Teenage Boys’ Bath & Shiplap Fireplace

Whoa!  Was that a football game on Sunday or what?!?  We had a large group of friends over “to watch the Superbowl”.  Really we all just talked and laughed and ate copious amounts of chili and wings ;-).  Isn’t that what the Superbowl is all about anyway?  The kids that came had a blast skating on our ice rink but it was so dark, I didn’t get very good pictures.  Here is a picture of our youngest and a friend on the ice a few days ago:

We are really enjoying the trees that came with our building lot this time around.  They provide great protection from that whipping winter wind and also a bit of privacy as some of our blinds and curtains still need to be hung…  #Babysteps

On Saturday I managed to get a few better lit photos of the fireplace and some of the boys’ bathroom as well (no windows in the bathroom so more poorly lit photos for your enjoyment- sorry!).  For the bathroom this time around I really wanted to separate the toilet and shower from the sink area so that our boys could still be brushing their teeth while their brother was taking a shower (or doing something else) in the other room.  

We have four boys–three of them are teenagers.  #testosteroneoverload    You mothers of girls may think that bathroom fighting only occurs between members of the female gender group.  Well, I am here to tell you that boys LOVE their bathroom time!  I don’t know what they do in there but whatever it is, it takes some serious time!  So far this separate water closet setup has maybe prevented 50% of the normal bathroom usage fighting so I guess I’ll take it as a win…

The toilet and shower are located to the right of the sink area in a separate room.  I didn’t think that we needed two sinks in this bathroom, but my husband thought we did.  Easier to put two in to start with than add a sink later so two sinks it is!  This bathroom is just off of the hallway that leads from our main living area to the two boys’ bedrooms, mudroom/laundry and garage.  The same vinyl flooring runs throughout this bathroom, hallway and mudroom/laundry.  Here is a closeup of the flooring on my Main Bathroom style board:  


The vinyl looks like a slate tile laid in a herringbone pattern and I absolutely LOVE IT!  Using vinyl eliminates the need for in-floor heating up here in the great white north.  Another bonus is that whatever they laid underneath the vinyl has a bit of “give” so the floors are super comfortable to walk on.  Anyone who has visited is amazed at how real it looks and yet how soft it is on the feet.  We chose laminate for the counter in a carrara marble finish:  

I am very happy with this choice as it was a good budget decision for this particular bathroom where the edge of the vanity isn’t exposed.  It truly looks like marble and yet the upkeep is minimal and so far is very durable.  I was going to purchase new mirrors for this room but we had a couple on hand that just fit so are using those for now until I figure out if I am going to paint them or purchase different ones.  Here are the sources for the main bath:

Lights – ebay (sold on Amazon here)

Mirrors – HomeSense many years ago

Faucets – Amazon

Hardware – Amazon

Hand towels – Tommy Hilfiger from HomeSense

We had sun on the weekend so I wanted to give you a better look at our newly shiplapped wall above the fireplace.

You might remember that originally I had planned to paint this shiplap feature wall Simply White (Benjamin Moore).  All went according to plan, HOWEVER, once the white paint was up I found the reclaimed brick on the fireplace and wood beam mantel looked really washed out and blah.  Four hours of my life wasted.  Oh well, I’m used to that, I have four kids, remember?  🙂  Anywho, our kitchen island faces this wall and is painted Asphalt (Benjamin Moore) so I took a chance and slapped that same color up on the shiplap on a snow day.  I work at a school so snow day = get everything done at home that you have been putting off waiting for a large chunk of time to appear ;-).

We also managed to find a solution to the exposed air return hole to the right of the fireplace.  Remember that?

My awesome husband devised a plan with a thin piece of mdf and used a router to cut slots in it.  I painted it the same color as our walls, Classic Gray (Benjamin Moore), we mounted it and done.  It really just blends into the wall which is what I wanted because the fireplace is supposed to be the feature in this room.

Oh yeah, and I might have rearranged some furniture in this room since last post.  Chronic furniture rearranging – admitting it is the first step to recovery.   😉  We spend so many cozy evenings here in this room together and are loving the fireplace on the main floor.  Canadian winters are much more bearable with a fireplace to snuggle up by (and an ice rink to kick the kids out on when they start fighting over the bathroom 😉 ).

Have you tried shiplap anywhere in your house yet?  Do you have boys that fight over the bathroom?  Please comment and let me know I’m not the only one!

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Fifty Shades over the Fireplace

No, you are not dreaming–this is REALLY a new post on BH|MH.  I got so much done during my one month unintentional hiatus from the blog and I can’t wait to share it all with you!  Today I’m going to begin the sharefest with the shiplap over our reclaimed brick fireplace.

Here is the Ghost of Christmas Past taking us on a tour of our mantel on Dec. 15th:

Building House|Making Home Christmas Mantel

Yikes!  Glad we have progressed from that empty shell over the mantel!  If you remember from last post, we were hoping to enclose the chimney portion of the fireplace with something like this:

So just as soon as my husband had a day off during the Christmas holidays I put him straight to work getting all that beautiful shiplap installed.  My sweetie made quick work of this project and here we were already on New Year’s Eve:

You will notice another small change in this photo from the previous….  the slightly larger tv.  I guess hubby thought he deserved this as a Christmas gift due to his heavy labor on this project.  Whatever works–it sure motivated him to finish up that shiplap so he could hang the new tv.  😉  Ok, so now we were ready for paint–my turn!  I originally thought I wanted the shiplap painted white just like the inspiration picture.  Well…..  after I had primed it I wasn’t super stoked with how washed out it make the fireplace brick and mantel look but I decided to soldier on and put on one coat of Benjamin Moore Simply White (same colour as our trim and kitchen cabinets) to see if it finished the look off the way I was envisioning.  #notsomuch   I don’t have a picture of the shiplap all white but trust me, it just didn’t look right.  So, back to the paint store to get a can of paint matched to our kitchen island colour, Benjamin Moore Asphalt.  Here is a bad picture of my progress halfway through one coat:

Building House|Making Home Painting Fireplace Shiplap

Ahhh!  I could tell it was going to set off that fireplace so much better already!  Totally stoked, I pressed on and managed to get two coats of Asphalt on in one afternoon.  An added bonus was that I got to watch listen to my favie fave show, My Kitchen Rules Australia the entire afternoon!  (Funny story:  I work at a school and I knew the previous day already that icy roads were predicted for the next morning.  So when my husband said he needed to go to the home improvement store that evening, I tagged along and bought the can of gray paint in anticipation of my day off.  Usually that sort of thing would totally jinx the snow day, but this time it worked!  Woo hoo – one entire free day to get this project crossed off my list!  Along with catching up on laundry, of course ;-).)

Building House|Making Home Grey Shiplap Fireplace

Here is the finished product that very evening with a cozy fire and a NHL Hockey Game on the tv – just the way we like to spend cold evenings around here… We installed two pieces of mdf corner trim on each edge to finish it off–since the shiplap is very rustic it just looks a bit more finished with trim on the edges.  Next project will be to cover that ugly cold air return on the right side of the fireplace and style the bookcase on the left.  I have a really neat idea for that vent cover and of course it involves another “project” for my hubby ;-).  Love you, babe!  (Sorry for the grainy cell phone photos in this post–I wanted to update you all right away instead of waiting for a bright, sunny day at home when my “good camera” battery is charged.  Judging from the rainy weather we are having this week in addition to the fact that both of my “good camera” batteries are exhausted, that might have resulted in a two month hiatus from the blog.  Thanks for your understanding!)

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