We get by with [a lot] of help from our friends and family. This time it was Erik's dad assisting with our concrete countertops - thanks Jim! All the materials for our counters are from Z Counterform Concrete Countertop Solutions. You can find great tutorial videos online, which Erik studied several times before starting the process. First, we covered the cabinets with plastic sheeting. Then cement board was cut and attached to the cabinets along with supports under the i
Once we had our kitchen layout confirmed and the walls skim-coated, it was time to update the window trim. Instead of painting the window trim in the kitchen or replacing it with traditional trim, we decided to try something different. Erik had been eyeing up different shadow reveal options for the baseboard and found the same concept in trim form through Trim-Tex. The minimalist, modern look was a perfect fit for the developing style of our house. The old trim was already
It's time to be brutally honest and talk about the dirty details of a home renovation - more specifically, what it's like living right in the middle of one. Up until now we've shared progress updates for the most part, with a few lessons-learned thrown in along the way. We have tried to consciously appreciate each moment and every project - big and small - but reflecting can be challenging in the whirlwind of jumping from one dust pile to the next can of paint. Today is a
For this Flashback Friday it is time for phase two in our kitchen renovation and another messy project under our belts! We really don't like textured walls...I mean really don't like them, which is why we had the completely crazy notion to skim coat the entire kitchen and back entryway with a thin layer of drywall compound. Erik skim coated the upstairs bedroom on his own a while ago, but this was a slightly larger job, so I jumped in to help with the kitchen. It's actually
Happy Thursday everyone! I hope you enjoyed your holiday weekend. Ours was packed with a new adventure and lots of new friends, but more on that later... Today I am beyond excited to share with you the beginning of our kitchen renovation! This room was one of the biggest transformations in our home, which is funny because we had no intention of taking the changes to the kitchen this far. Initially our thoughts were: "We'll paint the cabinets, update the hardware, paint the
Today on Throwback Thursday, we bring you our homemade sliding barn door, one of my favorite features of our house! Every inch counts in a smaller house, which is why we wanted to avoid traditional hinged interior doors as much as possible. Cue the sliding barn door. With it's minimal clearance requirements and versatile design options, it was perfect for our downstairs bathroom. Of course, being the mindfully selective people we are, the hardest part was finding a door we
For today's Flashback Friday, we will be showing you the first step in our process of installing new hardwood floors downstairs. This was one of the biggest and most emotional renovation decisions we've had to make. Although we had the flooring purchased for a while, the decision to cover the original floors with new hardwood didn't feel real until we actually started covering the original floors. I'll admit, it was a little sad to say goodbye to the antique fir and maple.
Welcome to another edition of Throwback Thursday! It is wild looking back at these photos and remembering what our house once looked like. Like many of our projects, this was a small change with big impact. Apart from our exterior doors, the entryway from the front door to the living room was the last remaining door frame in the house. The large format trim closed off the entry making it feel really small and cramped. Erik removed the trim, added corner bead, and finished