Master Bathroom!

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So, somewhere along the way in our various moves, and the craziness that our lives entail, I’ve managed to lose a bunch of photos.  You guys, it’s been driving me crazy. I had a couple little tutorial posts planned highlighting some fun projects, and I knew I had taken some photos on older phones/cameras, and now I can’t find them anywhere.  It wasn’t even really that big of a deal when I set out to find them, but now that they seem to be gone, I NEED THEM.  I’m not going to give up just yet, but I think it’s time to breathe, and write about the master bath renovation instead… which, rest assured, we have plenty of pictures for.    Continue reading

DIY Cast-Iron Tub Makeover

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The main floor bath is just about ready to be revealed (so exciting!), but I wanted to take a little time-out to highlight the tub you’ll be seeing in there!

I felt like this tub deserved it’s own post, and a little how-to, since it required a little sprucing up.

When we bought the house, there were all kinds of things in there! Molding from doorways, old doors and windows, an old dresser (which we have some as-yet-undetermined plans for!) and…. this strange old tub. Continue reading

Under-Stair Bath

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To help motivate ourselves after our plumbing setbacks, we decided to get at least one room finished, so naturally we picked the tiniest one! We’re all about the small victories right now. 🙂  I’m so happy with the way this little powder room turned out, and it definitely helped us see the light at the end of this renovation tunnel!

We added this powder room mostly out of necessity, as both of the full baths are on the second story.  We felt it was important to have an accessible bath on the first floor both for convenience and so guests don’t have to go upstairs to the bedroom level.

The first step was finding the space.  Continue reading

Our first house

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Keeping with the home tour theme, we’re going to take it back a bit to our very first house, which was also the recipient of our first attempts at DIYing (oh, how far we’ve come!). I’ve learned a whole lot since taking on these first projects, and will hopefully continue to learn more tips and tricks to get things done a little bit, ahem, better… and more quickly/easily!  We’ll also see just how many messy house and puppy cameo pictures we can pack into one post (eek! note to self: re-stage and take better pics one day!!).

We love our adorable little 1920s bungalow, and it’s in an absolutely wonderful neighborhood, with great neighbors and a fantastic community association.  We really loved it there, so when the time came to move closer to our respective jobs, it was hard to let go, and the decision to keep the house and rent it out was an easy one.  2 years later, we’re SO glad we made that decision.  Continue reading

Windance House Tour!

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It appears that I like to do things a little backwards over here at abitoftlc.com, and instead of going into all the excruciating details of our year-long live-in renovation (about which I have a bunch of great ideas for posts, but no actual posts…. I’ll get there, maybe), I’m just going to go straight to the before and afters and show you the final product…again.  I’m a sucker for a big reveal. Anyway, this house was a total mess (2 dumpsters worth, actually) when we bought it, but I could see the potential as a great family home for someone, so we tried to integrate finishes and a layout that a family would appreciate for the longer term. I guess technically this was our first attempt at flipping/rehabbing… maybe that’s an excuse for why it took so long (despite us actually staying there) and why we didn’t make out quite as well as we’d hoped?  We ended up finishing the cottage (which we started later) before this one.

Despite some ups and downs, after a year of working on it, I absolutely loved the way it turned out. Continue reading