master bathroom

guys.... we now live in a home with two working bathrooms! we bought this house in april... it's february and we can finally announce that every room is remodeled... // can I get an amen? // we ended this process with a serious bang (and not in a good way) to be honest, the master bathroom tested us so much that there was a serious discussion to demolish the whole thing and make a super awesome walk-in closet. oh the master bathroom... the most issues per square foot. 

the before... pink tile, pink toilet, laminate stick-on tiles, and that sink... not photographed, the heat lamp in the ceiling. cause heat lamps are important in florida. wait what? 

the before... pink tile, pink toilet, laminate stick-on tiles, and that sink... not photographed, the heat lamp in the ceiling. cause heat lamps are important in florida. wait what? 

bathroom after...

bathroom after...

fun fact.. the first time we turned on the sink  our closet flooded.. did i mention this bathroom was a royal pain? 

fun fact.. the first time we turned on the sink  our closet flooded.. did i mention this bathroom was a royal pain? 

she may be the smallest room in the home and the most stubborn, but by God's grace and josh's manly abilities we were able to finish the master bathroom. each room fits us now and is filled with memories. i feel tremendously blessed to have the opportunity to remodel a home with josh. he held this project together ((both figuratively and literally)). he has worked endlessly to make this home happen for us... and i have learnt some valuable wife lessons (like don't walk into a bathroom your husband has just spent hours working on and point out the one tile that is sticking out a little.... sorry about that babe, thanks for your grace and forgiveness.. ) anyway...  i am so liking my life decisions right now // husband, home, pups//     next up... curb appeal.... 

she may be the smallest room in the home and the most stubborn, but by God's grace and josh's manly abilities we were able to finish the master bathroom. each room fits us now and is filled with memories. i feel tremendously blessed to have the opportunity to remodel a home with josh. he held this project together ((both figuratively and literally)). he has worked endlessly to make this home happen for us... and i have learnt some valuable wife lessons (like don't walk into a bathroom your husband has just spent hours working on and point out the one tile that is sticking out a little.... sorry about that babe, thanks for your grace and forgiveness.. ) anyway...  i am so liking my life decisions right now // husband, home, pups//  

 

next up... curb appeal.... 

photo overload

a few months ago we were contacted by stephanie paula photography to do a lifestyle photo shoot in our home.  i love meeting passionate women with great talent and even greater hearts, stephanie is just that.  she made the photo shoot fun and relaxed (and didn't look at us crazy when we wanted to take photos of us eating chipotle). i'm so thankful to have had the opportunity to work with her, plus her photos came out amazing! 

we hung this flag on our garage for the fourth of july. and then never took it down... cause we don't pay hoa fees and nobody can tell us what to do. ha ;) 

we hung this flag on our garage for the fourth of july. and then never took it down... cause we don't pay hoa fees and nobody can tell us what to do. ha ;) 

chipotle. yes. 

chipotle. yes. 

thanks again stephanie for spending the afternoon with us. take a look at her website and her facebook page. can't recommend her enough for your next photo shoot. 

BATHROOM

our sweet little home has two bathrooms.......however, we've only renovated one. the master bathroom currently sits with the door shut so i'm not reminded of all the work that still needs to be done. seriously, the master bathroom has been demolished and that's about it. no plumbing, no shower, no toilet, no sink....ummmm no drywall. so to all those couples on hgtv's house hunter who are disgusted with having to share one sink or *gasp* one bathroom.... let me reassure you, it can be done. and peacefully.... for the most part. 

the very yellow bathroom before. 

the very yellow bathroom before. 

another before shot.. if you want to see more photos of the bathroom renovation process look  here and here

bathroom after! 90% of the decor in this bathroom is from target. a few things can be found  here, and here 

it's hard to see in this photo, but josh did a great job putting in all the subway tile in the shower. also please disregard the pan-am crank window..... it adds character, right? ha! 

both of the bathrooms in our home are small in comparison to newer homes. we kept things simple with the sink/vanity from ikea and the ladder shelf from urban outfitters

october marks 6 months as homeowners and 4 months living here. we joke about selling it to pay sallie mae so she'll stop harassing me (student loans.... anyone else?) but honestly we have many more memories to make in this home before we leave it. 

