Update on my Master Bathroom Reno

Today, we leave for a much needed Spring Break family vacation but first, I wanted to update you on the progress of our Master Bathroom Renovation.

It has been a loooooooong winter here in Michigan and unfortunately, we have had some set backs on this project and it seems, every other client’s project too!

I have been playing the waiting game a lot lately.

All of my current clients are waiting on painters mostly so we seem to be at a stand still….my own house is no exception!

Today we are waiting on plumbers actually but, after I arrive home, I am hoping to wrap this project up.

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Does everyone remember how ugly it was before?

Pretty basic….and pretty ugly!

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So, first things first, we did demo! My favorite part!

We busted up all the tile, which was no easy task because it was porcelain.

Typical of this house….lets spend the max on the ugliest tile we can find so the next person that wants to change it has a heck of a time.

Do I sound bitter?

Its been a long 2 1/2 years remodeling this house!

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We tore out the floor, shower floor and vanities.

It got even uglier before it got better but, thats pretty standard on any renovation.

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I bought Penny tile for the shower floor and Carrara Marble for the bathroom floor and shower surround.

Love it!!!

So excited to get it all installed!

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I also came up with a plan to eliminate the white grout that drives me crazy on the existing subway tile we kept.

The white grout would drive me crazy when cleaning the shower.

I decided to dye it gray and go with gray for the entire tile project.

Easier said then done….would I do it again?

NO!

I am a perfectionist and my picture should be on the side of the bottle with a line threw it…..crazy, OCD Interior Designers need not apply!

I may have even gone over the edge one afternoon and busted out the niche to add a bit more penny tile just so I did not have to dye the grout in that area.

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It took us a few weekends but, we laid the floor tile and the shower tile.

We went with a hopscotch pattern on the floor which really widened the small room.

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I also decided to add height and character to the wall we would install this paneling from Home Depot. I really wanted Ship Lap siding but my tight budget would not allow for it.

I found this product instead and decided to hang it sideways.

It looks fantastic!!!!

It looks exactly like ship lap for a fraction on the cost and for such a small space, it only adds 3/16″ to the surface of the wall.

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The paneling is painted Behr Ultra White, as is all the trim in the rest of our home.

We painted the walls above Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray, which really makes the gray veining in the marble floor pop!

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The grout is finally all gray and the marble floor and surround are in!

The shower door is on order and I look forward to using the shower soon!

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We installed medicine cabinets to add extra storage. Unfortunately, we could not recess them because the wall behind them is load bearing, but I think they turned out fantastic! They really add the character we were looking for.

We did have to put up the old lights….maybe temporarily? Maybe Not? We have limitations on ceiling height that is making it a challenge for me to find new fixtures I actually like….stay tuned on that one!

It may take some time!

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Last night, we installed the vanities and that brings us to where we must wait for a plumber. In order for the bottom drawers to close on both vanities, he needs to move the water shut off valves a bit. It has been a slow process of trial and error and, ups and downs this last two months but, I am really proud of the way it is turning out.

We still have loads of trim work to do and a few faucets would be good but, we are getting there!

Up until this point, My husband and I have done all the work ourselves too!

What a a great feeling of accomplishment!

 

 

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Before photos…..adding accessories and life to this blank canvas!

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A few weeks ago I started work with a new client. She came to me after she had hired a local furniture store to help her with design in this large new construction home. Here is a lesson for everyone out there….the designers at furniture stores are great but, they are also in the business of selling furniture. When they offer “Free Interior Design Services”, it is really not free. Isn’t that the first thing we all learned in Econ 101? There is NO free lunch! I can hear my crazy scatterbrained Econ professor saying it now, LOL! The design services are included in the commission they make off the furniture they sell you.  So, if you are looking for a specific piece of furniture or are in need of a sofa, then a furniture store if the place to go. They are a great design resources for sure but, if you are looking for someone to tie a complete room together then you need a designer who has limitless resources available to them.

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This particular furniture store really helped her choose some great pieces but when it came to accessorizing the home that is where the design stopped….most furniture stores has very few accessories so a designer who can shop outside of the store is really needed. In my opinion, accessories are really the most important part of the home! I can’t wait to post the after pics of this house. Those sofas are screaming for throw pillows and lamps flanking the artwork. The bookshelves need books to add character to the space and to be properly styled.

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We also have decided to paint the wall the TV is on Benjamin Moore Squirrel Tail to make the fireplace tile pop!

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The lighting is also an issue. These photos say it all and the homeowner is chomping at the bit to get it all replaced. We are ordering it all now so look for updates!

So, off I go, room by room to add character and life to this family home.

 

The latest project at my fixer Lake Cottage…..

Well, today we finally start on the Master Bathroom project!

