Today, I am sharing our freshly painted white garage/multi use space..woohoo!!!!
Lets take it wayyyy back to the ‘before’ of how the garage looked for the last 2 years:
And the trim post from last week to refresh your memory:
And now for some prettyyyyy!!
I decided to go with one of my absolute favorite white paints by Benjamin Moore- White Dove for pretty much every surface except the ceilings are BM- Decorators White. We had these simple desks made and added the gorgeous pendant lighting over each. I love the punch that they add to the space!
Another angle before paint:
I wanted the rail and ladder to contrast against the white so I went with a minimax stain in weathered oak and I love how it turned out. The sconces are a simple style in a muted brass.
Another bunk shot, before the rail/ladder/cabinet door:
Angle looking back towards laundry area before:
Door color- BM- Wrought Iron
One more bunk shot before:
I LOVE how it turned out and how fresh and clean it feels now! We said before we started this project that we probably will wonder how we lived without it and that is totally how we feel. It’s just so nice to have 500 extra useable square feet!
It may take a while to furnish the space because we need to start focusing our spending on baby girl’s nursery, but I am just so pleased with how it looks now freshly painted and clean!!
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Next up on the garage renovation…trim!!! I loveeeee rooms with added trim detail. It just gives that extra punch that takes a wall from basic to interesting.
There are many different trim styles you can incorporate in a room, but for our space I knew I wanted to do a classic board and batten. Board and batten can be done several ways…half way up a wall, horizontal, square & vertical. Here are a few inspiration photos:
I decided that vertical was the winner for the space. Now for some photos of the trim installed!!
I just love the detail that it adds to the space. We could’ve just left the drywall and painted it, but I knew that adding the board and batten would really help finish it out and take away any remnant of it feeling like an old garage. Now all it needs is fresh paint!!! My motto for everything…paint it white! Ha.
Can’t wait to share photos of the paint and lighting installed. I’ll be sharing soon!
Today, I’m sharing our latest project on our house. The old garage is getting transformed into a “multi-functional creative space”…at least that’s what I like to call it. 🙂
When we bought our house the garage was not a useable garage anymore. The previous owner had closed it off, leaving paneling on the exterior of the house.
No bueno. Ha! We knew we were going to be getting the brick painted and wanted to remove the paneling and add a window so that once the house was painted, it would look like it was always part of the house and not an old garage.
Here’s how it looks now.
The exterior was complete, but the inside of that previous garage was our laundry room and also straight up junk room.
This is the door inside the house that leads to the garage. We have plans to do a cool antique door here.
Now entering the junk pit…haha! I cringed every time I opened the door to do laundry.
This is how it looked for the 2 years that we’ve owned the house. It was the “close the door quick, out of sight out of mind” sort of thing.
I had been dreaming of the day when we could get all of the crap cleaned out and turn this old garage into a useable space. Well, with our baby on the way and needing to free up a bedroom for the soon to be nursery, Stephen’s music room needed a new home, so now was the time to start on this project. Woohoo!! Thanks baby Carswell 🙂
We hired someone to do the majority of the work, but the first step was cleaning out all of the junk that accumulated over the last 2 years. Once it was cleaned out, the old paneling was ripped out, the ceilings were sanded and new studs, insulation, electrical & drywall were added.
Ahhhh, finally starting to feel like a room!
The wall to the right of the brick is where I knew I wanted some sort of custom built in bed. I threw around the idea of a murphy bed, but ended up going with built in bunk beds.
This is the area for the future bunk beds.
I had a few bunk bed looks I really loved, but ended up landing on this photo for my main inspiration.
I love the simple & clean design, as well as the built in storage of these bunk beds.
Bunk bed progress:
We decided to do a twin bed for the top bunk and a full bed for the bottom bunk for extra sleeping space.
Stephen testing out the bunks. We also added a closet to the left of the brick for Stephen’s music gear.
Looking more and more like bunk beds!! Yay! Can’t wait for these to get painted.
For the wall where we added the window, I knew I wanted to do floating desks on either side of the window with pendants above each desk. The desks won’t be installed until after paint, but here is the window trimmed out and added lighting for the pendant fixtures.
Here’s more of a room shot with the added railing to the bunks.
The opposite side of the room is where the washer/dryer is set up. Now, I REALLY wanted to add a full bath, but the plumbing cost was insane so we had to nix that idea pretty quickly :(. Instead, we just framed out a laundry/storage room.
