Mini Bar // Big News

If you follow me on Facebook (if you don’t, YOU SHOULD so you don’t get left out!) then you heard the big news.

Interiors By Kenz First House Sold

We sold our house!  It has been an immensely emotional process to close this chapter.  I’m going to write a more detailed post on our selling mind-set and process.  But that’s not this post.  The reason I brought it up, is because selling played a big factor in decisions made about the mini bar project.

When we recently replaced our water heater, we learned that the drain was buried under the carpet, right outside the utility room.  This is majorly against code.  In the event you need to drain the water heater, it’s going to be a problem if the drain is on the other side of the wall.

Water heater drain misplaced

We knew that wether we stayed in our house or sold it, we would need to correct this problem.

Water heater drain misplaced

Built in mini bar

After Aaron extended the utility room to include the drain, we were left with a much smaller “nook” in the wall.  We were faced with a couple of options.  We narrowed it down to a wet bar with a sink, or a mini bar sans sink.  The idea of a sink seemed pretty good, but then we realized with plumbing, we wouldn’t be able to fit a mini fridge below.  We also had to consider resale value.  Since I’m a real estate agent, I’m pretty in-tune with the market surrounding our area.  I knew that we would not get back the money we would invest in having plumbing ran to a sink.  So we settled on making it a dry mini bar.

Built in mini bar

Built in mini bar

I think the new homeowners are going to have some pretty good parties using this area!

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Nook Under The Stairs REVEAL

This post has been over 2 years in the making.

Sometimes you watch Extreme Makeover Home Edition and wonder how the crap they build a house in a week, when it takes over two years to finish taking out a wall.

When we moved into our house, this is what the basement family room looked like.  It was so kind of the Salvation Army to leave their furniture.  (We literally bought our house from The Salvation Army.)

Basement Design

This was our first DIY project in our whole house, ripping down this wall.  I had lofty dreams of exposed stairs and a cozy reading nook under them.

The Nook will go here

The wall was load-bearing, so we put a beam into place to allow for the nook.  During framing we planned out storage for Christmas decorations, storage for blankets and movies, a built-in for the media, wiring for sconces, surround sound, and a projector.

Build A Nook Under Load Bearing Wall Stairs

This was the first time I learned to drywall, mud and tape.  And now I know what is the WORST DIY.

We finished the 2×4’s into wood pillars, where I then had a major staining incident with wood putty.

Carpentry Detail on the Stairs

Exposed Stairs

I built barn doors out of our old fence, and learned how to hang them the hard way.

I made a no-sew cushion.

But I’m excited to tell you, over 2 years later, it’s finally finished.  We finally finished the bead board, trim, paint.

Pictures don’t do the nook justice.  It’s HUGE.  Bigger than a twin sized mattress.

Nook Under The Stairs

 

I sanded the pillars down and re-stained them.  It wasn’t worth its own post, but just know I did :)

I love this room as a whole.  This one wall has gone through a complete transformation.  It’s the most lounge-y family room you have been in.  With the couch and the nook, SO many people can fit in there.  It’s perfect for all sorts of movie parties.

Nook Under The Stairs

 

Even though this project was full of more frustration and re-do’s than I care to admit, I’m really grateful for the lessons learned along the way.  It just goes to show that a person with no real DIY experience CAN have a vision and end up with a beautiful result as long as giving up is not an option.

Nook Under The Stairs

 

Shower Re-Tile

I bring you the next phase of the bathroom makeover.

On last time’s episode we talked about the ugly spoiled milk colored vanity.

Today we have bigger fish to fry.  Broken tiles in the showpow.

Broken Tile

 

Let’s take a step back.  The tile in the shower was in really rough shape.  There were a few cracked tiles allowing water to sneak through.

