Bath Fan Fab

You know when you have those moments when you're a mom and your hiding in the bathroom? Well, I had one of those moments recently. Looking up at the ceiling and thinking "oh God?" ...I actually just had one of those moments in the kitchen...anyway. I am sitting on the closed toilet seat thinking when is the hubby going to be home and how much chocolate do I have in the house. Then my thought process connected to my eyeballs and actually saw my bathroom fan. Yuck! Let's just say that it is probably the most forgotten item to clean in our bathroom.

Not only was our bathroom fan dirty, it was ugly. Picture this....

Yep, a completely serviceable and basic fan. BORING! When you're a mom you have ideas what feels like decades ago and then BOOM! You are reminded of them and not only do you remember the cool thing you wanted to try, you actually have the tools and materials to do it! In this case, it was "wouldn't painting the bathroom fan a color be cool?" And then "hey, I have some new spray paint I want to try!"

All I needed was a tarp, painting sheet, a bandana for my face and spray paint.  When I was working on the vintage door for the bathroom I picked a can of Rustoleum's Universal Advance Formula in Metallic Oil Rubbed Bronze. [Just letting y'all now that this is not sponsored. No money or gifts were exchanged].

I was lazy. I spray painted the darn thing right on my ceiling. After a thorough vacuuming, of course. First, spread whatever you are using to protect your bathroom down. I used a tarp for the floor and toilet and a painting sheet for the sink. Since our bathroom is precociously small, I stood half-hazard on the toilet and tub wall to get my painting action done. I do NOT suggest this scenario if you have room for a ladder. After a few minutes of light spraying, the standard bath fan looked a 100x better. And I didn't manage to break a leg or anything while doing it, yay me! Can you tell I am definitely an on the fly kind of girl?

The downside to spray painting your bath fan a dark color (without taking it down) is then painting the ceiling. It took about 2 coats of primer and then 2 more coats of paint. Now if I had taller ceilings...or even the standard 8' ceilings, I would have been adventurous and painted it a dark blue like Hale Navy or black. But I don't, so I went with a gray-white.

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My little "moments" are going to be much more enjoyable knowing that when I come down to earth my bath fan looks a lot nicer.

How to Install a Vintage Door

First, you have to find that fabulous vintage door that your heart goes pitter patter over. Lucky for me I am a vintage door horder. Ask the Hubby, I have a growing collection in our barn. Even older doors followed a standard system, one hitch though is they were generally shorter than today's doors. It is easier to add height to a door without distracting from its character but it is harder to make it wider. So make sure when you go door hunting know your door dimensions and try and get as close as possible.

Now you have your door! The fun begins. Remove any and all hardware that is on your door. My door, as gorgeous as it is, is a left-hand swing so that meant taking off the rusted hinges off. I did save the original hinges in hopes of removing all the crust and make them useable once again. Now hopefully your swing is the same as your existing door but if not, no worries. All you need to fix that problem is a sharp wood chisel and a hammer.

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Mark where your hinges will need to be with a pencil, make sure your marks are clear. You do not want to chisel the wrong area. Carefully tap the marked off area. Older wood may or may not come out easier than a new door so stressing on the careful. At this point, I left the room. Whenever the Hubby works on something old I am constantly freaking he is going to boob it up. And I don't trust myself on the special old things. So for the sanity of our marriage, I walk away. I am sure the hubby appreciates it.  

Now I hit a snag after we got the hinges on the door. The door was not shutting properly on the bottom. We had to really push on the bottom for the door to close. Now our previous door had been giving me this issue for the last 10 years. Well, I wasn't going to ruin an old door with all that rubbing. So I started attacking the door frame. I know, I know. Not a logical decision. Apparently, it was a good one. After hacking the worst part off the bottom. I realized that it was tight from the latch down...getting tighter and tighter. Now I was stumped. How much of this door frame was I going to be taking out? And Why?!?!? 

