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Our Guest Bathroom Renovation (Finally) – Day One (and two)

     Here we go!! Our hall bathroom has been gutted since two days after we moved in…and hasn’t changed (two months later) until now. Our tile guy came two days ago and started prepping the room to lay tile yesterday! Ah, you guys. I cannot even wait for two working bathrooms again and to take baths in our new soaker tub. Have I mentioned how excited I am?

Okay, here is what the bathroom looked like when we moved in. Lots of pink, terrible tile, bathtub only (this was a big reason we decided to demo first of all) and a really low vanity. Like even I had to bend over to wash my hands (I’m 5’3″). Literally days after moving in, we couldn’t handle this bathroom (and anticipated things moving a lot quicker with the renovation of it) so Adam started demo-ing. Ripping out that tiled seat behind the tub, taking out the cast iron (aka HEAVY) bathtub and ripping up the tile and the vanity. Have you guys ever seen so much dirt under a tub? I was so grossed out by the fact that that is actually a thing. So gross.

Once everything was cleared out we had a plumber come and replace some of the pipe in the bathtub area and get it all plumbed for a shower. Our shower head in our master bath is so low so Adam wanted to be sure this one was extra tall so that he (and any tall guests we have) could comfortably shower in it. My contractor uncle built the wall behind the tub so we can have a niche, which will be a total game changer. Why do I feel so fancy doing that instead of having a terrible shower hanger thing to hold shampoo? It’s so adult!! haha. The space in between the niche wall and the back wall will be storage. If you saw my stories then you know I’ve been debating over closed cabinetry and open shelving. My heart says open, my head says open (but maybe closed). Here’s the thing, our vanity has two large drawers that we can hide things in and our linen closet is just outside of this bathroom so there’s plenty of closed storage nearby. Plus, baskets hide so much. So basically I don’t know why I ask opinions because I already know what I want to do ; ) Also, swooning hard over that new Kohler soaker tub!

Day one of tile prep looked like this. It’s crazy how some walls can make me so excited!

and then tile started going up!

Day one complete! Floor tile is going in today and ohhhhh man, that transformation is going to be amazing!

In case you needed a reminder about how incredible Exfloorit’s Costa Allegra hex tile is.

You’re welcome.

Guest Bathroom Renovation – The Plan

We are finally getting to our guest bathroom renovation project! Two (well, maybe more) months in the making. Here’s the thing. I figured that my Mom and I (megan) could just tile the bathroom ourselves. I mean, how hard can it be? The thing is, it’s not necessarily hard but the prep that you have to do beforehand should probably be left to the pros. So, once I realized that and we found a great tile guy, he was a little over a month out. Shows that he’s pretty amazing though, right? So that leads us to today! He started prep work on the bathroom yesterday and I’ll be sharing a full before and during post in a couple of days to show some progress but I wanted to show you all our vision for the space first! If you don’t know us well, then know that white is a must have around the Bravwel home. I mean, clearly. I know there isn’t a lot of color in our plan but the floors will soften up the room so much and we plan on having a really beautiful rug to liven up the space and warm wood shelves above the toilet aaaand probably in the space behind the shower (see what I’m talking about in our stories on Instagram). This moodboard already makes me so happy. I cannot wait to see it all come together! The only thing missing is lighting. We are having the hardest time deciding on light fixtures for the vanity. Do we want two, each above the mirrors? One in the middle of the mirrors? (Adam doesn’t care for this plan) Orrrr something else? I figure we have some time, but not much. For now, we have a beautiful plan and I can’t wait to share the process with you all. Scroll down for all that we’re doing and for an exciting offer for you all!!

1. Floor Tile (this may be my favorite thing about the entire renovation) The gorgeous sage green (or gulf, as it’s called) hexagon tiles are from Exfloorit and you guys…The amazing people behind Exfloorit want to give our followers 10% off their order until July 7th. Head over to their site (or if you’re in the LA area, they just opened the most amazing showroom. We’re dying to go) and pick yourself out something real nice. Make sure to use Bravwel10 at checkout!

2. Brass faucet

3. Ikea double vanity

4. Shelf Mirror – I just love these mirrors. I envision putting a tiny little bud vase with some flowers on the shelf and it already makes me so happy

5. UGH

6. Shiplap – we’re doing vertical shiplap like the photo above in the entire bathroom. I think it will add the perfect texture.

7. Soaker Tub  – This 19″ tub is already calling my name.

8. Brass Shower Faucet Set – TGFA (thank god for amazon)

9. Subway Tile – we’re doing simple white subway tile with white grout in the shower

10. Brass knobs – we’re changing out the knobs on the ikea vanity for these

11. Toilet – the flush on top options make me feel fancy

 

More to come so very soon!!

We’re IN! A final walk through of the house

Well, we’re IN the house!! Such fantastic news! We moved in two weeks ago and have been slowly making it our own, which is hard to do when you literally need to purchase everything. Coming from a 600 sqft apartment to a 1500 sqft house is a giant leap so we are trying to spend wisely (aka not drain our bank accounts to fill the house) and it’s coming along!

