Awesome Master Closet – Phase III

Phase III, oh how I love thee. The master closet is finished! We are loving it! Phase three was a super fun phase. You can see the mock up in my previous post of where Phase III is in comparison to Phase II and Phase I. We built this section from scratch, which I love. We needed a space for long hanging stuff like dresses, robes and a Dracula cape. Yes, I have one. I don’t know what I’m saving it for. I also needed a place for shoes, a hamper and a bench for sitting on and putting on said shoes. I was afraid that the closet was going to start feeling cramped, so we kept the long hanging section small. I think it’s about 2 feet wide. The shoe cubbies are 12×12 (except the bottom one, which is taller, for boots) . We assembled it as one piece and once anchored to the wall, we started adding to it, like face frame pieces and crown molding etc.

Awesome Master Closet - Phase III

Awesome Master Closet - Phase III

 

 

Now it was time to start planning the hamper/bench. We just worked with the space we had left and cut our pieces to fit that space. We knew it needed to be 12 inches deep to stay in line with with shoe cubbies and we didn’t want it to go past the plug that was to the left of it. Once the measurements were taken and the wood was cut, we started putting it together. It was really pretty simple.

Awesome Master Closet - Phase III

Awesome Master Closet - Phase III

Awesome Master Closet - Phase III

Awesome Master Closet - Phase III

Once all the pieces and parts were assembled, we did a test fit.

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Pretty darn good for a house that is so not square. Then it was on to priming and painting.

Awesome Master Closet - Phase III

Don’t you just love that metal mesh? It’s beautiful and it provides air flow for the dirty clothes.

Awesome Master Closet - Phase III

I don’t know why I didn’t get pictures while making the top. It was pretty simple. We cut a 1×2 to length (which would be permanently attached to the back), measured how big the top needed to be. Sanding, staining, poly then we attached the piano hinge and it was good to go. The top is about a 1/2 inch over on the front and side, so you can lift up the lid.

Awesome Master Closet - Phase III

Awesome Master Closet - Phase III

Awesome Master Closet - Phase III

Here’s a little reminder…

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And now…

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We absolutely LOVE it!! It doesn’t even look bad with all our stuff in it. I love going in there and I’m no longer stressed about how bad it looks. We’ve managed to get rid of a lot of stuff, so it didn’t have to come back into the closet.

Well, I sure would love to know what you think of it. Leave me a comment.

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DIY Brick Mailbox

You know those brick mailboxes that are in front of every house in every subdivision all across the land? We had one at our last house, and we really liked it. It matched the brick on the house and, well, I think it classed up the place. Our new house did not come with a brick mailbox. It wasn’t even an option. So, during the building phase, we collected all the bricks that were left around the house, that would have been bulldozed under the ground. We stacked them in the garage until the day came that we had no impending projects. This would be our last project for 2014. So, it’s November now, but luckily the weather was holding. At least in the beginning of the project. I remember days, or nights really, as we ran out of daylight that we froze our keesters off!

I’m sure you’re wondering how we knew we could build a brick mailbox. We didn’t know. But, we figured it couldn’t hurt to try. We knew we had to pour a footer for a solid foundation. We measured our neighbors mailbox and did a test layout to make sure all the bricks would fit in the designated square footer. Once we did that, we dug out a square hole. Square hole? Um, yeah, square hole. We used 2×4’s as forms, the size of our square hole, and put in rock that we tamped down. Then we mixed the concrete and poured it in the form.

Brick Mailbox

I honestly don’t remember how many days it was from the time we poured the concrete till we started laying the cement blocks and bricks. Most likely it was an entire week, as we only have Saturday and Sunday to work on projects. Anyway, once the concrete was set it was time to begin. It went pretty fast at first.

Brick Mailbox

You start out by centering your concrete blocks on the pad. Then you put on a second layer going in the opposite direction, with cement in between. We started putting down bricks once we got the first 4 concrete blocks set.

Brick Mailbox

Make sure you have the right tools. Besides something to mix the mortar in, we used a wheelbarrow and shovel, you will need a rubber mallet, a level and a few of these nifty tools.

Brick mailbox

DIY Brick Mailbox

Now it was time for the curve. Now I know this is not how professionals do it, and it takes them like a half an hour to complete the entire mailbox, but this is how we did it. We cut some templates, to put around the mailbox, to support the bricks as we made the curve. We added wire mesh to that to hold the mortar..

