the bathrooms are getting a facelift :: Part 1

For those who don’t know, almost 3 years ago, Husband & I bought a house that was built in the year 1920.  The character of our house is not something that you can just recreate with lots of money… it has been developed over many, many years.  The plaster walls, the original hardwoods, the spiral staircase… Gosh, we love everything about our house!… except for the original bathrooms.

Now, the house does have 2.5 baths… so 3 toilets, 3 sinks, 2 lovely (NOT) tubs, and 1 shower.  This is why we need the guest bathroom to be completed before we start the master.  Gotta have a shower!

Well, demolition of the guest bathroom started on Monday. Woo hoo!  After lots of jackhammering: all fixtures are out, the original tile has been removed, and the walls are open for all new plumbing which happens next Monday!  I’m so excited!  Here are some pics of the beautiful work so far ;) ::

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I will be posting the progress over the next few weeks.  The contractor tells me that tile is the longest part of the whole project and that’s not starting until probably late next week, but I think it’s going really well so far.  No major problems yet (surprisingly, I really thought there would be a ton of rotted wood)!  Only casualty so far::  the toilet that we were going to reuse broke during removal… boooooo!

Check back next week for Part 2!


a DIY project for the Dietrich’s…

Pretty much the entire weekend has been dedicated to household maintenance…  I take that back… pretty much this whole month has been dedicated to household maintenance and updating. Some have been fun, some have tested my patience with Husband, but overall the finished projects have really paid off!

For a couple weeks, I had been eyeing this vintage bar that I KNEW would look lovely in our home.  Now, let me give you a little history on bars in the Dietrich household… Husband in his younger years built a very nice bar with his bare hands. Very manly. It’s a great bar!  It really is!  And originally I did not think we would ever get rid of it because I figured it held some sentimental value to him.  I was wrong…

Originally the bar I had been eyeing was being sold for some OBSCENE amount of money that I would never even entertain spending.  The next time we saw it, it had been marked down substantially, but it still was not anywhere near a price we were comfortable with.  Welllllllllll… we checked it out again yesterday and guess what?!? 75% off!  Supposedly “rock bottom pricing”!

Husband knew I had loved it the moment I saw it (weeks ago) and I think with the great new price, he was pretty excited about it to!  **::Ummmm… What handmade bar with sentimental value?::** Anyway, we purchased the bar knowing that we would have to paint it and put some elbow grease into it, but the final product makes me smile :)

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 ^^Look Mom!! The tumblers you gave us for Christmas are now on display :) ^^

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Sorry, I didn’t take a picture of Husband’s handmade bar by itself, but you can see it behind Dolce’s radar ears in the pic below ha ha ha!! :

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