Little Yellow House Refresh: How to re-enforce a floor

Every weekend we have continued to work on the kitchen and weeks have gotten away from me. Wanted to take a moment to walk you through all the things we have been up to. If you have been following along on instagram you know we are a bit farther than this, I will do some posts to get us caught up with all the detail!

Since we were moving the kitchen we had some rough work to do in the basement crawl space below. We have a full basement downstairs but for whatever reason there is only a crawl space directly under the new kitchen space. so we were  in there a lot.

One day during demo I jumped up and down in excitement, because I do that, and my dad realized the floor was a bit more bouncy than he liked. So we went in the hole. First, Chris got in there and re-enforced the floor to see if that helped the bouncy factor.

To do this he took some boards and wedged them between the floor joist near the other supports. Although this helped it didn’t fully solve the problem. So dad recommended we add a support beam underneath. Keep in mind this area of the kitchen was going to have a huge (5’x6′) island sitting on it, so we wanted to be sure that the floor wasn’t going to wiggle around.

First we brought a huge beam into the hole. It was a 16 foot 8×8 beam. We lifted it up to the ceiling so it was flush with the top. We hung it up there using wire, which honestly was kinda scary I kept thinking it was going to fall but it stayed.

Then we played down 4 cement block and made sure they were level. These would be the support structure to put the incremental 4×4 beams up to support the big horizontal beam.

Then we used a jack to jack up the big beam to be a bit taller than we really wanted it, so then we could wedge a 4×4 beam in sitting on the cement block. The jack helped us to make sure we got a really tight fit with the support beams.

We did this 4 times evenly spaced. Once we went up stairs the floor wasn’t moving one bit! This whole project took us about 45 mins and cost about $100 to make a much better support base for the house.

Here you can see the final result. It worked well and didn’t take too long!

Little Yellow House Refresh: Kitchen Inspiration

If you have been following along with my instastories @lianna_utley then you have seen where we are with the kitchen.

If you haven’t seen them check out the first post here, and the second post here.

Today I wanted to share a bit of what the after is going to look like! We are getting closer every week. Since we are doing it all ourself it is going faster but we still have a couple weeks left. I have been loving all the navy islands with white and given that this will flow right into my living room (lavender, navy, pops of chartreuse) I think it will be perfect.

knob/pull/lantern

This weekend we will be ready for the plaster guys to come. Keep watching out for our instastories to follow along with all the messy progress!

Little Yellow House: Kitchen Wk 1

Hey Friends! So last weekend was the kickoff to our demo on the kitchen remodel. We got a lot done. We were exhausted by the end of the weekend. But so far we are on schedule. In case you missed what the full plan check out the last post here.

As a reminder this is what the kitchen looked like.

And here is the progress during Saturday.

We were up by 5AM finishing up the packing up of the space. Then at 7AM we started taking down the cabinets.

I wear bibs when we work on projects. They are comfortable. They have a lot of pockets. And you don’t get upset if something happens to them.

We had all the cabinets out before 10AM.

Then we started taking down the walls. Very carefully…

By the end of the first day we had all the cabinets down, and about 50% of the new walls were put up.

Day 2 of weekend 1 we focused on getting the rest of the bits of demon done, and finishing up the walls.

It’s hard to tell in all the pictures, but here we took down a closet (in progress in picture above) so we could expand it for enough room to have first floor laundry. And then in front of it we will have a butlers pantry.

Shown here we are adding a half bath and we will have a little back hallway when you walk in from the garage. Which will be amazing. So much more organized than it was before!

This weekend we will be doing the electrical and plumbing rough in. Follow along on insta stories to see what we are up to, and next week I will share the mood board for all the fun finishes in the space. I am still debating over tile samples!

Little Yellow House: Kitchen Plans

Hey All. Today, I am both excited and nervous. We are about to totally deconstruct our kitchen. We are almost at our 3 year mark on the house. We have done a lot, come a long way, but sometimes it feels like we still have a lot to do. A big project being the kitchen. And this weekend is go time.

We were lucky because although the kitchen isn’t glamorous it was nice that the appliances hung in there till the end (even with a leaky dishwasher it still worked!).

So, these before pics are pretty bad (I took them when we were half way through packing everything up)….but here we go.

See this below pic? The door right in the back there goes right out to the garage. Which is hard for organization. You will also notice that although it’s pretty big kitchen, there really is very little counter top space. It’s all these small fragmented spots. Difficult for cooking.

Here is a pic of the opposite end. Potentially there was a dinning nook here once?

Here is the current layout. The space on the right side of this is where the kitchen is today. See the room on the left? That seriously was, what I think was a cocktail room. Full built ins, not big enough for a dinning room space.

Here is a pic of the room mentioned above that was “on the left side” Again this room was right off the kitchen and a hard space to actually use.

Here you can see we have already demo’ed this space. Since we weren’t using it for anything it was easier to start on at our leisure before we were really in high gear.

