2/12/18

Farmhouse Bathroom Renovation #remodel #renovation #farmhouse #diy

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Welcome to our home! We purchased this charming house in October 2017 in a small town in Kansas. It was built in 1888 and was originally a two room house, with other rooms added on in 1925. There is so much I love about this house. We are renovating and I am so excited to say that we just completed the bathroom!
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The one bathroom in our home is a small space. I am guessing there were some updates in the 70s, because of the greenish-brown paneling that was added to the lower half of the walls. The shower was in great condition, so it needed only a good cleaning. There is a window in the shower, so I think at some point there must have been a claw-foot tub, but the shower stays, and we ended up hanging a tiny shower curtain over the window with a tension rod.
Our home was the first one in this town to have indoor plumbing installed, so the owner must have been progressive in his time. We decided everything in the bathroom had to go, except the shower. We pulled out the sink, the toilet, the metal medicine cabinet, and even the greenish-brown wall paneling.
The cabinet on the wall seems to be built into a window, although we found no window on the outside of the home. We decided to keep the cabinet, but we removed the toilet paper holder and towel rack from the wood frame.
Old homes rarely have completely level floors or perfectly square rooms, and that's influenced our decisions on material choices. We chose luxury vinyl plank flooring for under our feet. It is beautiful and textured, looks like real wood, is completely waterproof, and as a bonus, it goes down directly over existing flooring. In just a few hours, the old stained linoleum was gone and in its place was a beautiful floor that will last long past our lives.
The toilet placement is a bit further from the wall than in newer homes, due to the placement of the original plumbing, but like most issues we've come across, we just decided to work with what we've got. Once the floor was in, my husband added the toilet while I danced around waiting for it to be installed so I could use it.
Look at what we found when we pulled down the paneling! It looks like yellow tile printed on some kind of thick, black vinyl that was glued to the wall. To avoid any probable chemical release into the air, we elected to go with beadboard and place it directly over the yellow panels. I also removed the wallpaper that covered the top half of the walls. The top layer of wallpaper came off easily, but I had to hand scrape all the glued backing off the walls.
We replaced only one of the original baseboards because it was damaged, and installed an additional baseboard in front of the simple 1x6" baseboards for both aesthetic and practical reasons. In the picture below, to the lower right, you can see we also added a frame to enclose the corner where the water heater was located when originally installed.
We installed the beadboard in 4' tall sections, which fortunately fit right over the existing paneling choices by the previous owner. We opted for the MDF beadboard, which was lighter and easier to work with, as well as more affordable. Once painted, it's as beautiful as wood beadboard.
Buying the right size bathroom sink proved to be a challenge. We originally purchased one at a hardware store in the nearest big town, but it was just too big for the space and we returned it. I scoured the internet and ordered the perfect pedestal sink for our bathroom.
We marked the spot on the floor where we would be installing the pedestal sink. The installation proved to be quite a challenge when we got to that point because the previous owner also worked with what he had and many of the newer fittings had to be modified to fit what was existing.
Beadboard is definitely rough-looking until it is caulked and painted, especially when you're working with rooms that are 100 years old. We also discovered that under the wallpaper, the walls are either constructed of incredibly old cement board or incredibly old gypsum wallboard. The wallpaper even covers the ceiling, which we opted to leave in the bathroom as a textured ceiling, but the florescent light had to come down.
It took four months from start to finish. I painted everything a bright white, using eggshell finish on the upper walls, and semi-gloss finish on the beadboard, trim, and cabinet. I left the original hardware on the cabinet because I like how the metal of the handles has aged. I bought two metal shelves that hold storage baskets and our bathroom towels, which are all shades of gray.
