16 May

And So It Begins

We have officially bought our first house. Unfortunately, I won’t move in until nearly August, as the kids need to finish the school year and I have some east coast commitments. But, Team Decorate/Renovate is already on the job! (see my inspirations on this previous post.) Let the house transformation posts begin!

Facebook friends were introduced to the house with our entryway. There’s a real commitment to wallpaper in the whole house. Note the racing stripe on the door, wallpaper on the molding, on the baseboards — and even on the heater!

Entry before

 

There’s even wallpaper between the ceiling joists in the basement work/storage room!

Storage before

Team Deco/Reno made quick work of it though.

Entry removal

That said, they tell me real work doesn’t happen without coffee, their union rep insists they can’t work past 6pm, and they charge by the layer not the wall.

Layers

Luckily for us though, they are amenable to payment in tacos. And they do a great job!

BR Removal

 

Meanwhile, I found the perfect sink in Alabama via eBay and it has arrived safe and sound. I am inexplicably excited about this sink.

The sink

 

I’m doing what I can from afar — looking at materials and sketching possibilities for the sad downstairs bathroom. I realized the quartz or recycled glass countertop I loved was more expensive than I thought — boo. Then I did some calculations and realized that bathroom counters are pretty small. Yay! Also, my tile aspirations are quite modest. Now to decide if I want contrasting tile color on the floor of the shower, and if I want it on the bathroom walls or not (there’s a mysterious panel that may actually be important access to plumbing which may determine the extent of tiling). At sometime there will be a trip to the Re-Store to see what we can find in an interesting cabinet. Not sure if that will happen in person or via text. 🙂

Downstairs bath reno sketch

 

2 thoughts on “And So It Begins

  1. I’m working on a bathroom redo as well. If you go to the nearest fabricator for the counters, you can look in their yard for pieces that are left from earlier jobs. They are happy to give a discount because it’s left from another job. But if you’re looking for midCentury, you might want to look at the great Formica type counters. With the yellow sink I bet you could find some with those loop type designs.
    Enjoy making all the choices!

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