How it looked the last 2 years.
We had that old framing knocked down, centered the washer/dryer under the window and added new insulation and drywall. We also had new stairs built leading back into the kitchen.
Inside of the laundry/storage room. We plan to add some shelving on this wall to better utilize the space.
Now the water heater is out of sight!! Yay!
A few more angles.
Can’t wait to continue to share the progress! It has come a long way, and still has a ways to go, but I am super excited about the progress so far.
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Last February, I had the first meeting with my client for a master bath remodel. It was your basic late 90’s/early 2000’s bathroom. Jacuzzi tub, cubed window, whitewashed cabinets… My client had a great budget and was on board with a full gut of the bathroom. Just what you want to hear as a designer 🙂
After walking through the bathroom and talking with my client about their wish list, the designing began.
Client wishlist: free standing tub, steam shower, his & hers vanities and plenty of storage.
My design wishlist: marble, brass, modern/boho vibe, luxurious, relaxing/spa like
When designing a bathroom, I like to start with the tile first. I found this 8 inch marble hex that I LOVED and knew it was going to be the showpiece of the space. I wanted the hex to cover every wall and I chose a 12×24 ceramic gray tile laid in a herringbone for the floor.
After nailing down all of the tile, next up was the plumbing fixtures and finishes. I went with brass and modern fixtures. After tile & plumbing fixtures, next up was the layout. Since this was a complete gut, I was basically working with a shell so I could pretty much do whatever I wanted with the layout.
Here are a couple of inspiration photos:
Now for some photos of the bathroom…
To the right of the window was the old steam shower:
To the left of the window was her vanity:
The window got quite the facelift. We removed the plantation shutters and added/painted the trim work black to resemble the look of a steel window.
Here’s the after:
Her vanity area before:
The cubed window was above the jacuzzi tub which all got ripped out and is now where the new steam shower is.
We closed off the cubed window for the shower and added a small window beside it for more natural light!
His vanity used to be here, with the steam shower to the left of that closet door:
This is how it looks now:
We did a built in for plenty of storage where his vanity used to be and moved his vanity where the steam shower used to be!
Now for some detail shots of the shower:
This shower has everything…steam control , aromatherapy, rain head, hand held spray.
Marble and brass…all the heart eyes!!
Now for some detail shots of the tub:
I will leave you with one more before and after!
This was such a fun project for me and I can’t wait for my next remodel!
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We completed another great tour and survived our first winter in our new (old) house!
Now that cold, dead winter is behind us and we are staring at the face of warm, lively Spring we have been itching to get started on some exterior updates! I would describe the exterior of our house as a very basic, old,1970’s brick ranch with baby blue trim and brass house numbers…such a great combination, right? I have been patient long enough, the time has come to start shining this diamond(in the rough) up.
Here is a picture of the front of the house the first day we saw it:
And the back:
List of exterior updates:
1- Remove hedge of bushes along the brick wall
2- Remove tree on far left side of the house, paneling where garage door used to be, install/brick in a window & install new front door!
Home Depot shopping for the window and front door.
Paneling wall before:
Window in and ready for brick.
In the picture below, the tree is gone, the new front door is in and the window is in. These three updates, though nothing too major, got us super excited for the future look and feel of the house!
She’s a brick….HOUSSEEEE! Ha. The size of the brick matches the rest of the house perfectly, but the color and grout do not since the house is getting painted. We are hoping that it will look like the window was always there once everything is painted!
Front door before:
Front door after:
Soooo much better 🙂
3- Remove old shutters and pressure wash house to get it ready for PAINT!!! I have been waiting for this step since the day I first laid eyes on the house. I have always loved painted brick homes and knew that as soon as weather/time/money permitted, it would be painted…and what color other than my favorite, white! Note: a new roof will definitely be in our future, but for now it’s all about the paint!
Shutters are gone and the house is ready for paint!!! This old house is getting a complete makeover starting today!!! The painting is underway and I am beyond excited to see it completely transform!
Here are a couple more photos of the exterior. Right side of the house:
Just a cute picture of Stephen enjoying the backyard 🙂
I am hoping that the next picture I share of the exterior of our home, will be a beautiful, bright, airy painted white brick home with new gutters, an updated light fixture, new house numbers and fresh landscaping! I cannot wait!
Say goodbye to the 1970s and hello to modern day!