Dated Bathroom gets mini makeover

 

There was also a deck which was not sloped properly.  The water would pool and not run off like it should.  The tiles were attached to a soggy moldy piece of rotting drywall.  It was so bad I won’t post the pictures of what was under the tile.  I’ll tell you it was horrific.  Rated R.  And we’ll leave it at that.

Tile Removal

 

Within an hour of getting home from our Easter campout in our stunning Myrtle, we were tearing down tile and wall paper.  Bathroom make overs are serious business.

Dated Bathroom gets mini makeover

This happy wallpaper makes me think of a better time.  It makes me wish I was with Michelle from Decor and the Dog in Hawaii over Easter.  It was pretty hard to take down such a lovely design element… But you know… I can do hard things, so…

HOME_TOUR_BATHROOM

Dated Bathroom gets mini makeover

 

The backer board got a new coat of waterproofing.

Dated Bathroom gets mini makeover

 

We found a great deal on tile at Home Depot for $1 a square foot.  The entire shower ended up being 60 square feet.  Instead of doing the deck piece with tile, we decided to have a custom cultured marble (marble dust and resin) piece made.

Even though the tiles were square and not rectangle, we decided to lay them in the same pattern as the subway tile to help tie the kitchen and the bathroom together.

Dated Bathroom gets mini makeover

 

The deck piece was a major improvement over the nasty broken moldy tiles.

Dated Bathroom gets mini makeover

 

I love the larger brick pattern of tile.  It looks like a dream.

Dated Bathroom gets mini makeover

 

And suddenly, the light fixture was looking reallllllllly bad.

Dated Bathroom gets mini makeover

 

Next time!

Anonymous Gray Painted Bathroom Vanity

Sometimes you live with something really ugly.

And it’s so ugly, that you ignore it.

You almost forget what it is, because you see the ugly every day.

But it doesn’t change what IT is.

This is my “it.”

Painted Bathroom Vanity

Meet the vanity of our bathroom.  Someone once did one coat (NO PRIMER) of paint over wood cabinets, and left it.  And we moved in with intentions to change it, and accidentally left it.  Sometimes renovating a kitchen gets in the way.  Maybe having a baby does too.

Then one day, you break.  So long, Uggo.

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I took off all the doors with haste.

When I see this picture, I CRINGE knowing that I left it like this for 2.5 years.  This should have been the first thing I fixed.  I’m counting on my internet friends to slap me next time I make a poor judgement call.

Painted Bathroom Vanity

Meet your death, cream puff.

Gray Bathroom Cabinets

I don’t have hostility.  Just determination.

Gray Bathroom Cabinets

I used Sherwin-Williams Anonymous Gray.  It was a nice dark warm gray to cover up the rotten milk color.

Gray Bathroom Cabinets

And suddenly, it wasn’t ugly anymore.

Gray Bathroom Cabinets

 

And if you give a blogger a paint brush… she’ll redo the whole room.

Gray Bathroom Cabinets

 

More on this can of worms next time.

HOME_TOUR_BATHROOM

 

How To Paint A Vintage Trailer

It’s the post you’ve been waiting for.

I’m not going to clog it up with words.  Just the facts.

 

To tape off the windows and lights, I used painters tape meant for stucco.

How to paint a vintage trailer

 

How to paint a vintage trailer

I bought this automotive paint sprayer for $60 from Harbor Freight.  Normally I don’t do HF tools.  But I didn’t want to over-spend on this tool in case I never used it again.  Turns out I LOVE it and have since painted several more things not auto related.

How to paint a vintage trailer

 

Use oil based exterior paint with enamel.  Thin with acetone according to the directions on the back of the paint can.

I used RustOleum’s Aluminum for the silver.  Unfortunately RustOleum doesn’t make tintable oil based exterior paint, so I hit up Sherwin-Williams to mix up some Nifty Turquoise for me.

I tested them on a spare piece of corrugate metal to make sure I liked the way they looked.

How to paint a vintage trailer

I sprayed starting at the top.  The technique is similar to spray painting.  Lots of light coats or else drips will happen.

