Sunday, November 22, 2015


Perhaps one of my favorite details in the house are the mirrors. In the last house, I used mirrors to reflect light where windows were missing. In this house, we have plenty of windows, so mirrors are only in the bathrooms, with the exception of one.

I really can't pick a favorite. They are all so unique.

Mom found the mirror for her bathroom at a furniture re-finisher store. They collect old pieces and either re-stain them or paint them. Sometimes, they re-purpose them.

The mirrors in the boys' bathroom are just plain wall-to-wall mirrors that you normally find. I wanted the focus to remain on their green cabinets.

The guest bedroom bathroom is my top 3 favorites. We found it at the same location we found mom's mirror. I liked the color they painted it and the shape. Luckily, it fit! It was an exact measurement!

The powder bathroom is another of my top three fav's. It was a mirror that came off of a small dresser. I didn't refinish it and I loved the shape.

The master bathroom needed a mirror that was ten feet long. Instead, I had three pieces cut with a tombstone radius.

I'm not much of one to stop and look at myself in the mirror all the time; although, sometimes I should to make sure I don't have food on my face or that I need to brush my hair. But these mirrors make me want to stop and look. It's just another way to add character.

Monday, October 12, 2015


Whew, counters can be expensive! We priced up using quartz in the kitchen and granite remnants in the bathroom, but it was still too high. 

We went with cultured marble in the bathrooms (white on white). This is what the last house had and I was fine with it. We can always upgrade later if we really want. 

We could pick out our bowl styles, too. I chose the standard for all the upstairs bathrooms. 

standard bowl

Mom got a large bowl in her’s.

And the master got larger, more boxy bowls. I couldn’t use undermount sinks with the cultured marble. I had some beautiful ones picked out, but this is fine.

The laundry counter was just a standard formica.

I like the WilsonArt HD collection because it is more upscale looking. However, my first pick was on back-order (the story they are telling me) and I had to pick out something different that was in stock. They only told me of this three days before they were to install. NICE!

When they installed the counters, they installed the sinks. I had to provide the sinks before-hand for cabinet spacing on the island and also for the counter templates. 

The kitchen counters are by far my favorite. And they were Mr. JCrew’s pick. They are Caesarstone Calcutta Nuva. It’s fairly new, but we loved it. I couldn’t find many examples online. Which I like, but made it hard to have to trust my gut.

Calcutta Nuva

This type comes in thin sheets. I was okay with that. I love the look of thick slabs, but I would work with whatever I needed to. 

The island size had to be reduced because of the slab size. If the island was any larger, the countertop would have a seam. So I shrunk my island size to accommodate the counter slab size. It’s little things like that you have to think about.

Calcutta Nuva

And the installers saved the island for last. They really wanted the island pendants to be installed to ensure electricians wouldn't be standing on it and crack it. I understood that. 
Overall, I am really happy with the counters. Now the plumber can come in and hook up the faucets. 

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Master Shower

I could not WAIT for the master shower to take form. It sat empty for the longest time.

The tile installers were excited to get to it. This was going to be their masterpiece! I knew I could not tackle a shower because there is too much risk in errors and future leaks. There are certain things you have to do.

First off, the shower pan had to be moved. The plumber purposefully built it wrong for inspection because he did not want the tile installers to use it and later blame him for any troubles. I understand his logic! It just had to hold water for inspection. Then it would be the tiler's job to re-do the pan and then it falls under him for warranty purposes.

Once the framing was moved, the shower pan liner was in place and green board was installed. 

Once the green board was installed, the waterproofing material went over it. Green Board is a waterproof drywall, but it is not totally waterproof. You need another layer of protection. And Green Board is a slang term. I originally bought backer-board to use and thought it to be the same thing, but the old tile guys wanted the green board. I originally bought the backerboard from Lowes and they were great to deliver! I had it returned and bought green board. Those tile guys quit on us, so we then had the original tile guy come back who requested the backer board, but he was great to work with what we had since we had already gone through the trouble of exchanging it.

I bought a marble hexagon to use on the shower floor. I bought it online for a great price. My friend, Ashley was building an addition to her home and shared the link with me. She thought they had great customer service and great prices. She was right!

The shower walls, would not be marble. I didn’t want the hassle, but I wanted the look. I picked out a ceramic that had a marble print. It had great reviews of looking like the real deal, but easy to work with.

I requested them to lay it in a brick pattern offset in thirds. They did half the wall and offset it by half. I was not ready to have them start over, so I am living with it and it's not bad.

The tile went all the way to the top.

We needed the shower tiled before we could have the shower door installers come take measurements. Lead time on that is a couple weeks. I’m ready for doors and a window to help keep the heat inside the shower.

Mr. JCrew and I both wanted a bigger shower. The one we had before was so small. 

I’d say this one is definitely bigger!

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