Sunday, December 10, 2017

House updates



This living room with attached dining room is one of my favorite rooms in the house. The small doors above, lead to the kitchen. When we do the kitchen, we will open that wall.

These rooms are pretty good size, so it's awesome for gathering people, but because they are bigger, they looked pretty plain. I don't mind the lighter color, but it wasn't my style. We decided to go bold and dark since there is great light in this room.

 Here is the dining room portion. You can see the color I picked on the wall. It is Benjamin Moore Peppercorn. I was nervous for sure. It was so dark.

 I decided to go for it. I could always repaint. . .

The kids get to "help."

It took me a good week to like it. I debated hourly about changing it. I'm so glad I stuck with it. We decided to add some wood for dramatic effect.

I did the wood while my husband was working. It's pretty easy and a great quick project. It's also fairly inexpensive. I believe the dining room area was under $150 for the wood.

After I painted, I loved the room. My husband wanted to do the same thing to the living room. I didn't because I thought for sure it would be too much dark. I wanted to do it mostly soft white. He won and I am so glad he did.

Not a good picture, sorry, but I painted around the fireplace where we knew we would add built-ins. That's the old tile as well.

 We bought 2 billy bookcases from IKEA for about 60 bucks a piece. We also added an extra shelf to each top and bought doors. All in all, I think it cost us under $250 for the built ins.

I also purchased curtains from IKEA. My sister had stenciled hers, so I copied her and I love the result!

 We used a saw and cut the ends of the fireplace so that the bookshelves could sit flush against it. Next, we had to re-tile the fireplace before we could put the bookcases in place.

Travis used a hammer drill to remove the tile, which worked great. It didn't take too long either. A few hours and it was off. He'd like to note that while he used the hammer drill, it was his "manly man strength" that removed it. 

My 10 year old and I tiled the fireplace. Its not perfect, but then again, nothing we do is, so I'm cool with it. 

 Next came the wood to make our built-ins look like built-ins. For Travis birthday, I popped up the wood while he was out donating blood. Yes, he is a keeper. We kept it simple and just did a simple and easy design on the flat portion and then added small flat pieces of wood to the side and fronts of each shelf. Trav had the awful part of doing the crown. I had the not as awful, but not awesome part of caulking and painting the wood.

Tile turned out good, I wish I had done a groute that was a hair darker.
Here is the painted and finished fireplace. I spray painted our bronze fireplace cover and it turned out great. Sorry another bad pic. :(

Here is the big reveal and just in time for Christmas. 
Eventually we will add some more furniture, when we have saved up for it, but I have to say this is now my favorite room in the house. I absolutely love how it turned out! I don't have exact figures, but I know we were under $1000.00 on this room. Not too bad. 

Merry Christmas and Happy Decorating.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Utah Real Estate

I have recently been hearing a lot about Disney's device, "Circle." My sister was raving about it the other day and then I just read an article, that my friend wrote, talking about how much he loves it among some other Smart Devices.

Here's what Brett posted on his site about Circle:
This is something that has become more important to me now that I have kids. With all the nasty stuff that is out there on the web it’s nice to have a little bit of control of what your kids can and can’t access. Circle allows your family to manage all of your home’s connected items with one simple smart home device. With Circle, parents can now filter content and limit screen time as well as set a bedtime for every device in the home. Circle can even pause the Internet and share what kids are up to online.

  • Set Time Limits: Create daily time limits on apps and popular sites like Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube.
  • Discover Insights: See where your kids are spending most of their time online by app and category.
  • Filter Content: You can set filter levels by age (Pre-K, Kid, Teen, and Adult) for each person in your home.
Technology has changed so much even in the last few years. The ability to monitor and control the internet usage of our children will become more and more important as access to content gets easier and easier.  

I feel the same way. It's so frustrating that we have to worry about the internet so much with kids, but not doing anything isn't an option so we'll be getting "Circle". You can read the rest of his article by clicking on the link.

