Tacoma Converted Garage // Moody Kitchen: Cabinets + Countertop Prep (ORC, Week 3)

TACOMA CONVERTED GARAGE

Catch up on previous weekly updates about this moody kitchen renovation here: week 1, and week 2.

We’re half way through this One Room Challenge and our moody kitchen is finally taking shape. This week we installed cabinets, prepped for countertops, fabricated the countertops, and ordered all the remaining pieces. I’m getting excited to finally see this space starting to come together!

   

Installing Cabinets

The install on these cabinets went pretty quickly, and Garrett did it by himself. Thankfully these floors are pretty level (for a change!) so that made the job go a lot smoother. We also added a 3/4″ plywood surface on the cabinets for the countertops to sit.

We decided to hang our upper cabinets at 18″ above the countertops (a pretty standard dimension these days), but I usually like my uppers another couple of inches higher. The reason we kept them to 18″ this go around was to match the top of the pantry cabinet.

I wanted to add one note about stone countertop prep for you DIYers: 2cm stone requires a plywood underlayment and 3cm does not. So the savings you see from buying 2cm countertops often washes out when you consider the expense and time to apply the plywood. We always choose 3cm when it’s available (sadly this black granite only came in 2cm).

Building in a Fridge Cabinet

I like the look of a built-in fridge. Ideally we’d have a paneled-front fridge in here, but a cabinet around the fridge will do. We ripped a piece of plywood to cabinet depth and will attach a short upper cabinet to the top of it. Then we’ll trim it out, paint everything the cabinet color, and install the fridge. I think it’ll look pretty good!

Here’s a video of the backsplash, cabinet and underlayment install. Garrett solo’d all the prep work… How did he hang those uppers by himself!? Talented guy ; )

 

To Soffit or Not to Soffit

Our big debate this week was whether to build a soffit above the cabinets or leave them open. A ton of you guys weighed in on Instagram (thank you!!!) and gave us a lot to think about. We’re still not 100% decided, but I’m leaning towards a paneled soffit that matches the cabinet style and painted in the cabinet color. I think that may help the ceilings look taller in here, plus a wall of cabinets from floor to ceiling will feel more built-in. Hopefully by next week we’ll have a decision on that.

Countertops

We also fabricated the countertops this week…actually, today. I don’t have all the photos ready to share, but I thought I’d leave you with this one. We bought pre-cut slabs (in 8′ lengths) from a local supplier and cut and honed them. Honestly, stone fabrication and install is a tough DIY (especially when dealing with corners and sink cutouts) and it never turns out as good as the professionals. At least a few times, Garrett and I questioned why we took this task on ourselves…again. But alls well that ends well and these countertops turned out pretty good. I’m excited to share more next week.

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Tacoma Converted Garage // A Proper Introduction + How to house hack like a single lady

THE TACOMA CONVERTED GARAGE

We’ve been working on the Tacoma Converted Garage project for 5 months now (including this dining nook makeover), and we’ll be spending lots more time over there this Fall. So I thought it was time to do a proper introduction to the project here on the blog.

Tacoma Converted Garage // from our dining nook makeover with Metrie

About the Property and the House Hack

The Tacoma Converted Garage is the third unit of a victorian triplex in Tacoma, 30 miles of Seattle. While I wish Garrett and I owned this old beauty (1890s…swoon), alas, we do not. But it is in the family. Garrett’s sister, Naysa, bought this triplex back in 2015 and moved into the third unit (aka the converted garage) while renting out the apartments in the main house. There’s a lot to unpack about this property so let’s get to it.

How to House Hack Like a Single Lady

This was Naysa’s first home purchase and she made it as a single woman. I wanted to point that out because what Garrett and I do is always about ‘we’ and ‘us’ but there are single people taking on just as much and they’re doing it with only two hands. I’m immensely impressed by this (as an identical twin, doing things by myself is far from my comfort zone) and can only imagine how daunting it is to buy, renovate, and rent out a home by oneself. Naysa is fearless and awesome and a total #rolemodel.

