Monday, February 28, 2011

February kidisms

M: It's supposed to be warm next week. K: is it going to be my birthday next week? M: No. K: then it's gonna be cold.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Just like the last post, but with new pictures!

Hard work continues. I've been slacking a bit in the picture documenting department, but I took a few pictures today to show you where we're at. Please hurry 'after'!

Well one before and after I have for you today. The railing. I used Restore-a-finish and it looks much better now with minimal effort on my part. Hooray! Done and done.
It snowed Monday night/Tuesday morning so school was canceled. Bob's work was closed too so Bob even stayed home. We got to do more hard work together. Neither of us can remember what exactly we did. We didn't play in the snow, this 'snow man' is made of used painter's tape. Bob bought a bunch of painter's tape at ace hardware (because we got a rewards gift certificate for there) and we've been using it!
So what have we accomplished? Well, we bought some stuff we needed. We ate two "free" meals at Ikea. We finished painting the big bedroom and are one coat away from finishing painting the bathroom. We put the big mirror back up on the wall in the big room and it was much harder than it seemed like it would be. We've patched, primed, painted, packed, (I've run out of p words). We ripped out the caulk in the bathtub, did a major clean up job of it and I recaulked last night. I also caulked up the trim the previous owners had put around the bathtub surround. Silly previous owners! You don't just nail up trim and call it done! Caulk is what makes it look good, like it's supposed to be there!
Here's the state of the bathroom right now. Should be finished tomorrow.
Spider man was here. Thanks Spidey for keeping that light fixture out of paint's way!

This next one has a couple of things we've done all in one. First, there's the fallen tree branch from the backyard. I'm making it bloom like I've seen in magazines! It's going to be awesome! It's already starting to open. Also, you might notice the painted cabinet, all finished painting (except for touching up where we scratched it getting the stupid top shelf in). There's also boxes of stuff we've bought but haven't put together yet, The orange bucket and wipe container under it are full of crayons we unwrapped for the next Activity Day at church (I had to pay Jaide $2 to do most of it for me. Bob was smart and told her to soak the papers off). Then there's the table itself. An Ikea hack! I bought a butcher block counter top. We used the table saw to take 5" off it the long way. Bob sanded (thanks Bob!) and also drilled holes for the adjustable table legs. Soon that neat little counter/table is going to have two cute little stools (also in boxes, waiting to be assembled) under it. The white wire part in the foreground is the top of a birdcage I spray painted white (it was forest green when I bought it at a yard sale a couple of years ago and also as it sat collecting dust in the utility room the last few years). If you ask Kiree (or maybe she'll just tell you) it's going to be a deh-coe-ray-shun. And then she might ask you several times why it's called a bird cage.
I also sewed some pillow covers out of napkins (3 in middle) and some pillows out of fabric (3 front and left). I also bought a bunch of premade ones(far right) on clearance at Target this week ($3.24 a piece!). The sewing machine went kaput before I could finish the cover not pictured, but after I cleaned and oiled it, it worked again! Hooray!
I had fun with spray paint
and paint stripper (and will have to have fun with paint or something again very soon to cover that ugly).

I'm really sorry if that picture shows up sideways (I changed it once and I don't know what to do to make it stay)
Next up, moving the furniture around. Big bed in the big room, bunk beds in the little room. I can't wait to show the after pictures. Mainly because then it will be after all the hard work!


Sunday, February 13, 2011

So much busy for such a little month

We're still alive. We've been spending a large chunk of our time working on the house. Here's a bit of our life.

I made some art. I took these photos myself, 20 bonus points if you know where I took them at!

Lately I've been bribing Kiree with legos to go potty. She really wanted some legos and we had none before. I bought a little bucket of over 200 legos and she's been earning them one at a time. She has the little guy and the bottom portion of his car so far.



I made my own version of fake board and batten in the "dining room" This is a treatment currently popular on design/diy blogs. I just needed something to hide the fact I'm not very good at hanging wallpaper. I extended the wallpaper all the way over to the kitchen and Bob helped me cut trim (more chair rail and the screening pieces that cover the wallpaper seams). I did all the caulking, painting, and designing myself.
The end is near for the basement stairs project. I started tearing out the carpet way back in December. The only thing that's left to do (besides touching up the wall paint in that stairway) is to paint and install the false riser at the top of the stairs. I don't know why that one was different and gappier than the others. My stairs are a bit more, um, rustic? than others I've seen around, but good enough for me!
We've also been working on a lot of various other little projects. One example is this upper cabinet in the kitchen (aka the "head hurting cabinet). It is an open cabinet, and it used to be light blond wood laminate colored, so we decided to paint it to match the rest of the kitchen cabinets. We also added matching trim to make it look like the rest (this cabinet is one we got from the as-is at Ikea, the shelves are from an old bookcase). That's just primer on there now. It should get painted up this week (and I'll get to fill it back up with all the stuff that used to be in it, hopefully).
We've also finished installing the last bits of baseboard trim. I started repainting the girls room (again). Bob and I made a google document of everything we need to do to get the house ready to sell and it has over 100 entries. We're sure we missed a few too. But we've knocked out a good number this past week.

All this has been done while trying to keep things reasonably clean, feeding and clothing the family and doing church stuff (the activity days girls sure did enjoy 'heart attacking' the bishop's office door!)

We continue packing up stuff we won't need for a while. As we've worked on quieter tasks (ie no table saw or the like) we listened to The Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food on CD. We've listened to/watched some movies as well. Bob and I even went on a date Friday night to see Harry Potter (we've seen every single one in the theater so far, we can't break the trend when we're so close to the end!)

I'm really glad the weather is supposed to be nice this week, not for being outside or playing, but for painting. Here's hoping we can get it all done!