Newly Showered – Bath Remodel 2016

before and after bath

Adding a shower to a bathroom during remodel is tricky when you need to count every inch.  This bathroom was a 1980’s leftover and desperately needed a  2016 remodel.  The space needed a shower added, with only 8′ x 5′ of room to work with.

bathroom before
BEFORE

We knew the space was small and had a large window, but the only place for a shower was on the outside wall, which meant changing the window.  The vanity was allowed 30″ of wall space and the toilet 30″ of wall space and rest of the 66″ was left to create the shower.   The original space did not include the shower so adding was the biggest benefit to remodeling this bathroom. We hired our contractor John Bass. He created our custom cubbies and replaced the original window with the new sliding window.

My son and my husband handled the demolition of the old bathroom. The old bathroom needed a complete demo to the studs.

demo bathroom
Demo to the studs revealing the cast iron  pipes that should not be moved…

 

A bathroom size of 8′ x 5′ will allow only for a very small shower, vanity and a skinny size toilet.  The dual flush toilet was a Kohler Persuade  from Lowe’s.

My desire was to have shades of gray bathroom to blend with my new gray bedroom decor that is adjacent to this bathroom.  Choosing marble tile was the best match to the vanity, so I chose a subway tile in marble.  I purchased all the tiles at Lowe’s  so it was easy to return what I did not use.

After lot’s of shopping and lot’s of returning 3 vanities to find just the right one, we settled on this beautiful marble one.   My son the electrician Andrew, completed all the wiring and installing of lighting and fans.

The bathroom was completed in 6 weeks.

bath almost
Just before the plumber and painting
2016 bath in marble
Bath complete with shower added into the 8×5 space

 

Same view as photo before remodel

Bath remodel 2016
Full bath- remodeled 2016
before and after bath
before and after remember?
Sink and double flush toilet
Sink and double flush toilet

By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established;  Prov 24:3

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Mother’s Day Table Setting 2016 – part3 – elements

Mother’s Day!!…. is Coming Soon!

Having Mom over for dinner or lunch ? Try creating a distinct table setting for her that will make her feel special!. This month I have been working towards that end.   Just a bit more sewing in preparation for this LUX  designer table setting.  I chose a black and white striped decorator fabric, Decorative Fabrics Direct was a good find, they carry a wide variety of fabric you may want online here .  A few quick stitches on a machine and you too, can create a table runner.

mothers day table runner
Yikes stripes!

In early May I will share the final project and give you some tips on how to create you own unique table setting.  Create this upscale look with a few simple elements  you might have around your house.  Then you too can make Mom feel special!

black and shite strip
Yikes black and white stripes!

So gather up some tableware to create a special setting

Here’s my list:

  1. table cover
  2. napkins
  3. dishes
  4. flatware

You can click the item links above to find where to purchase some of the inexpensive Fundamentals. On the next post I will reveal my final LUX  table setting and show YOU how to alter these elements to make your Mother’s Day table special.

 

 

 

 

Mother’s Day Table Setting 2016 -part 2- Crafty covers 4 the Chairs

pink chair cover stretch

Mother’s Day 2016 !  Create the table setting – part 2 – crafty covers 4 the chairs

How can I change up my boring leather chairs?   In time for Mother’s Day?

Time for a cover up!

pink chair cover stretch
Pink Textured fabric

Stumbling on a great find in a local fabric shop was this classy beauty.   I only purchased 2 yards of this unique, stretchy, textured fabric.  When I purchased this, I was unsure what to do with it.  I just fell in love with it!

Since  I’m loving the bright pink color, in my mind, I knew this fabric would be perfect for something!.  I often buy random fabric and create a party setting around it.  It is color and texture that grabs me at the fabric store.  Especially a 3 way stretch like this.  It’s a very forgiving fiber.

 

Creative crafting will make this months table setting stand out!.   April weather gives me time to stay in and sew, preparing a special May Mother’s Day table setting. The final setting will revealed before Mother’s Day,  so check back on this blog for the update.

 

With quick work I stitched up squares measuring carefully so I would have enough  to cover  6 chairs.  Folding the fabric into thirds,  I then made 3 cuts which cut it into four squares across  the tri-folded fabric.  The cuts left me with 12 squares enough to make six covers.  Then I began to sew the (approximately 18″) squares together on 3 sides.  I decided to leave the fringe that was  on the salvage edge of fabric as the ‘finished’ edge.   Time spent sewing was about a half hour.

Stitchin' a chair slip cover
Stitchin’ a chair slip cover

 

The kitchen became the craft room for this project.

 

 

The finished project was six inexpensive stretchy slip covers that will make my next table setting spectacular.  Be on the lookout for the part 3 of the April/May Mother’s Day 2016 Table setting.

Chairs get a new look!
Chairs get a new look!

 

Exodus 35:25   And every skillful woman spun with her hands….