Second, Naysa has taken on ALL of the landlord duties herself. Or, I should say, landlady duties. Of course Naysa has a mentor in her brother who’s just a phone call away, but Naysa has become a landlady in her own right. She advertises vacancies, writes leases, maintains the property, and deals with the finances on her own.

Also of note, this property is in a great neighborhood of Tacoma and Naysa probably couldn’t have afforded a home in here without the added benefit of rental income. Speaking of rental income, Tacoma has seen a healthy increase in rents over the past 3 years and Naysa’s renters (in the main house) now pay the mortgage for the entire property. This is the goal of house hacking and Naysa has nailed it. Also, apparently house hacking runs in our family 😉

The Story Behind the House Hack (aka $150,000 in Student Loan Debt)

While house hacking was a necessity for Garrett and I, Naysa’s back story is a little different. Naysa went to school for 8 years to become a veterinarian and came out of college with $150,000 in student loans. Her student loan payment is a huge monthly burden on her budget. So when it came time to buy a home, she looked for a property that could help with her finances. In the end, this triplex made it possible for her to pay down her loans and own a home in an awesome neighborhood. Impressive for anyone, this feat is especially notable for a single lady coming out of college with six figures of debt.

One more note: we’ve never shared someone else’s house hacking journey before but I think there’s a lot of value in it. So we asked Naysa if we could share her story on the blog in hopes that other’s can get something from it.

Tacoma Converted Garage renovation // Cathy, Garrett, and Naysa

Now back to the renovation…

The #TacomaConvertedGarage Renovation

The original finishes in the garage apartment were rough to say the least. It’s unclear when the garage was converted into an apartment, but regardless, it needed renovated again. This year, Naysa finally pulled the trigger. And because life is always throwing curveballs, Naysa got a new job in Ellensburg shortly after starting on the plans. Ha! Renovating now requires a commute, but on the plus side, Naysa now lives near us and coaches our son’s soccer team (did I mention how awesome Naysa is…?!).

Unfortunately I didn’t get any shots of the Tacoma Converted Garage before demo began, but these at least should give you a feel for the architecture and flow of the space. And if you get queasy just looking at rough spaces, scroll ahead for the floor plan and design board.

Like I said, it was rough.

Floorplans and Design Boards

Every square inch of this unit is being renovated. Not only are we gutting the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry space, but the entire unit is getting new electrical, plumbing, and heating. We’re opening up the kitchen and living spaces and carving out a second bedroom from a defunct corner. Here is the ‘before’  floorplan:

And here’s what the floorplan looks like after framing:

As far as the design, we’re working with the existing industrial, modern vibe and bringing in a bit of the Grit and Polish aestethic. That means bright whites, timeless appeal, and natural materials. We’ll be keeping as many of the original character-rich elements as possible: concrete floors, tongue-and-grove walls, wood beams and posts, and sloped ceilings. Bella (our intern from the Spring who  graduated and took a full-time job…miss you, Bella!) put together design boards for Naysa’s, and I’m including them below. A couple elements have evolved (and surely more still will), but the overall look and feel is spot on.

What’s Next

I mentioned at the beginning of this post that we’ve been working on the Tacoma Converted Garage for the better part of 5 months now and believe it or not, we’ve accomplished a few things: demo, electrical rough-in and service change, framing, drywall, plumbing rough-in, dining nook makeover, and the original concrete floors were polished. And now we’re to the fun part – putting the place back together! We’ll be bringing you guys along as we wrap up this space over the next few months.

First up: the built-in hood vent that Garrett crafted this weekend (we have a DIY tutorial coming later this week!). Can’t wait to see this unit take shape!

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Winnie’s Bathroom // Before + After

MY SISTER’S HOUSE

Remember a couple weeks ago when I told you we were going down to Portland to work on a bathroom at my sister’s house? Well it’s done! It took a little bit longer than expected (that sunshine and those Portland breweries were calling) but it turned out beautifully!

