March 24, 2012

On vacation

Because J and I knew this house would be one giant project for years to come and due to the state of this house when we moved in, we thought that spending time in Florida with their grandparents would be more fun for our girls. We originally thought it would take us four weeks, at most, to get the house kid safe, but we underestimated the work and mess presented before us and then found ourselves in a time crunch for 36 hours of continuinuing education for our licenses. So, 8 weeks later, I can finally take a week long break from home improvement and painting to bring my babies home. I will resume postings the first week in April with fresh ideas and a tan! :)

March 21, 2012

Guest Bathroom.... Done!

Check another room off the list! I am done with the guest bathroom; for now anyways. There are still a few odds and ends here and there but bare with me... I'm making over an entire house and I can't do every room perfect in two days. So here we go with the final reveal. Oh, and you can see more "before" pictures from my last post entitled "Guest Bathroom" if you missed that one.


Notice that the light were hung upside down!


This here is my favorite part of the whole bathroom; it's an antique ladder I found at the antique mall today for $7.50! A cheap towel bar is $10 so, this not only saved me money, but it's way cooler I think!

Because the inside of the cabinets were such a wreck, even after cleaning, I chose to use a drawer liner. All you need is some hot glue, scissors and pretty wrapping paper. I also sprayed mine down with some water and a few drops of essential oil to make them smell nice.

March 20, 2012

How To Repair a Hole in Drywall

I'm sure a hole in the wall has happened to everyone at some point in time. Either you've knocked a door open too fast, got really angry and punched or had an existing hole you needed to cover up; anyway you look at it, you have to fix it. So in case you didn't know how to do it properly or wanted an easier method than we learned in 7th grade shop class, I took pictures for a step by step how to.

1) Find a hole. In this case, there was a phone jack in my guest bathroom I found out dated and unnecessary. Who even has a land line now a day?

2) Turn your hole into a square or rectangle. I needed to knock the plastic thingy out of the existing dry wall. I pried it out backwards and stuffed it down into the hole with the cords using a screwdriver. (That's what I"m trying to show you in the photo.) I used a razor knife to cut the hole into a more even rectangle.

3) Trace your hole for a template. I just grabbed a loose piece of paper and a pencil and rubbed the side of the hole to get a perfect outline.

4) Trace your template on a piece of scrap drywall. Make sure you leave at least a 1 inch border around the template.

5) Cut your hole patch out of the drywall scrap. Using a razor knife, carefully cut around the template you just traced. It's best if you cut half way through one side and then flip it over and cut the other half through the opposite side.

6) This step is tricky. You need to start cutting out the shape you just traced but DO NOT cut all the way though!! Just cut about half way through and then bend it a little bit so it breaks. Peel the drywall off the brown paper backing. Make sure you get it all off.

7) Put your new cut out in the hole You may need to modify the existing hole a bit with the razor knife. Just be sure you get a really tight fit. If it's too small and you messed up, you will have to start over.

8) Spackle Using a spackle knife and putty, slap some spackle down under the paper edge and all over the top. Scrape the area smooth and allow it to dry.

9) Sand Once it's dry, sand the area smooth. (I was a little impatient and painted around the area.)

10) Paint Finish your patch job with a coat or two of paint.

Pretty freaking easy!!! J was shocked when he got home. He tried to act cool and told me not to patch up anymore cords into the wall. I rolled my eyes because I wasn't about to use a plastic cover for a phone jack in the bathroom. I'll do that for the cable TV cords even though I think a TV in the bathroom is ridiculous.

Guest Bathroom

I cried my eyes out over the bathroom last night and tackled it with more tears this morning. However, I feel as though I've come out on top. What I thought was so much of a disaster, that I would have to rip out the existing tub, actually came clean after three hours of hard core scrubbing!

How gross is it that people were actually attepting to get clean in here?


I also bleached down all the cabinets and got the exisiting hair out of it.... EWWWW!!! I'm still seriously scarred from that. It was the hair. Hair EVERYWHERE that got me! Here are som pictures I took of what I cleaned up.



INSIDE THE DRAWERS: (see the hair!?!?!?!?!)

THE WINDOW LEDGES: (Can you believe mud?)

HAIR ALL OVER THE WALLS: (This is a little harder to see, but not if you zoom in. It's hair. Hair just sticking to the walls!!! BARF!!)

So, as you can see, I spent most of my day cleaning before I could even paint. I did finally get to the painting and I did get the first coat on. Here's a teaser of of my work in progress.

