After four straight weekends working at the cottage, we’re taking a break until after Christmas. With a few extra hours on my hands this week I thought a quick update on our progress and some bathroom plans would be fun to share. If you follow along on Instagram you may have seen some of the things we’ve been working on in my stories but if not here is a quick recap of what we’ve been up to lately.
Right before Thanksgiving we sanded and sealed the floors:
I’ll be honest and say I’m not sure I ever want to sand floors again but I am happy with how they turned out:
Then on Black Friday, we got busy putting the kitchen back together, starting with drywall:
Followed by installing cabinets:
The next weekend we painted the cabinet boxes and trimmed everything out:
Finally last weekend we hacked the cabinet for the farmhouse sink and got the countertops installed, stained and sealed:
In the midst of the kitchen project, we’ve also been working on the full bathroom downstairs. Here’s how the downstairs bathroom looked when we bought the house:
Soon after we discovered a roof leak that caused the paneling on the ceiling to buckle so that came down:
Then we tore into the wall between the bathroom and kitchen to access electrical so all the paneling above the tile came down too:
And we replaced it with green sheetrock:
We did something different on the ceiling but before we get into that let’s talk about bathroom inspiration! After scouring Pinterest we finally settled on plans for the two bathrooms.
Our vision for the full bathroom:
Most of the demo is already done and all that’s left is to rip up the floor. We’re going to replace it with this tile from Home Depot:
The next step will be to paint the wall and shower tile white to mimic the look of subway tile using a tub and tile paint like this.
We knew from the start we wanted to keep the vanity so we’re going to give it a simple update with wood trim and paint like the inspiration vanity from Jenna Sue Design Co.
We’re going to rebuild the vanity counter and on top of that will set a white vessel sink:
Above that a round mirror like this to break up all the straight lines:
And this glass sconce:
And above it all is the new tongue and groove ceiling we installed last weekend:
To finish it off we’ll add some softness with a lace or sheer shower curtain and a few small accessories.
But that’s not all… we also have the half bathroom upstairs:
Our vision for the half bathroom:
It’s a small room, so the first this I’ll do is paint the paneling white to brighten the space like I did throughout the rest of the house.
I plan to replace the vanity with this primitive style table I scored for $25:
This is Zoey. She inspects everything as soon as I bring it in the house.
On the same shopping trip I found this perfectly sized mirror to hang above the sink:
Above the mirror will be a sconce with some vintage style:
For the opposite side of the room, I plan to repurpose this mirror that was left at our house to reflect light from the window and make the space feel larger:
Under that, I’ll add a few wall to wall wood shelves to add some warmth and extra storage for all the pretty things.
What do you think? At this point we’re crossing our fingers we can get it all done by the end of January. The kitchen is in good shape and should be fully functional by Christmas but we have a way to go in the bathrooms. Remember to follow along on Instagram and check out my stories to see all our progress as it happens! In the meantime, I’ll be busy painting furniture and wrapping gifts!
Merry Christmas y’all!