Saturday, May 21, 2016

Main Bath Remodel Part 2

Taking out the cast iron tub was... loud. haha You have to smash it with a sledge hammer into pieces to get out of the house.

Next steps were to figure out the height of the plumbing.  We upgraded to a taller soaker tub so we needed to make sure everything lines up with the taller tub.  

Plumbing set and inspection passed!

We are also debating between a half glass shower wall or just a shower curtain.
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This will also affect what type of shower head we'll purchase (the half glass will need a shower head that sprays straight down so water doesn't splash out) so I am not getting anything until we have made up our minds.

Next is finding a vanity that doesn't cost a mortgage payment...

All set to build and inset shelf and begin putting up cement board.

This is the wall we will put in a 12x12 insert

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Main Bath Remodel

Back in 2009 I did a small update on the main living room bathroom, removed tulip wall paper, painted and restyled the bathroom vanity, added peel and stick flooring and painted the walls white. Shame on me for not taking pictures, here are the only ones I could find.

Here the flooring, wall paper removal and painting is completed. I took apart the vanity to sand in prep for painting and removing the faux marble contact paper. 

 I played with painting with an antiqued look because I honestly kind of liked the shape, but decided to stick with classic black instead.

I added a small shelf and moved the mirror up, the shelf did not wear as well as the cabinet.

Added decorative accessories

So here was the final result:

Ugly tile is hiding behind the curtains.

So to quote one of our all time favorite show's Fixer Upper Its DEMO DAY!!!

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Ugly tile, ready to come down

Here is a close up of my favorite wheat pieces...(I am being sarcastic if you didn't catch that).

And this special tile the previous owners painted to match the existing tile...

Tile and drywall is all down.  I know you don't need to remove drywall, but we wanted to make sure to get rid of a tiny known mold issue and install cement board for mold resistance. I am also trying to convince my husband to move pluming and 2x4's for other ideas that will make it look high-end

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

2016 Indoor Seeds - Progress

Part 2 of the indoor seed starting process.  I planted the pre-soak seeds this past weekend.  Here is what a few of them looked like when I planted them

Using the back of my pen I made holes for the seeds in one of the pallets.  You don't have to worry about making sure the top is up, the plant will right itself as it grows so I planted all of the seeds even the ones that didn't look like they sprouted.

 And here are all three pallets under the grow light, I like to fill the spray bottle each day after watering to keep the water temp at room temp.

Each morning I come in to check soil moisture and spritz the water as needed.

Here is the pre-soaked seed progress this morning! Wow!

Monday, March 7, 2016

Planning 2016 Garden

Started planning for the garden this year!  I started my indoor seeds today using a basic Seed Starting kit from Menards and we use a seedlings heat mat to keep them warm along with a grow light we installed on the upper cabinets in our laundry room since seeds sprout best at 65°F to 75°F.  Make sure to use seed starting soil, not potting soil for this step.

Going in the garden this year (so far, others I will direct sow closer to May): Tomato, Bell Peppers, Leeks, Basil, Cilantro, Swiss Chard, Lettuce, Mexican Sour Gherkin Cucumber, Snap Peas, canning cucumbers, and chili peppers.

This year I am testing an option to pre-soak all of my seeds prior to planting.  This process supposedly makes the germination period shorter.  I sandwiched seeds between two damp paper towels and put them in individual ziplock bags.  I placed them in lids for the other two pallets under the grow light to keep a temp of about 70°  These should start sprouting in 3-7 days, those that sprout I will put in dirt.  

Here is how the set up looks for now. I keep my galileo thermometer (nerd) by the plants to keep an eye on the temp to stay in the 65°F to 75°F range.  I keep the heat mats on but have the grow light on a timer.

When the seedlings appear, I'll remove the plastic cover and when the seedlings get their second pair of leaves, I'll transplant them into individual pots filled with a potting mix and leave them inside for an extra day or two then put them in the covered greenhouse outside until the weather is ideal for planting.

One of the best resources for everything gardening is the Farmers Almanac .  I bought all of these seeds an Etsy store called Cheap Seeds.  And it looks like she is still running a special: 
Take 20% off your purchase today! Enter coupon code Spring16 upon checkout to receive the discount. Minimum purchase is $25.

The rest I ordered online from Burpee which should come sometime later  this week.

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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Inside the Shed

We've put up our shelves and started organizing the shed!

Walk right in and I have the lawn tools 

Here are some of the painting supplies and camping gear shelving, the hubs made the shelves just tall enough for plastic bins.

The opposite wall for hanging yard tools

And some of the smaller tools right by the door for quick access

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