Before + After – Our 10th Flip’s Master Bedroom + Bathroom

You might recall that the master bathroom was a source of stress at various times throughout this renovation.  :)

However, now that everything is said and done I can say that all the freaking out and second-guessing was worth it.  Whew!

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Originally, the bathroom was very pink and somewhat cramped.

10th Flip - Before

It also functioned as a guest bathroom since it was accessible through a door in the hallway – probably not the private master bath that most people envision.

10th Flip - Before

(The door to the “master bathroom” on the left in the foreground.)

So, when it came time to re-think the space, we jumped at the opportunity to make the bathroom more private by closing off the door while also expanding the bathroom by taking in a coat closet and part of a hallway off the entryway (see below).

10th Flip - Before

I never would have thought of expanding into this space – it was my mom’s idea – and it made all the difference for this little bathroom!  You can see these changes reflected on the floor plans below:

before and after floor plan

During the demolition and re-framing phases it all looked a little like this:

demo, framing & plumbing

I was really concerned about the master bathroom feeling dark, since it doesn’t have any windows to let in natural light.  Because of that, I made sure to include two recessed LED lights (one in the shower and one in the main part of the bathroom) and sconces with two bulbs each.  All of that light bouncing off the white walls, mirrors and glossy subway tile make for one happy and bright bathroom.

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And here’s a straight-on view of the double vanity.  The drawers have tons of storage, and I think the rope on the captain’s mirrors plays nicely with the wood tones of the vanity.

master bathroom

Just through the doorway is the master bedroom!

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You can really see in the master bedroom how we stuck with a palette of whites and rich browns and black throughout the house – all of the fixtures are black or oil-rubbed bronze, the window frames are bronze (almost black, really), and all of the hardware, door levers and hinges are black.  Those little details make me happy.

Do you see the plethora of doors that used to lead into the master bedroom?  It had direct access to two bathrooms – so strange!

10th Flip - Before

The master bedroom itself is really a testament to what a little freshening up can do.  We painted, swapped out the windows and light fixture, and restained the floor to take the room from this…

10th Flip - Before

…to this!

"After" photos of 10th flip - It's Great to Be Home

I hope you’ll agree that it’s changed for the better.  :)

Pssst!  Hi!  If you’re just joining us from Centsational Girl, welcome!  If you’d like to catch up on the rest of this renovation just click here.  And for you regular readers, I contributed to a post for my blog buddy, Centsational Girl – you can check it out here.

Before + After – Our 10th Flip’s Office + Attached Bathroom

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Last week you got a little glimpse of the office / 4th bedroom that we added to the flip – are you ready to see the full enchilada?

Pardon me, I have TexMex on the brain.

But back to the office – remember how the flip had 3 living areas when we bought it?  That just seemed crazy, so we switched things up and converted the formal dining room into an office, and turned the formal living room into the new dining room.  Here’s how it looked originally:

10th Flip - Before

And the entrance to the office is through the 5-lite glass door – I love that door and saved it during demo, it was originally an exterior door located to the right of the fireplace:

"After" photos of 10th flip - It's Great to Be Home

Inside, the office is light and bright, and would be an excellent guest room with the addition of a roman shade or frosted film on the glass door.

"After" photos of 10th flip - It's Great to Be Home

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Before + After – Our 10th Flip’s Dining + Living Rooms

Now that you’ve seen the outside, want to scope out the inside of the flip?

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One of the great things about ranch homes is that they typically lend themselves to today’s modern, open-concept floor plans.  Most of the rooms line up with each other, so tweaks like widening doorways and taking down walls are pretty much all you need to bring these vintage homes into this century.

before and after floor plan

You can see in the floor plans above how we switched up the layout of this house just by changing a few walls.  First, we decided that having 3 living areas in this house was a bit redundant, so we turned the formal living room (with the bay window) into the formal dining room, and simply added a wall to turn what was originally the formal dining room into a 4th bedroom/office.  Then, we widened the doorway between the dining room and living room, as well as the doorway between the living room and kitchen.  Now, the floor plan is open and bright, and makes more sense for the size of the home.

Here’s how the front portion of the house looked when we bought it:

10th Flip - Before

And here’s that same view today:

"After" photos of 10th flip - It's Great to Be Home

Isn’t it crazy how you can add a few 2x4s and drywall and, voila!  You have a new room!

demo, framing & plumbing

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Before + After – Our 10th Flip’s Exterior

You guys, the flip is finished.  Wahoo!

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Do you remember where we started last fall?

10th Flip - Before

I remember when we first saw this house – my first thought was, “Oh good, there’s nothing super offensive about it.  But dang, that brick is ugly and I wish we could change that bay window into something more modern.”

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Bam.  Wish granted.

Painting the brick a creamy white instantly freshened up the whole look.  And I love the contrast of the dark window frames against the brick – to me, it looks modern without feeling cold.

Our original vision was to create a boxed bay window (with right angles instead of the more curved look), but that wasn’t possible because of the way the window was framed.  However, with some serious finagling with the window opening our installer was able to switch out the six window panels that looked busy and dated with 3, larger window panels that look sleek and modern.  I’m a happy girl.

Changes to the Exterior

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Baby Gear with Baby #2 – The First 6 Months

BABY GEAR - the first 6 months - the second time around

Two years ago, when I was deep in the trenches of mothering our first baby girl, I wrote a post about the baby gear that helped us survive those first, fumbling 6 months.  Fast forward two years, and we’ve just barreled through the first six months with our second baby girl.  (She turned 8 months earlier this week!  Sob.)

Family of Four

Now that we have two babyhoods under our belts, I thought it might be useful to update anyone that’s interested about what gear still works for us, and what we’ve switched out.  Although every baby and every family is different, so just take my 2 cents for what they’re worth.  Ready?

on the go

On the Go:  We still love our Chicco Keyfit 30 infant car seat, and the Baby Jogger City Mini Single Stroller - they rock.  They are both super easy to use, and I swear the City Mini is the best single stroller out there.  It collapses with one hand and I can fling it in the back of my car with no trouble, and it also turns and rides great.  Before the girls could sit upright, we used an older version of this adapter that lets the car seat click into the stroller (genius).  We’ve added a push car that both girls love (and obviously wait to use it for a baby until he/she can reliably sit up on their own!).  I bought a double stroller off of a Facebook yard sale before our second baby was even born, but I really hate it – so we’ve never used a double stroller.  Usually the baby will be in a carrier – more about that below – while older sister is in the stroller/push car, or older sister walks while the baby is in the stroller/push car.  It’s worked for us so far.

stroller & car seat

I haven’t used the Moby Wrap this time around because a friend gave me the Baby K’tan, which was a big hit with Junior – I’m pretty sure she fell asleep each and every time I wore her in it.  I think the K’tan is also a lot more user-friendly than the Moby because you don’t have to wrap the long length of cloth around yourself – however, be aware that it comes in different sizes, so order accordingly.  I also ditched the Ergobaby because Junior acts like she’s been tortured whenever I put her in it – so we borrowed my sister’s Baby Bjorn and it’s worked really great.  I don’t think it’s nearly as comfortable to wear as the Ergo (it kinda hurts my back and shoulders), but hey, you’ve gotta do what works for your kid.

baby carriers

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