Wednesday, November 20, 2013

How I Determine Which Projects To Tackle Next

I was thinking the other day about how it feels like I haven't really done all that much in the house lately.  I mean, it's not like I haven't been extremely busy with work and all.  But doing work on the house is actually relaxing and therapeutic to me.  So I'm kind of missing it a little bit.  I've been keeping a list of each room since I bought the house with projects that I have wanted to do.  I guess putting it on paper keeps me from forgetting what I want to do and putting in order what I want to tackle next.  It's also nice to see when things get checked off.  Like I've accomplished something.  

Sometimes the decision on what to tackle next is based on 1) how easy it is to do or how quickly I can get it done, 2) the importance of getting it done- like not doing it will drive me crazy and 3) how much it costs.  I've finished some of the expensive projects on the list so it's not like I do all the cheap fixes first and leave the expensive ones for last.  But I will be honest that money is definitely a factor and since I'm not made of it nor do I have tree in my back yard growing it, I do have to put some things on the back burner even though I'd really like to get them done now (or already have them done by now).  


One example of importance vs cost vs annoyance factor is this:  I really really REALLY wanted to rip out the carpets downstairs the first day I moved in and install dark wood floor throughout.  I figured it would be easiest to do since there was no furniture  in the house yet.  BUT here's the thing.  The carpet was brand new and in perfect condition.  The flooring was pretty pricey since it's going to be the entire bottom level of the house.  But finally, the annoyance factor- while I might really love the look of the dark wood floors, the carpet didn't annoy me all that much.   My plan is to live with the carpet for at least 5 years and see how it is holding up at that point.  Given that it's just me in the house there really isn't all that much wear and tear on it on a daily basis.  So i could be even longer before I replace it.  But I'm definitely looking forward to the day that it's completed.  I think it'll change the entire look of the house.  


On the other hand- even if I didn't know the direction a room was going, I couldn't live in a house with white walls.  I mean, just institutionalize me now.  So you will see from the lists below that some (ok a FEW) of the rooms have already been repainted.  Or have on the list to be repainted.  I figured that a $25 gallon of paint, even if it wasn't the right color, was well worth spending even if I knew I was eventually going to need to redo it the next year.  The annoyance factor won out in that battle.  


So for you and my entertainment, below is my list- which is always getting things added to it- of each room in the house and so far what it on and/or completed so far.  


Kitchen

  • Paint cabinets
  • Install bead board on cabinet ends and island
  • Paint walls
  • Switch out boob lights
  • Add ceiling fan in breakfast nook
  • Purchase table and chairs to breakfast nook
  • Tile back splash
  • Stainless appliances
  • New cabinets
  • French doors to patio
  • Flooring
  • Crown molding
  • High baseboards
  • New chairs for pedestal table
  • Remove wire shelves from pantry and replace with wood
  • New door trim on all doors

Powder Room
  • Paint walls
  • Swap square mirror for decorative mirror
  • Repaint walls
  • Flooring
  • Crown molding
  • High baseboards
  • Artwork
  • New door trim on all doors

Laundry Room
  • Paint walls
  • Remove wire shelves
  • Install wood shelves
  • Bins and baskets for shelves
  • New door trim on all doors

Living Room
  • Paint walls
  • Find low dresser piece for TV
  • Paint dresser for TV
  • Add ceiling fan
  • Hang artwork
  • Flooring
  • Crown molding
  • High baseboards
  • Area rug once floors are installed

Dining Room
  • Find dining table and chairs to redo
  • Paint chairs
  • Redo cushions on chairs
  • Install new light fixture over table
  • Find and paint piece to use as buffet/sideboard
  • Hang artwork
  • Build new dining table
  • Find new chairs for dining table
  • Flooring
  • Crown molding
  • High baseboards

Hallway/Stairs
  • Paint walls
  • New lights for top and bottom of stairs
  • Artwork for up the hallway
  • Stain wood railings and spindles
  • Convert stairs to wood
  • Paint front door (inside of house)
  • Entryway- tile vs same floor throughout?
  • New door trim on all doors

Front Spare Room
  • Paint walls
  • Change fabric on bed
  • Build higher headboard
  • Find dresser and nightstands
  • Paint dresser and nightstands
  • Hang artwork
  • Find chair
  • Repaint and recover seat
  • Paint mirror
  • Hang mirror
  • Install ceiling fan
  • Hem curtains
  • Crown molding
  • High Baseboards
  • New door trim on all doors