I was growing concerned, so I grabbed my square, level, and tape measure. After grabbing those tools it was easy to find out that even though the door was really close to plumb square at the top from the latch down the door-way got smaller. UGH! Thankfully the trim is recessed a smidgeon from the door frame and it allowed me to use that handy wood chisel and my sander to take the door frame down so it was flush with the trim. Dang, does the door shut nice now! Go me!!

To keep her in her gorgeous state, I carefully sanded her and wiped her down with 3 coats of satin Wipe-On Polyurethane. For her hardware, I managed to salvage the plates and paint them with Rustoleum Universal spray paint in oil rubbed bronze. I replaced the latching mechanism that is in the door with new from our local Menards. And I managed to remember that somewhere I had old porcelain knobs and they fit like a dream! YAY! She does have a nice size gap at the bottom, which I may or may not fix down the road. But for now, I am just enjoying her.

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I love this door!! So glad I made the executive decision to add character back into our old farmhouse.

Sweet String Heart Art!

Tomorrow being Valentine's day some of you may be scrambling around trying to find a last minute present. Now I know I am usually on a budget. So cheap and cute are always a must.

Rambling through the local-ish Walmart trying to find some inspiration in the craft sections I stumbled across this cute galvanized "Love" cut out. Bingo!!

This is the perfect "base" for a cute + sentimental present Princess Pea and Handsome Hank can create for their Oma (Great-Grandma).

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The supplies are simple; our "love" cut out, pink yarn (like the kind for tatting), brad nails, alligator hooks, and a piece of wood. Our Oma loves reclaimed wood so that is a must.

I didn't sand this piece of wood but I did spray it down with shellac to give it some protection.

After applying your protectant (you can use spray polyurethane, it is the easiest) is dried attach your alligator hooks onto the back. You want to put these on first. It just makes things easier.

Next, decide how you want your cut out to look on the wood. If you have kids helping ask them for suggestions. This is a great time to teach a lil logic + critical thinking.

Draw or print out your hearts. Take into account the area of space that you have to work with. After the hearts are drawn I tack the papers down in 2 key points so the paper doesn't move if you have kids helping. After that it is super simple to stay on your lines. And remember with kids in the mix there may be squabbling and not so perfect shapes.

When the lil boogers....I mean angels...get the brad nails all hammered in then they can rip that paper off. I start them off by tying their knot for them and they can string away. I finish them off again with another tight knot. A good thing to do since this is yarn is to hit the yarn ends with some fray check (find at sewing stores like Jo-Ann's). I added 2 - 1 1/4" finish nails to hang the "love" cutout on the reclaimed wood.

 

I put in some 1 1/4" finish nails to hang the "Love" cut-out to the board. And to add a personal touch I added an " a +n -heart- oma".

 

 

 

 

What You Can Get Done in A Month!

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Apparently, it is a lot.

  • Put up backer board.
  • Make a plate rack.
  • Create a photo gallery (here is a helpful post).
  • Paint a kitchen.
  • Finish the wood flooring in your in-laws house!!!
  • Make wood ledges (from the awesome Shanty2Chic).
  • Make an executive decision and install a vintage door.
  • Change out a bathroom faucet.
  • Design a moulding look for your home.
  • Update your bathroom fan.
  • Decide on a paint color for your living room....which has been a pain for over a year.

Whew!!! Those are just a few of the things we have accomplished since the new year began.If you head over to my instagram you can get a more in-depth glance at the last month or so. Not including an interesting mattress decision AND finding out our tub surround is on its last legs.  And the most major one of all? Switching from Wordpress to Squarespace.

We have more projects coming in the future and keep checking back for those tutorials in that slimmed down list of things you can get done in a month!

Tami

 

 

Kitchen Flooring Fiasco

Don't you just hate it when projects don't go the way you want them to?

I really do. Take our kitchen flooring for example. I want to strip off the tar paper and milk paint off the old wood flooring and refinish it. Well I got the tar paper and milk paint off with the help of a wall paper steamer. It worked like a charm.

We used a wallpaper steamer to remove tar paper and milk paint.
We used a wallpaper steamer to remove tar paper and milk paint.

