A Painted Tile Floor!!

Well hello there!

It’s Memorial Day weekend and the sales are poppin’! I have been perusing alllll the sites but being so good. Like, even I’m impressed with myself. Wait, I did buy a few suits from Target, like this one and this one and, oh ya, I have this sitting in my cart. But you guys, those are things I need. Like my sister is getting married and gf needs a new suit – I’m needy af.

Anyhoo, the big news around here is that I was finally able to paint the floor!! Wahoooo!! Progress feels so good, because I’m literally dying inside to put up the wallpaper. But home improvement is worst than following the rules of dating… there are so many steps and you MUST go in order or else disaster. Walls first, then ceiling, check, check, now floor and next is adding the moulding and painting said moulding…I’m not quite there yet, but aaalllmmmooosssttt!

Painting the floor has been the easiest step so far. And man, it does look really good. I’m VERY hopeful that the stain will hold up to 4 boys and lots of guests.

I purchased a pint of this (Not sure if it’s really a pint, but I like saying pint and feel like I don’t say pint enough in my daily life)-

I also grabbed the white color and started playing around with some extra tiles I had in the garage. For the samples I used a foam brush which really deposits a lot of stain on the tile. I worried that it wouldn’t dry well, but it totally did!! You could pour it on and it would dry hard – might take a century though. I contemplated a pattern, but nah, it just seemed too much.

I mixed them together… and when it dried, it dried totally flat and shiny as if it were lacquered.

Even though I was intrigued by the lighter colors, I just didn’t think they went very well with the wallpaper. I was VERY drawn to the darkest option, so when the hub agreed, I started painting immediately! White would have worked too, but too safe, right?!

I used fluffy 4″ rollers from the dollar store and rolled that stain on.

First coat, then second coat… The picture above is after 3 coats.

I allowed a day of dry time in-between coats and dang, this stuff smells!! Like if you want your kids to get superpowers then let them near it – it’s rough for a few days. I tried to keep the door closed with the fan on as much as my energy saving heart could stand.

But yeah, it smells.

That being said, the stain feels like it’s become one with the tile. I’ve walked on it and pushed the vanity on it (I’m a daredevil, I know) and so far, nothing. But we’ll see… I have my guard up in this love affair.

Before and After

Not too shabby for a $10 dollar fix!

I’m so happy and LOVE it!

Next up moulding and painting the door. Wish me luck!!

Mother’s Day… We need this.

Hi there friends!

Big week ahead, right?! It’s getting hot up in here, so I need to get the patio ready for relaxing. And this year, we’ll be hosting a Mother’s Day Linner… that’s a late lunch/early dinner. So perfect. I’m very excited.

Just a few nights ago, we were watching Superstore. Have y’all seen it? It’s freaking hilarious – even my boys think it’s funny and will point at our local Walmart thinking that Glenn works there. Annnnyyywwwaaayyy, in the episode one of the characters says, “Are you guys celebrating Mother’s Day? ‘Cause if your mom is anything like mine, then she needs this.” HELL YES, WE NEED THIS!

But now that I’m a mother and I’ve been through a few MD’s, I can honestly say that mom’s don’t need or want an extravagant gift or over the top planning. It’s about a little extra love… Look Mom, we got you your favorite coffee. Look Mom, we didn’t use your bathroom for the whole day or pee on your toilet seat or leave it up. Look Mom, we love you and appreciate you, even when you ask us to do the craziest things like brush our teeth or change our underwear.

Feed your mom something delicious, acknowledge that you need her in your life, perhaps surprise her with a small gift and you are GOOD!! Better than good, you will be the favorite you always knew you were.

So here are some things I would love… and what my 4 boys might be trying to tell me by picking them (since boys don’t show much emotion unless it involves baseball or farts).

1,3,10 – For you to wear to cheer me on every weekend and 4 nights a week.

2 – So that we may mark you, like a dog marks their territory.

4,10,12 – Because sometimes you look kinda ok and we’re not totally embarrassed by you.

6 – We are tired of hearing that your feet hurt.

