Showing posts with label Projects. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Projects. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Create an Outdoor Shower

If you were to walk around the house and stand right here next to the beautiful summer blooms in the garden with butterflies fluttering around and bees buzzing about......


And step about two feet to the left just behind the gorgeous purple color of the Crepe Myrtle tree, right about there, you will  see it.......

My saving grace. My outdoor sanity. The outdoor shower.






I can't believe that after all the yapping that I have done over the kids and my hubby dragging in the mud red Georgia clay over the years, that it took us this long to install an outdoor shower. In fact, I have spent more time complaining about that, then it took to put up and more money on a manicure and pedicure last week, then it cost in materials. 


We had most of the supplies needed to construct the shower including the pvc pipes, a shower head that we had in the shop and even some left over stone from this backyard project for the shower floor. 
Basically what we did was tap into our irrigation system from the garden, trench a new pipe over to the new area, run a metal pipe and fittings up the wall, secure with fasteners, attach a shower head to the top and a shut off valve on the bottom. It sounds simplified, but it really was this easy. If you want more details feel free to email me.

I am still working on landscaping around the shower area, but here's the stone floor that I laid.  The flat stones are directly under the shower and the others are part of the walkway leading to the shower.
I am thinking about planting some ground cover in between the stones to soften the area.


And other then the obvious shower head sticking out from the wall, it sits discreetly in the back corner, behind the purple crepe myrtle tree and two feet left of the garden, waiting to clean little muddy paws and piggy toes. 


Now this mama can stop complaining....for now anyways. 
So tell me, how do you handle muddy messes before they come in your house?



grateful
time with my niece over the weekend




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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

How To Tile Like A Pro.....Your First Time

This wasn't exactly my first time.....tiling, but it was my first time to tile a back splash... although I did paint one here in my kitchen.
A few months back, I found this glass subway tile on clearance at Home Depot and decided to use it to make some updates to the laundry room.







I will share the laundry room updates later down the road, today it's all about giving you my 5 simple and easy tips for tiling like a professional....even if it's your first time.

Tip 1- Start with a clean even surface. It is very important that if you are tiling over drywall to make sure that your surface is even. When I removed the previous tile design that was above the sink, I applied dry wall plaster to make sure my surface was consistent and smooth. If you want your tiles to lay evenly and stay secure with your adhesive while on the wall, don't skimp this step thinking that it doesn't matter 'since tile is going over it anyways'. It does.


Tip 2- Start applying the tile in the corner and work your way over from there.
You want to begin applying your tile to the wall against the edge so that your tiles are even and straight ( assuming your walls are). This will make your project go along much easier and without the need to constantly use a level to confirm accuracy....although it's not a bad idea to spot check your lines as you apply your tile. You don't want wonky tile lines.



Tip 3- Use a big fluffy sponge and nothing else to smooth your grout joints. I have used a rag, my finger and a paper towel and trust me, it makes a difference. The idea behind using a sponge is to smooth out your applied grout. You don't want to apply too much pressure or you will remove more grout then you need to, causing you to reapply it... which means more work than necessary.


Tip 4- Use the right tools to get accurate measurements and
cuts. Use a pencil specifically designed for glass or tile to mark your cuts on your tile. These marks can be easily removed when you clean your tile. They wipe off with a dry cloth. Use a level or straight edge ruler so that your lines are straight when you cut and most importantly make sure your wet saw blade is sharp and not dull for the best precision and cut on your tile.


Tip 5 - Measure your area before you purchase your tile. If you are like me ( the anxious type)  and see a great deal on some tile and have no clue how much you need, buy more than you think you will use. You can always return the tile if you have excess. Since this tile was on clearance and such a great deal per sheet  ( less than the cost of a soda out of a machine), I didn't want to take any chances. And as it turned out......



I liked this so much I decided to do the other side of the laundry room underneath the cabinets, so I sent hubby back to get more. Luckily he got the last 6 sheets, which was exactly what I needed. 
Call it beginners luck...sorta.