I can not wait to transform this space!!

This is the bathroom we use the most so, it needs to be, first and foremost, functional but also pretty.

Since my cottage is not that big, I want to carry some design elements in from the rest of the house. We did Cararra Marble in the kitchen and I think I want to carry that into the master. The house is on a wooded lake lot so that inspires me to keep lots of my design finishes natural products  for example, woods, marbles and stone.

The bathroom is very small and we have to keep it light and open too.

Let the design plan begin!

Here are some of my inspiration pictures from my Master Bathroom Pinterest Board

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First I need to determine what I have to keep and what my budget will allow me to get rid of.

It would be super easy to just gut it and start over, but I need to keep the budget realistic. That is not an option for me, so gotta get creative!

Lets look at what we have to work with….

Fist of all, I think we should keep the shower.

It is white subway tile in pretty decent shape.

The light above it will have to be replaced because it does not work. The last owners electrician was very talented at doing everything backwards.

The shower curtain needs to go and we need a glass shower door for sure!

The shower head and controls will also have to be replaced because they don’t match.

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Since we have well water and it is hard to keep the grout in the shower pure white, I am thinking we should actually re-grout the shower in a gray, and maybe redo the tile on the shower floor, like the photos below….

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The entire bathroom floor must be replaced!

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Someone, in their infinite wisdom, decided 4×4 wall tile with white grout was the way to go in here….Yikes!!!

This just screams, “I am too cheap to do it the right way”!!

I hate when I see this in bathrooms…and this is the second home we have owned where the previous owners did it! Although the last was done in the ’90’s….this one in 2005!!

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A few weeks ago, I got a great deal on Cararra Marble at a local home improvement store.

It was on closeout so, I bought all they had and it is waiting in my garage until we are ready to install.

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The existing vanities are a real issue.

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We have His and Hers vanities which are great but they are only 22″ wide….good for Him but not Her!

The storage space in them is terrible and I am way too organized to live with all of my beauty products teetering on the edge everyday….guess how many times a week bottles fall out like Dominos?  Try almost every day!! It is a nightmare!!!

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We decided on these new vanities that are 36″ wide with drawers from Home Depot.

These vanities are stock and come with a plain white counter top and integral sink.

They are $299 each, which is a steal considering my dream vanities from Restoration Hardware were $2000 each.

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I am thinking of painting them gray like the photo below….or maybe we just leave them as is and change the hardware?

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That’s still up for debate!

But, I will add a nice sea grass basket in the bottom to hold extra towels and wash clothes and we are all set!

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And the mirror is not staying….as much as my husband thinks these are for old people, two recessed medicine cabinets are in our future.

We NEED the storage!

He may be adding some trim around them to make them look a bit more retro.

Hmmmmm??? I am sure he will love that!

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The sink lavatory faucets we can keep. They are in great shape and I like them.

They are from Kohler’s Devonshire Collection in a classic widespread style.

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The shower, unfortunately, was another area where the last contractor dropped the ball.

The shower head and controls are also from Kohler’s Devonshire Collection but a different finish….why don’t people pay attention to detail??

So, I will be ordering a new shower head and control trim to the tune of $400!

On to lighting next!

I am not in love with these very basic sconces we have now….we need character!

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And since this is a lake house, I am thinking these??

They are from Home depot at $35 a pop and I need 4, they are a steal!

They are exterior lights but sometimes you have to think outside the box when it comes to adding character your home.

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The last area I am concerned with is the small water closet.

Like I said before, we need storage.

I don’t have a linen closet on this side of the house to keep our towels and sheets in.

This may be just the place for some rolled towels and lidded baskets for another set of sheets.

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I am thinking we need to build out shelves like these photo ideas from my Pinterest board.

The last big question is what to do with the walls??

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This chair rail we have rockin’ is too low and I feel like it is making the room look smaller.

And, the window will be frosted glass….no more window treatments!

I need a clean look!

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Do I tile the entire Sink wall a a focal wall….and mix in the white subway tile from the shower to make it flow? 

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Do I do another chair rail with a deco tile and tile below it with the white subway tile?

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Maybe I tile higher than average chair rail height plus paint a bit darker to break up the white and add a bit of drama to the room??

Well, I have lots of work to do this weekend and in the coming weeks.

I have the basics picked.

Lets see how it evolves!

Every Lake House needs a Butler’s Pantry, right?

Today, I thought I would would share one of my favorite rooms in our vintage lake cottage. This room originally was the Master Bath until 2005 when the previous owners added a new Master Suite in an addition they put on the south side of the house. This poor old Lake House has gone through so many remodels….one tour of our basement and it reminds you of a jigsaw puzzle!!

