Monday, May 16, 2016

Master Bathroom Addition/Renovation

Well, the time has come! The master bathroom is complete. As I mentioned before, we planned to add on a bathroom and closet last summer. But those plans got derailed and we made new plans this spring. We added a closet to the master bedroom and redid Eden's room so that we no longer needed a playroom. (If you missed that post, you can find it here).

Last summer, we went to Cline's up in North Carolina to search for a dresser we could convert into our vanity and a clawfoot tub we could refinish. We found gems! And they've been waiting a year to be given some TLC.

On April 8 we got the approval and picked up our building permits. Jack got started the next day (thanks Hunter and Davis for the help!) turning this into our master bathroom.

Day 1:

While they worked inside, I started working on refinishing the clawfoot tub. I started by sanding the outside 3 times. Once with 80 grit, then 120 grit and finally 220 grit sand paper.

Jack got the walls studded that first weekend and then our plumber came out to run all the pipes. Jack did almost all the work on this bathroom himself. Our friend, Jim, helped Jack with all the electrical work- cause he's awesome.

We refinished the clawfoot tub. After I sanded, I painted the outside and the feet. Then we cleaned the inside, sanded it, cleaned it again, used acid to acid etch it and then refinished it with a spray on epoxy.

We refinished the dresser as well- sanded, new paint, new knobs, repaired the marble top, modified the drawers for the plumbing, and cut a hold for the sink pipes. 

We decided to keep the original hardwood floors, so Jack refinished them.

It was a lot of late nights and long weekends, but on May 11 we had our final inspection. It took 1 month to go from playroom to master bathroom! Not too bad. That's why he's the best husband ever. So without further ado------ I present to you, our new master bathroom.

The bathroom has a pocket door. We reused an original door from the house.

Here are the comparison pictures!

We wanted to keep part of the built in cabinet. Jack took off the glass door and moved the solid doors to the top. Then he closed in the bottom part. Now it's a great medicine cabinet! 

There are more renovations coming this summer. All I'll say for now is some walls are coming down! Stay tuned for more updates!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Eden's Dance Recital

Yesterday we had Eden's dance recital. This year she did a tap number and a ballet number. Fair warning: this post is going to be full of pictures! You can't take video during the recital, but you can during the dress rehearsal. So the videos are from the dress rehearsal and the pictures are from the actual recital. The pictures make my heart happy. She literally beamed from ear to ear during the entire performance. The place was packed, so we didn't get the best seats. I'm so glad we had a zoom lens on the camera.

Flowers from each of her brothers, Grammy and Pop-Pop, and Nana and Paw-Paw. Plus a trophy- "Mommy, my trophy has 2 stars because I'm such a good dancer!"

Here are the videos from the dress rehearsal. She cracked me up on the ballet number as she was trying really hard to see me in the audience. So, she didn't do the entire dance because she was looking for me! She didn't do that during the recital, though. Enjoy!

Here is her tap number: "Baby Take A Bow"

And her ballet number: "So Long, Farewell"

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Master Bedroom Closet and Eden's New Room

When we bought our house about 18 months ago, we turned the den into our bedroom and were going to add on a bathroom and closet. We had a great plan, but that plan stalled pretty quickly. Our plans were approved by the city and we got a loan to cover the cost.... but because it was a bathroom addition, the city had the utilities department inspect the city sewer line by our house just to make sure it was in good shape. It wasn't. They found 3 breaks in it. Last May. Like a year ago. They put a hold on our permit- they said that they didn't want our construction materials and work to get in the way of the work they needed to do on the sewer line. And that's the last we heard from them- no permit for us until they fixed the sewer line, but no work has been done on the sewer line. We've just been in this limbo place for a year.

Over the past few months we began to get really antsy about it all as we made payments on a loan that wasn't being used and still had just 1 bathroom for all 6 of us. Friends encouraged us to push back against the city and call some higher ups. That encouragement was enough to propel us into action. We tried with the city again- but we didn't get very far. And so, we came up with a new bathroom plan- one that didn't require an addition.

We decided to turn the kids playroom, which was a sitting room between our bedroom and the kitchen, into our bathroom. And we decided to build a closet in our bedroom to make it into an actual bedroom!

The first step was the closet. Jack did the closet in February. It is amazing!!

Our bedroom when we moved in:




The next step in the "get a master bathroom" process was to no longer have a playroom. It really wasn't too hard to do since the boys have outgrown a lot of their toys. Most of the toys they do still play with could be easily relocated to their bedrooms. But Eden still has baby dolls, a play kitchen, princess dolls, etc. that she plays with. Up until now she has had a queen sized bed so that her room could double as a guest room if needed. (Eden's room before):

 But if we were going to move her toys into her room, she needed a smaller bed. I found a twin bed online that had a trundle that would pop-up to the same height as the bed to make a king sized bed. This is what I wanted so that most of the time she just had a twin bed, but when guests come we can make it into a king bed. I showed the picture to Jack and he said he wanted to make it! I also wanted to add pink to her room, but keep the teal and brown. I love the finished product! And so does Eden.

The amazing bed!

And then on April 8 we got our permit to put a bathroom in the playroom! We finished it today! Final inspection done and it's kind of amazing. Y'all. Isn't God good? If we had gone through with our plans a year ago, we'd have a bathroom, sure, but what we have now is so much better than what we planned then! Plus, we have money left from the loan to do a few more projects this summer. What we thought was a problem was just time for us to rethink the plan. So thankful!

New bathroom pictures coming soon....... stay tuned!!