Hope everyone had an amazing weekend! It was 80 degrees in Milwaukee, and I spend as much time as I could outside, soaking in the sun. Also, thanks to everyone who has reached out about updates on My Flippin’ Friends, it makes my heart happy that you are excited about the show! We got an update and HGTV will be re-airing the pilot episode on April 28th at 11am CT/Noon EST, and then will be making a decision if we get a season in May…yes, the wait game is killing me!!! But if you all could tune in or set your DVRs and watch within 48 hours that would be amazing! They are going to factor in the ratings for both showings.
Now onto the upstairs bathroom renovation! The bathrooms were nasty, and needed to be completely gutted and redone. When we reconfigured the upstairs, I decided to create a landing and have the bathroom open to both the bedrooms instead of making an en suite for the master bedroom. I loved the idea of making this room an oasis. One of the great things about being in Wisconsin, is that we are the home for a bunch of amazing companies, one being Kohler, and they were excited to be a part of the pilot and work with us to create this bathroom. I am in love with thier brushed gold, it’s so modern and lux looking. The plan for the space was black & white with pops of gold and greenery.
Our tile budget was tight, so instead of more statement patterned tile, I picked a classic oversized subway tile and laid out in a crosshatch pattern with a dark grout for a graphic impact. Lots of plants added a little life to the tiled bathroom.
I originally wanted a double vanity, but we ended up carving out a corner of the bathroom so the washer and dryer could be on the second floor. Even though we lost a few feet in the bathroom, everyone who saw the house loved the second floor laundry.
A peek at the laundry nook outside the bathroom. I found this door for $5 at ReStore, and knew it would be perfect to hide the stackable washer/dryer.
Remember this DIY wooden ladder ?! A coat of spray-paint later, and it was the perfect towel holder for staging.
There were 3 layers of different tile on the floor! The demo took forever because the guys kept uncovering more and more. So glad this bathroom is gone!
Kohler Vox Rectangle Sink, Iron Works Bathtube, Purist cross faucet, Purist cross bath handle, Purist tissue holder, Purist towel ring, Purist Bath spout, Contemporary Round rainhead,
Target Wood stump (no longer in stores) + Square mirror
DIY Wooden Ladder
Tile Shop 2″x2″ Matte hexagon tile + 3″x6″subway tile
Langley Street 2 Light Wall Sconce
Flying Tiger Wall planters (in store only)
Amazon hanging planter + Turkish towel + Matte Black canisters
World Market 6 bulb cluster pendant light
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Onto the Master Bedroom! The house was originally listed as a 4 bedroom, but when we saw the inside the “4th bedroom” was a tiiiiiny room off the largest room upstairs. The original idea was to use it as walk-in closet for the master bedroom. Well, when we decided to tear down ALL the walls in the house (there was zero insulation behind them), we had a completely open second floor that could be reconfigured. I loved the idea of having all three of the windows in the front of the house open to the bedroom, so we scratched the walk-in closet and made the master span the whole width of the house. Then we moved the closet and created a big his & hers, that also worked as a nice sound buffer between the two upstairs bedrooms.
The upstairs bedroom were all so small with little closets and low ceilings. We reconfigured it to create two larger bedroom with big closets, and vaulted the ceiling to make the rooms feel even more spacious.
This oversized light showed off the vaulted ceilings, which were totally worth it!
After tearing down all the walls we had an empty space to reconfigure. I probably chalked it out 15 times before landing on this layout. I loved how all the spaces felt after the walls went up and it was staged!
This was the “4th bedroom” that was going to be a walk-in closet, but I did not want to waste a window in the closet, so opened it up to the room. We staged it as a sitting area, but also added the hookup for an electric fireplace if future owners want to add to make this master bedroom SUPER cozy!
What do you think? Could you see yourself sleeping in this room?
West Elm Mobile Chandelier – Grand
West Elm Mid-century standing planter + stump
Minted Staredown + Chopped Art Print
Sinus Square Stitched Platform Bed
Lazarette Barn Light
World Market Water Hyacinth Bench
World Market Boho Kilim Rug
Allen + Roth Frosted Maple Wood Laminate
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Time for my favorite part of the renovation: The Kitchen! Figuring out this space definitely kept me up a few nights. There are so many moving parts and big ticket decisions to make, and we were working on a 3 month deadline for the whole house, so there was no time to make changes or second guess decisions. We started with a blank slate after we gutted the whole first floor, and just had to work around the header for the little addition that was added years ago on the left, and it’s low slanted ceiling. I played around with a million layout options, debating weather or not to do upper cabinets, and figuring out where that darn fridge would go! The cabinet guys laid out the kitchen with the fridge on the back or right wall with uppers around the whole kitchen…but knowing this is a starter home for a small family, I picked windows over cabinets. It’s a small space and the windows make all the difference! I moved the fridge to the slanted nook and surrounded it with pantries which gave the kitchen a good amount of storage. I was super happy with the final layout, and the flow of the kitchen works great for cooking and entertaining!
Oh, this backsplash! I went back and forth about doing a statement black and white tile, or subway tile…but ultimately decided a bold tile could be a bad move for resale, and subway tile is a bit overdone right now (trust, I still love subway tile, and used it in both bathrooms). I am a huge fan of all things hexagon, and loved this tile…but beware, it’s a pain to install! If you use it, make sure to stick with a light grout, unless you want to pull them all off the mesh backing. It’s a headache getting the spacing even, and dark grout will amplify that.
The original plan was to put shelving along side of the hood all the way to the top, but it started to get really busy vertically, so we stopped at one on each side. And a set of vintage copper container I found thrifting fit perfectly on them. It was meant to be!
The before kitchen was definitely one of the grossest I have ever seen! Thousands of dead cockroaches, electrical fires, water damage, and rodents had chewed through the support beams…it was a nightmare!
So much happier…and cleaner, ha! I splurged on the copper lights on the back wall because I really wanted all copper and matte black in the kitchen, but saved on the clear globe pendants, a steal at $65! I originally had heavier industrial pendents, but knew even before they were hung that they were wrong, and had the clear ones on the way. I love how the two lighting styles work together!
We ended up completely gutting the kitchen to repair all the structural, electrical and plumbing problems…it was pretty crazy to see it striped down to the original 125+ year old structure. This is also were the budget took a pretty major hit, which sadly came out of the exterior. My grand landscaping plans got the axe, but at least we know the inside is safe for future owners.
There were a lot of suggestions to do a farmhouse sink, but they are just SO popular right now, I wanted to do some thing a little different, and I was so excited with how slick the matte black faucet and sink looked in the white kitchen. For real, how sexy is that faucet!
There you have it, the kitchen! I hope you love it as much as I do 🙂
Rejuvenation Copper Carson 12″ Wall Sconce
The Tile Shop 2″ Matte White Hexagon Tiles
Kohler Matte Black Purist faucet and Cairn double bowl sink
GlideRite Hardware Classic Cabinet Bin Pull
Cosmas Flat Black Cabinet Hardware Round Mushroom Knob
CR Light Edison Style Industrial Vintage Creative Pendant Lamp
The Loom House Rugs
HGTV HOME by Sherwin Williams – Desert Lake
Cali Bamboo Hardwood flooring-Vintage Moonlight
Minted Leaf in Green Art
Schlage Century Single Cylinder Handleset and Latitude Lever
Leave a comment with any other questions!