Friday, October 10, 2014

The Coastal Kitchen Makeover - One Year Later

One year ago today, I revealed the first DIY kitchen update.  One year.  Where did it go?!  There have been many exciting things happen over the past year because of the kitchen.  Things that I never thought would happen to me.  Things that I didn't even think to think of.  Sometimes life is weird and crazy.

In late May, right before the magazine feature was out, I posted new pictures of the kitchen.  That post was to show the small details and decor I was added to give the space a little more character and the polished, finished look.




The kitchen has held up well.  It is definitely a kitchen that is used and not just for show.  I cook almost every night and mostly from scratch.  Plus working from home, I am usually making myself breakfast and lunch as well.  Over the year, the space has been broken in and our product choices have been tested for sure.

The only thing I am slightly disappointed in is the dishwasher.  I had read that LG dishwashers were good but not great.  LG is still considered a new company to appliances.  I chose them because of the stove.  I wanted a high BTU, 5 burner stove with a double convection ovens.  LG offered the highest BTU burners with all the other options.  All the other appliances have been amazing and I am extremely pleased with them but the dishwasher is ok.  Good but not great is an accurate description.




We are still absolutely in love with the space and the house.  It has changed so much in the 16 months we have been here.  I am looking forward to updating our bathrooms and finishing the inside of the house.  They are the last "big" projects we have inside and I can't wait to see their transformations.

And for my new readers or those of you that missed it, here is my finished kitchen.  To see before pictures, click here.




























Thanks again to Jessica, with Ever & Anon Photography, for the amazing pictures.  I can't wait to finish the house and have her take more beautiful photos!


See more of our home makeovers and updates here.

Have a great weekend everyone!


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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

A Dock Update and a Look Back

Hi all!  I hope everyone is having a great week so far.  The paint booth is full and my schedule is packed.  It is a great feeling to be busy.  So busy, that I haven't really worried with before and after posts.  I just don't have the energy right now.  Sorry.  This month I have suffered from severe adult ADD and have had a hard time staying focused and getting my to do lists done.  It happens.  I am hoping its only a phase and will go away soon.

Anyway, this weekend Blittle worked on his fish cleaning station for the dock.  It is looking great.  We need to finish the plumbing, stain the wood to match the deck and a finish a few other small details but the bulk of the work is done.


BEFORE



AFTER




Today, marks one year since I shared the Crazy, Dog People post.  That post became one of my most popular at the time.  The dog food armoire is one of my favorite pieces and is used twice a day, everyday.  I love that it is pretty and functional.  If you are new to the blog be sure to go see the piece and read about it.  Click here to read the post - Crazy, Dog People



Have a great Tuesday everyone!


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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Making Some Changes

You have probably been wondering why I haven't published my post on the details of the $6500 bathroom budget.  Some of you have no idea what I am talking about because Facebook only let 250 followers see the link to my budget post a few weeks ago.

The truth is, I am not happy with that budget.  Ever since I came up with the budget and shared the decisions with y'all, I have had anxiety.  I want a specific look and feel in my bathroom and $6500 is not an unreasonable amount to invest in the master but, I just don't want to spend that much.  Period. And it was probably going to cost more.  As I was getting quotes, and realizing some of the prep work we will have to do, it was actually going to cost OVER $7000 and was getting closer to $8,000 everyday.  Um...no.

There are too many things on my to do list next year (going to Europe, updating the other bathroom, having a life) to spend that much on one bathroom.  And this is why it is so important to do research and get quotes before the remodel starts.  There were so many things that I did not realize we needed to do or would have to purchase.

For the past few weeks I have been researching and looking at a bazillion pictures to think of a way to save.  Things I have been asking myself.....What can I live without?  Where can I make changes to save the most money?  Can I find the same products cheaper?

My goal is to get this makeover well under $6000.  I have to give up my precious calacatta gold tiles and counter top but life will go on and the bathroom will still be beautiful.



Here are the big expenses I have decided to keep.





  • The shower base.  Cost $600.




For all showers, you have to have a sloped, waterproof shower base and install a drain.  This can be done by framing out the shower pan, lining with different plastic liners, and pouring a special concrete/mortar base creating a slope to the drain.  Then you tile on top of that.  It is a multistep process and there is tons of room for error.  I have decided to buy a pre made shower base.

My reasons:  Materials to DIY a shower base are not cheap.  Several bloggers I follow, had to do their bases more than once, meaning more materials and more cost and more time.  But the biggest reason, it is a HUGE time saver.

Remember, time is money.  My time is money and it is worth a lot.  :) Well, its worth a lot to me.   Even more expensive time, my husband's.  I treat all home updates as my job.  During the bathroom remodel, I will not take on much, if any, furniture work.  The investment into our home and sweat equity earned is my job.  The last thing I want, is to have to wait all day for Brian to get home from work to help me.  Working after work is miserable.  Been there.  Done that.  And I don't want my husband to have to do it.  I will spend more money to save my husband from having to help and save me hours of time to work on something else.

Although I am pretty sure I can frame out and pour a DIY shower base, a pre made shower base is something I know without a doubt, I can install on my own correctly and quickly the first time.



  • The glass shower door.  Cost $900-$1100 including installation.  




So....I could live without this.  But I don't want to.  You don't makeover and create a beautiful shower just to hide it behind a curtain.  It is okay to not settle sometimes.  This is one of those times.  That's all I have to say about that.



Things I have decided to compromise on.




  • The sink.  My first and second choice sinks.  $550 - $650.






The compromise.  This Ikea sink for $250.  I know the differences are subtle but I can see them and I really like the first two sinks better.  Having said that, this Ikea sink is very similar and will save me $300.  That savings is worth the less attractive sink.





  • The marble tile.  My first choice was 2" Calacatta gold marble tiles.  $15.99/sq ft



The compromise.  White hexagon tiles for $3/sq ft.  The white is going to have a different look and feel than the marble but I think it is going to be a better fit for our home.  We are trying to keep the classic, coastal, cottage feel through out the house and I think the white is a better choice for that.  This is a savings of $200.





  • The marble countertop.  My first choice was Calacatta gold marble.  $2,000-$2,500.  




I knew marble was expensive and we have a good size counter in our bathroom but I was a little shocked when I saw how high some of the quotes were (a few were even higher).  Cost of marble depends on the slab, edge style, holes cut for faucets and drains, and installation.  It got expensive quick.  A great way to save on marble is to find a remnant piece but with the shape of our counter, that was going to be near impossible.  The other thing that bothered me was my single 40" sink was going to cover a large portion of the marble.  Why am I paying so much for a counter that is going to be covered in one section?


The compromise.  Eco by Cosentino quartz in White Diamond.  Cost including installation $850.  We considered this countertop for the kitchen.  It has the look of Vetrazzo without the outrageous price.  Ultimately, this countertop did not fit in our kitchen budget but it is a great choice for the bathroom.  It looks great with the white subway tiles and white sink.  Also, it is very durable for all the use a bathroom counter gets.



These are the only changes I have made so far.  I am hoping to find a few more places to save.  As of now, these changes have saved around $2000.  Hopefully over the next few months I can find more places to save.


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