Amy Geib

Designer, Blogger, Dreamer

I'm Amy Geib, the creator of Always Never Done. My passion is scouring the land for other people's trash and turning what I find into the beatiful art they always wanted to be. I run a blog, an interior design business and a studio where I sell my one-of-a-kind pieces. Follow me as I show you my thrifty yet stylish ways to decorate your life and home.

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I transform your outdated living space into a timeless, modern oasis.

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Studio in Salunga, PA

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DIY Kitchen Pantry

Kitchen pantries come in all sizes, shapes and colors. Well what if you don’t have one? That’s exactly the predicament we ran into when we built an addition on our house.

Jeffrey Court Renovation Challenge – Week 5

Jeffrey Court Renovation Challenge – Week 5 

It’s week 5 my friends! So close that I can taste it aka take a shower in it! We had a little bit of a slow week. We got a lot done but it doesn’t look like it. It’s like getting a heaping mound of spaghetti for dinner and you eat until you’re full but it looks like you haven’t even made a dent in the plate. Yep you all know what I’m talking about.

Since last week, we put in the new insulation behind the shower and got the tub out of our dining room and up the steps into the bathroom. That things was heavy!!!!!!

Jeremy surprised me by putting recessed lights and a new exhaust fan in. (I didn’t even ask?)  And guess what?! The fan has a built in blue tooth radio guys. I know right! I’m not even kidding. This is like the next best thing to sliced bread. You turn the light switch on and the fan and the music come on automatically. Mind. Blown! I must live under a rock or something because I think this a fantastic little device.

Moving on. The tub fit perfectly in its new spot. I had to special order flat black parts for the tub because I just HAD to have flat black. Not oil rubbed bronze which looks almost black at the right angle but flat freakin’ black. Amazon Prime to the rescue for these puppies.

I did a lot of research on waterproofing the tube surround and by a lot of research I mean I think I watched every you tube tutorial and read every forum out there on this topic. I am now a self-proclaimed shower water proofer, if thats such a thing.

I ended up going with the schluter Kerdi board. (The orange board seen in the photos)  This stuff is amazing. It’s an extruded polystrene foam panel (which means its super light unlike typical backer board) and it’s reinforced on both sides. It has lines on it already so when you cut it with a blade you get super straight cuts. We put this up in a half hour. It was so simple!! I had to buy it from a dealer in our local area which I found on the Schluter dealer website.

They also have these fancy schluter pre fab shower niches which are all ready to install in between your 2 x 4’s .

We have to move out shower piping over so that we can recess the shower niche directly under the shower head.  Here’s before we moved the pipe.

Here’s after we moved the lines.

And now the niche fits in perfectly!

Next on this list is sealing all our seams in the shower and then onto the tiling! Things are going to go super fast from here on out just in time to reveal the finished bathroom next week. I CANNOT wait!!!!!!

Remember it’s the second week you can vote for your favorite design. Head on over to the Jeffrey Court website to vote here.

Until next week, Happy Voting and have a great one!!

Jeffrey Court Renovation Challenge- Week 4

To my surprise folks, we are running on track! I don’t know how it happened but give me a deadline and I’m on it. I’ve found out that I work really well under pressure and tedious timelines much to my thinking that I don’t. Who would have thought.

Week 3 was a little slow on any improvement since gutting the bathroom. We have yet to run into a major hold up in this renovation which is pretty darn remarkable so I took the week to pick tile, a vanity, a mirror and the other things that make a bathroom homey.

Here’s a reminder of what the gut job looks like.

First of all I got to choose some AMAZING Tile provided by Jeffrey Court. Believe me when I say this was the hardest part of the whole design process. They have too many really fantastic options to choose from. I could have gone a million different ways with this bathroom reno.

I ended up choosing the Riverfall Basalt Mosaic Tile for the Shower and the back splash behind the vanity.

For the floor I chose Statuary Path Porcelain Hexagon Tile. These guys are 10″ x 20″ and they are gorgeous.

