Since Justin and I love to remodel the house we are living in, we are used to changes. When living in the “project home”, there are many times where we just have to make due. We are, if I do say so myself, pretty adaptive people and don’t complain too much about “living in the chaos”. I know some of our friends think we are nuts, but with the equity we’ve earned and the sale of both our houses in the first week, we’ll deal, and happily too.
Of course, we are always doing these little “in-between” projects to make it livable in the mean time. But surprisingly, I like this because it really makes you appreciate the end result. It is also fun when you want to reminisce, for example “Remember in college, after we ripped out everything in our bathroom and school started and we ran out of time, so we lived with a tub and toilet for a year (no flooring, no shower no sink or interior walls- just studs), and had to wash our hand in the tub…ahh, good times”
We haven’t done very much to any space in this new house. We are kind of at a stand still, trying to get the yard in shape while the weather is good, and getting ready for the baby. But back when we bought the house, the very first thing I did after our “2 week house closure- that should have only taken 45 minutes”, as soon as I knew the house was ours? I went into the master bathroom and ripped out the disgusting, moldy, mildewey, pee-stained. probably been barfed on carpet!!
But, I must ask– Who is their right mind puts carpet in a bathroom?
Please I beg of you, never do this, it is gross. If you need something comfortable and soft under your feet, use a machine washable bathroom rug!
Back to the remodel- After ripping out the carpet, I scrubbed the concrete sub floor and we have been living without proper flooring ever since. We have been considering staining the concrete, but I am afraid it would be a little too slick for a bathroom, instead we will just be tiling. The problem is, we have a few other changes in mind before we get to that point, removing a closet, putting in another cabinet, installing a pocket door, things that will change the floor plan and therefore ruin a brand new tiling job.
Enter the in-betweeny projects!
Something had to be done, for my sanity, so I painted the walls with $5.00 paint, which now has become my third favorite mis-mixed color ever. I added an accent wall above the bath in a blue tone. I made drapes out of $8.00 worth of fabric and an old white cotton sheet for a liner. I went to the family dollar for cheap sheers and shortened them. (who ever designed our house put a 6′ x 6′ window, on the ground level, front of our house that looks directly into our master bath- genius?!!- I’ll let you decide) Lastly, for my our “mean time” project, I painted the floor with yet onother mis-mixed, we’ll see how it holds up, but hey at least it looks cleaner to the eye, and I can live with this til we get to demolishing and the remodel truly begins.
So here are the changes, FOR NOW:
(although the drapes will stay for sure and I LUFF the color too)
Cassity Kmetzsch started Remodelaholic after graduating from Utah State University with a degree in Interior Design. Remodelaholic is the place to share her love for knocking out walls, and building everything back up again to not only add function but beauty to her home. Together with her husband Justin, they have remodeled 6 homes and are working on a seventh. She is a mother of four amazing girls. Making a house a home is her favorite hobby.