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The Original Tiled Hall Bath is (almost) Done!

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It feels so good to have one room finished in this epic remodel.

You may remember that we are remodeling our kitchen and both bathrooms. Part of this reno involved moving the washer/ dryer from the mudroom back to the main bath, where they were located when our home was built in 1952.

Sounds pretty simple right? Just unhook them and move them in? I wish! Plumbing had to be re-done, the old dryer vent was not up to code and had to be moved, and the built-in cabinets that were covering the old laundry area had to be dismantled and rebuilt. Not to mention I was losing lots of storage space 😦

You may see the “before” photos in the last few posts.

Here are some “after” photos:

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The knobs/ pulls are from my old kitchen cabinets and were reused on the cabinetry in here. That little area to the right of the dryer is the only place I could fit a hamper. Luckily it is on wheels and I can roll it out of the way when I need to get to my stuff. I would still like to find a vintage one.

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The old doors from the built-ins were cut down and reused on the vanity:

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This is the area that needs some very shallow cabinetry for toiletries, either wall hung or on the floor. I am still looking.

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I am having a hard time decorating in here since it is now my laundry room AND bathroom. In addition to losing so much storage, I had to make room for laundry supplies.

Is it perfect? No. Is it better? Yes!

I could not see gutting this space to “update” it.  Moving the washer/ dryer back in there also gave me much more room for flexibility in my new kitchen plan!

Stay tuned. The drywall starts getting hung in the kitchen area tomorrow, bright and early 🙂

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Renovation Updates on My Mid-Century Kitchen and Bath

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Things are moving along here at the ranch, albeit a little slowly. Hubby is trying to do much of the work himself, while our easy going contractor juggles multiple jobs and stops in to direct Hubby and save us money.

The plumber has nearly finished his work. While we had the mess he installed another air conditioning vent in my large kitchen area and added another air return. In our hot and humid Midwest summers my kitchen was just not as cool as the rest of our home. He also had to update the old cast iron plumbing in our main bath, where our washer and dryer will be located.

As you know, we have tried to re-use “original” as much as possible and in the hall bath we kept the cabinet doors that were taken off of the wall of built-ins, had them cut down and used them for the vanity. We kept the old kitchen cabinet hardware and reused it in the bath. I think it looks pretty good!

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We also used that same hardware on the cabinets that we kept for the laundry area:

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Hubby added shelving and made doors for the top area (which was non functional). I now have more storage!

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The kitchen is still in the demo stage. This is a little unnerving, as my crock pot sits in the bedroom and the disposable dishes are sitting by the fireplace in the living room.

This doorway to the 3/4 bath is being closed up and moved around the corner into the knotty pine mudroom. This change will give me a better working area for the kitchen. Besides I don’t really think you should see into the bathroom while sitting at the kitchen table.

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We found the original copper wall tiles still hidden behind the built in micro/ hood. How sad that someone covered them with beige ceramic tile 😦

This center post is also being taken down to help with the flow of the room. There will be shallow base cabinets and uppers where the washer/ dryer are now.

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This wall will be partially opened up for a bar/ serving area in the living room. We will have a great view of the fireplace from the kitchen!

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We will be installing IKEA cabinets and appliances. We have purchased Armstrong VCT flooring in retro aqua, gray and charcoal.  Wilsonart laminate counter tops are being made in a few new throwback patterns so we have picked “Betty”.  We will also be adding retro sputnik lighting. A great seller on Etsy supplied me with 20 yards of vintage atomic bark cloth fabric for window coverings.

Stay tuned!

The Horrors of Former Paint Jobs

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Hubby and I decided it was time to help the kitchen return to its former roots. At least with the wall color.  Because the extra paint left by the former owners of Croydon Place was unusable (can we say “put the lid on tight when you are done with the paint”) we couldn’t even touch up anything. All of the paint for the entire house was lumpy/stinky/goopy/rusty. All those gallons were hauled to paint recycle day at the Farmers Market.

Remember the Tuscan taupe:

Now it is aqua. We had enough paint left from the guest room redo so it didn’t cost a thing!

Hubby found evidence of former paint colors in the kitchen when scraping the dried drips of previous paint jobs. There was red, paler aqua, minty green, peachy pink  and yellow.

Of course under all that it was originally stained and varnished and looked like this:

Most of the woodwork in the house has been painted, with the exception of the knotty pine mudroom, 1 set of closet doors and the inside of 2 other doors 😦 But even those have drips of paint all over them:

When is it ok to let you kids put stickers all over the doors? And not wipe up the paint drips?

This is the inside of a painted  kitchen cabinet drawer. The whole house was painted in this manner 😦

I guess you can see why it makes me crabby.

On a brighter note, want to see my cutest laundry room ever? You remember that mid-century copper light fixture was a garage sale find ($25) and the little valances were only $7 on a Facebook linens page. The aqua pottery was picked up here and there for very little.

Oh, one thing that I forgot to mention. That washer and dryer are BRAND NEW. My old washer quit on me at 10pm a few Friday nights ago. Full of water no less. We did not plan on that little setback but…. now I have a new set to move into the big bathroom, where the laundry was when the house was built.

Next up for paint will be the living room/entry/hallway. We are looking at the greens in the Sherwin Williams Suburban Modern collection.  I am hoping to have it done before the holidays.

Then we will move on to the master bedroom. I am leaning towards the golds/corals maybe?

Stay tuned 🙂