But apparently we had some not so lovely black stains that did not come with wood bleach, sanding, or any other "normal" methods. The only thing that worked was a wire brush and brake cleaner.

4 different shade of gray to choose from.
4 different shade of gray to choose from.

Since we had a couple of huge spots and the hubby wasn't up for that much work {baby} we decided painted floors might be the way to go. Originally I liked white but the hubby wasn't up for it, so we decided a gray. But which one?

It was awesome! We easily agreed on a color...which hardly ever happens. I got it in flat...because I was going to varnish it. And started. It looked beautiful.

My helper with our gray kitchen floor.
My helper with our gray kitchen floor.

Then tragedy struck! I used a water based varnish and I started getting orange-ish colored splotches through the paint. YUCK! So I sanded it and tried oil based varnish. That was just as gross because it changed the beautiful gray color.

We were tempted to try white but quickly nixed that idea. So we had a problem again. Now any type of flooring we lay down has to be somewhat flexible because the subfloor has a wave in one spot that runs the depth of the room.

Yuck! It came through tons of paint!
Yuck! It came through tons of paint!

Then I started thinking of the vinyl click lock we used in the handicap bathroom. So we went with it.

Kitchen Flooring Solved

 Vinyl Click fixed our kitchen flooring problem!

Vinyl Click fixed our kitchen flooring problem!

It is fairly simple to install, we did however have to use a chalk line to make a straight edge to work with. Remember to follow-up with hairspray or shellac to make sure your line stays.

Chalk line is perfect for creating a long straight edge.
Chalk line is perfect for creating a long straight edge.
Once we got to the hall wall it went fairly quickly.
Once we got to the hall wall it went fairly quickly.
Getting the last rows in takes 2.
Getting the last rows in takes 2.
Shaw flooring in Dublin Pine
Shaw flooring in Dublin Pine

I love the new flooring! We have had it down about 4 months now and it has held very well to the kids and dogs. AND when the dishes fell and broke the flooring took it really well. Only a few scratches that you only notice if you get down and look very hard.

A Handicap Bathroom Remodel

Well, this has been a long time coming, but I am FINALLY getting to the parsonage bathroom reveal! Let's see, how long ago DID we work on that? ...eek, 4+ months ago. Honestly, I had a post started for weeks 3 & 4 of the handicap bathroom remodel, but I never got around to finishing it. Oh well. Go catch up at DIY Bathroom Remodel...prayers appreciated.

Caught up? Good. On with the photos of a handicap bathroom remodel!

Two sinks are perfect for a handicap bathroom remodel.
Two sinks are perfect for a handicap bathroom remodel.
Handicap bathroom remodel - a complete corner shot.
Handicap bathroom remodel - a complete corner shot.
Can you find the one piece that isn't the same in this handicap bathroom remodel?
Can you find the one piece that isn't the same in this handicap bathroom remodel?
We saved time in our handicap bathroom remodel by using peel + stick tile.
We saved time in our handicap bathroom remodel by using peel + stick tile.
We used track lighting to customize out handicap bathroom remodel.
We used track lighting to customize out handicap bathroom remodel.
Handicap bathroom remodel - just a touch of luxury with a heated towel bar.
Handicap bathroom remodel - just a touch of luxury with a heated towel bar.
The handicap bathroom remodel has space for a shower seat and heated towel bar.
The handicap bathroom remodel has space for a shower seat and heated towel bar.
A large shower is perfect for a handicap bathroom remodel.
A large shower is perfect for a handicap bathroom remodel.
Handicap bathroom remodel - shower head and ceiling.
Handicap bathroom remodel - shower head and ceiling.
 Handicap Bathroom Remodel features handy towel hooks next to shower.

Handicap Bathroom Remodel features handy towel hooks next to shower.

 Closet no more.

Closet no more.

The handicap bathroom remodel features some gorgeous floors!
The handicap bathroom remodel features some gorgeous floors!

And now for some fun shots...

