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How We Did in 2015 + Goals for 2016

13 Jan

Each year we set out a list of the things we want to accomplish on the house. Here’s how we did with our 2015 goals…

  1. Finish master bathroom and closet and move in to our new master. Done (mostly). We moved into the new master bedroom early in 2015 and I shared the master bathroom reveal here. We also had custom closet shelves built out and now the only thing left to do is paint them. Hope to share soon!
  2. carrera marble showerBuild out a playroom, including adding a wall and covering up a fireplace. Done! I just shared the playroom reveal this week. It is my favorite.
  3. right corner goodBuild mudroom cabinets on the opposite side of the new playroom wall. We started the cabinets, but it’s nowhere near complete. At least the mudroom is semi-functional right now. Put this one on the top of the list for 2016.
  4. IMG_0676Renovate the final bathroom upstairs. Done! You can see the full reveal here.
  5. IMG_5533Add window boxes to the front of the house. No progress made here. This may have to wait.
  6. Landscape back yard. Some progress was made here, but it is nowhere near done. I will share some photos come spring.
  7. Finish pergola on the back deck. Done! I still need to share photos of this. We love it. Again, I will share some photos in spring.
  8. Build a fire pit. Nope. We have some adirondack chairs around a fire ring, but we really want to build one in with stone. Add it to 2016!

Overall not too shabby, considering we also spent 3 months renovating an entire income property.

For 2016 our goals are to:

  1. Finish the mudroom.
  2. Paint master bedroom closet.
  3. Finish the pool fence and re-stain the deck.
  4. Install pavers around the pool.
  5. Update the living room built-ins.
  6. Finish the shed.
  7. Build a fire pit.
  8. Create a big girl room for Kate.

By the end of 2016, we will be nearly finished with major updates to the house. So exciting!

P.S. I just launched an Instagram account for the blog. Find us at 12oaksblog for progress and reveal photos! 

Master Bathroom Reveal

18 Dec carrera marble shower

Our master bathroom has been done for months, but I finally got around to taking finished photos and now it’s time to share! This is the last of the four bathrooms we have remodeled/built in this house. As a reminder, this is a completely new room that was part of our small addition we put in on the back of our house.

The last time I blogged about the master bathroom, it was looking like this.

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And here it is now all complete:

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We installed white wainscoting on the bottom half of the walls and the top half is Lazy Gray by Sherwin Williams.

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The gray vanity and top is the Cranberry from Home Depot and the recessed medicine cabinet is this one from Amazon. We added a little backsplash to the vanity ourselves using plain white subway tile.

The shower is a combination of three types of Carrera marble tile: subway tile on the walls (from Floor & Decor), a small herringbone pattern in the niche, and an octagon pattern on the floor, both from the Tile Shop. And black granite on the bench seat and threshold.

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Here is the other side of the room, which we hung 3 robe hooks from Target, and you can see the glass french door leading to our bedroom.

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And here is the toilet “nook” area.

My very favorite part of the room is the Carrera marble herringbone floor (also from Tile Shop). It’s so so pretty. And the floors are heated!

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We are very happy with the space and after 3+ years, are glad to FINALLY be done renovating bathrooms in our home.

Here is a full source list for anyone who is wondering where to get anything.

Wall paint: Benjamin Moore’s Lazy Gray; floor tile: Large Herringbone carrera marble from Tile Shop; shower tile: Carrera marble from Tile Shop & Floor and Decorvanity: Cranbury from Home Depotfaucet: Delta from Home Depot; can lights and hidden exhaust fan: Home Depottoilet: Glacier Bay from Home Depot; recessed medicine cabinet: this one from Amazon; floor mat: Bed, Bath & Beyondroman shade: this one from Pottery Barn Kids; shower fixtures: Delta from Faucet Directgrout: Polyblend bright white; soap pump/toothbrush holder: Bed, Bath & Beyond; trashcan: Bed, Bath & Beyondwall art: Target; vanity light: this one from Lighting Direct; hand towel: Targetglass canister set: Crate & Barreltoilet paper holderTarget; shower door: custom from a local glass company; french door: Home Depot.

Income Property Reveal

1 Oct

We’re officially landlords! We put the finishing touches on our rental property this week and have tenants moving in today. We are SO pleased with how the home turned out and thankfully had an easy time finding good tenants.

Here is a before look at the front exterior of the home:

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And now it looks like this:

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Admittedly, not much of a transformation, but we did rip out all the overgrown bushes and plant some boxwoods and other plants. We also replaced the light over the front door, had a new screen door custom built, and stained the front door.

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The home desperately needs an exterior paint job, which is on our radar for next year.

The back yard was also very overgrown and there was a hole in the garage roof.

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After replacing the garage roof and ripping out those bushes, it looks like this:

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Moving inside is where the big transformation happened. The kitchen looked like this before:

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And now after new stainless steel appliances, cabinets, granite countertops, arabesque tile backsplash, new hardwood floors, paint (Analytical Gray by Sherwin Williams), lighting and more:

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Here’s the other side of the kitchen.

 

And view from the dining room.

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Here was the dining room before:


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And now after new paint (Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore), crown molding, lighting, hardwood floors, baseboards, and more:

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The other side of the dining room looking into the living room used to look like this:

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And now:

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Into the living room, it used to look like this:

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We updated the fireplace, added sconces (from Home Depot), an overhead drum light, and continued the paint, crown, baseboards and new floors.

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For the fireplace, we replaced the paneling with new drywall, painted the brick white, stained the mantle, and updated the tile on the hearth.

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The other side of the living room looked like this.

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And now:

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I just love all the arches throughout the home.

Here’s a before & after of the hallway leading to the bathroom and bedrooms:

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The bathroom looked like this before:

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And now after adding a subway tiled shower, refinishing the bathtub, adding a new black vanity (from Home Depot), toilet, lighting, beadboard, and more:

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We were able to save the vintage floor tile, which fits the home perfectly. Here’s a look at the other side of the bathroom.

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The two bedrooms looked like this before:

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And now with new ceiling fans, paint, baseboards and hardwood floors:

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Upstairs used to be unfinished:

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We made it into a 3rd bedroom or bonus space by adding new lighting, HVAC, carpet, paint (Gray Owl as well), baseboards, and more.

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It is a huge space and nearly doubles the square footage of the home.

Before:

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After:

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We absolutely loved bringing this old home back to life and look forward to having this income property for many, many years to come.

Guest Bath Makeover

10 Sep

While we were renovating our new master bathroom, we decided to do the guest bathroom (our former master bathroom) at the same time. This has been mostly done since May, but we finally got around to hanging the shelves and putting the finishing touches on it.

Here’s what it looked like when we moved in:

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Shortly after moving in, we gave it a little facelift with paint, a new vanity and some shelves. The shower stopped working though, so it wasn’t even functional.

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And here it is now:

IMG_5533We did white subway tiles in the shower, and marble hex tile in the niche and on the shower floor.
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We installed beadboard wainscoting across the lower half of the wall and painted the rest of the walls Lazy Gray by Sherwin Williams. The vanity is from Home Depot, lighting from Lighting Direct, and the Starburst mirror, shelves and most accessories are from Target.

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The floor tile is a vintage-looking white octagon tile with dark gray grout.

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Here’s the other side of the room. The chrome towel hook is from Home Depot which matches the faucet, hand towel holder and toilet paper holder. The shower doors were off the shelf from Home DepotIMG_5530

That concludes the tour. We hope our guests enjoy having their own “en suite” bathroom!

Coming up I’ll be sharing our new master bathroom/bedroom/closet and the finished rental property.

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