Plans VS Actuality

We all make plans and more than once have they fallen short; happily changed or disastrously ruined. In the last 24 hours my plans got changed and I am having a hard time with it.

We have been working on A’s built ins for the last 2 weeks, everything going smoothly working in the house. The outside not so well. Our garage is very drafty and we have a heater for it, the fumes coming out of it actually make your eyes and lungs burn. Yuck! This makes more mess for me to clean up in the kitchen {where we have been doing most of the constructing} and making cuts in the garage an annoying job. We {hubby} finally had enough friday morning, we had to do something about keeping our garage warm without choking ourselves out. After we had the the top put together {but not attached} in the kitchen, the hubs decided to look for the manual. Low & behold he actually still had it and you could still read it. After sitting in the garage for almost 2 years that is a wow. Apparently unbeknownst to the hubby you are supposed to clean and replace filters on it. I would like to point out he is awesome about maintenance for things at work, not so great at home.  So at about 10am we head into town {about 45 minutes} to local Farm & Fleet {where he THOUGHT he bought it}. They didn’t have the filters there and no one he trusted to ask about fixing it. {I got an awesome Black & Decker Paint sprayer on clearance – SCORE! Can’t wait to try it.} We then headed over to Menard’s – another SCORE, apparently we must have bought it at Menard’s because they had the filters there! After we got back home {at 2:30ish}, while playing with his new toy…I mean tool {scroll saw}…he managed to get all the nasty diesel out of the heater. From now on I think it’s going to be expensive kerosine for us.

The other reason we went to town was I have been working on a project with my diy chalk paint and I am having issues with it. The stupid stain keeps bleeding thru the paint! I thought maybe a fancy foam roller would help instead of the brush, NOT! After consulting with people wiser than me {mom} and the internet, I need to put some shellac on it. Which I can’t get today because the truck doesn’t like me, the car key is broke, and the hubby has my Jeep. Blah!

While the hubby was working on the built ins I thought I would do some work on the kitchen window built in. Well I tried to get one piece up to cover the seems…it’s too narrow. It also looks like we will be taking shelf part apart {where lighting is} and pocket jigging it up and THEN putting the piece up to cover the seam. So I started to work on the apron that goes along the ceiling. Everything looked good until I realized that my ceiling is 3/4″ higher on one side. I think we have a solution, but won’t know until further dinkering.

This morning I actually managed to get one thing accomplished. I got one side of A’s built ins {the inside} spray painted…it looks adorable thank God!
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I used Rustoleum x2 in Sweet Pea.
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I just started thinking I might actually get some things done today and I start putting up the backing for her headband holder. Well let me tell you know matter what I do this thing curves! Well the hubby suggested screwing it to the wall…very logical. So I start by finding by stud, otherwise it’s pointless. Hubby’s idea is perfect…but only on one side. ARGH! Then I thought “hey, put the trim up and screw the trim on the bad side to the stud”…well I got the trim, which is actually chair rail we wouldn’t be using, and cut one side. I hate it, looks disgusting, it’s too wide and doesn’t go well with it at all. So this is what I am looking at right now…and no that 1″ x4” is not the trim! I used it to try and hold it flat against the wall.
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We did have one really awesome thing about this week, I found amazing antique french doors {with 95% of the original hardware – missing half a hinge} that we scored for $130!

It has some original glass…oooo the antique wave of it. We had originally planned to have a locking barn door for the future bathroom but the hubby decided he didn’t like it {after a year} and liked the idea of the frosting the glass on the french doors. I love that they match the antique cabinets we have sitting in the barn for the bathroom. We both love that we won’t have to shell out about $300 to make a barn door for the bathroom!

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Dual Purpose

Since A’s room is on the small side I’m making a dual purpose piece of furniture for her. When we put the new flooring down we moved her bed to the biggest interior wall conveniently {or not so conveniently} next to the heat vent. Well she has a problem of dropping things out of bed. My solution a bench…that works as a night stand. I took my design from Ana White’s Providence bench. I would have loved to add the boards going up at an angle but I needed it to be a more manageable size.

