Friday, June 26, 2015

Our Waterfront Cottage ~ 2 Years Later

What a crazy adventure the past two years have been!  On June 24, 2013 we closed on our 1980s waterfront cottage and on June 27th we rented a jack hammer to start work.  It has been non stop projects ever since.  Our house has transformed into a beautiful home and I can't wait to get it finished!

To read a detailed list of what we did the first year in the house read my post from last year.  Here are a few before and after pictures.

Photo Credit: After picture taken my Ever & Anon

Photo Credit: After picture taken my Ever & Anon

This room is currently going through another update.  :)  

After I finished the DIY adirondack chairs last summer, we started planning for the master bathroom update and took a break from house projects.  I have done a few things around the house but not much.  In January, I started working on the master bath and it has been slow.  I expected it to take 4-5 months but we are pushing the 6 month mark and I still have a lot to do.

I have done most of the work by myself.  Since we have another bathroom in the house there isn't a rush on finishing our's.  Having said that, its time to get this project finished.

What I have left to do:

  • Countertops (order and have installed)
  • Install sink
  • Install new faucets
  • Tile backsplash
  • Have electrical wires for the new lights moved
  • Have electrical wires installed for shower vent/light
  • Install shower vent/light
  • Install vent/light in toilet area
  • Patch holes from old lights
  • Texture wall
  • Paint wall
  • Install mirror
  • Install new lights
  • Install shelves in toilet area and along short wall of vanity
  • Paint the doors and shelves of vanity
  • Install quarter round trim for floors
  • Install shower door
  • Find a new door from master bed to bath
  • Paint and add some more organization to closets

A few before and progress shots.

I am also in the process of giving our master bedroom a makeover.  New paint has been chosen I just need to get it on the wall.  There is new bedding and new curtains as well.  I want to get new end tables and a huge dresser that can hold tons of clothes.  Something 70" or so.  BIG.

The office got a makeover around Christmas.  I built a custom DIY Filing Cabinet Desk for that room and got it set up for our needs.  It went from our catch all room to a functioning office.  The space is great and I use it often.

Another project that is on the list and will be started soon is some exterior projects.  After Jaxson jumped from the deck and hurt himself, yes, he is still limping almost 2 months later, the railing project jump to the top of the list.  I am trying to nail down design and costs so we can get started fairly soon.  Here is what we want to do.

  • Tear out old railing
  • Tear out old stairs
  • Sand deck
  • Build new railing (will look like cattle panel fence)
  • Stain/paint new railing
  • Build new stairs
  • Stain/paint new stairs
  • Close in under stairs to create storage room
  • Use Rustoleum Restore or similar product on deck
  • Pressure wash house
  • Paint exterior doors (including garage)
  • Paint exterior house
  • Tear out old side yard
  • Create pebble patio with more seating and fire pit
  • Make flagstone pathway from back porch to dock
  • Have electrician run wiring for exterior lights
  • Install exterior lights

Once the exterior of the house is finished, the last big project will be the guest bath which is going to get a simple facelift.  There are tons of little things left to do but most of the big stuff will be finished this year.  Hopefully.

  • Guest bath update
  • Change living room set up
  • Sew living room curtains
  • Side tables for living room
  • Paint all interior doors and update hardware
  • Laundry closet door (I need to figure something out)
  • Crown moulding in all rooms

There is still tons to do but there is a light at the end of the tunnel.  I am excited about finally being able to work on the outside of the house to make it as attractive as the inside. There will always be small projects and decor details to work on but that is just part of home ownership.  I feel like we can get the remodel and update work finished this year then I can rest a little.  :) 

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Friday Update ~ 06/19/2015

It is Friday.  I hope every one has a great weekend planned.  This girl will be working to make up for the weather delays that happened.


We had our first tropical storm experience at this house. But we kind of didn't.  Tropical storm Bill was on his way then stalled, then turned.  There was an influx in the tide on Tuesday (I am cautious to use the phrase storm surge since it was only a foot or so higher than normal) and we had some rain on Wednesday but thankfully, it was pretty much a non event.   We did spend the day at home in case the water started rising again and finished installing the floor in the bathroom.

Here is our dock at a normal tide.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

My Current Kitchen & Dining Room Crush

Y'all.  I have found a new favorite kitchen and dining room.    

Many of you know, I have an unhealthy strong obsession with the beach and water and the NEED to live there.  I love where we live now, but my dream is to live on a small, sleepy island with gorgeous blue water and white sand.  Blittle hears it all the time.  Running a bed and breakfast is part of that dream.  He can be a fishing guide and I can run the B&B and the dogs can have free run of the property and greet all the guests (in a perfect world)  I have it all figured out.  :)

I came across the show, Bloodline, several months ago and it is set in the Florida Keys (yes, please) and the family runs a pretty B&B (yes, again).  As usual, I got pulled in by the set.  I can't help but notice the design and furnishings on TV and movie sets.  Of course there are the popular ones and they are all gorgeous...

Friday, June 12, 2015

Friday Update ~ 06/12/2015

Another week has come and gone and things are starting to get back to normal around here.  Finally.


This week I started sanding on the two french provincial dressers.  Today, I hope to finish prepping for paint and maybe even get a coat of primer on them.  The hardware has been stripped and cleaned. Now I just need to polish to make them that gorgeous shiny brass.  :)

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The DIY Dock ~ One Year Later

Hey, hey.  I can't believe its been a year since we finished the dock and installed the boat lift.  We absolutely love the space and use it as much as we can.  Our house is East facing so in the late afternoon,  the dock is mostly shaded with a cool breeze coming off the gulf.  Even those hot, Texas summer evenings can be comfortable (as long as there are is some breeze and no mosquitoes.)

There have been a few additions over the year.  I built the DIY adirondack chairs, I moved the door coffee table from the deck to the dock, Blittle built a fish cleaning station using the sink from my parent's old cook house, and we installed the destination sign.  The only major chore left is running electricity and installing the lights.  Also, I still don't have an umbrella holder (I have a plan, just need to make it happen), it needs a few plants/greenery and we need a ladder.  Going up the doggie ramp isn't as easy as a ladder when we swim and at low tide, it is hard for our boater friends to step up that high.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Friday Update ~ 06/05/2015

Hey, guys.  I am trying my best to get back on some kind of blogging schedule but I will admit, I forgot to write this update until this morning.  Haha.  At least I remembered last minute.  The past month has be really rough.  The last update I posted about Blittle and Jaxson was in my New Railing Inspiration post.

Blittle had surgery on the 15th.  The 10 days following were not easy for either of us.  Lots of sitting around and watching the non stop rain and flood coverage on TV.  Lots of sickness, tiredness, and moodiness from the meds.  Lots of waiting on him constantly since he couldn't walk.  We were both ready for him to get better.  He was finally able to go back to work on the 28th but still wasn't walking on his own and moving slow.  Over that following weekend, he was able to start putting weight on his foot and has been quickly getting better.  No more crutches!  He is able to walk as much as he wants with his orthotic boot on.  The stitches should come out next week and hopefully he will be able to start wearing a normal shoe again and be back to 100% soon.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

How to Cut a Screw

After several years of furniture and home updates, I have finally taken the time to learn how to cut a screw.  I have tons of them.  They come with original hardware and new hardware packages usually have two screw sizes included.  I have kept most of the screws I come across, new and old.  Problem is making them the length I need them.  Until now.