The Farmhouse // Daphne’s Nursery: Repairs, Trim, and More (ORC wk 3)

This is post 3 of our Spring 2018 One Room Challenge makeover of Daphne’s bedroom. You can catch up on the rest of the series here: inspiration/before, design, repairs. Thanks for following along!¬†

Somehow we’re already on week 3 of the One Room Challenge and I’m feeling a wee bit behind. Honestly, I’m still waiting on some materials but am chomping at the bit to get started on those DIYs I outlined last week. Pretty sure this room is going to be a mad dash at the end, but like all good house projects, it will get finished. Eventually ūüėČ

Paint and Trim

Although Daphne’s room was in good shape when we started this One Room Challenge, we did have to do some repair work. A couple weeks ago, I had Garrett remove the book ledges to make room for Daphne’s dresser, which meant patching a few holes in the plaster and scraping caulk lines. Of course holes and scraping can quickly turn into larger holes and more scraping and in the end we had a fair bit of patching to do. Old houses, you know?

We also did some ceiling repair from a leak (evident in the top left of the photo above). I’m not sure leak is quite the right word, but last winter we got a ton of snow and cold temperatures and an ice dam formed, causing moisture to penetrate the roof, drip through the attic, and damage the ceiling. Ugh. And before you ask, yes we called our home insurance to see if this was one of those¬†Chris-Loves-Julia-Got-A-Free-Roof deals, but alas, it was not. So we repaired the damaged areas and will see if there’s anything to be done with the roof later this year. In the mean time, this room got fresh primer and paint on the ceilings.

Before this room is done, we need to install base shoe. That’s one of those tasks we never quite get to until the 11th hour, or the One Room Challenge comes around ūüėČ One molding item we did get to was installing the cool interior corner pieces (I call them plaster corners, but I’m not sure the technical term). These were removed when we originally painted the room a year plus ago. Somehow these beautifies didn’t¬†make it back on the walls at the time but we finally installed them yesterday!

Design Question

Before I leave you, I wanted to get your opinion on one major design struggle I’m having in this space: the curtains. There are 3 large windows in Daphne’s nursery so the window treatments will play a dominate roll in the look and feel of the room. Last week I mentioned my plan to dye some IKEA curtain panels that I already own, hem them, and add pleating tape to create a more formal look. While I’ll likely still do that, I spent entirely too much time online last week sourcing other curtains and fabric options. Basically it comes down to FOMO. Would simple pink curtains mean me missing out on my one girly opportunity for something more? Like a toile or a larger floral pattern?

Here are four images making my curtain debate that much harder:

Clockwise from top left: Making it Lovely // A Country Farmhouse // unknown // Sarah Bartholomew’s Home via the Glam Pad

Any thoughts on the curtains? Of course¬†the DIY option is pretty much free so it’s hard (impossible?) to justify spending $400-$1000+ on 6 curtain panels. But don’t those prints leave you with a little FOMO?!

Can’t wait to share more progress next week. In the meantime, catch all the other designer’s rooms here.

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The Farmhouse // Daphne’s Nursery: Design Plan (ORC Wk 2)

THE FARMHOUSE

This is post 2 of our Spring 2018 One Room Challenge makeover of Daphne’s bedroom. You can catch up on the rest of the series here: inspiration/before, design. Thanks for following along!¬†

Sometimes rooms come together super easy and quick and sometimes they just don’t. Daphne’s nursery has been the latter for me. I’ve been thinking about this space for the better part of a year now – both the function and the design – but nothing was clicking. Rather than push it, I decided to put the room on hold, collect a few baby things (how could I not?!), and wait¬†for inspiration to strike. Wouldn’t you know it, all it took was finding a FREE cane bed frame on Craigslist for everything to fall into place.

Of course this old beauty is not without its issues. ¬†A platform must be built between the rails to hold a foam mattress. And the shiny finish and in-between wood tone looks all wrong in person, so we are thinking about painting the bed. Or trying a wax treatment. Or…I don’t know…something! ¬†I asked folks on Instagram yesterday what they would do, and 300+ comments later, I’m no further along in deciding but I did get some great suggestions! Thankfully we did at least make some other decisions this week.

Design elements

Now that this full-size bed is anchoring the room, I literally can’t stop coming up with ideas. Ha! I’ve settled on a feminine and nostalgic nursery design that feels completely at home in a 1912 country Farmhouse. I want it to be youthful and layered but still timeless and historic. Like a fresh summer breeze. And of course there will be a healthy dose of pink and whimsy! Here’s the plan:

sources: paint color: BM Simply White / ceiling light / sheet set / dresser / bunny knob / rug / art: masked girl print, flowers painting, baby’s back print / fabric: velvet birds, linen, floral (navy) / vintage kids peacock chair (similar) / unicorn

There are other finishes for this room too – like say, a crib – but the mood board gives you an overall feel for the finished space. A couple of the design elements you can’t see include layered textures to create interest for little fingers. And all-natural materials such as cotton, wood, and wool.

We made some physical progress in here too. Holes were patched, the ceiling was repaired from a leak last winter (I’ll share more on this next week), and now we’re ready to get busy on some DIY projects.