Hubby doing his impression of Vanna White
Hubby doing his impression of Vanna White

Flooring: Shaw Vinyl Click Lock in Dublin Pine/Paint: Benjamin Moore "Sonnet"/Shower Surround: Flexstone Botticino Cream/Shower Pan: Maax Olympia/Towel Hookstowel bar, & Safety Bar: Delta Carlisle Collection/Faucets: Moen Wetherly/Shower faucet: Pfister Solita/Lights: Rosendal track pendant/Bath Fan: Broan/Tile: Aspect Mini Subway Tile ...if you have any questions on any other item you see ask away!

Lacy + Victoria...a diy furniture love story!

I had mentioned back in my post on Valentine's Day {The Snow is Falling...} about a special mate named Victoria for Lacy {here}.

Meet Victoria.

Lacy + Victoria... Victoria all dressed for the dining room.
Lacy + Victoria... Victoria all dressed for the dining room.

She came into creation when we delivered Lacy {Bathroom Sweet + roping} to her new home. {Ya I know, weird I name the pieces.} We had an idea to design a hutch for Lacy...and out of it came Victoria. A couple of quick sketches and she was done.

Lacy + Victoria is a custom hutch perfect for your hoe decor. Features gobs of roping, hardwood accent, and routed channeling for displaying your plates and platters.
Lacy + Victoria is a custom hutch perfect for your hoe decor. Features gobs of roping, hardwood accent, and routed channeling for displaying your plates and platters.

She did give me a hard time with the Bombay Mahogany finish on Lacy, but I persevered and she is gorgeous!

Lacy + Victoria...Victoria's apron features a beautiful hardwood accent that completes her face.
Lacy + Victoria...Victoria's apron features a beautiful hardwood accent that completes her face.

She has loads of roping, a hardwood accent, and routed channels for displaying dishes.

Lacy + Victoria has 2 shelves with routed channels for displaying your beautiful china. Whether it be inexpensive or super pricey its going to look fabulous against the black roping!
Lacy + Victoria has 2 shelves with routed channels for displaying your beautiful china. Whether it be inexpensive or super pricey its going to look fabulous against the black roping!
Lacy + Victoria is perfect for antiques like a silver butter dish to wooden bowls of fruit.
Lacy + Victoria is perfect for antiques like a silver butter dish to wooden bowls of fruit.
Lacy + Victoria - lots of roping make this a very detailed piece
Lacy + Victoria - lots of roping make this a very detailed piece

Hand drawn curves on the sides of her make her like no other.

Lacy

We gave Lacy a two-tone finish to match her partner. A stained and varnished top gives so much more protection to a piece and the glossy finish makes her shine with beauty.

Lacy + Victoria...Lacy all dressed up and ready for home!
Lacy + Victoria...Lacy all dressed up and ready for home!
Lacy + Victoria...Lacy features inset drawers and brushed nickel drawer pulls that make using these drawers a dream.
Lacy + Victoria...Lacy features inset drawers and brushed nickel drawer pulls that make using these drawers a dream.
Lacy + Victoria has drawers that are smooth glides and completely painted in Benjamin Moore Advance Black with a satin finish. This creates a custom, upscale look.
Lacy + Victoria has drawers that are smooth glides and completely painted in Benjamin Moore Advance Black with a satin finish. This creates a custom, upscale look.

The Pair

Lacy + Victoria all dressed up and ready for home!
Lacy + Victoria all dressed up and ready for home!

Details

The stained parts of the 2 are Bombay Mahogany by Minwax. This shade comes in a stain + poly which is great. However I like to be extra cautious on the tops of pieces so I added what felt like a million coats of varnish. The last couple of coats I used Wipe on Poly by Minwax. It being over a certain size the wipe on poly gave it such a smooth dust free coat of protection without any streaks. Love!

The paint like I said was Benjamin Moore Advance paint in a satin. Previous pieces were painted in a latex with oil or water base poly following. This time around I wanted to try something that would give better protection with fewer steps. I will be reviewing this paint...after I finish projects in my kitchen and living room.

