What a difference a week makes! I feel like we’ve been saying that a lot – at the very least, we’ve been throwing those words around this house like crazy – but man, do we mean it. The biggest difference in where we left off? Drywall! We have honest to goodness walls back in our life!
When we first started talking about this three room renovation, I really don’t think Scott and I imagined that it would turn into a full blown, down to the studs makeover. But our drywall was in pretty rough shape, and if you’re going to take down half a wall, you might as well take down the whole thing, right? Less patching, less mudding. (Not that we’re patching, thank goodness. I’d put mudding and sanding drywall right up there with my love of installing baseboards; no love, none.)
THE BATHROOM. We were sort of bummed when we found out we couldn’t recess the entire plumbing wall completely, due to a stack that couldn’t be pushed back. Seeing it drywalled though? That changed everything. It really feels like that small bump out – second photo, below – was made for our vanity! And it turns out we got a teeny bit more than 11″ of width to the right of the tub for extra storage. We had been crossing our fingers for 9″, so we’ll take it!
THE BEDROOM. The closet makes so much more sense now! The drywall frames out a 25″ depth, and we’ll be squeezing an IKEA PAX inside that cubby. The pile of flat packed boxes are waiting to be ripped open, but where do we start? The closet? The bathroom tiles? A warm, cozy bed? We want to do it all, and we want to do it all at once. So. Excited. (And if I’m being honest, completely overwhelmed, too.)
THE LAUNDRY ROOM. Maybe it’s because this room is the smallest, or maybe it’s because we actually have a pretty clear vision (and ostriches!), but we can’t talk about the laundry room without getting those overly excited head rushes. Woosh! Such a cute little space.
Everything still needs to be sanded and primed, which will be promptly followed by pulling out paint swatches. In other news, the furnace venting and water heater issue has been resolved, and we want to thank you all for your input! It was such an unexpected curve ball, and we put a lot of trust in our HVAC contractor who has done all heating and plumbing work in our home since the day we moved in. After receiving your feedback, we delved into deeper discussion with him and opted out of tankless. On the furnace side of things, they re-routed everything properly, corrected existing issues along the way, and this week, the chimney can finally come out!