How are your tiling skills?
Next week, as soon as I get some dirty clothes off the floor and into the washing machine, I will share what else I have done to the laundry room.






Grateful~
For the patience to do my least favorite household chore.....laundry




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Thursday, August 07, 2014

Back To School....Student Treat

The Pinterest fairy led me to the cutest treat idea for the kids class on the first day. I must admit I find pinterest a bit overwhelming with inspiration so, I  stay back....or I will be sucked in.

So I am totally sure that I violated the 'healthy' snack rule with this treat, but it was just such a cute idea, I couldn't resist.




Since I was providing for the class, I picked up a few boxes of Little Debbie Snacks. I used PicMonkey to create my tag using the school theme. I use PicMonkey for all my labels and photo editing.


After I printed out the message on some card stock, made a hole in the corner, I used some red twine to secure the tag around the cookie. That way, if any of the sentimental mom's wanted to keep their kids first snack tag of the year, they could. Are you that mom?


I loaded up all the cookies in a big basket lined with a fun colored napkins and marched right into that classroom....to see if my 'healthy' snack passed the test........


it did.

What do you remember most about your first days of school?

If your little or big one's that are getting ready to start school , or already have, best of luck for a wonderful school year.


PS- for more back to school ideas click here, here



Grateful for~
a chicken that finally laid an egg...but broke when Lily was running with excitement to show us.






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Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Back to School .....Teacher Gift

Happy Hump day! Well day 4 of the kids back to school and I am just ...... missing them. I didn't think them going back would leave such a void in my heart and in my everyday routine. 
So to fill that void, today I am joining up with some of my Southern blogger pals  to bring you a Back To School Idea....for the teacher.



We have been so incredibly blessed for our children to have such wonderful, kind and loving teachers, and the teachers this year are no exception. I wanted to kick off the school year with a little gift that personally I just love. 




I figure nothing wrong with a little schmoozing so early in the year, right? Besides, as cute as I think my kids are, they can get a bit "active".


I found these summer scented candles at Bath and Body for the cost of lunch. These candles not only smell amazing , they are slow burners and burn clean. I created a label with a sweet message on card stock and attached with floral wire to the candle. The candles were already wrapped with a bow when I bought them.




I put them in a gift bag and sent them to school. A+ for mom.

Speaking of other A+ projects, be sure to visit my Southern Pals for more Back to School inspiration.


Refresh Restyle


Have an amazing day!




Grateful~
 that I haven't missed the alarm this week



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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

How to Snaze up the Garage Steps...Simple Steps For Painting Steps

I am back from a week in Tennessee with the kids and..... I missed you. I was in a location that had no cellphone coverage ( only text) and limited internet. I take that back, I had to drive down the road to make a call and when I posted anything to instagram or facebook it took 2 hours to upload. Although as remote as it sounds, it was the ideal way to unwind and relax the last week before school starts.

I must admit, my garage had been looking a tad bit disgraceful for many months now.  Complete eyesore, as in the minute you pulled your car in, you would want to pull it back out. Seriously. If you don't believe me, ask my car.
So we did a few updates to tidy up the place like building some shelves to help with the organization and painting the walls, but one thing I did that completely changed the way I feel when walking through the door, was painting the stairs.







It needed it bad....real bad


I decided to give the stairs a bit of interest, snaze them up a bit, rather then just going with a solid color. For this project I used black and 'Aged Beige', which happens to be the same color as the walls in our garage. 

First step was to paint the edges black. I used the painters tape to create straight lines.



Next I painted the body of the stairs with the Aged Beige.  I used exterior deck paint since this area gets so much foot traffic. Once that was dry, I added some more painters tape to create an additional black stripe on the stairs.


Once it was all dried, I pulled the painters tape off. I applied a clear protective coat over the stairs for easier cleaning and protection..... although little kids and red Georgia clay, wins every time.



But....... maybe not this time. 
How are your stairs looking these days....... time for an update?



