Friday, August 8, 2014

20 Inspiring Handmade Furniture Projects

We're finally nearing move in day at our 1910 home.  

I keep telling people "We can move in once the full bath is done".  Well, it's done!!!  Fully functional but still waiting on a shower curtain and decor.  

But...we still can't move in.

Plans changed and we decided we had to finish off the boys' room too.  Two rooms worth of furniture packed into my daughter's room makes it impossible for any of the kids to have a place to sleep.  

The boys' room is down to just needing the floors painted.  That is supposed to happen over the next few days so hopefully move in will finally happen this coming Wednesday.

I've been thinking about how to arrange the furniture throughout the house.  What to get rid of, what to refinish, and what we'll still need.  I've also been toying with the idea to build some furniture.  Namely, a dining room table and matching dressers for the boys.

We really love the queen bed hubby built for our master and would love to try our hand at some more custom pieces.

When Hometalk asked me to curate a board of handmade furniture I jumped at the chance to dig into the archives for some hand built inspiration.


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The Boys' Room

Move in day is fast approaching!  While there is still much to be done the only task before moving is finishing off the full bath.  Walls went up, plumbing is fixed, and the tub is set.  Tile is going in around the tub and on the floor this week.  Hopefully we'll be living in our house in 2 weeks!

When we first planned out our rehab work list the boys room was going to be the last main space to be touched.  Well plans have changed since we decided to just drywall over the existing hodgepodge of wallpapered plaster and drywall walls.  The drywall is hopefully going up this week and then we plan to hire someone to do the finishing work so hubby can focus on other tasks.

Now that the boys room has been moved to the front burner I'm back to planning an urban forest / camp themed retreat for the boys.  The plans have changed now that we're in a different house and now that two boys that will be sharing the room.  I've been refining my ideas and busily pinning more camp themed items and inspiration.

At the estate sale (a week or so before we officially bought the house) I uncovered a box of natural themed books.  They are the perfect collection for the boys room and are an exact fit for the color scheme I'm planning for the room.


Funny how a stack of books can be so inspiring!  Seeing them makes me so excited to get started.

Here's the room we're working with.





I cannot wait for that stack of drywall to get up on the walls so I can get moving with the design.
(AND....as I was writing this post Hubs came in and informed me there is now drywall up on the ceiling and two walls!  He said it already looks like a brand new room. Woohoo!)


Keep your eyes open for a complete design board next week.

***Due to the amended bedroom plans, I will most likely be selling the woodland dresser I painted for my son's old room.  If you're local and know of anyone who might be interested feel free to send them my way.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Narrow Half Bathroom Reveal {1910 Home Renovation}

Our narrow half bathroom renovation is DONE!!


And by done I mean construction is finished and it's completely functional and not that there is nothing else to be done in the room.  Eventually, we'll hang some art/decor across from the mirror and I also have plans to hang or build in shelving behind the toilet.  If you notice this tiny little bath is short on storage.

Before I share more pictures and details let me remind you how the bathroom looked when we bought the house in February.  Yikes!  Dark, dirty, and dated.   
A few weeks ago I shared my plans for the room and I'm so excited with how it turned out.  My husband, our fathers, and my brother did a fantastic job!  All I can lay claim to is the design and a DIY redo of the original bathroom mirror.

Enjoy the tour.


We picked up the matte white Hexagon and Dot tile from Home Depot.  I often see it grouted with a darker color but since I prefer grout that matches the tile we went with white grout as well.  Hopefully the addition of a grout additive will help keep it from staining.

The Harriet Console Table was purchased from Joss and Main's a Sprig of Mint sale.


We purchased our Millenium Lighting Neo-Industrial Wall Sconces off the shelf at Lowes.  While I can't find a current link to the bronze at Lowes online they do also offer the fixture in chrome.


We found the perfectly sized slimline sink at Ikea.  It is the Lillangen model (23 5/8" x 10 5/8" x 5 1/2").  It has a modern edge but it also reminds me of an apron front sink so it fits perfectly for an updated farmhouse look.


We loved the Bol Faucet by Kohler for the same reason.  Its design was inspired by an apothecary mortar and pestle.  It also has a shape reminiscent of an old hand cranked water pump.  It was a splurge but my plumber hubby has nothing but good things to say about the Kohler brand.


Another (semi) splurge was the Arcadia Subway Mosaic tile purchased from Wayfair.  At $15.00 sq ft it is by no means a super expensive tile but for a larger area it would have made the project fairly expensive. Thankfully, we were only tiling a small space and only needed to order one box of tile.




The second half bath and kitchen are up and functioning as well.  I hope to be sharing those spaces soon.

All that's left on the "before we can move in to-do list" is to put back together the full bathroom.  We're hoping it will be ready enough for us to move in by mid July!!


*For renovation peeks between posts, be sure to follow @dearemmeline on Instagram.



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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Narrow Half Bath Design {1910 Home Renovation}

The flooring is down and most of the design elements have been purchased for our teeny tiny narrow half bath makeover.

Here's a peek at the before of our very narrow half bath.
And here are our plans!!



We hope to have this space complete in the next few weeks.  The new flooring was put down and is awaiting white grout.  The rest of the elements (except the lighting) are in hand and ready to be put in place. We'll reuse the original mirror after it receives a gray/whitewash DIY makeover.

So excited to check this space off of our to do list!!

For the full first floor renovation project list and before pictures visit our 1910 first floor before tour.
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