Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Pictures Please! OK, Here are a Few!

Pictures Please!  OK, Here are a Few! 
So, I'm working on the floor mural in my 1/2 bath and I keep getting "pictures please!", so here are 3. The first is just after I sanded it. The second was just after I stained it. It didn't look like I'd hoped, so I decided I would paint it instead.

So, I sanded it again, painted a base of white (more of an eggshell white really), and then drew out with a fine marker the design I'm now painting on it. The floor mural will be a creek bed. The 4' high wood wainscoting (former 8" wide baseboards found downstairs) will be left original - old, shellacked, kids' names carved into it, etc. - and above the wood will be sheetrock, which I will paint a mural of a creek with trees (up on to the ceiling), flowers, plants & bushes all around. So, basically when you step in, you're stepping into a fancy "outhouse" in the house.

Briggs calls the creek bed I'm working on "Shit Creek" - since it's a creek in a bathroom. Cute. So anyone using it will be "up shit creek without a paddle."  ;)
 Sanded 7-19-2013

 Stained 7-21-2013


Partially Painted 7-31-2013

Base design finished 7/31/2013

I can only take about an hour and a half on the floor before my knees & legs start screaming at me to get up. So, this work has taken about 10 hours to get the base design completed. Next, I'll begin the detail work, such as twigs, ferns, leaves, water, and anything else I think of...once my legs allow me to get on the floor again!

So, that's where I'm at right now. Once it's finally completed, I'll post more pictures.

So I'll see y'all later!  :)

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Another Project Started ~ The 1/2 Bath

Another Project Started ~ The 1/2 Bath
We realized that, while we don't need a second bathtub, we definitely need a 2nd toilet! So, we decided to find the best spot to designate for this purpose. We decided to cut down the size of the entry, which has 2 doors from it anyway; one into the kitchen and the other into the living room. The kitchen door will now be the door into the 1/2 bath.

The toilet is a very high-end low-height Kohler that hubby got on Nex-Tech Classifieds for $10. An elderly woman could no longer sit that low, and had replaced it with a higher profile one.

Then he found a pedestal sink at the hardware store for only $60, and the awesome part of that is the porcelain is the exact same color as the toilet's, and the pedestal footprint is identical to the base of the toilet! It was a "meant to be", for sure. :)

The room's size will be 2 1/2' x 5'! VERY tiny! :D

The door for it will be 2' x 6' 5" - a "Hobbit"-size door that is coming off one of the bathrooms in the church basement. The 4' high wainscoting is being cut from the former baseboards, with sheetrock above that. I'll also build a small cabinet to hang above the toilet. This cabinet will also be made from the old baseboards. A mirror and a shelf, paint, and the decorating ideas I have and it'll be all done!

I'll post pictures of the entire process once it's completed. It will be easier to see the transition that way.

After the 1/2 bath is in, we'll be putting in the tub. It will be sooo nice to take a shower inside! Right now we have a hose from the kitchen sink and out hubby's toilet room window. We take showers outside behind the house. Thankfully it's very warm outside. :) However, Amanda, the pig, likes to try to get in on it. Not cool! LOL She likes to roll around in the mud and then try to rub up against us. Eeeeeww! Yuck!

So, that's about all of it for the moment. I'll share more as we progress along.

Thanks for stopping by! :)