If you have been reading this tiny blog in the past few years you know that in 2012 we took on a huge renovation project of a Victorian home built in 1859.
I call it the 'dream home' because I spent two years running by this house in our neighborhood thinking how much I liked it, dreaming that the price would dip to where we could afford it.
After a total of five years on the market, it finally got down to where we could justify the purchase + cost of renovation...and it became ours!
Wow, that seems like forever ago.
This will probably be the renovation that never ends, but I suppose we have plenty of time. :)
Now, time for a little update, since I haven't done that in a while. Lots has been happening, progress being made, but nothing 100% completed. So I've delayed in posting anything. BUT, I don't really know if any space in this home will ever be 100%, so I may as well share the little things we've done so far.
Starting with the powder room!
Here is our entryway when we first bought the house, as you come in the front door. As you can see there was a half bath straight ahead (with Paul and baby Mac checking it out!)
So, to convert it back to a single family home, we opened up that wall, moved the plumbing and electric, and created a hallway/door to the back half of the house. Half of the previous half bath morphed into our current, tiny powder room.
Here are some photos of the transformation...
The photo below is looking through the hallway, bathroom on left, dining room straight ahead. The dining room has pretty much been a "work zone" housing all Hubby's tools for the past year. The floor is forever dusty. It literally drives me insane and causes me to shriek, "I am done with this renovation - contract the rest out!" at my poor husband at least once a week.
Hubby had to use leftover trim and also re-create the look of our trim using new wood in this tiny hallway, which has three doorways requiring trim.
The tile work in progress.
And do you like how our dog Colbie manages to be in every photo?
somewhat glam look to this bathroom - something black and white and bold. So we went from almost choosing greige subway tile to a black with bright white grout. I had also been wanting to try black paint on wall somewhere in the house, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity! So we added a chair rail and did white above it, and black below. I figured some art in black frames could balance it out.
So here is the 'after' in its current state:
|I got about fifty of these 'botanical prints' for $20 from Modcloth.com. No idea where I will put them all, but this one will get hung up above the toilet at some point.|
Paint : Tricorn by Sherwin Williams
Sink : Kohler - came with the house
copper faucet : Signature Hardware
tile : Lowe's
light fixture : Lowe's
floral framed art on wall : Lowe's (riiiight? I've never bought any art there, but this one was so vibrant it called to me. and only $19!)
mirror : IKEA - already had...looking for a bigger one.
All the labor in this room (electric and plumbing included) was done by Hubby.
Nice job, baby!
Any transformations happening (slowly) in your home? Are you a "get it done quickly" kind of renovator, or are you slooooow movers like us?