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Excuse the mess in the pictures…this is how this room looked the week we moved in. The space is located right off our kitchen and they really had the right idea to make it a pantry. There is also a closet right next to the door of this room that we also decided to make a pantry with shelves. It is small and they used it as a coat closet, which really did not flow with how our family was going to live in the space. Plus, I dont like clutter, so its a great pantry closet to hide all the ugly necessities that you have to keep in the pantry.

So, did we need another pantry?

What do we do with this weird, rather large room with a sink??

We did need a place to put our upright freezer….gotta have a place to store our Organic Beef we get from a farmer in Indiana!

So, my wheels started turning….

And I have always wanted a Butlers Pantry!

A place to store glassware, dishes, serving pieces and wine! Perfect! Plus, we have the bonus plumbing, so this calls for a Wet Bar!

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This is the view from the doorway to the kitchen now, after a lot of lumber, beadboard and white paint!!

What do you think of the antique auger my mom bought me at a local antique store….she is so funny! She picked it up, and said “This is a really big corkscrew! You need it for your bar!”. My mom is a great person to go antiquing with, and she taught me so much as a little girl….dragging me up and down the Blue Star Highway in and out of every antique store. Who knew I would grow up to love it and live so close to all the places visited as a kid?!?!

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My husband built custom shelving on one side of the room out of pine and we lined the other 3 wall with bead-board.

We have bead-board in the entry, basement, and guest room/bath, so we wanted to add more to make it all flow together nicely.

Gotta keep that Cottage Vibe!

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He even made me a custom wine rack for our everyday wine that we don’t store with the “good stuff” in our temperature controlled basement.

I love the way wine bottles look in racks! They are a great accessory!

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I now have a place for our freezer, my cookbooks and canisters of flour, sugar etc. The baskets hold potatoes and onions, and paper plates and napkins we use for entertaining.

We have a little alcove for a trash can, which really holds all of our returnable cans and bottles…..here in Michigan we have to bring them all back to the store to get our refund!

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He even made me a special cubby for my vintage Coleman Cooler.

I got it for next to nothing at my favorite Ann Arbor Thrift Store. I love this thing! It just screams Lake House and stores extra cans of soda and beer perfectly!

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The light fixture was in an odd spot, but we left the electrical in the same place so we would not have to patch the ceiling.

I like the pendant we chose from Ikea and the fact it is placed off center.

It adds more character to this old cottage for sure!

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On the opposite wall, where the old sink was, needed storage first so we purchased stock oak cabinets from Home Depot.

We installed them ourselves and added a small beverage fridge for beer, wine and soda.

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We painted the cabinets Behr Fashion Gray, added a little trim to make them look a bit more custom and threw in some under cabinet lighting.

They turned out great!

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Next I purchased a stock maple butcher block counter top from Ikea along with the stainless drainboard sink.

I stained the counter top and sealed it with a product called Waterlox, that I bought at a wood working supply store. I knew that with a wood counter top, I wanted to limit the chances for water or spills to sit on the finish, and the drainboard integrated with the sink would do that.

This is the perfect place to wash all of those wine glasses and let them dry before they get put away!

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Next came the hardware, which is like jewlery for your cabinets! Gotta have it!

Right now, I am obsessed with Mercury Glass. I saw these knobs at Anthropolgie for $10 each….too much for the Butlers Pantry! I ended up finding the same knobs at Hobby Lobby for $3 each and was sold! I cant tell you enough how much I love Hobby Lobby!!

By now you probably realize that I don’t like things to be matchy-matchy, so I chose drawer pulls from Martha Stewart’s line at Home Depot for the drawer and sink tilt-outs to hide my sponges etc.

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My favorite item in the room is this antique map from 1910 that my mom bought me as a gift the first time she came to visit me.

We found it in a local antique store and had to have it!

I had it framed at Hobby Lobby in a reclaimed barn wood frame.

A perfect conversation piece when you are pouring a guest a drink!

I hope y’all enjoyed my Butlers Pantry!

I promise there is more to show you in my 1960’s Lake House, so stay tuned!!

Dining Room Project

Now that the Study is done at my clients home, we are moving on to the Dining Room and Entryway. This area is all open and adjacent to the study so, it was natural to concentrate on these spaces next.

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This is what the space looked like when we first began. The Dining Room table worked for my clients in their last home, which was smaller….their family was also smaller then too. Now they need a larger table to accommodate the entire family for holidays and gatherings, plus they love to entertain.

First we decided that we needed a bigger table. We shopped and shopped. Then, my client ended up finding a craftsman online who would custom make her a table from reclaimed barn wood and stain it to her specifications. Perfect!!! New chairs were a consideration but we wanted to get some other layers in the room before we decided.

