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

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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.

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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.

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xoxo

-Cathy

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

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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!

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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?!

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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.

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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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Porch House Master Suite // DIY Marble Vanity Top & Other Finishes (ORC Week 5)

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 1, part 2, part 3, part 4

We’re five weeks into this renovation, and I wish that I could say there’s only a few things left to do, but I’m pretty sure we still have ALL THE THINGS left to do!  Not that I’m stressed.  Cool as a cucumber over here 😉  In actuality, we’re in a good spot to finish up in two weeks, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have a really long to-do list.

This week we put the marble vanity top on the custom vanity we commissioned from our neighbor, Aaron of Munson Cabinetry.  And oh my is it stunning!  I just decided that honed marble and white oak is my new favorite combination.

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It’s just so pretty!  Are you surprised to hear that we fabricated the marble vanity top ourselves?  Over the last year, Garrett has honed his stone fabrication skills (see what I did there?), and thank goodness he has because I love natural stone, but I definately don’t love the price tag of natural stone fabrication/installation.  I’m pretty sure that I’m not alone there!  I’ll share a how-to post soon.

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We installed the faucets yesterday afternoon.  I went with chrome, wall-mount faucets that have a traditional feel.  The porcelain knobs are pretty fantastic with the oak and marble.

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We continued the chrome into the shower too.  In the picture below, we’re flushing out the supply lines, but you can see the shower head in my hand.  You can also see that we went with the Delorean Gray grout in the shower, which we carried to the slate floor as well.  By the way, thanks for all your feedback on grout colors.  You guys overwhelmingly steered me towards gray!

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I don’t want to give too much away, so stay tuned for the reveal.  In the meantime, there’s lots left to do.  Over the next two weeks we’ll be building the closet, finding mirrors, installing lighting, sealing grout, and hanging a shower curtain.  Phew!  Wish us luck.  And in the mean time, check out my Instagram Stories for a few sneak peeks.

xoxo

-Cathy

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Porch House Master Suite // Tiles, Tiles, and MORE Tiles (ORC Week 4)

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 1, part 2, and part 3

Well, we did it!  We tiled the entire master shower and the bathroom floors.  It was a whirlwind week of tiling, and now my fingers are so chapped that my iPhone can’t even recognize my fingerprint…ha!  But I couldn’t be happier with the results.

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tile sources: slate // mosaic // subway

*Ignore the tiny, unfinished spots at the bottom of the subway wall.  We finished those up shortly after taking photos.  And don’t worry, the white streaks on the slate tiles will come off with a good scrub when we’re done.

I opted for classic subway tiles on the shower walls, because they’re, well, classic.  And inexpensive. With 120sf of subway, the price point couldn’t be beat.  However, selecting subway tile also meant that each of these 3″x6″ tiles had to be laid individually.  I definitely cursed Daltile’s name a few times during this project for not offering these tiles on a mesh-mounted backing!

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The subway tile alone took us three days to lay, though for the record one whole day was spent on the corners and borders, and another day could be chalked up to the fact we brought all 3 kiddos with us for the entire project and entertaining/feeding/caring for them took precedence.  If you’re new to the Grit and Polish, I should probably mention that we don’t live in the Porch House.  We’re renovating this 1900 house to re-sale (aka flip) later this fall.  Keeping kids entertained and fed at a job site can be tricky, but thankfully the Porch House’s kitchen is functional, and we showed up with a teepee, novel toys, books, and a plethora of Land Before Time movies downloaded on Garrett’s phone.  So far, it’s done the trick!

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On the floors, we used a simple mosaic in the shower, which worked well with the pan slope.  And on the bathroom floor, we laid 12″x24″ slate tiles.  The natural slate is something we haven’t used before but I must say, it’s pretty phenomenal.  I love the natural variation and finish of these tiles.  We laid them in a herringbone pattern, which takes some thinking, but is actually pretty easy to lay when done at a right angle to the wall.  The slate floors are heated too, so they should be pretty comfortable year round.

