Thursday, February 21, 2013

Master Bath

Master Bath
Hello blog.  Long time, no talk.  I should catch up more, but for now, here's my inspiration for when we remodel our master bath.  Hopefully this project will occur some time before I die and will begin an end in less than a 2-year span of time.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Deck Saga

Since we've been here, we've had trouble figuring out what to do with the deck on the back of our house. The deck has held the original building permit on our house open for the last 7 years because it has never been completed. After getting a few professional opinions, we decided our best option was to start over. So, I reluctantly kissed all of my bathroom remodeling money good-bye and Matt started to tear down the deck. He spent several days taking all of the Trex off so we could reuse it, but it only took about 45 minutes to tear down the framing. Our posts are still standing because we plan to reuse them and finish the brick.

One of the main reasons we decided to start over is that we were afraid we had water issues because the deck was never properly flashed. This was definitely confirmed by the state of the sheeting under the ledger boards on our bays. The ledger just fell off because the sheeting was so rotted. Hopefully the rot doesn't go beyond the sheeting.

The good news is that in a few weeks we should have a useable deck. One that our kids can actually go out on. One that has stairs from the yard so we can use our kitchen doors to go outside! One that will, hopefully, be so spectacular I'll forget all about missed opportunities to remodel bathrooms.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Tabula Rasa

Here's the exterior photo of our house from the real estate listing.

Exterior - Before

And here's the exterior now.

Exterior - During

We've gotten a lot of compliments on how nice our house looks and all we've done is rip things out. This neighborhood is easy to please. I guess the take-home lesson is: nice plants + wrong location = ugly.

In other yard news, I bought a crazy hippy lawn mower (the Fiskars Momentum) and we love it!

Momentum Mowe Front

Thursday, March 31, 2011

I used to like painting. . .

I've been painting. Surprise!

I finished painting the trim in the hall and entry. I had to make a lot of repairs before I could start painting. The trim was really battered and the bottoms of the door jambs looked like this

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Now they look like this

Door Jamb - After

I filled the gaps with grout and then caulked. Certainly not great, but at least the kids can't put things in the holes anymore.

I painted the linen closet

Linen Closet - After

And Winnie's closet

Winnie's Room - Closet Wall

I just need to finish painting the doors to offically be done with the paint in Winnie's room. I'm painting the hallway side of all my doors gray--a darker shade of the color on the walls.

Door Paint

I painted one door and then decided that it wasn't quite dark enough so I had the paint retinted today. I might get the doors done this weekend, but since the weather is supposed to be so nice, we're going to work in the yard. Maybe the kids will get to jump on our trampoline.

Our Trampoline

See it there sticking up above the dirt? Matt started to dig the hole out and this is what we found

Trampoline Hole Fill

Hardened 80 lb bags or mortar. They totally fill the hole and start about 6 inches down. That will be hours of trampoline fun.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

The House, Lately

Hall before

Hall in progress

Hall - In Progress

Entry before

Entry "Before"

Entry in progress

Entry Hall - In Progress

Family Room before (sorry about the small picture--it's from the listing and I forgot to take any others before I started painting)

Family Room Listing Photo

Family Room in progress

Family Room Painting - In Progress

I should be farther along in my painting, but I keep getting distracted and doing things like this

Origami Butterfly Bunting

and like this

Tissue Paper Blossoms

and like this

MMMCrafts Messenger Bag

P.S. If the bag happens to be your birthday present, pretend you didn't see it here first. :)

Us Lately

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MMMCrafts Messenger Bag

Luke celebrates 2

Friday, February 4, 2011

The pink room has grown on me

We've been working on the "cutification" of Winnie's room.

Winnie's Room - After

Winnie's room - After

Winnie's Room

We now have a room that feels mostly done--as long as you don't look at the closet wall. I still need to paint the closet and the doors are still off awaiting paint.