While I always wanted to have an entire house to design and make my own, I have quickly realized that it is in fact more overwhelming than it looks. Who knew that there are SO MANY SHADES OF GREEN to choose from (or any other color for that matter). Woof. Well, while I am trying to tackle the whole house at once, keeping it basic has helped calm my nerves. So.... I have some (small) design updates I would like to share!
First, the master bath.
I was originally going to demo the entire master bath. My porn tub has got-to-go. And I still believe that way, however with everything else going on, I have scaled back my design and am going to keep the porn tub (at least for now). Since I still have future plans to gut the bathroom, my updates are going to be simple and cost-effective. The blue-grey tile surround is going to get a nice coat of white paint, and instead of spending a lot of money on tile which would then have to be ripped up in a few years, I am going to install the most beautiful grey hexagon sheet vinyl I could find (via pinterest). Unfortunately, I have spent weeks trying to track this sheet vinyl down, and they apparently only sell it in Canada (of course). For all of my North Carolina followers out there... this is great news for me. Since I am heading back to The Mitten in a week or so, I can make a pitstop at the Lowe's in Windsor, Ontario and pick it up! Yay! Top that off with "Sea Salt" paint and a new vanity (still need to pick one out), and I'd say we are good to go!
Next, my Craigslist kitchen cabinets.
My Aunt Laurie made a comment a few posts ago about how she was confused because I said I was buying new cabinets, so why would I have to paint them? The reason is simple - Laurie, you know me all too well. I found a frugal find on Craigslist but the *NEW* all-wood cabinets do not come in white. The cost savings are too great for me to pass this one up, so I am going to paint them myself. The total cost for my kitchen cabinets are well under $2,000. (For those of you who are familiar with kitchen remodels, I know you just choked on your morning coffee - please breathe). I may in fact splurge again and have these professionally painted, but even still - the cost savings are great! I also threw out the open-shelving pipe idea (even though I still dream of those nightly), mostly because we would have to reconfigure the studs in the kitchen to actually attach the pipes. This process just sounds like a giant headache, so basic cabinet uppers it is. I'm still undecided on countertops and flooring for the kitchen, but those are low priority right now (in the meantime, I hear plywood makes a great counter).
Finally, I *think* I have decided on a flooring. I have been back and forth and back and forth (first with laminate, then bamboo, then back to laminate, then to pine planks, then to bamboo.... the cycle continues), but I think realistically, if Brian and I are going to install the floor ourselves, laminate is the only viable option. I have taken home about a million floor samples from the Depot, but I recently traveled up the street to a flooring store near my apartment. Here, I found a very beautiful wide plank laminate floor (12mm thick) that I WANT WANT WANT! Thoughts?
Hi! I'm Lauren! I'm a twenty-something teacher and homeowner in North Carolina. I love math, decorating, and getting down and dirty learning new things about home renovation and repair.