A New Game Plan and Entryway Progress

Casa del Pullman, DIY, Modern Spanish, Paint Projects, Projects

We have been in our home for almost ten months.  I can’t believe it, and I still LOVE my home.  I love it even with all its craziness, and fix-it-up-ness.  We have had quite a busy summer, and now are settling in to our back to school routine.  For which I am so grateful.  Lets just say it was a VERY long summer and leave it at that.

Over the past two months we have had some “moments” that have expidited some renovations, and pushed back others.

Expedited was the garage door.  The heavy solid wood door which I am fairly certain is original to the house judging from the MANY coats of paint on the exterior, busted.  Like I thought it was going to fall apart at the old wood seams kinda busted.  The garage guy told us it would be $450 to repair it, which will likely break in a few years, OR (cue cash register sound effects 💸💸💸)  we can buy a new one for $800.  It was a no brainer for me, I like to be able to get my car out of the garage without worrying about a 200 pound wood door falling on me, my kids or my car.

Pushed back is more of a nice way to say this:  ALL my original plans for how I was going to do the renovations has now become much more complicated.

Let me tell you a story…

Once upon a time there was a family who lived in Arizona where the water tastes like chlorine.  Luckily, there’s this thing called a Brita water filter.  Anyway.  Somehow the Brita got into a position that was juuuussst the right amount of off the shelf for the door shelves to push the lever and all of the sudden water was everywhere.  ALLLLLL over the kitchen floor.  Annoying, yes.  End of the world?  No.  Until she realized a few days later the kick board on her kitchen cabinets had water stains on the bottom.  Freaked out and not knowing what to do next, this clueless Arizonan calls in her hot husband to survey the situation.  (You get that this story is about us, right?  Okay cool)

Our Sub-Zero fridge is great, but a little on the older side.  Damon tries to take the kick plate off and he can’t.  Why?  Because the flippers who ‘remodeled’ the house two owners before us re-tiled.  ON TOP of the old tile.  Basically they tiled the fridge into place and created this perfect little canal for water to run into and get soaked up by the kitchen cabinets.  This two layer tile and an ample layer of thin set is through our entire house except the master bathroom (hopefully) and Liam’s bathroom.  We are talking around 2500 square feet of crappily installed tile.

What this means is that my plans for saving up $X amount of dollars to do the half bath and the wet bar in one phase, and $X amount for the girls bathroom and Liam’s bathroom have now gone away unless I want to live with almost a half-inch difference between different types of flooring.  It now has to be done allll at the same time, including the floors.  So my smaller, less scary budgets to save for are now a big big chunk.

Boo.  In happier news, I took this defeat gracefully 😏 and put about $500 into the entry way in lighting and paint.

Here is what it looked like before…

I mean,  its bad.  Cheaply pained brown trim on creamy white walls that we like to call “urine whisper” (My eleven year old son came up with that one, and I died laughing.)

But LOOK!  Progress!!  And a little cameo from our dog Nash.  The walls are now Dunn Edwards white, as well as the trim (even though it looks pretty similar I assure you it looks SO different in person.  I am not the best photographer.)  I shall detail the process of painting the trim, but I can not say enough good things about Zinsser and Aristoshield paint that I picked up at Dunn Edwards.  We are tackling the ceiling this weekend!

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I can’t wait to show the finished product.  The lighting I bought for the entry is choice and so budget friendly!  I have to keep reminding myself that this home isn’t a race, it is piece by piece,  Room by room, making it our home.

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When you second guess yourself

Casa del Pullman, DIY, Modern Spanish, Phoenix Designer, Projects

This week has been the first week back to work/school, and it was a doozy.  My hallway still looks like this…modernishhome-painging trim-5

Baseboards sanded, cleaned, and primed, but that’s about it.  (Side note, this is our dog Nash.  He’s a boxer who we absolutely adore.)  I have had zero time to finish the baseboards.  My husband and I made the executive decision to buy new door kits, the paint is so bad that I can’t sand it without taking off all the brown paint, and it does’t come off evenly, so we are just starting from scratch on those.  I am relieved and annoyed.  That was a cost I was hoping to avoid, but new doors!  Wahoo!

I have been so second guessing my paint choice, I am going with Dunn Edwards White on walls and trim.  I painted the office and I love it.  There is a blog post coming next week about that.  Painting white in a hallway with kids seems like a bad idea, but I feel like it needs it.  The hallway is long, with no natural light expect what comes through the rooms it leads too.  There are also these weird lights at the bottom of the wall, which I am hoping to be able to move to sconces or recessed lighting when we have the electrician come out to fix some things.   Anyway.  Here are some images that are giving me courage to plow full steam ahead with my modern Spanish all white everywhere vibe.hallway inspo for modernish home

Source Studio McGee

We are doing something very similar down the hallway with symmetrical frames from Pottery Barn.  We have twenty of the square 8×10 large mat frames from our last house and I think it is going to be amazing.  I love this image from Studio McGee, so clean and fresh, the windows, the lights, everything!

