We bought this house about 6 years ago
as a major fixer upper.
That is to say
it was more of a disaster
then we even originally suspected.
Things I never want to speak of again.
Things we laugh over at parties.
Like the 1/2 a Xerox machine the previous
owner buried next to the driveway
so he didn't have to pay to get rid of it.
...Or the pipes that got eaten away
because he didn't service the
water treatment equipment.
...Or the tub drain - that separated from the tub
when it was full of kids and water.
I still don't have walls in my laundry room.
The kids never took baths again
and have a fear of seventies bathroom fixtures.
Well time has come to fix some of those
cosmetic issues since the underlying issues
have been corrected.
Remember the boiler blew a few months ago?
Well the garage basically needs
an entire overhaul
as it was never poured correctly.
Since the basement was gutted
we decided to just bite the bullet
and fix the entire mess.
Floor was severly damaged and laid
smack on the dirt so it's
broken up waiting to be hauled away.
Five hours of sawing and jackhammering
accompanied by dogs barking was awesome.
Now to have it hauled away
Of course the house looks like
a cocaine factory after a bust.
And these two are fit to be tied.
We've already lived through one house being renovated.
This is the first time for the girls.
I think their first comment was,
So as soon as this garage work is done -
it's on to the basement-
Anyone else out there renovating this year?
Hope your having a great Friday wherever you are.
What started out as a pretty average weekend
changed drastically when my husband
went out for coffee early Sunday
to find 3" of water sloshing about in our basement.
( This - once again - is Nan's interpretation of events.)
Did not plan on gutting the basement this weekend!
However much it sucks we are all safe and
nothing burnt down so I really can't complain.
The main disappointment is for the kids
as their hangout was down there
along with a storage room and
furnace room that got flooded out.
On the upside my husband was talking smack
about making the storage room into
a HEATED craft room for me.
Spoil me rotten.
Although I don't want to be in the basement
for a number of reasons,
the man made a good presentation.
French doors, new large window,
large room 15 x 15?,
private entrance, sound proofing
( which I am now thinking only works
in favor of the seriel killer)
What's a girl to do?
It sounds like a great idea other then
the loud children next door in the playroom
and seriel killers hiding in the back woods
peeking in my window at night.....
I am undecided but heat would be a bonus
as my current upstairs room is unusable in the winter.
Craftroom...or Seriel Killers Paradise?
I stayed up to watch the premiere of
Kevin Bacons new show
It was NOT conducive to a lone,
heated, sound proofed room in the dark,
Silly I know but... *shivers*
...and don't go in the closet!
I love those big fancy Inspiration Boards you see everywhere...unfortunately this is all I had to work with. I have 3 old bulletin boards that were in my kids rooms and worse for wear.
I fantasized having 4 for awhile and butting them up against each other but decided to redo 2 because it wouldn't cost me anything.
I had a small amount of Waverly fabric I had gotten the ends of which I was saving for a pillow - the bulletin boards needed it more.
1. Spray painted frames
2. Ironed and starched fabric
3. Mixed 50/50 glue and water and applied to front of board and back of fabric - it takes awhile to absorb so let sit for 3-5 minutes ( start with fabric first it should be ready by the time you have done the board)
4. Lay fabric over board and line up pattern cover front side with glue - an old credit card works well to "squeegee" the bubbles out.
5. Let dry over night.
6. Trim off excess fabric I used a razor blade - I didn't want to do this before because I was afraid the fabric would stretch or shrink this worked out well.
6. Enjoy your new bulletin board!
Happy Monday - What's your plans for the week?
I see Peeps in my future.....
Here we are four days into the New Year ......... how fast did that happen? The change of years always gives me the push to do a bit of redecorating. I think once the Christmas things are put away I feel the need to refresh things. I saw a fantastic set of pictures at Homegoods and really wanted to buy them but then thought of all the stuff I have hanging around the house and figured I could make something myself.
I went through my box of frames in the attic, pulled out some ephemera books and an old library book and got to work.
I did a similar set of pictures above my bed. I was happy to leaves these frames dark to match the living and dining room. I wanted a wall full of "themed" pictures like you see in the magazines. I ripped pages out of the book and copied butterflies on my computer printer. I was originally going to save myself a few steps and just copy the butterflies onto the book pages - this proved harder to get lined up etc. so I just cut and pasted.
I mixed and matched square and rectangular frames for variety.