DIY Projects

Like always, we have quite a few hands-on projects lined up for this room. BUT, these DIYs are a little different from our usual construction projects.

One // build our own large, antique-inspired wood frames

Two // curtains! I’ll be dying and hemming some drapes we have on hand. Plus I’m going to try my hand at sewing a roman shade (or something similar) for the crib nook

Three // Updating old throw pillows with poms (made out of merino and alpaca wool for added texture) and possibly sewing a new pillow or two

Four // hanging large art with velvet ribbon

Five // the bed frame! We’re going to update this beauty with a platform for a modern foam mattress. ¬†And we need to address that finish…

For the record I can’t sew, at least not really. I have a sewing machine – a hand-me-down from my mom – but haven’t made a stitch in a decade. Hopefully it’s like riding a bike…

Video Update

We have a lot still to tackle in the next four weeks. But before we get busy, I wanted to share a video and the floor plan. It can be hard to share the feel of a room in text and photos, so hopefully this video can do more…

We’re trying to create more video content, so let me know your thoughts on that video!

Floor Plan

I talked a lot about the floor pan in the video, so I suppose I should share that too ūüėČ I actually love seeing rooms in plan view (it’s the structural engineer in me). It can put everything in perspective, you know? Once we finalize the furniture placement – which will be later after we put the major pieces back in – we’ll add that into the plan too. For the time being, here’s the empty floor plan for Daphne’s room:

I sure do love this space and can’t wait to share all the physical progress we’ve made next week! Thanks for following along, and you can check out all the other designers’ weekly updates here.

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The Farmhouse // Daphne’s Nursery: Introductions + Before (ORC Wk 1)

THE FARMHOUSE

It’s One Room Challenge time again and we’re joining in as guest designers. Which means it’s¬†finally¬†time to put together Daphne’s nursery at the Farmhouse. And yes, the word ‘finally’ is most definitely warranted since our baby girl is already 8 months old (ahem¬†#thirdchild).

If you’ve been following the Grit and Polish for long, you know that we’ve done two spaces for the ORC in years past. First we did our master bedroom at the Farmhouse¬†and last Fall we did the Porch House master bathroom. (psst: keep an eye out for one of these spaces to appear on video soon!)

I’ll share more of the design next week, but in case you’re wondering, yes there will be lots of white ūüėČ Plus a healthy dose of wood, brass, and prints and textures (that feel youthful without being too kid kid, if you know what I mean). And as always,¬†this room will include a mix of vintage elements and new pieces, feel appropriate in a century-old country home, and be budget-friendly.

Introductions

If you’re new to the Grit and Polish, let me quickly introduce ourselves. I’m Cathy and my husband, Garrett, and I renovate old homes in Washington state. We’ve been at it for a decade now, moving into many of our projects and doing 95% of the work ourselves. A couple years ago we bought an old Farmhouse in the small town where we grew up and left the city and our 9-5 jobs behind. Now we’re full-time parents, landlords, renovators/designers, and country-dwellers. Of course now that we don’t have traditional jobs, we’re busier than ever (ha!) and even filmed our own¬†HGTV pilot¬†last year (stay tuned for the next air date of Master Plan!).

Daphne’s Room, Before & Now

Now let’s get back to baby Daphne’s bedroom. Here’s what the room looked like when we bought the Farmhouse.

Much of the heavy lifting is already done in here. We’ve pulled up the (stinky) carpets, painted, updated lingering nob and tube electrical, replaced lighting, refinished the hardwood floors, and re-wallpapered the closet. Daphne’s older brother, Brooks, used this space for a while but moved in with even bigger brother, Wilder, when we found out we were expecting a baby girl. So now the task is to simply decorate for Daphne.

Quite honestly, I’d be more comfortable if there was major work to tackle in here – giant save-the-house-from-a-wreaking-ball kind of projects are my comfort zone – but it’ll be a healthy change of pace to focus on really decorating a room. In any case, we are all¬†excited to have a finished, comfortable space to enjoy with Daphne!

Here are some pictures of the space from earlier this week.

Stay tuned next week for design inspiration and a mood board (which I’m still working up). But I will mention that this room is going to do double duty as overflow guest space. So we’re bringing in a full-size bed (in addition to the crib), which we already found on Craigslist. It’ll be something Daphne can grow into. Plus we’ll be renting out our home when we travel¬†so more beds the better.

We’re kicking off this project this week and doing it in real time so I’ll be sharing current updates on the blog over the next 5 weeks. Plus if you’re on Instagram or Facebook, you can find more progress over there. Thanks for following along and be sure to check out all the other participants here.¬†This is going to be fun!

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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 1,¬†part 2,¬†part 3,¬†part 4,¬†part 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.

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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 ūüėČ

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 ūüėČ

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 tile / shower 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 1,¬†part 2,¬†part 3,¬†part 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?!

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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!

ORC guest

Thanks for following along!¬† Be sure to check out all the¬†other blogger’s spaces here.

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¬†ūüėČ ¬†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 ūüėČ

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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¬†ūüėČ

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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 ūüėČ ¬†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 ūüėČ

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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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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 ūüėČ

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 ūüėČ

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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