May 26, 2011

Will this bathroom ever be done?

Here we are almost a month after our deadline...


The shower tile is DONE.  (Sorry about the cell pictures, camera is broken).  I doubt I will ever be able to convince my husband to do subway tile again.  It took forever.  I love it though.  We still have to grout (and remove those spacers obviously) then finish up the plumbing.

John got started on the floor today but we ran out of gooky stuff so it will have to be finished up another day.


Once the shower is finished and grouted we just have to install baseboards, crown molding, and other trim pieces.  A few paint touch ups and we'll be done!  Only a month late (hopefully).

You may remember from this post that I wanted to find an extra long white shower curtain.  Well I've searched and searched and just could not find one for a price that I would actually pay.  However, in my search I did find this little number:


I just fell in love with those ruffles at the bottom.  Poor John.  After concluding that there was no way I would pay $212 for this curtain (at Horchow) I did a little thinking and decided I could make it.  I found a thick white flat sheet at Goodwill for $1.99 and hemmed the bottom and sides so that it would be the same size as the extra longer shower curtain liner I ordered from amazon.com.  Then I found some scrap white fabric in my craft closet and made the ruffles (doubt I will ever do ruffles again - SO much work).  Ta da!


Extra long shower curtain for $1.99.  Can't wait to see it up!

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In other news, the basement is slowly coming along.  The new furniture and TV are here... (John is already making good use of it)


... and I've made a little progress with filling the blank walls.


I'm loving my circle art in the "kid" corner.  Scraps of craft paper cut into circles and mod podged to a white wrapped canvas I used a coupon for.  Still looking for ideas for all the other walls and fun fabric to cover the tan throw pillows on the couch.

There you go.  Consider yourself updated.

May 13, 2011

11 Incomplete Projects

We are doing a few quick updates to the basement.  It was a gross mud/melted chocolate ice cream color when we moved in and basically felt like a cave.  If this space was only for John it may have stayed cave-like (per his request) but since it's also my craft space and the kids main play area I wanted to brighten it up a bit.  First up was light grey paint (our mother's day project) but it is still not quite finished... thus the post title.  And since I love lists...

1)  I've got a lot of other little projects going on but let's not forget the big one... the bathroom.  Just waiting for John to be off again so that we can finish the shower tile.


2) Put all the switch and plug plates back on and replace the random black plugs with white ones.


3)  Paint and install molding around "craft center" to make a frame.  By the way, this is easily my favorite part of our new improved basement and SO easy to do.  Notice my subtle white chevron stripes?  I was dying to have chevron somewhere.


4)  Finish grey paint.  It may be hard to see but I haven't painted all the way around the inside of the windows.  I have some new roman shades coming to replace these beat up blinds (got 'em on EXTREME discount at JCPenney - yay!) and I'm waiting for the new shades to get here before I remove these blinds and finish painting.  Our basement at night gives me the heebie jeebies so I need the blinds.


5)  Our basement sports a really hot suspended ceiling (thank you previous owners) so I decided to spiff it up with some paint (surprise?).  John declared that I was completely on my own for this one and I've been doing it in small sections because my arms are SO sore.  I have one small-ish section left.  I painted it grey - one shade lighter than the walls.


6)  I was over the red curtain we had hanging so moved the old drapes from our bedroom down to the basement.  They are a little long so I need to hem them.


7)  Trim.  Blech.  I hate painting trim but there are yards and yards of baseboard and crown molding that needs to be painted.  Especially in spots like this where my husband (the official wall roller) missed.


8)  Curtains.  You can't tell from this picture but those stripes are a dark teal.  My budget for this basement is basically non-existent so I found an old white bedsheet (left over from another project) and made some short curtains.  Then painted stripes on them with a $2.50 paint sample from Lowes.  One down.  Three to go.  I hated them at first (that's why I only made one) but their lightness is growing on me.  Especially when I think about the dark cherry bamboo blinds I eventually want to get for these 2 windows to replace the old blinds.  I know you're reading this honey, thoughts?


9)  I took this bookcase off the wall (it used to be where the new craft pegboard is).  I am loving it for my new craft corner but it needs some paint.  I'm thinking the teal color from the curtains?  Maybe with bright yellow for the back of the shelves?  That will go with the DIY art I have in mind for above the couch.


10)  My dad made me this handy thread holder a couple Christmases ago.  Need to paint it and hang it.


11)  Lastly, need to find a new home for the couch.  It's on craigslist so we'll see.  Has to be gone by next Friday because that's when the new one comes.  New couch = reason for my non-existent makeover budget.


Well, there you go.  That's what is running through my mind lately.  I'll have some completed before and after shots hopefully in a couple weeks.

May 5, 2011

Bathroom Update Plus 5

Alternate Title:  Lowes Loved Us Today


John was off today and we did some major work in the bathroom.  Major like John went to Lowes 6 times.  Thankfully we live about half a mile from said store.

I am beat tonight but every few minutes I wander into the bathroom, turn the (halfway working) light on and smile.



I am in L.O.V.E. with this sink.  Ahh, the bathroom feels so much more spacious now.  In a perfect world the sink would be moved to the right a bit but the sink drain could not be moved so I'll deal.  I try not to look over here:


At least we only have the easy parts left!  Tile is nothing compared to the tedious pursuit of plumbing perfection.

And while we're talking about almost done home improvement products I'll give you a little preview of our bedroom.


It's getting there.  I love my curtain wall but don't like my too thin curtain solution so I'll be searching for some kind of cheap material to use for lining.  Haven't figured out my bedding/pillow idea or re-hung any art/pictures.  Once I get to this "almost" spot I tend to get tired and wait months for the finishing touches.

Oh, and in case you spied the sleeping sweetie on my bed - here's a close up.




Oh, the cuteness!

May 3, 2011

That Darn Deadline.

Well... it's May 3rd.  And the bathroom's not done.  But we did make a lot of progress last week.  Just a reminder again what it looked like before.


Last week John worked on drywall and then sprayed on texture.




I painted yesterday and here's a shot from last night.  Can't wait to see it with the crown molding up!


John started installing the tile last night.


Hopefully tonight we can grout and then we'll have a toilet and a sink, woohoo!  The shower will be the final project.  We may have gone over our deadline but I'm thinking it'll only be another week or maybe two.  Then we'll be on to the next project (I've already started painting)... the basement.