Monthly Archives: August 2012



We’re going to Ohio this weekend so I got off work at lunch to find PAINT! I’m completely in love with it, both the siding color and the trim. You can see on the front porch that we will be replacing the back 2 columns of the porch so they haven’t been painted yet. I’m definitely going to be some anxious to get rid of the porta potty and warning signs since a little bit of landscaping and a cared for lawn will make this house the most beautiful house ever! (A bit biased perhaps?)


This house won’t be “finished” for a very long time, possibly ever, but having a functional construction-free zone is so close I can taste it 🙂

This week’s progress



This last weekend was amazingly productive for us. What with finishing up the bathroom tile/paint on Saturday and painting the side door and foyer on Sunday, we were quite content to sit down, watch TV, and pat ourselves on the back.


Monday night we continued our productive streak by picking up a fridge (free!) from a house that was about to be bulldozed. Mom came out to help us load it and then Chris unloaded it single handedly. It’s a nice KitchenAid with stainless steel doors and an ice maker which we may or may not get to work. Even more exciting then our new fridge was to come home in the dark, squint at the house, and say “PRIMER!” We no longer live in a naked house! YAY! This means paint is only just around the corner and paint is really going to bring this old house to a whole new level. 🙂

Bathroom Makeover


This bathroom, in the back of the house on the first floor was one of the most awkward areas in the house. You can see that the shower came out of a wall built in the middle of the room leaving a little alcove between the entrance wall and the tub. But what can you do with a 5’8″ x7’2″ space?

Well you can take things out…

…and put them back very deliberately. There’s no denying that this will be an economy bathroom but we’re thinking we can do more with the space then what we started with.

The first thing we bought for this bathroom was a pedestal sink off craigslist. I had my Mom pick 2 of them up in one day ($70 for both of them– both less than a year old and included fixtures) and they’ve been hanging out in the living room for a couple months now. I’m pretty sure we did not actually own the house when I bought them. I think pedestal sinks look great in historic homes but they also make the room feel bigger. I was a little worried about giving up the under-sink storage that the original unit had, but most of that space is wasted on pipes and gets pretty gross.

The second thing we bought was a stand alone shower. Since we’ll be living exclusively on the first floor for a bit (renting out the upstairs units) we couldn’t get rid of the shower altogether, but we don’t think we’ll be missing the bath portion. We went for a rounded unit because we thought it would make the room feel bigger (Although Chris says we don’t want it to feel bigger, we want it to be bigger.)

We still have to buy a washer/dryer which will put us at a solid 3/4 bath with laundry room in this little space. It’s definitely not going to be a lounge-around-spend-the-day-in bathroom, but it will be functional and I think it will be perfect once we no longer have any bedrooms on the first floor and the shower only gets used by occasional out-of-town guests.

So tiling this bathroom was our first real DIY project and all the satisfaction that goes with that. We measured our tiles and then got them cut at Lowes (fo free!)


The yellow we picked out is one of the historic colors Valspar does, based on the Homestead Resort where we spent part of our honeymoon. I’m going to have to replace the light in here with something whiter, but I’m really quite pleased. We painted before the grout since we’ve heard it is easier to clean paint off the tile then the grout.

The contractors installed the baseboards, I’m not sure if they’re going to finish the left side to match the right? Hopefully.



New dry wall. We’ve enclosed the stairs again so they are only accessible from the outside. Eventually we’ll take this out when we stop renting the upstairs.



New crawlspace door, I quite like it!

We installed a toilet in the upstairs unit Mary Kyle will live in. It was very satisfying.


New side entrance door. We bought paint for this, but it’s been raining a lot and we need to wait for a dry day since the door is getting wet.