Happy Friday + Links 12/8/17

Happy Friday!  Can we talk about Christmas for a minute?  I’m feeling soooo behind this year!  Christmas is less than 3 weeks away, and we have yet to even get a Christmas tree.  Eeech!  Thankfully I got our Christmas card photos taken this week and rush ordered some cards (totally going to blame the post office if I don’t get them addressed and out the door in time ;).  Plus we decorated the Porch House with some garlands and wreaths for our upcoming finish party.

The Grit and Polish - Porch Kitchen Xmas 3 Wreath

So the holiday spirit is alive and well in the Poshusta family, and we’re all excited to spend a little time baking and decorating at the Farmhouse soon!

Well it’s Friday again, so I’ve scoured the internet for lots of great links.  Grab a cup of coffee and jump in.

“Speak up. Even if your voice shakes.”  Wisdom from Reese Witherspoon.

Transforming a tiny 1950’s house for $125k.

Minimalism during the holidays with children.  I love the focus on experiences!

Diane Keaton via House beautiful

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Diane Keaton’s home is as amazing as you’ve heard it is!

My friend Karrie’s HGTV pilot was picked up for a season!  I can’t wait to see what her and her handy son cook up in Bend, OR.

Hard to call this old home in Nashville an office, but a few lucky ladies get to!

Getting sh*t done from a girl that gets sh*t done.

It’s another Premier Day sale and just in time for the holidays.  A few of my favorites: this red velvet pillowBrass and glass lantern (I’ll take them all, please!).  Hello doormatWool and cotton stripped pillowDark throwPeppermint bark (yum!). And if this isn’t the cutest llama, ever!

Have a great weekend!

xoxo

-Cathy

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Porch House Mudroom // A mudroom sink (with Elkay)

THE PORCH HOUSE

this post is sponsored by Elkay.

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sink (ricotta) // faucet (lustrous steel)

The mudroom at the Porch House is one of those multi-functional, utility spaces.  It serves as the laundry room, storage room, and because of the large sink we installed, it’s also the spot to wash muddy boots, rinse stains out of clothes, and clean out paint brushes.  Having a sink in a mudroom is definitely a luxury – we’ve never had room to put one in any of our houses before – but it’s a luxury that will surely be used on a daily basis.  Anyone who has raised a child (or dog), has had all manner of unpleasant washing tasks to deal with, and it’s a real blessing to keep those out of the kitchen sink.

With Elkay on board as a partner at the Porch House, I picked out their ricotta-colored quartz undermount sink for the mudroom.  I wanted to leave the front of the sink exposed beneath the countertop to give this beautiful space a bit of a utility feel.  The quartz provided a clean look for that.

The Grit and Polish - Porch Mudroom Elkay Sink Front

We have the prettiest bridge-style faucet in the kitchen, so I picked the coordinating single hole version for the mudroom.  I like that the finishes in the kitchen and mudroom speak to each other but are not identical.

The Grit and Polish - Porch Mudroom Sink Faucet

We’ve been really impressed with Elkay’s products. They’re well-made, sturdy, and beautiful!  The endlessly-deep, stainless steel sink in the kitchen has been a real pleasure to use and the attached bridge-style faucet is one of my all-time favorites.

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 sink / faucet (in lustrous steel)

We’re equally impressed with the mudroom sink and faucet!  They are sturdy, beautiful, and so convenient for washing out paint brushes while we finish up construction at the Porch House.

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We installed this undermount sink ourselves after fabricating this 8′-long marble countertop (stay tuned for a ‘how-to’ post on countertop fabrication).  We glued the sink (using Liquid Nails “fuze-it”) and held it in place with a lifting jack while the glue dried overnight.

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The faucet hole was cut next (using a diamond core bit on the angle grinder) and then Garrett plumbed the whole thing.  We’ve been using this sink ever since!

Thank you, Elkay, for making such beautiful, sturdy products and for sponsoring this post!

xoxo

-Cathy

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Happy Friday + Links (12/1/17)

Happy Friday and welcome to December! We made it home from Portland and had another busy week full of hustle and hammers and house work.  Of course you can’t spend Thanksgiving with 10 little people and not pick up some kind of virus, so Brooks and I have been bed ridden for a couple days.  Ugh.  But the best part of the week: we passed all of our final inspections at the Porch House!  That’s right, our permits are closed out and we’re officially done with this beautiful home (minus a small punch list, of course ;).  We’ll be hosting a “finish party” to celebrate soon (assuming we get over this virus) so if you’re in Ellensburg and want to see the house, shoot me an email.