I added a set of two bath rugs and I'm delighted that the stripes go the opposite way of the grain of the flooring. Rather than hang a toilet paper holder, I bought a freestanding toilet paper holder that also stores extra rolls. We also hung a new shower curtain rod, curtain rod hooks, and a white textured shower curtain.
We also hung a beautiful bathrobe hook on the side wall of the water heater cabinet we built. I love the diamond design on the bathroom towels we chose and think it's a beautiful contrast to the lines of the beadboard. Once we added the top trim to the beadboard, caulked it all properly, and painted everything, the beadboard looks perfect.
I am in love with everything about our bathroom. I opted for chrome hardware for nearly everything in the bathroom because it goes so well with gray tones. All of the original outlets in the house are black, so we found a bronze outlet cover that complements the black.
One of my favorite finds was the bathroom wall mirror over the sink that features a little shelf at the bottom. We cut the beadboard trim to fit around the mirror so that it hangs exactly where we need it. I kind of breezed over how much work was put into the upper walls, but that's the part of the project that took the longest.
It took many weeks of scraping, cleaning, patching, repairing, sanding, priming, and painting to get the upper walls the way I wanted them. I love the way they turned out and they sort of look like they are hand plastered. We also hung a bathroom vanity lighting fixture on the wall directly above the mirror, where the old medicine cabinet was hung, since the electrical lines were already there.
We modified the lighting fixture by adding a metal pull to the bottom, since the electrical that was there wasn't hooked up to light switch anywhere. My husband is truly the king of functionality and he can take any problem in the house and find a solution. My talent lies more on the design side of renovation. He hates to paint and I love to paint. We are the perfect team!
As we finished up the final touches and I started taking final pictures, I realized that I hadn't done any shopping for the useless, pretty stuff that gives a room warmth. It looked more like an impersonal, blank hotel room and needed more decor.
The cabinet for the water heater isn't quite finished yet, so I'll show you the finished project when we're done with it. I also found a simple lighting fixture for the ceiling to replace the florescent lighting fixture. I opted for a frosted flush lighting fixture (brushed silver base) so it would give off a softer light than the vanity light.
We headed into the nearest big town to shop at hobby lobby for a few items to bring some warmth into the room. I had a glass vase on hand, so I wrapped a bit of twine around it and purchased a single stem artificial flower that leans toward a light green/cream color combination. I picked a wood/metal tray to prop up behind it and added a small chicken wire basket that contains three little burlap bags holding green artificial plants. The walls are 9' tall and these extra decor pieces help draw the eyes up as you walk in the room.
We also found this fabulous candle sconce that brings both wood elements and iron elements into the room, plus the diamond shape complements the diamond design on the bathroom towels. It's always a good idea to bring wood and greenery into a room for a warm look, especially when using a white and gray color combination because otherwise the room feels cold. I am absolutely ecstatic with the final design of the bathroom and love everything about it!
Now that our bathroom renovation is done, it's my favorite room of the house. I hope you love it as much as we do and I hope I gave you some ideas for your renovation. It feels so good to be done, but the work is far from over. The next room reveal will be the kitchen, which features an original sink and a built-in corner cabinet, but we have a long way to go before it's done.
This home is likely the last house we will renovate. We've done a few others over the years, but we are getting older and slower. We are taking our time with this one, since whatever we do to this home is what will be there until we're gone. Thank you for taking a look and please feel free to ask questions or leave comments about what we've done. And, yes, I'm a bit wistful that there is no claw foot tub.


