Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Master bathroom renovation in progress!

Once upon a time, I noticed the master shower was a bit... peely. The paint around the shower stall had rusted in some places and bubbled in others. Usually I never use the master bathroom. It's teeny tiny and... sadly... really gross. The space is so small you can't even get a good picture of it! The vanity was too big for the space, and it was this ugly oak veneer with a cream marble sink top and copper faucet. The copper kept corroding and leaving green flakes everywhere. I could scrub that place with bleach and it still felt yucky. 

(See? So small I couldn't even get a picture of it with the shower stall! The stall is to the left in this picture.)

So I did what any good wife would do: Give that bathroom to the Mister and take over the guest bathroom as my own.

This worked for a few years... until the guest bathroom shower curtain rod broke, and I was way too lazy to put the new one up. This meant showering in the gross stall, and that brings me to noticing the peeling.

I had noticed that the shower head pointed directly on the back tile, and where the water hit the grout was nearly gone. This is an old house, built in the 50s, so old grout isn't surprising. What most people do is regrout at some point. No one did, and we sure as heck haven't. We knew at some point we'd renovate the bathrooms, so we haven't done much with them.

Until last summer.

Monday, March 21, 2016

When projects take years because you procrastinate.

First thing's first: Let's pretend that I haven't been missing for nearly 3 years, okay? And let's also pretend that it was for some really awesome, exciting reason like I had a kid or I took a year long, self discovery road trip or I was volunteering in Guatemala or living off the grid in some hippie commune outside of Palm Springs. The truth is boring which means a lie is probably just easier and more thrilling.

By the way, I got a new laptop and being able to blog from my bed is pretty much the best thing I got going in my world right now.

I don't know what it is about Spring, but dammit, I'm ready for some renovation! I always get so amped up when spring and summer hit. It's probably all the Vitamin D coming back into my system after a winter of wearing a long sleeved, black zip up hoodie to keep the elements off my skin.

We're in the process of renovating our master bathroom. It's been... ohhh... six months since we decided to start this project? Nothing in this house goes smoothly ever. We thought we could do the majority of it ourselves, but that plan changed fast. In two weeks we will have the shower widened, showerhead raised and new shower pan poured. They're also putting up the cement board and prepping it. Then all we have to do is tile... which is where I'm flipping out a bit.

In the mean time, I've been working on some projects that were stalled out.

Project One: Outdoor sofa.

I have been begging for patio furniture since we moved into this house. I wanted to relax with a book while the dogs play and wallow in the dirt. The truth is, patio furniture is expensive. Like, very expensive. DIY was the only way to go.

We used this plan set from Ana White. We went to Lowe's and bought about 50 dollars' worth of pressure treated 2x4s and exterior deck screws.

Then the wood sat in the garage.

For a year.

After tripping over the wood numerous times, enough was enough.

So here it is!

It was quite the adventure. Our house does not have enough amps to run a circular saw and I couldn't use my jigsaw. We were down to a small electric hacksaw. I cannot stress enough how important it is to have wood that is not warped AND pre-drilling your holes. 

BTW, the cushions were from At Home, a fantastic home decor superstore. Downside was the cushions made this project 250 dollars. 200 just for the cushions. Ouch!

Project Two: Bistro Set

This bistro set was left behind by the previous owners. Three years ago I started this project. Here's a little screenshot from my Facebook page.

I started spraying it this cute, aqua color. Two different cans in, and it looked mottled blue. The shades were off. Blech. But... I had already covered the seats with this cute flowered material from Joann Fabrics. I chose a pistachio green. LOOOOVE IT!

Project Three: A kitchen stand

This was just for fun. This one was made from scrap wood I had around the garage. I'm just sharing it because it was the first ever woodworking project that I wrote up and put together myself. The top is warped, but eventually I'll replace it. Go me!

Well that's it! Hopefully that's enough to tickle your fancy for awhile. I can't wait to show the progress of our master bathroom! 

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin!

Hey all! Google Reader is closing tomorrow. Please follow me using Bloglovin. I really love this blog reader. It's super easy to import all your blogs.

You can follow me by clicking that little icon on the right of your screen.

Plus, you don't want to miss any of my blog. I know I have been a total suckfest by not updating, but please bear with me. I am working a lot of hours, and when I get home I pretty much just lay comatose in front of Family Guy reruns.

But no more! My hours will even out this week (at least, that's what I'm hoping!) and because of my new income, I can actually afford to work on some projects!

Including something that may have to do with this:

And is it just me, or is everyone else pretty much hating how Pinterest embedding doesn't work anymore? I couldn't get that crap to work for the life of me. The Hubs is trying to be nice to me, but I'm pretty sure he thinks I'm crazy arguing with my computer.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Back from Florida!

I got back from Florida on Wednesday. After giving her the idea, my sister currently has to make about 12 of these:

Just to give you an idea: We went through 1100 pins to make 2 cubes. Yeah, I'm pretty sure I need to get new glasses because all of the staring has messed up my eyes. Thankfully, it's so freaking awesome that we're okay with how tedious the project is! There will also be a photobooth, chicken wings and great music in the warehouse of a local brewery.
May I get remarried?
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