It was super lovely and sunny here in Portland on Saturday, but on Sunday, it rained. The cloudy weather gave me a good excuse to paint and work on our second bathroom remodel. I painted my heart out (for 6 hours!), caulked our trim and wall planks, and finally cleaned up all the dust that had been gathering in the room. In way more exciting news, our marble vanity top arrived! Our new light isn’t installed yet, so the lighting is poor and these are just iPhone photos, but here it is in all its glory…
The faucet is not installed, which is why it’s leaning a bit:). I nabbed it at Home Depot for only $74. The marble is mountain white danby (honed + 3cm) and I really, really love it. The color is brighter and much warmer than it’s reading in the above photos, but you get the idea…
The cabinet faces and drawers are coming this week. Pretty soon we’ll have a complete vanity on our hands. Yes!
I’ve sat down to write a blog post every night this week. And I’ve got nothing. Nothing left in my brain worth sharing. I’ll have ideas, but no pictures. Or I’ll have photos, but no interesting story. Is it writer’s block? Or maybe I just became boring? I actually have a hunch that my mind is just too full to produce worthy content right now. Summer is a busy, busy time for me at work and my mind seems to be there the majority of the time.
So instead of me talking and sharing today…I’d like to know…
How do you rest and relax when your brain is full? Do you cook, clean, eat, exercise?
How do you reinvigorate the creative juices?
How do you keep work at work?
For anyone else in a rut, here’s a list that has a few good ideas for staying creative.
Hopefully I’ll be back soon with something cool/creative/fun. I’m going to take the advice of No. 26 above and not force it:).
Even though these aren’t the best photos, I decided to share them anyway. What’s a renovation without a few progress photos? Exactly. These aren’t glamorous in any way, but they certainly give you a glimpse of where we are at. In short, our white penny tile has been laid (tile can be found online here), our extra large subway bathtub tile is in as well (can be found here), a few pieces of new trim have been installed, and our vanity is ready to be re-faced.
And yes, I painted over the horrific wallpaper. Just a coat of primer though. The entire room will be painted Benjamin Moore’s white dove. No more boring pink beige + cartoons on the walls. Sweet relief!
Plenty more progress photos to come…
P.S. For bathroom before photos, click here.
Today was supposed to be the day I revealed our bathroom progress, but I forgot one small detail. Because we are planking the main wall in the bathroom, we had to take the wall-mount light fixture down, leaving us with no light. Zero light plus a window-less room equals a very dark bathroom. I did try to take photos in these conditions, but as you can imagine, they didn’t turn out so well. As soon as our new light fixture is up, I’ll be able to take new photos. Stand-by on that front…
So instead of bathroom talk today, we’ll talk kitchen updates. I’ve yet to reveal the entire kitchen on the blog, and that’s because I’m still waiting on a few important details. A cabinet is missing. The open shelves need some finish work, and the toe-kick heat register needs to be replaced.
But, I’ve managed to pull a few other details together lately. I’ve been in search of a step stool for the space, as I can’t quite reach the top shelves without one. Kyle spotted this mini red ladder at the Portland Flea a few weekends ago, and we were sold. It came home with us and found a perfect spot in our kitchen corner. It’s practical and cute. Love that.
And, we thought the step stool was meant to be because it just so happens to go with this World Market rug I nabbed last month (it’s not available online but you can find it in stores). I love the length of it (it’s looooong!) and the colors seem to compliment our sitting chairs and just the room in general. One goal I’ve had for our kitchen + dining space + sitting area is for the space to be neutral, but full of color too. Because this room works hard for us and is one large cohesive space, I wanted to be able to introduce color whenever I felt like it. So far I have green, blue, yellow, and red going on in this kitchen, without it feeling like a “red” or a “blue” or a “green” room. No one color takes over, yet all the colors seem to work a-okay in the space. Success!
And, you know that door that’s had blue tape on it foreeeeeverrrr? Well, I got my act together and painted it a glossy black. And now I’m digging the gold hardware. Who knew? More photos to come on this little update, but here’s a peek.
Happy Monday, friends!