The drawer pulls are a brushed nickel that we have used on both the rope-less version of Lacy and Lacy herself. They are beautiful with just a touch of aged beauty. Super easy to go on and extremely easy to use.

They are just a beautiful pairing!

Lacy + Victoria Pin Me!
Lacy + Victoria Pin Me!

A Tiny Space Bathroom

We seem to have been all about the bathrooms last winter + spring. We did the parsonage bathroom {a glimpse of that process here} and then we got asked to help with the Hubby's sisters bathroom. She would be in-law #7. I have the kids numbered. It makes it easier for y'all. I am dubbing their bathroom the tiny space bathroom. It was a mess. The plumbing. UGH! The tiny space bathroom really needed an updating. So we gave it to her. #7 and her fiancé had demo'dmost of the room which saved us a lot of time. Hubby had one oops and that was knocking out the toilet line resulting in a flooded bathroom AND water running out around an electrical fixture in the basement. Thankfully that was the only major problem in this bathroom.  It turned out really nice,  and I am so happy for them!

The Tiny Space Bathroom


Tiny Space Bathroom After

I'm sorry I don't have a full shot of the bathroom. As soon as I get one I will update this for y'all.

All supplies were bought at Menards.

Farmhouse Kitchen DIY Remodel Progress Problems!

Y'all it has been sucky round here. My internet has been giving me all sorts of issues since Sunday. Don't ya love when someone says there going to fix something and then the end of the day comes and you have butt kiss for results? So this lovely Thursday post is being written via cell phone. Yup cell data. My back up emergency internet for at home. 

Normally I try not to use my cell data at home but the last few days it has been necessary. Thankfully I had already written How to DIY Cedar Bathroom Storage and my Diffuse the Situation posts. 

Since I have just my phone to go on I want to show you a sneak peak of what we have been working on at the farmhouse. Please, please, please follow me on Instagram to catch update progress.

Well we have been chugging along on the kitchen the last couple of days. Yay! Monday we got a wall cabinet built and hung. I love it!

 

Out diy farmhouse kitchen cabinet was easy to build but hard to install.Its so nice to have wall cabinets. Granted mine won't have doors but still. We have a lot of work left to do to get them to how I want them to look. And yes you see that nasty ceiling isn't level. We have a cool fix for that. We are not tackling that issue however until we get the wall cabinets built and installed on the other side.

Hubby also got the doors all built in the last couple of days so I am happy to announce that the faces of the cabinets are primed and painted. As well as the front and sides of the cabinet doors!

The diy farmhouse kitchen cabinet doors are a inset, shaker style door in Simply White by Benjamin Moore with black hardware.

We had a glitch on the one side, my reclaimed drawers couldn't be pulled out! We have another awesome fix for that problem that I will share later.

Seems like everything we tackled the last few days we had a stumbling block. Wednesday's was the cabinet door hinges. They seriously wouldn't work! Ugh I love inset doors yet finding hinges that you barely see that work seem to be hard to find. I am going to be honest. Today I settled on kitchen hinges I didn't really like. Or hinges I thought I wouldn't like...and it turns out I love them!

How to DIY some Awesome Cedar Bathroom Storage!

I feel like I have been jumping from room to room getting things done around here. It's crazy, but I love it. I can walk into 3 different rooms and see something new + pretty that I love. Right now I just finished something beautiful + simple for our bathroom. I love my DIY cedar bathroom storage!

I was inspired by Rogue Engineer's Apothecary Wall Shelf from last fall. I would like to point out that this guy is one of the few DIY'ers that I religiously follow. Right now he is flipping a house! So jealous, but I think I am better to focus on my home versus one for someone else.

So like I said my cedar bathroom storage is super simple. No pocket jigs. I struggle with them so I try to avoid them. AND I didn't want to have to fill holes in cedar. I can't imagine the pain! I used nails, some glue, and screws. If you are going to see screw heads, you might as well pick something pretty like a cabinet screw. Tools used were a miter saw, table saw, + drill. Honestly, if you only need the storage to be 3 1/2" just use a regular 1 x 4 board. I wanted mine a little deeper so that meant I had to use the table saw.