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The slate works really well with the white subway and mosaic from a design perspective.  The overall look of the space is classic and timeless and fits in well with the 1900 home.  I’m also hoping that the large-format slate tiles lend a garden-y feel to the space.  And did I mention that not one of these tiles is more than $3.50/sf?  Phew!

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Although we’ve tiled plenty of shower surrounds with subway tile in the past, this was our first time capping the top with chair rail.  The tile profile is reminiscent of the picture rail that runs throughout much of the main floor of this house near the same elevation, which is a detail I’ve been dreaming about recreating with tile since first seeing these chair rail tiles at Home Depot.  I love that it gives the shower surround a more traditional feel.

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Next up we need to grout these tiles, but we’re still debating on the color.  We picked up both grey (Delorean Gray from HD) and an epoxy white.  I posed the question on Instagram and got lots of great feedback, which pretty much scared me away from ever using white grout in a shower.  But white would look so pretty on the subway tiles.  I know, not as practical as gray, but it would be beautiful.  Oh well.  As of yesterday, I was thinking we’d use Delorean Gray on all the tiles, including the slate, but we’ll see what we decide in the end.

It feels like we have a whole lot left to do for this bathroom, but I’m optimistic we’ll have this bathroom done for the ORC reveal, especially since one extra week was added to the timeline (due to the natural disasters and crazy weather that has affected so many of the design bloggers)!  Still to do: grout the tiles, fabricate the marble vanity top, finish plumbing, vanity lighting, vanity mirrors, build the closet, decorate, and I’m sure I’m missing something else, but that’s enough to get my heart rate up so we’ll stop there 😉

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xoxo

-Cathy

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Porch House Master Suite // Commissioning A Custom Vanity (ORC Week 3)

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.  So happy to have you following along! You can get caught up on previous posts here: part 1, part 2

Well we just finished the hardwood floor finish last night.  Ugh.  After a week of sanding the hardwood floors in preparation for their finish, we made the mistake of applying a sealer that was…colored.  Thankfully not a yellow or red color, but a milky/white color, ironically called ‘natural’. The old house gods were laughing at us, because ‘natural’ is far from natural.  If you caught my Instagram stories, you know that we debated whether to leave the floors lighter, or to sand the sealer off and start over on the floors (a 2-week proposition), but ultimately decided on the former.  The whole ordeal set the schedule back a bit and led to a couple of stressful days, but the floors look good and I’m happy.  Here’s what the floors looked like with the ‘natural’ sealer and 1 coat of clear finish.

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Now that the wood floors are done, I wanted to chat about a design element that has been in the works for a couple of months: the custom vanity.  Early in the design process for the master bathroom, we decided to commission a custom piece.  The nook where the vanity fits is an odd size (about 70″ wide) so a standard vanity wouldn’t fit.  And while it would have been cheaper to customize some cabinetry to fit ourselves, we really liked the idea of using a local craftsman on this remodel to create something nice.  When we discovered a neighbor had a woodworking shop in his backyard, it seemed serendipitous.  Aaron also repaired a pocket door for us that we found hidden in a wall at the Porch House during filming of our HGTV pilot.  And he did it overnight, which pretty much makes him a rock star in my book 😉

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For the design of the vanity, I wanted a furniture look, meaning legs and no toe kick.  I also wanted some of the vanity to have open shelving for a little interest and some drawers for functionality.  And because so much of this room is white, I wanted the vanity to be wood, white oak to be precise, to match the floors.  Well, the unfinished floors at least 😉  Aaron and I tossed around an inspiration photo and quickly nailed down the design.  Then he came by the house and measured.  This was done before the drywall and trim were installed so he took that into account for the final dimensions.  He also checked the level of the floor and planned for slight variation in his fabrication.  Aaron then took all that information, and drew a sketch of the vanity.  I gave him the go ahead, and he got busy building.