Well it’s Friday again, meaning I’ve scrounged up all sorts of links from the around the web.  Grab a cup of coffee and jump in!

One of my favorite things about the holidays is story time with our kids.  There’s nothing like a good book to get you in the spirit!  Here are a few we’re thinking of adding to our collection: The NutcrackerThe Little ReindeerMice SkatingPick a Pine Tree, and Snow and Rose.  Do you have any holiday/winter favorites?

Looks like we’re not the only ones forgoing a tub in the master bathroom.  Of course, we do have a tub elsewhere in the Porch House, which a necessity in my book.

A colorful and historic family home.

Oh Farmhouse Friday Exterior

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These two artists and their “modern-ish urban farmhouse” have me thinking that building a new home might be kinda fun.  BTW, if you’re into homes, @ohfarmhouse is a great Instagram account to follow!  Their kitchen is what dreams are made of:

Oh Farmhouse kitchen

9 Design Ideas to steal from Seattle’s London Plane.

I’ve been eyeing these monogrammed mugs and monogrammed door knockers for gifts.  And this cell phone case is too cute!  They’re all 40% off right now because Anthopologie sale is on sale!

I finally watched In Defense of Food on Netflix (while in bed with said virus) and it’s definitely worth a watch!

I’ve been swapping around rugs at our Farmhouse to make our home feel extra cozy for the winter.  This 8×10 rug just arrived – it was too good of a deal to pass up – and I’m happy to report that it’s super soft and lovely in person!

Have a great weekend!

xoxo

-Cathy

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Porch House // the Floor plan Before and After Renovation

THE PORCH HOUSE

I’ve gotten a few question about the Porch House floor plan lately, especially where the mudroom sits in relation to the kitchen.  So today I wanted to show you guys how this house is laid out.  I’ll be focusing on the first floor, because the second floor – which houses 3 bedrooms, a bathroom, and a sun porch – required such few changes to the layout that we didn’t draw plans.

Here’s what the first level floorplan looked like when we bought the house.  I imagine it’s similar to what the home looked like in 1900 although there were some additions later on (like the sunroom and attached garage).

The Grit and Polish - Porch House Floor Plan BEFORE

And here’s what the layout looks now:The Grit and Polish - Porch House Floor Plan AFTER

UPDATE: a few readers caught an error in the dining room on the AFTER plan.  We didn’t take out the original window. I’ve fixed the floor plan to reflect reality.  

We made quite a few changes to the floor plan.  First, to create a master suite on the main floor, we divided the front bedroom into a master bathroom (you can see more about that space here) and a brand new powder bathroom. What was once a kids bedroom is now a large en-suite bathroom with heated floors plus a quaint powder bathroom, accessed off of the entry.  Here’s the view of what’s now the master bathroom, pre and post renovation.

The Grit and Polish - Porch Master Bathroom Before and After

rug / bench / turkish towel (similar) / art (except vintage and bird postcard) / basket (similar) / slate tile

The original main floor bathroom was previously a jack-and-jill bathroom between the bedrooms, and is now the master closet.

The Grit and Polish - Porch Master Suite Before and After

basket (similar) / stool

The other major changes to the floor plan came at the back of the house, near the kitchen.  We removed the wall between the old storage room and the kitchen, making for a more modern/open-concept layout. It was easily the biggest layout change we made to this house, and easily the single best thing we did during the remodel.

The Grit and Polish - Porch Sunroom Before and After

rug / pillow (similar color) /

We also closed off the original door of the master bedroom’s tiny closet and moved it to the mudroom.  This added some much needed storage by the back door.  Finding original wood shiplap behind wallpaper in the closet was just a cherry on top.

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Updating an old home’s floor plan to modernize it and make it more efficient is probably my favorite part of renovating.  Well that and kitchens.  I see layout changes – whether it’s opening up the kitchen, improving flow, or adding a master suite – as an essential part of ushering these old homes into the new century.

