Saturday, August 7, 2010

All in a day's work...

This post will be mostly pictures--there are so many things to share!  My parents and brother came up today, and we knocked out the master bathroom (minus the mirror)!  It was a very long day, but I am so happy with the results. A few other small projects were finished up around the house that I will also have to showcase.  Here it goes...

I'll start with the bathroom.  A few reminders of how it looked before today...


Seashell sink...


Our lovely lighting and mirror...


Snazzy faucet and rusted-out drain...and, yes, I actually do clean the sink now and then...it had pretty much lost most of its finish. :)


Another shot at the lighting...you need to really get the creepy effect.  Can you imagine trying to put on makeup in this lighting, ladies???


I know, I know...Why would we EVER want a change?


We started by removing the mirror...this honkin' thing had to GO!


Andy is just so dern proud of himself...


HAHA--Ridiculous...


Getting that puppy outta there...Hercules! Hercules!


Tah-Dah!  It looks so good, we may not put up another one!  NOT!


This piece of plywood had to be painted to be mounted over the light box...


Andy told me to smile for this one...


Donesy.


Next, we gathered all of the supplies to hopefully make the day go faster...Andy was smitten with our new sink.


Once my parents got to the house, we started in this part of the bathroom.  The edges of the floor needed caulking and the quarter round had to go down.  And, yes, the toilet needed to come out of our bedroom and back to its home in here (gross, I know).


Andy and Dad having a "potty" in the bathroom. :)


Donesy.


Another shot...


Andy and I didn't do so bad, did we?


Next, we moved to the vanity top...SO much better!  We chose a granite top from Lowe's--I really liked the white bowl and the speckled look of the stone.  It was a bit pricier than our previous vanity top replacement, but really worth it.


Next, the faucet was hooked up.  Yet again, this was a complicated process, but my dad is pretty talented at rigging things.  He made it work!


The oil-rubbed bronze faucet was so worth the extra investment--it really turned out well with the granite. 


The vanity top caulked and ready to go!


Next, we tackled the lighting.  The plywood I painted was cut and nailed up, a trim piece was added, and the new pendant lights were mounted.


With the lights on...


Up close--the giraffe print crackle on the shade worked really nicely with the granite and the gray walls.  I was really pleased!


The big picture...

As you can see, I still have quite a bit of work to do.  I need to sand, spackle, and paint this wall (like I did in the guest bath), and then we need to mount the new framed mirror.  I am super excited to see how the new mirror fits in with the changes.  I'm hoping for a really dramatic look!

My mom also brought up some new curtains she had made for our living room.  Yes, we already had curtains in the living room, but my mom and I had stumbled across the CUTEST fabric at a discount fabric store that we knew would just go SO well in the living room...so you must know what happened.  The old curtains got the boot...well, they were moved to another room.  Here are the new curtains up and running...


The new curtains!


Here is a close-up of the fabric...it has EVERY color in our living room in it.  The wall color, the couch and chair, the blacks of the furniture, and the pops of red I've used...couldn't be more perfect.


We could only find a certain amount of the fabric in the store, so my mom had to improvise.  She added an off-white fabric to the top to finish out the curtains.  I felt like it worked to lighten up the room a bit.  Thanks, Mom!


Don't fret, the living room curtains found a new home in the bonus room. 


Andy is already loving the extra dose of red in his Alabama room. :)

My dad also helped us to FINALLY hook up the water to our new refrigerator (that we bought forever ago).  This was a MASSIVE deal to me--I have not had ice in a drink (while at home) since I moved in!!!  We had bought this spiffy fridge with filtered water and ice in the door and had not even had it hooked up to the water.  My dad has nearly saved my life.  As I type, I have an ice cold glass of lemonade by my side...heavenly!

The next little project that was finished this weekend involved the leaning bookcase that I ordered several weeks ago.  Did I mention the first one came in and was broken?  Very frustrating.  We received our new one on Friday and I aimed to put it together myself...


So I removed the pieces from the box...


Lined them up in the shape of a bookcase...and waited for the Bozemaster to come home from work. :)


He did a great job!  This little number found its place in the living room...


Admittedly, I could stand to accessorize the bookcase a bit differently, but I feel that this would entail purchasing things.  Why not just use what I have for now???  Music to my husband's ears. :)

Well, I think I may have set a record for number of pictures included in a blog post, but I just HAD to share what's been happening around here.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

P.S.--Thanks a million Mom and Dad!  You guys are a lot of the reason we have a spiffy little dwelling!!!

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