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Wallpaper Art

10 Jun

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This wall art is the last piece to the bathroom renovation puzzle. The print is the vintage wallpaper that was originally in the bathroom. During demolition, we were able to salvage a few large pieces off of the drywall. The plan all along was to frame it and hang the print on the wall of the newly completed bathroom.

I sized up the area that I wanted to show in the frame, once I had that, we checked out frames. Lucky for us, we found an in stock size! Custom framing is expensive and we wanted to keep this relatively cheap. I found that the 24×36 size was a good fit and it was only $30 on sale! At home, I found the center of the print and measured 12″ to each side and marked it. Once marked, I used a straight edge and then cut the excess off. I repeated for the length. Lastly, I used double sided tape and smoothed out the wallpaper to the frame backing so I had no wrinkles. I can’t wait to see it hung in the bathroom!

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The print itself is beautiful, but the fact that the colors are all in a grey/sepia tone makes it worth saving! There have been lots of ugly wallpapers being torn out of old houses, mine included, but this one is one of the most interesting I’ve seen in a LONG time.

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My mother-in-law said that her mom was actually going to let the kids “color” the ladies in! I’m so glad she didn’t, I can only imagine what that would look like. Yikes!

Pretty Powder Room

3 Apr

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With the first bathroom almost complete, we are starting to get the plans for the second bathroom on the move. Luckily, all this little space needs is a minor facelift. The flooring, countertop, sink, faucet, medicine cabinet and toilet have been replaced. The plan here is to paint the cabinets, clean up the cabinet handles and hinges, add a light fixture and paint the walls.

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This picture is the inspiration for the updated bathroom.

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So here are the selections…the green is for the cabinets and the light peach color is the wall paint. I am anxious to see how it all turns out. We were lucky to stumble upon this daisy fabric that has all the colors of the painting in it!

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Under two yards of fabric and we got two new curtains! I love how the sun shines through mid-day, reminds me of stained glass.

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I’ll post an update once it’s painted! So excited!

Curtain Call

2 Apr

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So here are the curtains I made this weekend for the bathroom! Since they are more of a solid color, I added an embroidery detail near the hem. When the sunlight comes through the window you can really see it!

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I am really happy with how they came out. I made two curtains for this bathroom and used less than two yards of fabric. This pair of curtains cost less than $10 and they match the bathroom tile perfectly.

Renovation Realities

1 Apr

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So progress has been made! Here is what the bathroom looks like now! You can see the plan here, and the material selection here. While the cabinets, sink and painting still need to be completed..the shower works! A working shower is kind of a deal breaker for me. A makeshift shower was in use prior to our arrival and well, I wasn’t to keen on trying that out. I’m a little spoiled, what can I say?

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I’m thrilled with the way its turned out so far and can’t wait until the bathroom is finished!

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The tile work is completed and the cabinets come in next week! On Friday, we went shopping for curtain fabric. I will be making curtains for both bathrooms while I’m here and I’m excited to get my sewing machine fired up.

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I just love the new shower fixtures! The large rain shower-head is awesome and so relaxing! There was seriously two water temperature settings prior to the renovation, scalding and cold. Now that we have this new thermostatic shower mixer, we can preset the temperature we want and then turn on the water. I recommend a thermostatic mixer, especially with kids because you will never have to worry that they turn the water on too hot. Another convenience, a built in shower niche for shampoo and soap.

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So this is the fabric for the curtains and the paint selected. Making progress…choosing is always the easy part. Back to work!

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Bathroom Update

26 Mar
The Plan

The Plan

So the renovation is well underway and should be done for our Spring Break visit next week! I can’t wait to see it and take some progress photos! Here are some sneak peaks of what we selected:

Brizo Wallmount Faucet in Bronze

Brizo Wallmount Faucet in Bronze

We are installing a vessel sink so we had two options for a faucet, a tall single handle faucet installed in the countertop or this wall mount style faucet. Of course the wall mounted style is the way to go… I love the look of this faucet paired with the tile we fell in love with.

Glass Tile

Isn’t this glass tile awesome? I love the combination of colors and it sets a calm and relaxing mood for the bathroom.

Tile below the glass border

Tile below the glass border

We liked the subtle green tone to this seagrass natural stone tile. This tile will be below the glass border.

Tile for above the border, in the shower

Tile for above the border, in the shower

This lighter tile will be above the glass border and in the shower only. The wall above the border in the shower is going to be painted, not sure of the color yet.

Moss Cabinet Color

While we haven’t settled on a wall color, the cabinet color has been for a while. This green painted cabinet will have a light brown glaze. I can’t wait to see the finished cabinets!

Home Grown

25 Mar
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Two Weeks Ago…

So two weeks ago we decided to plant our own vegetables. Last Spring/Summer we dabbled a little with tomatoes and we planted a raspberry bush. Growing your own tomatoes is so rewarding! you can’t get tomatoes that great at the local grocer and you pay a small fortune at the farmers markets. There was no question that we would be planting more tomatoes when it warmed up! As for the raspberry bush’s progress…they are a labor of love since it takes like two years before it actually gives fruit. It better be worth it!

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Two Weeks Ago…

This past winter we grew beets. It was more “just for fun” than serious because we grew them from seeds. We planted these thinking they wouldn’t actually grow, but they did! They didn’t grow as large as we would have liked, we may have pulled them too early. Our small, home-grown beets made a great borscht! We still have a few more that we are just about to pull…I’ll be sure to post an update. We let this round “bake” in the ground for a lot longer, fingers crossed!

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Two Days Ago…

Our newest crop will hopefully include, cucumbers, cantaloupe, watermelons, baby carrots, squash, Mr. Stripey heirloom tomatoes and Brussels sprouts. We bought the sprouts and tomatoes as a small started plant, the others are from seeds. So far, we have cucumber sprouts, carrot sprouts, cantaloupe sprouts and squash sprouts. Those little sprouts are just peeking though and I’m looking forward to seeing the progress.

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Two Days Ago…

Our tomato plant and Brussels sprouts have doubled in size already! I’m so happy!

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I spy a tomato flower hiding behind the beet greens

Since we are getting so serious about our home garden, we had no choice but to compost. Our other gardening friends say it’s the best way to get awesome fruits and veggies. We have been going back and forth on the composting for the past two years. Since we have dogs, we knew whatever we did, it needed to be closed. We set out to get this little jem from the local garden center, it’s big enough to compost in and small enough to hide near our garden shed.

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Our composter

At composting tips? Who else home grows veggies?

Flower Power

22 Mar

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I am thrilled that its warm enough outside for me to enjoy our flowers again! I love that we have such a wide variety of flowering plants! I’m so grateful that they are still around and I haven’t killed them yet. Maybe I have a greenish thumb after all! Enjoy the flowers!

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Here are some more…

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This little gem show up every year now, we figured them for dead two Springs ago.

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These remind me of Dr. Seuss’ truffula trees.

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I never thought these would stick around…they were so weak looking after we planted them. Now, they are 5 times the size and growing strong!

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My favorite color! I honestly don’t even remember buying and planting these! We have gone though quite a few flowers before finding out what will grow in our clay-like soil.

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How fun are these “Joey Paws”?

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These yellow buds are from one of our drought tolerant plants…we have more than a few of these because I don’t always remember to water.

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