My grandparent’s, John Glenn and Lillian, moved back to the States into this home after an Army career that took them all over the world. This would be the last home that John, known as Glenn, and Lillian would live in together. Their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren loved to visit them often. An opportunity arose and my sister had the option to purchase my Grandparent’s home, having been out of the family’s purview for several years.
Built in 1919, the old girl was showing her age. Situated in Ocean View, in close proximity to the Chesapeake Bay, she is an Arts and Crafts bungalow, with an additional bedroom added in the 1950’s. Massive oak trees once shaded the house. She has gone through many changes over the years.
How was your weekend? After finishing up (finally) our townhome reno we looked forward to a relaxing weekend. It has taken us a long time, it was a major undertaking. Out with the brown carpet, dark-stained wood, vinyl flooring. In with fresh paint, wood and stone floors, roof, windows, vinyl siding, doors. The list goes on. I’m proud that we did most of the demo and work ourselves. We got us some skills! 😀 Sadly, I don’t have a lot of before photos.
We’re renovating our first home, now a 30-year-old rental in need of TLC. To save money Saw Man and myself (and at times our daughters, son in law and family), are doing as much as we can ourselves. We even laboriously painted popcorn ceilings throughout. Something I’ll never do again. Evenings after work, weekends and holidays. Our hope is that a young family or retiree will find it desirable enough to purchase.
Our tiny 36″ x 96″ downstairs half-bath renewal is almost complete. Gone are the 1970’s pink toilet and fixtures, green and pink wall paper, vinyl tile flooring, platform sink, lights and old mismatched shelving. We did a lot of online research for inspiration and ideas on style and function.
A friend laid the cream diagonal ceramic floor tile and the custom oak wood trim. Once set, he installed a Kohler “Cimarron” water saving toilet. My husband installed 48″ height bead board with a 2″ wide rail head to three of the walls.
On the back wall, behind the toilet he installed bead board and pine shelves to the ceiling. I used white semi gloss Behr paint on the wood and Behr Silver Sage UL210-8 on the walls.
We found a small 1930’s server for the sink commode. I still marvel that my talented husband dismantled, sawed off one inch from each side and reconstructed the 38″ wide server to make it fit the allotted space.
My nephew installed the white Carrera marble tile top. We added a Kohler “Memoirs” sink and a chrome single hole Pfister faucet. Wanting to reuse and update the in-wall medicine cabinet, we added a dime store mirror to a craft store stock wood frame and screwed it to the front door panel. My big splurge was on the chrome Reformation Hardware “Asbury” tissue holder and towel ring and two “Modern” sconce light fixtures.
A woven basket for extra tissue rolls, small area rug and hand towels were purchased from T J Maxx HomeGoods. The antique lithography is of our of local naval shipyard.
Still needs two molding strips above the sink, then we’ll be done!