry room…
Here’s a shot peeking in through the door off the hallway!
You can get a better look at the herringbone floor tile — the same one that is going into the master bathroom. As for our washer and dryer, we’re waiting until after Christmas to take advantage of the many appliance sales. I may ruffle some design feathers, but I think we’re going to go with a top-load washer vs. the ever-popular front loading systems that you see everywhere. We had a new front load washer in our last house and while it worked and looked great, it was high maintenance (draining, cleaning, special HE detergent). Top load washers also tend to have a larger capacity, which obviously comes in handy when you have children and lots of dirty clothes. If you have any personal experience with a top load washer vs. front load — definitely let me know your thoughts!
Now, at the other end of the house is our next area of major transformation: the kids’ bathroom!
In case you needed a reminder — this is what the room used to look like:
And here we are about 8 weeks later:
This room is getting so close to completion and I love it more with each passing day. Through the door you can see the new cabinetry (another double vanity upgrade), the subway tiled shower surround and those black hex floor tiles!
We had a little hiccup last week with those tiles — you know, just to keep me on my toes. We found out the original charcoal grey hex tiles we ordered were not being produced by the manufacturer until mid-January… and even that was not guaranteed. Rather than hold up this renovation schedule, I frantically searched the internet for a similar style/color tile. The renovation gods must have been shining down on me because I found these BLACK HEX TILES for a steal and was able to have an entire pallet of them delivered in less than 5 business days. They were a tiny bit darker than my original selection, but I took the plunge and they WORK! The contrast with all of the light colors and cabinetry is so pretty in person.
Let’s talk about paint for a second, shall we?
80% of my house is painted SHERWIN WILLIAMS EIDER WHITE. It’s a cool, white color with the softest greyish/taupe undertones. What we didn’t realize is that since it’s such a light color, it would take 3 coats of it (and primer) to cover some of the darker, more saturated, original paint in the home. A few days ago, I walked into the guest room and almost panicked. My beloved Eider White looked PINK. Not just pink, but practically cotton candy pink. Between the natural lighting in the room, the original bright yellow paint on the walls and the yellow-tinged lighting the painters were using, it completely distorted the paint color.
My advice to you: test your paint in every lighting scenario. Each room in a home gets a different amount of light and a single paint color can look totally different depending on the room. So long story short: the painters swapped out their yellow utility lighting for traditional soft white light, added another 2 coats of paint and we’re back in business.
Here is the original “before” guest room:
For your reference, here is the room after paint coat #3:
The paint color still doesn’t look exactly the same as it does anywhere else in the house (it appears warmer and more pink), but it’s kind of grown on me and it will definitely work with the neutral guest bedroom decor. I’m also excited about THIS FLUSH MOUNT LIGHT I just ordered — it’s sitting in that box on the floor! I think it will look lovely and bright in the small space.
I just realized that the next time you’ll be seeing our home, we’ll be completely done and finally moved in! In the meantime, if you have any questions about the design, materials or anything you’ve seen over the past few week of home updates, just shoot me a note or leave a message in the comments section.
Until next time…