Next up, I’ll be sharing more on the mudroom!  Any thoughts about our layout changes?

xoxo

-Cathy

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Happy Friday + Links 11/24/17

Happy Friday!  Are you still deliriously happy from all that pie and stuffing?  Me too 🙂  Portland was just as fun as I thought it would be, and I’ve gotten such sweet comments on my sister’s beautiful new (old) home over on Instagram.  I’ll have to share more photos on the blog soon, but here’s a peek at her dining room.

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So lovely, right?!  The walls are covered in a soft orange grass cloth and the beautiful chandelier was left by the previous owner.  This dining room was the perfect place to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner (along with the second table set up in the kitchen to accommodate all 20 people in our family).  Yup, it was a good one!

And while I can’t say if my sister went this route, here is the best advice I’ve heard on prepping for guests:

“Two things to do before you have people over: 1) Make sure the powder room’s trash can is empty. 2) Shove all clutter and paperwork in a closet or the basement or a bathtub without organizing or putting a single thing in its proper place.  Seriously! Busy, happy houses are messy! So many people tell me this is what they stress out about most before guests arrive.  Why?  Crash clean the rooms that count, and order Marie Kondo in the morning.”  – @dinneralovestory via @cupofjo

Yeeesss!  I’d love to see a shift away from perfectly-styled, perfectly-decorated, perfect homes. Our homes should be places that bring us joy rather than a source of constant anxiety over what’s out of place or how our decorating measures up.  You know?  Let’s make home a place we love, even though it isn’t perfect, and do without the stress!

Well it’s Friday again (Black Friday!), so you know that I’ve scoured the internet for the best sales out there plus a couple other links in case you aren’t in the shopping mood.  So grab a cup of coffee and dig in:

A conversation with Rebecca Atwood.

I’m totally intrigued by this duck cloth shower curtain, which needs no liner and is machine washable.  Anyone tried it yet?

jersey ice cream in Arch Digest

Jersey Ice Cream Co via Architectural Digest / photo Sal Taylor Kydd

How to give a new home character.  Jersey Ice Cream Co nails it…of course 😉

Loved listening to this podcast.  I’m totally intrigued with minimalist design, especially in homes with kids.

And speaking of podcasts, Ben and Jerry sound like the coolest ice cream makers there ever were.

A peek behind Jojotastic’s sponsored renovations on her tiny home.

And now for those sales! Here are the Black Friday sales at a few of my favorite stores and I’ll update this list if I find more!

Anthopologie, 30% off everything!

Amazon, Amazon fire tablets are down to $49.99 (seriously considering buying 2 for the boys!)

Target, up to 40% off Home (love these organic cotton, printed sheets)

Home Depot, tons of deals like $200 off this miter saw and $100 off this saw stand

West Elm, buy more save more, plus 50% off select furniture

Rejuvenation, buy more save more, plus this 3×5 wool rug is $37! and this wool zipper pillow is 75% off

Hanna Anderson, $25 kid’s PJs + 25% off everything else (I’m thinking matching Christmas jammies!)

J.Crew, 40% off everything + free shipping

Nordstrom, 40% off or more on Ugg Slippers

Have a great weekend!

xoxo

-Cathy

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Porch House Mudroom // Design

THE PORCH HOUSE

Now that we finished the Porch House’s master suite, I wanted to introduce you to the next space we’ll be focusing on: the mudroom.

Mudrooms and laundry rooms are so often the red-headed step child.  They’re last on the priority list to design and they’re last to renovate.  For the Porch House, we imagined something different.  We wanted this space to be just as beautiful as the adjacent kitchen, only with laundry, storage, and a sink tucked in too.  So that means white, marble, and a beautiful ELKAY steel faucet and quartz undermount sink to match the kitchen’s.

Porch House Mudroom Mood Board 2

To get this room ready for it’s lovely finishes, we first had to do a little space rearranging.  The original master bedroom closet was next to this room, so we walled off the closet in the bedroom and created an opening here in the mudroom.  One of my favorite surprises of this renovation, was finding original wood shiplap behind the wallpaper in the closet.

The Grit and Polish - Porch Mudroom Shiplap

We decided to use a wall-mounted, instant hot water heater, which will tuck in the nook next to the sink.  Those cabinets, by the way, will get a fresh coat of paint and some new hardware and stay put.

