Mar 26, 2011

$8 Laundry Room Update

John was off today so the bathroom was on the agenda.  After a half hour of floor tile demo John decided that project was going to have to wait for another day.  The tiles are coming off in itty bitty pieces.  We're going to need more power before we finish that. (Like my Home Improvement reference?)

As much as I want the bathroom done (that May 1st in-my-head-deadline is quickly approaching) I was excited to work on another project.  Yep.  Another one.  I have a project list a mile long.

This time it was the laundry room.  It looked like this when we toured our house.  Sidenote:  Apologies to the previous owners of our house because you've seen all their crap - but I always forget to take my own "before" pictures.

Even without all that stuff it was seriously yuck.  The walls were dirty white with bits of purple from a previous paint job showing through.  The pipes on the ceiling were covered with inches of dust.  The floors were scratched and gross.  I remembered to take a picture of the floors before we covered them up.

I realize it is only a laundry room but I do spend a little time in there (not a lot - I fold in front of the TV usually) and I wanted it spruced up a bit.

So I vacuumed everything (even the pipes on the ceiling).   We picked up a gallon of paint from Wal-Mart (that's the $8) and covered everything.  All the pipes, tubes, paneling, and funky gadgets.  Then we got out the peel 'n stick linoleum tiles that were in the storage room when we moved in.  The tiles were leftovers from the kitchen flooring (that we covered with ceramic) and had a receipt dated 1999 on them so I was praying they would actually stick.

They did.  Voila!  It's still a basement laundry room and I've got more planned for it (surprise) but it looks a whole lot fresher (yep, fresher).

Feels so good to be productive on a Saturday but looking forward to our day of rest tomorrow.

Mar 22, 2011

Entry light update.

I've been wanting to update our entry light since we moved in.  Gorgeous, isn't it?  Bleck!

I finally decided it needed to change and since I am cheap thrifty I picked up a can of oil rubbed bronze spray paint for $3.50.  John took it down for me; I removed the glass and sprayed it down.  Decided I didn't want to put the glass back in.  Voila!

I love the way the light reflects on our (popcorn, yuck) ceilings... even with one light burnt out.  Almost (but not quite) like my inspiration light from 320 Sycamore.

Love easy projects.

Mar 19, 2011

Bath: week 1

Well the week one update has our back yard looking like this:

The master bath has a very conveniently placed window so John has been throwing all the old drywall out the (2nd story) window.  Wonder how long it will take to hide this in our weekly trash so we don't have to haul it away.

John managed to remove one wall of the shower from here:

to here:

Yep, right on our front walkway.  Thanks honey!  Disclaimer:  Last night he moved it to the side of the house - so it only ended up spending one day right out where the whole world could see it.

Mar 14, 2011

Master Bath Demo.

Friday morning our super-sized tax refund magically appeared in our checking account.  Sadly, by Friday afternoon it had all been bill pay-ed back out.  Wish it would have stuck around longer but at least it means no more...

  • student loan debt (that was the last of 'em!)
  • had-a-baby and stuck the bills on my Old Navy card to accumulate points debt
  • lawn mower/new tires/gas for trips to Florida/home improvement projects debt

Our debts now consist of only our house and John's car on our HELOC.  Such a good feeling!  So good, in fact, that we decided to start a new project... perhaps accumulating new debt?  Hopefully not.  

I actually wasn't sure if the next project was going to be the (teeny tiny) master bathroom, new windows (which we're going to tackle on our own), or the back deck.  Then on Saturday night John start ripping beadboard off the walls in our bathroom and that sealed the deal.  Updated master bath it is!!

Reason for renovation:  Horribly mildewy powder blue tile and ridiculous over use of beadboard.  Plus, kitchens and baths sell houses - it's a sure bet we'll be moving again - and our master bath needs H.E.L.P!
Budget:  $1,000 (or less, we're thrifty people)
Time Frame:  Hoping to be done by May 1st
Potential budget buster:  Frameless glass shower doors 

This weekend we (by "we" I mean John) did demo.  I was not optimistic that behind the beadboard on the walls (and ceiling?) there would be perfect drywall that we could paint.  Good thing because behind the beadboard there were 2 layers of wallpaper.  Also the previous owners used about 400 nails in this small bathroom and there is no way we could patch up all this drywall.  

So it looks like this is a complete remodel - walls and all.  We still need to do more drywall demo and take out the shower and floor tile.  Then it will be time for new drywall and cement board.  It seems overwhelming but then I remember how nice our last bath remodel (in Florida) turned out...

... and I can't wait for that first shower in my new mildew-free bathroom.

Warning:  I'm going crazy with the before and after shots.  The before shots are from our walk through of the house before we bought it.  Forgot to take before pics of how we've been living in there before John started the demo. 

Shower area:  We had previously removed the old shower door.  This weekend we took off beadboard above the shower tile.  New tile will go to the ceiling.  

Sink/toilet area:  Took down shelves - the room already feels bigger.  A small cabinet for toiletries will go up instead.  Here's where we found our fun old wallpaper, navy floral and pale blue daisy.  Nice.

Sink/window area:  All gone. Y.E.S.

View from the shower:

And the unexpected "treat" of the weekend... apparent water damage under the beadboard on the ceiling.

I know you're all so jealous right now... you really wish you could help, right?!  I'm sure time will fly by and my bathroom will be done soon.  In the meantime (while my helpful husband is away at work) I'll do what I usually do when a project overwhelms me...

Keep the door shut.

Mar 10, 2011

free beach bag

Just in case you missed it on Facebook, rbtbags is giving away a FREE extra large beach bag.   To enter, visit the rbtbags Facebook page here.  Scroll down until you see the post about the giveaway to see how to enter!  Winner will be announced Monday.

I'm thinking I need a green apple or yellow floral beach bag.  I don't have an extra large tote yet (shocking) and my large one just isn't going to cut it with all the swim vests, diapers, and towels we're going to need for a trip to the pool this summer.

Mar 3, 2011

a new dress.

My friend Moriah recently introduced me to Matilda Jane Clothing.  I am SO in love with their fun dresses, tops, and ruffle pants.  Especially their dresses like this one:

and this one:

Look at those little ruffle pants!!

Unfortunately, I don't so much love the price tag on these cutsey clothes.  Even though I am told you can sell these items for the same price (or more) that you paid for them.  That isn't enough to convince me to spend $50 on a dress for a 4 month old.

So I started a little research project:  find a pattern to make one of these sweet dresses.  I found this shop on Etsy and bought their apron knot dress pattern.  The pattern was $7 and was very thorough - 26 pages e-mailed to me shortly after I purchased it.  I spent less than $10 on fabric.

It was a little tricky (took me 3 hours).   The pattern includes sizes 6 months through girls 11/12 (and a matching doll dress pattern!) so I have a feeling I'll be making this dress many times over the coming years.  Hopefully next time it will go a bit faster.

And now for the little model... you're getting 3 pictures because I just couldn't pick one.  She is too stinkin' cute sitting outside with the flowers.