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Monday, February 27, 2012

 My hubby usually only has Sundays off. So I usually  try really hard not to plan anything on that day, so I can enjoy the day with him. Last Sunday however, he had to work. He had a trade show all weekend he had to participate in, which left me a whole lotta time! So Saturday I made plans with a friend to craft.  Sunday I considered riding along with him and dropping him off, then hitting IKEA and seeing a friend. But as I was finishing up some laundry Saturday evening, I had another idea in mind! I broke the news to the hubby that I would not be accompanying him the 2 hour drive on Sunday I had decided to stay home.
 Sunday morning I left the house shortly after the hubby did and headed to Lowes! I bought 180 square feet of vinyl plank flooring!
Came home and began applying it! Woohoo! All by myself!
 Yep, it was pretty easy...
 I ripped thru 4  of my 6 boxes in no time flat. Okay, it seemed like no time flat, but it was about 4 hours!
 At one point I let the dog out and it was snowing! Glad I decided to stay inside!
 45 minutes later, the sun was shining and hardly a cloud in the sky.
 Which is good, since most of my plants think spring is here.
 By the time the hubby came home, I was exhausted. My knees hurt, my fingers and wrists were sore and I was ready for a glass of wine to celebrate my almost finished new floor!
 You may have noticed all the hard cuts are what I have left to do. I have asked the hubby to remove the toilet for me, it will be easier to install the vinyl! But I plan on finishing the rest of it all myself.
I also glued the sides of the antique cabinet so it can be brought into the house. Just wish I could get the master bathroom completed! Ugh... still trying to locate some faucets. I found one that would work, but it  had plastic, and for $158.00 each (I need 2) I don't think the handles should be plastic.
Hope you enjoyed your weekend!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

 While the master bathroom is in limbo, I thought I would take down all the Valentine decor and begin decorating for Spring/Easter. I am throwing in a little St. Patrick's day too! These wreaths are going around Pinterest so I had to make my own version. This side is for St. Patrick's Day ( I ned to add a shamrock or two) the other side is decorated for Spring/Easter with felt flowers.

 My hubby hurt his back Monday night, which is another reason the master bath is on a little hold, so I am trying to do little things here and there. I didn't realize how much I rely on my hubby to do! This cabinet was a Craigslist find, I bought 4 pieces for $90.00. My plan was to paint it with ASCP and either use it in my home (if I can find a spot) or give it to a friend.
 While cleaning the wood up from the dust, dirt and cobwebs I began noticing how beautiful the piece really is as it is.
 I love all the details.
 The piece is in pretty good shape, a few of the laminate pieces need to be re glued, but that's about it.
 I needed to use a toothbrush and some baking soda on the legs, they had a funky smell. Hopefully the baking soda helps.
 The inside shelves have 2 grooves for plates and a row of cup hooks on each.
 I had planned on possibly removing the door and just leaving it as an open cupboard.
 I decided to quickly see what it would look like decorated with a few dishes. *love*
With the door closed.
via Pinterest
This is what I had in mind maybe not the black and pink, instead a pale blue inside and a distressed white outside.
via Pinterest
This is what I had in mind with the doors off but with the pale blue inside. Now I am just not sure! What would you do?!
The hubby came home early from work, he's strained his back again... so guess I will fix him some lunch and get the heating pad. Have a wonderful day!

