ranch house reno

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!!

Our Dining Room Reveal

We’re so excited to share our dining room with you all today! The dining table was actually one of our first home purchases. I found it before we even found our flooring and practically begged to buy it (after asking if I was a total crazy person for my priorities). The table sat in the box in the garage for a month and the second our flooring was in we put it together. It is so beautiful and I love the raw wood and leg design. We do want to seal it since we’ve noticed a few stains already from oil based food. But really, I don’t mind a little wear and tear on furniture, especially wood. Finding the chairs wasn’t nearly as easy. We searched for the perfect chairs for a while and am soooo happy we ended up with these. We originally looked at the lower, barrel version of this chair and realized it would be too low with the table. I love how this design comes above the table but doesn’t block any view of it. And they were so much cheaper than the other version we looked at! Win win!!

Will before and afters ever get old? The answer is a hard no, guys. I can’t believe how dreary it looked when we moved in and really, what a little paint (and beautiful new flooring) will do. Well, and new lighting, removing popcorn ceiling, taking down a wall, moving terribly ugly vents, and adding beams…but I digress. This space really is the heart of our home already. We’ve been loving having friends and family over and hanging out around the table.

We’re still trying to figure out what to do on the wall behind the table. I don’t want to do anything that takes away from the light fixture so I’m a little bit at a loss. If you have any ideas, I’d love to hear them!

Scroll to the bottom of the post for all sources!

   

Sources

Dining Table: Asta Furniture – our table is still on sale. It’s really beautiful and raw

Chairs: Overstock (our chairs are out of stock where we bought them but you can definitely sign up for their back in stock alert to be the first to know when they’re back in stock!) Found them on Amazon too!

Light Fixture: Modern Etoile Linear Chandelier it’s out of stock where we got ours but I found it on some other sites, and some similar ones too. Here, Here, Here and Here.

Art: Minted – We have the 40×30 with a white border.

Choosing our flooring

You may remember (and think we’re crazy) that there was brand new laminate flooring in our house when we purchased it…..and we ripped it ALL OUT.

But my take on it is, why settle with something that’s not going to make you happy? Especially when you care about your home as much as we do. It was the easiest choice to make, for me, and I would do it again in a heartbeat. Now, choosing our new flooring…that was a whole different situation.

But before we talk about that, let’s take a look at what the flooring was like when we moved in. Oh gosh, AND that horrible popcorn ceiling.

And what it looks like now. Ahh, it’s so good, and really, even better in person if you can imagine. It photographs so differently in every lighting and room situation but I’m not even mad about it because it looks so good in each space.

Scroll down to read about how we found it and how we’re liking it so far.

Choosing the flooring was much much harder than we first thought. I mean we want light oak flooring…easy as that right?

We looked through hardwood flooring (too expensive but so so amazing), LVT: Luxury Vinyl Tile, which was still actually really pricey and for some reason I just didn’t love it. Even though it was on the higher price end, it somehow felt cheap to me (please don’t take offense to this. A lot of people pushed this on us so it must be amazing. Just not for us). We just kept going back to laminate, and we’re really happy with our decision.

So, we started our search for the perfect light oak laminate flooring. It’s very annoying how expensive our taste is. We would fall in love with a piece and then realize it was $6/sqft. Um, not going to work. I mean, we just bought a house so we didn’t want to have to shell out 10k for flooring (plus, that doesn’t include installation). So we searched for probably three weeks, going through ten different samples from varying widths to laminate thickness. We’d get a sample, fall in love, and then get an email saying it’s being discontinued and the search would have to begin all over again. These were a few we loved.

  

Then one afternoon, out of desperation, Adam ordered a random set of samples from Tecsun in City of Industry. The second we took it out of the envelope we knew it was the one. It had a heavy amount of grain and nice warm tones. One word of advice guys…hire someone to measure and quote your flooring square footage before ordering. Apparently our 1500sqft house doesn’t need 1500 sqft of flooring. Anyone need 20 boxes of this stuff? Whoops. Sooo we have a few boxes left over but we’re sure we will need it in the future (kitchen remodel anyone?). In the end we hired out the flooring installation and in two days it went from a construction site to a home and we couldn’t be happier.

We have one con, and one con only, about this laminate. The actual surface of the flooring is pretty thin and a spot has already worn through on one of the planks (a tiny spot, but still). Now, maybe something heavy fell on it or it was just a poorly manufactured plank but that being said it’s still beautiful and we still love it a ton and highly recommend it.

Credits

Laminate: Tecsun Macadamia Oak Flooring (There are a ton of places that carry this laminate. This company is who we found to be the most cost effective with delivery included.)

Rug: Edetta Faded Dendrite Rug

Hall Sconce: Sea Gull Lighting

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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