Back Spare Room
  • Paint walls
  • Build bed
  • Cover bed with fabric
  • Install ceiling fan
  • Repaint walls
  • Paint furniture?
  • Switch out artwork
  • Treatment for white duvet cover?
  • Curtains need something??
  • Hem curtains
  • Crown molding
  • High Baseboards
  • New door trim on all doors

Game Room
  • Paint walls
  • Paint artwork
  • Hang some add’l artwork
  • Recover chaise lounge
  • New rug
  • New lamps
  • Put up bookcases and organize
  • Decorate
  • Install surround sound
  • Repaint walls
  • Find new desk
  • Refinish new desk
  • Crown molding
  • High Baseboards

Hall Bathroom
  • Paint walls
  • Buy/paint decorative mirror
  • Paint cabinet
  • Install bead board on end of cabinet\
  • Install new towel bar
  • Update faucet
  • Tile flooring
  • Crown molding
  • High Baseboards
  • New door trim on all doors

Linen Closet
  • Remove wire shelves
  • Paint walls
  • Install adjustable wood shelves
  • Clear out some of excess
  • New door trim on all doors

Master Bedroom
  • Paint walls
  • Install ceiling fan
  • Repaint walls
  • Seating for foot of bed
  • Wardrobe for closet?
  • Remove wire shelves in closet and replace with wood
  • Paint closet
  • New light fixture in closet?
  • Add artwork
  • New curtains
  • Crown molding
  • High Baseboards
  • New door trim on all doors

Master Bathroom
  • Paint walls
  • Paint cabinet
  • Install bead board at end of cabinet
  • Install new towel bar
  • Install new vanity light
  • Install molding around mirror
  • Repaint walls
  • Hang artwork
  • New vent fan/light fixture
  • Install pot light in shower
  • Tile floor
  • Re-tile around tub
  • Re-tile around shower
  • New vanity
  • New faucets
  • New mirrors
  • Crown molding
  • High Baseboards
  • New door trim on all doors

Garage
  • Install pegboard for hanging tools
  • Work bench
  • Install tracks for tools
  • Paint walls
  • Paint door trim
  • Install more shelving
  • Get rid of bricks
  • Use old baseboards to finish off walls
  • Caulk window
  • Paint window ledge
  • Get rid of/sell unnecessary stuff

Outside
  • Form flower beds
  • Do landscaping
  • Paint floor of screened porch
  • Paint ceiling of screened porch
  • Install fan in screened porch
  • Recover patio furniture with new fabric
  • Build paver patio
  • Privacy fence
  • Top soil for back yard- regrade
  • Seed back yard
  • Enclose screened porch
  • New door on screened porch
  • Build a fire pit utilizing the extra bricks
  • Work on grass
  • Build sectional for patio
After looking at all of the things that have been crossed off, I don't feel so lazy.  But there are definitely a lot of things left to do.  Some of them are more just for aesthetics or my personal preference- like higher baseboards, crown molding and the new door frames.  I personally like them better than the builder grade stuff that is in the house and it'll make the house have more character and be less builder block.   I knew going into purchasing the house that these three things were of high importance to being in my home.  Unfortunately, I won't be tackling the baseboards or door frames until I do the flooring.   But maybe the crown molding is something that I can do in the next year, especially in the lower level since the paint colors will stay the same. 

Some of the projects that I plan to tackle over the winter months are:
  • Painting the garage
  • Paint the door trim
  • Building/installing more shelving in garage
  • Building the sectional for the patio 
  • Finding a new desk and re-painting it
There will probably be a few crafty things thrown into the mix as well.  Hopefully I can stay on target and get the above done by the time spring rolls around because I'm really going to focus on the yard in the spring.  


Thursday, November 14, 2013

Getting Rid of the Last Boob

Remember a few weeks ago when I purchased the two new hallway lights and then got them home only to find that one of them was damaged? Man was I p-i-s-e-d. (Name that movie) 

Well after going to my local Lowes to have them order it, I waited. And waited. And waited way longer than I should have. Bullshit I tell you. A week and a half later I called to see what the problem was and they couldn't find my order in the system. So the light was never ordered. Awesome. Unfortunately for the poor guy on the phone- he received the wrath of Kristi. I was not happy.  He told me that he couldn't order the light as it was now a discontinued item. I told him that was unacceptable. I told him that the store that I originally bought them from had 10 left (I was on their website as I was bitching at him) and gave him their phone number to call them to have it shipped store to store. He obliged.  He didn't want to get screamed at again I think. 