Oh man guys, I can’t express just how beautiful this vanity ended up.  When I saw it for the first time, I had a moment of jealousy and told Garrett that we had to take it home to the Farmhouse.  I was just kidding of course, because this piece is perfect for the Porch House master suite!  Well, mostly kidding, at least 😉

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These pictures were taken during a test fit of the vanity before we finished the hardwood floors.  And while the vanity looks beautiful in these pictures, it’s so much better in real life.  The finish and feel of the piece is truly something special and it’s sooo solid.  We moved the vanity out of the way during the floor finishing process and have yet to set it back in place, but we will tomorrow so we can get tiling underway.  The vanity is still going to get a marble top (to be fabricated by Garrett), undermount sinks, and wall-mounted chrome faucets.  The only thing I’m still debating about are mirrors and hardware.  Regarding the later, I’ve been going back and forth between chrome hardware (to match the lighting and faucets) or mixing metals and brining in antique brass, which is prevalent elsewhere on the main floor.  Here are a few I’m considering:

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one // two // three // four // five

Decisions, decisions…  For the record, $29 is a little out of our budget for this bathroom, but I sure wish it weren’t!  Don’t be shy about weighing in on your pick.

Alright, we’re off to tile this temple of a shower.  Wish us luck!

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xoxo

-Cathy

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Porch House Master Suite // Paint and Hardwoods (ORC Week 2)

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 1.

We’re back to the Porch House today, in another installment of the One Room Challenge.  I’m not one to branch out too much with paint colors.  Honestly, I wish I was a little more fearless with picking colors, but I usually stick to a handful of trusted colors.  And that’s exactly what I did here.  We painted the closet and bathroom in a bright and warm white – Benjamin Moore’s Simply White – with the walls in an eggshell finish and the trim in a satin finish.  You may be thinking, “satin…on the trim?!” and my answer is, yes!  Satin is in-between a matte and gloss finish and it looks beautiful on trim.  We used it throughout the main floor of the Porch House (both in BM’s Simply White and C2’s Vex colors) and it’s definitely my new go-to trim finish.

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Speaking of trim, you may have noticed that the trim is up now too.  We replicated the original trim profile in places where it was lacking and reused the original trim everywhere else.  Our goal is that you can’t tell where the trim is original and where it’s new.   Hopefully, all you notice is that it’s beautiful!

I should mention that Garrett is the one who installed the trim and painted, while I hung out with baby Daphne.  She isn’t taking a bottle yet, meaning it’s a 2-for-1 deal with us right now, so messy/smelly tasks are out.

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I did get to help remove all the masking after the paint was dry, which is a task I actually really like because it’s instant gratification.  It was extra fun this go around because I’ve missed out on so much of this renovation due to being pregnant and then having a newborn.  Honestly, I’m just psyched to be doing anything these days.  Of course, Daphne wasn’t far away when Garrett snapped this photo – she was napping in her carseat in the next room.  Ha!

This week we also working on finishing the hardwood floors.  Way back this Spring, we deemed the original floors in too rough of shape to refinish, so laid new white oak flooring throughout the main floor of the house (minus the master bathroom).  Uncle Dougie once again hooked us up with 2 1/2″ wide flooring, which admittedly took a long time to lay, but feel really appropriate in an old house.  This week Garrett and my dad finally got around to finishing all those hardwoods, about 1200sf in total.

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In the past, we’ve often hired out refinishing the hardwoods, because it’s just such a messy, unpleasant job.  But on this project, we couldn’t justify the cost.  We were quoted $5.75/sf (in Seattle it was more like $3.50/sf) which wasn’t in the budget.  So Garrett tackled this job with my dad’s help and he should be finishing up today or tomorrow.  They followed a similar method to what we did at the Farmhouse, which you can read about here.

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That’s a hardworking fella there.  I’m pretty sure he wanted to fire me as ‘budget master’ when I told him there wasn’t money for hiring out the refinish, but he didn’t say anything.  And that right there is the secret to our 13-year marriage 😉

Next week I’ll share all about our experience commissioning a custom vanity and stay tuned for the finished photos of these beautiful floors!

