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THIS is happening!

No more hemming.  No more hawing.

No more flipping.  No more flopping.

I’ve talked too much about this and not had any action.  But now…

I AM doing this.  I am. I am.  I am.

I AM going to paint some woodwork white.

I have to.  I already started!

(And now I push pause on the project til I get the right paint brush.  But, hey, damage done.  I’m committed!)



Here we go!

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(See previous posts here and here and here.)  WOO HOO!  Our powder room is practically done!  We got the new sink installed late last week.  We installed the faucet over the weekend.  Then yesterday, we made a spontaneous decision to also replace the toilet too.  It was on our long term list, but thought we’d do it at the same time that we replaced the floors.  But we decided to chuck the ‘light tan toilet with a cream toilet seat’ in favor of a nice white one.  Looks great!

We ended up having to order the sink twice.  The first one was damaged in shipping, so back it went.  It was a small chip, but I just knew that I’d look at the sink every day and think “Man, I sure wish it wasn’t damaged.”  It’s one thing if WE damage it; it’s another to pay full price for something already damaged.

What’s left to be done:

  • I want to replace the outlets and switches with white ones.  Right now they’re an almond color.  This should be simple; I just need to learn how to do it.
  • Caulking the sink near the walls.  I need to do some more research on this first – use white to match the sink?  Use clear and paint it the same color as the walls?  Hmmm…

Total Cost:

This definitely wasn’t a DIY job meant to be done as cheaply as possible.  My sister did fix the walls for us and gave us the artwork and mirror as Christmas gifts, but…we ordered a custom sink.  And we replaced the functional-but-ugly toilet – that didn’t need to be done.  And we hired a plumber to install that toilet.

  • Sink: $240
  • Plumber & other plumbing supplies: $180
  • Paint & Stain & supplies: $35
  • Hardware: $10
  • Total: $465(ish)

Summary: My blog is not the place you should come to in order to find projects done as cheaply as possible!

The-pretty-much-everything-is-done-except-for-the-outlets picture:


Before-And-After Photo:


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(See previous posts here and here.)  Life in our powder room is good!  Cause, you know:

  • The walls are all painted.
  • The vanity is all stained.
  • The vanity has been poly-urethaned.  (New word.)
  • The light fixture is back up.

Life in our powder room is NOT good.  Cause, you know:

  • The new vanity top that I bought DOES NOT FIT.

It doesn’t fit.  I measured poorly.  I assumed that the vanity needed a standard 37 inch countertop.  But no…it needs a custom 36.25 inch countertop.  Which is now on order.  I ordered practically the same thing that I had bought off the shelf, I just now got the privilege of paying $80 more for it.  And get the privilege of waiting another 30 days or so until it comes in.  Lucky us.  Til then, no sink in the powder room.

We still would’ve done the project had we’d known that we needed a custom sink; we probably just would’ve waited a couple more months AND we wouldn’t have taken out the old sink until the new one had arrived.  But that’s a life lesson for you.  Measure once.  Measure twice.  Just measure carefully, would ya Jayme?

The Walls-Are-Now-Painted-Gray-And-All-The-Stuff-Had-To-Moved-To-The-Laundry-Room-During-The-Remodel-And-Isn’t-That-Little-Boy-Cute picture:



The Vanity-Is-All-Stained-And-Hardware-Put-On-But-Apparently-I-Need-To-Wipe-Off-The-Smudges-Of-Little-Fingers:


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Powder Room Remodel: Day 2-3

More pictures of the powder room remodel!

Yesterday was kind of an uneventful day.  Another coat of mud and sanding on the walls.  Another coat of stain on the vanity.

Today is also an uneventful day.  More sanding of the walls.  Last coat of stain on the vanity.  BUT…the wall have been mostly primed and are ready for paint.  The biggest event is that I broke a light bulb off inside the light fixture.  I did a good job of it too — some of the actual I-make-light part was in tact.  No big deal — needle nose pliers got them out!

It’s currently 9:07 p.m. and I’m waiting for my sister to come over to get the painting started!  That’s how we do it — put our kids to bed, then stay up and remodel.  That’s mostly why I’m glad my husband is out of town for work these last couple of days (he gets home tomorrow).  Not only does he miss out on the mess, but it really throws off our bedtime.

By the time Jeff gets home tomorrow, the staining of the vanity will be done and so will the painting.  Not yet done will be: the polyurethene coat and I’ll still have 1 more coat of stain to do on the door/drawer fronts.  But it will be ready for him to help me install the sink and the new faucet.  I’m sure he’ll be excited!

Here are some pictures of these uneventful days:


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Powder Room Remodel!

We’re re-doing our powder room.  It’s a room that has bothered me since we moved in.  It had icky wallpaper, icky sink top, brown tile.  Just icky.  And then I took off all the wallpaper and did a horrible job patching the walls.  So when I repainted, there were still blotches everywhere — just now they weren’t wallpaper blotches; they were painted blotches.  Slightly more subtle, but still annoyed me to no end.

So I’m re-doing it!  Here’s the Way Before.  The Before-We-Moved-In-And-Ever-Started-Touching-It:



And here’s the Jayme-Removed-the-Wallpaper-While-On-Maternity-Leave-In-Her-Spare-Time-And-Did-Not-Patch-The-Walls-Well:


  • New paint color (even if badly applied)
  • New light fixture
  • Toilet has a different color lid than bowl.  We’ll fix this eventually.



And here’s the After-Day-1-Removing-The-Sink-And-Vanity-Top-Staining-The-Vanity-And-First-Coat-Of-Mud-To-Fix-The-Walls:



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There are soooo many cute gifts for teachers on pinterest!  Well, my kids don’t have any teachers, but I like the ideas.  And I like encouraging my co-workers.  So I put my couponing skills to work.  Added in my not-very-good-but-good-enough design skills and came up with gifts for my co-workers.

They were just a bottle of either orange Gatorade, Diet Sunkist or regular Sunkist with a note attached.  It said something clever like

“Orange You Glad:

->Work for such a cool team?

->Work on such a cool product?

->Work with such cool people?

Orange you glad for all that?

We sure are glad you’re here!

Yeah, it was dumb.  It was cheesy.  Yes, they’re mostly grown men.  Yes, it cost me less than $.50 bottle.  But I think they liked it!orange

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(You can see other Everyday Life posts here.  If you wanna.)

Day #31: Organization in the Garage

Jeff’s parents came to town earlier this week and helped us install shelves in the garage!  LOVELY, LOVELY, LOVELY!  It gets stuff off the ground.  It allows me to put stuff in totes.  It helps me to walk around the cars without tripping. It keeps things like bug sprays, ant killers, weed killers and gasoline out of little ones’ hands.  LOVE IT!

The cool black tool chest is also from them – it was Jeff’s Christmas present!  Our garage is very grateful to them!


Here’s Phinehas learning how to work the cordless drill:

LearningToDrillAnd playing with Grandpa’s Hat:


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