DIY Brick Mailbox

So curving with rectangle bricks. Not wedged bricks, rectangle bricks. We have a big chop saw, not a miter saw, but a saw that can cut bricks and other super hard stuff. We knew we weren’t going to have enough bricks, so my husband picked up some bricks that were very similar in color. The texture was very different as was the process in how they were made. These were hard bricks and they were not easy cut. We used the chop saw, didn’t work too well and we used a grinder. Worked ok, but man was it messy. My poor husband…take a look.

DIY Brick Mailbox

See what I mean? Luckily, we didn’t have to cut too many. We gave up on trying to wedge the bricks and just used more cement to force them to curve. At one point, it was late, dark and we really hated how it looked, so we tore it back down, cleaned up as much as we could and left it to start again the next day. It was very frustrating at times.

DIY BrickMailbox

DIY Brick Mailbox

Figuring out the layout for the back.

DIY Brick Mailbox

DIY Brick Mailbox

DIY Brick Mailbox

So, here we are, 99.9% done. We were pretty happy with it.
DIY Brick Mailbox

Now it’s done!

DIY Brick Mailbox

DIY Brick Mailbox

So, that’s it! One thing I would be better at is brushing the bricks to remove the cement off the face of the bricks. Once it’s dry, it’s dry. We didn’t do an acid wash, which might have removed more of the dried cement, but honestly, we were tired. So, if this is something you’ve always wanted to do, go ahead and try it. What have you got to lose? Ok, you might lose a few weekends and some skin off your fingers but when you pick up your mail out of your beautiful new mailbox, you won’t remember any of that.

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My Favorite Project of 2014

So, yeah, I’m still behind in my posts. But I’m about to finish out 2014 and show you my favorite project and then hit 2015 and try to finish it up pretty quickly. Well, you know, so far how busy 2014 has been. I mean, we finally moved into our new house, built a fence and a shed, tore out some carpet and a few other things. It was finally time to add some color to the walls. White walls are not my thing. I like color on my walls because it makes the molding stand out. We don’t have fancy molding, but we did pay extra for 5 1/2″ tall baseboards. Anyway, we painted my craft room with Tango Orange from Sherwin Williams. We painted the living room our standard beige (this may change), and the kitchen yellow, my husband’s favorite color, then we changed it up a bit. We painted the master a gray from Sherwin Williams called Agreeable Gray. We did a feature wall in the Tango Orange. We did the same treatment in the master bath except that I added silver glitter to the gray paint. Here are a few examples.

My Favorite Project of 2014

My Favorite Project of 2014

My Favorite Project of 2014

Is that color not fabulous? I absolutely love this room.

My Favorite Project of 2014

My Favorite Project of 2014

My Favorite Project of 2014

Yellow is not my favorite color, but I do like how it turned out. It really goes with everything we have. Apparently I didn’t get any pictures of the rooms with gray paint. I mean really, the rooms are still unfinished and look terrible, so those pictures will have to wait until the rooms are finished…someday.

Back to my favorite project. If you saw my posts during the building of our house, you saw the picture of the dining room with the trey ceiling. I love a trey ceiling, but this one was so boring. I would sit on the couch in the living room and stare over at that boring white ceiling with the chandelier that seemed too small. I starting thinking about what I wanted to do to liven it up. In our old house, we had two trey ceilings and a barrel ceiling that were all painted a chocolate brown. I loved them. So, definitely we were going to start there by painting the ceiling.

My Favorite Project of 2014

My Favorite Project of 2014

My Favorite Project of 2014

It looks better than white, but I still wanted to do something different. I wanted to do some kind of treatment or stencil to it, but I didn’t know what. One day, my hubby and I were in Kirklands just walking around and we both happened to notice it at the same time. We looked at it and then at each other, with this, do you think it will work look, and the light bulb came on! Why not, it would definitely be different. What am I talking about you ask? It’s a large wood wall hanging thing with cut outs. I don’t really know what to call it, but it was beautiful and it was on-sale. It also had a hole in the middle the perfect size of the electrical box in the ceiling. It was even the perfect color. Here it is. Let me know what you think of the ceiling.

