This Is Not An Apartment

It has been a long time since I have blogged about anything.  Well this won’t even be a post about food!

Some of my faithful followers have asked for some updates on our new house.  Well it is coming together  slowly but surely.  The biggest change will be happening in about 3-4 weeks when Peachy gets a facelift and all new siding in “flagstone”.IMG_1903

Peach doesn’t really scream H+N, plus it is actually asbestos siding, which is a NOT a problem unless is breaks and becoming airborne (much different issues than with what we all know of asbestos insulation that gave everyone cancer in the 70s).  I can’t wait for her to come into this decade and get a bright red door!

Things inside the house are progressing slowly.  We are trying to conserve funds, but we also realize this is not an apartment.  Previously when we lived in apartments we kept everything pretty frugal.  Lots of hand me downs and working with what we had.  Now that we are trying to make our house a home, I am wrapping my head around installing things and using screws instead of command strips.

One of the main things I wanted to tackle was the “master bathroom”.

BEFORE:

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I laugh when people on house hunters walk into bathrooms bigger than my bedroom and feel they are not big enough because they do not have double sinks, a soaking tub AND a stand-up shower.  We are just happy there is a bathroom upstairs and it is not pink and black tile like our apartment bathroom was.

The bathroom was updated at some point – nothing fancy or high end but functional.  The only thing the bathroom did not have was storage (minus a very small medicine cabinet that can hold a toothbrush).  Oh and the seal between the shower door and basin leaked.  Yesterday I tackled storage and the leak.

Lots of tools were involved.

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Use drywall screws if you can’t get into a stud.

AFTER:

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I looked through many options at Ikea, World Market, and Target (my three go to places for things these days) and went with a series from Ikea.  The space is really small so I went with the lighter wood color and a higher floating shelf so that you don’t hit your head getting off the john.  The little towel covered storage cube has towels in it and might be dyed to one of the sea colors in the towels or bathmat.  I also hung two towel hooks in the wall so that towels did not need to be hung on the door or over the shower.  Gator helped out with all installation.IMG_1917

 

Looking out from inside the shower you can see our matching TP holder.  I had to remove the builder grade one to place in the storage cube so I picked up the new one for $0.99 at Ikea.  Now I just need some spackle to fill in the SIX hole they felt they needed to drill to install the old one.

I need some more storage items on the shelves for small items most often found in the lien closet that we don’t have like Advil.  Other than that I am just waiting for the caulk to dry and test out the shower.  It will be nice not to have to walk downstairs to shower.  A vast improvement if I do say so myself and all for about $60.

Our house is pretty small so any small space storage tips are totally welcome!

Until next time.


Rustic

Over the past few years I have been developing my style and discovering exactly what I like in design and lifestyle.  You might be able tell from my wedding and minimoon locations that I am going rustic and laidback.  By rustic I do not mean country.  There will be no chickens or sunflower boarders in my kitchen but they might be living in my yard Smile  This being said I have finally broken down and bought some things that will be forever pieces in my life and worth a little investment.

Loving right now

#1 My cowboy boots

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I have wanted a pair of these for about 5 years and I finally broke down and got myself some Ariats.  I’m not sure why they look like they are two different colors in this picture, but they are exactly the same and super soft and comfy.

#2 Blue glass Ball jars

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I actually found these in West Virginia for half the price I have seen them around Maryland so I grabbed two.  I love that no two blue glass Ball jars are the same.  I still don’t really have a place for them but in time I will.  They go nicely with my bottle collection from the wedding.

#3 New (old) red storage cabinet

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This is a refurb that I got at a local furniture consignment shop and I love the hard solid wood.  The red portion of the cabinet is done but because I want to use it in the kitchen I need to stain and seal the hardwood top.  I headed over to ACE (shop local!) and got small can of driftwood stain, poly, sandpaper, latex gloves, ventilation masks, and old t-shirt rags.

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This was my first time staining since I was a kid and I did not wear protective gear then…the mask isn’t the intense one that blocks everything out but a little is better than nothing!

I started by lightly sanding the entire wood top.

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The raw wood grains were really nice and we are going for the rustic look here so I didn’t want a stain that was too dark but would give it a little richness.

Once I wiped her down after sanding I did a coat on the bottom to make sure the color was good, and to perfect my “going with the grain” technique.IMG_1344

You can barely see the stain especially in this picture, but I like how it makes the character of the grain pop between the different pieces of wood.  I only did one coat tonight and I will check it tomorrow to see if I need another one or just apply the poly.  The poly is going to stink – I thought about getting a Eco kind but they do not sell it anywhere near me (which I found weird) and we shall see if I really get this bug before I go investing in some expensive stain/paint coating.  At least I still have my mask!  Maybe I should wear two tomorrow.


Weekend at Home

My weekend at home in pictures…

 

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Polo, beach and Kent.

There is no place like home.