It has been quite some time since I've posted. It has taken way too long to do it, but we are finally making progress on our upstairs bathroom. Having to wake up in the middle of the night to make the trek down the stairs and across the house to pee hasn't been fun. The tiny half-bath, which seemed so small and "easy" has found itself in the same category as almost every other project this house has had in store: a pain in the @$$. First, we had to find a sink that would fit this small space... that is, fit AND have the door open. I raided my parents' place and took a sink right off the wall. Perfect fit. Oh, but Jeff failed to mention that his under-the-counter water heater wouldn't exactly be attractive under a pedestal sink. Well, we can fix that.
We'll get a little cute set of drawers or storage to sit beside the sink and the water heater can be hidden underneath. Beautiful! We went on yet another antique-scavenger hunt and viola! There is was... a perfect little washstand with a marble top! We loaded it up, brought it home, and to our exhausted dismay it did not exactly fit beside the sink. It was more like an "either/or" situation.
Hmmm... What to do? We cannot return the piece, and my dad will surely kill me if I tell him we cannot use the sink that I stealthily absconded from the bathroom. I had an idea. We'll save the pedestal sink for the 3rd floor bath, get a vessel sink, figure out how to cut a hole in marble, and make our washstand into a sink and cabinet. The idea sunk in, the sink is purchased, the tile floor is in, the walls and caulked and painted, the ceiling is almost complete, the copper vessel sink is ordered, and the toilet actually fit into place (and *may* even work.. I just discovered that Jeff has been stressing about this plumbing situation for months and feared we would be making a bathroom that was only decorative and not useful!)
In other news, we have replaced our fallen oak with two 30 foot tall Bosque Elms. They are beautiful! I am so pleased! Jeff has begun fixing the fence, and we still need to replace the walkway, but I can see our front yard will be great!
Since we've moved upstairs, we have had a real genuine living room! This room was a make-shift kitchen when we bought the house, was the boys' room for a while, then our bedroom, and now it has finally made it. Here are some pictures...