As we’ve been completing demolition on our bathroom and bedroom, I’ve had the opportunity to finalize some of our design plans. After creating inspiration boards and collecting product sources, I’ve finally put everything together and made some final decisions (and purchases!) for our new bathroom. I wanted to create a clean, classic look with vintage vibes to match our 1920’s craftsman-style home and our style.
Last week I shared about our process for removing lath and plaster, and now I can finally say its completely demo’d out of our bathroom and bedroom that we are extending the bathroom into! There aren’t any pretty pictures to share right now, but to me, these photos are really pretty because its a blank slate and it is the first step to actually getting something in there!
Our 1920’s house has a ton of character, but with that character comes a lot of plaster! Most of our renovation plans involve moving and opening up some walls (I posted about our bathroom renovations and layouts in the my last post). We are a month into our house, and we’ve removed so much lath and plaster. I wanted to summarize some of things I’ve learned through the process to help anyone else out who might be going through it!
When we first looked at this house, we knew the first thing that needed to go was the bathroom. It not only was dated, but smelled like mold and I had an sneezing attack going in there for only a few minutes. On top of all that, it was ridiculously small and weirdly laid out. I’ve never really been excited about bathroom designs (I’ve thought of a million ways to design kitchens, but bathrooms I’ve found pretty standard), but this was a priority for us and has been our first major project at our new house.
These last few months I’ve been rather quiet on the blog and my social media accounts, but all for just reason. In May we made the decision to move back to where Asa is from. We spent the last few months getting used to a new job and living with family while we found a house to buy – at least that’s the very short version – and now we are finally back to having our own place to live and feel a little more ourselves!
I’ve had this project idea in my mind forever, but for some reason it took me until now to finally put it together. Part of the delay was not being able to find the perfect paper for it, but a recent trip to a cute little shop in our downtown that carries an array of pretty paper supplies led me to the right one! (I’ve always loved pretty paper, stationary and office supplies). Months and months ago I picked up some old wooden frames at an estate sale, which I kept around specifically for this project so once I got my paper I was set.
Over the summer my aunt let me pick through a couple piles of some things she found at an old barn including a bunch of old barnwood. Yea, major score! I know everyone loves some good barnwood and I’m not immune to that. It has so much character and texture that you can’t get with new things, and I love using it in home decor projects.
Spring cleaning can seem a little daunting and intimidating. Its always made me think that my house needs some major overhaul and everything needs turned upside down, cleaned and reorganized – or maybe that I need to sanitize every corner and use special products on all the upholstery and other things I rarely/never deep clean. This is probably why I never participate in “spring cleaning”… This year, though, two things have come together to inspire me to give it a second try. First, I’ve been more dedicated to keeping our home cleaned up. Second, I’ve realized that being overwhelmed isn’t a good reason not to do things. I’ve learned that getting started with something is normally the first step to overcoming overwhelm.
Here are my tips to help you just get started with your spring cleaning to help overcoming the intimidating tasks and to prioritize what’s most important.
Over the last few years I’ve been more interested in using more natural cleaners in our home. We eat almost no processed foods and have wanted to transition using less chemicals in our cleaning supplies for many of the same reasons. However, after quite a few failed products, I became little more skeptical that natural cleaners do as good of a job as the chemical filled cleaners. We tried a number of really expensive laundry soaps that left our clothes smelling bad and one to many body washes that didn’t seem to leave us feeling clean. I started to give up until I read some more information one day about how unnatural the chemicals are that we clean with. I decided to give it one more try and found this recipe that seemed simple and believable as a basic cleaner. I’ve been using this recipe now for over six months and I continue to be impressed. It’s been like a gateway drug to other natural cleaners that actually work! It’s super easy to make yourself, smells great, and works really well for a number of purposes.
Here’s the simple recipe:
Today I’m sharing a space that is one I didn’t do much work in designing and putting together on my own. My husband’s office was put together mostly by him and his desires for how the space should look – he’s actually very particular! He works from home, so he needs a workspace, but more than than, he loves books and writing and he needs a space for getting inspired.