I wish I could take credit for the finishes in here, but alas, most everything was picked by the homeowners and a talented local designer. You see this bathroom was part of a much larger renovation of the entire second floor of my sister’s home including 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and a laundry room. It was such a big project that they enlisted an architect, designer, and contractor with the renovation lasting the better part of a year. When it was all said and done they had an absolutely beautiful second floor except for this bathroom, which was left for my sister and her husband to wrap up.

Before

Here’s what the space looked like back in 2016 when my sister and her husband bought the house.

When we came down in early March, the wallpaper had been replaced (professionally…phew!), a new toilet installed, the tub removed, electrical updated, and the ceiling light replaced. The big question was what to do with the floors (that didn’t match the rest of the second floor) and how to get it done.

My sister and her husband decided to paint the floors, a decision I wasn’t 100% sure about because the wood was in decent condition. But I’m so glad they did it because these floors make this bathroom! During our first work weekend, we removed the plumbing fixtures and helped get the floors prepped and primed for paint (3 coats primer, 3 coats paint in all). And then last weekend, we helped find a few long lost items (aka we went shopping 😉 and put the bathroom back together. Obviously, I was super bummed to hang out with my sister over the two work weekends but we managed…;-)

I have to say, I loved all the “OMG are you twins?!” comments on Instagram! While my sister and I used to hear that daily, it’s been years since we lived close enough to each other for that. And I sure miss it. My sister and I are super close (like super super) and we miss each other. Our husbands think we’re funny but we still talk every day, usually a few times. And thankfully our 6 children love hanging out so they’re an easy excuse for frequent visits. Being a twin is awesome!

Now about that bathroom…

Isn’t that doorknob beautiful? Apparently it’s called a crystal ball knob. Something about the tapered shape of the glass made them hard to produce in the early 1900s. My sister and I found two sets at Hippo Hardware while we were looking for a cabinet latch, and a couple employees filled us in on how rare and cool these door knobs are. This bathroom originally had a brass doorknob when my sister and her husband bought the house, but this doorknob came from one of the many closets that were removed during the second floor renovation.

This old bathroom was full of old, worn brass.  All of it was tarnished with water stains and calcium gunk.  Honestly, this hanging soap dish looked like a goner when I first saw it, but a little warm vinegar bath and a lot of elbow grease brought it back to its cute and charming self again!

The original details add so much charm to this light and bright bathroom.  The claw foot tub. Chunk moldings.  Brass accents.  And this push-button light switch.  Be still my old home loving heart!

This bathroom is just so beautiful.  Winnie is one lucky girl!

Sources:

floor paint color: BM Kennebunkport Green // trim paint color: BM Frostine // wallpaper // mirror // towels // shower curtain // brass shower riser // ceiling light // bath mat

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Porch House // What the Powder Bathroom Cost + Budget Tips

THE PORCH HOUSE  

The powder bathroom budget is part 5 of our Porch House powder bath series. You can read more here: designwhy we added a powder bathroom8 great wallpapers, and the reveal

Last week I showed you one of my all-time favorite renovations, the powder bathroom at the Porch House. This little space is a beautiful jewel box within this simple home, which was built in 1900, long before powder bathrooms were popular. It’s the finishes that set this room apart: bold wallpaper, brass accents, and board and batten painted in the warmest neutral. And I think it’s all just so pretty, but can you believe it was also done on a small budget?

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The finishes for this new bathroom rang in at just over $1200.  Here’s where the dollars went:

Powder Bathroom Finishes Budget

$480 wallpaper (2 rolls)

$100 board and batten materials

$50 paint

$225 pedestal sink

$64 faucet (from ebay)

$50 brass sconce

$150 toilet

$100 plumbing, caulk, misc

$0 framing/drywall/flooring (not included, see below)*

$1219 TOTAL

*framing, drywall, and flooring costs are not included in this budget since those costs are almost impossible to pull out of the whole-house renovation we completed at the same time as this bathroom. If you had to throw a dart at those materials costs, they’d be in the realm of $300-$500. Again, that’s materials only.

