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No More Ugly Bathrooms!

We are slowly making progress on the house remodel. I absolutely hate the bathrooms! They are so old and dated. A few years ago I painted the main bathroom (gray) and we replaced the sink in there. I really like what we picked. It’s kind of a dark greyish brown with a white countertop.

We decided to bite the bullet and hire someone to do the flooring in both bathrooms. The guy that did our deck did a great job and he does interiors so I reached out to see if he could do it. I knew that the bathroom floors would be hard to redo ourselves (and not just because of Michael’s recent back issues) so it made sense to hire a professional. I knew that the subflooring needed to be replaced and I wanted the tile to look nice and be level so it was just a smart thing to hire it out.

I REALLY wish we had photos of the original bathroom but Michael lost the photos he had on a computer that crashed. Basically, the hall bathroom had teal everything–the walls, the ceiling, the toilet fuzzy cover. I think the vanity was white with flowers on it and there was some yellow in there, too. The vanity was small and dated and I think the countertop was yellow? It’s hard to remember. Basically, it was hideous!

The downside is that we wouldn’t have a bathroom at all for about two days. Bella went to her boyfriend’s house for the night: ๐Ÿ™‚

And we booked a small cottage in North Portland on AirBnB for the night.

The cottage was super cute. Small but good enough for us for one night. Plus there was a hot tub! After Logan went to sleep, we had a glass of wine and hung out in the hot tub outside, surrounded by a bamboo fence. It was super cute.

I was SO excited to go home and see the new bathrooms.

BEFORE:

GOD I HATE THAT LINOLEUM!

You can see the subflooring under the new sink vanity in this photo:

The old vanity was small and short in a weird way, so it was nice to replace it. Plus we got something that was a little bit bigger and held more stuff.ย We got two new vent registers and went with white for both since we chose white tiles for the bathroom remodel.

DURING:

AFTER:

I LOVE IT!!!!!! The floors look so amazing! I didn’t get fantastic photos because the light wasn’t great, but trust me, it looks great in person. The tile is white with gray accents. The backsplash matches the gray in the tiles. The sink is attached the wall (finally).

The room looks bigger, too. We need to put in new toilets and then finish the baseboard trim and paint all the doors in the house, and the bathrooms are DONE!

Michael’s Bathroom

The master bath is really small. It’s basically just the shower and toilet in the bathroom area. There is a sink in the bedroom by the walk-in closet. But since this house is from the 70’s it’s all really old, small and just not cohesive for two people to use. So this is basically Michael’s bathroom and I use the other one.

BEFORE:

During (You can see the yellow that the walls used to be in the below photo!):

AFTER:

Michael’s bathroom has white tile with black accents. This was what I was originally going to use for my bathroom, but I think it looks better in the small bathroom instead. And it is similar but not the same as mine, so it is a nice difference and ties everything together.

We need to paint Michael’s bathroom (I think white is best), install a new toilet, and put in the baseboards and then that room is done! It looks so nice! We are super happy with how everything turned out!

 

Weekend on the Water

One of my favorite memories as a younger person was when I drove to Montana (from Portland) by myself to hang out with my friend Rachel. She lived near Glacier National Park and it was very cool and empowering to go on a road trip all by myself (I think I was like 23 or so at the time). I drove for hours in my Buick LeSabre (classy) to Spokane, Washington, spent the night in a motel 6-type place and then the next day drove the rest of the way to see Rachel in Montana. It was a GREAT trip with lots of stories (some we will never share with anyone ๐Ÿ˜€ ) and it was just me on the road with good music and my Road Atlas (yes this was before GPS and smartphones).

(The above photo was me in Montana!)

Over the weekend I got to spend some quality time with my bff Rachel! A few months ago we made plans to have a girl’s weekend somewhere half-way in between Portland and Seattle. I’ve been looking forward to this for months! A weekend away to do girl stuff and recharge…sign me up!

We booked a really adorable guest house on AirBnB. Rachel found it and I highly recommend it!ย It was pretty remote–you are about 30 minutes from anything, like if you forget your chocolate (like we did), you to have drive 30 minutes to the nearest store. But despite not being near anything, it was the ideal location. It was right on the water on Harstine Islandย near Shelton, Washington.