The Grit and Polish - Porch Mudroom Sink Corner Progress

We decided to lay hardwood floors in this space because we had enough leftover after laying new white oak floors throughout the rest of the main floor.  I think stone tile would have been wonderful in here too, but I like the consistent flooring from mudroom through kitchen and you can’t beat free.

The Grit and Polish - Porch Mudroom Ship Lap with W

We sanded the shiplap, but otherwise are going to leave it unfinished.  You can see this wall all the way across the kitchen, so it is a perfect focal point for the end of the space.  This room gets great natural light, so it should make folding laundry (nobodys favorite chore) a little more pleasant for it’s future tenants!

Next up, we’ll be fabricating the marble and installing the sink and faucet.

xoxo

-Cathy

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Happy Friday + Links 11/17/17

Happy Friday!  Goodness what a week’s it’s been.  We finished the Porch House’s master bathroom and closet for Thursday’s ORC reveal (with like two minutes to spare) plus we’ve wrapped up plumbing and electrical, trimmed out the powder bathroom, worked on the mudroom and upstairs bathroom, and touched up paint all over the Porch House too.  It’s been crazy and productive and we haven’t spent more than a couple waking hours at the Farmhouse in weeks, but the end is finally near!  And that means we have lots of progress to show you guys!  Next week we’ll be starting in on the mudroom here on the blog and it’s going to be a good one.

Well it’s Friday again – and can you believe it’s the last Friday before Thanksgiving?!  Eeech! We’re going to spend the holiday in Portland with my family at my sister’s new (old) house.  I can’t wait!  There’s going to be lots of hanging out, time in the kitchen, way too many treats, and constant chaos – the kind that can only come from 10 young kids occupying one space.  It’s going to be wonderful!  Now on to those links.  Grab a cup of coffee and dig in!

It was ORC reveal week, which means lots of great design on the internet.  One of my favorite parts about the ORC is getting introduced to new bloggers/Instagrammers/home-lovers/designers.  With that sentiment in mind, here are three of my favorite ORC reveals from new-to-me folks: one, two, three.

The Grit and Polish - Porch Master Basket

Sometimes the $150 rug on top of the $6k bathroom/closet renovation is what everyone notices.  Ha!  I love it too, and here is the link for those of you who have asked.  I actually just ordered the red version too since it’s on MASSIVE SALE today.

Also from today’s Premier Sale, I bought 4 of these throws for gifts and our Airbnb’s.  We already have 2 and love them!  I’ve had this 8×10 indoor/outdoor rug in my cart so many times before but this time I bought it because it’s $179!

A beautiful living room from Old Home Love.  Related: do these two never sleep?!

Instagram Stories is 8 months old and killing Snapchat.

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source // the faux Martha

The prettiest centerpiece, errr turkey, I ever did see.

Light bulbs.  Guys, I have to admit, I know nothing (other than I hate florescent) but I am eager to learn.

Have a great weekend!

xoxo

-Cathy

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Porch House Master Suite // The Reveal! (ORC Week 7)

THE PORCH HOUSE

This post is part of a 6-week series for the One Room Challenge, a blogger makeover challenge hosted by Calling it Home every Fall and Spring. We’re tackling the Porch House’s master bathroom and closet this go around.  Thanks for following along! You can get caught up on previous posts here: part 1part 2part 3part 4part 5, part 6

The Grit and Polish - Porch Master Bathroom Bench in Doorway

We did it!  We finished the Porch House master bathroom and closet, and today I get to show you the finished space!  But before we get to that, let’s look back at where we started.  Back when we bought the Porch House, this space was dated, dingy, and small.

The Grit and Polish - Porch Before Bathroom

Ugh.  Before we could tackle the cosmetics, we first had to rearrange the space to create a functional, modern master en suite.  The new bathroom is half of an adjacent bedroom and the bathroom shown above is now the closet.  Here is the original layout in plan view.

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And here’s what it looks like now.

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This master suite is anchored by the custom white oak vanity made by our talented neighbor.  Garrett fabricated the marble top and just yesterday we installed the mirror and pendant lights.  The end result is both traditional and modern, and goodness, I love it so!  If you’re new to the Grit and Polish, I should mention that the Porch House isn’t our home.  It’s a flip project that Garrett and I bought with the intention of renovating and reselling. We filmed our HGTV pilot here, a whirlwind 16 days of renovating 3 spaces (update: our show’s new name is MASTERPLAN and will air later this Fall), and ever since then we’ve been slowly working away on the rest of the house.  When we finally get around to selling the Porch House, the vanity is one of the things I’ll miss most.