It’s also important to note that this bathroom is brand new to the house. We carved the space out of an existing bedroom. The powder bathroom is about 34sf. You can see the floor plan here.

Budgeting is an art form that not everyone possess and it’s so easy to spend a small fortune on renovating. So today I wanted to include a few insights and tips on how we kept the powder bathroom budget so low. These tips are relevant to any renovation and could help maximize your dollars on your next project.

Tips on How we got a High-End Look on a Budget

One // Splurge on one High Impact Item, Save on the Rest. In this room we splurged on the wallpaper, which is the single most defining design feature. The wallpaper range in at $480, which is over 1/3 of our overall materials budget for this space. But that was our only splurge.

Two // Inexpensive Wall Treatments that Look Expensive. We designed and built the board and batten wainscot in this room for $100. It’s constructed entirely of mdf trim, a little caulk, and some paint. And the finished product looks way more expensive than it actually cost.

Three // Plan Ahead! Planning ahead can save you a ton of money in shipping fees, rush order, sale prices, and it turns out extra rolls of wallpaper too. Before we got to work on the board and batten, we ran the numbers on the wallpaper’s pattern repeat, width, and length and figured out that if we brought the wainscot up to 5′ we’d only need two rolls of the expensive wallpaper. In the end there was hardly two feet of wallpaper to spare, but planning ahead saved us from spending another $240 in wallpaper.

Four // Search for second-hand, Refurbished, or Out-of-Box Items. We found the brass faucet, an out-of-box item, on Ebay. It rang in at a good half of what it would sell for new. And while we weren’t able to reuse an existing toilet or repurpose an old sink in this bathroom, we almost always do.

Five // Keep the Design Simple. This tip is pretty intuitive: having less things in your space means spending less money. Simple, minimal spaces simply cost less to build. We stuck with just the necessities in here and that went for paint colors too.  We used the same color on the trim and ceiling in here as we did through the main floor of the Porch House – C2 Vex and BM Simply White – so we didn’t need to buy extra paint. And bonus, the simple color palette helps the house flow from one room to the next, giving it that pulled-together feel.

Six // Inexpensive Art.  The single art print in this bathroom was a free download from one of my favorite blogs, the Faux Martha. I printed it at Costco and framed it in a Target frame for a total cost of under $15. Talk about budget! You can check out more inexpensive art ideas here.

Seven // Do the Work Yourself! You knew this one was coming. We’re big advocates of doing work ourselves because it saves money, teaches valuable skills, and controls the end product. Plus it can be hard to recoup your investment when you hire out entire projects, at least in a small-town real estate market like Ellensburg (Seattle is a whooole different ball game). And that may not be a huge deal for someone who plans to stay in the home forever and just really wants a pretty powder bathroom, but it is a huge deal for Garrett and I who tackled this renovation as an investment. I’m guessing if you asked a contractor to build this bathroom, you’d be looking at upwards of $10k in materials, design, and labor (plumber, electrician, general labor, wallpaper-er, etc), so doing all that ourselves saved a ton of money.

The Grit and Polish - Porch Powder Bathroom GW print 2

Porch House Powder Bathroom Sources:

You can find all the resources for this bathroom here.

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Powder bath design // Why we added a powder bathroom // 8 great powder bathroom wallpapers // the Porch House powder bathroom reveal // Porch House floor plan // Porch House master suite // Ideas for Inexpensive art // A 36sf master bathroom // A 36sf master bathroom budget

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Porch House // A Beautiful and Budget-Friendly Powder Bathroom

THE PORCH HOUSE

This is part 4 of our Porch House powder bath series. You can read more here: designwhy we added a powder bathroom, 8 great wallpapers. We’ll share the budget next week. 