My Favorite Project of 2014

WHAT DO YOU THINK?!!!! This was a challenge. First we had to find the studs (painter’s tape) and hold it straight while one of us nailed it up. I absolutely loved it.

My Favorite Project of 2014

My Favorite Project of 2014

So, what do you think? I just love it. It’s my favorite project of 2014. I no longer sit and look at a boring ceiling. It’s really changed up the look.

I would love to hear what you think. Drop me a line with your thoughts. Don’t forget to follow me on social media (links on the side bar) and if you want my new posts emailed to you, just enter your email over to the side.

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You tore out WHAT on day one?…and other horrendous projects!

Yep, you heard right, TORE OUT! Day one! What did we tear out? Why the carpet of course. Yep, the entire house of carpet. I know what you’re thinking, that I’m crazy. Well, maybe just a little. I mean who in their right mind tears out brand new carpet, and why? Well, I’ll tell you why. We have dogs. One of those dogs was a one year old Dalmatian. The carpet started right inside the back door. You can see the carpet here. Can you imagine how that would look after a few weeks with new sod that was wet all the time? Right from the beginning, we planned on tearing out the carpet and selling it. We knew we were going to paint the sub-floor until we could afford to put in bamboo throughout the entire house. So, that’s exactly what we did. Check it out.

Torn up carpet

We sold the carpet from the three bedrooms to the landlord from our temporary housing and the rest we put on craigslist. BTW, carpet is HEAVY! Talk about a workout. Day one and we were already exhausted and sore, and this was not the worst of it. We also had to put up thirteen blinds and five ceiling fans.

ceiling fans

But still there was something worse. The most horrendous project of all…we had to put in a fence! We couldn’t officially move in until the fence was done because of the dogs. I wasn’t worried at all, we had put in a fence before. We rented the auger and had all of our supplies ready to go. The weather started out cold and overcast (June 1), which is a good thing, except for the mud.

muddy shoes

 

Well, where do I start. It should have taken us one day to dig the holes and set the posts, one day to do the stringers and start nailing boards, and another day to finish nailing boards. So, like 3 days and in between tear out the carpet and get the floor painted so we could move in with the dogs. It took us NINE, that’s right, NINE DAYS to almost finish the fence! Here’s why…

Jack hammering the holes

Can you see what my hubby is doing? He’s jack hammering the holes!!!!! On the very first hole we hit rock a few inches down with the auger. Solid rock. Hole #2, rock, hole #3, rock, and on and on and on. So we took the auger back and rented a jack hammer. Horrendous job. We went from super happy to super grumpy, and to top it all off, it got hot, really hot. My hubby started working without his shirt, and even with sun screen, he got fried. We finished the fence the day before we had to go back to work, and had to complete the gate that Monday. Here’s what it looks like.

Left side front

Left side

two sections to go

One section to go.

one section to go

One board to go. I had to force that smile out of him.

last board

finished

Gate

The beautiful gate. It meant that this project was done.

Luckily for us, our good friend Lynn brought us lunch, we really didn’t do much eating over that nine days so we were super cranky. Thanks Lynn!

lunch

There were a few bright spots to that first nine days in the new house. Besides, the hideous fence job, installing five ceiling fans, hanging thirteen blinds, these came…cue my smiley face! ūüôā

Frigidaire Professional series slide in range and microwave

Frigidaire Professional Series french door fridge

Frigidaire Professional Series dish washer

So this was a bright spot in an otherwise tiring and stressful week. But…we finished the fence, and hung the blinds and ceiling fans, painted the floors and moved in! So yay, now to relax a bit. Mmmmm, not so much. Stay tuned to our next project.