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source STUDIO SEIDERS

White wall courage right here.  Contrast and texture come from wood, rugs and that subtle brick wall.  This feels so right it can’t be wrong!

Trying new things is so scary sometimes, even for a person who helps people pick out paint colors for a living.  I usually go with a safe color, and this is so outside my comfort zone.  If you haven’t read Nate Berkus’s book, you really should.  This quote is my go to  when I have self doubt in my design abilities.

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Here’s to a New Year, Trying things that scare us a little bit, and approaching life with a sense of wonder and discovery!

Have a great weekend.

XO

Rach

The Plan for Casa Del Pullman

Casa del Pullman, Modern Spanish

We are in!  We moved in the weekend before Thanksgiving and that was a doozy.  I do not recommend moving before the holidays.  It makes things, well, complicated. Like, really complicated.

As with each house I have lived in, when I am unpacking and arranging furniture and the like, I vibe out the house.  I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted the house to be before we moved in, but now that I have been in for a month, I have a more solid plan: Modern Spanish meets family friendly.

  1.  The entryway/ half bath is due for a major overhaul.  Redo the wet bar, (although that mid-70’s vibe is pretty killer.)  Mini fridge, new cabinets, counter tops and back splash.  Renovate the half bathroom completely.  I mean I’m talking floors, vanity, lighting, the works.  New iron light fixtures in the entry to create max impact on the wow factor.  PAINT IT ALL WHITE.  I am painting all the trim and walls Dunn Edwards White to really bring in the crisp feel of a Spanish home, and contrast against the cabinets and new lighting.  It’s going to be bomb.  I’ll confess I am a bit nervous to go so white with it all but I think the payoff will be big.  I am really inspired by these gorgeous interiors for these spaces.

Bathroom by Jute Home, hallway source Pinterest

2. Renovate the girls bathroom.  The bathroom is in surprisingly good shape, but it needs an update.  New custom vanity, new tile shower, new floors and lighting.  The current vanity in the bathroom is 11 feet long.  Yes.  ELEVEN.  So I am going to have my carpenter build a custom vanity with three sinks for my three daughters.  Keeping the current layout will save money and also I love how much storage it has.

tile inspo modern spanish

tile source

3. Renovate the master bathroom.  Many many grand plans are going on for this. Cement tile, new shower design, new freestanding tub, and there is this secret garden that I plan on doing something with, just not sure yet.

Source  Byrd Design

4. Renovate the boy bathroom. It was ‘updated’ but yeah.  You get the idea.  Travertine tile counter tops does not an update make.

The projects on this list are the biggies, and don’t include hanging gallery walls, the furniture, the little tweaks, but I can not wait to get started on it all, and showing you my process along the way.

Modernish Origin Story

About us

How do you start these posts?  I wish we were across the table from each other eating street tacos.  I am way less awkward in person.  I am Rachael, the hubs is Damon.  I am a designer and Co-Owner at Jillian Rose Design.  We’ve done this marriage thing for over 15 years.  We like to keep it real, and I will tell you that our marriage is 25% awesome, and 25% annoying, and the rest is mutual respect and toleration.  Our life is crazy.  Not exaggerating.  It’s four kid crazy.  We have Zoey, Liam, Josslynn, and Mila, ranging in age from 13-3. Zoey and Mila are almost exactly a decade apart.
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Our Brood. Me, The Hubs, Zoey, Joss, Mila, and Liam

Being a parent you need at least two things: 1.  A lot of patience.  2.  A hobby that you can find joy in.  For me, it was making my house into a home that was both functional, beautiful and affordable.  Modernish.  Clean, simple, but still feels like home.  I forgot to mention that we do this all on a tight strict budget.

We moved from our beloved Austin, TX to Phoenix, AZ when a career opportunity came up for my husband.  It was a great gig AND the both sets of grandparents are in Arizona.  It was a no brainer.

We started looking for houses. *cue wind leaving my sails*   For those who are unfamiliar, looking for a home in Phoenix with good schools, big enough for our then family of 5, and a relatively close proximity to Sky Harbor Airport means one of two things:  Tract Housing, or buying an older home and completely gutting. We did not have the time nor the budget to go in right away and re-do a home of that size.   After looking at several homes that checked the boxes, we settled on a 17 year old tract home that was completely boring on the inside, as most tract homes are, but had a back yard that just screamed ‘Kid Paradise’ with a pool.

We called it Casa Del Ficus after the two massive ficus trees in the front that at the time looked like two Russian Shopka hats.

We are transforming it one room, one project at a time.  Damon is handy and I come up with the projects, so together we make a pretty great team.

We share our past projects, and our current ones.  And some real life along the way.

Thanks for reading. Please comment, email and share.  We want to know what you think!

Rach