March 19, 2012

Dirty Dirty Dirty

In case you're wondering where I've been, duty calls outside the home right now. However, after work today, I found myself knee deep in a mess of a mess. There's only one room I've put off cleaning in the whole entire house until now. And, if you know me and you've been over before, you would know that I get totally creeped out by the in-law suit bathroom. I almost feel like it's haunted, but not or maybe it's just knowing that these people were the dirtiest of the whole group and bathrooms are... well, they are DIRTY!!!
I began cleaning the linoleum flooring and that's about as far as I got today. I reached a point where I just wanted to cry because I felt like I was being punished. I swear to God, I know that that floor has not ever been cleaned. NOT EVER!! Not once in 9 years had it been cleaned; it was so unbelievably dirty that I did not even anticipate the filth. Have I gotten my point across? I'm not even trying to be dramatic; it just brought me to tears having to clean up after someone else like this.
I started with my Shark steam mop. FAIL! I sprayed the whole floor down with white vinegar. Fail! I shook borax all over the floor and scrubbed it a third time. Fail! I didn't want to do it, but I reached a breaking point when I opened the bathroom cabinets for the first time and it looked like a nasty hairy man had crawled inside and shaved his body, leaving his hair in EVERY drawer. I really did cry this time and ran for the bleach. Straight bleach. I dumped it on the floor and spent the next hour losing my sense of smell, eyes burning, scrubbing up the deeply embedded dirt. I did leave two windows open but I still have a headache from the chemicals. And after all that, I still wouldn't eat off that floor! I followed the bleach with another round of steam cleaning and called it quits to work on something else.
I'll post pictures of the bathroom tomorrow when I tackle it and Mr Shaved Body's hair again.
My other project was settling on the final design for our new kitchen island. This was not anticipated so soon but one of our major design stores in Ohio is going out of business. So heads up Columbus, Ohio!!! The Great Indoors at Polaris Parkway is going out of business and starts it's liquidation May 15. Right now the sales are great, especially on granite! After seeing the prices, we couldn't say no and jumped into this project unexpectedly. We bought the granite and sped off looking for someone to do our cabinets. Props to "Keith" at Home Depot in New Albany for that. He quote unquote said to us, "Don't worry, I don't design things that suck". With that, I spit my ideas out and he made them come to life. Here are my inspiration photos for our future kitchen.

The next 3 pictures are from the first time I viewed the house:

This is what it currently looks like:


March 16, 2012

Dining Room

I don't have much to share here other than I've taken down the existing wall paper and Jeremy and I FINALLY bought the table we had our hearts set on 5 years ago. That's right, we waited 5 years to buy this big beautiful 9 piece dining set and I couldn't be happier. I can't wait to see how it looks once we get the trim and walls painted!

BEFORE: (This is from a showing and not our furniture but it was the best before photo I had.)


And More Play Room

I also wanted to share this really cute idea I decided on for displaying the kids' artwork. In the old house playroom, I took a simple poster frame and framed a giant drawing and it stayed that way for 2 years. The fridge here and there are stainless steel so magnets don't stick to it and, the the old place, we ended up having papers scattered everywhere of random drawings. No more messy stacks of artwork! I figured the main reason the art stared in the frames is because it was annoying to have to take a picture down and replace it after removing the old and so and and blah blah blah. Since I break g;ass all too easily anyhow, why not just use those cute little clips I used for the flash cards?
This is what I came up with: I haven't decided if I'm going to paint them or not. I kind of like the mismatched colors.

Here's a close up of the empty frame and the clips. Now, I can easily change around their art whenever I want, in no time at all!

Play Room (more)

I am STILL trying to get that playroom together and solve storage solutions like this:
Puzzle and game pieces strewn about due to broken boxes!

But, never fear! Remember this: twin sheet I used in the other playroom project?

And I'm sure you now what this is: Modge podge, (ignore the roll of wrapping paper; it was a bad idea), foam brush, and FREE flat rate shipping boxes

I just modge podged the fabric right onto the boxes after I glued them together and sealed them up.

I still need to come up with a pretty label for each box but they look like this when you're done and they match all the other projects so far in the playroom:

Home Office Part 2

Here she be... minus those two picture frames for the awards leaning against the wall. What's with me getting a room 90% done and moving onto something else? :)
Anyhow, I didn't add the before pictures or other wall since I just posted them a few days ago.