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xoxo

-Cathy

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Porch House Master Suite // Introductions (ORC Week 1)

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!

Without a doubt, the biggest renovation that Garrett and I have taken on to date is the Porch House.  Not only did we renovate a big chunk of the house in 16 days for our HGTV pilot (which should air soon!), but we’ve been tackling the rest of the house ever since.  Every square inch of this house needs work, but one of my favorite projects has been reconfiguring the main floor to accommodate a master suite.  Master suites were a rare commodity in 1900, when the Porch House was built, and adding this feature should make the house a whole lot more relevant in 2017, not to mention help with resale.

Since some of you may be new to the Grit and Polish, let me do a quick introduction.  My husband, Garrett, and I renovate old houses in Washington state, but our start on this path was less than auspicious.  Like many young couples, we bought our first old house with the intent to fix it up and live in it forever. But the recession made quick work of those plans and through a series of unpredictable events, we turned into landlords (you can read more about that here).  Thankfully, we liked being landlords, and as rental income began filling our savings account, we saw a new path forward for ourselves.  Over the next few years, we purchased and renovated 3 more homes, and eventually turned them into rental properties (the Bryant, Ravenna, and Dexter houses) all while working full-time jobs and having babies.  In 2016, it was time to slow down, so we quit our jobs, moved to a Farmhouse in the country, and became full-time parents, landlords, and renovators.  This year, we also picked up our first flip project, filmed a pilot for HGTV, and had our third child, a baby girl named Daphne.  Apparently we’re not that great at slowing down 😉

Okay, back to the One Room Challenge.  Last year I joined in the Fall One Room Challenge as a guest participant for the first time and made over our Farmhouse master bedroom, shown below.  It was a really fun experience as a blogger, and I’ve been eager to join in ever since.

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I’m excited that this go around, I get to do a bigger renovation project.  See when we bought the Porch House, it needed a lot of work, and the future master bathroom and closet were no exception.  The space was dark and dull and totally uninspired.  Take a look for yourself:

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That last photo is of the second main-floor bedroom, which we’ll also be working on during the One Room Challenge.  We are planning to convert both the existing bathroom and this second bedroom into the master bathroom and closet plus a powder bathroom.  That may be a bit confusing, so here is what it looks like in plan view.  This is the original layout:

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And here’s what we’re planning:

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Thankfully we are a little ahead of the curve and have already finished demo, framing, drywall, and rough-in plumbing.  So we are ready to hit the ground running with this 6-week makeover!

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That little bit of navy blue wall you see is the master bedroom, which is a darker and moodier bedroom than I’ve ever done before.  That space was made over as part of our HGTV pilot, so you can catch the reveal when the show airs (slated to be this Fall!).

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So let’s talk about my design plans for this master bathroom and closet.  I’m envisioning a bright, classic space that feels at home in an old house, but yet also fresh and relevant.  There will be lots of white, per my usual, plus chrome, wood, marble, and a bit of slate.  Here is the inspiration I’m drawing from.

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Inspiration, clockwise from top left: 1 // 2 // 3

The top, left inspiration photo is from a design duo out of Portland called Kaemingk Design.  They create amazing bathrooms (and all spaces, really), and we’ll be using similar tiles in our shower and a long cloth curtain in lieu of a glass enclosure.  I’m planning on laying a slate tile floor in the bathroom just as Studio McGee did in the mudroom image.  And lastly, we’re planning on a custom wood vanity in a similar style to the one shown.

Next week I’ll catch you up on paint and hopefully recap the hardwood floor refinish (we laid hardwoods in the closet).  The refinish is going down right now, so you can catch a peek on my stories. I can’t wait to share our progress with you!

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xoxo

-Cathy

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Farmhouse Master Bedroom // One Room Challenge Reveal

THE FARMHOUSE

Today is the day! Week 6 of the One Room Challenge has arrived, and I’m so excited to show you guys our finished master bedroom.

