Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Spring was in the air

 The weather for the last couple weeks has been really incredible, unseasonally warm and even so hot we had to put the air conditioning on...rare at this time of year in these parts...of course now we could use the heat back on it's so cold once again. While it was lovely I put the bathroom project on hold and focused on some outdoor projects. I stained the top of our deck with Austrailian timber oil in Jarrah Brown and painted the fascia white. I can't believe how much better it looks.

 I was able to get started on staining the fence white with Cabot's siding stain in case anyone wants to know what I used. It takes two coats..it looks so much better and as I had always invisioned.

 We had set up the settee and chairs we bought last year and I realized we weren't utilizing very much of this deck, so much was just wasted space. We had planned or I had planned for this deck to be a sun deck since it is the sunniest spot in the yard but we realized this is our main entertaining area because it is sunny and it is also private and we are drawn to this spot....I thought we should really maximize our seating so I ordered this sectional from Sears...I love it...it is very flexible and very confortable and now we can seat 8 comfortably...we just need some more warm weather so we can enjoy it again. We plan to run a gas line out to this deck for a fire bowl/pit that we will install here when we complete our backyard.
 This is my new sweet spot to lounge.
 I was digging through the garage to see what I could purge and to see what I could make over...I know this lantern looked like it could be trash but a little spray paint and it is as good as new...I just removed the glass scraped all the flaky rust off and gave it 2-3 coats of satin black...now it has a whole new life.
 I put the string lights on a timer this year...
 The dogs love the new sectional of course..this spot behind the garage at the back of our yard is such a cozy spot with the tree we had planted the birds just love it too, we have a couple of bird feeders and a little bird bath to encourage visitors.
 One more incredible lantern makeover...it looks brand new doesn't it? I think a wall of lanterns behind the sofa might be really fun.

We are thinking about the details for our backyard and I was so drawn to this pergola I found on Pinterest...after I saw it I stopped looking for designs...I want to have a pergola off our garage to create an outdoor bbq area and bar for hanging out. I would like a pull out rain cover to tuck under the pergola for rain and if shade is needed.

 Thinking about pergola's got me thinking about the pergola we built at our old home...it made such a huge difference to feel of the backyard, we loved it.
 I think this is the best option for our backyard design, it gives us everything we are looking for a firepit area with lots of seating, dining close to the house and a proper BBQ area with bar/counter seating. and lots of plantings. I use an app called Home outside palette .
 Enough about the outside because it is just too cold to even deal with that right now...bring on the heat spring.... I need to get back to finishing up Sophie's bathroom...I added the foot detail and lots of drawers but since I was doing all this spray painting in the garage I couldn't cut wood to start the door building...but I am ready to wrap it up now, today I will paint the face frame and kick plate and install the rest of the tile already...hopefully the doors will get started really soon.

 We are still deciding on the door style...I think just simple shaker is a safe choice.
So what have you been up to lately???

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Weekend bathroom update...how to frame a bathroom mirror

 I have been slowly but surely moving along with the bathroom updates in my youngest daughters bathroom...this week I built a frame for the mirror...it just finishes the mirror off.
 Here it is in my shop all ready for painting
 I used my kregjig to make a simple frame with pocket hole construction...a little bit of detail moulding and I had myself a simple frame.
 A lot of people were asking how to attach a frame to an existing mirror.It's easy I just cut up some strips of thin plywood, it is just slightly deeper than the frame and clips. Attach the strips to studs in the wall with a couple of screws.
 Then paint the frame and make sure to paint at least an inch of the back of the frame so that the reflection is the same color as the front of the frame.
 I just used my nail gun to attach the frame to the strips of plywood, filled the holes and touched up the paint....really, it is that easy. Waiting for the paint to dry was the longest process in this project.

 I also finally took out my sewing machine and hemmed these drapery panels I bought months ago for this bathroom...what a huge difference full length double panels make to this area. I find shower curtains so....wimpy, they are too short and not nearly as full as they should be...so I chose these seersucker white drapes. I had to buy two shower curtain rods one I installed as high as I could for the drapes and one just slightly lower for the liner, I had to also find a longer than average liner...I got it from Bed bath and beyond...it was actually so long I had to trim it a little bit but that was easy enough. The drapes I found at Homesense.

 Seersucker and subway tile...love
 I also got to the job of building the face frame for the vanity yesterday...next I will cut out and install a foot detail, if all goes well...then I will be adding drawers slides and building basic drawers. I still have to decide if I want to build the drawer fronts and doors or if I will just have them built by a local cabinet door company....I'm just not sure what the best decision is on that.
 Don't even get me started on what color to paint this vanity cabinet...Sophie said maybe white would be too much white, but is that even really a thing? Maybe light grey to go with the faux marble tile floor and real marble accents on the wall....actually the accent tile comes off a little grey especially in photos but it is white it's just not as white a white as the subway tile is...I kind of like that.
Now you are up to date if you are following along...thank you so much for stopping by.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Bathroom week 3.5 update

 I sold Sophie's cabinet doors then yesterday I sold her sink and faucet...it was just the push I needed to get it removed and to install the pretty rectangular sink and the new faucet...
I knew the sink was pretty but wow what a huge difference the clean lines make....I am glad I decided to keep the counter because I don't think I would have it in me to make a counter right about now...this reno is kicking my butt a little bit...I typically work 6-7 hrs at a time on any given day in there...
 I had to grout just to be able to install the new strip Hollywood style light...it looks so glamorous...if you had told me I would be putting in this kind of lighting I would have told you NO...never...but sometimes its just right and here it is perfect...it makes for beautiful make-up lighting and it just sparkles, I used 25 watt clear bulbs. With the reflection of all the tile it just sparkles now.
 A little upgrade was over due with the toilet...I picked up a $15 chrome handle to replace the cheap plastic white handle...what a difference.
 This stage was admittedly a little scary, I haven't replaced many sinks...replacing faucets is really a simple job really anyone can do.

Next steps...I will build a chunky frame for around the mirror, then onto making a face frame for the cabinet with decorative feet..then doors and drawers, tiling down to the floor and crown moulding still needs to go up and the white drapes I have for the tub need to be hemmed...there's at least 2 more weeks of work to do.