So finally last Thursday that very nice gentleman called me back to let me know that it had arrived. And of course I was working all day Friday, Saturday and for the football game on Sunday.  Of course. 

Well after I got off of work on Sunday I headed straight there to pick it up. Again, that very nice gentleman that I spoke with on the phone came to the front desk with my light and apologized profusely about it not being ordered in the first place. I batted my eyelashes and played nice- telling him there were no worries and that I am just glad it all worked out in the end. He then asked me if I remembered who it was that I spoke with when I ordered it. Me (being me) gave him a very accurate description of the guy- a really short man who works out a little too much and has a little cross eyed thing going on. He choked back laugh and said "Ah yes. Jeremy." Yup- it was Jeremy. 

So back home I went, flipped off the circuit breaker- safety first- and headed upstairs with the light.  Since I had already put one of them together, it didn't take long to get this one up and installed.  It went from this:


To this:




Gorgeous, right? Such an improvement from the boobs. Shudder. Ew. 

While I had the ladder out I went back downstairs to the other light and fixed the shade so that the two squares matched out. Because yes- it has driven me crazy for weeks not being in line. 

So it went from this:



To this:


OMGSOMUCHBETTER!!  Yes- I know I'm ridiculous. Have you seen my closet? I have issues. 

So what do you think? Are you still sporting the boob lights in your house? And if so- what the fuck for? Dear god, take them down this instance. 

Oh and since I FINALLY have a free weekend after 3 weeks of band competitions I'm hoping to get a couple of projects done and be a little more consistent with posting. It's just working 18 hour days makes me a little cranky (ok a LOT) and I only want to curl up in my comfy bed when I finally am home. The house has been the last thing on my mind lately. 

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Getting Rid of the Boobs

Woah now.  Simmer down, boys.  This isn't that kind of blog.  The girls are still intact and as perky as ever.  Gravity hasn't taken full effect just yet.  Anyway, enough about my lady humps.  Sorry that you had to read any of that, Dad.

This post pertains to those awful boob lights that seem to be all the rave with the builders these days.


 
Ew.  There it is- in all it's shiny brassy glory.  There were 4 of them in the house when I moved in.  First thing I did was take them down and spray then oil rubbed bronze- to as least make them fractionally less hideous. The last remaining two in the house are at the top and bottom of the stairs.



I've searched all over for new lights to no avail.  Until I found The One in Lowe's about a month ago.  Unfortunately they only had one, not two in stock.  So I passed.  In the meantime, I found a cute lamp shade on clearance at Target that I picked up, thinking that I could make it into something for the top of the stairs where all of the pink is.  It was funky and cool and I tried.  I really did.  After cutting up two old lamps for pieces and picking up a light kit at Menards, I finally came to the conclusion that I was failing.  So I gave up.

I jumped onto Lowes.com and looked up semi-flushed mount lights and saw The One again.  This time marked down from $68 to $54.  Score.  I searched by zip code to see where I could find them and the closest store to me was about 25 miles away.  Of course none of the 6 stores near me had any.  Ugh.

So yesterday I headed out to pick them up and explore the great state of Indiana in the process.  I grabbed my two and used one of my birthday gift cards for one of them THANK YOU MAMACITA and headed back to the car.  I thought to myself as I was pulling out of the parking lot that I should have bought 3- you know- just in case something was wrong with one of them- but pushed that feeling aside as I cruised on down the road.  Well... hindsight and all.... it's a bitch.

I got home, turned off the power- safety first, bitches- and removed the boob light downstairs.




Easy peasy.  Then I got to putting together and installing the new light.


About half way through the install, with my arms above my head for roughly 15 minutes, staring at these screws that were supposed to be long enough-which clearly weren't- I realized I needed to head back to Lowe's to get longer screws.  Ugh.  Nothing like putting a wrench in the install.  So 20 minutes later I was back and the light was up.  Woot woot!




So pretty right?  Except there's one thing that's wicked annoying.  If you can see the difference from the box to the light, you know that it's driving my OCD crazy.  The top square and the shade square don't line up.  Whatever dimwit that made the shade didn't line up the holes of the shade to the attachment so that the squares were the same direction.  The shade is attached, therefore I can't just turn it until they meet up.  So at some point I will take it back down, drill new holes so that they even up and re-install it.  Because that is REALLY going to annoy the shit out of me.

