Friday, July 25, 2008
I possess one and only one piece of real art, a painting by my sister. I decided it deserved a real frame, not the Ikea frames I use in the rest of my home. I got a recommendation for a DC frame shop that lets you do some of the work yourself to reduce costs. The frame looks great! Here it is:
Saturday, May 31, 2008
The bathroom (I'm very pleased with my final choice of linen colors!):
The bathroom "before". The photos just don't convey the state of disrepair:
The living room "after." (I still have a few paint touch-ups to make):
The living room "before." I'm so happy to be rid of the louvered wall (on the left between the kitchen and the living room):
Thursday, May 22, 2008
The towels I originally purchased (I can't remove them from their packaging until I decide to keep them). If I do keep this set of towels, the trash can doesn't have to stay:
The second version definitely pops A LOT more and I like that. I'm just not sure it is as warm as I would like. I like that the bathroom is so cool and clean, but I would like also like it to feel warm and comfortable.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Photos as of 10 minutes ago are below (first the overall effect, then some details, including the new tile baseboard).
I bought towels in two colors, this pale grayish blue and a darker blue (What you see hanging is actually the bath mat). I'm having double thoughts about the towel colors now that I see them here. I think I would prefer towels that are more turquoise, like the trash can shown in the second photo. Any thoughts?
Right now the art is propped up on the towel bar and not hanging on the wall. That's because I don't like the frame it is in. It adds one too many silver/gray to the room. That's an easy fix though:
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
The shower tile:
The knee wall in the kitchen. I talked to the contractor about the finishing they added that had not been what we discussed. They redid the finish and this is more in line with my tastes:
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Friday, May 9, 2008
The shower nooks are taking shape. They look great. I am concerned that the bottoms should have a slight slope so that they will drain, so that is a question for the contractor this morning:
The knee wall in the kitchen is being finished. They aren't finishing it the way we discussed, which was with a narrow ledge of leftover counter from another project my contractor worked on. I don't love the aesthetics of the way it is being finished. So that's another thing I could talk to the contractor about. But I'm not sure I should worry about it since I do hope to get new kitchen cabinets and counters in the next year or so, and plan to install new the countertop on the kneewall at that time. So in my mind this is (and always was going to be) a temporary finish and I wish they hadn't spent so much time on it. They did a nice job, it's just not my style:
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
A little bit of drywall was installed:
Yesterday the contractor alerted me that some of my floor joists were not in good condition. A piece of plywood was screwed and glued to the floor over the warped joists. I'm worried about this... I thought the message I got this morning was that the joists would be repaired for some added cost. They have not been repaired, but the plywood has been installed. If you step on the portion shown in the upper right hand corner it is quite bouncy and not level:
The new bathtub was positioned in the bathroom:
And the bonus project! I had the contractor remove the white louvered wall that served as a divider between the kitchen and the living room. This shows progress of the new knee wall being constructed to replace it. It's almost there:
Monday, May 5, 2008
The walls and ceiling:
The pipes where the vanity used to be:
Monday, April 28, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
Here's a photo of the floor tile with a few tiles of the shower tile, the vanity door, and the sink faucet. I like the way everything looks together!
(Alana in Canada... I may end up putting white contact paper on the inside of the frosted glass if I find that it looks too messy.)
Summary of this week's accomplishments:
- Floor tile arrived
- Matching towel bars, TP holder, and glass shelf ordered
- Toothbrush holder purchased
- Saw my contractor featured on television news (a feature on green design)! Good thing I've already got a date set for my job!
Monday, April 21, 2008
This looks NOTHING like my bathroom, but the floor tile and wall tile shown here represent what I have ordered (with the exception of the trim between the floor and the wall, I'm not using what is shown here and I couldn't seem to make it go away).
This is the Daltile Colorbody Porcelain, in their Keystone line. The color is Suede Gray and the tiles will be 2" square.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
- Towel rack/TP holder/Glass shelf
- White trim tiles
- Tub spout/shower head (and drain/overflow)
- Shower curtain rod
Friday, April 18, 2008
I think I will frame the art from this month's page of my calendar for the bathroom, as shown above. I like the graphic, but I also love how calm the colors are. This is going to come last, but I'd like to have bathroom towels in two shades of blue to match the shades in this. I believe I will have white walls in the bathroom, but paint the ceiling a pale sky blue.
My "to buy" list is getting fairly short:
- Grout (to be purchased after floor tile arrives, for color comparison)
- Tub/tub spout/shower head
- Towel rack/TP holder/Glass shelf
- White trim tiles (Home Depot was out of stock when I bought the rest of my tile)
Monday, April 14, 2008
...Until my phone rang this afternoon. The manufacturer is out of stock of my tile. Estimated lead time is 16 weeks. It's time to move on to something else...