How to paint a vintage trailer

How to paint a vintage trailer

I taped off where I wanted the stripe to be.  I did NOT use the stucco tape.  I used auto-paint masking tape.  I noticed there was some slight over-spray from the aluminum.  I knew that when I painted the teal that I’d have to be extra careful.  I waited for the aluminum to dry and taped some plastic to the stripe to protect it from overspray.  It worked great.  Unfortunately, I did not take a picture.

Make sure to cover up.  I was the tin man.  And oil based paint does NOT come off easily.  I literally had to bathe in acetone and pumice to clean up.  It was the most painful bath of my life.

How to paint a vintage trailer

How to paint a vintage trailer

Then we had the joy of removing the tape.  Be prepared.  The stucco tape is STICKY.  Like, really really really sticky.  But nothing bled through at all.

How to paint a vintage trailer

We took the trailer camping over Easter weekend.  Last minute we needed to put the Xterra in the shop, but luckily we were able to use Aaron’s brother’s car to pull it.  She was STUNNING in the trailer park.

How to paint a vintage trailer

There are still more updates we plan on doing to the exterior.  Hub caps, new light covers, paint the trim around the windows.  But the paint scheme is settled!  Originally I wanted something a little more feminine, like scallops.  But Aaron and I decided something classic to the era would be best.  And he was right.

This wasn’t an ideal “after” picture because of the way the sun is shining, but I’m so in love with how shiny the RustOleum Aluminum is.  It looks so classic.

How to paint a vintage trailer

How to paint a vintage trailer

How to paint a vintage trailer

How to paint a vintage trailer

How to paint a vintage trailer

This has been the funnest project.  It has been hard work.  I did most of the painting by myself in the hot sun (as my sunburned neck testifies of).  The reward is great!  We had so much family-fun this weekend.

Waking up with my two loves in the canned ham on Easter was pure joy.

How to paint a vintage trailer

How to paint a vintage trailer

I even made Rice Crispy treats :)

How to paint a vintage trailer

 

And most importantly, she has a name.  Welcome to the family, Myrtle.

How to paint a vintage trailer

 

 

 

Vintage Trailer Renovation

Vintage Trailer Renovation Happiness On Wheels

I am delighted to announce our new summer project!  Our summer renovation-menu will include the main dish of canned ham with a side of retro.

We bought a 1970s Rancho El Rae vintage bumper pull trailer.  The appliances and electrical are all in good working order.  So we will be fixing it up cosmetically.

Vintage Trailer Makeover, 1970 Rancho El Rae

The first thing we’ll be doing is an exterior paint job.  I’ve been pinning like crazy to this new board.  Here are some ideas of paint jobs I’ve found:

Vintage TrailerVia

Vintage TrailerVia

Vintage TrailerVia

This project is a dream come true.  It has been a bucket list item to makeover an old trailer.  The great thing is, it’s still usable while we work on it.  We already have plans to take it out over Easter.  It was difficult to photograph, but here’s what the interior looks like:

Vintage Trailer Makeover, 1970 Rancho El Rae

Vintage Trailer Makeover, 1970 Rancho El Rae

Vintage Trailer Makeover, 1970 Rancho El Rae

Vintage Trailer Makeover, 1970 Rancho El Rae

Vintage Trailer Makeover, 1970 Rancho El Rae

It sleeps 5 (squishily).  The couch folds down to a double bed.  Above that, is a pull down double bed.  The table converts to a single bed.

Vintage Trailer Makeover, 1970 Rancho El Rae

To say I’m excited is the biggest understatement.  This is going to be a good time.

Oh Darling, Let's Be Adventurers

Great Room Reveal: Open Concept Living/Dining Room & Kitchen

This post is brought to you by the blood, sweat, tears, and sanity of Aaron and Mekenzie Crowder.

