Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year and some Progress....

Well, I am finally getting a couple pics of the bathroom changes we have done...I don't have the best pics and we are still in the process of updating the bathroom but wanted to share a few things we have done in the past couple weeks...


These are the changes we have done!!
1. Painted stripes (wainscotting level) around the bathroom and a single strip on the top where it meets the ceiling.
2. Painted almost EVERYTHING that was oak (or fake oak) to a bright white
3. Painted all the walls and ceiling a cream color (it was pink, and 2 shades of green)
4. Installed new lighting above tub and sink
5. Installed new cabinet knobs (the cutest litle Starfish)
6. Hung our inspriation picture for our bathroom (Coastal theme)
7. Removed all the trim around the whole bathroom and in the process of priming/painting it.
8. Took down the various colored outlet/switch covers and put new decora white switches
9. Hung Medicine cabinet (freshly painted white) and a storage cabinet above the toilet


Note: There is 3 different types of TEXTURE on EACH WALL!! Where the border was is a smooth texture, right below that is a Horizontal linen/orange peel texture and about 1/3 up the wall to the floor is yet another texture (and it is more of an orange peel texture) It is REALLY weird to have that many textures but that is why we are doing the stripes to kinda of hide the fact we have sooo many textures...

What we have left to do:
We still need to finish the trim, do another coat on the stripes, put the shelf up next to the tub, hang up some art I bought in Hawaii, finish the stairs and beadboard that goes around the tub, put up some Uppercase Vinyl and finish painting in the magazine storage cubby next to the toilet and install NEW toilet....but we are making progress so that is all that matters right now :)

OH and here is the update on the craigslist mirror, that I redid:
1. Painted white with Bin Primer and then white paint and then another layer of Black paint and Rubbed edges to give an antique look
2. Put on Uppercase Living saying "Make yourself at HOME" the only thing is I think the E on the Home is going downhill, so I might buy another E and fix it, but so far no says anything until I point it out....but they could just being nice :)


Well, Happy New Year to everyone and be safe!!
See you Next YEAR!!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to everyone!!
I pray you and yours will have a blessed Christmas and a wonderful 2011...
I will be posting some major progress on our bathroom (upstairs bathroom, downstairs bathroom is also making some progress)!! I am soooo excited to show you all the changes!! :)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Kitchen Cabinets

Well, I am very happy to say we have bought our kitchen cabinets for our kitchen!!! When we bought the house we knew we would have to redo the kitchen as the cabinets were falling apart and had holes in weird not convenient locations... but I had been looking at craigslist off and on all year and watching to see if I could find a deal...I saw about a week or so ago some cabinets with an antique black finish, that I thought were pretty but way over my budget at $1900...well a week later they were marked down to $1000, still over our budget but I convinced my now laid off hubby to atleast take a look at them.. Well, we both liked them, they were older (10 year) oak cabinets that the seller had personally antiqued black and they looked cool. She was pretty firm at $800 and we had in our heads that we could ONLY pay $500 as we really didn't even have that...but she texted me back and decided yes she could take the $500!! So, YEAH we are going to get new kitchen cabinets!!!!!!!! (ok not new but new to us)

So, I am attaching the photo she had put on her ad from craigslist to give you an idea on what we they look is going to most likely be a project for after the baby is born, but one can only hope by chance we will be able to do it before.... one can dream right :)
Please check them out and let me know what you think!!!! Also, what you recommend for a color of countertops....

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Life and Kids...

We have a busy weekend this weekend...not as busy as some of you, but still busy...started out with a 1 year old birthday party last night..then a 7 yr.old birthday party this afternoon...and the Awana Jesus' Birthday party on Sunday...
so it is a weekend of birthdays!! :) We love everyone one of the kids and of course Jesus so it will be a fun weekend, but still a busy one :) I am thankful we don't have recitals/practices too to really make it busy... so I will thankfully take this weekend of birthday parties and enjoy every minute of it...
We had some very unexpected news too on Friday afternoon when my hubby came home around 2pm, he was laid off his job. He was taking it really well and just keep reassuring me God has provided everytime before and He will continue to provide...
I do have to say I wasn't as quick to just trust, I think my words were "What, it is less than 3 weeks before Christmas, we are 10 weeks from having another baby and we have a mortgage payment due!!!!"
I did quickly compose myself and let my hubby know that I know God will provide and I just need to trust God...sometimes it is easier to just vent/complain/question first then you have to let sit back for a second and realize it will be ok!
So, I am mainly using my blog today as a venting board...My husband doesn't want to tell anyone but (my immediate family) BUT sometimes I just need to vent, so here I am venting :)
Well, I guess I am done venting and thankfully my hubby did tell me he has some possible side jobs to do between now and Christmas, he should be able to still keep busy and bring some money home, so Thank God for that and that we have our home, and 3 soon to be 4 healthy children :)

Thursday, December 9, 2010


Ok, I didn't get either project finished but I did finish the last coat of paint on the mirror... and I will get them done but for now I wanted to post a picture of the Christmas Tree and the kiddos.... I let the kids decorate it and yes it is rather a small tree, but it was FREE (the previous homeowner left it with the house) and it is fake, but here in Alaska where even the tiny real trees cost WAY too much a fake one is the best way to go.....
I think it is beautiful especially since the kids decorated it and it has every ornament we own on it :)

Saturday, December 4, 2010


I haven't finished these projects yet, but I am going to show the BEFORE PICS then head downstairs to the family room and finally finish them up (in the next couple days)....I am using this posting as motivation.. :)
First is a 4 poster Pineapple Twin Bed I picked up on Craigslist in late September for $30..

Second is a mirror I also picked up the same day for $25.

Both were rather beat up and well loved, but I thought they atleast were actual wood and structurally sounds...
So, here is the before and hopefully in the next day or two I will get the after done and pics on so you can see what I did with them..... :)