Sunday, February 27, 2011

A Little Side Project

I tackled a little "side" project this weekend--something totally unrelated to the bathroom.

Since I've been working with the black paint on the vanity and because my brush and roller were already loaded with black, I decided to dive into this project!



I took the door down leading into the garage.



The weather stripping on the bottom of the door was SHOT! It was breaking off and not a very effective weather-tight seal.

Also....



This was the condition of the weather strip on the side of the door--literally in shreds. It's been this way for years. The man that owned this house before us had cats, and they clawed the weather stripping around the door. If you were standing inside with this door closed at night you could see light peeping in around the door if the garage light was on. Where there's light around a door, there's energy loss! For sure. This was a long overdue project to tackle!

Replacing the weather stripping was a little overwhelming. I've looked at it before at Lowes, and there's a million different types of weather proofing for doors/windows. "How do I know what to buy??" I asked myself.

The weather strips around the door required a crowbar and hammer to remove. The strips have to be pried out of grooves that are around the door specifically for weather proofing (imagine that!) It wasn't hard at all once I got it started. The weather strip at the bottom of the door just had to be unscrewed. I went to Lowes and just bought the exact same stuff.

The strips around the door just snap right back into the grooves, and you can cut the strips to size with scissors! Easy. The strip on the bottom of the door was a lot more tricky. One thing I've learned is to keep the old piece for reference. It's important to know which edge of the strip goes on the inside and which goes on the outside of the door. The edges are different. The directions on the strip said to "place the drip fin on the outside of the door," but it didn't indicated which edge was the drip fin! Genius!

And it would save lots of time to keep the old strip and use it to mark where your screw holes should be on the new strip. I didn't do this, and it took me a long time to measure where all the holes went. And then, of course, I was off a tad on some of my measurements so I had to redo some things. UGGGGGGHHH!

Good news is that I'll know what to to and what not to do next time. In fact, the weather stripping needs to be replaced around our back door out to the deck. It should be a breeze!

Anyway, so the door went from this....




to this....




I like it! It's like the door put on a little black dress and got all fancy! This little corner of the garage looks complete and finished now! I'll also be putting some vinyl lettering on the door that says "Welcome."


Here's the disappointing part. When I removed the painters tape from around the door this morning, this happened...




Crud! Now what?? It's like being all dressed up and feeling good only to realize you have toilet paper stuck to the bottom of your shoe!

Sincerely,

Leigh

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Bathroom Reno: Day 12




Olivia has been such a big helper through this whole bathroom project!

I can see her being the next Amy Wynn!




By looking at the bathroom you would think there hasn't been much progress. Not a lot has changed in the big scheme of things. Just a lot of prep, sanding, digging out old, cracked caulk and 2nd coats of paint.

I finished all the sanding! I think I've dug out all the old caulk. Let me just say that stuff is the Devil! The tip of my index finger has suffered permanent never damage from pressing down so hard on the razor blade. My finger has been numb for days. I swear I've dug out miles and miles of caulk.

I got a second coat of black on the vanity and doors. I'm thrilled to say that a 2nd coat is all it will need. After the 1st coat I was sure it would need 3 total. I'm glad I was wrong!

And my patience paid off on the glass knobs. Yeah for Hobby Lobby! They had all their decorative knobs 50% off this week! SCORE!!






Today, I painted the bathroom door (the one I took off the hinges by myself!) Mama shared a little trick with me--a real time saver when it comes to painting doors! Just put 2 nails in both the bottom and top of the door, and let the nails rest on your sawhorses. This allows you to paint the front and back of the door all at once instead of waiting for the paint to completely dry on the front before flipping the door over to paint the other side! Great trick!




And here's another one for ya! Use a plastic bag as a paint tray liner! Cause it's FREE!!


What's that?? Yes??...HGTV!? Why yes, I'm available to host your next new show!! When do I start??

Sincerely,

Leigh

Monday, February 21, 2011

Adios!


Hurray! Hurray!!
What a beautiful day!
I'm singin' this song
'cause the boat is gone!

Sincerely,

Leigh

Friday, February 18, 2011

Bath Reno: Day 7

The bathroom has taken over my life.

I made myself take a break this morning. Olivia and I went to Chick-fil-A for breakfast and Olivia played on the playground. Fun was had by all!

So, this afternoon, I painted.



It was such a beautiful day today I moved my "workshop" outside!







It still needs another coat.


Yesterday, I sanded. A lot. All the molding. All the bead board. It's dust city here, folks! And I took the door off the hinges. That's something I've never done before, and it was soooo, soooo easy! I removed all the hardware and threw everything in the dishwasher! Everything you see above went in the dishwasher to be cleaned--hinges, doorknobs, towel racks, switch plate covers. I really didn't want to wash all that by hand. And it had to be washed after years of dust/hairspray/gunk build-up on it! The dishwasher technique worked like a charm!

