On April 15, 2008 we closed on a 1955 Mid-Century Modern home in Merriam, KS that was custom designed by the late Donald R. Hollis of Hollis + Miller Architects. We will be sharing our journey as we update the house to make it our own, while trying to stay as close to the original design as possible.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Eames Shell Chair Restoration, and Mirror Blues!

Our busy schedules have prevented us from posting as much as we would want, but just wanted to give you a quick update on my Eames shell chair restoration and the hall bathroom remodel status.


After almost a year and a half of scoring some sweet Eames shell chairs, I can finally say that I am done with their restoration.  The process itself did not take that long, it was just my procrastination in getting the project started.  Now we just need to find a new dining room table.


The hall bathroom, however is a different matter.  We have managed to seal the grout, finish caulking, paint the windows, do touch-up painting, install a tower rack, install a towel ring, and install a couple of hooks for extra towels.  The mirror is still a work in progress.  I fell in love with this cut twig mirror from West Elm, but unfortunately it was no longer being sold.  I placed a wanted ad in Craigslist hoping that somebody would be willing to sell it, but did not have any luck.

So I turned to Etsy, and asked somebody that built mirrors if it would be possible for him to replicate this design.  He replied that it would be too time consuming, and he could not guarantee that I would like the end result.  So my search continued for the perfect mirror.  After some extensive searching, LD found this mirror online.  We both thought it would work, so LD ordered it.  After a week of waiting, our mirror finally arrived.
Unfortunately, it arrived in multiple pieces.  The UPS delivery man told us that it sounded broken and that it was best if they shipped it back to the company we bought it from (so we never did actually get to see it out of the box).  The second mirror they shipped arrived safe and sound, but we were not thrilled once we actually opened the package.  The frame itself was wider than what we were expecting, and it looked as though it would be just too heavy for the room.  We decided that we were stuck with it, so proceeded to hang it.  It was not on the wall for more than 10 minutes before we both decided that we could not really live with it.  So it came down, and we decided to use the mirror but build our own frame.  We decided to go simple, and purchased some maple at the local Home Depot.  Everything was going fine until we got to the part were we needed a router. 

Our Dremel Trio came with a router bit, but it was not powerful enough to cut through the wood.  So our mirror project is on hold until we can either purchase or borrow a router.  Anybody have a router we can borrow?  

Monday, June 6, 2011

Not quite there yet!

We had hoped to get our backsplash up and grouted before our sink and plumbing got hooked up on Friday, but it did not happen.

LD did manage to tile on Wednesday evening, but unfortunately the thinset was not completely dry on Thursday and we couldn't grout.

 But the sink and faucet were fully functional on Friday!

We were out of town on Saturday, so did not get around to grouting until Sunday.

So we are almost done, but not completely.  We still have to caulk, seal the grout, do some paint touch-ups, install the towel rack, finish painting the windows, and wait to get a mirror that isn't broken.  Then we can finally call it done!