The Master Bath Reno

Does anyone remember when I blogged on April 21, 2013: “I’ve got some interesting projects coming up – a bathroom reno and some furniture updates for the bonus room so stay tuned”? Well, the reno in the master bathroom is finally done – just in time for us to move to a new house! We were in the midst of this renovation when we bought the new house so we had to see it through to the end.
Here’s the bathroom before:



The reno included:
A new countertop (we opted for white quartz)
New tile on the floor, shower, and backsplash (which we extended across the wall behind the toilet)
New faucet
New hardware and mirror
Updates to the decor including a new shower curtain and adding art
Although the space is small, it looks pretty darn snazzy if I do say so myself!
IMG_1968 IMG_1969 IMG_1970 IMG_1971 IMG_1972 IMG_1973 IMG_1974 IMG_1975 IMG_1976 IMG_1977 IMG_1978Some more details in case you are interested:
  • The faucet is from Restoration Hardware
  • The mirror and shower curtain are from Winners
  • The artwork from an Etsy shop called My Little Pixels and I had it framed at Michaels
  • The silvery vase was once glass and I used this tutorial to make it look like mercury
The renovations to the new house are coming along. I will be posting an update in the next couple of days…AND, chez sharah is turning 1 on February 18!! Thanks all for reading, giving feedback, and generally showing me love and support this past year!

Chez Sharah Is Moving!

We unexpectedly purchased a new house at the end of November so chez sharah will be moving this spring!
Since moving back to our hometown a few years ago, my husband has dreamed of having a home that backed onto a beautiful coulee landscape. Unfortunately, buying an undeveloped lot like that in our city is almost impossible. We would have to buy an existing home and do extensive renovations if we wanted to live on the coulees. We kind of gave up on the idea, but my husband continued trolling MLS in case the right place came up for sale. Lo and behold, this house popped up this past October:


When my husband showed me the listing, I was skeptical. I loved our current house, I didn’t want the hassle of moving, and this new house was twice the size of our current home! What did we need all that space for?! I grudgingly agreed to go and look at it. After we looked at, we hummed and hawed for a week before deciding to make an offer. We were pretty overwhelmed to find a house that we could potentially stay in forever at only 30 years old (and no sign of kids yet!).
Fast forward two months later and the house is ours! So, now what? Major renovation time! The house was built in 1990. Although in excellent condition, it is outdated and in need of a facelift. The renovations begin next week and our contractor tells us they will be done mid-April. We will continue living in our current home in the meantime. Here’s what’s happening over the next few months:
  • Replace all the doors, baseboards, and casings
  • Scrape the ceilings and re-texturize
  • Paint the whole house (except the basement)
  • Replace all the carpet on the main floor and upstairs
  • Gut and re-do the kitchen
  • Gut and re-do the master bathroom/walk-in closet
  • Gut and re-do another bathroom and the powder room
So, without further adieu, here are pictures of the house in it’s current condition:

Main Floor


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We are not doing any renovations to the basement for now. We will eventually fix it up when we need the space.
Now, time to play a game! Did you spot the following:
  • Carpet in the master bathroom?
  • Oak…everywhere?
  • Brass…everywhere?
  • The indoor hot tub?
  • The salmon and blue blinds?
Well, it’s all gotta go! I’ll sell the bad ass blinds to the highest bidder! Stay tuned as we reno this place from top to bottom! And don’t worry, I’ll still continue to do my little weekend projects and organization projects too!
Thanks for reading!