I was lucky enough to be able to make the whole thing out of scrap wood from previous projects! The top is a 2×12 remnant from my kitchen window cabinet {which is half finished on my wall} and the 2×4 pieces are from who knows what. First I stained the whole bench Kona then I stenciled a gorgeous pattern I found at Joann Fabrics onto the top. { The paint I used was latex wall paint and before varnishing I sprayed the pattern with an acrylic sealer just in case.}
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{You can see another board in the background, that is for another project in A’s room.}

This will be my first project using diy chalk paint. I taped off the top piece where I didn’t want any chalk paint, put petroleum jelly on a bunch of spots, and then painted.

{My recipe was 2 cups paint, 4 tbsp Plaster of Paris and 2 tbsp of water. Mix the water and plaster thoroughly then add paint.}

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First coat.
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Second coat. Thinking I need a third, hmmm.

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Sigh, yes it does…one more coat, so much better.
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This is what it looks like with the third coat of diy chalk paint. After it’s done drying I will go over and gently sand where I had put the petroleum jelly.
imageHere you can see where I distressed (sanded off) where I had applied the petroleum jelly. After the distressing I applied 4 coats of Minwax Fast Drying Polyurethane Satin in spray form. I am totally loving spray varnish, I love how it goes on without brush strokes…and yes I occasionally get brush strokes. {I know how to fix the brush strokes but the spray varnish is sooooo much easier!}

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Love the New Plumbing!

Last spring, we had a project that I absolutely love how it turned out. It was the plumbing pipe handrail {Stairs + Pipe = Rail}. That is by far my favorite of the remodel projects in the last year. In fact the stairs themselves are one of my favorite places…I just have to finish those darn steps!

Anyway we got to play with more pipe last fall  and I just finished it! Eek, that took longer than I thought. Oh well it’s done, functional and fabulous!

Wala, our new TV stand!
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It was something we had thought about doing before and nixed it. Honestly I do not think it would have looked as well on the east/wood stove wall. It is perfect with the faux creamy limestone behind it.

Supplies:
  • 8 – black cast floor flanges
  • 20 – 1/2″ T’s
  • 30 – 12″ nipples
  • 4-1/2″ couplers
  • 4 – 24″ nipples
  • 4- close nipples
  • 20 – 1/2″ pipe straps
  • 2″ x 12″ boards
  • 1 inch screws
  • 2+ inch screws

We first started by putting the pieces together to form 2 ladders…this was interesting since we had to screw vertical and horizontal pieces. Interesting but doable! Thank God for my hubby, at that point I thought it was a loss. {Hahaha you can see we started this in the summer my hubby is wearing shorts!}

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We screwed the floor flanges into the floor and the ceiling.  After getting both sides up we placed our 2″ x 12″ boards on onto our “ladders” to make sure things sat right. It was perfect! {You can see in the picture below that all shelves are 12 inches apart with the exception of one and that is where 24 inch pipe is connected to a coupler and then into the close nipple and into the T}.

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I wanted my boards to look OLD, so I used my trusty diy stain. I love it, it makes it look old and I don’t get fume headaches. I ended up doing two coats and then topped it off with Minwax Paste Finishing Wax.

IMG_20140823_090400512Which brings me back to present day where I finally attached the 1/2″ pipe straps. We are putting these on mostly so that kids or dogs don’t knock things off. Pipe is a cylinder and wood is flat, when it was just the boards they moved around very easily.

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The bottom shelf was warped {sigh that way when we got it} so I had to clamp it to the pipe and then screw the straps to the 2″ x 12″s. I love, love, love our Irwin Quick-Grip clamps!!! They have been a life saver {muscle saver too} on multiple projects.

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I just totally love my new pipe shelf!

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I cannot wait to get the stone and staining finished on this wall and if anyone has ideas for keeping electrical contained let me know! I also have plans for the multitude of DVD’s we own, but that is a future project.

A Little Trimming!

Well after getting the fabulous floor finished {Natural Birch} we had to trim the room. We started with adding trim to the windows, and do to the hubby’s failure to measure correctly {he rarely does anymore} we have 95% of the window trim up. My baby girl has 5 windows in her little bedroom, 5…I love windows and her views are amazing.

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It’s very simple but it works with the old farmhouse feel I am going for. They will be stained dark then varnished. I know it’s somewhat backwards; technically its stain, put on wall, then varnish but oh well.

