One thing I love almost as much as rusty metal... or rocks... is beautiful wood! I spent some of this beautiful afternoon sanding and smoothing this gorgeous slab, and pictures don't do it justice but I had to share a few of course.
I loved chipping and sanding away at some of the remaining bark until there was this funky rounded edge with great worm holes exposed.
Tomorrow it's polyurethane and some legs and it's ready to go!
My job foreman, always on duty
This dated and dark bathroom is being given a new life! The goal was to give it a fresh look while keeping a 1950's feel to stay with the period of the house. Lucky for us that meant subway tile, lots of white and a clean design.
This project has felt never ending due to only having weekends to work on it but it's nearing completion.... thank the Lord! Our backs and knees are shot, as well as the budget.
The above photos show the weird tub... square! Why? To the right of the tub was a wall with a closet on the other side of it. The photos below show how we knocked out that closet, framed in the wall in the next room, allowing us to use that closet space as part of the new bath. This left us room to put in a soaking tub and small stand up shower, but after lots of drawing and reading, we decided to forget the tub (there is another upstairs) and put in a larger shower. Best decision ever!
DEMOLITION!! This was where we realized the job was bigger than we had expected. We had planned on knocking out shower tile and busting out the plaster walls. That is not what happened however! Lurking behind that shower tile was 2 inches of cement and a metal mesh, all put over another layer of tile!! Turns out this was the way it went around the ENTIRE bathroom. Apparently this was a floor to ceiling, wall to wall pink tiled bath and someone cemented over the entire thing rather than tear it out. Demo was very slow and VERY HEAVY! Small sections of tile/cement/plaster had to be taken out at a time. After progress was made on the shower & tub we tore out the built in laundry chute to open up more space. Once the walls were down it was on to tearing out the floor. Another issue altogether.
The focal point of the whole renovation... the shower. Our friend Scott was on hand to help with demo and all the crazy plumbing moves. He also poured the concrete base for the shower. This was one key step Chris and I didn't want to tackle without experience. After framing and concrete, we decided to add a bench. Now with the cement board and niches' installed it was my turn to take over the shower.
For the shower and bathroom floor we chose a pinwheel design in Carrara marble. The shower walls in a 16x4 subway tile and the top 12" done in an arabesque shape tile. I felt the mixture of hard and soft lines would be really interesting. Luckily once up I like it even better! These are all grouted in a white gout.
The skin has finally grown back on my finger tips from tiling and grouting, and as of today I have finished floor and shower grout.
WE LOVE IT!!
The new drywall is up, vanity is in, and sinks working. This weekend we hope to tackle the ceiling.... a little surprise what we are doing there ;). Lots to show you in the next installment!
Are you new to Rust & Found and wondering "why are they only open monthly?" Here's some info to help you understand how our store events work....
When we opened our doors March 2013 the goal was to offer an entirely new shopping experience every time we open. To have our customers excited to return monthly and curious about what they will find inside, the same way we feel every time we visit our favorite flea markets or take a new picking trip. Offering you a curated treasure hunt. An Event!
All month long new items are being found, cleaned, restyled, wired, welded, painted, repaired, built, repurposed or upholstered and the list goes on. My favorite things are to build unique industrial furniture and decor using old metal and reclaimed wood, and to create new and unique lighting our of the unexpected.
I'm lucky to have a hubby that enjoys road trips and junking with me, so as often as we can we take to the road and travel through other states looking for the perfect find. We have gone as far south as Alabama on picking trips. My road trip bucket list is growing, and my desire to bring awesome items back to Ohio gets bigger every time a customer gets excited about a find brought into the shop.
We love offering hand made products and supporting local artists as well as new pieces that are perfect to mix in with the old. You will find locally handcrafted jewelry, candles, handbags, artwork and decor.
It's important to know that while we are open we continue to restock and after we close Friday night we reset the shop and bring in a trailer full of new things. Saturday is another new day and full of items that were not available Friday! Feel free to come both days to not miss a thing! Sunday's are typically our mark down day. When something has hung around for a few months we want it to find a new home in order to keep the store full of new collections.
So many customers have become great friends and it's fun to catch up each month! The monthly openings often feel like a get together.
You can get peeks of what's to come and reminders of show dates if you follow along on Facebook, and Instgram.
Join us for our next event and feel free to send any questions!
This road trip was a "go picking in the south or bust" sort of trip.... And BUST is nearly what it was! Hotels rented, oil changed, trailer hooked up and go!.....No? Wait what? Carolina snow storm? Tennessee ice and record low temps?? Well we are from northern Ohio folks, and we can handle a little cold and ice. The lesser of two evils seemed to be Tennessee. Travel was snowy and slow until we had both Ohio and Kentucky in the rear view mirror. At least in Nashville we are getting to see grass. Remember grass?
It's the hunt for good food that drives the hubby and last year we heard so much about Pucketts that we had it on the bucket list for this trip. After a freezing cold morning at the Nashville Flea we headed for the gorgeous town of Franklin. A must do if you are in the area. Loads of shops, food, music and beautiful historic homes.
I had planned a visit to City Farmhouse to meet Kim and see her beautiful shop and just drooled over the chippy vintage goodness that filled her store.
Also in Franklin I fell in love with the inspiration inside The Scarlett Scale.
A few more pics of vintage inspiration, and now off to find somewhere warm for dinner and plan tomorrow's route.
This is a project that takes some muscle but definitely doable for the beginner DIYer. I was able to finish in 2 days.
Having lived in our "new" 1950's house for a whole month now, I just HAD to get rid of the carpet on the stairs. It was stained beyond cleaning, and the hardwood was more true to the look of 1950.
Here is where the muscle comes in ...
ripping up the old carpet and padding
and pulling out a ton of staples!
Once you are clean and clear the next step is sanding. This isn't hard but very dirty!
This took some extra time for me thanks to
some brilliant person that slopped paint all over the hardwood at some point in time. Also, the previous stain was only half the width of what was going to show with my narrow runner, so I ended up applying a second coat on the unstained portion trying to darken it up and hide the obvious as much as I could.
Oh and the staple holes!! The white risers had dozens of holes in each that needed filled before I painted. I simply used some spackle I had on hand. It dried quickly and just needed a light sanding.
Here is where I saved money, and things get easier! I found 2ft x 8ft runners on sale at Target last week and purchased 4 chenille
runners that resemble the look of jute. Some day down the road when I have some fun money I would love to invest in a real jute runner, but for now this will do just fine.
I used my stapler attachment for my air compressor but I'm sure you could do just fine with an electric one. Get nice long staples! I started at the top, and cut the binding from the ends of each runner, butting each one together at the back of a step. We LOVE the fresh clean look and the dog can still do the steps since we aren't leaving them bare. Got the whole thing done just in time to host a New Years Even gathering with a few friends, and now taking today off!
Who Am I?
I've tried it all...hair stylist/faux painter/stay at home mom/jewelry artist/late in life college student/retail shop owner/design consultant/home stager. Through it all my favorite things to do have been sharing DIY ideas, thrifting, and making something out of nothing.