We planned this renovation long before I was pregnant.  And we started demo before I was pregnant too.  And then I got pregnant, and going through a major renovation just about killed all three of us.  I laid most of the flooring by myself while 5 months pregnant.  We finished the week before Thanksgiving, with a little time to spare before the arrival of Evelyn Faye.

God bless all the pregnant women who go without a kitchen sink in the middle of summer.  I truly empathize.

I happily present to you, the reveal of our other baby, The Great Room.

Here’s the brief overview if you forgot where we started.

Great Room Renovation for a small house

Great Room Renovation for a small house

 

Let’s dive into the details.

 

The living room is sporting:
a painted fire place, with bead board and a red brick hearth
tall board and batten
painted curtains
entryway table made from scrap wood and a trunk
a new banister & newel post
gordon tufted chesterfield sofa
1970’s Scandinavian luna chairs
diamond shag rug
“Christ Walking on the Water” painting (1901) by Russian landscape artist, Julius Sergius von Klever

Living Room with Chesterfield couch, board and batten, fire place, painted yellow curtains, trunk coffee table.  Rustic industrial design.

Open Concept Living Room with Chesterfield couch, board and batten, fire place, painted yellow curtains, trunk coffee table.  Rustic industrial design.

Board and Batten around fireplace

Rustic industrial living room accents and accessories.  Painted pillows and curtains, DIY entry way table from a trunk.

Rustic Industrial living room furniture

Open concept for a small house. Living room and dining room.  Rustic industrial.  Restoration Hardware table, board and batten, redbrick hearth, white cabinets.

The dining room is made up of:
a bargain Restoration Hardware table
the perfect orb chandelier
IKEA Lindingo cabinets

Industrial rustic dining room with round table, orb chandelier, yellow accents, and white cabinets

Open concept for a small house. Living room and dining room.  Rustic industrial.  Restoration Hardware table, board and batten, redbrick hearth, white cabinets.

Industrial rustic living room accents

Industrial rustic dining room.  Circle Restoration Hardware table with leather chairs.  Orb chandelier, yellow accents.  Ikea cabinets

White IKEA Lindingo Cabinets

Open concept for small house. Living room dining room flow.  Integrated industrial design.

Yellow kitchen accents

Industrial rustic kitchen accessories.  Yellow accents.

Open concept renovation for small house.  Industrial rustic design with Rockport Gray paint, board and batten, and IKEA Lindingo cabinets

Kitchen is made up of:
pebble stone granite counter tops
white subway tile back splash
tabouret metal bar stools
chalkboard back door
IKEA stainless steel appliances: range, dishwasher, refrigerator
barn style pendant sink light

Open concept kitchen renovation.  Industrial rustic inspired.  White Ikea cabinets and subway tile back splash.  Rockport gray paint, and white board and batten.

Open concept kitchen renovation.  Industrial rustic inspired.  White Ikea cabinets and subway tile back splash.  Rockport gray paint, and white board and batten.

Open concept kitchen renovation.  Industrial rustic inspired.  White Ikea cabinets and subway tile back splash.  Rockport gray paint, and white board and batten.

Open concept kitchen renovation.  Industrial rustic inspired.  White Ikea cabinets and subway tile back splash.  Rockport gray paint, and white board and batten.

Kitchen Chalkboard Art "I Can Do Hard Things"

Budget Kitchen Renovation.  IKEA Cabinets and granite.

Budget Kitchen Renovation.  IKEA Cabinets and granite.  White cabinets and subway tile backsplash.

Kitchen accessories

Industrial rustic kitchen accessories.  Yellow accents.

Budget kitchen renovation for a small kitchen.  IKEA white Lindingo cabinets

Industrial rustic living room accents

We absolutely love how the 3 rooms flow seamlessly together for one big cohesive feeling.  It’s my favorite place in the house to be.  In the next post I write, I’ll be publishing the cost breakdown, since I’ve received so many emails regarding how/where our money was spent.