Next task was rugs and we fell in love with the grey and blue tones in this wool rug. That  determined the color for the walls. There was a lot of red in the room, and while my clients like red, we decided to go a different direction.

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We picked the Benjamin Moore color Evening Dove to bring out the blue tones in the new rug.

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The paint is up. The table and rug are new. The chairs, artwork and lighting we have decided all must go!

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We have chosen new chairs from World Market that we think will be great with the new table and the lighter, cooler tones of the room. Maybe a Wingback chair at the ends of the table?

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Then there is the issue of lighting. This chandelier and its matching friend in the foyer are very formal for this young casual family. We have discussed a heavier more linear fixture for the table, like the one above.

Hopefully in the next few weeks I will have an update for you and this project will be done so we can move on to the next room.

A final view of the Masculine Study project

It has been busy, busy here at Abigail Hayden Interior Design! We made it through the holidays and are ready to keep the momentum going through the New Year! I finally had time to take some photos of the Study Project and update you all on the next few projects I have in the works in my following posts.

The Study Project turned out great…and it always helps to have such great clients! I think we all had a great time working together which is now leading me to other project in their home.

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Does anyone remember what it looked like before? Great space with great potential….but really? Just a big empty room and my clients were not sure what to do with it.

We filled it with new furniture, piece by piece….

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We painted the walls a color called Squirrel Tail by Benjamin Moore and immediately the space warmed up!

Then there was the problem with the window treatments….first we were going to just throw them away…but it was such a shame to do that! They were beautiful silk dupioni custom drapes that the previous homeowners had left. The gold tones were not really in our plan.

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Then I found this pillow! An inspiration! Could we keep the drapes? Could we make it work? We had them cleaned while the room was to be painted…we put them back up after the paint was done and they looked great!!! We saved a ton on the budget by doing this and my clients were happy! I also had the idea to mix in more gold metallics in the lamps I purchased to balance out the gold in the draperies! Perfect!

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 I also had the idea to mix in more gold metallic with the lamps I used on the sideboard and on the desk to balance out the gold in the draperies! Perfect!

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We also decided to keep the chandelier. In the beginning we discussed maybe an antler chandelier because my client was worried the current light fixture was not appropriate for a masculine study. In the end, we decided to keep the light fixture and add a few antler accessories here and there. The chandelier does have a rustic quality that really ended up working towards our goal.

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And I can not forget the lanterns! The funny thing is, one of my clients loves them while the other took some convincing but I think they have grown on him. They add a rustic charm to the space, that’s for sure!!! We just scattered  a few here and there. When the candles are lit it really warms the room.

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We did end up going with the campaign desk, which has sides that can extend out for extra work space if needed. It really has become very functional for my client when he works from home. The dice boxes on the desk top are a fun little accessory because he sells board games for a living. We are still planning on getting him a new desk chair….we just haven’t found the perfect fit for him yet.

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So here is the finished project…..What do you think of it? Could you work from home in this space?

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Client’s Masculine Study Project….

A few weeks ago I was commissioned for  a Study project.

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This room has great bone structure!

High ceilings and lots of light with new hardwood floors!

It is a blank canvas!

I am so excited to see the transformation!

My client loves a mixture of modern and traditional. He has also expressed some interest in throwing a few industrial looking pieces along with a deer antler or two. I am off and running with ideas.

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These are some of my inspiration photos.

My vision for the space is painting the walls a darker gray or blue color because the room can handle that kind of drama with the ceiling height and large windows. We will take down the formal drapes and move the chandelier to another room to make make room for a new light fixture.

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Maybe an Antler chandelier like this one?

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We chose a rug from pottery Barn and it came in last week. The clients love it and so do I! Just need a rug pad…Perfect start!

This photo actually makes me think we keep the table as his desk….maybe paint it? Or do a gray wash?

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We ordered a sofa, two chairs and a console. The console is here….I will see it later today. So Excited!

It is all very neutral so we can add color and character with accessories, lamps and pillows.

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Today, I am going to present them with two of these ottomans in the seating area, and a lamp option or two….I am thinking brass….envision a library lamp?? I like these from Ballard Designs because they are 40″ high and give us the height we need but need a better shade, for sure. Gotta love Suzanne Kasler! I used to wait on her quite often when I worked in a high end Interior Design shop in Indianapolis….She has fabulous taste!! OK, back to work,  Maybe an apothecary lamp for some task lighting by the sofa?

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We are going to talk desk chairs, today as well. My client has some specific thoughts on what he wants for his desk, so hopefully I can come up with a good fit. Wish me luck!

I know right now it looks very black and neutral, but those are just the basics of the room….color is coming!! I promise!

I can’t wait to show all of you the finished project!