Anyway- I headed upstairs to start on the 2nd light.  After numerous attempts to figure out which breaker this light fell under and running from the garage to the house and back again about 16 times, I finally figured it out.  It's the master bedroom switch- in case any of you care.  Why- I have no idea.  But it is.

I removed that boob light and started putting the new light together only to find out that the shade was crushed.  Bad.  Of course it was.  And then the little voice in my head said- "See, I told you we should have gotten that third light just in case."  UGH.  Stupid voice in my head. Well let me tell you, there was no effing way I was driving all the way back to that store to get a new light.

So this morning I headed over to the store 4 minutes from my house, returned the damaged light and had the store order me a new one to be delivered there.  It should arrive within 7-10 days.  So for now- the light that I use every night on my way upstairs to go to bed is just wires.  Oh well.  Good thing I know exactly how many stairs there are and steps from the top of the stairs until my bedroom light is.  What, you don't have your house memorized like that?  Again, I'm crazy.  I've grown to accept it.

But I love the new light!!  Can't wait until I get the replacement light to see how they look together.  What do you think?  Big improvement?  I'm definitely glad that I held out until I found something that I really liked. Rather than just buying something that I kind of liked just to get rid of the ugly boob lights.  That $5 can of spray paint was worth the 4 year wait.


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

DIY Artwork Gone Wrong

Wow- has it really been over a month since I've last posted?  Clearly, I haven't been busy at all.  Wink.  Ugh once football season starts, all hell breaks loose and when I finally have a day off I'm more prone to become a sloth on my couch who doesn't shower, brush her teeth or hair and definitely doesn't shave her legs.  I don't have time for anything with the letters d, i or y.  Never mind blogging about my lack of diy.  Slothness takes priority.

And now that I've gone and told you I haven't shaved my legs, I figure I better warn you that I just popped some Dayquil.  So it's very possible that by the time you get to the end of this post, I'll probably be drooling on myself.

So back to the art gone wrong.  Remember when I took some lyrics from a rap song and turned it into awful artwork and tried to pretend that I liked it?  Well.....umm......soooo..... I never liked it.  One bit.  Now don't get me wrong.  I'm ALL ABOUT the DIY.  But when it looks DIY I'm not all about it.  The canvas was super cheesy and not in a good way.  It's been hung in the upstairs living room for months now and every time I go up there I cringe.  I finally decided to do something about it last weekend.
I headed to Michaels to pick up some more craft paint and was very excited to see they were 4/$2- score!  I grabbed the 4 colors that I needed and headed home.  I immediately yanked the canvas off the wall and found my blue painters tape and got to work on my kitchen floor.


Just those 2 areas done and it's already such an improvement.  But by the time I was finished it now looks like this:



Had terrible lighting up there tonight since it's rainy and cloudy.  But the colors are the same as the other striped artwork up there behind the couch.


So they are kind of matchy matchy but not really.  I mean, anything is better than the gold, right?  Can I get an Amen?


Oh and you might notice that I changed out the lamps up here.  I originally had these:


They didn't go well up here.  I even tried to desperately give them away during my garage sale last year to no avail so they went back upstairs.  I've been looking for new lamps for quite some time now but didn't want to pay $50+ per lamp for a room that rarely gets used.  So I've held out.  Until the other day when I stopped into Target to pick up some band-aids and found myself in the lighting section.  I have no idea how that happened.  They had a bunch of their Threshold items on clearance and lo and behold I found these glass ombre lamps for $14.  They didn't come with a shade so I'm currently using the same shades that were on the above lamps.  But they fit the space better and have more color to them than the blah boring pewter ones.



They are a perfect match to the aqua in the room.  And did I mention they were $14 each?  Wait- can we talk about my purple glittery pumpkin for a minute?  How fabulous is that?  I've got matching black ones on my dining table for Halloween.  But we'll talk about those decorations tomorrow.

