Master bedroom before

The first picture shows the dull wall color and beige berber carpet.  (Along with my dad and my daughter.)

Below, you can see the new wall color and new door into the den. The den has lost it's paneled wainscoting and it's wall paper.

Bedroom, with no carpet, but with new paint color. 

It's been a whirlwind. Liv and I spent a lot of time last week just prepping paint. The carpenters, on the other hand, took out a closet and built a door from the living room to the master bedroom. The door will be wide enough for a wheel chair to go through if needed. Because Mom was confined to a wheel chair in the six weeks of her life, we want to make sure that the house is handicap accessible. When mobility goes, it can go really quickly, as we learned. I just made sense to dad and me to make sure the house was accessible before he moved in.


The rest of us worked on prepping the house for flooring. The carpet has to be out of the rooms where we are having the flooring replaced. Also, anything we intend to do to the walls has to be done. Dad painted his office a beautiful butter yellow. Saturday, we had a painting party. 

We have some family friends who have had rental property, so they have done a lot of construction. Liv and I were there and my brother and a cousin. We all worked pretty much all day. The carpet is out of the bedroom and the hallway. They door is cut from the living room into the master bedroom. The wall paper is out of the living room. Liv and I painted the entry hall, kitchen, breakfast nook.

Master Bath

Since we are hiring People to do the master bath, we have to get the components picked out and ordered. Dad asked me to pick out some pieces to show him, so he can choose. Since I've done the work, I though I might as well share with the whole class.

He doesn't take tub baths and we discovered what pain tub sides are when Mom was having trouble getting around. So, he plans to replace the tub in the master bath with a nice, big shower with an integrated seat. What he hasn't decided is whether to tile it or to use a fiberglass base.
KOHLER Tresham White Acrylic Shower Base (Common: 32-in W x 60-in L

There is also the "ready to tile" version:

Base'N Bench Made for Tile Molded Polyurethane Shower Base (Common: 36-in W x 60-in L)

I would go with the ready-to-tile if it were up to me. Using a smaller version of the tile on the floor, the shower might look something like this:

Photo from

DreamLine Unidoor 59-in to 60-in Frameless Hinged Shower Door from

I'm a fan of the frameless, hinged door. I know it costs more than a curtain, but if I ever redo my own master bath, I am going to budget for this. I think Dad would like this, if he could see it. He is having a hard time picturing it. His experience with shower doors has been the awful sliding shower doors that are so, so terrible. I think he would like a nice hinged door. 

I also like this vanity from Home Depot: 

Claxby 36.5 in. W x 19 in. D Vanity in Cream with Stone Effects Vanity Top in Winter Mist with White Basin & Mirror

And this one:

Lancaster 24 in. Vanity in Amber with Alpine AB Engineered Composite Vanity Top in White with White Basin

It is a little smaller and might fit better in the tiny master bath. 

This is the master bath. It lacks a certain charm, if we are going to be honest. Here, you can see the the outdated wall paper that is still on the wall by the door and over the toilet and above the shower. In addition, since Dad is no longer as young as he was (and mom was in a wheelchair before she died), Dad wants to make sure the bathroom and bedroom are wheelchair accessible before he moves in. 

We are having this room gutted. New sink & vanity. Huge new shower instead of a bathtub. The outdated sliding shower doors that never come completely clean are going away. The toilet will be replaced with a "comfort height." New towel bar. New mirror. And there will be a new, 36 inch door into the room.

I'm thinking a little unit like this would be perfect in the master bath, if he is happy with white cabinets. We're planning to paint the walls in the bedroom and bath Sherwin Williams Cucumber: 

And he has picked out this tile for the bathroom floor:  

New Project!

I've mostly been living in my house instead of planning new projects. Then my mom got sick and then she passed away.

BUT I have a new project. My dad has bought a new house in the next subdivision over. He got it for a song, which always means there is work to do. He called a contractor and had them come in and provide an estimate. It came in way higher than he wanted to pay. Or that made sense to pay. The estimate was 12 grand to move a couple of doors, remove some wainscott made of 1980s paneling, remove wall paper and paint. $7000 was just for removing wall paper, wall repair and painting.

Here's the thing. I can do the cosmetic stuff. Granted, I can't move a door. Or remove a closet. Or build a closet. But I can take off wall paper (even though I *hate* it) and I can skim coat and I can paint.

The kitchen and breakfast nook, before:


So, yesterday, Liv and I spent about 5 hours total and stripped (most of) the wall paper from the kitchen and breakfast nook. And we skim coated. It still needs sanding.

Wallpaper removed. Skim coat on.

Obviously, I still have to sand the drywall compound. But this was 5 hours of work, between Miss O and me. There is still a little bit of wallpaper right around the sink that needs to go, but it's pretty close to a clean slate. One room down. A bunch to go.

There are several rooms that are getting new flooring, so those need to be painted first. These rooms are the dining room, entry, mud/utility room, kitchen/breakfast nook, office, master bedroom and living room.

Speaking of flooring, we actually already picked that out. We thought about going to Lumber Liquidators. There is one in Little Rock, which is just a few miles away. But we thought we would go ahead a look locally, first. We found everything we needed at Imboden Flooring. The prices are not different enough to justify using a chain. We love the service and the products. 

This is what will be in the kitchen, breakfast nook and mudroom. It is a nice, neutral, high quality vinyl flooring. We could obviously put in tile. (I have done it before). But since the house is on a slab, we feel like there is something to be said for resilient flooring. This will have a little bit of give to walk on and water cannot hurt it. I don't know about you all, but we are messy cooks. 


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