Grateful
lovely week in Tennessee with the kids, my mom and sisters




PS-  previously i had used a  paint with texture on the  garage floor and stairs, that I left on and did not sand down. The paint had a bit of grit in it, so that will help to avoid any slips and slides on the stairs. I also keep a rug in front of the stairs to wipe little paws off.




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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Project of the Summer- Lake House

I have only done a few projects this summer which has been wonderful because honestly I have never felt more in touch with my kids, husband and household. If something was to get done, it was on "summer time"...... similar to, island time.  But there is one project that I have really been looking forward to since the summer began.......
Project Lake House

Me and the kids are packed up and heading north to Tennessee, to spend some time with my niece, sisters and mother at this beautiful house. While I am here, in between lake time and celebrating the twins birthday, I will be revisiting a few rooms that need some decor updates. 
This house is so special to me (and no, I do not own it but get to stay when I want...family perks) because I was there at the beginning of the building process, when it all started and looked like this.





That's me...notebook in one hand, phone in the other overseeing the stair installation. The owners live in another state so having somebody relatively close was ideal during the construction stage.... which was very slow. Island time, except in the mountains. Where the closest Walmart and Piggly Wiggly are one hour away.
And here I am below, 8 months pregnant with the twins .... house almost finished.  


7 years later, it's time to update and enhance a few of the rooms including this bedroom


and an outdoor living space


But don't worry, I will share an entire house tour with the updates when I get back....if I come back (kidding) although it's really hard to leave serenity and tranquility.
What are you up to this week?

Talk to you next week.



Grateful
for this chance to get away with the kids....even though 
we will miss dad









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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

How to Hang Wall Paper like a Rock Star... 5 Simple Tips Before You Get Started

Of all my DIY projects that I have done....wallpapering has not been one of them.  I guess it always seemed so difficult and time consuming, besides the visions of stripping paper in tiny little pieces off the walls, was enough to tell me not to even begin..... until I saw this paper from here and fell in paper love.






I thought it was the perfect paper for my' little girl getting bigger' bedroom updates. If you saw a glimpse of her room here, I am here to tell you I am a believer that wall paper can truly transform your space.
And so for all you non-believers or one's sitting on the fence thinking about hanging paper, I have put together some very basic tips to help your wall paper journey....and make you a believer.


Tip #1
Make sure you have the right tools. Good thing is, you don't need a boat load of supplies to hang paper. I used a tape measure, utility knife with a sharp edge, applicator ( to smooth and get rid of air pockets) a sponge, ladder and.....



a bath tub, yes that's what I said, to successful move through this job. 




I realize this is such a non conventional method in the professional world of wall papering, but rather then using a pan to submerge my paper, I filled my bathtub with luke warm water and submerged my paper in the tub instead. Worked like a charm and one less thing I needed to buy.


Tip #2
Love the sample piece before moving on. Make sure the paper works and it's what you want for the room. This sample piece hung on the wall for seriously a good month before I decided to purchase the rolls needed to do this wall. Unlike paint, paper would be a bit more complicated and timely to remove and start over, if I wasn't happy or unsure with the decision.. 



Tip #3
Measure 3 times....just to be sure.  Get it right with your cuts, so that you don't have any waste or have to buy additional rolls to make up for your mistakes. This paper was $60.00 for a standard roll so mistakes were just not in the budget.




Tip #4
Pick a forgiving pattern. Chances are, if you stare long enough to spot my imperfections or seams, you will get dizzy from the pattern before you even spot them. For your first time out of the gate, choose an easier pattern to work with, a repeating pattern, and one that doesn't require such precision when applying to the wall.



Tip #5
Measure your project area before you order. Would you believe I ran out of paper at this point.....because I did not measure the wall before I ordered. Dumb, I know that's what your thinking. It's okay.... I know. Most sources provide a simple to use room calculator to measure the amount of paper you will need based on your room/wall dimensions......use it.



But seriously, if it turns out as pretty as it did in Lily's room and is this easy to apply, I am confident that a few more walls will get the paper treatment ..... sooner than later.


Got any wall paper hanging in your home? If not, what's stopping you?



Grateful
That once I put the paper up, I loved it !




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