Monthly Archives: February 2018

Bathroom Update


While on vacation this winter, I was able to help with a master bathroom update. I figured it would be simple…a little spackle, some sanding, apply the paint, and ta-da! Oh my goodness, you’d think I’d have learned by now that projects (no matter how big or small) always end up being more than a simple anything. Of course, there was a good amount of spackling to be done. Nearly all of the trim (crown molding, baseboards, and door & window frames) required attention with re: to caulking, which just happens to be one of my favorite painting prep tasks. We took down the little storage cupboard and the mirrored medicine cabinet (which had a crazy fuchsia color behind it). The cupboard was in good condition, so it just got to sit aside during this whole process. The medicine cabinet was updated with the same white paint as the vanity base. Which reminds me, the vanity base was a project all in its own right. That being said, I am more than happy with how the vanity turned out.  With the caulking done on the trim, I was able to get it painted. And then, it was time for the actual wall color. Since it was covering such a deep color (dark purple), the wall paint (a bluish grey) took two coats. After a tiny bit of touch-up on the trim, my job here was done. Once I left, the new pulls were put on the vanity, the medicine cabinet was put back up, the fixtures in the shower were updated, and the shower itself got a new curtain rod. Of course, the post makes this update seem like a walk in the park. Though every step wasn’t terribly enjoyable, you just can’t beat the incredible before-and-after pictures.

Bathroom update, done and done.


Where to Drill or Not to Drill?


Since I’ve been on quite a roll with these little wood cookie ornaments, I figured I might as well keep the momentum moving forward. That being said, I’ve reached yet another roadblock. After making good use of the pre-fabricated wood cookies I had on hand, I figured I’d see if any of the more “rough” wood cookies I’ve got on hand would work for this particular project. Just my luck, I discovered a pretty good stash of little, ornament-size wood cookies we cut back in 2015. These particular ones are thicker than the other finished products, but have the same diameter. I’ve been busy sanding ’em all. And, let me tell you, Bradford Pear is a pretty tough wood, but it sure does look neat on the inside.

Anywho, now I’m faced with the question of drilling a little hole at the top and inserting a screw eye hook OR drilling a more traditional hole through the wood cookie.                           What to do?  Go figure, yet another holding pattern.

OR-nament Project


A while back, I scored some neat wood cookie ornaments during the after-Christmas sales. Unless I’m mistaken, I got each pack for 49 cents each…and each pack contained 6 ornaments. I had some grand plans of sanding the deer stamp off and using them for some crafty purpose. Alas, even with a power sander, I just couldn’t get rid of the stamp on the one side. So, as it is with (far too) many projects…the wood cookies sat. Every now and then, I would glance their way…and wonder what I could do with ’em.

Flash forward to just a few days ago. While I was working on putting together some lovely daffodil bouquets for Valentine’s day, I thought the vases could use a little something more. But what? After recently mowing the lawn, I had recently passed by the long-forgotten ornaments awaiting my attention out in the garage. And, conveniently I had gotten a magazine in the mail that had a bunch of “perfect” hearts on one page. Putting two-and-two together, I figured I’d take my hand at a little painting. I cut out the heart that worked best with the space, traced it, painted it, and outlined it. Holy smokes, it actually looked good. The first one provided the perfect accent to the bouquet.

Building upon that success, I figured I’d try some different heart colors. And, since I could paint (well, fill in an outline of) a heart…why not try something more challenging? I’ve seen a particular image of state-pride on window clings, stickers, t-shirts, etc. and figured I’d put my own spin on it. So, I printed out some outlines of Oregon and did the same sort of process as I used with the simple hearts. Yes, there are quite a few steps involved, ’cause we’re talking layer after layer of creativity. But, I must say, I am more than pleased with the end result.  And, I finally put those dog-gone wood cookies to use as OR-naments.  Go figure, just a day shy of Valentine’s day and Oregon’s 159th birthday.  Thematic?  Perhaps.