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Bathroom & Belly

22 Jun


Wow I can’t believe it’s been almost a month since my last post.

I apologize for such a long absence, it’s just been so crazy over here.

We (mainly the husband) have been working on the bathroom every night and weekend to get it done before the baby shower on July 1st! yikes! We have one week left and still have a good amount to get finished.

paint bathroom & hallway walls and trim

seal tile and grout

install shower trim

install toilet

install pedestal sink

install faucet

hang mirror

install vanity and chandelier light

finish electrical (fan, switches etc)

install door hardware

install shelves

install towel and tissue fixtures

Woo!! Did I forget anything?

Anyway here are some progress shots so you can see what we’ve been up to.

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We decided to open up the wall to install a pocket door, which has made a huge difference for the space.

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Here it is all framed up and installed. I love it!

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So here we got the tub in, insulation in, and are starting to drywall.

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The drywall going up has made a huge difference, now we could really visualize it!

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Day 2 of tile install! (I’m saving the finished tile for the reveal)

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And now today has been all about paint, Left to Right: Wickham Gray, Horizon and Moonshine all Benjamin Moore colors. We actually already primed the walls, tinted to Horizon so that’s why you can barely see it.

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We are painting tonight so I’ll surprise you with the color I chose ; )

Oh and by the way I’m 30 weeks as of yesterday! Yeee!!

Here’s a belly shot from week 29


Hope you all enjoy your weekend! Wish us luck on wrapping this bathroom up! My poor husband will be busy all weekend ; )

bathroom status

2 May

This is what we are currently workin’ with




Fun, right?

Well we decided to get a couple of bids for the plumbing work, because with our day jobs, the nursery, baby shower and of course the baby herself coming in less than 4 months, we decided it was just too much for the husband to tackle.

So while I wait for the plumbing to be done, I started looking at tile options.

life begins at thirty

Love the bathroom over at Life Begins at Thirty Right?


elle decor

and these beauties found on Pinterest.

So I went ahead and ordered a sample of this gorgeous tile.


1×1 Polished Carrera Marble Hexagon mosaic.

Seriously loving this for the floor!


I wonder how marble will hold up on the floor though. I’ve been so afraid to ever use it in my house because it’s not as durable as porcelain or ceramic.

Do you have or know anyone with marble floors? How do they hold up?

the kitchen backsplash

19 Jan

Wow! Sorry for the very long Holiday break. We’ve been so busy over here with getting Christmas done, finishing up the backsplash, and taking a long over due vacation.

We spent 10 amazing days in Kauai with the whole fam and loved every minute of it.

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I also finally took some photos of the completed backsplash. Which I’m still drooling over…



At the last minute I decided to go with the Antique White grout and I’m so glad I did. I really like how it pulls out the lighter color in the granite.




Don’t you just love how the light reflects off the tile.



Woo! So now that that’s done we move onto the next big project….

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the guest bathroom!

I’m so excited to get started, I can’t even contain myself. Unfortunately with the play offs in my way, I might just have to wait until after the Super Bowl.

or butter up the husband with some extra foot massages.

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Have a great rest of the week!

tile sneak peek

21 Dec

Hi All!

I’m still exhausted from Monday’s tile install.

I spent most of the day working from home and having nervous anxiety over the grout color.

I thought I was so set on white but then at the last minute changed it to antique white. I’m so glad I did too. I love how it turned out.

I have yet to put the kitchen back together to take better pictures but here’s a little sneak peek for you

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The husband loved it so much, he even said “You’re right, white cabinets would look really good in here”

Yeep!! I couldn’t even contain my excitement!

It’s official we will be painting the cabinets white…when will that happen, I’m not sure. Most likely after the guest bathroom remodel.

grout color dilemma

13 Dec

ok real quick..

I’m having trouble deciding on a grout color.


White on white pretty much blends and doesn’t really showcase the subway pattern. But then again I like that it won’t compete with our busy granite.


bower power’s previous kitchen

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My other option was to pull a color from the granite like a light gray or beige.

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like this kitchen over on Some Really Neat Stuff


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Cottage and Creek used the color antique white. I really like the subtleness of it.


So what do you think?! Agh I need help and the tile installer is coming this week!

bye bye ugly backsplash

12 Dec

Hi All! Hope you had a fab and crafty weekend!

Sunday night we did a little backsplash demolition. Yee!


Feels so good to get rid of that hideous granite backsplash.


And let me just tell you it was not an easy task, the amount of glue they used on those suckers was crazy! So I had to in list the husband for some help.


We definitely will have to do some patching which we expected. Unfortunately as much as we love our older home, it comes with a price and most all of our walls are bowed.


After we finished, I noticed a couple of dilemmas. For one I hated HATED how they originally installed the granite on the wood panel next to the fridge. It’s like who does that!


So I’m hoping after we remove the glue we can salvage it to avoid having to tile over it.


This section should be a lot easier, the husband can patch and touch up the wall. I don’t know I’m not a fan of tile wrapped around the wall especially when there is not cabinet there.


And now that the ugly backsplash went bye bye, I could visualize our new tile so much better. We decided to go with a white glossy subway tile.

I’m sooo excited and can’t wait until its complete!

Which will hopefully be this week so stay tuned.

Guest Bathroom Inspiration

27 Oct

Not that I don’t already have enough going on, I started thinking about the guest bathroom. Which we plan to gut early next year.

I’m loving white and lots of it. I’m so drawn to all white bathrooms its ridiculous.

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I would also love to throw some sparkle in there, along with some stripes.

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or I could go bold with a chevron tiled floor

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And of course I’ll definitely be adding a glamorous mirror.







Anyway, I really can’t wait to get started on the bathroom, and document the journey.

But first things first, the kitchen backsplash. I just got some samples from The Tile Shop, so hopefully one of them will be the winner!

the great tile debate

19 Oct

So we’re doing it!

We are taking the plunge and finally installing the backsplash in our kitchen.

Now for the hard part…tile.

I know I definitely want subway tile, but I’m undecided on which material to use.

I did a quick stop at Lowes a grabbed some samples.

1. tumbled marble

2. tiny subway tile

3. polished marble

4. porcelain tile in bisque

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and here’s what our kitchen looks like now

I can’t wait to rip this off!

I was first drawn to #3 the polished marble but I think it might have to much variation and since our granite is already pretty busy I didn’t want it to be over kill.

So my second option was #4 the porcelain subway tile. It’s shiny which I love because it will reflect the light and I think it would modernize the kitchen.

I did some searching as well to find some pictures of kitchens with porcelain subway tile or something similar.

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if only I could paint my cabinets white…

I actually mentioned to Ryan yesterday if he wanted to surprise his wife for Christmas that we could paint the kitchen cabinets white, he would have one happy wifey!

oh how I dream of this one day…

But anyway for now, I’ll stick with what I have.

And now I need your help, which backsplash tile do you vote for?

any or none?

Back it Up!

20 Apr

That’s what my kitchen is saying to me. No really, it is. During our kitchen remodel we totally had plans to add a tile backsplash but after the funds were being drained on other areas in the house we decided to just do the boring 4″ granite backsplash.

Well! I’ve lived with it long enough!
I’ve got the itch!
These are what I’m loving right now. Who knows! They can easily change in a week. Stick with me peeps.

All Decorpad

via House Beautiful

via Abode Love

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