Before & After

Bathroom Remodel Complete

Monday, June 8th, 2015

Yesterday was a long day spent cleaning out Matt’s Grandmother’s house so we can finally list it on the market on behalf of her estate. The process has taken a lot longer than expected, it’s a two hour drive round trip each time we visit and there was more to be done than expected but finally there’s a light at the end of the tunnel now that the bathroom makeover is finally complete!

When tastefully remodeled, bathrooms and kitchens sell homes faster than outdated spaces so we took the extra months to do that. I didn’t go with a dramatic color or bold wallpaper since this remodel is solely for resale and instead made choices that were appealing to a large market.

I wrapped up the bathroom makeover yesterday by painting the walls and hanging the new mirror. After the shower remodel, the vanity seemed dingy and dated by comparison so we decided to replace it, and along with it the flooring, mirror, lighting, and baseboards.

Here it is before the remodel with a cultured marble top and dated lighting, the top of the vanity had a pinkish hue to it and just didn’t look right so we replaced it.

bathroom before

Here it is completely remodeled and staged for sale:

bathroom remodel

 

I wrote about the plan for the vanity in early March, we had ordered this gray vanity from Lowe’s for the bathroom with a projected delivery of 3 weeks but that never happened.

gray vanity

March went by, then April, then May arrived and the vanity still hadn’t shipped. We were incredibly frustrated and started calling the store every other day tracking its arrival. It finally arrived the third week of May almost two months late but the day our contractor went to pick it up we were informed a Lowe’s employee had accidentally backed a forklift into it. *Ahem*.

We weren’t willing to wait for a replacement so we canceled the order and I went in search of a new vanity that could be shipped immediately. I found this white vanity on Wayfair, it came with a marble top and faucet and shipped within 5 days and after all that agony I was sold.

katharine vanity

 

In person it’s a beauty! I’m always nervous ordering furniture or cabinets online but this one is really nice, the paint job is flawless and the marble top is gorgeous, I love the raised molding detail on the sides and drawers. At 48” wide, it fits the bathroom space perfectly and I prefer the white finish against the gray floor so this is a happier ending.

vanity close up

I love the shapely chrome faucet and the carrara marble top; the pull out soft close drawers provide extra storage for toiletries.

faucet 2

 

marble top vanity

 

vanity pull out drawers

 

We got rid of the old flooring and just like in the kitchen, installed budget friendly  modern vinyl plank product. These are Trafficmaster Allure in Grey Maple installed in a random offset pattern like hardwood.

vinyl plank bathroom floor

 

Across from the vanity is the walk in shower, I wrote about how it was converted from an old tub into a walk in shower, find all the details about the marble look tile and fixtures in that post. You’ll notice we also installed a grab bar since this is a retirement community and the residents are all 55+, the local association also requires it.

walk in shower side view

 

walk in shower marble tile

The carrara marble top has the same marbled pattern as the tile in the shower so the two feel cohesive. It also shares the same gray and white palette as the recent kitchen remodel.

vanity view from shower

The white framed mirror is from Lowe’s, the chrome light fixture is from Lamps Plus, and the paint color is Glidden’s Chelsea Fog which is a pale gray blue, much better than the yellowish cream that was on the walls before.

The bathroom feels fresh and modern, I’m sure it will appeal to a lot of buyers.

bathroom makeover

More remodeling projects remain, not at this house but at the Las Vegas house, I’m headed there tomorrow for a week with the fam, I’ll have more updates on those spaces soon.

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Gray + White Kitchen Remodel

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

Grandma’s kitchen remodel is complete! Okay it took a few extra months beyond our projected completion date due to various delays, but I’m proud to share it with you today!

This small attached home is a duet in a retirement community and will go on the market in a few weeks. Since the remodel was on behalf of her estate and solely for resale, I purposefully chose a neutral palette mixing warm wood tones with cool chrome fixtures, gray cabinets, and a marble look countertop.

I wanted it feel modern and fresh but have traditional touches too, see the original design plan here. This is a 55+ community so the style I went with was transitional, elegant, and classic. I styled it with a few dishes and decorative objects for both the real estate listing and to show it off at its best.

gray white wood kitchen remodel

Here’s a reminder of the kitchen before we remodeled it. It had cream painted cabinets that had yellowed over time, even yellower plastic pulls, and the wall oven was separate from a lowered cooktop. The cabinets were sticking from layers of paint, the linoleum floor was very dated as were the tan laminate countertops. We thought about salvaging the hood, the fridge, etc, but the project ended up being a total gut job down to the drywall since we needed to upgrade all the electrical and lighting anyway.

range wall before

 

Here it is complete with new everything.

gray cabinet kitchen remodel

The cabinets come with a story, back in November I chose Kraftmaid in Chai but the paint color was backordered until January so I switched to Martha’s Sharkey Gray but those cabinets took ten weeks which turned out to be good because then we had that soffit ceiling fiasco in late January and Martha’s uppers didn’t come in the shorter size so we canceled that order and went with Thomasville in the Cottage style in the Sterling color which arrived in late March and were installed in early April.

The cabinets were worth the wait because they are absolutely beautiful, the finish is so smooth, the construction is sturdy, and inside the cabinets and pantry are wood pull out drawers (forgot to take a pic!). I chose a chimney hood instead of a stainless steel hood in the same paint color as the cabinets.

gray and white kitchen corner view

I chose white appliances because I’ve always liked them and they feel very clean to me, and also I felt stainless appliances would be too much gray given that both the uppers and lowers are gray. If I’d gone with white uppers (a trendier look) then I probably would have chosen stainless appliances, but since this kitchen is more transitional in style, I chose white appliances for contrast, so the gray and white combo is the reverse of a white kitchen with stainless steel appliances. The white appliances tie in with the flecks of white in the backsplash, the white that is present in the marble look countertops, and the crisp white sink and ceiling.

The wood floating shelves are from Kraftmaid, we never changed that part of the original order. They were a pain to install but I so love the stained wood which ties in with the dark floor, also the medley of glass cabinets and open shelving allows for both storage and attractive display.

gray kitchen cabinets wood vinyl floors sink view

 

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