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A Master Refresh in the Works

The time has come.  The time is now.

Have you ever had a room in your house that you are just confounded by?  It’s completely immobilizing.  You can’t decide what the heck to do and zero options seem right.  So what do you do?  If you’re me, you do nothing.  For a looooooong time.

Welcome to my master bathroom.

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This was right around when the dust settled over 10 years ago.  We didn’t even have lights yet!!  We removed the crazy wallpaper, smoothed out the walls and added the crown moulding.  At the time we were remodeling the kitchen, family room, living room, 3 bathrooms AND adding wood floors throughout – this bathroom was seriously the least of my worries.  Put a bandaid on it and call it a day.

Of course, that vanity drove me insane.  Back in the day (remember?!) light wood was considered evil and dark wood was the thang.  Ed and I were newly engaged and he was still courting me, so I was able to finagle him to help me sand this puppy.  I cut the middle out of the doors, stained the whole thing and voila, it looked like this.

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I had the brilliant idea to put glass into the doors.  Okay, not so brilliant.

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While climbing the cabinet (do your monkey children do this??), one of my boys shattered the glass.  Hey, it was bound to happen and it. was. time.

Here’s the thing though.  I don’t actually hate the bathroom.  Is it awesome?  No.  Am I transported to the 90’s?  Yes.  But is it the worst ever?  Not so much.

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The entire room is covered in marble, granted it’s not drool-worthy carrera, but  the work done was impeccable.  Those grout lines are a thing of beauty, let me tell you.  I don’t like this tub situation at all (it’s such a space hog!), but I dislike baths so it seems wasteful to tear out (dated) marble, to put in a new tub that I’ll never use.  And the tub is actually nice and in perfect condition.  The shower?  It’s absolutely fine.  Dated fixtures, that work amazing well – that hideous shower head is hard to hate on.  The water pressure is perfect.  And ‘cummon, let’s get real.  For me to do this bathroom the way I want to do it, would cost AT LEAST 25k, and that’s on the budget side, not moving any plumbing or walls.

I’m not a fan of going half-ass, so that ain’t going to happen.  It’s either all in or band-aid.  Band-aids are cheap, so let’s see how many years I can live happily with another one!!

What do you think?  Am I crazy!?!  Is this room at all salvageable?

The time has come…for something!

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Progress in Arrow’s Room

Thank you guys so much for being the coolest!  Last week I was nervous to tell you about my rut, but y’all made me feel so much better.  Support and some sweetness are totally just what I needed!  Thank you!!

Remember when I said that even in my funkiness I did some stuff?  Well, I painted Arrow’s room and started on general organizing.  Wanna see?

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You’ll think this is crazy, but I couldn’t find the original blue paint color that I used on the walls.  You’d think I would write this crap down or something.  So, I picked another blue that I liked and cut it by 50%.  It’s freaking the SAME color.  Kinda sick.

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Bye, bye koi fish.

Heeellllloooo Ikea rug.  You’re so big and stripy.  I just love you.

And tell me the crib isn’t a whole lot cuter!  I won’t believe you!!  Just a few cuts and pastes, and now it looks Scandi.  I have a few more plans, possibly involving olive colored fabric, and new bedding.  But, omg, it’s WAY better now.  High Five!

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And the wall is cleared and ready for some art!!  Them were a lotta holes to fill.  I’ve also got a few ideas about the dressers.  That’s next on the list in the room… well, that and a rug pad.  Sheesh, freaking thin rugs and their lumps.

Me:  Rug, you have your flaws.

Rug:  You can’t handle this goodness!!

Me:  I need to stop talking to my furniture.  They’re a bunch of dickheads.

Anyhoo…

Progress is happening.  I’ve got curtain fabric, an idea for a wall mural (another one?! ), bedding to buy and dressers to paint.  Stuff’s about to GO DOWN.  And that trim’s getting a coat of bright white.  It is pissing me off SO much.

Me:  Just kidding.  I wouldn’t put you through that again.

Stay tuned.

And hey, have you done anything on the Rut List??

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A Persian for Me

I’ve always loved Persian people, so it’s no wonder that I love their rugs too.

You throw in a Persian (rug, that is) and instantly your room is rich, textured, special.  It’s like inviting the “world’s most interesting man” to your dinner party – it just livens it up.  And you?  Well, you have just upped your decor status to world traveler with fabulous taste.

Needless to say, I’ve had Persian rug on my “Finds” bucket list for a very long time.  You know how some people have a travel bucket list?  I have a list of stuff I want to own and horde and stare at and not ever share with anyone else.  Don’t you?

The best news in this whole post?  Here’s the beauty that just got a cleaning in my garage

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I found her last (last) Sunday at the Pierce College Flea Market for $350 big ones.  You guys, this rug is massive.  And so beautiful.  It’s in perfect condition.  Like a totally and utterly squeal worthy find, which caused me so much anxiety….I only had $300 in my hot little fanny pack but I wanted the rug badly.  (I’m bringing Fanny Pack – Ya!)  Would she take $300?  Nope.  I left.  I WENT HOME.  I twisted my hands into knots for the next two hours, at which point I finally could NOT take it anymore and hurried my dumb ass back.  Clouds parted, yaddiyaddiyaddi, and the rug. was. still. there.  Like, that never happens!  She’s mine, all mine!!

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I’m planning to keep it safe from young boys and their non-stop spillage.  Don’t you think a Persian rug in a bedroom is just the best?!  I do too.

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The Nesting Game

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Houzz – Midcentury Eclectic

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Houzz – Contemporary Bedroom

So that’s what’s going on here.  I’m sure that once my new rug is in place, I’ll totally want a new bed.

I’m so predictable.

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A New Path with DIY Stepping Stones!

Hi there Friends!

