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 BOUGHT A HOUSE!!!! AHHH!!! Can you tell I’m excited? 🙂 It has been a long, stressful, overwhelming, exciting and crazy road, but we are so thrilled to finally say that we are homeowners! I have been dreaming of the day when I can customize, design and put my stamp all over a house and that time has come!! After looking at house after house since the beginning of April, we stumbled upon our 1975 brick ranch, just before I was about to throw the house hunting towel in. The moment I saw it…I knew. Just like I knew when I saw my wedding dress for the first time! I envisioned us in this house, living life, making memories and I immediately had a vision for what it COULD be. One word…POTENTIAL. That is the one word I kept using when we saw the house for the first time! It’s our little diamond in the rough that I cannot wait to shine up and make pretty! It has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, an unfinished garage room that we want to turn in to something cool and a great big backyard. Now, for some lovely BEFORE photos! Get ready for a lot of not-so-exciting pictures. (we had already started the carpet removal process when I took these photos..) Welcome to our home! View when you open the front door. You walk right into the living room which is open to the dining room. One of the reasons this house caught our attention was this living room. Open concept, vaulted ceilings with beams, amazing natural light and a brick fireplace! Front door View from living room towards the dining room Dining room. Doors lead to backyard. Hallway First bedroom on the left will be the guest bedroom. Nothing exciting here, beige walls, beige carpet..basically a beige box! Haha Hall bathroom is the first door on the right of the hallway complete with gold brass and peel and stick tiles! Last door on the left of the hallway is another bedroom, which, for the time being will be Stephen’s office/music room. **Note: Don’t you love all of the beautiful light fixtures they left for us 😉 View from the bedroom, looking back towards the hallway. Back of the hallway looking back at the living room. Master bedroom is the last door on the right of the hallway. View standing in the master bedroom. Hallway door to the right, closet, and on-suite bathroom..(although I don’t think I would call this a master suite at this point in time) ha! Master bathroom Master shower..eeekkk The kitchen is to the right of the dining room. I love that it has windows above the sink! The whole house has great natural light which is something I look for in a space! Standing in the kitchen, looking back towards the dining room The day after we closed on our house, we were itching to make some progress, so I put Stephen to work! 😉 He ripped out all of the carpet in the living room/dining room/hallway! Such a freeing experience ripping out carpet! Goodbye carpet, please don’t come back! One last view. Probably my favorite view. Standing in the dining room looking back toward the living room. Kitchen to the left and hallway to the right. If you want to follow along with our transformation, I will be sharing the entire process here! xoxo, O