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Today’s the day I get to show you the finished Porch House powder bathroom! This room is one of my all time favorite renovations we’ve done, but before we get into it let’s take a look back at where we came from. A true ‘before’ is tough for this space since this is a brand new bathroom in the Porch House, carved out from 34sf of an old bedroom. You can see how we altered the original floor plan to gain this powder bathroom here.

The Grit and Polish - Porch Powder Framing 2

The old bedroom had one window, which we left on the other side of the wall (in the space we converted into the master bathroom), leaving this powder bathroom with zero natural light. With such a dark, small room on my hands, I was excited to create a jewel box of a space within this simple, historic home.  And after many months of work, I’m happy to say this bathroom is just that: a beautiful jewel box.

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We stuck with classic finishes in here: board and batten painted in C2 Vex, beautiful wallpaper (but only 2 rolls…because hello budget), a brass faucet, delicate sconce, and a simple white pedestal sink. And believe it or not, this renovation was completed on a tight budget, which I’ll share next week.

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Let’s address the biggest issue with this room: the lack of mirror above the sink.  Goodness did we try to put one there! But that ledge at the top of the board and batten is 5′ high and 10″ deep (the lower wall is that thick to house plumbing) making mirror placement super difficult. My mother-in-law ended up setting a stand mirror on the adjacent shelf, which works perfectly, and then I propped this whimsical George Washington print above the sink. I love that George Washington is silently watching you (through Warby Parkers) like he’s appraising your hand washing abilities and not-so-secretly judging you. Nothing like a little whimsy to keep a room from feeling too serious. By the way, this print is a free download from Melissa, and I printed it at Costco for a couple bucks and framed it in an inexpensive Target frame.  Budget art at it’s best!

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I can’t say enough good things about this beautiful wallpaper from Farrow and Ball – it’s textured and thick and beautifully colored – although I would say that wallpaper install is tough. Garrett and I decided to tackle this wallpaper one night at about 10pm because the boys were at Nana’s so why not?! Famous last words. I was cursing that decision all the way until 2am, when we called it quits at about half way done. I’m certain that I swore we’d never wallpaper again, but alas, it’s too darn pretty to make that kind of promise.

This is the view from the bathroom door, which is just off of the front entry (see the floor plan here).

The Grit and Polish - Porch Powder Bathroom wainscot

The toilet is located across from the sink in this rectangular-shaped room. And we placed a cabinet (original to the house, but from a different room) above it for some storage.  Excuse the odd angles of these photographs – this small, window-less bathroom is hard to shoot!

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Goodness, I really do love this room! But we’d love to hear what you think. Would you ever do dark wallpaper like this in a window-less room?

Porch House Powder Bathroom Sources

wallpaper / paint (C2 Vex) / floors / sconce / pedestal sink / faucet (similar style) / toilet / George Washington print (free download from thefauxmartha.com) / picture frame / cabinet hardware /

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Porch House // A (Finished!) White and Wood Mudroom

THE PORCH HOUSE

The Porch House mudroom is finished (!!!), but I suppose that’s obvious since we sold the house last month 😉 The mudroom – which doubles as a laundry, storage, and wash room – gets the best natural light and is conveniently located next to the kitchen and back door.  But probably my favorite feature about this room is the original wood shiplap wall.

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Swoon!  Can you believe that Garrett found that wood shiplap underneath layers of peeling wallpaper?! He just kept peeling and peeling and the wood kept on coming. Goodness, I love old houses! We chose to leave the wood unfinished but did give the rough boards a good sanding so they’re smooth to the touch.

The other finishes in the mudroom are designed to compliment the adjacent kitchen: a marble countertop, white paint, an Elkay sink and faucet, and continuous white oak flooring.

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I did a whole post about the Elkay sink and faucet late last year, but for the record, I love them.  The sink is deep and the attractive faucet extends, which is super useful for cleaning out paint brushes and washing questionable substances off kiddo’s shoes (hypothetically of course ;).