Slowly progress on the side yard is happening.  In this hot weather, it’s been harder, since who wants to be cooking themselves in the sun?!

Baking… well, that’s another story.  I’ve been having fun “baking” my very own stepping stones, after failing at finding any round ones around my neighborhood home stores.  And, you know what?  It’s totally easy.  I LOVE this project and it’s got my mind spinning… What else can I do with a bag of Quikrete?

Plus it’s sooooo cheap!  A bag of concrete costs less than $3, and most of the supplies I found at the dollar store.  For all my stones (10 large and 26 small) I spent about $35 dollars!!

So, let’s dig in and I’ll tell you how I made these super cute ROUND stepping stones.

Supplies:

  • A bag of Quikrete
  • A Mold; in this case I used CAKE PANS!!
  • Cut up pieces of chicken wire.  I had left over hardware cloth, so I just used what I had lying around, and I’m sure you can dig up something in your garage that’s similar.
  • Vaseline or Petroleum Jelly
  • A bucket and mixing stick
  • A tarp was a nice to have, but not required

For the majority of these, I went down to the dollar store.  One small vaseline jar was enough for 20+ stones, and I was lucky to find a bucket, tarp and cake pans there, too!  They only had 9″ though (and I purchased 7 of them to make a bunch faster).  After making about 14 stones, I knew I needed some larger ones mixed in.  For that, I used these cake pans I found on Amazon.  They are super big, beautiful and still look great – even after using them!!

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In fact, the largest pan was so big, at 14″, I didn’t even use that one.

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Now this can get pretty technical – HA!  Not.  I scooped out some Quikrete into the bucket, and added water until I could mix it up into a thick batter.  I measured nada.  Slather your pans with vaseline and then pour in about half way up.  Next, add the chicken wire…

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Then fill it up with the rest of the concrete.

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Let it dry for a day.  You guys, listen to me here.  Make sure to take your new stones out of the mold the very next day.  I didn’t do this one freaking time and it took me forever to get it out of the pan, and actually, I broke two of them trying to get them out.  Learn from my mistakes.  Okie dokie?

What to do while they dry?  Well, prep the area of course!

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I had decided to use some decomposed granite to create a base and filler for my new stones.  You don’t have to do this, but it’s how I made mine.

Once your stones are dry, literally just turn over the pan and let ’em slither out.

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They will get stronger and stronger, so just let them chill for a few days or in my case, a week or so.

Then you can play around with your pattern…

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The big stepping stones were something I had in the back of the house… so I used a few of those and then filled in with my new stones, making sure that they were all on the same level and at the same height… easier said that done.

As you can tell, at this point I only had the 9″ stepping stones made… it just wasn’t enough.  Right??  Tweak, and tweak, that’s what we do.

Then I just filled in the space in between with more dg.  I wet it down really well, and then tapped it down.

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This path is done!!  And so tough.  I can push a wheel barrow through it, no problem.

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As you can see I’m still finishing up this whole side yard, but at least I can cross this little project off the list!!  YAY!!

This was where I started…#Progress

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Now what to do with that dirt next to it?  I’m taking a minute to pause… since I’m having a bit of an internal battle…Artificial grass?  More rock?  Succulents?  Mulch?  I have an issue with all of these options.  What say you?

Hopefully I’ve inspired some new bakers out there!!

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An Update to the Side Yard

Hi there friends!!

Here’s a quick update post about our little side yard.  It may not be all that exciting to some of you, then again, with all the lawn hating going on these days, you just might be very interested.

More lawn gone, you ask.  Yup.  Seems to be a trend around here.

Of course, here’s a part of my yard that I so BADLY wanted a lawn.  In fact, we tried everything to grow a strong, lush, green lawn and in the process, we spent lots and LOTS of money.  None of it held up very well since the soil is pretty much the worst ever.

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This second picture was one of those time where we kinda had a lawn.  This was right after we put in the ficus all around the fence to cover our neighbors ripped privacy screen, which drives me Gwen Stefani BANANAS.  That screen has died.  Let’s just bury the thing already.  Amiright?!

That little slope was also once the home of a huge pine tree that was knocked down in a crazy windstorm.  Needless to say, over the years there have been a few changes… some are working, some just ain’t.

The plan was easy.  Dig up the dirt about 3-4″.  Cover this with a steel mesh to deter any gophers.  Add in a retaining wall for the dirt and to make the hill look legit.  Add a drip system to the side greenery and hill.  And then grade the whole play area with decomposed granite.

Now, we have this.

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The frog?  A vintage find from an old park.  The plane?  From Costco – Where else?

Let’s break it down, shall we?

The retaining wall?  Each wood piece was $20 and we needed 14 = $280

The mesh I bought here and needed 5 rolls for a 700 sqft space, $66 x 5 = $330

The landscape edging, $20 for each piece x 6 = $120

Drip stuff (I can’t tell you every piece here) was $200

The big cost?  The DG was $25 a scoop and $50 for delivery.  I bought 12 scoops for $385

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And then of course, there’s the labor portion of the whole thing.

I didn’t lift one. single. finger.

Digging out, refilling, leveling the whole thing was $500.

Capping the old lines, and adding in the drip system $100

Putting in the retaining wall and edging $100

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All in all, it was a cool 2 grand.

With our goodies put back, it’s like our very own playground.

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I love it so very much.

It’s funny, the hub doesn’t really get too involved in my grand schemes, but when I told him I was thinking of doing this project he definitely eyed me suspiciously.  He didn’t say no, but he wasn’t enthused either.  Now that it’s done, he’s beyond thrilled.

It just looks so clean.  Weird word, I know.  But it does.  It’s intentional now.  This space makes sense.

We are thinking of adding a few more shade sails, flowers, and benches… you know, the fun stuff!  All in due time Watson!

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