See - Soccer Star

Friday, July 25, 2014


See - That Sweet Face

Friday, July 25, 2014



Create - DIY Art for the Boys' Room

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

 The walls in Harrison's (and baby's) room have been seriously lacking for the YEAR we have been in this house.  I did a small gallery wall at one point, and there are some book ledges, but one of the walls has been totally blank and lifeless.  I was recently perusing the overpriced art at Land of Nod and saw this "First Down Framed Art". I'm sorry, but $200 for 2 16"x16" pieces of art? Not happening in this house.  I liked the idea of the football field though, so I decided to whip up my own. I happened to have 2 16"x20" flat canvases (not the kind with the wood frame behind, but the kind that are about 2mm thick) laying around so I sat down one day and painted them.  




I purposely did it to look a little rugged/sloppy and I think they turned out pretty decent.  I wanted to frame them a la Young House Love - so I grabbed some 1x2s from Home Depot, and followed John's tutorial. I decided to miter my corners since I like making things harder on myself - but it all came together today and I definitely like the added color and warmth they bring to his room.  





I have just a few more random ideas for their room and then we should be DONE... and then I'm sure I'll want to change things again. :)

See - An Evening at the Beach

Monday, July 7, 2014

Harrison had yet to really experience the beach, so we spent an evening up there today and it was so fun.  We took him when he was like 8 months and he did not seem to like it - but it was a bit chilly. Tonight, he loved dipping his toes in the water and grabbing handfuls of sand. And he also loved making Dad chase after the frisbee and ball that he was throwing in the water. We had such a fun peaceful evening there and it was mostly deserted since it had rained all day - perfect night. :) 
I can't wait to spend as much time at the beach as we can this summer!















See - Swimming with Dad

Saturday, July 5, 2014


I guess we're people of habit - we spent the 4th (and 5th) with the Graham side and got to swim in Matt & Erin's pool. 


Just like last year

Bathroom Renovation - Shower Surround Retile

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

We recently renovated our shower surround in our very dated bathroom. We love our home so much, but the thing that's always bugged me was how bad the bathroom looked.  From what we could tell, it had never really been updated and when we moved in, it had green plastic tiles on all the walls, and they were moldy and falling off.  They had never been properly adhered to the wall, nor had they had adequate protection against the bathroom moisture.  When we purchased the home, the wall with the window had been covered with a tile look-alike, but it was just particle board that obviously couldn't withstand the regular water hitting it - it had gotten dark wet moldy spots all along the edges.  This particle board had just been haphazardly glued over the existing tile, probably only to help them sell the house and cover up the wreck that was the bathroom.  



We've been in this house for almost a year and I've wanted to tear all this out since before we closed.  I finally said we need to do this now, since I knew it'd be nearly impossible once baby boy is born.  An open weekend was approaching and I jumped at the chance!


The window had original wood moldings that were soft and corroded from the water as well - those had to go.  


It also had an original 3 handled faucet that we hoped we could just fix the leaks on, but it soon became clear that we should just update it while the walls were open. 


As you can see above - the walls are this concrete/plaster mixture with steel chicken wire on top of compressed wood boards - about 1.5 inches thick that we had to match with cement board when we rebuilt. 




This picture is mostly for Jesse ^^, he asked me when we were planning this, if we were only doing this for aesthetic reasons... NOPE! It really was a bad and gross and hazardous situation in there. 



Day One - Tear down the walls! 



I tried my best to clean up every day so the rest of the bathroom was usable and not too annoying to be in. It was worth it - we didn't get too much debris or dust in the rest of the house. 


I am extremely proud of myself for this - we hoped to fix the leaks in the old faucet, but ended up deciding to just update to a one handled fixture while we had everything open.  We didn't want to spend extra money on a plumber and BIL Mike couldn't come out to help.  I talked to 2 guys at home depot who walked me through the whole thing using shark bites, to avoid having to solder anything.  It was surprisingly simple and straightforward and saved us ~$200 in plumber fees! 



Dry fitting some cement board - this stuff is a PAIN in the butt to cut, and it's heavy. We had some help from my little sister which was really nice. This part took a few days because of our wonky walls, and the fact that we had to build it up 1 - 1.5 inches to match the existing walls. It felt nice to finally be improving the room instead of destroying.  



Starting to tile! This was a lot easier and simpler than I worried about, and thankfully it went pretty quickly.  Luckily we had Jesse at home most of this week so I could spend all day in the bathroom working.  


Done with tiling! Some parts are less than perfect and a bit wonky, but it is such a HUGE improvement, I don't care. 


Grouted! This made such a big difference in it finally starting to feel like a completed bathroom. And grouting is surprisingly messy and frustrating.  I felt like everything was covered in a layer of sand - gross.  We ended up feeding the hose through the window to help clean up. 



Done and installing the fixtures! We just had to wait 48 hours to seal the grout before we could finally shower! It was a LONG week and a half without a bathroom. 


Lest you think we don't still have a long way to go - we need to patch and sand and paint the other walls, take down the residue from an ugly wallpaper border, update the light fixture, add some shelving, art, etc. There is still much to do! 



Before & After!


We are SOOOOO glad to be done with this part of our bathroom remodel.  It was so long and hard and time consuming. It took a week and a half and I did 95% of the work by myself (at 6 months pregnant!).  Oh, and Harrison had his first stomach bug during everything, which included puking and pooping all over the house. We were giving him baths in the kitchen sink like 10 times a day for 6 days.  This whole thing was very frustrating but so WORTH IT. I am proud of what we accomplished and how far the bathroom has come! It felt good to push myself physically and to know that I can do hard things! :)

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