The House…So Close, Yet So Far

Hey everyone!

Well, you will NOT believe all that’s been done on the house since my last post on February 27th. We have come so far, but still have a way to go. I chronicled up to the 21st because things were happening so fast, I couldn’t keep up with them. I’ve got so many photos downloaded that I have to edit, that I was overwhelmed and didn’t do anything. Very productive of me. I can’t believe I didn’t do a single post in the month of March! Yikes. Anyway, let’s see if I can get this ball rolling again and get you updated. Ok, February 27th was my last update. Wow, I really need to get my stuff together. Here we go.

Here are both tubs installed. The bow front is in the master and the shower/tub combo is in the hall bath.

The house, so close yet so far


Gosh I was pretty excited at that point. That was 2/27 and the house still isn’t done. The brick was started right after this. That got me really excited.

The house, so close yet so far

There is a brick skirt on both sides and the back and the front is completely bricked. I wish we could have done brick on all four sides, but it’s just too expensive.

The house, so close yet so far




That last picture is my craft room. I just love that room. That awesome window let’s in so much light. I can’t wait to get in there. While the brick was getting done the HVAC was going in. That’s not very exciting, but let me see if I have any pictures.

The close, yet so far


See, not exciting, but a huge step closer to drywall. There are a million things that need to get done before drywall can go in. Another one of those big things is electric. This was fun to watch. I just don’t know how these guys learn all this stuff. There was wire everywhere. I actually wish I knew how it all worked.

The close, yet so far


I didn’t get many pics of the wiring, but you’ll be able to see it in other pics I’ve taken.  Up next…siding!  Yay!  This really made the house look like a house and look really awesome.

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Amazing change right? I love how the back of the house looks.

The House...So Close, Yet So Far
So that’s what it looks like done – on the outside anyway. So much more has to be done. My next post I will show you the central vac my hubby and I installed and you’ll see the insulation go in and finally the drywall. I’ll have another post for you soon, I promise.

Untill next time…

My Awesome $5 Habitat ReStore Chair!


I hope by now you’ve all seen the post on my craft room. I promised at the end of that post to tell you about my awesome $5 chair find. I saw this little beauty hiding behind a bunch of chairs that were probably all from the same office.
Chair before
Isn’t she beautiful? This was the biggest of all the chairs, so I figured it was probably for the boss or maybe the Queen of the office! My husband looked at me kinda funny when I said I wanted it. I told him I could transform this chair into a work of art. He shrugged his shoulders and got a cart. He’s so agreeable. Then came the task of finding just the right fabric. I knew what I wanted, but I couldn’t find it. I wanted orange fabric with white paisley on it, just like the inside of my cabinet. I couldn’t find anything. I thought about using the stencil and painting some fabric. Then I found this…
fabric I got this at Hobby Lobby. I LOVE all the bright colors. I started taking the chair apart and found a tag – it was a LAZY BOY chair! Score.
inside of chair
sanded chair Once I got the back and seat off, I started sanding. I didn’t sand it all down since I was going to paint it. I just scuffed it up and took the shine off. I primed and painted it and it was starting to look really nice. I used the same paint as I did on the cabinets. It’s called Popcorn by Behr from the Home Depot.
chair with new bottom The back turned out to be the hardest part. I had to put the back on with decorative tacks, but they proved to be very difficult. The wood was so hard that they would bend. I tried drilling holes through the fabric into the wood, but then I couldn’t find the hole. I finally decided to google for a template for this application. There must be someone out there who had figured this out. I finally found Beth and Nick at Sawdust & Embryos blog. They made their own template to install decorative tacks. Brilliant. If you have not been over to their site, please go check them out.
IMG_20130402_195335_065 See how NOT straight those tacks are? I dread taking them out, but now I have a solution for making them straight.
I love the look of tacks and have always wanted to make something with them. I think I will have to do more in the not too distant future. Well, here is the finished chair.
finished chair What do you think? Do you love it? I know I do. It is as comfortable as it is beautiful.

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Welcome to my craft room!

I finally got my craft room. It’s been a long road, but it’s finally here and it’s just what I imagined. It is my happy place for sure. My husband and I were in our local Habitat ReStore, just checking things out and we found these cabinets. They just happened to be exactly 103″ long, exactly what we needed. Then we found the matching base cabinet and also a matching sink base. We got all of them for $85.00. I was so excited, I ripped the tag off before anyone else could steal them away! Let me show you the before.
The before
This was my never used guest room. What better place to have my dream craft room? Now let me show you what my husband and I found at the ReStore.
cabinets at Habitat
damaged side
This was a damaged side of one of the base cabinets. We replaced that side, and the back to make it a much stronger cabinet.
We brought them home and I started taking them apart and stripping the paint. I had an idea of what I wanted to do to add a pop of color. I couldn’t wait to get to that part. First I had to strip, sand and prime.
stripping and sanding primed
Now comes the fun stuff!
Yummy orange. But that’s not all…
How awesome is that? I love the paisley design and this stencil is the Allover Paisley stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils. They have amazing stencils and tutorials. Check them out. Now, more of the craft room.

orange knob I got these orange glass knobs at Hobby Lobby.
before countertop Once we started moving them into the room, I really got excited.
new top and legs The new countertop and legs. We splurged on the countertop, since everything else was so reasonable.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The legs after being painted.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Here is a little drawer organization – orange of course. These were purchased at the Dollar Tree.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Finally done. Let me show you a few more shots of the room.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA This piece became my printer station.
rug My awesome rug. I got it at Home Decorator’s.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA I got this work table at the Home Depot. What I love about it is that the legs fold in for easy moving. It’s a great table. I’m still trying to decide if I’m going to paint it or not. What do you think? Would you paint it?

Well, that’s it – my dream craft room. I hope you enjoyed the tour. Please comment and let me know what you think. Come back soon, I’m going to talk about my awesome craft room chair!!!