Basement Floors

Excuse the long delay. We went through a major polar vortex here that put all kinds of delays on house projects. Most specifically the boys’ bathroom but I’ll save that drama for another post. It’s juicy!

The laminate in the basement is not only ugly, but it was sliding around and coming off the ground.  It just had to go. With the newly done bar and built ins, it didn’t really go with our style anyway.  We went with a tile that looks like wood.  We thought that it was most functional for a basement, and would hold our workout equipment well since we wanted to do tile in that area as well.

David did a great job ripping out the old laminate and I think that the kids loved watching it.  The new tile is looking really good.  I am not totally in love with our choice, I think the floor clashes a little bit with the carpet, but the blue paint is a little deceiving and I think that is what is throwing me off.  Once we use a fresh color, it will all come together (hopefully!).

Downsizing the Basement Bar

David has been working a lot on our basement lately.  A couple of weeks ago we demolished the clunky bar it has changed so much.  David kept cutting it and cutting it until it was the size we wanted.  I think that it is the perfect size now, and once we have the overhanging top, it will look even bigger.

Since the bar was built from oak, it isn’t the easiest to work with, and I don’t like the look of just painting over oak.  We thought it would be easiest, and look best if we used ship lap over the existing bar.

It looks so great, and once the floors and counters are in, we can paint everything and be officially done with this basement!

Mudroom Update

Oh hey, remember the mudroom? While our contractor and his crew are working on the bathroom, David is working on the mudroom when he gets home from his real job.  I showed you the molding and trim progress a couple of weeks ago, but since then, David installed some cabinets for storage.

Since this room used to be the laundry room, there is a big bulky gas line.  We thought that it would be pricey and annoying to remove, so we figured that covering it was our best option.  At first, we were going to install a single cabinet and sink, but the more we thought about it, the more we realized that would look a little weird.  We decided to do a row of cabinets instead, because you can never have enough storage and it looks much better than a single cabinet.

The built-ins unit is white, so we went with a light gray cabinet.  I am wondering if the gray walls are a bit much now, but at least painting the walls is an easy fix.  Once the painters come to paint the built-in, they can always repaint the walls as well.

This room is really coming along! The thought of not having all of our junk piled up on our kitchen island because it will finally have  a place in the mudroom feels so so good!

Hexagon Floor Grout

I love the hexagon tiles in the boys’ bathroom so much.   I knew we had to have it when I came across an inspiration picture on Pinterest.  We couldn’t decide if we wanted to do a black grout, or white, and ultimately we went with white to make the black pop a little bit more.  I know that these floors are going to show every mark, and speck of dirt, but it is so worth it, because they look so freaking good!! Even the boys love it which makes me so happy.

Every time Dax walks by he goes “wwwwwwwwooowwww!!” and Eli also always makes a point to look at the floors when he goes upstairs.  So glad that we took the risk of having a black floor in a bathroom.

Vanity Arrival

Happy Monday! Lots of progress to report this week!  The vanity for the boys’ bathroom was delivered and installed last week.  We did have a little bit of spacing issues, but they seemed to figure it out and make it work.  The vanity is two pieces and it is really long once put together.  We had the option of having a big space in the middle to fill with a wood filler piece, or the option to push the two pieces close together and have wood filler pieces on both the left and right sides.  Ideally, I wanted it that way, but they told me that there would have to be some plumbing rearranged for that to work.  So, David and I decided that having a space in the middle to fill was the way to go.

I was going about my afternoon and one of the men working on the bathroom told me that he realized he didn’t account for the door jamb, so he had to adjust the plumbing to make the vanity work.  This wouldn’t be my first choice, but it is still looking amazing! Counters are measured and ordered, and I can’t wait to see it all come together.

Working Through the Weekend

Things are moving along quickly for the bathroom reno. We had two guys here Saturday working throughout the morning and afternoon. They got a lot done in a short amount of time!

All of the cement board is up, dry wall is patched, and the tub is installed.

When it was time for the boys to take a bath on Friday night, Dax was hysterical and confused why his bath wasn’t in his bathroom. It was a full blown meltdown, so even though he can’t use his new tub yet, he’s very excited that it is in!

Boys’ Bathroom: Demo Day!

Our contractor and his employees came over Friday morning to start the demo for Eli and Dax’s bathroom. I forgot how unbelievably loud and dusty this part of a project is.  The bathroom is above our kitchen, and I was really nervous that our giant mirror would come off of the wall.  We did lose one light bulb from our light fixture.

By the time I picked up E from school, came home, made lunch, and ate lunch, they were done.  This was just in time for naps so that worked out in our favor for sure.

They didn’t run into any problems, so hopefully the rest of the remodel goes just as smoothly!