Sunday, April 13, 2008
This is where I'm storing everything I need for the bathroom remodel.
A summary of what I accomplished this week/weekend:
- Toilet arrived
- Purchased Ikea vanity and wall unit
- Assembled vanity and wall unit (doors not yet mounted)
- Purchased white subway tile for walls
- Ordered bathroom sink faucet
- Looked at bathtubs shower faucets, towel bars, and toilet paper holders
- Did some editing in my living room
- Filed my taxes
- Order/purchase floor tile
- Order/purchase shower and tub faucets
- Decide whether to buy new bathtub or to refinish existing bathtub (please offer your opinion!)
- Schedule work
I went to Amicus Green Building Center to look at tile for my bathroom floor. By chance my contractor Emilio was there taking a class! I looked at their selection of tile and found a couple things I liked. I asked about prices and learned that the ones I liked were $16-$18 a square foot (not including installation). This was lovely tile and I'm sure it is worth that price, but it is just too far outside my price range. But then I found some tile that I liked just as well and my excitement grew when I learned it was $6 per square foot.
This is where the story turns sour. This particular tile is only available by the box. A box covers 22 SF. Apparently, the company is very strict about never breaking a box. So I would need to order 44 SF of tile to cover 22.5 SF of floor. That's a deal breaker for me. I thought about maybe using some of the tile to form a back splash in the bathroom, or to line the top portion of the shower, but I don't think that fits within the aesthetic I'm looking for.
I guess I need to find a new floor tile...
Monday, March 31, 2008
I've been looking at vanities and tile and will hone in on purchasing these items once I've talked with the contractor.
I'm getting excited about all this!
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
The photo on the left shows my old doorknob, deadbolt, and chain. I never liked any of them. The new doorknob and chain were easy to install, but turns out that the door under the deadbolt and the plaque surrounding the doorknob was in very bad condition. It took a lot of work to make everything look good. In the middle photo, you can see the door in progress, with wood putty filling in the damaged part of the door. On the right, you can see the door after I finished repainting just this afternoon.
I changed all of the other doorknobs in my apartment to match. Here's one more example, first the old ugly doorknob, then the nice new one:
Here are some photos representative of my progress. Below is how the cupboard over my stove used to look. I had trouble finding the items I needed and every time I opened it I worried that something would land on my head.
Below is a photo of the same cupboard after pruning out the items that have been there too long. It is so much easier to use these items now. I was even able to order the cupboard by type (in general: vinegars on the left, salty in the middle, and oils on the right):
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
I got an e-mail from the company. Turns out the toilet is not in stock. They estimated a 25 week lead time. 25 weeks! That's nearly 6 months. Needless to say I canceled my order. I hope to find another company that has it in stock. If not, I'll order another model/brand.
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Here's a project I completed between the Fall Cure and this one: new lighting in my hallway. My apartment has a long hallway and it used to have one ugly ceiling light fixture at one end of the hall. The hall was so dark and shadowy that I could hardly see what I was doing.
I replaced the light with some simple track lighting. I wanted something compatible with compact fluorescent bulbs that would disperse light throughout the length of the hall. This is what I found. They are not the most attractive light fixtures, but they are subtle. The hallway is much improved with the new lighting.
Part of the Apartment Therapy Cure involves cooking at home. I enjoy cooking at home and I'm always trying to do more of it. Lately I've been making a lot of pizza. Homemade pizza dough is surprisingly easy, but even easier using the recipes in the book Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. This pizza has tri-colored peppers, sun dried tomatoes, and just a sprinkling of parmesan cheese. I've found that I prefer simple pizzas with just a few toppings.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
- Remodel the bathroom (which I have been putting off, and saving money for, for years). This includes:
- New tile (floor and ceiling, something simple so I can redecorate anytime with accessories)
- New vanity/sink
- New toilet
- Reglaze the existing bathtub
- Additional/More useful storage
- Bring order to the entry closet
- Find new solution for upper shelf storage in clothes closet (current sweater boxes are breaking beyond repair)
- Replace doorknobs throughout the apartment
- Fix water-damaged wall on bay window
- Think about new art behind sofa
- Frame artwork from my sister (currently in an old picture frame on top of a cheap poster)
- Quick bit of editing in the kitchen (it's close already)
- Make murphy bed cabinet less busy (my constant struggle)
- Remove ugly divider next to stove and replace it with ???
- Refinish legs on chair and loveseat (will get to this, but probably not in the next eight weeks)
- New kitchen cabinets, counters, and floor
- Replace floor lamps
- Window coverings?