Flip House, Master Bath Reno, and 34 Weeks Pregnant…

We’ve got so much going on right now. Sometimes I think we’re a little bit wacko to tackle so much at one time…but alas, here we are! 

First off we’re elbow deep into our current flip house. It’s been 3 weeks since demo day and we’ve had stuff going on almost each day. We had the new HVAC system with a gas furnace installed last week. This week the new rooms started being framed, we had a new roof put on, and the painting started. I’ve pretty much finished all of the designing and shopping for this house already. All of the bathroom fixtures, lighting, tile, and paint has been purchased. I am SO stoked for this house to start taking shape. I decided to go with a creamy White for the walls (exact color is Sherwin William’s Drift of Mist) and a medium gray (Sherwin William’s Dorian Gray) for all of the trim and interior doors. This house had fabulous, thick old trim and I wanted it to be a highlighted feature in the design of this house. Here’s a sneak peek of these colors.

As soon as the kitchen cabinets are finished being painted (in Sherwin William’s Alabaster), we will select the granite so it can be installed. 

Once the bathrooms start coming together I’ll share details of those rooms. Here’s a hint, we’re creating an enormous master suite by turning the old den into the master bath!! Whoo, I can hardly wait! It’s going to be incredible! 

My goal is to have most of my design work completed for this house before our baby makes his appearance in the next several weeks. This will allow me to have some necessary time off from this project after he is born. 

The next project that we have going on is at our house. At this very moment our master bathroom is fully gutted and is about to receive a complete makeover. We’re also hoping to have this done before the baby comes, hopefully even in this next week. We’re rearranging the layout of the room, we’ve removed 2 closets and are adding a new walk in closet, adding all new tile, a new vanity, new shower, fresh paint, lighting, fixtures, etc. I’m SO excited! 

My vision for this bathroom was for it to be a good mixture of several styles and not feel too “trendy”. I want it to be classy enough to last for a long, long time. The goal of the design is for it to feel clean and fresh with a hint of a historical, Charleston feel, a hint of farmhouse, and a hint of industrial. But not too much of any of those. I want it to feel fresh and airy. I’ll share a few individual pictures of some of the items going into this bathroom. 

This gorgeous, classy tile is perfect! I knew it was the right one the moment I found it!! We will use it to cover the floor and the large soap box in the shower will be in this tile too!

This 72″ vanity is handmade from reclaimed wood and will have two above mount white, rectangle sinks on it.

These lights that we decided to use for above the vanity were the perfect mixture of industrial and farmhouse. We have three of these lights that will be to the left, middle, and right of the round, brass rimmed mirrors.


The tub/shower will be tiled in a large white subway tile with charcoal colored grout. The wall behind the toilet will also be tiled in this same subway tile. The rest of the walls are going to be painted in a bright, fresh…wait for it…green!! Yes, green! Imagine a creamy sage green, but a bit brighter. I’m so excited! Another feature I’m pretty excited about are these built in shelves next to the shower. They will look kinda like this.

One of the design staples that inspired this room came from a purchase we made during our recent trip to Charleston, SC. We love it there so much and wanted to incorporate some pieces from there into our new bathroom. I purchased two old prints (one of a painting of the battery and downtown area and one old map).  I framed them in antique brass frames and they will be hung above the toilet on the tile wall. Can you get a sense yet of the feeling I’m trying to achieve in here?! Ahh, I can feel it and can’t wait to see it all come together! 

Stay tuned for the before and after pictures as soon as this room is finished! I promise I’ll do a blog post. 

XOXO,

Megan

Hartman Interiors

Maybe that will be the business name that I’ll start operating under? Haha. Who knows what the future holds? 

A week ago I received a text from a friend that said “you’re hired”. I knew exactly what she was talking about. The day prior we had been talking about her living room. She wasn’t happy with it. She wants it to be brighter and airier. She’s not happy with the layout. She wants new furniture. She felt at a loss for inspiration. As I was listening to her I said, “I’ll help you. Seriously. I love to decorate.” 

So now here we are, one week later. She has given me a budget, an inspirational picture (per my request), told me the colors she wants to incorporate and then let me loose. 

