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S#@t Or Get Off The Pot

Remember way back when, I started the EASY basement bathroom reno? Yeah me either 🙂

Any who we hit a few road bumps and I had to bring in a plumber to help finish the job. So much for an easy quick project. After taking a look at the plumbing he was shock that there were no shut offs either.  A few hours of him banging around the old sink was out and I was able to install the new floor. Which would have been easy if the floor was square. Cutting peel and stick tile out around pipes and the toilet was not fun! He came back a few days later to put the new sink in, again not as easy as I thought it would be. Here is a peek back at the old bathroom.

Are you ready for this…?

It looks sooooo much better, yes it turned out to be a pain in the ass but some projects are just like that. Here is a side by side look.

YAY!! 🙂



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Spring Clean Up

With it being spring and all, I LOVE working in the yard! So far I’ve just been cleaning up this winters mess.  Take a looksy to what I’ve been up too.

I have a few ideas up my sleeves too, here is what I’m thinking about…

Take a peek above to see what it looks like now. I want to take out the two big pickery bushes on either sides of the windows. They are to big and a pain in the butt to trim up. I’d also like to paint the siding on the peak of the house a light grey, to jazz the house up.  This might just be a memorial day project! 🙂

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The One That Got Away

Like many people I have a long list of little one off projects. They don’t take time but there are JUST SO MANY!! When we 1st moved in the hubs and I had all the doors replaced (check it out here). There was one that got away, and it bugs me everyday! So finally the other night I snapped and it had to change… at midnight… on a saturday! This is what I saw everyday.

The lovely hardware triggered a little memory, I had bought a new door knob when we re-did all the other doors. Not to mention I had plenty of white paint on hand. So this project was paid for 3 years ago. Each side of the door took 3 coats of paint, but it went fast. I let it dry over night and did one more touch up coat in some areas.

Sorry for the crap picture above but I want to do something with the light down there as well. Not sure what yet but I’ll keep you posted. Either a new fixture or maybe a shade to change it up. So now for the big SUPER EXCITING ta-da moment! (or “DA-TA for those who know that embarrassing email I sent to lots of people at work once)

Simple, clean, and took no time. A project that made me think “Why didn’t I do this years ago”!

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It’s The Little Things

The kitchen in my house is an 80’s dream kitchen. It works ok, but not my taste. Let’s look back in time, how it looked the day we closed on the house.

While I was re-painting my accent wall in the living room I got to thinking.  “What would happen if I painted the dusty rose colored tile in the kitchen, with this grey paint in my hand, hmmm”. If you hang out in my house long enough you’re going to get painted.

And wooops look what happened, I tripped and paint went on the tile…weird, right!?

5 minutes later my kitchen looked like this.

I dont recommend doing this in a very high traffic area the paint scrapes off pretty easily. Really you should sand the area before applying paint. But who has time for that!  If you have a little detail like this GO FOR IT!

In about 15 minutes I went from dusty rose to dark grey tile trim, love it.

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Bye-Bye Deck Part 2

Soooooooooo after almost a month of waiting, rain, waiting and more rain they finally started the patio today! Every week I would get a phone call from the patio contractors saying they were behind on projects due to the rain. The only person I could be mad at was mother nature! Side note though I was able to patch the front lawn and the grass is growing nicely due to all the rain (silver-lining-COUGH-lame-COUGH). They will be back on Friday to finish the project. I have the day off and can’t wait to watch it come to life.

So here is where we left off HERE. And this is where we are today!

My kitties were NOT a fan of the Bobcat!

I can’t tell you how excited the Hubs and I are for a new patio! I’m already thinking about what I’m going to to with the little  area where the tree is. I’m thinking take all the grass out and put mulch down (I ♥ mulch too) and plant some boxwoods. Now my question is for you all WHAT DO I DO with those awnings I HATE them. Take then down, paint them, WHAT!?!?!

I leave you with a full view of the mess that is my back yard. I have to keep reminding myself it will look awesome very very soon!


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Leave it to the Professionals

I had this grand idea that the Hubs and I could tile our front entry way. It was old slate that was flaking away . I went to Homedepot and picked up tile I liked and the tools that  would be needed. I think I spent maybe $60 on the whole project, which I was SO happy about!

So next step busting it out, cleaning up, laying tile and done…right. WRONG! We started busting up the tiles and found there was lots of cement under the tile. We took one section and busted it down as far as we could. There was about 5 inches of cement. There was NO WAY IN HELL we could get this all out . I was bummed 😦

The Hubs tried really hard to get it out but it was a lot of work. By the way do you love his protective eyewear? They are my Coach sunglasses! Lesson learned always know when to stop and let the professionals take over. I contacted  a tile guy and he came pretty much the next day. He cleaned out all the cement had to pour new cement and lay the new tile. Once he was done he said that if he would have known how much that was going to be he would have charged us more. I’m all about saving money and doing project myself but always know when you can’t/ shouldn’t and ask for help.

Finished product!! so nice and level and not breaking.

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I ♥ Moulding!

Who would have ever thought a young 20 something would have such a love affair with moulding of all kinds. Crown, casement, floor, door….LOVE it all! Let me let you all in on a little problem I have. When bored I tend to make projects for myself (the hubs just loves it). Also I might be one of the most impatient people you will ever meet, when I start something I want it done ASAP!

Ok back to moulding, I came home from work and was resting on the couch. Looked up and thought I want crown moulding NOW. We had  picture rail about  5 inches from the ceiling and I always hated it. Not to mention the color I had painted the living room had to go. I went down to the basement and grabbed a crowbar and went at it.

Now seeing how our house was built in the 1960’s there was quite a dip in the wall from years of paint. So I had to patch the walls, and then sand them smooth. The Hubs went to Harbor Freight and bought me a sander, I was every excited! A word of advice though cover up everything while sanding.


Ok back to it. So I sanded and made a large mess, cleaned it and painted the room. Now it was time to put up the crown moulding. I had to get the Hubs involved do to the fact that math makes me go cross-eyed and crown moulding is really complicated. Lets just say we wasted a lot of moulding 1st attempt! We finally figured out that cutting perfect cuts would not work from our room due to the age of the house. So the Hubs went out and bought an angle finder and that that helped us so much, up went the crown moulding. I highly recommend and angle finder like this one.

I have to thank my hubs for the hard work he put in to make me so happy. Little does he know I know want it through out the house 🙂 Here is the finished look. Just makes the living room look so much more done!

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