Thursday, December 1, 2016

Our Fixer Upper, Before and After Part 4

Cross another one off of our list! We've finished one more (big) project as we transform this house from seventies rad to a more contemporary form of radness...

The master bathroom has been redone.  And for those of you who favor potential mildew, I'm sorry to say, we pulled the carpet (and virtually everything else) out of the bathroom.
Check out this amazing retro wallpaper we found during demo.
We said good bye to the sunken tub, which was beloved by the previous owners and completely hip and fashion-forward back in its day...
The kids prefer to refer to that tub as their slide...
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Don't mind the mess...
I was all over the place on tile/slab selection because I wanted materials that were gray, but also had warmth that incorporated the wood elements in the bathroom.  The overall goal was to take out a lot of the wood and brown elements out of the space, but still embrace the existing wooden beams and architecture and make the home great shine again.
PS I LOVE going to stone/slab yards.  I will go with anybody who asks me, so let me know if you need a field trip.  The natural stones are just so gorgeous.

I went with a silver vein travertine slab and tile.

When the tile arrived, my objective was to line up the veining on the stone pieces.  It was a tad overwhelming because there was a drastic variation in color and veining between each piece.  But after laying out a random sampling on the garage floor, I realized it was time to dig in and start sorting the hundreds of (heavy) pieces into categories.  This patchwork effect just wasn't going to cut it...
My tile installer might have wanted to kill me in the process because I literally numbered and handed over every single piece of tile.  But...I would say the effort was worth it for the result.  I love the ombre effect of the shower wall where it goes from dark on the bottom to light at the top.  And I love the natural horizontal lines that we were able to find.  It was one giant puzzle (and super fun). Shout out to those friends who stopped by and made method out of my puzzle madness during that week.
 
Okay, time for some before and afters...

BEFORE: Rick's vanity area.
AFTER:
I love how we were able to keep the wooden elements, but take down the heavy wooden vanity and large vertical wooden panels and replace them with lighter pops of white.
 BEFORE: shower and tub
AFTER:
The kids think the new tub is just too much fun.  (Honestly, so do I!)
BEFORE: closet and my vanity
AFTER:
We also painted and added new carpet and light fixtures to the closet. 
BEFORE: my vanity
AFTER:
This was such a fun project...and makes me ready to tackle a kitchen soon.

Other house updates here, here, and here.

-Bethany
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Thanksgiving

We went down to Austin for a Thomas family Thanksgiving.  Post surgeries for Charlie, everyone was anxious to see the little guy again while their parents hosted us in Austin.   Thankfully, as of now, Charlie is holding steady, healing, and his cysts have not filled back up.
 We continued our family tradition of a morning Turkey Trot, this one in scenic downtown Austin.
Rick got peer-pressured into the 5 mile run, while I took "one for the team" and had the children for Palmer's first 1 mile run.
I was so proud of Palmer.  He ran the entire way and even sprinted to the finish line at the end.
Rick has been nursing a foot injury "due to excessive stress" since his run.  Meanwhile, Grace chilled like a baller in her stroller while yelling at me to "go faster, Mommy!"
We spent the next two days eating our hearts out and enjoying the gorgeous weather in some nearby parks.
Charlie was enamored by Palmer on Thanksgiving and Palmer was totally tickled about the scenario. Palmer kept telling me, "Charlie really loves me!"
The guys went shooting.  I have no words for Palmer's get up...

On the road back to Dallas... (We picked up a straggler!)
All of that pie calls for some extra Camp Gladiator!
We spent the rest of the weekend with friends.  The Cordell family came down to Texas for the SMU-Navy game.  It was fun to see the kids interact and we look forward to spending the week with this wonderful family in Nantucket next summer!  Palmer and Jack spent a good part of the morning geeking out over math problems...they are two peas in a pod! ha.


Grace's gal pal back at home...
And it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  We are looking forward to a fun month, especially with Aunt Samantha here for an extended visit!
 -Bethany