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Six weeks ago, this room was dark and ugly and it’s 104-year-old charm had been hidden away behind bad carpets and even worse drapes.  In case you forgot, here’s what the space looked like on day one.

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Bad, right?!  Somehow Garrett and I lived in that for 3 months.  The carpets were stinky and stained and screaming to be pulled, but we held off for the One Room Challenge, mostly because the boys’ bedrooms were the priority.  But once the boys were settled and October hit, Garrett and I got right to work on this room.  We painted, pulled up carpets, refinished the floors, rewired some unexpected knob and tube, replaced the lighting, added base shoe, hung drapes, made nightstands, and decorated.  The end result is bright, welcoming, and sooo us.

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My goal for this space was a breezy, historic, and country bedroom.  I kept the decor simple – white paint, original wood trim, cozy layered textiles, and lots of vintage pieces.  Most everything in this room is new – or at least new to us – besides the headboard.  I bought a lot of pieces from salvage shops, antique stores, and the Junk Tiquing event in Ellensburg (thanks Amber for telling me about it!), which kept the renovation in line with my goals of historic and country, not to mention affordable.  I did splurge on a new rug and lights from Rejuvenation, which fit in perfectly with the vintage pieces.  (Links to resources are at the bottom of this post.)

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The vintage theater seats, were one of the first things I picked for our master bedroom.  I only had to search for a couple of days before finding our chairs at a salvage shop in Seattle.  We also brought in a hanging chair for the corner by the windows.  And let me just say, that chair has proven to be nothing short of perfection!  We have quite a few trees on our property, some with colorful leaves still waiting to drop, and I intend to soak up every last bit of Fall from this spot.  We had originally bought the hanging chair for Brooks’ nursery, but since he’s become a fearless climber at 13 months, the chair needed a new home.  And truth be told, I’m so happy with it in here that I’m pretty sure Brooks will never get it back.

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If you’ve followed the Grit and Polish for long, you already know that this room was more of a cosmetic update than a full fledged renovation for us.  Nonetheless, we ran into a few hiccups during this project.  The hardwoods were in rougher shape than we had hoped; we found knob and tube wiring which required an extensive rewiring of the upstairs; and the existing molding stain was a custom color we couldn’t quite match.  All in all, none of the surprises were too major, but they definitely slowed us down.

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Garrett built our nightstands using leftover marble countertop from the Ravenna kitchen renovation.  We used an antique table base for my side of the bed and a DIY shelf for Garrett’s side.  Our small nightstands provide plenty of space for our essentials without leaving so much space that they end up cluttered.  Garrett’s shelf also affords room for a basket of kids supplies for early morning snuggles (way, way too early of morning snuggles…thank you Day Light Savings).

Last week, I talked about the wild goose chase I went on looking for an antique fireplace.  I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I miss the ambiance that a fireplace would have added to the room, but even so, I love the vintage pie safe I found for our large white wall.  If we ever do find that antique fireplace, I’ll happily move this piece to another spot.

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This is my first time participating in the One Room Challenge, and I’m very aware of what a privilege it is (yes, even though I’m just a guest participant and I volunteered for it).  Six months ago I wouldn’t have had the bandwidth or time to really take this on, and I’m sooo thankful I do now.  Sometimes dreams do come true…after working really f*ing hard for them 😉

Now for my favorite part of any renovation, the before and afters:

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It’s so much better, right?!  Garrett and I are so happy to finally have a space we enjoy being in!

My favorite part of this competition has been that it makes you finish a room 100%.  Garrett and I are notorious for not finishing the final 5% of a renovation until we’re about to move out, so the One Room Challenge was the perfect cure for that. Thanks ORC!

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And thank you for following along!  I’d love to hear what you think of the space.

You can get caught up on my previous posts here: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5.  And if you’re looking for more One Room Challenge makeovers, they’re all linked here.  I’ll share some of my favorite ORC rooms next week here on the blog too.

