Thursday, February 20, 2014

Home Renovation: Progress Update #3

Helloooo friends. Boy, am I excited to tell you that we're almost done with our home renovation. We're almost 5 months into the renovation and are getting super tempted by that light at the end of the tunnel. Seriously. Can. Not Wait.

As you all know from our last remodel progress report, we decided to spend only a few hours each night after work on the remodel, rather than killing ourselves to get it all done quickly. It's starting to take a toll on us  - I'm going insane with how cluttered it is living in 50% of a house for 5 months, but I digress - and Justin is falling asleep each night around 8:30pm because he's so exhausted. Poor thing. 

But, let's dig into the details of what we've been up to.

Remember a few months ago when I shared our spectacular Master Bedroom reveal back in December?

Master Bedroom Remodel

Weeeellll, this is what that room looks like now.

Renovation Progress_Master Bedroom
Renovation Progress_Master Mess

Ahh!! Equally beautiful, right?

Don't worry though - it's not like we absolutely hated it and ripped it all down out of sheer frustration. Since it's been -20 degrees for last few months here in Minneapolis, we needed some work space for cutting and building (and throwing stuff in the corner and worrying about it later). So back down to the Guest Bedroom we go so we have ample work space to make a proper mess.

Two steps forward, one step back.

We're still making progress though! Here's everything that we've accomplished since the last time we chatted.

We made a Dexter room so we could finish mudding and sanding the stairwell & dining room wall without getting sheetrock/mud dust over the entire house.

Renovation Progress_Dexter House

We primed the new stairwell, old stairwell and dining room wall (that had to be removed for plumbing purposes).

Renovation Progress_Painting Stairwells
Remodel Progress_Walls
Remodel Progress_Dining Room Wall

We picked tile for our shower walls (left) & shower floors (right) from The Tile Shop.

Renovation Progress_Shower Tile

We took a FREE tiling class with The Tile Shop and gained some confidence in our abilities to actually pull this off.

Renovation Progress_Tile Class

We Justin built me a Built In Shelf in our Book Nook area of the master bedroom - which will likely be used entirely for my shoe collection.  Check out instructions on how we constructed this Built In Shelf.

Renovation Progress_Built In
Renovation Progress_Shelf

And all the while, this is what our living & dining room looks like. Can you see why I'm going insane?? (Sorry for the blurryness of the photo, but I just had to share so y'all feel my pain).

Messy Renovation House
P.S. Kai (our pup) continues to be a really great helper throughout the process, laying anywhere and everywhere that's in the way. PPS. Check out Justin's Jumbo sized Cheese Ball addiction on the left of our dining room table.   
Lastly, for any of my Instagram friends, you've seen that we've started tiling the bathroom too, but more to come on that next week!

We're getting there. Next up is finishing up the tiling in the bathroom, building the door framing and starting in on the closet!

Want to see our previous remodel progress updates, or our overall remodeling plan? Check out our Remodeling Page with links to each stage of our project! 

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  1. Wow, it looks like you have SO much going on there!! I hear you about living in a construction zone for months at a took us 5 long months to do our kitchen in 2012 and I don't want to repeat that ever!! I bet it will look amazing when you are finished though! Those tiles you picked out are beautiful.

  2. You are really in the midst of renovating chaos .... dont you love it! Its going to look amazing when its done :)

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  4. Ugh - I feel your pain! This is how we were living for 4 weeks in our last house when we decided to have hardwood floors installed throughout. I can see you are making some beautiful updates though and I can't wait to see all your reveals!

  5. This is going to be sooo nice! I feel your pain, our room is turned upside down...we are sleeping on an air mattress right now because at the moment we don't have a mattress, but it didn't fit on the bed so we basically have the equivalent of two queen sized beds in our room which was just big enough for's turned the entire house upside down! Ugh!

  6. Wow, you guys sure have been busy but I can't wait to see it all completed! The photo of your dog laying amongst the chaos is hilarious!

  7. Soooo excited to see what you turn out! I actually thrive in chaos so this looks super exciting and fun to me! You guys are so awesome with doing all of this!

  8. Oh I feel your pain Kayla. The only MAJOR renovation we did (when we stripped our first house down to the studs and redid absolutely EVERYTHING) - we didn't have to live in the house while it was going on. That was so much easier!! But it is looking amazing and I can't wait to see how it all comes together! Shared:)

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  10. Wow. Looks like you've got your work cut out for you. And it must've been disorienting living in a house that's virtually being reconstructed. Taking it slow was a good idea; you guys don't want to tire it out, and not enjoy the fruits of your labor. Take it easy, eat more cheese balls, and take care not to wrangle anything! Good luck!
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  11. It seems like you had a lot of renovation projects lined up back then. Both of you look pretty handy doing all the work by yourselves. I hope everything turned out the way you wanted. Have a nice day!

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