We had another little problem on my part and so we did not have enough 1×6 inch boards for baseboard. {Forget 1×6’s for finish framing her closet door.}  Then we had a “do we do the built in’s now or later” problem. We decided now, then I would not be messing up window trim on the west wall later. Even though technically we could have waited to do them after the addition. I think it’s smart to do them now, it should add value to the house. We sketched them up this evening and tomorrow we go get the supplies. Apparently the next room to be finished it A’s. So excited for my baby girl, her room is going to be fabulous!!!

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I Heart You

It’s just less than a month until Valentine’s Day but decorating with hearts can last all year round especially if it’s your favorite holiday.
My latest {finished} project is a cute distressed and stenciled jewelry/hair accessory holder!

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After ripping a 1×8 standard board I screwed the pieces together to make a square. Then I drew my shape, had hubby cut it with the jigsaw, and then I stained it in Kona.

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After some light sanding to distress I stenciled then varnished it.
I grabbed this cute, sparkly ribbon at the store and made loops for the hair accessories. They are spaced out 1 1/4″ and the length of ribbon is 4 1/4″, I attached by using construction staples.

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I love how it looks on the wall loaded with girly things!!!

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Community

A group of people who live in the same area (such as a city, town, or neighborhood) or a group of people who have the same interests, religion, race, etc.

This is basically a rant post from a Facebook conversation I partook of this morning. I made one comment about a tax hike in a town where I normally shop from and now I feel like I got jumped on. First off my community does not have a grocery, the closest one is 20 minutes and is a nice little grocery store but if you have food allergies your our of luck. I then drive out of my community to a town I am familiar with that HAS a much nicer selection of food options for my family. Well this morning someone asked when a tax hike was going to take effect. My thought was great, money is already tight and now I get to shell out more money for items. So I made one little comment about shopping in another town that is closer and will have the similar tax rate. Well I then got told that I have been shopping in the wrong community for the last 8 years. My community consists of farmers and rural families. The closest town only has bars. What am I supposed to do go totally self sufficient??? Grow my own food {which I try}, raise cattle {which I can’t, too much metal in my soil}, and grow barley flour??? Obviously I would love to be able to do all those things but we do not live in a perfect world! Well I have just been given the go ahead to shop small elsewhere.

I was involved in the group originally because it was supposed to include the town {as well as several other towns in the area} that our mail is delivered through. That should make it my community, correct? According to the definition above, yes! I also loved that they were try to make the area I shopped in 95% of time better. Group of people with the same interest? Bingo!  I wonder if it doesn’t help that I don’t PAY to be apart of them? I’m sorry I’m a home based business that lives almost 45 minutes out there area where they hold all there events. Then I would have to find a storefront that 1) has room, 2) is welcoming, and 3) actually fits into my customer base.

I guess I have some serious thinking to do about whether or not I want be involved in some alien community!

Natural Birch

That’s what A’s new floor is…and it’s gorgeous. It took us about a day to get it installed {not including 2 days of prep work; Knock on Wood & Subfloor √} Yes it looks gorgeous but the best thing is her room is actually warm!!! And retaining heat, YAHOO!

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{As you can tell we take time to play with our middle puppy.} Towards the end of the project I succumbed to the kids nasty cold they have and it made bending over a pleasure. Getting A’s room warm and finishing the floor so she can get back in her room was so worth it though! I have big plans for A’s room and she is loving going through pinterest and designing her bedroom. I am going slow in creating it though, I want her “forever room” to be perfect!

Subfloor √

Day 3 of A’s warm up and her room is so much warmer than before!
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We had to add support for the floor in one spot.
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First layer done!
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Second layer done!
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We actually got all the felt paper done! Tomorrow we start laying the floor, woot woot!

Knock On Wood

Woot woot! It’s decent in A’s room!! Our progress yesterday…
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{Note the hubby isn’t wearing his brand new knee pads.}
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At first we were trying to save the plywood. Then we changed our minds.
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After we got all the sub floor removed, I used 4mil plastic as a barrier {as well as wind blocker}. Sorry no picture my hands were numb.
Then we started putting in the insulation.
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And added some support to weak boards.

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I am so excited to tell you that we don’t even have the subfloor down and it is warm in her room! I want to add that it is -4° with real feel of -15°.