Sunday, March 26, 2017

Still here..

Well, howdy, it’s been a while I know.  We took a much needed break from big house projects and just did some quiet living for the last few months.  I’d say that we were hibernating for the winter, but we didn’t really have winter here this year.  Randy is diligently working on a top secret project in his workshop and I have to admit I’m glad his creative side kicked back in. 

I’ve been perusing Pinterest for ideas on everything related to home.  I like things organized and efficient.  I want like things together, all the baking, coffee, tea, storage, etc. should be together it saves time because you aren’t looking all over the kitchen for something.  We did a little mini project that involved some inexpensive hobby wood and some adhesive from Lowes.  Custom drawer dividers and let me tell you, it’s made me all kinds of happy.  No more stuff sliding into the darkness of the back of the drawer and no more cramped little spaces for the forks and knives.  As I took everything out of the drawers I also sorted it out and tossed a ton of stuff into the give away pile.


We’ve done several other drawers in the kitchen but you get the idea!

I’ve been on the ‘urge to purge’ road the last several weeks.  I hate clutter, I mean like seriously, I can’t stand piles around me, I can’t stand knowing that my closet is a disaster hidden behind a door. It stresses me out!!  We’ve got this closet in the laundry room that ends up as a catch all for everything and typically it looks like this and you can’t even see the floor!


I pulled everything out of it and started going through it.  I ended up with some stuff to give away and some stuff that just need to be better organized.


So I already had one of these Iris containers for my wild bird food that can’t go in the garage.  I got two more, one for the dog treats and one for the cat litter.  The little wooden box I had and it holds trash bags perfectly!


I’m still working but it’s getting better!  I’ve labeled the stuff that is in there now so that you can put your hand on what you are looking for without digging.

I’ve got bigger projects on my radar, a redo of the laundry room, an upgrade of the kitchen and a makeover for the closet (shudders!) in the foyer. For now, I’ve got plenty of sorting and boxing up to give away to work on. 


Of course I’ve also got my high energy boys to keep me on my toes!


Have a great day!

Sunday, November 6, 2016


The master bath project is now completed!  Actually, it’s been done for a while, I just hadn’t gotten around to posting about it.

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Here is the backsplash and niche, complete with grout and fancy edging.

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Here is the outside of the bath, all that is really left is to white wash the paneling.  I love everything about it and honestly that shower is so awesome  I could stay in there for hours!

Now maybe we will finally get the rest of the trim and painting done in the powder room…

Monday, September 5, 2016

Where we are now..

When we last checked in, the floor of the shower had been grouted leaving the walls and the floor.


Next came the spackle, sand, spackle, sand, spackle, sand and paint but you don’t need to see those pictures.  The ones you really want to see are from this weekend.


Here’s the vanity, mirror and light fixture.  We still haven’t settled on a top it has to be custom whatever it is.  The space on the wall next to the light switch will be a small niche with a shelf.


Here’s the linen cabinet it fit perfectly in the little corner and left plenty of room for hooks on the wall for towels.


Here the shower fixtures have all been installed and yes that’s water raining out of the shower head!

The toilet is also installed and useable but you don’t really need to see a close up of that.

So what’s left before we are done?  Well I’ve got to get the glass panel for the shower ordered.  The vanity top obviously and a little plumbing to hook that up.  We are in the home stretch for this project!

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Grout, wood and tile…oh my!

Progress continues on the master bath, lots of things that you can really see.  Plumbing and electric aren’t anywhere near as exciting Winking smile


Here’s the shower floor, all nice and grouted!  We worked really hard on this tile, when putting down the sheets as they were, it was easy to see the pattern of the sheets.  We wanted it to be more random so we actually pulled tiles off the sheets and pieced it together, all the edges are random tiles cut to fit.  The grout is called mobe pearl and it pulls from all the colors pretty well.


The ipe wall is done, Randy has some plugs to make to cover the screw holes and we will most likely seal it to maintain the rich color. I love how it looks next to the blue tile.


Last weekend the in floor heating went in.  This weekend the tile floor is in, it still needs to be sealed and grouted but that’s for next weekend!


Cooper and Tucker were exhausted from watching us work this weekend!

Monday, July 25, 2016

We have tile…

So the new bathroom project continues to move forward.  All the tiling is done in the shower and most of the Ipe is up on the wall. 


This week we plan on getting the floor tile down and grouting done. The weather is insanely hot and humid so having an indoor project is actually a good thing!

Cooper and Tucker are going a little house crazy with the heat, they can only run around outside early in the morning or late in the evening.


They spend their time playing a little to rough and sleeping.  Lots and lots of sleeping!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Mastering the bath

The framing of the new bath went up pretty quick and the vision started to come into focus.

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Next up was the electric and it was pretty straight forward, one set of switches and two outlets.

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The plumbing took a little longer because pipes had to be moved, holes drilled, pipes soldered and fixture placement decided.

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The water control is on the back wall so we don’t have to be sprayed with cold water when we want to shower.

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Here you can see the rain shower head at the top and the control for the hand held shower nozzle.  I wanted that for emergency dog washing! (Until my dream laundry room is built!)

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Here you can see the hole for the shower drain.  Off to the right is the flange for the commode. Luckily all the plumbing was accessible in the floor so Randy only had to cut one piece of subfloor out.

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Progress!  The shower base and curb are dry fit, the linear drain in place.  Where the curb is, that’s where the glass panel will go and the window is getting teak shutters.

We’ve picked out all the tiles, niches, vanity, linen cabinet, mirror, lighting and the fan for the celling.  The only thing we don’t have picked out is the vanity top, sink and faucet we plan to have that done and ordered by the July 4th weekend, we are making a big push to get it almost, if not totally done by then!

I’m so excited that we are finally going to have our dream master bath!

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Powder room & master bath

The powder room is mostly complete.  I had been waiting to post as I thought it would get a little ‘more’ mostly complete but we haven’t gotten there yet.

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We are currently using the powder room for teeth brushing and the medicine cabinet staples are in the white drawers.  The room still needs trim and my finishing touches.

The demo began on the other side of the wall shortly after we reached this stage in the powder room.


Here the old fixtures are gone and the wall has come down.  We stopped at this point to figure out the best layout for the space.  I will say that it took some serious debate to find something that would make both of us happy.  Me from the design standpoint and him from the work to be done view.  Today he is working on more demo.  I’ll update again later.