Master Bathroom Reveal

Ok, so as you probably know, our bathroom was the first room that we renovated.  This began in September and they finished in November, however they didn’t complete their punch list until December.  No words can describe my love for our new master bathroom.  Even though it is a lot smaller than I anticipated, and we decided against the gold hardware and finishes, it still is absolutely gorgeous.

If you are wondering why it has taken so long for me to post this reveal, it’s because David finished painting it last night.  I talked about this before, but we were 100% set on using Sherwin Williams Repose Gray.  We used it at Compass Pointe, and just assumed we would love it as much in this house.  Before even sampling it in the bathroom, we told our contractor that was the color we wanted.  So they painted the entire bathroom Repose Gray, and it ended up looking really beige.  We tried to live with it for a few months and realized that we really needed to change the color.  We decided to go with Gray Tint by Benjamin Moore.  This is also the color we used throughout the entire house.  The new paint makes such a difference, it’s crazy!

As much as I am loving the new paint, the floors are my favorite part of the bathroom.  We went with zebra marble and they are definitely a statement floor. We went simple and clean with the mirrors, the light fixtures, and the faucets and shower head.  I am really happy with the overall look and probably wouldn’t change a thing if I had to do it over again!

It’s been so nice walking and showering in a clean and pretty much brand new bathroom.  I shockingly even have used the tub, so David is really happy about that because he didn’t want to put one in.

Enjoy!

Gray Tint

First of all, I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! Our threenager made it difficult to fully enjoy ours, but the food was amazing.

We are in full on remodel mode now that the holiday is over.  Apparently our house will be done in two weeks.  Not sure I believe this, but fingers crossed I guess. Things are a little stressful as we have people working on every floor in the house.  No place to hide! Our room still isn’t complete which is a little frustrating. No, that’s a lie, it’s really frustrating, but I keep telling myself it will all be worth it. At least I am able to shower in my new bathroom, and let me tell you, it is amazing.

Since the bathroom is about 98% complete, and the floors in our room are also about 98% complete, our contractor agreed that it was a good idea for David to start painting our bedroom.

I think I talked about my love for Repose Gray before, but if not, let me recap.  I love Repose Gray.  We used it in our last house and it was amazing.  Unfortunately the natural light in this house isn’t great, so Repose just doesn’t work.

We decided on Benjamin Moore Gray Tint for our master bedroom.  It is not too light not too dark and it is the perfect shade of gray with our lighting. I am loving the paint and we are just one step closer to the master being completed! Since my family was here last week, we did move our mattress into our room, so we have been sleeping there and it’s a complete mess with all of the paint supplies and not having our closet finished.

Our goal, or my goal, is to start really moving in this week and be officially moved in by next weekend.  We finally ordered our window treatments, our light, some bathroom accessories, sheets, towels, etc.  I don’t want to show it off until it looks complete, although with us nothing is ever complete because I am constantly changing my style and my mind on how I want things. Poor David!

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Almost There

Monday is here again which means I am so excited because more work on the house will be done.  The bathroom is looking awesome and we are so close to the finish line- my tub is calling my name!  So much progress last week.  The cabinets went in, our mirrors and vanity lights were installed, the toilet and tub are in, and half of the shower door arrived as well. It is hard to remember what the bathroom used to look like, but that is not a bad thing! The only concern that I truly have for the bathroom is the size.  I thought it would be significantly larger than it is, and it’s probably the smallest bathroom we have ever had.  The plus is, it is a very functional bathroom.  We have so much storage, two sinks, a tub and a shower, and a separate giant walk in closet instead of the tiny one that used to be in the previous master bathroom.  We are so used to storing some of our toiletries and other bathroom necessities in Eli’s bathroom or a guest bathroom, so it will be nice to have it all in one place. I would be counting down the days until we can use it and move back into the master, but I still don’t have an accurate timeline.  Hopefully soon, especially since we have family coming to stay with us in two weeks!

