Home Sweat Home: Master Bathroom Update

After much effort, I figured it deserved writing some sort of progress post, you know? Hang in there with me, it’s still an ugly bathroom! As I mentioned in this post, the doors have been painted but surprisingly I’ve managed to finish a few more projects in here.

Where should we begin? The beginning?

We started out with a dingy beigy bath. It actually photographs better than it looked in person!

DSC_0111_scaledIt seems as though the previous owners started to run low on the taupey beige and patched it with the yellow used in the kitchen. The resulting effect was gross.

Then, if effort to use up paint in the overflowing linen closet, I started painting but never finished and we lived with it half painted for far too long.

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So it sat, along with my To Do List. Well, a while back, I got some of those To Dos crossed off! See?

Here are the plans for Phase 1:

  • paint doors
  • replace hinges
  • paint bathroom
  • caulk & paint trim
  • remove anchor bolts & spackle
  • replace outlet covers
  • add art/accessories/organize
  • possibly repaint vanity and medicine cabinet
  • paint ceiling white
  • replace vent cover — weeee!

I can’t take credit for all of it. Remember when I hinted at hiring a professional to help me get things done?

Well, I hired a painter. Now, I’m capable of nearly nothing except for painting and caulking. I cringe at hiring someone to do the one thing I can do but I have come to accept that I have very little free time in this phase of my life. I am barely hanging on, week to week. I hired Pieter The Painter (the same nice guy that refinished my kitchen cabinets) to finish caulking and painting all the trim, including the quarter round that we installed ages ago. He caulked and painted in all of the rooms that I hadn’t got to yet…which was basically everywhere except the living room and kitchen. It took him a week and some days he had help! Can you imagine how long that would have taken me considering I’m usually able to work for 15 minute chunks at a time at the costly expense of all of my other Life To Dos? Remember how ineffective I am?

I digress. Back to the update. One of the rooms Pieter worked on was this master bath. He worked hard in here since much of the trim was falling off the wall. He painted and caulked and even cleaned up the door frames. The bath doesn’t really look that much nicer but it feels so much less dingy!

Before Pieter worked his magic, I finally finished painting the walls. Finally!

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I admit, I really hate the color. I was hoping the green would be soft and muted, but it’s clashy and cheap looking in person. In hindsight, I should have picked a warm white or cream because the tile, floor, vanity, and mirror are warm. We are a long ways from renovating this bathroom completely so maybe someday soon I’ll muster up the energy to repaint it. O maybe Pieter will paint it for me!

Moving on. I also painted the ceiling! It took a couple coats but that really helped to brighten the space. It also inspired me to clean out the atrocious amount of dust hanging from the vent! Yuck!

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The vent could use a fresh coat of paint too. Someday!

That’s all for today. Nothing stellar or beautiful but moving in the right direction. Maybe I’ll tackle that vanity! I’m kinda scared.

Memorial Day

I’m forever grateful for those that sacrificed it all for our freedom. <3

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I hope you had a beautiful weekend of remembrance and time with your family.

memorial_day2I’m so thankful to have this long weekend together; we enjoyed our kids, we got stuff done and we spent time with friends. My absolute favorite weekend combination!

Backyard: Dead space Updated!

Remember last summer when I showed you this weird area of yuck?

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Back then, we had moved Amelie’s new sandbox there because we didn’t know what else to do with it.

sandbox2Then we acquired this obnoxious play structure for free. We cleaned it up and plopped it in the yard.

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And then all the grass underneath it died. Like, duh.

Last fall, we had some big landscaping done which I’ve been meaning to share with you but you know how I am; ineffective on my best days. Anyway, the landscaping work prompted us to move the jungle thingy to join the sandbox and the water table too. Our icky dead space was turning into a nice shady play area! The kids love it – especially Amelie.

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Since the kids tromp around with their bare feet hopping from the sandbox to the structure, I really wanted to spend some time cleaning things up. I recently had access to a dumpster so I got to work making this area safer and way less gross. Look at all of this rotting wood! Piles of it!

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It was a centipede and spider haven!

The previous owners must have stored a vehicle back here, using the ramp to get in and out.

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Those had to go. It was rotten too!

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(Taking that apart wasn’t the easiest thing I’ve ever done, by the way.)

The “After”! Better? Yes! Oh, so much better. I took four car loads to the dumpster!

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Admittedly, it’s still weird now that we have a gaping hole of mulch. I’m thinking of adding sod for now until we can put more money into the backyard.

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But progress counts, people!

Candace’s Crafty Corner: A Heart of Gold

When we bought the house, the previous owners left quite a few random things behind – tools, a bunch of junk, and a few pieces of small furniture like this side table I made over before Amelie was born. I’m happy to report that we are still using it too!

They also left this stool; a hideous orange-y wood.

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I’ve been planning to paint it for forever, but it became more urgent now that Amelie is potty trained and needs a stool she can move to the sink to wash her hands.

I used a new Rustoleum shade: Coral. I had originally bought it last year for my living room lamps but have yet to tackle those. Story of my life, you know?

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And now, after a few coats. So bright and happy, right?

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I felt like it needed some dimension. I was debating on painting 3/4 of the top a super light coral. I mulled over it a while until Zack suggested a total different direction: a heart. Ummm. YES!

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I cut a stencil out of scrap paper and traced the heart with pencil. I chose the Martha Stewart craft pain in Gold – it’s such a beautiful gold. It’s what I used to paint the plastic dinosaurs for Amelie’s 2nd birthday party.

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I did my best to stay in the lines and used a small brush. It’s far from perfect but this little piece is marred with imperfections anyway so I tried not to worry too much about it.

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The first coat was patchy and I worried I should have primed it first with a white. But I kept on painting thin coats and it ended up covering nicely. It went quickly too. Amelie skipped her nap and we painted outside together (she used watercolors and paper). It was sweet!

After letting it dry, I added pads to the bottom because this stool made the most atrocious sound as Amelie dragged it across the bathroom tile. In addition, one of the legs was too short so I added an extra pad to prevent it from being tippy.

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Since Amelie (and eventually Cade) will be moving this about the bathroom and stepping on it, I figured it could use a couple coats of sealer. Luckily a friend had a can on hand in her garage. Thanks, Lisa!

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All done! Can you believe it?

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Me either!

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Ok, I’m ff to take a nap or eat cake or something to celebrate this momentous occasion. Say nice things while I’m away!

Teacher Appreciation Gifts

I sensed that you were all a teeny bit concerned about how I would handle the aftermath of Amelie’s panda party. What is one to do with 30+ die cut pandas in an already cluttered house, you may have asked yourself? Did she toss them? Did she make them into some incredible panda mural? Did she donate them because she is a selfless giving human and loves to spread panda joy? Did she leave them on the floor of the office for weeks and just recently started glueing them to cards and randomly giving them to people?

Why, yes. The latter.

Last week was Teacher Appreciation Week and to show my gratitude for all they do, I put together little gift bags for Amelie’s teachers. I didn’t photograph the gift bags themselves but just imagine run of the mill gift bags with snacks, chapstick, and Target & Starbucks gift cards stuffed inside. I wish I could have loaded them with more but I’m on a budget.

I did repurpose two of the die cut pandas for their thank you cards:

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Nothing spectacular to see here, I know. These cards got my rusty brain gears turnin’ on other ways to use them up. Since I have a handful of pandas left, wouldn’t they be so cute adorned with a Santa hat or scarf and used as tags for the holidays?! Stay tuned!

Or don’t. I totally understand either way.