You cross over a bridge and then you are on the Island (probably 30 minutes or so from Olympia?) and you are surrounded by trees and the water and quiet waterfront homes. We barely saw anybody out, maybe a few fishermen on the water, that was it.

There was one bedroom and then a loft bedroom.

There was comfy furniture for movie watching.

The bathroom was nice, but slightly weird. ๐Ÿ˜‰

The deck overlooking the trees and water were absolutely amazing! And the house had all these big, beautiful windows overlooking the trees and Sound.

There was a pool that Rachel and I were really excited to use but sadly, it was closed up for the season by the time we got there. Bummer!

Friday afternoon I left Portland and unfortunately I a) didn’t get to say goodbye to Logan because he was still napping when I left and b) hit rush hour Friday traffic trying to get out of Portland so it took longer than expected to arrive, but it was fairly nice and easy drive once I got out of Portland/Vancouver.

Rachel had already checked in and was doing some work remotely and just relaxing. When I arrived we cooked dinner (steaks and baked potatoes and lots of wine) and stayed up way too late gabbing and catching up.

I got the bedroom downstairs and the bed was glorious and so comfy! I might have slept at an angle, taking up the entire bed, because I could. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I slept so good. It was so quiet and peaceful and comfortable.

Saturday I got to sleep in!!!!!!!! Wooooo hooo! I slept in until almost 8am. The bed was so comfy and I didn’t want to get out of bed but Rachel made coffee and I could smell it so…yeah I got up. ๐Ÿ˜€ We had breakfast (eggs, toast, bacon, coffee, juice) and then we went kayaking!

I didn’t take any photos of us kayaking, which I’m bummed about, but I was worried about my phone so it was just better to leave it behind. Rachel went in on a kickstarter years ago with Oru Kayaks, which are kayaks that fold up into something compact and easy to transport. So it was pretty fascinating to watch her put together these kayaks that were essentially folded up into boxes. It’s a pretty ingenious idea!

So it took about 30 minutes to put the kayaks together and then we were in the water. I can see where the process of putting them together could be kind of a pain in the ass…Rachel admitted that it’s her least favorite part of it and has discouraged her from using them more often, but also admitted that when her and her husband used to go all the time, it was a lot quicker to put the kayaks together because they had more practice.

I can see this being a good alternative to people that don’t have an ideal way to transport or store, traditional kayaks.

Anyways, we got in the water right in front of where we were staying. The sky was perfectly blue, the sun was out, the air was cool but not cold. The kayaks worked great and we didn’t sink or tip over (even though they were a little wobbly) and we didn’t get wet at all. We kayaked around for about an hour. It was really fun and kind of the perfect way to spend the sunny morning. We saw some gray clouds off in the distance so we decided to turn around and head back. We literally missed the rain by like maybe 10 minutes!

The beach was rocky and had a little bit of sand. There were tons of oyster shells and barnacles, lots of seaweed.

We had lunch outside on the deck overlooking the water. We made big, crunchy salads. It was delicious. The water was calm and there was a light breeze mixed with some rain sprinkles.

Then we kind of spent the rest of the afternoon lounging on the couch watching chick flicks and watching the alternating sunshine and rainy stormy weather outside the windows. It was really chill and relaxing.

Dinner was baked chicken and baked potatoes. Then more chit chatting and hanging out. ๐Ÿ˜€ It was great!

It was such a good way to spend the weekend. It was definitely chill. I didn’t really work out. The kayaking was fun, and sort of active, but not really a workout. I could have maybe gone for a run, but I didn’t feel like it. It was just nice to relax and honestly do nothing for a change.

Sunday we had a leisurely morning. I made breakfast, we drank a ton of coffee. I walked down to the water because it looked like the tide was out and I wanted to explore a bit. The tide was WAY out! The below pictures was right where we were kayaking the day before!

A lot more seaweed that morning. It was a really quiet morning. The water was like a mirror and there wasn’t anyone else out on the water or beach but me. It was so nice.

I wish we could have spent a little more time relaxing Sunday morning before packing up. It was such a delightful little spot to spend time!

So we packed up and refolded the kayaks and hit the road. We decided to make this weekend an annual thing. We’re going to alternate who picks the spot each year. I have to say, I’m already super excited for next year’s weekend!!!!!