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All About Lighting

First of all, I cannot believe that it is already Monday.  These weekends just go by way too quickly! I also am in denial that it is going to be November this week, but I can’t wait for Halloween.  Eli and Dax are going to look so cute in their costumes and even though it is going to be freezing, we will still take them trick-or-treating.  Well, at least Eli will go, Dax is only 5 months old and probably shouldn’t be out in the cold weather. Anyway, let’s talk renovation progress especially since I am writing this in a house that is so unbelievably loud right now because so much is getting done. More on that later.

Last week our contractor put up some paint samples. He gave us three options, I loved one and David loved another.  The problem was that David really didn’t like the one that I loved, and I really didn’t like the one that he loved and neither of us liked the third option.  We absolutely loved the paint that we had throughout Compass Pointe.  We used Sherwin-Williams Repose Gray and it was seriously the perfect gray.  There were no undertones, just gray.  I was obsessed with it, so when we were deciding what color we would do the majority of this house, we really didn’t even need to discuss it.  I told our contractor that there was no need for other color samples in the bathroom, we were just going to paint everything Repose.  His crew actually isn’t doing our painting because their quote was higher than David thought it should be, but they offered to paint the master bathroom because there is such little wall space, so why not?  The bathroom looks amazing, I am seriously so happy with it, but the paint doesn’t look so amazing.

David and I were shocked that when we walked in, our beloved Repose looked beige, not the beautiful cool gray we remembered or looked back at in pictures.  We made sure it was the right color on the can, and sure enough it is.  After stewing on it during the weekend, and researching more about Repose Gray, we came to the conclusion that it looked beige because this house has the worst natural lighting ever.  I can’t even tell you how dark the house is and how little windows there are.  Compass Pointe was full of natural light, there were many windows and huge windows as well throughout the house, it makes sense now why Repose looked like the perfect gray  there and like beige in this house.

So, we spent Sunday paint shopping.  We got some colors that were recommended on multiple blogs and on Pinterest, and we headed to Sherwin-Williams and Benjamin Moore and picked up five or six paint samples.  David painted the samples on many areas in almost every room, but it became a bit frustrating because every room has such different lighting that it is diccifdult to choose one color to use throughout the house.  One color might look gray in our bathroom, but beige in the hall, or vice versa.  Finally, we decided on the perfect colors by Benjamin Moore called Gray Owl and Gray Tint.  These two are the ones that don’t seem to have any undertones regarding the light situation.  I am so excited to get rid of our dark walls and to get this house brightened up, but in the meantime I can’t wait to replace the Repose in the bathroom with the Graytint.  It is going to look gorgeous! Until the bathroom gets repainted, take a look at what got done last week.  IMG_4062IMG_4074IMG_4076I have a feeling I will have a couple more progress posts this week, fingers crossed!

Back Aches, Teething, and Delays

It’s been a while since I have been able to write! For starters, the baby is officially teething. Eli was a really easy teether, half of the time we didn’t even know he was cutting a tooth. Dax is a whole other story.  He is in so much pain and there just is nothing that will help.  It’s messing with his naps, sleep, and personality.  This means it’s also messing with my blog time, but baby comes first!

You would think that there would have been a lot of progress with the house since the last post, but David also has been in some pain.  His back went out…again.  He hasn’t been able to work on Eli’s room because he is just in too much pain.  We have family here this upcoming weekend, so really not sure when the room will be finished.  Hopefully soon though because I am starting to feel really bad for Eli in his temporary room.  Poor guy has cardboard and towels for blinds and constantly asks about his big boy room.  Ideally, it is done by his birthday in November.  Here’s to wishful thinking.

