Category: House Stuff

The Pictures

The pictures. I won’t lie and tell you that they were soooo much fun to do. They weren’t. They were a TOTAL pain the in ass because they were my first actual project, which meant I had to learn several things not known to the average person (or at least not to me).

Awww, what a happy baby.

The very top picture is the one they sent for free.


For instance, that yeah…a 1X12? Isn’t a 1X12. It’s a 0.75X11.25. But I didn’t know that. *I* ASSumed that measurements were measurements, so when I grabbed a 1X12 and told them to cut it in sections of 12″ length, I didn’t HAVE perfect squares; I had obvious rectangles. I originally got the idea from this very popular pin on Pinterest. She calls for shelving board, which I either couldn’t find or something. I finally gave up and bought this exact piece and, since it measured 11 7/8″, I had it cut to 11 7/8″. FYI: Lowe’s will cut your wood for you. And while they say that they are “supposed to charge”, I was only charged once there, out of the several times I had them cut wood. I was never charged at Home Depot, even though they are also supposed to charge. And FYI, each individual store has their own pricing; with Home Depot, the one near work charged $0.50/cut, whereas the one near home charged $0.25. Neither actually charged me, but that’s what their pricing was. I also bought black matte spray paint.

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The Living Room

Hubbin bought this house before we met, so this was “decorated” bachelor style.  This house has awesome potential, but was going nowhere fast.  I have spent much of the last 5 years begging him to let me paint the trim.  No dice.  Not at any point in time.  He outwardly refused.  Here’s a picture of the living room in 2008:

I begged and pleaded, but he was determined that we wouldn’t paint the trim.  I sighed loudly while looking through pictures and magazines, longing for the day I lived in a home that didn’t have offensive trim.  He wouldn’t budge.  I gave up, focusing on the idea that one day, dark trim would be back in.  And I waited.  And waited.

And then I found Pinterest.  More importantly, however, I found this postIt’s beautiful, isn’t it?  It forced me to launch yet another desperate campaign to change Hubbin’s mind.  One day, I found the magic words:

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The Bathroom: Details

20130530-214341.jpgOk, so you may have read this post (if you didn’t, go do it. I’ll wait.). So one of my biggest annoyances when I find an idea that I love is the complete lack of details. I took me weeks to pick this color blue. It was incredibly frustrating, so I vowed when I started this that there would be absolutely no detail that wasn’t shared.

 The Storage

The bathroom has NO storage, so we needed to be really creative. One of my favorite parts of the room is the towel storage above the door. The two larger shelves are melamine board from Lowe’s. And if you weren’t already aware, they’ll cut wood for you for free, which is great if you are not particularly handy. The smaller one is also a melamine board and just happened to be the exact right length (score one for the good guys). Hubbin got the brackets from Home Depot on one of the fifty trips I sent him on when I decided to stupidly redo the living room and bathroom at the same time. (In my defense, 3 trips were because we bought the wrong size blinds because he can’t measure a window even though he worked at Pella the tape measure was “wrong”). I digress…

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The Bathroom

Now mind you, while yes, I am a lazy mom, I also discovered Pinterest.  And Pinterest is making me a better (and more tired, if we’re being honest) mother/wife/woman.  Mind you that I don’t have this easily upgradable house.  We have a 40’s Cape, and there is one bathroom.

Let me talk to you about having one bathroom when you’re married.  There is no room for romance when you have one bathroom.  Why?  At some point, one of you will have the stomach flu when the other one is taking a hot, steamy shower.   And there is nothing romantic about that.

Making matters worse, it’s the size of a coffin.  At the largest point, it is as wide as the bathtub.  Seriously.  There isn’t room in there for a person and a sneeze.  It’s the worst bathroom ever!  A few years ago, we “redid” the bathroom.  And I tell you, I must have had a seizure or something when I picked out the colors.  I don’t know what on earth I was thinking.  They are AWFUL.

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