Resources: bed, Restoration Hardware (ours is from the outlet) | velvet pillows, Pottery Barn | accent pillow, Anthropologie (similar) | sconces in Aged Brass, Rejuvenation | cord cover, Amazon | Skyline rug, Rejuvenation | hanging chair, Serena and Lily | plaid throws, Pendleton (ours are from the outlet) | stripped pillow covers, Ikea (not online) | Faux sheepskin, Ikea | round mirror, Anthropologie | overhead light, Rejuvenation (6″ Jefferson in old brass with 14″ Classic Opal Schoolhouse Shade) | curtain rods (on sale!), Restoration Hardware | drapes, Pottery Barn | bird postcards (in frames), Amazon | Claire Elsaesser print, Etsy | white pitcher, Le Creuset | Birdy side table, Urban Outfitters | votive, Glassy Baby

Wall and ceiling paint: Benjamin Moore, Simply White

xoxo

-Cathy

p.s. wallpaper in the kitchen is nothing new, but this big, bold, floral print in the kitchen…wow!

p.p.s. the styling of this bed has me feeling all sorts of cozy!  I’d love to buy a linen duvet cover, but I don’t dare until our boys are older.

p.p.p.s. I’ve been hearing good things about Amazon’s new “Good Girls Revolt” show.  Have you seen it?  I’m excited to try it!

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Farmhouse Master // A Wild Goose Chase (ORC, Week 5)

THE FARMHOUSE

Week 5 of the One Room Challenge was one wild goose chase – actually a wild fireplace chase – around Washington State!  I spent most of the week scouring Craigslist, vintage stores, and architectural salvage shops looking for an antique fireplace surround.  A fireplace has been in the long term renovation plan for our master bedroom since we moved in (we had hoped it would happen concurrently with the master closet and bathroom renovation in a few years), but last week, I thought why not just add it to our ORC master bedroom redesign?!  I’ve had such a difficult time choosing what to do with the large white wall in our bedroom anyway, I figured we might as well go with what we want most.

I had total confidence that we could turn this big white wall…

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…into this:

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faux fireplace via Manhattan Nest

Luckily, the kids and Garrett were good sports about accompanying me on “family outings” around the state while looking for the perfect fireplace surround. We scoured every salvage shop between Yakima and Seattle and plenty of antique shops too, but even after all that searching, we came up empty handed.  Ugh.

My last hope was an antique shop in Ellensburg.  If you caught my Instagram Story, you already know that I thought I had found *it* (i.e. the vintage fireplace surround) while trick-or-treating with the boys downtown on Monday night.  But when I went back to buy the fireplace in the light of day, I wasn’t sure it really was ‘the one’, or at least it wasn’t priced like “the one” should be (because obviously ‘the one’ would have a good bargain story attached to it), so I walked away empty handed.  Again.  Consider my dreams of a fireplace dashed.  Or at least postponed until next year.  On the plus side, all that antiquating wasn’t half bad.  I found a nice solution for the problem wall, which I’ll show you next week!

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Despite all the time we spent driving around, Garrett and I did actually accomplish a few things during week 5.  We got the bedroom cleaned up (after refinishing hardwood floors there is dust everywhere!), laid the rug, assembled the bed frame, set the theater seats in place, started on the lighting, and moved our hanging chair in here (it turned out to be a bad fit for the nursery since our wobbly 12-month-old is obsessed with climbing).

We also retrofitted a nightstand for my side of the bed using a vintage table base and leftover marble from the Ravenna House kitchen countertops.  Of course by we, I mean Garrett, but don’t get too bogged down in the details.  We have hauled that marble around from house to house, saving it for the perfect project, and I am so thrilled that we finally found it.  I mentioned this on Instagram, but I can be a bit of a hoarder when it comes to leftover building materials, and seeing this marble reused, gives me all sorts of happy hoarder feelings 😉

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Okay, that’s it for this week.  I promise tons of reveal photos next week when this room is finally done and check out Instagram for updates in between.  Thanks for following along!