The “weird cocktail room” opens up to where our kitchen table is, through the double doors….

My sister is an architect so she created the perfect use of this space.

And now the today. Here is the plan!

This new layout gains us a couple things.

1. It allows us to have a little mud room off the garage before entering the kitchen. Today the kitchen is always a mess because everything gets dumped right when we get home from work.

2. It opens up the kitchen to the dinning area and right into the rest of the living room.

3. It adds a half bath.

4. It also adds a…..butlers pantry! because we all know I have a dish problem!

5. And it adds laundry on floor vs. in the basement.

So pretty much my sister is the shit and utilized the space 100% better than it was being used before.

My sister was even able to do a cool 3D rendering.

Wish us luck and be sure to follow along on instagram for the progress!

@lianna_utley

In the next week or so I will show you some inspiration pics on what we are going for with all the finishings in this space!

Master Bathroom Reveal

this post has been a long time coming – so I am so sorry for my delay. If you remember I left off diving into my master bathroom during the one room challenge (spring) right after we moved in. We knew we were going to do the bathroom right away, but honestly I was too ambitious thinking it would take only 6 weeks. Lets be real. We do 90% of the work here at the #littleyellowhouserefresh ourself so no project ever only takes 6 weeks (i’m exaggerating some stuff we can get done in that time…). Anyway so needless to say the bathroom took us 6 months to get done, and at that point I wanted to wait until we officially wallpapered to showoff the final outcome. Well we wallpapered a while ago, so since I am a bad blogger I am just now posting, but we love our new space and I am excited to finally share it with you.

so our bathroom was a MESS, and it was started day 1. Literally Chris and my dad didn’t even try to unpack any boxes to make sure we could cook dinner or wear clothes, they instead thought it would be a fantastic idea to gut the bathroom. at least they got it started.

Like I said, we did all of the work ourself, with the assistance of my trusty dad (retired plumber, lucky us) and cousin (electrical). But Chris and I did all the tile work, mudding, wallpapering ect.

And here is the after. First of all – it was a jack n jill bathroom aka it was a walk through. 2 doors, one to the master bedroom and one to the front hallway. It made the bathroom really a lot smaller than it was, because most of the area was wasted with doors and walk way. This enabled us to make a vanity about 3x the original size. I mean the old teeny vanity didn’t allow me to even have a spot for a curling iron. WTF. So that was a HUGE win.

next HUGE win was opening up the wall that the shower had. Before the bathroom didn’t have a half wall. It went all the way up. It felt like a CAVE. I love the half wall. It’s a small bathroom but the opening up the wall helps it feel much bigger than it really is.

Next. Lets talk about this vanity. Are you in love or in LOVE. I am in DOUBLE LOVE. It’s so fun. It’s exactly what I wanted. It is a custom made piece by some amish friends of my dad. They are the BOMB.

The other thing I love that we changed totally was the doorway to the bathroom. The previous door swung into the bathroom – again waste of space. So we changed it out with 2 small double doors that swing into the bedroom. much better.

I topped the doors with small little circle trim. I thought that was an adorable little touch.

Overall I am super happy with it. I love the way the master bedroom transitions, and the whole space flows together. This, with the bedroom, was the first space that really started to feel like home here. I love it and it is a delight to get ready every morning.

Let me know what you think of the new space!

Since this bathroom, we have also finished our second bathroom so I hope to share that soon!

ORC: Sunroom wk 4

Hey friends! can you believe that it’s already week 4 of the One Room Challenge? For those of you that aren’t farmilar, the One Room Challenge is a super fun blogger event sponsored by Linda of Calling it Home. Participants have 6 weeks to totally transform a room.

I have participated in the past. Master Bedroom (which we didn’t finish), and the Guest Bedroom.

So, since last week we have been working on some of the furniture and decor.

Just as a reminder, this is what the room we are working with looks like.

Here is where we were after Easter weekend. Chandelier painted and hung (although not working yet), everything painted white. We also have a rug in there, but I think I need a different one…I’m not liking it. and I found a cute little half circle table to hold all my husbands plants.

Now, in the last week, We have been working on the dinning table.

We are going to do the Oak Cerusing Method I did on the coffee table. So first thing we had to strip the table down. Which is always a process we are probably about half done.

I followed the tutorial in the link above except this time I used a different stripper that was much better. The fumes were much more controlled and it worked better….

So we have a bit more work to do on that, and then next we have to re-stain it and then do the liming wax!

This isn’t the best picture, but check out this abstract pelican!!! i love him, and I love him even more because my husband Chris painted it for me! We have 2 matching birds that we need to frame to put over the console!!

This week, I am waiting for fabric to be delivered so I can upholster the cornices, sew the cushions, get a new rug, wait for the lemon tree to come to plant it, do the electrical work, frame the pictures, accessorize the console!

phew. Wish me luck!

Be sure to follow along with all the other participants here!