The Grit and Polish - Porch Mudroom Washer and Dryer

The primary function of this room is laundry so we bought a GE front-loading washer and dryer from our local appliance store.  The marble shelf above the laundry should help with sorting and folding.

This space also houses the hot water heater.  Remember when we needed an entire utility room for a hot water heater?  In 2018, we need no such thing.  The hot water source for the entire 2000sf Porch House is tucked into a nook next to the sink.

The Grit and Polish - Porch Mudroom Reveal Hot Water Heater

Bam. It’s certainly not the prettiest part of the mudroom, but there’s something kind of lovely about it’s utilitarian-ness too.  The entire room is under the watchful eyes of George Washington (a free download from Melissa). I printed a couple sizes of this whimsical print and have already used them at the Porch House and at the Farmhouse.  Love it!

As much as I love this mudroom, I’m anticipating helping the new owners of the Porch House (aka, Nana and Papa) with a couple of future changes.  Mainly adding open shelving or a shoe-changing bench in front of the shiplap wall, depending on what they need.  And if the washer and dryer are too loud, we could also add a glass door at the mudroom entrance.The Grit and Polish - Porch Mudroom Reveal 2.2

Mudroom sources

paint: BM Simply White / rug / sink (ricotta) / faucet (lustrous steel)/ George Washington print (free download) / picture frame / green rain boots / leather boots / women’s hat (similar) /

Other Mudroom Posts

Design PlanThe mudroom sink

xoxo

-Cathy

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Life Around the Kitchen Sink

THE PORCH HOUSE

this post is sponsored by Elkay

Our boys, Wilder and Brooks (4 and 22 months) are little rascals.  They are curious, loud, bold, adventurous, and a wee bit wild.  But best of all, they have the most amazing ability to turn just about anything into a good time.

In fact, that’s one of my favorite things about being a mama, watching these two turn the most mundane, dirty, or boring of activities into something exciting.  They can make messes out of chores and fun out of work, and I am certain it will serve them well in life.

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sources // sink / faucet (in lustrous steel)

Thankfully, our boys have this same attitude about their baby sister.  Whether it’s diapering, feeding, or putting Daphne down for a nap, they want to help and have fun doing it.  I can’t even get Daphne’s diaper off quick enough before Brooks has the wipes out and Wilder is comforting her tears away.  And when I ask Wilder to throw away the dirty diaper, he makes us all laugh by plugging his nose, holding his breath, and grinning all the way to the trash can.

Earlier this month, when the kids and I stopped by the Porch House and Daphne overheated, the boys were eager to help.  August is the heat of the summer around here and temperatures hit 104 degrees that day.  With the AC yet to be installed and Daphne’s skin flaming with a heat rash, we decided a quick bath was in order. The Porch House has a super-deep, Elkay Crosstown stainless steel kitchen sink and Elkay Explore faucet which couldn’t be better designed for a newborn bath.  Honestly, I’d been dying to test them out since we installed these beauties back in April, and I wasn’t about to miss our opportunity before this house goes on the market.

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We were lucky enough to discover Elkay right about the time our HGTV pilot started filming.  They offered us a sink and faucet for our kitchen renovation and after doing a little research, I happily picked these out.

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I can’t tell you how pleased Garrett was with the strength and durability of Elkay’s products (they are heaaavy and well made!) and I was thrilled with how effortlessly they fit in our historic/crafted/welcoming kitchen design.  We went with an undermount sink and a faucet with a pull-down-nozzle sprayer for ease of use and I only wish we had gotten to install both of these in our own home 😉  I’m really digging the look of the mixed metals (both brass and stainless steel rule in this kitchen) and am so happy with the style.  I toyed with the idea of using an apron-front sink in here, but in the end, I wanted something a little more modern and utilitarian.  Something a little unexpected and fresh.  And I love how they turned out!