After picking the tile for the bathroom I knew I wanted to go for more of a Scandinavian/mid century modern/minimalist look.

  • We chose this very simple tub from the Home Depot.
  • Still looking for the perfect mirror. I think Gold?
  • I found these lights which I’m drooling over.
Linear Tube Bath Light - 2 Light honey_gold
  • We are definitely doing a glass sliding door instead of a shower curtain. I chose a frame less door with Matte Black Hardware:))))
  • The vanity I found at my own shop. It’s a dresser that I’m re-working to make into my dream vanity. It was really difficult to find a vanity that was make from solid wood that didn’t cost an arm and a leg, therefore I am turning this one into my dream vanity.

I’m going to remove the legs on this, replace them with hair pin legs, sand it down and stain it and then I ordered a new sink for the top. Just wait for it! It looks amazing in my head.

I am still playing with faucets and shower fixtures but I’m thinking something along these lines. I think the gold will pop against the shower tile.

And last but not least here was my first inspiration board.

And here was my combo after I started getting a few things.

Alright! Enough talk and more work. I have to install all of this now:) I’ll see you next week at week 5 when I show you some progress photos and share with you some of the hold ups in this whole process. Until then have a great week friends!!! And be sure to vote here.

Jeffrey Court Renovation Challenge – Week 3

JEFFREY COURT RENOVATION CHALLENGE – WEEK 3 

 

Alright folks! It’s week 3 of the Jeffrey Court Renovation Challenge. AND you can start voting this week!!!! Hubby and I are elbow deep in drywall dust, caulk and thin set but not in that specific order.  Am I tired? A little. Am I having fun? Uh hard yes says me and hubby is still on the fence but guess what, we can’t turn back now! The hard part is done. Everything is ripped out and ready to rebuild. Now the fun can really begin!

To refresh you all here is the plan for the newly gutted space. 

We chose the Riverfall Basalt Mosaic Tile for the shower and the Statuary Heaxagon Path Tile for the flooring. We chose gold and flat black accents along with some wood tones to neutralize it all. That sounded pretty professional didn’t it!!  But first before we can actually start installing everything we ran into a few minor issues. 

As with every home project we do, there always seems to be a roadblock here and there. Do the renovation gods just love to make our lives a little more challenging or what. Like, oh hey that was too easy, let’s add some dry rot to your floor to make you work harder. They don’t call it sweat equity for nothin’ folks. 

Our first one came after we took the old drywall off.  You can see here that there was some rotting on the wood near the floor.

We found out where it was coming from (an exhaust pipe going to the roof) and fixed that culprit and then replaced the wood.

The next issue was a pipe protruding from the old tub that will be in the way of the new tub seen here. 

 

Resolution to this issue is to reroute it so that it doesn’t protrude into the new tub.

Those were really our major issues. Other than having to replace all of the insulation since it was exposed to 40 years of moisture. If there were a smell button to insert here I would make it smell like a musty damp dark basment from 1920. Yep, thats what that smelled like. You’re welcome. Take in a deep breath.

If you recall when we removed the shower tile in the last post, it was installed over plain old drywall and therefore over time the grout broke down and moisture got behind it seeping into the drywall and therefore the insulation. Another lesson in installing tile is to get everything moisture proof that’s under the tile and make sure it’s installed correctly. We will be using Schluter Kerdi board as our underlayment for the tile to be installed on top of. (I’ll have more of what this is in the next post)

Other than those few issues we are running pretty smoothly and on schedule to install. The tub is going in today, then the Kerdi-board and then tiling begins! Once that all starts it won’t be long friends.

Next week I’ll be sharing some of my install day and a few sneak peaks as we move right along! That’s it for this week. Over and out!

To follow along with all of the designers in the contest click here!

And remember this is the first week you vote!!!! SO head on over here to vote for your favorite designer. eh hem….me!!! hahha