We have a lot of little details to share so I thought I just throw them all together in one post.
Remember the master bathroom? I know, it’s been a long time. No, we haven’t been enjoying it without you, it’s just not done. Other things (the deck), have become more of a priority. The weather has been warm (warmest January on record) and we’ve had some fairly nice days (ie no rain), so Dadtractor decided to start the front decks. Saturday he told me the master bathroom should be done by Tuesday. Here are what I hope are the before pictures.
We finally got the glass doors for the shower. It had to be special ordered because Dadtractor made his own shower pan (the part you stand on) with his own, non-standard dimensions. This is a bad picture, but you get the idea.
Here’s the sink area. We were waiting for a part that has finally arrived. We got the sink from Overstock.com, the faucet (which is level) from Danze and the counter from Ikea. The counter is suppose to be used in the kitchen, but we decided it would work in the bathroom too. We’re hoping to use some of the leftover counter in the entry area.
Remember the main floor bathroom where we used the Jokkmokk dining table as the vanity? Remember how I told you we were planning to use the rest of the table elsewhere? Well, here it is. We used two of the legs from the table in the master bathroom. We are going to stain it so both the counter and the legs so they are the same color. I love recycling. :)
I really, really hope that we get to show you after pictures on Wednesday. Actually, I really, really hope to be enjoying our finished master bathroom on Wednesday.
The Fireplace Works:
Did we tell you that there’s a fireplace in our bedroom. I know, you hate us now. Well, we’d just like you to know that the fire alarms in the house work. Whenever we have the fireplace on for more that 40 minutes the alarm goes off. It’s not smoky or anything, there’s just a smell. We were told that would happen the first few times. Oh well.
We have a funny mantel. I had no idea how to decorate it or use the space. I started with Billy Balls in a base from our wedding and this AWESOME calendar I got from OrangeBeautiful off Esty.
It was a little more than I usually spend on a calendar ($28) but it’s a perpetual calendar which means we can use it for years and years.
The days of the week are printed on tall cards, the months on medium height cards and the date (1-31) on short cards. You just change the date, day of the week and month each day. The calendar came in yellow (yay!) and it’s letterpressed. I love the texture and all the different fonts. It was a great buy. I’m thinking of buying a second one for the living room.
To round out the mantel, I went with two little pigs.
Weird I know, but I think they are cute. They are actually piggy banks. Now that we don’t have to pay to do laundry (YAY!!), we always have loose change around. We were keeping it in a sandwich bag on the mantel. I picked up these two guys on Ebay and originally thought we could each keep one. Then I realized that I don’t usually have change because I usually don’t have cash. My piggy bank would be empty and Micah’s would be full. I’m so greedy, I know. So we decided that the saving from one piggy bank would go towards buying a nice bottle of wine during our trip to California Wine Country (exact destination TDB) in the spring, and the saving from the other piggy would go to the Rainier Valley Food Bank.
Every few months, a volunteer from the food bank asks patrons of our local Safeway to purchase needed items off a shopping list. I always want to buy a few things but it’s also the end of the month when we’re asked to give. We both only get paid once a month, so there usually isn’t much to spare in the old bank account by the last week. We have all our bills and savings deposits withdrawn in the first few days of the month. By the time the food bank asks for donations, all we can spare are a few jars of peanut butter. We decided that when the piggy bank is full, we’d use it to buy goods off the shopping list. It seemed like a good compromise.
The mantel is a small, meaningless victory unless you are me. It bugged me for weeks and I can finally check it off my list.
A Few Other Bedroom Details:
We did a little more decorating in the bedroom. We finally got the yellow side tables in though we still need a new piece of glass for Micah’s table.
The table we got off Craigslist (2 for $20) and the lamp we got as a wedding present. It’s from Crate and Barrel. I love the pop of yellow against the grey wall.
The room is starting to come together. Actually, this is an old picture. We got new white flannel sheets, replaced the short curtains with longer ones and took this bed spread off and replaced it with a white duvet. We loved the look of the grey and black, but bedspread is not warm enough for winter. We still haven’t started on the headboard.
A Craigslist Road Trip:
I found this awesome Mid Century Modern teak lounge chair with ottoman in good condition on Craigslist. The price was right and we really wanted it. The only problem was that it was in Silverdale – on the other side of Puget Sound from Seattle. We decided to check the chair out and go on a very mini road trip.
Check out the new and old Tacoma Narrows bridge as we’re driving across:
I used to loath driving across this bridge. It’s a nice and high suspension bridge that had two VERY narrow lanes going in each direction. It’s very high up (did I mention that) and it sways when it’s windy. Micah’s parents used to live across the bridge in Gig Harbor and when they lived there, we’d make this drive about 2 or 3 times a week. Now that the lanes are wider, it’s not so bad.
The trip was successful on two fronts:
- We picked up the chair that I forgot to take pictures of.
- The people who sold us the chairs live in the most AMAZING house ever. If it hasn’t been featured in Dwell, then it should be. Seriously. I wish I had pictures to share but I thought it would creepy to ask the seller if I could take pictures of the stunning house to post on our house blog. Creepy right?
This is all I managed to get. It’s the painting studio.
They converted a house stable in the woods into 3 lovely living/work spaces. The little glimpse into the house was the highlight of our weekend and totally worthy the drive to Silverdale.
Something happened sometime and one of the ceramic lampshades on the fixture over the dining table broke. We’re not sure how and when this happened. For weeks we’d stare at the missing lampshade and wonder how we’d get a replacement. We bought the Italian lampshade from Overstock and it was now sold out. I contacted Overstock but there was nothing they could do for us since the item was sold out and it had been more that 60 days since we purchased it. I found out that the Italian company has an office in Miami and emailed them about buying a replacement. A really nice woman offered to send me the replacement for free. I didn’t even have to pay for shipping. We like Triarch International and we like looking at the 3 porcelain lampshades.
I covered a lot in this post, but we have a lot more to share. We HOPE we’ll have after pictures of the master bathroom this week. We also have a few projects to finish (the wine rack), a band room update to hopefully share, and the progress of the decks and yard to post about. Stay tuned!