So anything that you guys have DIY'ed that you later absolutely hated and found a way to tweak it to better fit the space?  So glad I didn't just trash the canvas.  Because $2 worth of craft paint definitely made it look a hell of a lot better.  But if I've come out with a lesson in all of this- it's that I should let the rap lyrics stay on the radio.  I don't pull off gangsta very well.  It's funny cuz when the very white neighbor kid drives up my street with his car thumping and rattling to the beat of some Kanye song I always yell to him that this isn't that kind of neighborhood and he rolls his eyes at Mrs. Robinson me, I have come to realize that apparently my house isn't that kind of house.  Hip hop will stay on my iPod from now on.  I will however, find a way to bring in some Mumford & Sons or Snow Patrol lyrics eventually.  I bet my house could handle that a little better.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Nothing Subtle About This Color

Lately I've been seeing a lot of photos with either bookcases or closets with bold pops of color on the back.  And I've totally fallen in love with that idea.  I knew the exact place I wanted to do this- since I don't have any bookcases that would work to do it on.  My upstairs linen closet.


My goal in the next couple of months is to get rid of the wire shelves in my house.  Every.  Last.  One.  Of.  Them.   Last Friday I had the day off so I headed to the store to get supplies.  The flyer had 6 ft. white boards for $9.99 with a $9 rebate per board.  So basically I paid $.99 per board.  Score.  I picked up 6 of them on that trip.  And some pink paint.  Holla!

Monday, September 2, 2013

It's Raining Lights!

Hi All!!
Did you have a relaxing Labor Day weekend?  I was so lazy.  I'm not even going to lie.  Saturday I didn't get out of bed until 5pm.  Not.  Kidding.  I mean, I wasn't sleeping the entire time.  I woke up at 9:30am and started reading one of my new books.  It got good so I kept reading.  Before I knew it I was halfway through.  So why stop then?  Anywho- 8 hours later I finally made it downstairs to get some breakfast- I mean dinner.  Told you.  Lazy.

But I made up for it Sunday and today.  I went running and started two of the new 30 day workout challenges.  It's a new group that I joined.  They already did one of these last month so I'm doubling up and doing this months- Ab & Squat Challenge along with last months- Arms Challenge.  It's been fun so far- you know- all two days of it.  Then I added in to Sexy Dance workout on demand and let me tell you.  There's a whole lot of sexy going on in this house.  Thank god I keep my blinds closed.  I wouldn't be able to keep the neighbors away.

But I digress.  Back to more lights.  Another project on the list when my dad was here was to add additional lights into my master bathroom.  I kept telling him that I basically take a shower in the dark.  I'm sure he thought I was exaggerating.  Until he went up there and saw for himself.  I do not lie.  Here are some before shots.


Here is where you walk in from the bedroom.  While it is a master bathroom, I will say it's a TINY master bathroom.  I changed out the original light fixture a while back but it didn't help the other side of the room.  See, originally my shower stall was supposed to be a linen closet.  But I opted to separate the tub and shower- moving the shower into the space where the closet should have been.  Which was a great choice and I don't regret doing that.  However, you would have thought that they might have added a light into that upgrade cost.  Cuz this is how I take my showers.  In the dark.



Do you see where the light stops?  Basically no light gets past the front of the shower door.  It's kind of awful.

So my solution a while back was to purchase a new vent fan with a light- which I did over 6 months ago.  It was simple, cute and on sale.  Score!  Here it was on display in the store.


Well Miss Wendy and I were hanging out in the bathroom a few months ago like most normal people do and got to talking about my lighting situation.  I had thought about this but then Wendy brought it up as well.  See the placement of the existing vent fan?


It's kind of in line with the shower wall.  Which led us to believe that not a lot of light was going to make it into the shower stall.  Dang it.  So she suggested putting a pot light in the actual shower.  See, this is why I keep her around.  So I called up my electrician dad and asked him how difficult it would be.  He really should just stop answering the phone when I call.  Seriously.

Well he asked me a couple of questions about how I'd want it to turn on and my thoughts were to just have it link to the vent fan/light and he was like- oh that'll be suuuuuuuuper easy.  Or at least that's what I heard him say.  It would have been much more difficult if I said that I wanted them not to turn on together.  So by doing it this way he could just tap into the electrical that was already up there for the existing fan, connect the new vent fan with the light to the new pot light and VOILA!  Easy peasy right?

So while we were out shopping at Menard's we picked up a wet pot light (specific for places that are going to get wet- duh- or have moisture around them).  The LED pot light was normally over $59 if I'm remembering correctly and was on sale for $24.99.  So we went with that one.  And one of the days that I was at work my Daddy-O started working.

Aside from it being July/August and having to go up into my crawl space it seemed like a pretty straight forward and simple project.  I'll let him speak for himself though- after he gains back the 23 pounds that he sweated out up there.