kitchen & den

i found some time today to post photos of our home. you know... outside of listening to Ryan Adams sing "out of the woods" <<can we just give an emoji hand clap to the entire remake of the 1989 album??>> for over a month our kitchen and den have been fully "renovated"... but not totally decorated. that changed this past saturday when a trip to trader joes turned into a west elm visit/ fitting a large kitchen island into josh's mini cooper... sidenote: if i could go back in time i would have taken a series of photos of the amount of furniture and decor we managed to carry in the back of that mini... fairly impressive. below are before and after photos of our "den" and kitchen.

this den was probably the worst room in the house. termites, a semi-inclosed wall, and that floor... 

this den was probably the worst room in the house. termites, a semi-inclosed wall, and that floor... 

den after. couch is from west elm, josh built the coffee table, rug is from urban outfitters and chair is from a thrift store. 

den after. couch is from west elm, josh built the coffee table, rug is from urban outfitters and chair is from a thrift store. 

more of the den. desk is from  west elm , another thrift store desk chair, and the stools are from target. when shopping for furniture ((or anything, really)) i have learnt that there is always a discount or coupon floating around. every furniture item we bought i was able to get an additional 15%+ off, usually just by asking the cashier. the cost of renovating a house adds up, and i will take every sale, clearance section and discount i can get :) 

more of the den. desk is from  west elm , another thrift store desk chair, and the stools are from target. when shopping for furniture ((or anything, really)) i have learnt that there is always a discount or coupon floating around. every furniture item we bought i was able to get an additional 15%+ off, usually just by asking the cashier. the cost of renovating a house adds up, and i will take every sale, clearance section and discount i can get :) 

view of the kitchen from the den.....before renovations, just gross. 

view of the kitchen from the den.....before renovations, just gross. 

the kitchen after. everything is new, except the cabinets.. we painted the old ones. rug is from world market, kitchen island is from west elm, and there's a good chance everything else is from target. 

the kitchen after. everything is new, except the cabinets.. we painted the old ones. rug is from world market, kitchen island is from west elm, and there's a good chance everything else is from target. 

another before photo... because it was so bad you need to see it again.

another before photo... because it was so bad you need to see it again.

we painted the cabinets ((which is way more difficult than the youtube videos and hgtv shows lead you to believe)), put in all new appliances, bought an apron sink and lamp from ikea, put in granite, and josh put the subway tile backsplash in. i was introduced to the magical powers of caulk while renovating this kitchen... seriously, that stuff is awesome. 

we painted the cabinets ((which is way more difficult than the youtube videos and hgtv shows lead you to believe)), put in all new appliances, bought an apron sink and lamp from ikea, put in granite, and josh put the subway tile backsplash in. i was introduced to the magical powers of caulk while renovating this kitchen... seriously, that stuff is awesome. 

one reason why we picked this home was because we liked the layout. it's airy with an open feel, yet every room is divided and has purpose. we didn't want to attempt to tear down walls or have to re-wire or change plumbing around. ((because honestly, not even youtube could teach us how to do that)) we are blessed to have friends with power tools and more brains than google to help make sure we didn't end up in the hospital ((there is still time // a few more rooms to finish for that trip to happen)). she's a good home.. i think we will keep her around for awhile. 

one reason why we picked this home was because we liked the layout. it's airy with an open feel, yet every room is divided and has purpose. we didn't want to attempt to tear down walls or have to re-wire or change plumbing around. ((because honestly, not even youtube could teach us how to do that)) we are blessed to have friends with power tools and more brains than google to help make sure we didn't end up in the hospital ((there is still time // a few more rooms to finish for that trip to happen)). she's a good home.. i think we will keep her around for awhile. 

entry & dining

in case anyone was wondering.... yes, we're still renovating our home. when you're a home owner are you ever fully finished renovating? and does every homeowner get overly excited about new rain gutters... no? just us? this past weekend we finished our entry way and dining room. if you're still interested in this little blog and our home pictures are below :) 

entry way before. 

entry way before. 

entry way after... we've been told wilson used to have a caged bird in the entry... so for you wilson, a print of birds. ((we didn't want to create a literal version of "to kill a mockingbird" with our dog, scout.. A living bird was not an option)) 

entry way after... we've been told wilson used to have a caged bird in the entry... so for you wilson, a print of birds. ((we didn't want to create a literal version of "to kill a mockingbird" with our dog, scout.. A living bird was not an option)) 

josh and brian made this plant pillar, i'm pretty much in love with it.  