Top 10 smart home devices you need to try!

Brett also has an awesome site he just set up and I am thrilled because I love love love looking at houses for sale!  

He's broken up the homes into cities. Super user friendly. There are many gorgeous homes right now since the market in Utah is crazy!   Have a look. Maybe you will find your next home and start your own DIY projects, like me. Or maybe you are smarter than me, and you will just purchase something that someone else already did the work on. 

Happy Hunting.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Bathroom remodel


The original builders of this house, decided to make the downstairs their home for their master bedroom. We are in the process of turning that area into a family room. This was their master bathroom. The other part of their master bathroom was outside of the door pictured below. There is an adjoining room that housed a very long vanity (about 8 feet) and then another wall. Behind that wall, was their master closet.

 Because we didn't need a 8 foot vanity nor want the master or master bath downstairs, we decided to turn the vanity area and adjacent master closet into a small bedroom for our oldest. We are in the process of doing that now. The bathroom we refinished and put a smaller vanity in as well.


Yep. That is carpet. Yep. That carpet is dark pink. Yep. I bet that carpet is full of poop, pee and throw up.  Needless to say, we did not use that bathroom until we had removed the carpet. That was a happy day for me.

Although I am a huge fan of bathtubs, we did not need a huge circular whirlpool tub in yellow. It had to go.

Below were a couple of towel racks and a space perfect to put a new vanity since we were getting rid of the monstrosity of a vanity just outside the bathroom door.

Yes, the walls are also pink. It's fine, everyone was doing it back then so it made it OK.

After we got the tub out, we set to work, taking out the step, which gave us an extra 1.5 feet for a vanity.
Much to my displeasure, Travis decided to do the plumbing. Much to my delight, it did not flood.
Thanks to Youtube, he is now a plumber.  We found this Kohler tub at NPS in Salt Lake for $200.00 originally $1400.00 Great find. Thank you NPS.

Travis spent quite a bit of time doing the plumbing and putting up backer board. So grateful I didn't have to do that part. We decided to tile behind the toilet because there are 4 boys in my family plus one girl that doesn't aim any better. . . so yah.

The floors went in first. Trav did an awesome job on those. My job was mostly clean up.

They turned out great and way better than pink carpet.  Come on, 1986 admit it, you love it.

Next went the tile on the walls. I got to choose and went with Carrerra marble that we found for a decent price.

On the top of the marble, we decided to do sheets of herringbone pattern.

Travis also carried the pattern around the tub, which I loved. 

Tiling stinks. That's all.

My fingers were cut to shreds by the time we were done. My advice? Go with cheaper tile and hire it out!

This project took us about 2 months to tile. Not fun, but I am thrilled with how it turned out. It is a little excessive for a basement bathroom and by a little, I mean a lot, but we love it.

 We got the vanity top from the DownEast scratch and dent for $60.00 and the vanity is Home Depot.
 One bathroom done, three to go, or maybe we just live in this one and never do the others, that's fine too.

I know what you are thinking: "See, we can do that!"

Here is my response: Yes, yes, you can and it will probably look better than ours does, close up. Also, you could probably climb Everest. . . but you'll probably freeze to death on the side of the mountain just before falling into a crevasse. So there's that.

Hire it out and also, stay home and just watch the movie Everest.

Happy Decorating,

Sunday, June 11, 2017


It's taking me a bit to post about our entryway. I've been waiting until we finished this fun old dresser that was given to us.  My husband, just finished the top of the table which he made from scratch so we're done!  Yay!


   My husband isn't a huge fan of shiplap or people that don't drive well. Anyway, he kindly let me do the shiplap in the entryway. He doesn't let me drive with him in the car.
Don't be fooled, I drive just fine.

Home Depot, tongue and groove shiplap. Great to work with, until you have to do over door frames, that is a bit tricky. 