But enough about design.  Let’s get back to Daphne’s bath…

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No surprise here, but our little rascals turned that bath into a chaotic sprayer-fight/splash-contest of a good time within seconds.  Daphne wasn’t having much of it, so I took her out and let her brothers play for a bit.  For the record, this is business as usual for our family.  We let our kiddos play anywhere and everywhere at home (as long as it’s not too messy), especially in the kitchen sink.  Dinner dishes commonly turn into an hour long bubble-making and/or see-how-many-pots-fit-in-the-sink session.  And it’s almost a daily occurrence that we wash these kiddos’ feet in our kitchen sink after they find, yet again, all the creatures there are to discover in our backyard pond.

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But that mess I prefer to the game that Wilder and Brooks like to play of seeing how many of mama’s baking utensils they can pull out clean from the drawer, cover in soap and water, and put back away wet and soapy.  Ha! rascals indeed.

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Pretty soon there will be three little rascals around our kitchen sink, making messes out of chores and fun out of work and my mama heart can hardly wait!

Thanks to Elkay for sponsoring this post and making really sturdy and beautiful sinks and faucets.  And thanks to you for supporting the brands that support this blog.

xox0

-Cathy

p.s. the Porch House kitchen before + inspiration and the butcherblock

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Farmhouse Nursery // The Current Version

THE FARMHOUSE

We’re taking a break from the living room makeover this week to share our progress in the nursery.  You may recall that the nursery has undergone quite a transformation since we moved into the Farmhouse.  The room always had great bones, but it took a lot of work to bring the space up to snuff.  Thankfully, it was well worth the effort!  Somewhere along the way, the nursery turned into one of my favorite spaces in the house, and one of the hardest working.  Not only does Brooks sleep in here, but the space doubles as a playroom and an overflow guest bedroom.

We’ve always seen this as a temporary room for Brooks though.  We’d like our boys to share a room.  We’ve even tried to have our boys share a room, but we abandoned the plan after too many sleepless nights.  After the better part of six months, we’re ready to try again, or at least, almost ready.  As soon as we get the courage to move Brooks into Wilder’s room we’ll get to rethink the nursery (stay tuned for our plans on that), but in the mean time, here is a peak at what the nursery looks like today.  And I must say…I love it!

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This space hasn’t always looked so good.  Here are the before photos and how we transformed this space from dark and dingy to light and bright:

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Those carpets don’t look too bad, but believe me when I say that they smelled like dog and all sorts of stuff I’d rather not think about. So we ripped the carpets up and then painted the walls, updated the electrical and lighting, built shelves, and refinished the hardwood floors.  We also wallpapered over the floral print in the large closet (which is where Brooks’ crib is).

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Phew!  All that work took us the better part of 6 months, the length of time we’ve lived at the Farmhouse.  We took our time, working on this room as we had the time, energy, and money.  And about that last criteria, since this room was always temporary for Brooks, I tried to keep the decor inexpensive and versatile.  You’ll notice a lot of vintage furniture and hand-me-downs from Wilder.

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Brooks’ crib is in the door-less closet, which is 6’x6′.  It’s proved to be the perfect little nook for a baby, fitting just the crib, a rocker, and usually a stack of books.  Brooks loves winding down in here, staring at the wallpaper, and reading a few stories before bed.

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The full-size bed, which I style as a day-bed, hasn’t gotten as much use as I thought it would.  We have a guest bedroom downstairs, so this room has only seen occupants on Labor Day, when we had more friends and family than we did beds.  Brooks and I also use this space to cuddle up when he’s up at night teething or sick.

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Garrett and I have been thinking a lot about what we’ll do with this room once Brooks moves in with Wilder.  I’m excited to say that we’ve finally come up with the perfect plan, which I’ll share next week.  I cannot wait to see how this room continues to evolve!

So that’s the whole nursery/guest-room/play-room, at least for now.  I’d love to hear what you guys think of it!

xoxo

-Cathy

p.s. Wilder’s second nursery and big boy room.  And an update on Wilder’s current bedroom here.