We'll see what tomorrow brings!

Sincerely,

Leigh

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Bathroom Reno: Day 5

Lots of progress in the bathroom!

It hasn't even been a week, and I'm already soooo over all the dust!

Good news is that things are moving along. Kevin got all the old back splash tiles down this weekend and got the holes in the sheet rock patched.



Yesterday, I got the doors and drawer fronts off the vanity and got everything cleaned and sanded.





Olivia did a little redecorating of her own yesterday...







Stinker!

Today, I primed!




The vanity already looks more substantial in the room. I can't wait to see it black! I'm on the hunt now for clear, glass knobs to go on it! They are ridiculously expensive. I found some at Hobby Lobby that I like--around 5-bucks a knob. Crrrrazy! They'll be half-off at some point--just gotta be patient. $20 for knobs sounds a whole lot better than $40!

Oh, and here's what Bailey left for me...




Yack!

As if I don't have enough to do.

Sincerely,

Leigh

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day


I'm just noticing all the crumbs on the "cheesy toast." Not real attractive!
But this is real life, people!







Olivia sends hugs and kisses to everyone!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Bathroom Reno: Day 1

We've talked about sprucing-up our master bath for some time now.

So far, this is where we are...





We're taking down the old back splash that was around the vanity, tub and shower. We haven't picked out new tile yet.



Why do things have to get worse before they can get better??




This is the old tile. Not really pretty.


I'll be painting our vanity black and we'll change out the counter top and sinks and faucets. We're using a butcher block counter top! I love butcher block! These are some pictures that I'm using as inspiration...


(Notice the cloche!!)





I'd like to tile up the wall behind our mirrors like in this picture, but we'll have to see how things progress (i.e. if there's enough $$$ in the budget!)

I've ordered the sinks and faucets, and they were delivered earlier this week! Here's a peek of the sinks! Is it wrong to be in love with a sink??


--(I heart u!)--

We'll also be painting the walls and adding crown molding. I may do something with molding in the tub area, too. Something like this...







I can't wait until it's all done! Then it will be on to the bedroom!

Sincerely,

Leigh

This to That: Clock to Cloche

Here's one of my junk/treasure finds.



I got this shiny, brassy clock for $3.99 at SA in Woodruff last weekend. I'm sure you've seen this done before--turning one of these clocks into a cloche. And that's just what I did.

So I turned this...





into that...




It was pretty easy. All it involved was a tiny screwdriver to unscrew a couple of screws and take the clock apart. After that, I rubbed the brassy base with steel wool to ruff-up the shiny surface and spray painted it with some spray paint that we acquired when we bought this house. The paint is actually for painting trim on a car! It's a grayish-black color which works well with the handles and pulls on the hutch! I bought the green moss covered balls at the Dollar Tree for a total of $3.00!




These cloches are pretty popular right now and can cost a pretty penny! So I'm really happy with my $7.00 investment!

Here's my next little project to tackle...




It's a wooden cake stand that I got for $2.00! I loved it when I saw it.



I'm thinking I'll spray paint it white then distress it a bit so I don't loose that detail around the edge. It already has the perfect home in the hutch. I'll probable put a place setting of china on it!








Peek-a-boo! Olivia is still lovin' Santa in February!!


Sincerely,

Leigh

Monday, February 7, 2011

A Great Find!

I just love a bargain, and this one is too good not to share! I'm so happy about it! Nothing like some good ol' retail therapy to heal the soul!

I've been looking at new dining room furniture. Kev's parents gave us their set several years back when they bought themselves new furniture. We have been very grateful to have it over the years, but it's time to get something of our own.

I've been looking on craigslist for a dining room set. In fact, I'm kinda addicted to craigslist right now. I want new furniture, but I really get sick at the thought of spending thousands to get it. Plus, I don't mind the "hunt" for a bargain--in fact, I really like it!

So on Saturday, I was breezing through Greenville on the way to meet Mama, so I stopped at Home Goods, and I found this china hutch. I saw the price tag had $700 on it, so I just walked right on by. It was a pretty hutch, but I wasn't interested in paying $700 for it. But on my way to check out, I stopped and looked at the hutch one more time and noticed there was a second price tag with $300 on it!! Score! Now we're in business! The endorphins started firing in my body, and I was on a "bargain high!" Plus, I got a Home Goods credit card and saved an extra 10%!



Hutch = $270 = MIN E!!

Kevin found the hutch and the matching table and chairs online, and the hutch retails for $1300.00! WHUUUUUTT?!?

I couldn't be happier with it! There's plenty of storage for all our china with room to spare (even room for the china pieces that have been stored in our master closet!) Here's some pictures.