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I debated about the hardware for all 6 weeks of this challenge, and even bought a few options only to return them. On Monday we were in Seattle to turn one of our Airbnb properties, so I ducked into Rejuvenation, one of my favorite home stores.  Wouldn’t you know it, after two minutes of looking, I had these stunners picked out.  Ha!  I guess sometimes you really do need to see things in person.

Opposite the vanity is the custom closet that we built to match the shelving in the kitchen.  We built these shelves out of finger-jointed-pine boards and the whole system cost around $100.  Obviously the future occupants will need a dresser, but it’s a great start for a closet. Since this isn’t our home, I had the luxury of staging the closet with only a few beautiful items. It’s as if I finally had the capsule wardrobe that I’ve been dreaming of.

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You may have already noticed, but I have a serious obsession with shaker pegs.  They make the best storage!

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Probably the biggest luxury in this master suite is the shower.  It’s 6’6″ wide and 5′ deep, has two shower heads, and it’s an absolute pleasure to shower in.  I know because I tried it during the impromptu sleepover we had last weekend after starting a wallpaper project at 10pm.  For the record, that was a bad idea.  Starting wallpaper at 10pm, not the shower 😉

The shower and the toilet are the only plumbing fixtures in this bathroom (the vanity is basically part of the closet) making this room really spacious.  I decided to stage it with a bench where the tub would have gone (you can read more about that here) plus a bold rug, towels, and art.  By the way, all the resources are at the bottom of this post.

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I picked up the kilim rug from Rejuvenation on Monday, and I’ve already gotten a ton of compliments on it.  I love it!  There’s lots of great art in here too.  The vintage windmills are from my late grandmother and usually reside next to our bed at the Farmhouse.  There’s also a baby picture of my dad and one of his three brothers (I’ll let you guess which one is him).  The other art is from a favorite etsy artist (linked at the bottom of the post) besides the framed bird postcard.

I’ve shared a couple of regrets during the One Room Challenge, the biggest being the lack of a bathtub.  I’m confident this space is adequate without it (giant showers are apparently more popular), but I still would have loved to add one.  But even without the tub, I’m pretty happy with how this room turned out and know that a master suite is a big value add for this 117-year-old house!

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Can you believe it?!  That baby girl rolled over from her tummy to her back right here on this very rug last night!  Garrett and I were putting the final touches on this space (read: repairing a plumbing leak) as Daphne played and just like that, she had another first at the Porch House 😉

resources: hardwood floors / vanity, custom by Munson Cabinets / bin pulls / faucets / vanity lights / white towels (similar) / soap bottle c/o / candle / rug / swing arm lights / edison bulbs /  bench / turkish towel (similar) / art (except vintage and bird postcard) / brass clock / basket (similar) / slate tileshower floor tile / subway tile / grout (Delorean gray, non sanded) / shower faucet and handle /

Thanks for following along with this renovation! Tune in on Tuesday to see the next space we’ll be tackling at the Porch House.  As always, you can more timely updates and behind the scenes videos over on Instagram.

Check out more One Room Challenge reveals from the featured bloggers and guest designers.

ORC guest

xoxo

-Cathy

p.s. last year’s One Room Challenge reveal

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Happy Friday + Links 11/10/17

Happy Friday!  We received a fun bit of news this week…the new name for our HGTV pilot!  It is now being called MASTERPLAN.  What do you think?  Garrett and I both like the new name better than ‘Rehab Crazy’ and can’t wait to see the finished episode (which might not be until it airs…eeech!).  We’re still waiting on an airdate; I’ll pass that along when we get it!

The Grit and Polish - Porch Family in Kitchen 1.3

Goodness, what a fun experience filming our pilot was, although it was probably 16 of the busiest days of our lives (check out my Instagram to see a pic of this space from those 16 days…crazy!).  Speaking of busy, we’re sure in a busy period again, although at a much healthier pace.  We’re finishing up the master suite for next week’s One Room Challenge reveal and the rest of the house in the next few weeks.  It’s all getting so close and I can’t wait to share more of this beautiful home with you guys.

Well it’s Friday again, meaning I’ve combed the internet for lots of great links.  Grab a cup of coffee and dig in.

