Saturday, January 9, 2010

Moms Love PRACTICAL birthday gifts!

At least I do anyway...a kid can only have so many toys and they will eventually end up in the bottom of the toybox anyway. My friend's son turned two yesterday so I made him this "boo-boo bucket". It will come in handy time and time again (unfortunately) when he gets boo-boos.

It started as this coffee can that I got at a garage sale for 25 cents. I drilled two small holes on either side for the handle.

I decoupaged scrapbook paper around the can. It took two pieces. I then lined it with burlap, added some rebar (from Home Depot) for the handle, and added some twine and a tag.
I filled it with some cold packs, wound cleansing bubbles (non-stinging), Neosporin, After Bite, Bandaids, stickers, and suckers. My son added a little tractor because he said the gift was a bit boring...I made one of these this summer for each of my kids and they love it. Believe it or not, it makes getting a boo-boo a little more fun! I would love to hear from you if you end up making one of these. Send me pics of your creation...

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Our LONG Master Bath Reno

I have learned a whole bunch since the start of this project back in earlyNovember. Renos always take much longer and cost more than you expect. Both of these have proven to be very true. Also, when hubby has no desire to do projects and the mere sight of the bathroom raises his blood pressure along with having a very active 1 yr. old. These are also factors that slow the process down a bit.
Here is where it all began

These pics are before we moved in. This was my least favorite room in the house because of the outdated floral wallpaper and gigantic tub that leaked because of broken jets. The long vanity 9 feet to be exact) also did not speak good things to me. I did love the french door though.

The tile floor was a handmade job and had grout smeared all over the tile.Here is after the demo. of the tub. We had a leak so I had to caulk and replace the insulation. And yes, that is a real bird on the window sill. He got in through a hole in the floor along with a chipmunk or two. Hubs took these pics before he bravely rescued this cute little bird and led him out the window back out to his world.
Another great shot of that wallpaper (and the bird).He does not like his new home...

We finally have a floor! I originally wanted wood, but after the leak we discovered and some research, I decided to go with tile. I found this "wood look" tile on line and ordered it. It turned out beautifully. I need to sponge off the grout again. There is a film over it still. I just love the rustic look it has. I removed the wallpaper and painted the walls "Filmy Green" by Sherwin Williams. It looks more blue to me. I love the color!

Here is where the clawfoot tub will go. See the plumbing? That was a big headache getting to that point. I can't wait to see the tub here. I have wanted one since I was a little girl. Around the tub will be some molding inspired here. I just love her blog!

The long vanity went bye bye and the plumbing has been moved and is waiting for two new farmhouse style freestanding vanities. I still have to paint those.

Some new light fixtures were also in store. This one will be replaced with a $5 garage sale find. I can't wait to show you! Once we make some more progress, I will post some more pics. Be patient though. We work a bit SLOWLY!