Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Big White Farmhouse Renovation - Part 4

At times, completion of the Big White Farmhouse second floor renovation seemed distant and unattainable. 

But God bless hope. 

After nearly 6.5 months of demo, dust, drywall, water line busts, electrical blow outs, waiting, waiting, waiting and then more weeks of finishing work, we finally completed work on the second floor. And it was worth every single day of every week of waiting. 

The second floor is everything we've ever dreamed and we are loving it. That's right, we officially moved houses in late March and are loving our new bigger space, closets and our three bathrooms. And a custom closet built for dreams, my friends. 

We still have some work to do on the main floor of the house, ie. the kitchen and painting and what not to make it our own, but we are here and it's home now! 

So to catch you up, here are some pictures of the last few weeks of renovation and then the BIG reveal of the two new bathrooms and our new master custom closet. Or if you need a refresher on the entire elephant of a project, check out Part 1, 2, and 3

"Shine bright like a diamond."


Paint up in Miss Ruby's bedroom.

Drywall finished and paint up in hall. 

New layout of hallway, just waiting on carpet and well ... clean-up.

Vanity lights up in master bath.

Bathroom is coming together. Love the blue-green paint that compliments the mosaic bath tile.

Original woodwork was all completely refinished. So beautiful and worth the extra time.

Love this original door all shined up like new.

Finishing work complete on girl's shower/bath.

Girls' bath room is ready for little hands & toes!

Love the white vanity with soft close drawers and marble counter.

Miss RayRay's walk-in closet and new sub-floor.

Ruby isn't sure this shouldn't be her closet....

Miss RayRay's room full of contractor gear but almost ready for carpet.

Hall looking from RayRay's room to the master.


Loving these original brass door knobs. Gives the house character and authenticity. 

Now .... The BIG REVEAL .... otherwise known as the after-photos.

Shower in the master bath with custom built glass doors and rain shower head.



Large marble soaking tub. Ahhh...


Tub and shower with new commode (with a soft close seat - I highly recommend - no more slamming!).

White vanity with marble counter and Allen and Roth mirror. 


Loving the views from the Big White Farmhouse. Key word with this post is clearly ... LOVE!

In case you wondered what lotions and body spray I use. 

No linen storage in the bathroom so I purchased this brushed nickel shelf from Wayfair and it fits perfect in our bath.
 The master closet designed with the help of California Closets. Those guys are closet geniuses. But really, they do amazing work and offer a tremendous value. We are so happy we had the opportunity to work with CC. We love our new closet space!

Plenty of shelving, even for a few personal items.

And storage for shoes of course.

Drawers and plenty of room for shoes as well as a pull-out hamper for Big D and myself. 

Window bench with storage.

Big D's side of the closet. He does own more than five pairs of shoes I promise. But many of them have pig manure on them so they don't get to see the likes of this lovely closet!

Drawers, shelves for shoes, hats, jeans, sweatshirts, etc and four hanging bars. The man also asked for a valet bar to set his clothes out for special occasions. He got into the design of the closet a lot more than I anticipated, but I'm not complaining. 

My side of the closet. Plenty of shelves, hanging rods and long hanging rods. 

Rod for long-hanging items, ie. dresses. 

New soft-close drawers replaced our large dresser that is now in Miss RayRay's room.


Crystal chandelier from Pottery Barn to add a little glamour to the closet space. Because why not. I don't plan to move ever. again. 

This is now hanging in our bedroom (thanks Hobby Lobby). I love it. ;)

Finished view of the girls' bathroom. I went very girly with ruffles (Lauren Conrad from Kohls), lace curtains (not seen here from Country Curtains) and vintage hand towels from Target.



Again, no linen closet, so I found this white linen cabinet on Wayfair.com and it's the perfect size and compliments the space nicely. 

Big girl potty and baby girl potty. 

Miss RayRay wanted the bathroom to be My Little Pony, but I went the classy route but appeased her anyways with this princess nightlight.


Someone loves having her own bathroom in what other color, but pink of course! 
More photos to follow from our bedroom, the hallway and the girls bedrooms. And we will begin renovations on the first floor at some point in the next few weeks. The kitchen will be the last big project for 2015 and I'm super excited to share our plans with you and friends and family.

Sometimes friends ask me if I'm tired of picking out colors, trim, decoratives and making plans. Not yet. I love the creativity that our contractor has afforded me and thank goodness for the folks on Pinterest and Houzz for inspiring me with color, design and so much more. It has been a fun, though exhausting process for everyone involved.

This house has been a dream worth waiting on and I can't wait to raise our girls in this beautiful family home. This house was built to make memories in and I'm ready to start our new journey!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Big White Farmhouse Renovation - Part 3

I know it has been several weeks since my last post ... You may be thinking to yourself, "Wow, the BW Farmhouse Renovation must surely be complete by now." 

Unfortunately, you would be sadly mistaken. 

Apparently, we work with the slowest contractors in history. I like to joke with friends that a Taco Bell was built in town one month faster than the second story project of this ole farmhouse. But alas, perfection takes time. And I only want to do this once. 

We get asked constantly, "what's the project deadline or when are you moving in?".... I wish I could say. I quit setting a move-in date because well it just kept getting passed over and over again. Honestly, right now, I'm focusing on finishing the project and moving on to the next phase of renovation - the first floor. I'm trying to remember that there is value in not rushing things; and to relax and know that it will all get done in fine time. 

I'm behind in getting this post up - there has been much progress since these photos were taken. Almost all of the rooms upstairs have been painted - next up is trim work and carpet. It's going to look phenomenal. I get pretty excited when I talk about the bathrooms, but even more awesomesauce is the master closet. California Closets are coming for the big install on February 2. I would post a teaser, but I really want to surprise ya'll! Part 4 will include finished rooms with paint, light fixtures and possibly trim. 

You can find Part 1 and Part 2 here and here

Looks like a mess, right? Apparently, this one has become the headquarters for BW Farmhouse Renovation. Eventually, this will be Miss Ruby's bedroom. The wallpaper is down now, room has been primed, new closet has been built and paint goes up tomorrow. 

Yea a hole in the floor, so what? Well we are taking out two old chimneys to eventually open up the kitchen more downstairs. 

Ceilings in all rooms have been stomped. Ready for new light fixtures!


Now here is where it gets exciting...this is the 4'x4' shower in our master bathroom. I am absolutely in love with how it turned out.

And this. O.M.G. This glass mosiac tile, I'm still in love with. Yes, apparently, this is the kind of stuff that excites you when you are 32 years old. 

Photos just don't do it justice.

Gigantic soaking tub. Oh the bathes I will have!

Still need to tile the front of tub. But since this photo has been taken, room has been painted (Calico- it's a blue-green), toliet and vanity has been installed. Glass doors will enclose the shower. 


Drywall ready for paint in the hallway. Since this photo, this hall has been primed and painted in a pretty cashmere.

Girls' bathroom ready for paint. Starting to shape up here. Since this photo, the room was painted White Dogwood (light pink) and vanity was installed.

Tile finished in guest bathroom.

Looks great!

Hall looking into master. Guest bath is to the right.

Hallway down to stairs.

Master bedroom ready to be primed and painted. And of course since I'm behind this room has been painted a pretty cashmere. 


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