#complainsgiving Silly and totally engrossing.  I spent an hour reading through the comments and couldn’t stop laughing.  Check it out and weigh in.

You can thank this for Anthropologie’s wonderful smell and, apparently, for encouraging us to spend money.  Related: the discussion of “atmospherics” in this podcast kind of blew my mind.

The most anticipated renovation of 2018.  I’m not sure when A-frames made a resurgence in popularity but I’m 100% on board!

Celebrities visit the New York apartments they once lived in.

park and oak holiday entertaining

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The prettiest holiday table scape.  This picture single handedly made me excited for Christmas dinner and to finish our dining room.

The most beautiful photos of…ice fishing.  #dedication

A new rug obsession (yes, my rug love is fickle 😉  But at 30% off I’m so tempted…

Need a new show?  Stranger Things is as good as you’ve heard!

We got a flat tire on our way home from Seattle the other weekend and guess what?!  We ended up stuck on the side of the road at the top of the pass for 3 hours while we waited for roadside assistance because we couldn’t find our lug nut adaptor to change the tire ourselves.  Gah!  It was the middle of the night and all three kids woke up confused and exhausted.  Consider this a PSA to get your car’s emergency gear in order for the winter months.  Oh yeah and guess where that adaptor was hiding…in the glove box. Ha!

Have a great weekend!

xoxo

-Cathy

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Porch House Master Suite // The closet + “Where is the Tub?!” (ORC Week 6)

THE PORCH HOUSE

This post is part of a 6-week series for the One Room Challenge, a blogger makeover challenge hosted by Calling it Home every Fall and Spring. We’re tackling the Porch House’s master bathroom and closet this go around.  Thanks for following along! You can get caught up on previous posts here: part 1part 2part 3part 4, part 5

We are in such a mad rush to get the Porch House master suite done (along with the rest of this house) that I just have a short update for you today.  This week was another productive one, and guys, we are soooo close to finishing this renovation!  There’s a hanging rod in the closet, a curb for the shower, and all the little details that finish off a space are starting to come together.  And let me just say, wow, I couldn’t love the space more!

The Grit and Polish - Porch Master Suite Closet Pegs

The closet in this space is ‘U’ shaped closet and about 6′ wide so we decided to design a simple closet.  We opted to skip the classic rod-hanger/shelf brackets and install something custom and crafted.  That entailed hanging rods on two of the walls with shelves above and a row of shaker pegs on the third wall.  Garrett built the shelving to match the open shelving in the kitchen, and I love the repeated detail as it helps to tie the house together creating a cohesive and finished space.

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The pine boards and rods still need caulk, wood fill, primer, and paint, but hopefully you can get a feel for what it’s going to look like.  The closet rods will be white to match the walls.  We added base shoe between the molding and floor boards, after I took these photos, so that will need caulk and pain as well.

This week we also finished the shower curb.  We debated for quite a while on whether the curb should be concrete, tile, or marble, as all three work well in the space.  We ultimately decided on marble.  Besides never being a bad choice, marble ties into the bathroom vanity countertop and ties the space together.  Last time we were in Seattle, we picked up two pieces of 4″ marble backsplash from our supplier, and Garrett cut them to fit the curb with the tile saw.  Here’s a peek at what the marble curb will looks like.  Pretty fantastic, right?!

The Grit and Polish - Porch Master Suite Marble Shower Curb

One question you might be asking yourself, is ‘where is the bathtub?!‘.  As a bath-lover myself, I’m a little ashamed to say there isn’t one.  Originally we had planned on a large soaker tub against the empty wall with the swing arm lights, but the plumbing inspector informed us that if we wanted a tub there we’d have to put in a tempered glass window.  We had already been having a hard time finding a cast iron tub that fit in the budget, so coupled with the inspector’s news, we decided to bag it.  No tub.  Of course this bathroom already has a 30sf shower so I’m hoping the tub won’t really be missed.

The Grit and Polish - Porch Master Suite No Tub Wall

Of course now I have a giant empty wall to deal with.  Stay tuned on what we will do here.  I’m thinking a row of shaker pegs and a bench, but we shall see!

That’s all I have this week.  I can’t wait to see how this room turns out and share it with you in next week’s reveal!

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xoxo

-Cathy

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