Finale Tour! Finally….the remodel (rebuild!) is complete!

We have everything just how we want it — so I snapped some pics and took a video of the final house presentation –> basically this is as good as it gets…WE ARE DONE!! We told our realtor slash friend “It’s been three years of blood, sweat and arguments, but we’re done.” Truly, we didn’t fight about it THAT MUCH. It was mostly the following points of contention:

I didn’t want to try concrete counters…because it was pretty experimental…we weren’t sure what it would look like at the end of the day, but they look amazing! I admit it, I was wrong for not wanting to do concrete counters.

Also, I didn’t want Ross to paint the leaded glass door for the upstairs bath. It was a beautiful solid wood door, and in my head I pictured a polished wood door with leaded glass warming up all that cold, sterile white tile. However, now that it is in and it’s painted white, the leaded glass is really the main focal point, and mimics the black and white patterns all over the tile, and the natural wood might have detracted from the leaded glass. In all honesty, either wood or white, it doesn’t really matter, the door itself is just killer cool. It’s stupid shit like that that we fought about that doesn’t even impact the house.

Ross wasn’t a big fan of my “hello” decal idea on the door — which I think adds huge curb appeal and gives the house personality. Now that it’s done, he admits it looks great — maybe he thought it was going to look like a small sticker on the door or something, but I actually painted it, so it doesn’t look cheap.

Ross wanted to build some sort of shelving or storage built-ins under the stairs, until I nixed the idea. Now that it’s nice and open under there, with hooks and a bench, he likes it and is glad we didn’t do all the additional work on that area.

Still on my list — I want to do side by side comparisons of areas that were overhauled in a big way, like the bathrooms, the staircase, the kitchen cabinets, the pantry corner, the grossly-carpeted living room…and the master with new walk-in closet of course!

I also have a concrete countertop post sitting in my drafts. I kind of feel like Ross should write it, but he refuses, so that’s why it’s been pending so long…I’m hoping he fires up the laptop and writes it himself. I’m going to sound like an idiot because I didn’t touch those counters, haha.

Here are the pictures of our fourth baby…and a walk-through video of course. It’s really satisfying to see it finished!! #alloureggs

Notice my “hello” decal on the door!

Shutters + window boxes added a lot!

We added some patio furniture to the back patio and our fire pit

The living room looks a lot bigger with furniture in it

The rugs and table fit perfectly, and it was just lucky because I bought them a long time ago

The downstairs bedroom is right off the dining room

The downstairs bathroom is now off the back hallway; we moved the original door which led into the kitchen

This built-in we put together from an antique buffet; it could function as a pantry to store baking goods or could store dishware.

We added a farmhouse table instead of an island – we definitely needed more “workspace” in the kitchen but didn’t want to close it in any more with more wall cabinets

I was nervous about breaking the “kitchen work triangle” design concept but it totally works!

I love the space under the stairs – the possibilities are endless!

We used Edison bulbs on the staircase fixture to [hopefully] add a little industrial look

That leaded glass door is a surprise gem at the end of the hallway!

We debated adding more storage to the right of the sink, but I liked how spacious it was and figured someone could always add a stand/shelf if they want later on

The opposite side of the upstairs bath has a clawfoot tub

I staged the second upstairs bedroom as a nursery

The shiplap makes the master super cozy and cottage-like

The walk-in closet space was the extra corner left over after the bathroom expansion

We expanded the chimney in the master in order to cover up the ductwork/chaseway that we didn’t just want to block out with drywall


We’ve found yellow brick!

Remember our design dilemma about the metal chaseway next to the chimney? We wanted to cover it somehow without using drywall or cabinetry and without ruining the view of the brick chimney. We thought of using yellow brick to cover the chaseway to match the chimney. The closest match to this type of yellow brick we could find is Milwaukee Cream City brick. And…we couldn’t really find any locally. We contacted a bunch of salvage shops in the area who didn’t have any, and were this|close to giving up when….

The chimney and chaseway currently.

The chimney and chaseway currently.


out of nowhere…Ross landed on a Craigslist ad with FREE (!) yellow brick. A gentleman in Minneapolis tore out an old chimney and posted a curb alert. Or more accurately an alley alert.

Free yellow bricks WHAAAA!?

Free yellow bricks WHAAAA!?

It was a miracle because we were getting desperate. We even debated buying new yellow bricks and roughing them up in a concrete mixer…sooo glad we didn’t attempt that!

Brainstorming some alternatives to old yellow brick...

Brainstorming some alternatives to old yellow brick…

Ross went over after work one day and loaded each brick into the bed of his truck. Luckily it was still there – you never know with a curb alert! We should have plenty of brick to cover the chaseway, and them some. Craigslist doesn’t always come through but this time we nailed it.

A truck bed full of yellow brick

A truck bed full of yellow brick


Chimney + chaseway plans

We exposed the beautiful yellow brick chimney and in the process, discovered a metal heating chaseway that sits next to the chimney. It had been drywalled over and had [fugly] cabinetry installed over it. Here is the before where you can see the odd box-out where the chimney and chaseway were covered with a built in pantry-type of unit.

The tiny pantry cabinets were obviously hiding something.

The tiny pantry cabinets were obviously hiding something.

When we started uncovering the chimney we also uncovered the metal chaseway. We are deciding what exactly to do with the chaseway. My first inclination is to cover it with the same cool yellow brick as we have on the chimney, since they sit right next to each other and they are both highly visible from both the hallway and kitchen.

The chimney brick uncovered.

The chimney brick uncovered.

But the more I search, the less confident I am in my ability to find said brick. Craiglist doesn’t have any in Minnesota or even in neighboring states – and the salvage shops I emailed don’t have any inventory either. The one place with current stock I found online would have to ship it from Chicago – eek. At least two salvage shops referred me to Historic Stone Company in Minneapolis. I’ll be calling on them, for sure, but first we need to decide if we are going to cover up the chaseway with yellow brick or not…thoughts?

Chaseway and chimney revealed.

Chaseway and chimney revealed.