The Vessel Sink Project

For those of you who are new to this blog, or haven’t heard about the crazy adventure my husband and I have undertaken over the last year, you will be pleasantly surprised to know that I do, in fact, have a life outside of fashion!  A little over a year ago, my J and I purchased what we envisioned “could be” our dream home.  In other words, a total dump (but in our ideal neighborhood) that was in need of a gut job and some serious TLC.  We have done the majority of the work ourselves, and let me tell you, it has been a wild ride.  BUT we have transformed a house into our home.  And of course I might be a little bit biased, but I think it is just beautiful and I couldn’t be happier that we took on this seemingly impossible project, pouring a years worth of blood, sweat and tears into every nook and cranny to achieve our desired end result.  It has been worth every moment and every penny (and I say that confidently even as I can hear J tearing the deck off the back of the house so that we can rebuild it).

That said, I shared our kitchen transformation with you all (here) a few weeks ago.  I had always dreamed of a white kitchen and a farm sink, and I was lucky enough to get both.  And apparently I have a thing for sinks, because another item on my wish list was to have a vessel sink in our main bath.  I have always wanted a vessel sink for as long as I can remember.  I think they are neat, and classy, and unique, and pretty, and well, really, really neat.   But if you would have asked my hubby what he though of vessel sinks when we started this project, he would have told you that they were weird, and tacky and just plain ugly.  So as we remodeled our main bath (the first of 3 bathrooms we have now renovated) the vessel sink was a hot topic.  But as you can see in the pictures below, I got my vessel sink, and I think it’s safe to say that J might like it even better than I do! 🙂

The bathroom before.  Kind of hard to get a feel for how DISGUSTING it was.  Makes me shiver just thinking about it!!!

We experienced the same issue here as in the kitchen-when got down to the subfloors, they were rotted out and in serious need of replacement.

Justin getting ready for his first floor tiling project.  Let’s just say he’s an old pro now.

Ta-da!!  Beautiful new vanity, quartz counters, my vessel sink, and tile back splash.

LOVE this bathroom.

And there it is up close and personal-the infamous vessel sink.  🙂

So there you have it, the first of three bathroom renovations.  I can’t tell you how happy we are with the way it turned out (and that I got my vessel sink, of course!).  Stay tuned for more posts and stories about our incredible home transformation (can you believe that I set that toilet?????  Me neither).  I have gotten so used to how the house looks now, it’s fun for me to take little stroll down memory lane and write these posts and remember how things used to look-before the sledge hammers came out.  The changes we have made are drastic, and I am pretty darn proud of the Dolls for tackling such a huge project.  Now let’s hope we have the same luck with our current deck rebuild.   Fingers crossed.

And don’t forget to check out our kitchen reno if you haven’t seen it yet!!


Before and After

I have so many amazing before and after photos from our recent remodel that I am dying to share and blog about that it is sometimes hard to know where to begin.  But as I was sitting in our sun room this morning drinking coffee and paging through the latest US Weekly, I couldn’t help but admire our fireplace and feel incredibly pleased with the makeover it received from me and my hubby.

It would be an understatement to say that our house was “out-dated” when it came into our possession last year, and the fireplace in our sun room was no exception.  The grey tiles and gold trim just weren’t doing it for us, nor did they go with the rustic feel we were trying to achieve, or really with anything in the 21st century, for that matter.  So, after a little research and multiple trips to Lowes and Home Depot to find just the right supplies, we decided upon our method of transformation.  An entire day was devoted to the project, but in the end, it seems a small price to pay as it has improved the look and feel of the entire room, which also happens to be the BEST room in our house.


Grey shiny tile, gold trim, and a mesh door-I don’t miss that one bit!


Tiles popped off, and face repainted-starting to look much better!!


Voila!  The finished product.  LOVE the colors of the slate, the glass doors, and the matte black finish-actually, the whole package complete with decor and the way it all looks back to our wood floors.  **Sigh** .  Pretty sure my hubby and I make an awesome team.  And as I already mentioned, I have a TON of before and after photos to share from our giant project-definitely many more posts like this to come!


Back Where I Come From

Late in the summer, a friend of mine gave me a darling print of the state of Utah with a little heart around Salt Lake that she had gotten from a cute Etsy shop.  I knew it needed the perfect place in our home, and while I was deciding what I wanted to do with it, it dawned on me that it would be a fun idea to contact the Etsy seller (she has SO many cute things you can see here) and see if she would be willing to make me another print of Montana (my home state) and North Dakota (my hubby’s home state) so I could have a little memento of the three places that mean the most to our family to display in our home in the SLC. Fortunately, she obliged and I was able to select the colors that I wanted and ultimately decided to hang them in our colorful guest bedroom, which you can  catch a glimpse of here and here.

And while I love living in the great state of Utah, I think its important for everyone to know that I will always be a Montana girl at heart.