DIY Cedar Bathroom Storage

I love pictures to describe how to create something. They can show more clearly what needs to be done than a lot of words. Which is why a lot of my DIY posts are image heavy.

I started with a simple drawing and overall dimensions. I like simple sketches because they give you an overall feel of what you want a project to come out like.

I started out with a simple sketch for my cedar bathroom storage, and took it to the next level with cedar that I already had in my garage.
I started out with a simple sketch for my cedar bathroom storage, and took it to the next level with cedar that I already had in my garage.
Cedar tends to be a very rough board, so I gave everything I nice sanding before I put my cedar bathroom storage together.
Cedar tends to be a very rough board, so I gave everything I nice sanding before I put my cedar bathroom storage together.

You seriously should sand your wood before you put a project together. There are just some places that are hard to reach with a sander AFTER the project has been put together. Someone please tell that to my hubby.

Making sure the base frame of my cedar bathroom storage is square makes it easier once I started putting the shelves in.
Making sure the base frame of my cedar bathroom storage is square makes it easier once I started putting the shelves in.

Start by putting your frame together. My cedar was old and very dry so pre-drilling was a must. I did not want any cracking or splitting. I used glue and 3D finishing nails to hold it together. If you have a nailer please feel free to use it. We have one but with my pacemaker it is a no-no.

I need a top piece or a header as you might say to attach my cedar bathroom storage to the wall.
I need a top piece or a header as you might say to attach my cedar bathroom storage to the wall.

Next put in your top plate. This you will use to attach your cedar bathroom storage to the wall + studs. I used glue and 1 5/8" screws  to hold the plate in place.

A close up of the back of the cubby part on my cedar bathroom storage.
A close up of the back of the cubby part on my cedar bathroom storage.

Then figure out how tall you want your cubby area on the bottom. I went with 3 1/2". It was the perfect height to contain our brushes. Above is a picture from the back side. I am using unused, not project, wood that is lying around in the garage. I used left over pieces that were from when I stripped my boards to make the cubby area. The back vertical piece and the dividing pieces are roughly 1" by 1". The face piece, front side, is roughly 2 5/8" tall. You can make this piece touch the bottom shelf or leave it open like mine. All this was attached together with glue (every edge), nails (the small pieces), and cabinet screws (for the face + back rail to sides).

Shelf Placement

Using pieces of cedar, I added a shelf to my cedar bathroom storage.
Using pieces of cedar, I added a shelf to my cedar bathroom storage.
The view from the front of my diy'ed cedar nathroom storage.
The view from the front of my diy'ed cedar nathroom storage.

Then figure out where your shelves are going to be...break out those brushes again. You want to make sure you can get them in and out easily. I later went back and put in another shelf towards the top for my essential oils. I attached my shelves with glue and the cabinet screws.

Finishing

After that give the whole baby another good sanding! Front and back and everywhere in between. Please make sure to get any wood glue sanded off. If you decide to stain it the glue will pop out like a sore thumb.

I then spray varnished it in satin with Minwax Polycrylic (water based).

Cedar bathroom organization
Cedar bathroom organization

After it had dried, I hung it centered on my wall. I made extra sure it was level.

Something wasn't right...

Something just didn't look right so my awesome hubby found another piece of cedar hiding in the garage and I added a third shelf. I wanted to fit my essential oils on it as well so I grabbed my biggest bottle and used that to get an idea of where to put the third shelf.

Cedar bathroom storage gap
Cedar bathroom storage gap
My cedar bathroom storage with the much needed 3rd shelf!
My cedar bathroom storage with the much needed 3rd shelf!

The third shelf really made a difference visually for me. It had too much empty space for me aesthetically without it.

I absolutely LOVE it!

The 3rd shelf of my cedar bathroom storage is the perfect spot for my essential oils!
The 3rd shelf of my cedar bathroom storage is the perfect spot for my essential oils!

What would you store in this DIY cedar beauty?