Bathroom: Tub Install

After getting all the tile installed, I put in most of the insulation.

Nasty. Nasty stuff.

It’s a wretched job.  But it doesn’t take a lot of skill.  So I did that while Sam did things that took brains.  Like plumbing.

Again, no pictures of the insulation.  Because I did that part.  And pictures of me working rarely surface. 🙂

 

 

Next came the tub install.

It would be another 2 months before we also had water in the house for the aforementioned tub.  But still.  🙂

 

 

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I love this picture because Handsome Man looks confused, our boxer, Kaydee looks extremely bored. and I’m giggling behind the camera. 😉

It was at this point that things appeared to be coming together! Sloooooooowly!

Bathroom: Tiling

After gutting the lathe and plaster… ripping out the appropriate walls… building new walls… and all things filthy… (I highly suggest you do things like this BEFORE you move into a reno.  You won’t believe the places the dust will end up!  Thankfully we did this all pre-wedding and prior to moving in.)  It was FINALLY  time to start putting things back together!

 

 

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First off, prep the floors for tile.

Cement board first!

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Look!  It’s a picture of me working!  I’m always behind the camera so friends are always asking why I’m never working.  Handsome Man appears to do all the work!  But honest!  I work too!

Sam took this picture from upstairs through the bathroom drain hole.  Hence the aerial view of me cutting tile! 😉

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Next the tile!

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And more tile…

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And more tile…  (This is just before Handsome Man had to do quite the acrobatic stunt to get himself out of the corner he tiled himself into! 😉  )

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And this is when we were just about finished!

At 1:00 a.m.

Cause that’s how we roll.

And probably why I like coffee so much.

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Bathroom: Where it all began

So, long ago… before marriage… and a baby… and all things that those entail…

 

We bought this house.  Almost 3 years ago to be exact!

Happy anniversary House!

 

We as you know, it was a foreclosure. A fantastic deal that made this house a perfect investment.  We knew it wouldn’t be our “forever home” but it was a great “for now investment home.”

 

Part of the reason we got it for such a great deal was that all of the pipes in the entire house had frozen and burst.

 

That little thing happened to be an AWESOME turn of events for us!  Because not only were we able to get a great deal on the house, but it forced us to totally gut the bathroom and kitchen to replace the plumbing.

 

Because we had to completely start from scratch, we could totally re-think how our bathroom layout was going to be.

 

 

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This is what it looked like originally.  It was a tiiiiiiiiny bathroom and a very small closet next door. It had too many big windows for a bathroom. And it had a very weird layout.  And that’s not even getting into the lavender walls and royal blue drop ceiling!  Nice, huh??

 

I wish I had pics of it before!  I can’t seem to find them!

 

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Here’s one of the storage closet mid-demolation.  We were cussing out the lathe and plaster walls saying goodbye to the turquoise lathe and plaster walls at this point!  YAY!

 

 

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Gutting these rooms was not an easy task.  Especially the ceilings.  I hate the ceilings.  It’s that whole gravity thing.  Even while wearing safety glasses, I got junk in my eyes.  Blech!

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And here’s Handsome Man ripping out walls, moving drain pipes, and just generally looking handsome! Rawr!

Actually, the whole idea of ripping out the walls and the new layout was all him!!!  My brain didn’t really work that way previous to this house.  I did lots of renovations, but they never entailed moving things like WALLS!

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This is what the new and improved layout looked like.

It feels SOOOO much bigger now!  The layout makes a lot of sense now that we have 3 very separate “areas” for the sink, the shower, and the toilet.  Having the door on a diagonal made a whole vanity attainable instead of just the pedestal sink.  The windows were replaced for smaller ones that weren’t as revealing.

In the next posts, I’ll take a trip down our proverbial memory lane to see just how we got from here to there!

How to work with faux fur

Yes… I covered something with faux fur.  Maybe it doesn’t make any sense?  Maybe it’s not even in style?

 

I don’t care!  It’s quirky.  And fun.  And it makes me smile!!!

 

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And as quirky as faux fur is, it’s just as quirky to work with!  If you don’t follow these simple tips, you. will. have. fur. everywhere.

 

 

So I have this hope chest that Mom gave my when I was like 17 or so.  It’s handmade by a guy in Falls City who makes these amazing cedar chests.  It smells so good!!

Unfortunately, Kaydee (My rather large boxer) did a number on the top and something needed to be done.

 

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Okay… Let’s get started!  Never cut fur with a scissors.  That’s rule number one, Jack!

 

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Instead, use a razor or X-acto knife.  I used the latter.  Simply flip the fur over and cut the backing.  Don’t cut too hard or you’ll end up with that “shaved” look and a crazy furry mess.

 

 

Also….Make sure your fur is running the correct direction!  I forgot that step and got verrrrrrry lucky!  I did happen to have it in the right direction, but almost suffered a heart attack when I happened to think of it mid-way through cutting!  *WHEW!*

 

 

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Excuse the blurry photo… It’s all I had for this step in the process.    I simply covered the top of this hope chest like you would recover any chair seat.  This tutorial by Southern Hospitality is a good explanation! Although I just used a hand stapler as opposed to a air stapler.

 

 

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A little fur… A few staples… And WAH-LAH!  Quirkyness!  Makes me smile!

 

 

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It’s also perfect for storing all my blankets in. Since it’s a cedar chest (Thanks for giving this chest to me all those years ago, Mom!!!) it makes them smell goooooood!

 

 

 

Now I didn’t sew this fur as I was just covering the top of my chest.  (Wow.  That might bring me up on some awkward Google searches.)