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The House…Where We Left Off

Hello everyone! So you’re probably wondering if we EVER¬†finished the house. We have been so busy working on projects that I haven’t even had time to do posts about them or about the house. So without further delay, here we go. Where the heck did I leave off? ¬†Oh yes, my last post was April 25, 2014. I had posted what had been done up till March 14th. That was WELL over a year and a half ago!!! I seriously can’t believe it’s taken me this long to finish this post. ¬†I’m not really good at this, in case you didn’t already know it. ¬†This is going to be long, so sit back and enjoy the ride. So the outside brick and vinyl had been finished. The inside had HVAC done and electrical boxes were in. I didn’t get many pics of the actual wiring, which I really wish I had, but here is what happened after that. HVAC access Garage door opener Nothing too exciting there. The access door to the HVAC system and the garage door openers were installed. They usually don’t install the openers¬†until after the drywall is installed, but the drywallers were behind schedule, thanks to the weather. Wall Plate Pipe Wall Plate with pipe Central Vac Y Connector This is the central vac my husband and I installed. I had planned on doing a seperate post on how to install central vac, but I’m not sure I got enough pictures. I may re-visit this and draw a map and do a small tutorial on how to install it. It was like 30 degrees in the house and my poor husband had to get himself into some tight spots, but we got it done and I love it. We installed central vac in our last house, and I can’t say enough good things about it. If you’ve been contemplating it, you should definitely do it. Another project my husband and I took on was putting insulation in the garage. It wasn’t part of our package, but they let us do it ourselves, thank goodness. We don’t have insulated garage doors so it’s still cold in there, but hopefully we will eventually. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The very next day the insulation guys came and started to insulate the house. I was so excited, because I knew the next thing was drywall. master with insulation Eat-in Kitchen with insulation So this is the master and the eat-in kitchen. I don’t know what happened to the rest of my pictures, surely I took more than two pictures. Drywall delivered Drywall and kitchen arches On 4/2 they delivered the drywall, but that’s it! I was excited and beyond frustrated at this point. I just wanted to move into this house, so we could get settled and start on some fun projects. This is the very next day… The master ceiling. Not a tray, but I still like it. Master ceiling This is looking towards the dining room. Dining room The kitchen arch. One of the things we love about this house. kitchen arch This is, of course, the best room in the entire house! My craft room. craft room To say I was excited at this point would be a mild understatement. They dry walled the entire house in ONE day! One day. I still can’t believe it. If they could have gotten in there on their regular schedule, we could have been in a lot sooner. Well, you all know how behind we got in the framing stage from this earlier post. They came in the next day and started mudding and taping. I don’t think they finished in one day. It’s a not a huge house, but it’s not small either. Here are a few pics of that process. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The next thing to come was on 4/9. It was a biggie. meter box installed Once the meter is installed, then they can regulate the temperature in the house and can really get moving. meter hooked up and passed This didn’t happen until 4/15, but it passed inspection so it was a go! I thought this next picture was fun. It’s blurry, but it’s the only time I’ve seen a meter look like this. Meter at 0 All zeros! Cool right?

This was an exciting day. Cabinets, interior doors, baseboard, door and window casing and the columns for my dining room were delivered. Woo Hoo!
interior doors, cabinets

cabinets

April 23 brought some major changes. Cabinets were installed, and doors were installed. Starting to look like a house now.
Laundry room

Butler's Pantry

Kitchen

Pocket Door in Master

Kitchen through the arch way

We were supposed to close on April 30th, but I knew at this point it wasn’t going to happen. I was so frustrated. We were dealing with cramped quarters, one sick dog and a one year old puppy. I was so ready for this to be over. It took another seven days before the counter tops were installed.

Laundry Room

Sink wall

Stove wall

Butler's Pantry
Nothing fancy on the counter tops. We were keeping costs down, with a future plan to replace the cabinets and get some kind of solid surface tops. I’m not sure when that will be happening. I may end up working with these cabinets and just getting new counter tops.

So May finally arrived, with the promise that we would close at the end of the month. Quite a bit had to get done. There is no denying that it was getting really exciting. Somewhere between countertops and lights they painted the house. They use sprayers, so it goes really fast. We took the standard paint package, so ceiling, walls and trim were all the same color. We knew we would paint down the road. Anyway…check this out. Lights were installed.
kitchen chandy

Dining Room Chandy

Five days later, something very big happened. And when I say big, I mean massive. Our 3-car garage driveway! That’s a lot of shoveling of snow, people, ask my husband, this year we got a lot of snow. ¬†One storm was 18 inches!!!!!

3 Car driveway

Openings for plants

back patio

Basically from this point on it was just little stuff to get us in. I’ll just share the pictures.

Carpet

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grading and landscape

garden tub

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basic shower

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living room

Keys to the castle

FINISHED

Well there she is! Can you believe it? We closed on May 30th, but didn’t move right in, but that’s another story for another time. I promise it won’t take me a year and half to tell you about that. We’ve had a ton of fun with projects and I can’t wait to show them to you.

Until next time…

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