It’s been another busy week since our last Tuesday Tidbits! We are finally close to having the painting finished. We’re on to the part where “we need to get a couple of other things done before we can totally finish it.” We also know there will be many (and I repeat, MANY) touch-ups once things like baseboards and flooring start going in. So, I try not to think about being done until we are actually done (which will still be awhile).

Both fireplaces are in the process of getting their much needed facelift. I’m super excited to see the finished product! It will still be some time before anything is functional (we plan on eventually putting wood-burning stoves in both), but at least the wall/mantle/hearth will look good!

The big fireplace (pictured below) will have two sconces on either side. It’s difficult to tell in this photo, but this fireplace is ENORMOUS. Like so big that I could lie down inside of it…I wouldn’t…but I could.

The second fireplace will be in our kitchen and is much smaller. This one will have an actual hearth, which I absolutely love! Currently, it looks like a creepy hand from a parallel universe is about to reach up and grab someone…I’m hoping that look will change in the near future.

We have been working feverishly on the tile for all the bathrooms and showers. Our weekend agenda (when we try to crank out some serious work) didn’t go as exactly planned. Buchanan had a power outage smack in the middle of our beautiful Saturday. We were out for about 4 hours and had to wrap up the tile work and move on to other clean up. It wasn’t the worst thing in the world to happen – but it set us back a full work day.

The tile for all the showers are in this family. White, white and gray, marble, etc.

The floors for the guest bathrooms will all be white/gray marble as well. However, for our master bathroom I was a little apprehensive about having a white floor. My experience is that my daily use of makeup and hairspray has a direct impact on a bathroom floor. Plus, remember that I painted our master bathroom pure white. The shower will be white/gray with marble accents, but I wanted something to warm up the rest of the space. We used this type of wood tile on another house and absolutely loved it. Loved. This seemed to be the perfect solution for our master bathroom dilemma.

On past projects, the wood tile came in shorter lengths. However, we were able to purchase them in lengths of 4 feet…which works out perfectly in our huge bathroom.

We also set up a mini-work station right outside the bathroom.

And, just because I find it hysterical every time I see it, allow me to tell you the story of the pink crates. My parents bought several pink, white and purple crates for me in the early 80’s (like 83-84) and they were part of my bedroom decor. It was the 80’s…this was totally normal. When I went to college, the crates became my moving boxes ever year and my closet storage during the school year. Every time I moved after college (many, many apartments) I continued to use them as an easy “box” to throw the leftover items in. Fast forward to Trent and I being married and living in our second house. I had totally forgotten about the crates until I walked into the garage looking for something. I noticed he had his tools stored…in my crates! He just laughed and said they make really great storage. So, here we are…40 years old, year 2017 and using my 1980’s pink crates as storage for some of our tools. Needless to say, they just don’t make ’em like this anymore.

Have a wonderful week and thank you for following along!



  • April 4, 2017 Reply

    Shirley D

    I love the tile. Can’t wait to see it up!

  • April 4, 2017 Reply


    Pink Crates!!! Hahaha! I too have pink crates that continue to move with me from the 80s decor of my sister’s bedroom…to college, multiple apartments, our married home. I think right now they are holding my husbands massive cd collection in the garage, and in my children’s closet adding storage to the upper levels of their closet. They are unbreakable!

  • April 4, 2017 Reply

    Pamela Hoose

    Love the tile choices. Can you tell me the brand and color of wood tile you are using? We are thinking of using it in our kitchen and dining room. Our thinking is that it would be more durable than hard wood with our two dogs going in and out the sliding glass door.

  • April 4, 2017 Reply

    Michael Lannoo

    The wood flooring in the bathroom is looking good. I am guessing that the green separators will allow some sort of fill to be put in after the glue has dried? We used a wood Heatalator insert in our fireplace for many years, but now have converted it to a gas log. It is so convenient to make our living room toasty in very short order. You are making wonderful progress and keep up the good work….

    • April 4, 2017 Reply

      Leah Hudson

      No glue. This is all ceramic tile (well,the wood tile is…the marble is marble:). Yes, we will allow the mortar to dry for a day and then go back and grout it all.
      And you are correct: a gas log fireplace is super convenient!

  • April 4, 2017 Reply


    I have those exact pink crates! And they are also still being used!!! Love the fireplaces- can’t wait to see the facelift

  • April 5, 2017 Reply

    Robyn Karkiewicz

    I love the tile that you are using. Love the Pink Crates.

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