Making sure it's level. I usually just do this when Travis is in the room and then say a few words like, "OK looks flush, centered, level" etc. etc. Then when he leaves, I hurry and toss up another piece and pretend like it was the old one. I am the speed, he is the perfection. . .where projects are concerned. He's pretty close in other ways too.

See the white socks with the white loafers? Told you he is perfection. Cutting wood in the winter though? He's awesome.

Other wall.

My ADHD usually kicks in and I start painting mid project and then just wait to help on other walls when needed. Since Trav's a perfectionist and I am not, I am rarely needed. Works out nicely.

Hammering in the top board. 

Not bad. The wall looks OK too.  Now, we needed to paint the doors inside because the white walls needed a contrast. Side bonus, that baby LOVES his dad way more than his mom. I am not complaining. :) 

We chose Benjamin Moore "Graphite."  I always want to type BM and then the paint color we used, on my blog posts to save time, but I am not sure if you guys are high brow enough to understand what BM stands for. From here on out, I will give you the benefit of the doubt. 

                                                                      Both doors done.

The 70s called and they want their tile back. I will happily re-gift it. The problem is, tile is pricey and it's not in the budget. The wood on the walls was roughly $200.
I saw on Pinterest that a girl had painted her tile with chalk paint. (The girl who painted her tile.) Her's looks amazing!  I decided I had nothing to lose. I bough $14 worth of chalk paint in Graphite. Then I painted the grout lines first, like she did.

Then I painted it all in and put 3 or 4 coats of Polyurethane over it. 

It was a hair dark for me and looked fake, so I needed to spruce it up. I bought a stencil online from Royal Design. It was a sheet of "Bees". I didn't want to use the whole sheet, so I picked about 12 tiles and stenciled a single bee on those, in Ralph Lauren Metallic Gold.

LOVE ! each of my kids got to paint one bee. They love finding their bee.

                                 It was just the pop the floor needed and a heck of a lot cheaper than tile.

The entryway needed some form of a table. My brother-in-laws grandma had given him an awesome bright orange dresser that he couldn't find a place for. My sister suggested I go bright green on it. I was skeptical, but Travis liked the idea, so I thought I would try it.

Let's be honest, this dresser would have fit right in with my 70s tile. . . no offenses Grandma. R.I.P.

I bought Emerald, I believe Behr makes it. (There are a lot of great Emeralds out there) and I let my 5-year-old paint it with me. If you don't let your kids paint with you, don't sweat it. You aren't a bad parent, you are a clean parent. . .something I know nothing about.

I was very skeptical at this point and did not love it, but Travis wisely told me to just give it time while he made a top for it.

He got a long board, cut it and glued it together and sanded it. Then we stained (Jacobean) and added the polyurethane. 

The top turned out amazing!
So glad I didn't repaint!!!! I love it! I love the pop of color too!


 Project entry way. . . DONE!  Well, except for the banisters. Next time.

Coming soon -Downstairs bathroom. (we're super close).

For anyone that thinks we get these projects done really quick, notice the season changes in the above pics.  This took a good 6 months. That's OK, it was worth it. Please don't look at our projects and do the whole "social media I am the worst woman in the whole world thing. Why can't I redo my house in 7 days!! I hate me!!"

No you're not. You probably feed, bathe and keep your kids alive. Or, work all day or anything else. If so, you're amazing.

The reality is, while one of our projects is getting done, some place else in our house is getting torn apart, laundry is not getting done, dishes are piling up and pizza is being served, yet again.  My pictures, only tell one part of the story, don't let your imagination fill in the rest with fiction. Each of us is unique. Each of us has talents. Your talents, that I don't have, don't define me, anymore than mine define you.

That's also not to say that I am amazing at DIYing. I am not. We look online, steal someone else's awesome talent that we admire and are grateful for their creativity that has inspired us! So grateful we each came with different talents and so grateful for what I have learned from you!

Happy Decorating-