Apologies for missing the weekly house update last week! To be honest, I didn’t post because we didn’t accomplish anything! The previous weekend I went to visit my friend Taylor in D.C., and Jonathan went to The Masters, so we kind of took a week off. No worries because I am back with lots to share!
1. Construction Materials
We are officially no longer independent workers! We are working with a local contractor to help us take on the renovation projects that are out of our league. This means we now have a permit sign in the yard (still waiting on the actual permit), a port-a-john, and a big rollaway dumpster. We are feeling legit!
2. Farewell Fans!
Jonathan’s parents came to town again this weekend to help with some house things. We truly could not do this without them! One small task we accomplished over the weekend – taking down all of the old ceiling fans. Hopefully we’ll be able to sell them!
3. The Last Of The Popcorn
After our painter sanded away the popcorn ceilings, there was still a thick layer of paper remaining. Some folks said it was wallpaper, while others thought it was just a sticky layer of adhesive paper that held the popcorn texture to the ceiling. Either way, it needed to come down before the ceiling could be skimmed and painted. We purchased a yard sprayer from Lowes and mixed up a solution comprised of warm water and fabric softener. We sprayed it on the ceiling and then used a putty knife to scrape the paper off. Simple enough, but tedious – and messy!
4. More Fireplace Demo
I took the rest of the black tiles on the fireplace down with the handy sledgehammer. The tiles on the floor will have to be left to a mason because even with all my might, I couldn’t break up a single piece of it.
5. Major Bathroom Progress
By far the biggest project Jonathan and his dad tackled this weekend was removing the wall in the upstairs (technically master) bathroom. If you recall, the adjacent bedroom has a closet that shares a wall with the bathroom. That bedroom actually has two closets, so we decided to knock down the shared wall, eliminating a closet, but opening up the bathroom. ^ Looking in the old closet door. We gained about 3 feet of bathroom space by utilizing the closet.We’ll move the bathtub back into the space that was once the closet, which will give us space for a vanity in the front of the bathroom, rather than the old pedestal sink.^ Under the bathroom tile is… no surprise…. more tile!^ Another injury sustained! This was a bad one and I thought it needed stitches, but we settled for butterfly bandaids.
^ I actually like this bathroom tile a lot. Isn’t it funny how trends come back around? I would be tempted to keep it, but it won’t work since we’re moving the tub back three feet.
To put things in perspective, the picture on the left is how the bathroom looked when we purchased the house, and the picture on the right is how things look right now. We’re making progress!
6. Front Porch Renderings
Here’s a refresher of what our front porch currently looks like:
We told our contractor that we’d like to add a little character to the front of the house so that it doesn’t just look like a sad square box. We knew that we wanted more substantial columns and some interest added to the roof line. Here are the two renderings that the architect sent back:We know which option we like best, but I’d love to hear your input! Do you prefer one more than the other? Any feedback is welcome! :)