So when I came home my aunt was so excited to tell me that he got it done- and we headed up to the bathroom to check it out.  Seriously, aside from the patio, this was the only other thing that I really REALLY wanted to get done while they were here.  I could have taken everything else off of the long list and been totally satisfied.  This was something that was a big issue for me. Be prepared to be wowed.  Seriously- this is exciting stuff people.

Let me remind you of the before again.


And here it is now.


Before:


After:


Huge difference right?  I mean, it's not like I WANT to see myself in the shower or the scum that had formed on the walls that I thought I was cleaning.  Ew.  I'll spare you those pictures.  But it is nice to be able to see that I actually am shaving the hair off my armpits. TMI?  Anyway, one more shot of the vent fan and light.


Oh and one more thing to tell- the new vent fan is one of those whisper fans.  Have you heard of them?  OMG.  Best thing ever.  OK maybe not "ever."  But the difference in the noise level is ridiculous.  You can't even hear it running.  Ah-mazing stuff here people.  It really is the simple things in life.

So what do you think?  Huge transformation for about $150 and 23 pounds.  :)  Love you Dad.  And now Mars can see me showering.  It really is that bright.  I believe my dad said, "There's no way you can bitch about the light in there now!"

K- my guests are going to arriving for a little cook out shortly.  So time to start the grill!!  Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Seeing The Light(s)

One of the other big projects, that I didn't think was going to be that big my bad, was adding additional lights in my workshop/garage.  There was a single light bulb towards the house door and lights on the garage door opener that were motion censored.  But other than that, there were no other lights.   Most of the time when I’m in the garage I’m either painting or staining and opening the garage door is a big no no when doing that because you don’t want stuff blowing into it and sticking to your freshly painted/stained furniture.  Oh and there’s nothing like mid-paint stroke the lights going off because it didn't sense you in there so you have to do a dance and jump around to get the lights to turn back on.  Yes- this happens.  A LOT.  Don’t mind the crazy girl getting high off paint fumes. 

I was chatting on the phone a few months ago with my Daddy-O, when I brought up this problem.  I had seen in the Menards flyer those long florescent bulb lights- yes, that’s the technical term- and wondered if I could get some of those installed in there.  So I asked.  And he said yes.  So that went onto the To Do List.  Booyah!

Also on that phone conversation I said how when he was here I wanted to build a work bench.  At that point all I had was a 2 X 2 piece of plywood that I balanced on plastic horses.  Any time I needed to use the miter saw, I put it on top of the plywood, hoping that I didn't knock it over mid- cut and slice my arm off.  Not kidding.  SO.NOT.SAFE. 

He starts asking me questions about the size of it, how long, how deep, how tall?  So I was like, whatever- about 4 feet to fit into the bump out and a couple of feet and probably counter top height.  He then wanted me to be a little more specific than that and I was all-  Come on, I’m on the couch with a bowl of ice cream watching Biggest Loser- leave me alone.  We can figure it out when you get here.  Just kidding, I got up off that comfy couch and measured for the damn thing.  Not quite sure why he NEEDED to know right then but I did it.  So he says- OK I’ll just build it here and put it together when we get out there.  WHAT????  SWEET!  And I was all like, So I just tell you what I want, snap my fingers and you’ll build it?  And he was all like, Simmer down.   

OK back to the garage lights.  So on one of the thousand sooooooooo not exaggerating trips to Menards, we picked up two 4 ft lights and one 2 ft light, the light bulbs, some pretty colored spools of wire, metal tracks, electrical outlets, boxes and plates, more wire and circuit breakers.  Don’t ask.  He said it would be easy. 

First thing was to cut the power, take off the single existing light bulb and measure where the new 4 ft lights were to go.   Then we put up the track and pushed the 3 wires through the track.




Then we installed the lights and connected them all together to the box from the single light bulb so when I turn on that light switch all of the lights come on together.  Sounds super easy right?  Yeah.  Only took us a few hours. 



See how bright is it in there now?  Ridiculous.  Then came time for the 2 ft light- which was going to be installed over my new work bench in the bump out.  This light we didn't want connected to the other lights.  But since there was no power on that side of the garage, we needed to put in a new power source.  And by "we" I totally mean "he" Hence the new circuit breaker and outlets.  So we cut into the drywall, fed the wire up through into the breaker box, connected it to the light, hung the light and BAM!  We have a new light! 



I also have 4 new outlets- cuz I only had the one in the entire garage before- near the house door.  So inconvenient.  Now I’m totally hooked up! 