Since we haven’t been great at sharing on the blog lately I knew an updated tour was needed so here it is! Days before we moved in, finished baseboards, got a new front door and touched up all that needed to be painted (who am I kidding, that never ends).

We owe you so many updates since we’ve been in the house and those are coming but as usual, be sure to follow us on Instagram since that’s where we show the most! We’ve been busting our butts working on our yard this week and I am loving the outcome already. Can’t wait for all of the summer backyard bashes!!

Beam-ing with excitement!

Do you like what I did there?! We’re talking about beams on the blog today and dang, it’s going to look so good once the ceiling is done. This week has been a little slower in the demo department. Adam finished ripping out everything out of the bathroom. Adios pink/peach/whatever color you are tub and sink, and we’ve been trying to decide on tile for the floors. We love a simple hexagon (of course in white) but recently, aka last night, we thought, maybe we could be a tad bit more fun? We’ll see what happens there.

I painted almost identical paint swatches on the wall to try and pick the perfect paint color for the house. I swear there’s a difference, you guys. And I think we’re going to go with Swiss Coffee, which seems to be a pretty popular one so I’m guessing it’s a great color!  AND, Adam ripped out the nasty fireplace insert and holy smokes, it already looks 10x better, even with the spider webs and dirt!

But, the topic for today is beams, so let me get back to that. So, if you remember us talking about our plans for this weird, half wall in our videos then you’ll recall we wanted to knock it down and extend that load bearing beam into the wall attached to the kitchen. Well, yesterday on our lunch break, my Mom and I decided to get to work on it, and twenty minutes later we made progress! The guys are getting the beam work in the attic done this weekend and we need to stain our beams (more on that below) and the guys need to come back and sand and patch the ceiling, and, and, and (that’s literally what my brain feels like right now).

How much better will that look!? I love that you’ll be able to walk into the living area and see our gorgeous dining table (oh ya, that we bought this week, you know, before we purchase floors) I linked it here and am SO excited about it!

Here’s a little of our inspiration for our ceilings. At first we figured we’d just paint everything white, I KNOW guys but we just love how clean it looks, but we’ve now decided to keep the beams a wood tone to warm up the space a bit. I love this image below and it was our very first inspiration photo.

via Pinterest

via Pinterestvia Studio McGee

Adam found this great post about how to age new wood and it looks exactly like how we want ours to look so fingers crossed we can do it right and it looks like this!! Take a peak at the blog post here if you want to try it too!

Be sure to follow our Instagram for more recent updates and polls about brass or brushed nickel in the bathroom. Ps. Brass wins 😉

Demo Day (ahem, weeks) – Week Two in the Bravwel Home

Week Two!! SO much has happened since we got the keys to our house. We ripped out all of the flooring, even though most people think we are absolutely batty for doing so. It was really dark laminate with carpet in the bedrooms and none of it was our style so we decided this was the time to redo it all. We ripped out all of the flooring on day two and have been looking at a ton of flooring samples trying to pick a favorite. We talk about some of our plans for this coming week in the video so be sure to check it out. Plus I posted some progress photos below and explained a little about what’s going on.

Adam and our Uncle (who is the best contractor and is helping us SO much) widened both entryways into the kitchen and I can’t believe how much better it looks! We’re getting all new paned windows in the front of the house (since ours are all OG single paned and are just so bad) and moving our Jetsons style vents out of the middle of the rooms in the living area and kitchen. Adam realized very quickly that he did NOT want to tackle removing the popcorn ceilings himself so we hired some guys to come this weekend and take it all down for us. It would be easier to do ourselves if it wasn’t painted over popcorn. So it’s much tougher to scrape off and Adam has a lot of projects to do already ; )

We’re really excited about our new plan for the ceilings in the living and dining area. This beam that’s running through the rooms is load bearing so to make it easier on the eyes we’re ripping off all of the drywall and wrapping it to make it look like a true (pretty) wooden beam and then running beams across into each room, four on each side! Oh, and taking down that random half wall so the space is more open.

I also have big plans for that fireplace eventually. Ripping out that insert, building a wood mantel and just sprucing it up a bit. I already can’t wait for all of the holidays so I can decorate it!

If you follow us on Instagram you may have seen my post talking about how much I love the light in this house. This photo was taken on the first day we saw it. I walked in and just felt happy. I love natural light and since there are windows everywhere in this home it’s full of light at all times of day. It’s seriously the best!  

Oh goodness, the bathroom. The only thing halfway new about this space is the toilet. Adam ripped out the bench thing that say behind the tub so we can have a big tub (hopefully) I mean, that cast iron pink tub and sink have definitely been in there since the beginning. Adam got the bathtub out to find SO MUCH dirt underneath. I had no idea that happened but apparently over time, rodents get underneath the house and end up kicking up dirt into the space. Our Uncle even commented about it being the most dirt he has ever seen. Soooo that’s fun.

I already can’t wait to show you next weeks updates. I have a feeling a lot is going to change. We have a big weekend of projects ahead and I’m off to the hardware store to pick out some paint samples! Hope you all have a great weekend.

xo Megan & Adam

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