Now can someone please point me in the direction of club membership for those who survive a kitchen renovation?

Banister Shenanigans

Are we ready to get back to the great room?

When we planned out our renovation, a new banister was not part of that plan.  The deeper we got into it, the more that hideous chunk of metal stuck out.  I knew what I wanted.

Expectation.mary-poppins-gif

Reality.

stuck in banistervia

The demo of the old banister happened so fast that I did not get any good before pictures.

Banister

Aaron got to work installing the newel post.

Newel Post

It was a very Clark Griswald-y night.

Newel Post

 

Newel Post

A proud man and his newel post. #innuendo

Newel Post

 

Just like I mentioned with the subway tile backsplash, time was running out to complete our projects on time.  We called in the big guns to help finish the banister.

Redbeacon

 

Redbeacon.  Seriously, the 2nd time using the service.  And just like the first time, it was exceptional and reasonably priced.  For those of you new here, Redbeacon is a free service provided by The Home Depot, where you input your job description online, and get several competitive bids from licensed contractors.  Each contractor is held to a high standard, background checked, insured, and rated by customers.

When I posted about the backsplash, Redbeacon contacted me about offering a discount to all my readers.  Use the promo code “KenzFriends” to get $10 toward trying out Redbeacon!  This post is completely un-sponsored.  I just love the service, and they love giving a good deal.

I knew I could stain and finish the banister, so we had him just put it all together for us.  Since we had already bought all the supplies, and had the newel post in, it didn’t cost that much :)

Banister

I taped up the shoes and got to work staining.

Banister

Banister

Banister

Banister

Before:

Banister

After:

Banister

Banister

I kinda think we’ve surpassed level Mary Poppins, and entered into a whole new realm.

Banister

White Subway Tile Backsplash

I am 12 blog posts behind of where we’re at with our house.  Thanksgiving week was a week long version of My Big Fat Greek Wedding.  My mom’s side of the family is Greek, and when the Pulos Family gets together, things get cray, in the best way possible.

My Big Fat Greek Family

When we started our kitchen renovation, our goal was to be finished before Thanksgiving.  My family was hosting a baby shower for us in our house Thanksgiving weekend, and we wanted to be 100% done by Thanksgiving so we wouldn’t be worried about unfinished projects floating around when Baby Crowder was born in December (WHICH IS THIS MONTH!).

Since we started at the end of July, Thanksgiving seemed like a completely reasonable deadline.  However, certain projects have taken longer than other projects.  The main time-taker has been the fence.  I haven’t said much about it on the blog yet (again, another post I am behind on) but when I write it, you’ll understand.  It’s like when you’re watching Labyrinth and the Goblin King fast forwards the clock…  but in real life you don’t get the joy of singing Dance Magic Dance.  And that’s a hard life.

the-goblin-king

We purchased our tile & supplies back in August, but the backsplash kept getting pushed back because of the need to get the fence finished.  When November hit, I knew there was no way we could get it done.  I really really wanted to do it myself.  But you know, something about being 8 months pregnant using a tile saw… We can’t all be Katie Bower or Pretty Handy Girl (and all the other many DIY bloggers who have bravely installed a backsplash.)

I had every intention of doing it.  But I had to call in some help to be finished on time.  (We DID finish everything before Thanksgiving, I’m just that behind on blogging.)

For the overwhelmed DIYer:

Redbeacon

I called Home Depot, and learned about an awesome service they have called Redbeacon.  This post is completely unsponsored, just a great experience I had.  Redbeacon is a site where you upload pictures and information about your project, and you get email bids from several licensed contractors.  All the contractors have been background checked, carry insurance, and have Home Depot’s stamp of approval.  They all have ratings and reviews you can read on the site as well.  It was so easy to use.  I stated that we already had our supplies, and just needed it installed.  We got very competitive bids and fair prices.  As soon as I picked a contractor, he started the next day.  It was very inexpensive since we already had our tile and supplies.  You even pay through the Redbeacon site.  For the overwhelmed DIYer, I highly suggest using Redbeacon to finish up projects, or those little projects (like drywall!) that you never feel like doing.