josh and brian made this plant pillar, i'm pretty much in love with it.  

the chest came from the vintage mahal. it's our second purchase from them. (the chair in our living room is also from their shop). great people with a great shop in the vintage market of fort myers. 

the chest came from the vintage mahal. it's our second purchase from them. (the chair in our living room is also from their shop). great people with a great shop in the vintage market of fort myers. 

rug is from target
dining room before. 

dining room before. 

dining room after + the worlds cutest pup. 

dining room after + the worlds cutest pup. 

the light fixture is original to the home... we took off the black plastic covers that were over each bulb. it was this light fixture that sold the house for me... cause the decision to buy a house should always be centered around a 1967 chandelier. josh and i may have discussed stealing it if our offer didn't go through. 

the light fixture is original to the home... we took off the black plastic covers that were over each bulb. it was this light fixture that sold the house for me... cause the decision to buy a house should always be centered around a 1967 chandelier. josh and i may have discussed stealing it if our offer didn't go through. 

the table is from wayfarer , chairs are ikea, rug is west elm. 

the table is from wayfarer , chairs are ikea, rug is west elm. 

she might be small, but we're learning that square footage isn't as important as loving what you have and making the space your own. 

she might be small, but we're learning that square footage isn't as important as loving what you have and making the space your own. 

still to come... kitchen, office, bedroom, bathroom(s), and the den. 

a finished room!

this post is a long time coming.. josh and i have lived in our home for a few weeks now and even though we still need to renovate the master bathroom and the den our space is livable and i'm sorta in love. 

the living room is quickly becoming one of my favorite rooms.. along with the kitchen, guest bathroom, bedroom.. our house is turning into a home and that's a pretty awesome feeling. 

before.. nasty carpet along with dirty walls, old baseboards, and a fan from the not so good times of 1967. 

before.. nasty carpet along with dirty walls, old baseboards, and a fan from the not so good times of 1967. 

after

after

our couch is from ikea.. we added new legs and tufted the back cushions. pillows are a mix of ikea and west elm clearance section.  

our couch is from ikea.. we added new legs and tufted the back cushions. pillows are a mix of ikea and west elm clearance section.  

josh built this shelf for our condo dining room awhile back. i love being able to bring it into our new home. 

josh built this shelf for our condo dining room awhile back. i love being able to bring it into our new home. 

standing wall shelf is from ikea. i'm pretty sure it was first hung by josh in an apartment of mine when we first started dating...which means it has been with me in 5 different homes. josh made the coffee table back when we lived in our condo. and the rug is from world market. 

standing wall shelf is from ikea. i'm pretty sure it was first hung by josh in an apartment of mine when we first started dating...which means it has been with me in 5 different homes. josh made the coffee table back when we lived in our condo. and the rug is from world market. 

one room done... 

one room done... 

and this good looking pup making everything better. 

and this good looking pup making everything better. 

we are still looking for a new t.v. stand and coffee table (any ideas??) we plan to move the current coffee table to the den once that's finished.

buying a fixer upper isn't for everyone, i get that. but i cant imagine our life without this house. the journey of becoming first time homebuyers and getting a little messy to make this our home has been an experience we will never forget. now onto finishing the rest of the home and maybe one day the backyard ;) 

yellow bathroom update no.2

our once yellow bathroom is finished and ready for some decorating. josh tiled the entire bathtub area, which is crazy impressive to me. this bathroom was the first to take a sludge hammer and took about 6 weeks to complete. we even put in a door last week which makes things a bit less awkward for everyone. 

in case you forgot.. this is what the yellow bathroom looked like when we first saw this house. it worked really hard to earn its name ;) 

in case you forgot.. this is what the yellow bathroom looked like when we first saw this house. it worked really hard to earn its name ;) 

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day (1) of renovations  

day (1) of renovations  

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subway tiles pre-grout  

subway tiles pre-grout  

josh's masterpiece . just look at that tile 

josh's masterpiece . just look at that tile 

 

bathroom currently.  

bathroom currently.  

so when i said this bathroom's done... i mean mostly done... that hole in the ceiling where the fan is needs a little patch work.  

