Basement Details

Morning, friends! It’s feeling like summer around these parts and all of this sunshine is such a welcomed sight. The city is alive. Folks are out and about and there’s just a cheerful feeling in the air. Not much beats Portland in the summer.

I last left off with a basement update, so let’s pick it up there. Here are a few new happenings…

Our 2 inch hex GLOSSY tile arrived. I’m placing an emphasis on glossy, because it was hard to find. For whatever reason, I had my heart set on glossy, and when that happens, it’s trouble. Nothing else will do. We’re doing 2 inch glossy hex on the bathroom floor, glossy penny tile on the shower floor, and the staple white glossy subway tile for the shower surround.

white hex glossy tile

Oh yes! The built-in came this week. It’s not totally painted here, but you can still get a good feeling ¬†for how it’s going to look. The area to the right of the fireplace was suuuuper tricky. We had soffits to deal with and a funky fireplace layout, but I think we made it work. And yes, we painted the stucco fireplace white…it was a tough call, but I can always go back to gray if I regret my white paint decision later:). I’m still trying to figure out a mantel….

fireplace built-in

And the bedroom is looking like a bedroom! It gets really amazing light and it feels bright and airy with a fresh coat of white paint.

basement bedroom

I can’t finish this post without telling you how nervous I am to install the wallpaper in the basement bathroom. Am I nutty to try this? On my own? Please tell me if I’ve lost my mind. I can’t help but think I’m going to hang this gorgeous wallpaper all wrong and crooked and then I’m inevitably going to find myself in tears. Yiiiiiiikes.

 

Stucco Love

Morning, friends! I successfully survived my two scheduled sales this last weekend. I joked that I should throw a garage sale every spring because it was such a fun way to see friends! And, it’s also a great way meet some of you lovely blog readers. Thank you for coming by!

What’s the latest on the basement? Welllll, after going back and forth about what to do with the fireplace downstairs (paint? plank? stucco?), we decided to go with stucco. It’s a look I have been loving lately, and we’ve never experimented with this texture before, so we decided to take the leap. The guys were actually working away on the stucco while we were manning the garage sale, so I didn’t get to snap any progress pics, but I can tell you that we are really happy with the end result. See ya later, dated red brick!

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The master plan is to paint it white, but after seeing the cement gray….I do love that look/color too!. Thoughts? Opinions? Spill it!

 

 

 

Garage Sale + Schoolhouse Sample Sale

Morning, friends!

Clearly I’m in sale mode as I have TWO different sales to share with you today. The first is our own ¬†garage sale happening this Saturday, May 31st. We’re reeeaaaally trying to simplify our life and only keep what we actually use everyday so I mean it when I say we have quality stuff up for grabs. Furniture. Nearly new kitchen goods. Pillows. Fabric. Art. Vases. And lots and lots of decor items! Here’s the scoop:

When: Saturday, May 31st
Time: 9 am – 3 pm-ish (depending on traffic and what’s left to sell)
Where: 5307 SW 33rd Drive, 97239

Also, my second home (Schoolhouse Electric) is having a sample sale this Friday-Sunday. I checked out the goods earlier this week, and again, there’s super great prices on everything from rugs to hardware. I’ll be out on the store floor on Friday, and I always love seeing familiar faces. If you are in the area, come on by!

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Cheers to a happy weekend!

 

Basement Renovation Update

For those of you who read my last post that stated this month I’d post often…well, I lied. Shoot. I’m not exactly sure how this month got away from me, but it did. I do have at least a few posts up my sleeve this week, so at least I’ll finish this month with a few solid entries:).

Where are we at with the basement remodel? We’re in the not-so-sexy stage. New plumbing is in. Walls are up (!!!) and tile should be this week. And Friday should be delivery of the new TV built-in. So things are happening, which means progress photos to follow soon! Right now, everything just looks like a big white box, but it’s a heck of an improvement from where we began.

Here’s what will be our fourth bedroom…

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And here’s what will be our family room and new laundry closet…

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The walls, doors, built-ins, and even our fireplace (thinking stucco over the brick?) will all be painted Benjamin Moore’s white dove. I know, boring. But a basement needs lots of light, and what better way to reinforce bright and airy than with white paint:)? The downstairs bathroom is coming along too, but I’ll wait to snap photos until the tile is installed, as right now it doesn’t look too impressive…lots of scraps and dust in a small space!

Again, I promise I’ll be around more this week! Promise.