Our contractor/ crew only worked 4 days last week and they didn’t work this Monday either.  So far we are 2-3 days behind with the renovation, but our bathroom is looking amazing. I am loving it so much and can’t wait to move back in there.  If you read my last post, you know that we were still trying to decide on grout.  Well, we finally made a decision after a ton of going back and forth.  We (and by we, I mean I- sorry David) decided to go with white grout and gray walls.  The white grout looks gorgeous against the white subway tile, and we knew we wanted to do gray walls, so I thought having gray walls, cabinets, floors, and grout would just be too much gray.  I think our contractor was thrilled with our decision, but he warned us that he’s never had any cleaning crew that could clean it properly, so I hope David is ready to put his cleaning gloves on because this girl right here is too short to clean all of those wall tiles.  Kidding, but not really!

Hopefully by the beginning of next week I have another update or two.  I think they are starting to rip out the floors of our entire upstairs, and start our laundry room next week.  Not sure if this means our bathroom will be finished or not, but we had to order our vanity lights, mirror, and all of the bathroom hardware, so that seems like it’s coming to an end…stay tuned!

*These pictures were taken at night if you can’t tell, David got home late and by the time he was able to unlock the door it was dark out. Ugh

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Tile, Tile, and More Tile

Ah another Monday! I usually love the weekends just like anybody else does, but lately I can’t wait for them to be over so that we can continue to get our house worked on!

We are finally starting to get to the fun stuff of the master renovation.  Last week our cabinets arrived for our vanity, we picked out our counter, and our contractor picked up our floor tile and wall tile. In Compass Pointe, David tiled the back wall where our vanity was, and he also did a half wall around our tub. We loved the look and never got sick of it in the entire 18 months we lived there. So, we decided to go with subway tile for the backsplash and walls in this bathroom too.  It is clean and classic looking, and I think it’s good for resale as well.  We are going a gray and white color scheme, and since our vanity will be gray, we thought white was the appropriate choice for the subway tile.  Our homework for the weekend was to decide on a grout color and a paint color.  You would think this would be an easy task, but we are struggling! Part of me likes the idea of white walls and gray grout but then another part of be thinks that that would be too white.  We are also toying with the idea of white grout and gray walls but I get nervous that the white grout will get dirty and gross looking. Decisions decisions. Hopefully we figure it out soon!DSC_0001subway2subway

Master Update(s)

As I mentioned before, when our contractors leave, they lock our bedroom door so that our crazy toddler can’t somehow get in and get hurt.  Trust me, I really really appreciate this, but sometimes it’s a hassle and I just want to sit and stare at the progress when they go home for the day.

I always look forward for David to get home because not only does he take the boys off of my hands, but I need him to get the key to open the master door.  The contractor puts it up really high, and I am really short- so you know how that goes.

Last week, David was gone for a business trip and I couldn’t see the room for 2 whole days.  Thats a long time considering how fast they work. So much gets done in a day, it baffles me and makes me feel really unproductive as well.

The dry wall is up for the new walk in closet.  These are the doors we are going to be using throughout the home and we thought it would be a good idea to put them on sliders for the closet so that we don’t lose space with the typical swing out door. We love the look, but when David got home he realized it’s a little bit of a struggle to fit through that doorway, and that could become annoying on a daily basis.  It probably wouldn’t be the best thing for resale either.  We decided that we are either going to do smaller closet doors with the same look if possible, or see if the contractors could shave them down.DSC_00072The bathroom is looking amazing. This is a view of where the tub and toilet will be going.DSC_00022Our shower! Don’t mind the attic access.  This used to be my walk in closet so it didn’t look tacky to have the attic access in there, but now that it is in the bathroom it doesn’t look right, so we are moving it to the future laundry room.DSC_0004All of our wrapped up furniture was moved into the future laundry room this week because they started sanding everything.  We also saw the cabinets, floor tiles, backsplash, and counter last week. The floors and cabinets will get installed this week- I can’t believe how fast it’s coming together.

I probably am going to kick myself for saying this, but I am shocked at how stress free this is going so far.  Knock on wood- we haven’t really had too many problems, just a few minor and annoying issues.  It’s also pretty loud but the boys are doing much better than I thought with napping and such.  If the rest of the house goes this smoothly we are one lucky family!