so when i said this bathroom's done... i mean mostly done... that hole in the ceiling where the fan is needs a little patch work.  

don't mind the extra base board hanging out by the toilet.  

don't mind the extra base board hanging out by the toilet.  

sink, cabinet and mirror are all from ikea.  

sink, cabinet and mirror are all from ikea.  

crazy that this is the same bathroom.  

crazy that this is the same bathroom.  

yay for one fully functioning bathroom. not photographed is a sweet ladder shelf from urban outfitters ... coming soon. 

a little update on a monday

josh's office and the master bedroom were the rooms that needed the least amount of work. other than installing the doors these rooms are ready to be decorated, which is a pretty great feeling. 

 

although not the most exciting project in our house, it's nice to have rooms that are move in ready... which hopefully in a few weeks we will be moving in :) 

kitchen update

when josh and i bought this house six weeks ago we realized that not everyone is as excited as we are about a fixer upper.  when friends and family would stop by to see the house you could almost see the look of concern in their eyes, with good reason //that look was in our eyes too// i felt i needed to prep visitors and defend our sweet peggy... she slowly is turning into the house we hoped she would be. we haven't moved in yet, but now have an opporating toilet... so im feeling optimistic on this holiday weekend. 

our kitchen is not the same since buying the house, which is good because it was in rough shape.  

 

before  

before  

before. the cabinets were the only salvageable item.  

before. the cabinets were the only salvageable item.  

before  

before  

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found a friend behind the dishwasher  

found a friend behind the dishwasher  

when josh finds a hole in the drywall, he fixes it.  

when josh finds a hole in the drywall, he fixes it.  

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those countertops...  

those countertops...  

kitchen currently 

kitchen currently 

kitchen currently 

kitchen currently 

i had three requests for the kitchen. an apron sink + subway tiles + granite countertops. it still needs work before it's done, but i'm already in love with this room. 

 

//top cabinet paint is benjamin moore-super white. bottom cabinet paint is benjamin moore-october mist//apron sink if from ikea// 

entrance/living room/dining room update.

we have been home owners for a month now... and there's a great chance we are reaching a "are we done yet?" point in the renovations. the answer is a solid no, but here's what we've been working on.  

 

living room before

living room before

dining room before  

dining room before  

entrance before  

entrance before  

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terrazzo everywhere  

terrazzo everywhere  

entrance way currently  

entrance way currently  

living room currently  

living room currently  

dining room currently  

dining room currently  

we changed the paint, floors, and light fixtures, with the exception of the original dining room fixture we plan to keep.  we used a "marshmallow" white for the walls so we can mix up colors + prints in the decor //bonus: with the walls white it's harder to see all my mistakes on the trim work// 

not totally finished yet, but progress none the less. 

"yellow bathroom" update

the yellow bathroom was the first to be demolished. we needed to get to the cooper pipes in the wall that divides both bathrooms to replace it. it isn't finished yet, but the yellow tub is no more :)  

before.. 

before.. 

before... 

before... 

our house is special in the way that behind the drywall you will find chicken wire and concrete. oh the surprises you find doing a remodel //silver lining we basically live in a bunker and are prepared for tornadoes, hurricanes, war zones, etc.  //

our house is special in the way that behind the drywall you will find chicken wire and concrete. oh the surprises you find doing a remodel //silver lining we basically live in a bunker and are prepared for tornadoes, hurricanes, war zones, etc.  //

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yes, that is the pink bathroom you see from standing in the yellow bathroom.  

yes, that is the pink bathroom you see from standing in the yellow bathroom.  

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 i really was hoping the original terrazzo flooring would clean up nice so we could keep it in the bathroom... but it wasn't in the cards for us. loving the tile though. 

 i really was hoping the original terrazzo flooring would clean up nice so we could keep it in the bathroom... but it wasn't in the cards for us. loving the tile though. 

other side of the bathroom.. notice no toilet yet. i would like to thank wawa, culvers, and chipolte for not noticing that we've been using your bathrooms multiple times a day without making any purchases ;) 

other side of the bathroom.. notice no toilet yet. i would like to thank wawa, culvers, and chipolte for not noticing that we've been using your bathrooms multiple times a day without making any purchases ;) 

no trips to the e.r. yet... more updates to come soon.