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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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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Be sure to check out all the featured designers and the guests designers here!

xoxo

-Cathy

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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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Farmhouse Master // Getting To Work (ORC week 2)

THE FARMHOUSE

We made some good progress in the master bedroom this week (week 2 of the One Room Challenge) and also uncovered more work. But let’s start with the good. The carpets are finally up. Yay!  Plus the drapes are down and the beige walls have been covered with white paint.  Already it’s looking one million times better in this room. And best of all, I’m starting to get a hint of the airy, historic feel I’ve been dreaming of.

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So you’re probably wondering what’s going on with the floors.  That’s the bad news.  When we pulled up the carpets earlier in the week, we found paint stains all over the hardwoods.  We had a sneaking suspicion that these floors might be in rough shape (we found paint stains on the other bedroom floors too), but in some sort of unrealistic optimism, I was holding out hope that we’d find something better in here.  Like maybe the previous owners had say, used a tarp when they painted the master bedroom.

Consider my optimism crushed.

As you probably guessed, we’ll need to refinish the hardwood floors as we work on this room for the One Room Challenge. At this point, we’re planning to move out of the upstairs for a week or so while we refinish the entire 2nd level floors, including the nursery and Wilder’s room.  It’s going to be a big project, but it’ll be worth it when it’s done.  Especially if the floors look a smidgeon as good as these:

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Since our floors already had paint all over them, we didn’t worry about protecting them when we started painting the walls and ceiling.  I picked Benjamin Moore’s Simply White, a color I’ve used frequently in our farmhouse. There is something so intrinsically country about white walls, don’t you think? Plus anytime I thought about using a dark and sultry color (like that gorgeous green in Si‘s bedroom!), I’d go back to the wood moldings and dream about how lovely they would look with white walls. So white it is.

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This is what week 2 of the One Room Challenge looked like for us, compressed into a few seconds:

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We’re off to Seattle tomorrow to hunt for vintage theater seats and whatever other goodies I can find. Hopefully I’ll have lots of exciting progress to show you guys when next Thursday rolls around.  In the meantime, I’m sharing videos on my Instagram Story, like this clip of me pulling up the carpets, which has already expired off of Instagram (you’ll have to view this video in a web browser, so if you are reading this post via email, click through to the Grit and Polish!).

If you missed it, you can read about our master bedroom design plan here: week 1.

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xoxo

-Cathy

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Farmhouse Master Bedroom // Before (ORC, Week 1)

THE FARMHOUSE

Without a doubt, the biggest eyesore at our Farmhouse is the master bedroom.  We haven’t touched the space since moving into our 1912 home back in July, and it’s in DIRE need of a makeover. So that’s just what we’re going to do. Yippee! Over the next 6 weeks, we’ll be tackling this renovation as part of the One Room Challenge, which, if you haven’t heard, is a 6-week room makeover challenge hosted by Calling it Home. Every Fall and Spring, bloggers from all over the internet take part and document their progress along the way.

Now about that master bedroom…

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It’s bad, I know. I’m a little embarrassed about these ‘before’ photos.  As people who spend their days designing, renovating, and renting old houses, you would think Garrett and I have higher standards.  And we do.  I promise!

For anyone who’s new to the Grit and Polish, let me tell you a little bit about us. My husband and I renovate old houses in Washington state and have been doing it for for 8 years, while also growing our family and working/going to graduate school. Last summer, the income from our Seattle rentals turned into a full-time living, so I quit my 9-5 job and we *retired* to our 5th house, a 1912 farmhouse in small town Ellensburg. We are now officially country bumpkins and loving it! Our farmhouse is my idea of a forever home (at least as much as any renovation addict can use that term) and we’re taking our time fixing it up, while also tackling other people’s renovations. Like the #6daykitchenreno, which somehow we pulled off in 7 days (I know, I should change the hashtag…but can you ever really change a hashtag?).

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Back at the Farmhouse, the master bedroom was put on the back burner so we could focus on the nursery (if you’re a parent, I think you get this, right…?), Wilder’s room (did I mention we are tired parents…), and then there was the #6daykitchenreno, and a couple other projects I haven’t showed you yet. Plus, we really didn’t want to start this room until we were ready to finish it.

Well there’s no time like the present!

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I’m not sure if I even need to point out the rusty-colored, stained carpets (which smell even worse than they look), or the pattern on the drapes, but yeah…Those carpets! Those drapes!  Ugh.  Of course there’s a lot of good in here too. The large south facing windows, the corner overhang, the tall ceilings, and the wood millwork are all features that make my heart swoon with old house love. Needless to say, the design plan is going to highlight these 100 year-old goodies, and kick all the sad, unfortunate updates to the curb. And before you ask, no, we won’t be painting any of the original millwork.

My goal for this bedroom is a historic, breezy, country feel. I realize that’s not really a genre, but it’s something like Country Living meets Restoration Hardware. Our farmhouse sits on 3 acres and we spend most of our time wearing muck boots, catching frogs, and swinging hammers. So I don’t want any space in this house to feel too polished or fussy. We’re casual people and our home should reflect that. Plus, I want the country setting and the architecture to speak for themselves.

I’m pretty sure that’s just a long-winded way of saying, I want a simple, comfortable, and bright master bedroom. Here’s the plan:

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Sources: rug | sconce | pillow, pillow | room (original source unknown) | theater seats | brass curtain rod |room | paint | bed

Of course, every renovation has a surprise or two, so the finished space will undoubtedly veer from this somewhat, but you get the gyst. Unfortunately (or fortunately?), we have a lot to buy. We own the linen tufted bed already – a Restoration Hardware outlet score from a few years back – but otherwise, all the finishes will be new. I’ve already ordered the custom lighting and the Skyline rug from Rejuvenation (yes, the same rug that I’m using in the nursery, which has been backordered forever!), but I’ll still need to source vintage theater seating, art, a corner chair, and nightstands.

We have a lot to do in 6 weeks! Wish me luck.

And if you want to know more, you can read up on my family and what we do, our current renovation project (the farmhouse), how renovating old houses and working hard helped us to *retire* by 35, the current state of the nursery, and a peak at Wilder’s bedroom. Or just use the categories on the right to scroll through our previous renovation projects. I post more frequently on Instagram too, if you’re into that kind of thing.

Thanks for being here!

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xoxo

-Cathy

p.s. two of my favorite bloggers are featured designers in the ORC this fall. Check out coco kelley and Chris Loves Julia for what are sure to be great transformations! I’m also really excited to see what Sarah and Megan do with their rooms. So much good internet time is coming my way this fall!

p.p.s. I adore dark and cozy bedrooms, like the guest bedroom in our last house, as much as I adore bright and light bedrooms. Here are all my favorites from both sides of the spectrum.

p.p.p.s. Molly’s cookbook is out (eecchh!) and I can’t wait to read it. Her cakes are AMAZING!

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