It’s so bright in there that I can work all night long if I wanted to.  My neighbors might not appreciate it but WHATEVS!  I'VE GOT LIGHTS IN MY GARAGE BITCHES!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

So You Want To Do A Paver Patio???

While it’s technically not “done” done, I’m putting this one in the bag.  Who wants to hear about the worst project ever?  You all should send a big thank you for my father not disowning me while you are at it.  I honestly didn't think it’d be as bad as it was.  I mean, HGTV gets it done in a 30 minute show.  With commercials for crying out loud!!  Just kidding.  I’m not that stupid.    Anyway- let’s talk patio.  Some of you might have seen this photo already.  But this is what was delivered to my house Saturday morning.  At 8am.  My neighbors LOVED me.  Thank god they delivered!


 
First, let’s start with the basics.  I ordered 263 pavers that were 16 in X 16 in, 154 bags of gravel, 154 bags of sand, and 12 bags of polymeric sand- per the instructions on the virtual patio designer at Menards.  It was going to be roughly 500 additional square feet added on to my existing concrete patio.  Each paver was about 40 lbs, the bags of gravel about 45 lbs and the bags of sand about 40 lbs.  I also rented a bobcat for the day- which they actually left at my house for over 3 days- for a total of $350.  BEST MONEY SPENT IN MY LIFE!  The above patio supplies cost just under $1100 including a $59 delivery fee for everything- for those of you thinking about doing your own.  May I suggest that you shoot yourselves in the face instead? 

{before the chaos}

Monday, July 15, 2013

There Must Be Something About This Color

I've done it again.  I think I need more friends because it seems when I have down time, I paint things. If you haven't noticed, I paint a lot- therefore I apparently have no friends.  So painting is what I did yesterday.  At least this was something that was kind of necessary.  Since I went and screwed the piece up by doing another project way back when.

Let's start with this.  You remember my cute little pedestal table in my kitchen, right?  Don't mind the old photos.  There are no pumpkins currently on the table.  I'm not that crazy.



OK- while I was staining my new laundry room shelves however many months ago, I somehow got splatters of stain all over the top of this table.  Which, as you can see, is no where near the laundry room or the shelves that actually got the stain.  Apparently I'm super talented like that.

After I finally realized that the stain got on the table top, well after it was dried of course, I knew I needed to try to fix it.  I got out the extra trim paint and decided to try to cover it up.  But let me tell you- it looked like a hot mess.  So I decided to change it altogether.

Well yesterday as the sun was shining I decided to get 'er done.  First I started out by getting the orbital sander and scuffing the surface a bit.  Then I flipped her over and removed the legs that's what she said and got out the pretty alpine valley paint that is the color of the powder room and the garage entry door.  I'm kind of obsessed with it if you haven't figured it out by now.  After the first brush strokes, I knew it was going to be gorgeous.  Which was a good thing, since there was no turning back at that point.  Picture me being Jack singing Cher- "If I could turn back tiiiiiiiiiiime."  with a flick of my long black wig.  Just Jack!


All Cher aside, after a few coats had dried, this is what she looked like.


Ahhhhh so pretty.  I reattached the legs and flipped her right side up and got started on the top.


I still will need to put a clear protective coat on it and I'm also hoping to find a piece of glass for cheap that will protect it even more since I use this table a LOT and really don't want it going back to the hot mess.

Here's what she looks like now.



I've been searching for a while for new chairs as I'm not loving the ones that came with the table.  I'm thinking more like wicker chairs??  Maybe?  But I haven't found them yet.  Clearly.  So for now, I will be living with the white ones- which is fine, cuz this mama is not about to be painting 4 chairs.

But now that I've put this color on the table, it definitely brings out the other areas of the kitchen and living room that have the same or similar tone.  Like the mason jar lights and rug in the kitchen.  See what I'm talking about?


Or looking into the living room, with the baby blue vases on the leaning bookcase, the new tv stand, the blanket and the embroidery on the pillows.


Or in the powder room right next to the table.


Told you I was obsessed.  Opposite the powder room is the outside screened porch- with the aqua floor.  I'd show you a picture of that but it looks terrible, so........ You'll have to take my word for it.

Countdown has begun- 11 days!!!!  If you don't know what the countdown is for- come to my house next Sunday.  You don't want to miss out on all the fun I'm about to be having up in here.  Up in here.