You can catch up on my One Room Challenge posts here: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, and Week 4.

xoxo

-Cathy

 

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Farmhouse Master // Sooo Close but… (ORC, Week 4)

THE FARMHOUSE

Somehow it’s already week 4 of the One Room Challenge and I feel like we’re sooo close, but still sooo far away from finishing our master bedroom.  The walls are painted, the hardwood floors are refinished, the rug has arrived, and the vintage theater seats are here (plus a vintage fan, because we obviously needed one).  But there’s still the small matter of installing base shoe, wiring 2 sconces, hanging curtains, and finding art, night stands, a floor lamp, throw pillows, and all the little details that make a space feel homey.

I really love my vintage theater chairs!  And the best part is, they were only $25/seat.  Getting a good deal is one of my greatest pleasures in life, so consider me thrilled!  I still haven’t decided if I’ll leave the armrests green or sand them down and stain them, but it’s likely to be a last minute decision once this space is a little farther along.  The theater seats aren’t actually installed yet since they need to be bolted to the floor, but I’m hoping to tackle that this weekend after we finalize their location.

Speaking of floors, did you notice what’s under the theater seats?  Freshly redone hardwood floors! We spent the better part of 7 days refinishing our fir floors and they look so much better.  I’m planning to share the process, pitfalls, and cost of refining our floors with you guys once we catch our breath, so stay tuned for that.  But for now, I’m just appreciating these beautiful floors and loving that the steady stream of dust has finally stopped. Phew!

For comparison’s sake, here’s what the floors used to look like after we pulled up the carpets, but before we started sanding.

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And here’s what they looked like after we refinished them…

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Better, right?!  We chose not to stain our floors so they’re this light, warm fir color.  They will darken with age, which I’m excited about, but I’m also loving how they look right now, especially with my Skyline rug!

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Goodness, isn’t that rug a beauty? I love it so much that I want to use it in every room at the Farmhouse.  But I suppose then it might lose its appeal 😉

I wanted to thank you guys for some really great feedback on last week’s art roundup. Let me just say, Alison you are definitely right!  She suggested that I give myself time to find the right piece of art and hang a mirror or tapestry there in the mean time.  So smart, right?!  I would hate to buy a piece of art that we don’t love just to have something for the ORC reveal.  I’ll keep looking over the next two weeks, but I’m pretty sure that you’ll see a mirror here instead of art when week 6 rolls around.

Another item I’m still working out for this room is throw pillows.  I’m a bit of a pillow minimalist, but I also love how they can add texture and layers to a space.  For our master bedroom, I’m looking for a couple of pillows that can help accent the historic feel of the house.  I’ll admit I wasn’t quite sure how to accomplish that, so I looked to two of my favorite bedrooms for a little inspiration:

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sources 1 | 2 (on sale!) | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | top bedroom | bottom bedroom

I’m leaning towards a combination of both of these rooms for our space, dark velvet and natural linen pillows.  But the final choice will depend on what I can get shipped in time for the reveal.  Living in a small town definitely has it’s moments when trying to find home decor 😉

Alright, that’s all the progress I have to report today.  Only two weeks of the One Room Challenge left.  I am officially scrambling!  Eeech!

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You can catch up on my previous One Room Challenge posts here: week 1 (before/design plan), week 2 (pulling up carpets/paint), and week 3 (hardwood progress/seats/art).  Thanks for following along!

xoxo

-Cathy

p.s. John and Sherry talked about renovating with young kids in their most recent podcast and I loved what they had to say.  Thank goodness John threw in the TV comment at the end or I was going to have to write an entire post on the powers of that magic black box during a renovation!

p.p.s. four white bedrooms styled perfectly.  You know, in case you’re planning a white bedroom 😉

p.p.p.s. How a 26-year-old CEO spends her money.  My sister sent me this article and it’s totally not what I expected.  I’m sending a fist pump to you, Ms. Mah!

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