Monday, February 20, 2012

 Well, I was hoping to give you a BIG reveal today.... but we had a few problems. So I guess I will just show you what I did last week. I distressed my black cabinets! I LOVE them!
I don't think my hubby would have noticed for weeks! But I was so happy with them I told on myself as soon as he got home! He said it looked pretty nice, if I had asked him first he would have talked my out of it, but he admitted he actually really liked how they turned out! YAY! Glad I just did it and didn't ask *wink*. 
Remember how I was sent to get a new light fixture and faucets last week? Well I learned after ALL these years of my husband saying he didn't care what the styles were in the house,  he cares. He wasn't a huge fan of my first choices I brought home last week. So I waited patiently until Sunday for him to go with me to take a look at other choices. (Let me just remind everyone I was trying to do just a little cleaning, organizing and brightening so I didn't plan on spending a ton of money!) We came home from Lowes with a more expensive light fixture and faucets that we both loved! I began installing the new hardware on the cabinets while the hubby installed the new light fixture... things were finally moving along! I went out to the garage to finish another coat of spray paint on the smaller mirror, came back in to see how things were progressing for the new faucets... "Houston we have a problem". Huh?! What do you mean? We have a problem? The faucets do not fit with the thickness of the sink and granite, so we boxed up the faucets and hoped we could find something that would fit so we wouldn't have to return the light fixture and hardware. (Because I want all the same finish, Antique Nickel).
Nope no luck! Tried all the hardware stores that were open, none of them would fit. Sooo, today the hubby will contact a contractor friend about options... I am not reinstalling the gold faucets! I'll keep you posted *fingers crossed*.
 While out shopping for bathroom fixtures last week, I ran into Goodwill to see what fun goodies I could find. Found these 3 tin pots for $.99.
 So I made a quick stop at my favorite nursery for some succulents to put inside them.
 The rock says "inspiration" it also came from the nursery.
 This one is my favorite one.
 Also picked up the picture $24.99, the picnic basket $5.99, the heart $4.99, the white bunny $2.99 and the wooden bunny $1.99. I am going to put some plants in the picnic basket on my table outside and am thinking of glitter painting the bunnies.
 After my shopping trip I came home and organized all the drawers in the bathroom.
 So much better...
 I didn't take any before pictures.

Hoping I get this project done soon!
Hope you had a great weekend!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Yard work, rain, and the beginnings of a lighter and brighter master bath.

 Last Saturday I planned to begin cleaning the house from bottom to top. BUT, the sun came out! Which made the temperature reach about 60 degrees.
 Living in the Pacific Northwest I decided I better take advantage of the sun and decided to begin cleaning up the front courtyard.
 The wind and 12 inches of snow we had last month left a path of destruction.
 I need to pull most of these lillies up they are taking over!
 I got a pretty good start, pulling out 6 peach colored climbing rose bushes.
 I felt pretty good about what I had accomplished and was really hoping to continue on Sunday.
 But the rain came...
 Monday too.
 So Tuesday I decided to begin my cleaning and organizing project again.
 I had good intentions, really I did.
 As I started cleaning and scrubbing the master bath, I began daydreaming about what I could do to this room to brighten it up and make it more my style. (I have plans to renovate the guest bath and kitchen this year, so this room will have to wait). I decided I could paint all the trim white like the rest of the house. So I painted.
 Then I cleaned some more. Gold mirror, brass hardware, the black cabinets need a new coat of paint...
 gold faucets...
 I thought I would remove the glass pendants on this light fixture, I would run to ReStore and purchase 3 slightly used clear or white ones! Such a great idea! Inexpensive too! (Yes I could paint the room too, but I really didn't want to yet).
 I could spray paint this towel fixture... I have spray paint in several colors already that would be quick and easy!
 Hmm, maybe spray paint the hardware too!
 I removed the shades from the chandelier, they were black on the outside and gold inside that helped. Wonder if I could spray paint that too!
 I couldn't get the old gold pendants off the light fixture, they were stuck. So I asked the hubby when he got home. He was pretty happy that some of the gold would be gone so he didn't complain at all! Unfortunetly, the pendants were screwed on kinda wonky, so he had to break the light. So he sent me to get a brand new light fixture today! And told me to get new faucets too! Woohoo!
I had him take the small mirror down too so I could paint it. I had wondered why the previous owners left it behind. Guess they didn't really have a choice, I would not have been happy to have to cover this whole in the mirror up where they hung the smaller mirror on top.
Wait till you see what I did today!

Hope you are having a lovely week!