I got a little stir crazy the other week. Between the never ending cold weather outside and the mess inside, I decided that I needed to tackle a project. Something relatively small, but yet big enough to make a difference. After months of coming in to the house and seeing the mess that was the stairs, I decided on that for my project. I don’t know why it took me so long to just do it…well, that’s not true. It took me forever to do it because I was pretty lazy this winter. :) Anyhoots, there were still all kind of staples and glued on pieces of gross carpet padding, and then the sheetrockers didn’t tape it off so there was mud and texture and paint. They were a hot mess. And as I look at these pictures, it is amazing to me how gross they were! And I knew they were gross, but just didn’t care enough to do anything!
I got out the trusty ole putty knife and a pliers for the staples, and that container of teal colored paint that was left after the whole door painting situation and here it how it progressed.
Before on the bottom, and then after scraping and one coat of paint on the top. Hubby was gone a lot that week so I did it over about three nights. And there really was no rhyme or reason to the steps that I did…apparently I felt like some of them I needed to skip until another night. Maybe I just like keeping things interesting…who knows!
At any rate, they stairs going up are finished now, but somehow I apparently didn’t take pictures of the completed project. I haven’t thought about the other half flight going down. Maybe I’ll save those for a rainy day this summer. Although if this weather keeps up, I could be saving them for a snowy day! Yikes!!
Hubby has started the planning phase of the railing that will go around this stairwell – I am SO excited for it!
It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted any progress on the inside of the house. We haven’t been doing much so there isn’t much to show, but I realized that I haven’t shown any pictures of how the bathroom is coming together. We aren’t done in there yet, we still need trim work, some kind of linen closet, and a door. Yes, we’ve been living out here the whole time without a bathroom door, but we do have a curtain up! :)
As a reminder, here is what the bathroom looked like before.
The linen closet
Close-up of that fantastic wallpaper
closeup of the tub
So, we took it upon ourselves to make some improvements. We decided to ditch the tub and go with a nice walk-in shower in the same place. Everything else actually pretty much stayed in the same place as well. Except we moved the window a little bit to the left to make room for a little wider shower. Feast your eyes on this new delight!
The area that will eventually be some kind of linen closet/storage
And the wonderful new shower!
Do you love it as much as we do?! It is so bright and cheery! I love a nice white bathroom, but am so happy that we went with the cobalt blue floor. It adds a nice punch of color.
Any suggestions for the linen closet area? Am toying with the idea of a piece of furniture in there…or maybe just a custom built-in. Or maybe just a good old fashioned regular closet.
Happy weekend love cats!
Doing the siding happy dance – oh yeah!
It is VERY exciting to pull up the driveway to such a lovely looking house. Well, the front isn’t as lovely as it will be just because it still doesn’t look finished where the brickwork will be, but it is approximately one hundred million times better.
And do you notice the fresh coating of snow in the picture? It snowed all day yesterday and we are supposed to get 7-14 more inches. Hubby had to go plow again this morning. It’s the winter that won’t end! But I kind of like this later season snow, the temps are pretty nice, right around 32 and that kind of snow is much more pleasant than the kind of snow we get at zero degrees with crazy wind.
Oh animated giffs – what fun!
I would also like to take a moment and help all of you lost souls out there who have been wondering – “How can I dress more attractively without showing skin?” And here is my very best answer for you with a little diagram so you can completely understand.
Starting at the feet
1. weather appropriate footwear. ensure that the color coordinates with the rest of your ensamble for a polished, pulled together look. Tall boots offer versatility – tuck your pants in or leave them out for completely different looks.
2. pants. Something in a nice neutral. Don’t focus on the material, sweatpants can totally pass for dress pants when done in a tasteful black or grey.
3. Bold print top. Something for the eye to focus on. Bonus points if it is DIY splatter tie dye.
4. Cover up for versatility with the weather. Highly recommend a plaid flannel. Does the lumerjack look ever go out of style? NO, it does not.
5. Do your part to be good to the earth and skip the shower – bed head is totally hot right now.
Rock that look like there is no tomorrow and you will be good to go no matter what activity you are doing!
We’ve got a crazy week ahead of us – our next dance class started last weekend and we have 20 couples so it is a HUGE class – hubby is also getting his hernia taken care of on Monday so I will be home with him and my mom and I are going down to the cities for JUNK BONANZA later in the week!!!
Enjoy the weekend peeps!
Progress continues to be made on our siding – things are starting to look pretty darn nice around here! The 10 day forecast has 5 days with rain/snow mixture which is a pretty big bummer for the people that are doing the siding. That is not fun to work in! (even though rain would help melt all of this dang snow we have left!)
The front and east parts of the house is basically done, the only thing left are the corners. This makes me very excited. Hubby and I picked up a couple of outdoor lights to try out – how fun!
Can you tell where the chimney is going to go? :)
The west side is nearing completion as well!
The french door will (eventually) lead out to a screened in/covered deck off of the living area. The sliding patio door will lead off to a smaller deck off of our bedroom. This is all very exciting!!!
I’m very excited for them to get finished up – hopefully mid-week and they will be done!
Happy Sunday friends!
Seamless Steel Siding is in progress!!!
And before I show the pictures, I would just like to make some small talk. Is this what richy people feel like? You leave for work, come home, and presto chango, work is done but it wasn’t you that did it! What a treat! It has been fun for hubby and I to leave for work in the morning and come home at the end of the day to progress. It is much like having a very exciting present waiting for you every single day. I think we could get used to this!
Enough gabbing, here are some pics of the progress!
And Post Script, as a teaser – we aren’t going with any of the stone/brick choices I posted! What will it be?! You’ll have to wait and see!!!