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Farmhouse Living Room // Picking Paint

THE FARMHOUSE

We finally started work on our living room makeover this weekend!  It’s a space that I’ve been excited to tackle but didn’t want to start until I knew that our custom sofa was on its way.  So after receiving an email from Interior Define that our sofa would arrive later this week, we cleared the room of toys and painted.

In truth, I’ve been going back and forth on the living room paint color for a good two months now.  You’d think that after five home renovations, I’d be more decisive about color, but alas, I find it a unique challenge in every home and every new lighting scenario.

I’ve always imagined a light wall color in our farmhouse living room – both to keep the space feeling airy as well as highlight the wood trim and blue velvet sofa that will anchor the room (I can’t wait until it arrives!!!) – but I couldn’t decide between white or a light neutral.  All of the upstairs bedrooms are painted Simply White, and while I love the color in those spaces, I found myself contemplating whether the living room couldn’t use a cozier color.

My paint color indecisiveness was spurred on by these two inspiration images.

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1. Sam Allen | 2. Park and Oak Design

Such lovely living rooms, right?!  I should note that while I don’t know the exact paint color used in the rooms, the top paint sample is BM Revere Pewter and the lower sample is BM Simply White.

In the end, Garrett voted for a wall color other than white (and deep down I was leaning that way too).  So decision made.  My first inclination was to use Balboa Mist on the walls, a color I’ve been eyeing on Pinterest for months, but after sampling it in the space, it felt darker and colder than I wanted.  So I went with my go-to warm grey – Revere Pewter at 50% tint.  I used this color at the Ravenna House, and loved it.

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After painting the Farmhouse living room walls last weekend, I have to say that I still love Revere Pewter (at 50% tint) as much as I did three years ago.

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The lighting in those photos is awful (we finished painting yesterday evening), but hopefully you get a feel for the color.  In case you’re wondering, the walls above the picture railing as well as the ceilings are painted with a flat ceiling paint tinted in Simply White.  I am really digging the look of the white over the Revere Pewter on the walls.

Next up, we’re ripping out the carpets.  Fingers crossed that the hardwood floors underneath don’t need to be refinished like the upstairs floors did.  Wish us luck!

xoxo

-Cathy

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The Cost of Refinishing our Hardwood Floors Ourselves

THE FARMHOUSE

On Tuesday, I shared the process we used to refinish our hardwood floors at the Farmhouse, and today, I want to tell you what it cost.  As a reminder, we refinished about 600sf of fir floors.

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Here’s a breakdown of the expenses:

$120 Drum sander rental (2 days)

$160 Drum sander sanding belts (20 @ $8/each)

$40 Sand paper for palm and belt sanders (for edging)

$30 Wood putty

$40 Orbital sander rental (1 day)

$40 Orbital sander pads (8 @ $5/each)

$150 Polyurethane Finish (3 gallons @$50/each)

$20 Incidentals

$600 Total

In the past, we’ve paid $3.50/sf for a professional refinish, which would have added up to $2,100 for this project.  So we saved about $1,500 by doing this job ourselves, which for us, was totally worth it!  I just hope the finish holds up to our wild boys and the dog’s nails…fingers crossed!

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The finished room photos are of our farmhouse master bedroom, which we redid for the One Room Challenge.  Check out that room reveal here.

xoxo

-Cathy

p.s. Krystal recommended this book for the holiday season. I ordered it last week and can’t wait to read it with the boys!

p.p.s. I’m all about baking this holiday season!  This tart looks delicious and I want to recreate these cookies plus there will probably be a cake or galette and I’m still figuring out what to do with the rest of our apples (maybe this!).  Any favorite holiday baking traditions?!

p.p.p.s. I’m really not elaborate when it comes to holiday decor – stockings, garlands, and a real tree is about all you’ll see at our farmhouse – and this roundup of holiday spaces is full of amazing inspiration!

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