And here’s the tile, simple and clean.

White Subway Tile Backsplash

White Subway Tile Backsplash

White Subway Tile Backsplash

White Subway Tile Backsplash

It has been a very busy summer around here, but the major projects are coming to an end.  And it feels a lot like success kid.

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-Tree Removal of 120 ft Cottonwoods 

-New roof 

-Build Fence

-Paint ceiling & walls

-Install flooring 

-Baseboards + board & batten

-Banister

-Counter top install

-Backsplash 

Board & Batten with a Sprinkle of New Furniture

This isn’t going to be an informative tutorial on how to install board and batten or baseboards.  Just an editorial of a ugly duckling turned swan.

We didn’t go with traditional baseboards because they are curved on top.  We knew we would be doing board and batten, so we wanted something flat to work with.

Primed MDF boards for baseboards and board and batten were the best route to go.  Baseboards are pretty easy.  Cut them on a 45 degree angle and use a brad nailer to secure them to the wall.  Easy.  That’s your baseboard tutorial.  End of tutorial.

Baseboards

My dad brought over his laser level to make sure my chalk line was straight.

Board and Batten

AS AN ARROW.  I don’t need no laser level.  I don’t want a part of your country club…

Board and Batten

The top rail was super easy.  My dad and I did it in an afternoon.  Same as baseboards.  Make cuts on a 45 degree level, and nail the to the wall.  Make sure they’re level.  End of top rail tutorial.

Board and Batten

The slats were easy too.  Measure, make straight cuts, put some calking glue on the back, level them, and nail.  End of tutorial.

Board and Batten

Look how wicked cool my dad is.  He’s all the good parts of Norm Abrams mixed with a dash of Bob Villa, and the good looks of Scott McGillivray.  But most importantly, he’s a bunch of fun wrapped in layers of awesome dad jokes.  Like your resident Phil Dunphy.  I’m always the luckiest when him and Aaron team up on projects.

Board and Batten

And for dramatic purposes…  Here’s the difference simple board and batten molding can make.  Before.  (Oh hi Chester!  Welcome to the living room.  Hope you like our bums your new family!)

Board and Batten

After.
(It was a rainy day=bad bad light.  Sars not sars.)

Board and Batten

So much pretty.  We did our boards 30″ apart.  I think 2 and a half feet was the perfect spacing for the scale of the room.

Board and Batten

And the stairs wall before (including the coconut gumball light) …

ENGINEER-PRINT

A sexy after (with the orb-licious light).

Board and Batten

Oh, and we got our new couch and rug.  This trunk came from grandma’s garage.  And those chairs are borrowed from the basement.  We’re trying to decide if we want them to live upstairs, or if we’re still going to shop for the perfect piece.  So far, nothing has jumped out.  The trunk is going to get a better “coffee table makeover,” including legs and glass.  But for now, it’s a good place to toss your tired feet.

Board and Batten

Oh, and the board and batten isn’t 100% done.  It needs to be caulked and painted still.  But, you know, I really just couldn’t wait.  You know, bloggers and their patience.  Do those words even belong in a sentence together?

And for the sake of drama, this picture was begging to be included.

Board and Batten

Can you believe how far we’ve come?!  We are almost done-sies.  Seriously, we have TWO inside things left to do.  TWO.

-Tree Removal of 120 ft Cottonwoods 

-New roof 

-Build new fence (STILL in progress!  But the leveling, post setting, and retaining wall part is done.  It should be a breeze from here on out)

-Paint ceiling & walls

-Install flooring 

-Baseboards + board & batten

-Build new banister (Newel post is in, if you gathered that from the pictures above)

-Counter top install

-Back splash (Tile and supplies are bought, just need to do it!)