 Here is one of the pictures that she gave me. An inspirational picture is something that I use when decorating. I find a picture of something, anything that I like. It could even be a picture of a bathroom that I really like and will then use it to try and recreate the same feeling in a different space.  In her picture that I shared below, she really liked the different patterns and colors and how open and bright the space feels. So I need to recreate this same feeling in her living room with the colors navy and red. 

  

Challenge accepted.

Today I went to some yard sales first, and then to some other stores. I have started my collection of items for her room and I can’t wait to finish and see it all come together!

Here’s some of the loot from today’s shopping.    

I’m going to reupholster this adorable little coffee table and paint the legs.   This table has all kinds of charm. It’s going to get a fresh coat of paint too. 

I have often said that if I could make people’s homes beautiful as a job, I would do it in a heartbeat.  Well, here’s my first chance. I’ll make sure to do a blog post with befores and afters so you guys can see too!!

DIY at It’s Finest

Nathan and I purchased our second home together in October 2013. We were looking for a place that was bigger as we prepared for the arrival of our twins that following spring. We were hoping to purchase what would be our “forever home” and had several requirements for it. We didn’t care so much about a lot of things that homebuyers look for these days like granite, stainless steel appliances, and tile showers to name a few. Those things are all super nice, but can be redone easily down the road.  

The things on our “must have” list were things that either couldn’t be changed down the road, or would be super difficult/expensive. Our list included the following: must be brick, must have a fireplace (preferably wood burning), must have at least a couple acres of land, must have a full basement, must have large bedrooms, must have a front porch, and must be in a very specific location. 

When the perfect house was listed for sale, we called about it just a few hours later. We had an offer on the table the day we looked at it. We loved it and didn’t want it to get away! It was in the perfect location, just a few miles from my parents, was all brick, had a full basement, was situated on over three acres of land and had a wood burning fireplace! It didn’t have a front porch, but maybe someday we’ll add that on. 

  
We love our new house and have enjoyed settling in and making it our own.  Part of the process of making a house feel like home is decorating it and “fixing” it to make it work for your family. One thing this house did not have that we didn’t even realize we needed or wanted was an office. After moving in we had our laptops scattered about the house and had our printer plugged in in the basement; not an ideal situation. We had no home base for our laptops, mail, bills, and everyday clutter. Our dining room became the catch all for this type of stuff and it wasn’t pretty. 

I started brainstorming. Bingo! I came up with the perfect idea. We decided to convert an upstairs hall closet into an office space. I figured we could do it on a Saturday afternoon.  Ehhh, definitely wrong! But several weekends later we had the perfect spot.  

We started by removing all the closet type stuff. First the contents of the closet, then the closet rods and hardware, and then the doors.

      
We decided to line the back wall with 1″x 6″ wood planks to give it some character. But first we had to wire in electricity since it currently had none. My super hero husband figured out how to do that all on his own and took care of that in a few hours. He wired up a spot for a light, a light switch, and two separate electrical outlets. 

   
 

Then we were able to cut the wood and piece it around the new outlets and light. This was very time consuming and took hours to finish. But I’m so happy we did! It is such a neat touch to what would otherwise be a somewhat boring office space. 

   
  
 

The color I used to stain it with was called Weathered Gray. I was a little nervous about choosing to use an actual color and not just a natural wood color stain, but I loved the results. The next challenge was to create a desk. It needed to be built in so it wouldn’t take up too much space. We found a 6′ x 2′ wooden board at Lowe’s and Nathan cut it to fit our space. He notched a spot out of the back of it for our cords to run through. I stained it in Aged Leather and it turned out great! I ended up sanding it twice and putting five coats of polyurethane on it to make it super shiny and durable.  

 

The final step was an office chair. A few weeks earlier my grandparents had found an old chair on the side of the road and they picked it up for me. They know that I like to repurpose and reuse old neglected pieces and they always keep me in mind if they see a treasure on the side of the road. Anyways, I had this old chair and decided to give it a facelift and use it in this space. I sanded it down and spray painted the frame with some spray paint we had in the basement already. After it dried, I sanded parts of it down some to make it seem distressed. I reupholstered the seat in some brown leather that I had left over from a previous project. All in all, the chair ended up being free and only cost me a little bit of work! 

   
 

At this point, our office was complete! We love the way it turned out. 

  
Now we have the perfect space to store all of our daily necessities other than our dining room table!