Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Main bath mini re-do

So most of you remember this as being the way the main bath looks and you can read about it's ugly beginning here.
and you might also remember this fab shower curtain that I sewed. Reveal will be in future guest house post.
I had it laid out like this to determine where I wanted each block to go.
Many of you know that my father-in-law lives with us. We moved him from the guest house to the main house when the kids moved out. He's been needing some closer attention lately. I just knew my pretties would not last in this room. A wet rag thrown over this shower curtain would cause me to see red. So I concocted a plan. Remember these?
Yep I moved them to here.
Funny all the coastal/beachy stuff from the two rooms in the guest house fit into this one room. Curious...
The curtain I got at Target during their blue and white sale a couple months ago. No need to worry about a wet rag with this curtain. The only new things I bought were the curtain and new towels. Ours were getting kind of old and raggedity looking. Fortunately the blue in the guest house bathroom and the blue in this room are very similar. Strangely I don't feel quite done in this room yet. But I will eventually.
What moved to the guest house, now that's for another post. Guess you'll have to come back.
Have a great week.
Mucho hugs to all,

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Organize that Storage Area!

If you have a weak stomach you might want to close your eyes. This post is not for the faint hearted. Remember I warned you.
So this is what remains of our garage. 5 years ago we added a guest house to the back of it. One bathroom and bedroom sit in the garage. We never parked our cars in there and it always was a place to attract clutter. Well obviously it still is. But I have a dream.... (yes I stole that shamelessly. Martin isn't the only one to dream)....
So here it is in all it's present glory...
Why yes that is the yard sale pile waiting for the yard sale this spring. Those empty bins once contained fabric now stored neatly folded on shelves in the craft room. Yes that would be my laundry area in the far right corner inglorious as it is. I hate it in the winter when I have to trudge outside to do laundry, but love it in the summer when I hang all my laundry up right outside the side door. Hmmm maybe it's those two large posts for the new honeysuckle's trellis that I tripped over that caused the knee to flare.
So this is what I want it to be when I get done....

Garage Shelving
garage storage systems shelving closets
modern garage organization california closets

Okay so a girl can really dream.... but you'll have to wait to see what I come up with. It won't cost a lot because we have two college kids, but it's gonna be better. Reveal coming sometime later this year month. If you have any suggestions, please feel free to leave a comment. Thanks.
Mucho hugs to all,
Photo credit in order of appearance

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Another Project Done

Spring break is here and I've been getting a few projects done. Well until my knee flared up today. Drat that knee. It's had enough I guess. Remember this project?
Yes, it's finally complete. Even got the doors hung. Yippy skippy for me. Here it is in it's home spot.
Money break down:
Shelf          $8.98
Paint          $0        already had it from other projects done in this room
hardware   $0        reused
Yep like them figures. Of course I will eventually add knobs when I redo the sink vanity in this room. That's a whole 'nother post.
Of course I'm not totally done decorating this room. Not just yet.
I'll be linking up:
On Sunday, at Creative Homemaker on a Dime - Creative Bloggers Party & Hop
On Monday, April 25th at Censtational Girl - All Things Painted.
On Thursday at My Cottage Charm - Trinkets and Treasures
On Friday at My Romantic Home - Show and Tell Friday
On Friday at Miss Mustard Seed - Furniture Feature Friday
On Friday at French Country Cottage - Feathered Nest Friday
Care to join us?
Have a great Easter weekend.
Mucho hugs to all,

Friday, April 15, 2011

Just a teeny post to show where the kiddos hung the shelf I gave them. It's over their sink in the kitchen. I also gave them the coffee print, tea canister that looks like a milk can, the cup, and the miniature coffee grinder. Hey what are moms for? I think it looks good. Not the best photo because it was taken with his phone. It's spring break this week and I feel great. So I hope to get a tremendous amount done. If the weather will corporate.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Updates and Wishes

Oh my goodness it's been forever since I've blogged. Shame on me. Work has been hectic and it's been cold and rainy which causes my arthritis to flare and I've felt like getting nothing done. So I haven't. There the ugly truth is out. Actually I've been embroidering, so I have done something. And reading everyone else's blogs and all the lovely projects they've been getting done. Wish our warm weather would come back. Work gets really busy at this time of year. But next week is spring break and I'm hoping for some warm weather with my toes, fingers and eyes crossed.
Lately it's just felt like our house is too big and at 1300 square feet it isn't large. But being empty nesters for the first time ever (we had our first child 10 months after getting married) perhaps that's why. Also looking at all the things still to do and not feeling up to doing them makes me dream of 2 bedroom apartments and someone else fixing everything. Well that's just wishful thinking. 
Well just thought I would let you know I'm still alive. Hope, hope, hoping for warm weather next week. Stay tuned to see if it does get warm.
Ta ta for now. 

Monday, April 4, 2011

A bookcase and a Few Little Projects

So last week was amazing, even with the bad news about my knee. The carpenter was home! and he did a project for me because I needed him to do that. I had this really long shelf in the office and it came crashing down prior to his homecoming. I wasn't about to try to put it back up. Fortunately only one thing got broken, but now I needed a spot for all those books I'm just not ready to part with yet. So happy dance he made his mom a bookcase. As par for the course you'll get a picture in it's half finished state. Also finished a few little projects for the kids apartment.
Finished up these letters for their kitchen. Finally!
I got the little shelf and mirror at my favorite thrift store. Both pieces were $1.91 each. Not bad. They just need some fine tuning.
 This stuff is awesome. I want to thank Centsational Girl for mentioning this in a blog post. Love it. Won't work without it again. Got mine at Lowe's. It makes painting with a brush really easy. If you haven't read her blog she's amazing. Go check her out. Floetrol (for latex paint) by Flood.
 Here they are with their final coat. It was black tea by Dutch Boy I believe. Usually I'm a Valspar gal, but this paint is cheaper and it fits my budget right now. Two in college can drain the pocket book fast.
I also picked up this candlestick for their apartment. Just needed some cleaning. Can't beat $.90. The tag on the bottom said $24.99 from Kohls. Thanks but I'll take the price I paid.
Last but not least the carpenter and the bookcase. Gotta love this boy. He's an awesome son. Of course I'm completely biased. Bookcase pattern courtesy of Ana White. Another amazing site.
Love the morning sun coming through the door. Amazing.... So now I have to decide whether I want a back on it or not. I'm leaning towards completing the back with 1x3s. Then I will paint it. Probably during spring break because the next several weeks at work are crazy busy and it's supposed to rain again this weekend. Go figure. Everyone have a topnotch week.
Mucho hugs to all,
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