Note: I have included links to many of the items we added to our bathroom, in case you want to add them to your home. Only the amazon links are affiliate links, which means if you purchase those items through the link in this post, I'll be able to add a few pennies to my change jar.

2/9/18

Accell’s PowerSquid Outlet Multiplier

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Moving into an old house comes with challenges, especially when dealing with limited electrical outlets. Our charming little house was built in 1888, and thankfully the previous owners had already updated the electrical to today's standards before we bought it. However, with all the electronics we run these days, there just aren't enough outlets for all our needs. Accell's PowerSquid Outlet Multiplier is the perfect solution! The PowerSquid is a safe and easy way to convert one grounded wall outlet to five grounded adapter-compatible outlets. The PowerSquid accommodates up to five bulky transformer plugs with ease, providing more flexibility than a standard power strip.
We have used the PowerSquid both in the house and in my husband's backyard workshop, and we love it! Its flexible power outlet arms bend, which really help when we're working with power tools. The PowerSquid will turn off if the devices plugged-in malfunction or if the total power drawn exceeds 1875 Watts. Plus, it can easily mount to a wall to save space, to put out-of-sight or improved accessibility. It's really been handy around our home and we are delighted with its performance! Visit Accell to learn more about PowerSquid and buy it HERE.

Updating a Bedroom to a Farmhouse Theme

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There is no faster way to update a bedroom than changing the bedding. Pardon the very old curtains and wallpaper which will both be updated at a later date. Our little house was built in 1888 and updating the rooms to a more modern farmhouse design is so much fun. I just knew a quilt was the perfect topper to our bed and Wikibuy helped me find the best offer on my new bedding set!
This bedding set includes a high quality, fully quilted, embroidered bedspread plus two matching pillow covers. It comes in about a half a dozen different colors, so I chose the beige/gray to pull in both warm and cool colors. Since our new carpeting leans toward brown, it picks up the beige. The walls will eventually be a bright white and I can hardly wait to reveal the 1888 window casings to you!
The quilting stitch is a fun, tumbling, curvy design and the embroidery is simply breathtaking. The embroidery features shades of browns, blues, and grays. I bought the queen/king size, which measures 102" x 92", for our queen size bed and although the package is actually marked king size, it fits perfectly on a queen.
The gray edging on the quilt perfectly sits around the top edge of a queen size mattress and the scalloped edges just brush the floor on the bottom corners. The pillow shams are also fully quilted and embroidered with matching gray edging. It's truly the perfect choice for my farmhouse style! I will probably choose decor for the rest of the room that pulls the grays and blues out, since the tables and dresser are dark brown.
Sleeping under this quilt is just dreamy! It's the perfect weight without being too heavy, and doesn't feel thin or cheap at all. It's made of polyester and polyester blend materials, so I can toss the set in the washer anytime it needs cleaning. I am absolutely thrilled with my new quilt set and I don't think I'd ever find one that fits my farmhouse theme better.
Come back to my blog often and check for more posts on our 1888 house renovation and design. We are doing all of the renovation ourselves and will continue to share our designs and updates as we go. There is a lot to do, so we are just tackling one project at a time. Thanks for reading!
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2/7/18

David Oreck Candle Company - Pure Air Odor Eliminating Candle

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Living in a house that is over 100 years old comes with its challenges. Although I love my squeaky wood floors and drafty windows, I sometimes worry about what is hidden behind the walls and whether the air is truly healthy. When I started peeling back the old wallpaper, I could smell a distinct odor of cigarettes. We're slowly working our way through the entire house, freshly renovating each room, and in the meantime we're cleaning the air in our home with David Oreck Pure Air Odor Eliminating Candles.
I love the shape of the new David Oreck Pure Air Odor Eliminating 14oz Vases! They are so pretty and elegant. The flared glass is solid, not thin and cheap like the ones you buy at discount stores, making them easily reusable for years after the incredible 80 hours of use as a candle. There are ten fabulous scents to choose from, and I chose the Soft Citrus and the Apple Pear. They smell amazing and they really remove odors from the air!
These Pure Air scented candles neutralize home odors and replace them with fresh scents. Hand poured in North Carolina, trust David Oreck's exclusive vegetable and soy wax formula to burn longer and cleaner. Their soy and veggie wax formula burns 35% longer than regular candles while the wide-wick candle allows for an even, soot-free burn. I love these candles and prefer them over all other brands.
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Valentine's Day Gifts For Teachers

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We all have (or had) a favorite teacher. My favorite teacher when I was in school was my first grade teacher, but now my favorite teacher is my daughter. She teaches English to 8th graders in the Houston area. This Valentine's Day, delight your favorite teacher with fabulous gifts from Teacher Peach! They offer a great collection of tote bags of all sizes, lunch totes, desk accessories, drinking bottles, and much more.
I received a Teachers Rock Canvas Striped Boat Tote and a Teachers Rock the World Stainless Steel Water Bottle. This stylish stainless steel water bottle holds 25 ounces of refreshment, is BPA-Free, and is the perfect thank you gift for your favorite teacher. It's cleverly designed with a two-inch wide mouth with a twist off cap, so it's easy to clean or add ice to any beverage. The circular flip handle allows for an easy grasp or easy attachment to a carabiner. It's perfect in the classroom and for on-the-go activities such as field trips and school sporting events.
The Teachers Rock Canvas Striped Boat Tote is a black and white striped canvas tote teacher bag, measuring 13" wide x 18" high x 9" deep, with 16" handles. It's big and sturdy enough to carry a lunch, binders, notebooks, and much more. It zips closed to keep belongings secure, plus it has a spacious outer pocket. This nautical inspired canvas tote bag is perfect for the classroom or the beach. It's made from durable, soft cotton canvas, and features an inspirational quote that reads "teachers rock the world every day." I love the quality of Teacher Peach products!