I am happy after 4 1/2 years here I finally have some art hanging in the hallway. Instead of spending any money I used somethings I already had. The larger frames I had bought on clearance at Homegoods for 2.50! The smaller ones had been on clearance at Target for 1.25 for 3!!! They've been sitting in my "to do" box in the attic forever. So for the original cost of about $25.00 I got a wall full of pictures instead of just one.
I'm pretty happy with the way it came out - and the kids are fascinated with these things.
I hope your are feeling renewed and refreshed yourself!
Happy Tuesday - Patty : )
The last two weeks - actually most of the summer - has been crazy trying to keep 4 boys happy, redecorate, prepare for a party, paint half the house and keep up with the laundry. I am proud of the amount of work my husband and I have accomplished ( and he's off for the next week and a half ) around the house...but we're not done yet. I thought I'd give you a sneak peek !
The nice thing about painting is removing all the stuff from the walls and seeing the room as a blank slate. I took all the accessories out and tried to rethink where everything went. I am happy that even though we have a new color scheme most of the colors and accessories from the old decor do work. I am most happy to add back my old friend blue ! My husband was sick of it as we had a lot of it in our old house but I tweaked the shade and used it as an accent and he loves it !
It still has a bit of Country French with a bit more of cottage feel to it. It is also much less formal which fits us to a * T *. Most of all I love the way the table and chairs came out. At about 3.50 a can for Rustoleum 2X that's only $ 1.75 per chair ( at one can per 2 chairs ) to change the whole look of my dining set. The table took a whole can but at $3.50 who cares ? This stuff is decorating dynamite in a can.
I am still on the hunt for fabric or drapes ( cheap !) and denim sofa covers. The bonus is we didn't even anticipate sprucing up the kitchen and hall but since I bought a whole gallon of paint that was too light why waste it ??? It even went with the base color !
So how could paint change your view ?
I'm off to take a dip in the pool !
Happy Monday : ) !!!
When I first noticed blogs I noticed how pretty or sumptuous the posts were. Gorgeous pictures, fancy places and thought to aspire to the same. Of course for me real life steps in....and apparently so does the laundry. I was in such a rush to get a picture that I left the laundry in ! Oh well that's reality for you.
I was all set to relax and catch up a little this weekend until this guy whispered the words this girl loves to hear, " Do you want to paint ?"........Be still my heart ! Mr Bus - who HATES to paint - offered to help me paint ! Does it get any better then that ??? Last time I shimmied up dangerous ladders and hung in unusual positions to paint this room by myself. This time I had help ! God I love a man with a roller !
This is how Mr. Bus paints. He's is all prepared like a boy scout - furniture in the middle of the room, drop clothes and fancy equipment ( like a pole and ladder ). The walls are all prepped and ready to go.
This is how I paint. No drop clothes ( pftttttt for sissy's ), no ladder, standing on the coffee table with the closet open ! I run back and forth to the spackle bucket if I need to plug a hole. I think I did pretty good ! I ended up using my " mistake " gallon for the hallway and kitchen.
I put my old curtains up to keep it from looking too empty. I haven't found a new fabric yet. I love this but it's crazy expensive so I have to find something similar.
Happy Monday !!!
Happy Birthday to my 3 July babies !!!
I wasn't blogging when we remodeled our first room in this house. You might remember the debacle that started this remodel from this post . This bathroom was plain hideous. The toilet, tub and sinks were blue. The vanity underneath the sinks was a neon shade of cobalt and the tiles were a dazzling array of faux clouds - large and small. As if that wasn't enough the previous owner had sand painted OVER the popcorn ceiling to make it extra fantastic ! The tiles fell off the wall in the tub the first time I attempted to clean it ( about 30 minutes after we moved in). It only lasted a month or two until the drain detached from the tub one fateful night...the FULL tub.....ahem.
My husband by trade is a carpenter so we ripped out the old and put up bead board, fancy new tile, a medicine cabinet he made and a custom vanity made by a friend. I wish I could find the before because you wouldn't believe it's the same room ! Right now it's probably my favorite room in the house as it's the only one totally redone. Oh and it's my favorite shade of BLUE !
So every time I walk around and see half the house ripped apart I come in here and take a deep breath. Ironically you can see in the first picture there is no trim around the door because we haven't redone the hallway ...yet !
What's your favorite room in the house ?
Happy Thursday !