Revitalization: blog and home

According to Linde's Baby calendar, a year ago today she "visited the beach for the first time. She didn't mind the water but didn't like the breeze". Now, she laughs at the wind and loves the water. A lot as happened over the past 12 months and I haven't written because I've just been enjoying them. I feel like I now have energy to enjoy life and write about it so I'll be reviving this blog across the upcoming months! We moved in to our house the day we brought Linde Jordan home from the hospital three days after her birth. (Thank you, sweet friends and family for moving us in!) By that time our Colorado home was livable (read as: plumbed, floored, and mostly painted) but certainly not finished. Since that time, we have completed many more projects… And added more to-do's to the list. Enough has been accomplished that I now have before and after photos to show!

Our 1924 Bungalow had been a rental for all of its recent history; there was much renovating to do. I loved the idea of restoring the home according to its original state. But, changes were made that makes it hard to guess elements of the home's original condition, our style isn't completely congruent with 1920s vogue, and there are elements of other decades that we enjoy. So, we're giving it new life by celebrating aspects of decades through which the house has survived. Having a mashup of the years yields a generally "old" feel; our house isn't trendy... and we're loving it!

BATHROOM

In fall 2015, when we began renovations, the tub was immediately to your left when you walk in the bathroom door. However, the water for the tub originated toward the middle of the room instead of next to the wall, where you would expect. The toilet was cockeyed two inches from the tub's end so it would fit between the bath and wall. The sink was inset in a vanity that dwarfed the room. There were countless hooks around the bathroom such that you could hang every towel in your possession before having to wash any.

Austin ripped up the tile floor and vanity and after removing the tub, toilet, and hooks, set to work at rerouting all plumbing. Our brother-in-law helped him with the new flooring: hexagon tiles! We painted, added bead board, re-positioned our refurbished pedestal tub (awesome Christmas gift, mom and dad!) and toilet, installed a new sink, and "Voila"! We love how clean the bathroom feels - the black, white, and gray allow for changing towel colors easily. I think it looks timeless.

LIVINGROOM 

We hated painting the untouched fireplace but it seemed that, over the years, tenants had tried to clean the smoke-stained blonde brick and left further bleach stains that we were unable to remove. Thus, painted brick. Austin suggested a charcoal color and he nailed it! After stripping, sanding, and oiling the bilateral builtins and mantel we installed a fireplace screen a friend welded. Our friend Ron refinished our hardwood floors. Walls, trim, and ceiling were changed from a yellowish hue to high-gloss white trim, flat canvas-white/cream walls, and flat white ceiling. Crown moulding was installed and dropped a bit so we can hang pictures museum-style (thanks for the tip, Thompson's!) so no holes penetrate our plaster walls. Austin installed an outlet in my builtin desk so I can work with a charged laptop. And DONE again!

It's swell finishing something. Completing a project gives me a feeling that, I suspect, is alike to that of a gambler. I just can't get enough and I suppose that's why our to-do list only grows. More to follow!