7,15,16 – Refer to the above as to why you have no time to visit the spa, and we think you’d like to, but it’s never going to happen. So here’s some stuff so that again, you don’t embarrass us, and that we can secretly smell and open when you’re not looking.

5 – My dad says girls like twinkle lights, and this is a project he can do without my mom’s help.

8,11 – Because you like weird things, but one looks like a crazy doctor butt tool, so we like that.

13,14 – Can we say this? Mom, you look tired. You should take a nap…when you have time after washing our laundry and making us 8 snacks.

17 – Because you’re nicer after coffee and we’ve broken oh, so many mugs.

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY, MOM’S!! Who runs the world?? We do. Obviously. We do it all, in heels, wearing sunscreen, rolling in those dope minivans. We’re awesome.

Keep it up. And hang in there.

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Out of hiding and a Bathroom Update

Hi!

You guys, I have been hiding from you. In the messiness that is my life, I’ve been struggling to find the time to accomplish anything in the bathroom. I’ve had 20-30 minutes here and there, but man, it’s been rough!! I know you feel me, ’cause, Life. I’ve gotten sucked into so many little things, fun things, great things, but they’ve taken me away from actually getting anything done.

So here we are.

After a bunch of weeks, I finally have patched and primed the walls.

Here’s with the primer… so much prettier. Ahhhh…..

You maybe wondering what in the world took so long, and the truth is that I was battling some opinions on what to do about the residue left on the upper half of the walls from the wallpaper. Day 1, I said that I had to find a way to clean it off. But… then a contractor (my stepdad) said that I could just prime over it. It’s like the sane part of me KNEW he was wrong, but the lazy part wondered if perhaps he was on to something.

Well, we started skimming the bottom and the stuff would just not stick at the seams where the wallpaper used to be. It just kept pulling in the most horrific of ways.

Enter sanding. More sanding. Tears… Curse words… the whole onslaught of almost epic PMS proportions. WHY DIDN’T I JUST LISTEN TO MYSELF?!?! Anyway, I ended up spending two days with a spray bottle of vinegar/water and soapy water to get it clean with lots of rags. That stuff is super sticky so you have to keep switching out your rag. After a few scrubs with the soapy water and an abrasive sponge, grab that towel and finish with the vinegar. Worked like a charm!!

Lots of words. Blah, blah, blah. I know my friends!! I’ve been trying to read some of the One Room Challenge stuff, and I’m like Show Me the Pictures!!! Sometimes home improvement is so boring.

Did I mention there was a shizzzzzzz load of sanding. Snnnooorrrreeee.

So, wanna help me with something?

Okay, I’m not sure if you remember but I bought these fabulous Maison Arlus sconces. I got them from French Art Deco Dealer, on ebay, and they have some seriously beautiful antiques. I’m smitten with these; They are so beautiful!!

And you know I got a great deal on them… or so I thought!! HA! I opened them around November, loved them and stored them away so the kids wouldn’t mess with them. So when I started questioning the placement of the lights, I naturally pulled them out. That’s when I noticed that they didn’t have any mounting hardware.

WTF?

There is literally NO way to hang them in their present condition. I figured there was a solution, but I wasn’t loving my prospects… I could make a wooden base? Or something that could be covered in wallpaper? Perhaps I could find a sconce somewhere with a useable matching base?

Then it happened. After looking on Grand Brass 3 previous times, they got something new in stock.

I took the leap and hoped it would match well, and I think it looks pretty darn good. Not perfect mind you, but darn close!

So here’s my quandary… shall I put the light together as you see it above? Or should I take the rectangular part off the sconce so that the curved part comes directly out of the square? It will take a bit of deconstructing, but I think I can do it… and I’ll have to find fittings to secure it all together.

What do you think?? Square wasn’t my first choice, but will it still work?

Here’s a similar Arlus sconce and I just love the petit base of the light!

I’m so sad that I have to use a larger attachment…A small rectangle would have been my first choice or a rounded shape. Oy vey. Maybe you have an idea??