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2/6/18

Modern Farmhouse Style - Over 250 Great Design Ideas, Tips, and Projects #book

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For as long as I can remember, I've loved old houses and always wanted to own one so that I could fix it up. At the end of last year, we bought a modest little house that was built in 1888 in a town of 265 people in Kansas. Our little house hadn't been updated since probably the 1970s, and it's the perfect palette for farmhouse interior design! Weldon Owen Publishing has just released an awesome DIY guide called Modern Farmhouse Style: 250 Ways to Harmonize Rustic Charm with Contemporary Living.
Modern Farmhouse Style is a beautiful hardbound book with full color photos and easy tips and techniques to help you achieve that farmhouse aesthetic in your own home. The new farmhouse look is all about clean lines and modern shapes, paired with rustic textures and clever upcycled decor ideas from the country life. This collection of more than 250 gorgeous yet attainable farmhouse-inspired decor ideas, organizational tips, and DIY projects is everything you need to make your modern home perfectly rustic—or vice versa. It will take us years to get our home exactly how we want it, but this handy resource is the perfect guide, and it's a fabulous coffee table book in the meantime!
With chapters on entryways, living spaces, kitchens, dining rooms, family rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms, and outdoor spaces, you’ll learn how to add farmhouse design to any area of your home so it’s charming yet refined, homey yet chic. Some of the topics include Stripe a Staircase, Unusual Storage Pieces, Craft a Beverage Station, Pack a Dining Caddy, Style Your Toy Storage, Farmhouse Workspaces, and much more. Searching on Pinterest for farmhouse design is a huge time-suck for me and I'd much rather curl up on the sofa with this gorgeous book full of beautiful photos and fabulous information!
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1/31/18

Jack and Lily - My Favorite Footwear for Little Feet

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The shoes we put on young children's feet are so important. In the first few years, the way children's feet develop will set the stage for the rest of their life. Jack and Lily footwear is designed with the health of children's feet at the forefront. Their shoes for babies and toddlers are also adorable!
Jack and Lily sent me two pair of their shoes for my grandsons. One of my grandsons just turned three, so I chose his shoes from the My Shoes department. These adorable sneakers are made of breathable, genuine leather and premium, non-toxic materials, plus Jack and Lily’s signature natural-flex rubber sole for indoors and outdoors.
The Finn style, and all of the My Shoes styles, feature an industry-defining 3 millimeters of cushioning to support tiny soles and ankles. Velcro closures make My Shoes easy for toddlers to put their own shoes on. My grandson loves his new sneakers and he was so excited to show them off at preschool. I'm thrilled that he's wearing shoes that are good for his development.
Jack and Lily baby shoes are the most adorable of all. My littlest grandson is eleven months old and he just took his first two steps today. These cute little puppy shoes, the George style, are perfect for him as he learns to walk. These shoes are part of their My Mocs line.
These sweet shoes are hand-crafted with breathable, genuine leather and premium, non-toxic materials. My Mocs are snuggly-cozy and feature a super-flex rubber sole. The 3 millimeters of ankle and sole cushioning keep his feet comfortable. They have a Velcro strap and there is plenty of wiggle room for tiny toes.
I haven't found a better pair of little kids' shoes than Jack and Lily footwear! My grandsons deserve the best start in life and I'm so happy I was able to put these on their feet. Check out their entire line of shoes for your little girls and boys at www.jackandlily.com. Each pair comes packaged in their award-winning, premium gift box!
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