But if you are sewing it, brush the fur in the opposite direction and put the 2 edges together like usual and sew them.  If any fur happens to get caught in the seam it can usually be brushed out with a comb.

 

Above all, if covering a hope chest top with fur is what makes you smile, then go for it!!!  There’s nothing better than a home full of things that make you happy!

 

 

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Uninspired.

Sad title, no?  But I just haven’t felt that inspired lately!

 

Maybe it’s that small munchkin that seems to demand an insane amount of attention?

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Maybe it’s that I found myself hooked on Brother vs. Brother on HGTV and watched all the back episodes?  (Funny.  Now I want to go flip a house again. Like now.)  Go team Jonathan! 😉

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And maybe I’ve just hit a creative lull? I guess that’s real life, eh?

 

Anyhoo… Have some projects planned for this week, so stay tuned!!!

 

 

Pins of the Week…

UPDATE: Sorry guys!  Something went wacky with this Pins of the Week post!  It didn’t show up!  All should be fixed now!

 

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Dude.  Check out all the beds tucked away here!!!  I almost feel like this is one of those “count how many triangles are in the picture” things!  Wouldn’t this be so stinkin’ fun for a kids room if you had oodles of children?!? And the ladders… Check out all the ladders!

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This is kind of an awesome shelf.  Leave it to Shanty 2 Chic to impress us.  😉

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Yes!!! I HATE when this happens!!  When the duvet ends up balled in the bottom of the duvet cover? Annoying!  Brilliant fix by Elegant Nest…

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Brilliant!  DIY rail teething guard using a foam noodle by Baby Bump… Nice!

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Whoah!  Easy and super cool! Simple tutorial by Stow and Tell!

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Love this corner office/command center by Pretty Handy Girl!

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Wanna do this downstairs!  Remodelaholic has an awesome tutorial!

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Kristy Dickerson recreated this shelf from Restoration Hardware!  Neat-O!

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How to make paper bag flower lights by Shabby Cottage.  Love!

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Why does this make me laugh so much??!

Hahaha! Fear the real killer.

 

Ballard Designs Catalog + Me = Drooling!

 

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The new Ballard Designs catalog came. Quite simply that means:

Ballard Designs Catalog + Me = Drooling

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If I could blow through all my credit cards in one interior furnishings store, it would be Ballard Designs.  Restoration Hardware IS a close second.  They have a.w.e.s.o.m.e. light fixtures!  But there’s just something about Ballard that is so drool-worthy!

 

Do they have anything this cheap girl will get?  Nope.  But the inspiration. Oh the inspiration!

 

Let’s sit down with an adorable baby and an iced coffee and browse through the catalog and highlight the things that made me audibly gasp!  If you’re missing an adorable baby, just admire mine.

 

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She’s smiling a TON now! Adorbs!!!

 

The iced coffee however, is a non-negotiable.  Gotta have one to browse through a Ballard  catalogue!

 

 

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Okay… Their line of desks/drawers/shelving units?!  I LOOOOVE their white version with zinc countertops!  SO awesome!!!

 

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 The wall pockets are pretty awesome to the organizer in me that loves industrial too!  A perfect mesh!

 

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I still love that light fixture so much!  I would love that in a dining room over the table!

 

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This is kinda sheer genius! A light cover that goes over a plain light bulb fixture.  The downside? At $89 you could almost just get a new fixture. 😉

 

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Purrrrrrrr!  Lovin’ these wall pockets!  Delicious eye-candy!

 

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I have ALWAYS been so in love with these lights!  Mmmm!!!

 

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Again… Me with the lights.  I know… I know!

I DO love the gray/white chevron and surprisingly the use of purple as accent pops of color!

 

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This time I’m digging that COLOR for the cabinet… The finish on it… Rawr!  I like!

 

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And last but not least… These stools! 

 

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Here’s to hoping you drooled as much as I did!! 😉

 

 

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Well…  It’s that time again!  I love how as summer winds down again and it gets closer and closer to fall that blogland ups their game and there’s so much more to see on Pinterest!  I’ve noticed it’s getting harder to pick just 10 top favorites again!  There for a while this summer I’d look at my pins for the last week and think, “Hmmmm….  I pinned about 10 things this week!  This will be easy!” 🙂

Not so much the case lately!  That’s okay though!  Quality not quantity, people!!!

 

So without further ado… Enjoy my picks!

 

 

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Picklee shared about how you can fill a quart-sized container half full of vinegar, and 1 tsp salt. Then dunk any metal you want to age.

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Diiiiiiiiigging this desk/shelf unit that A Beautiful Mess highlighted from House of Habit!

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This basket from Four Corners Design is an awesome idea especially if you’re too cheap to buy wire baskets or if your husband is to cheap for you to buy wire baskets… *cough-handsome man-cough*

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I love the concept of a dry river bed to get rid of excess water drainage.  It combines beauty yet is super functional!  Fabulous Home Ideas

 

 

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I would LOVE a concrete countertop on my island in our next house.   Some of the stain they have now for concrete is stunning!!!

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Speaking of… If I were building a house, I would have heated concrete floors in the kitchen, stain them and seal them with a high-gloss sealer.  I’m seeing some now that are amazing!!!

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It’s amazing what a well styled & accessorized table behind sofa vs. sofa being pushed up against wall will do!  I love this room feature of My Sweet Savannah by Sadie + Stella!

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I made this recipe from Pinch of Yum this week and it was super easy and very tasty! I have so much basil right now, it was a GREAT way to use some of it! And you know how I feel about anything basil-esque!  Purrrrrrrr!

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I love this inspiration photo by Style Me Pretty!  Totally digging how they finished off the table runners!  Pretty!!!

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So. True.

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