while the cat’s away, the mouse will play (with plumbing).

I hope you enjoyed your extended weekend (if you got one)! It wasn’t until a few years ago that I started getting these glorious holidays off and I try not to take them for granted. I was pretty busy the rest of the weekend so I had fully intended on doing nothing on Monday. Saturday we took Daisy to the vet for her annual checkup. Babygirl is looking good, down .1 lb from last year! We were a bit early for her appointment so I went into Target to kill time and walked out having only spent $10. Pretty sure my last 3 Target trips were all record breakingly low, as in under $20. I’m not sure what is happening to me.

Saturday afternoon I headed to my little cousin Adam’s birthday party while Keith went to a baseball game. Always nice to see the family! It also may have been the only family function in the past few years that I did not bake cupcakes for and they were sorely missed. Sorry fam!

Sunday we headed to the ballpark where we met up with my stepdad, my brother and my nephew. It was Bradley’s first baseball game! He did great, they stuck around until the 7th inning or so, too bad the game was so terrible. Bradley is 18 months old now and seriously the smartest. I asked him where Uncle Keith was and without any hesitation, he pointed right at him! Love that little fella.

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Sunday night we went to Keith’s parent’s house for dinner and that was nice. While there, his mom was asking my opinion on painting her basement and I decided I needed to squeeze some painting in ASAP. My livingroom trim has been half done since January and it’s a lot of annoying door/window painting that I just don’t feel like doing. I had decided I wasn’t allowed to do anything else without doing that first, so then I just wasn’t doing anything.

Well when I woke up Monday, I decided it was the day. I first stopped at Lowe’s for some other project supplies.

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A few weeks ago, I used the bathroom in the middle of the night and when I flushed the toilet, water started pouring out of the tank. I pulled the lid off and water was spraying everywhere. I reattached the hose from where it had popped off and went to bed. The next morning, same thing happened. I called my sister since her boyfriend is a plumber and she told me to lower the water pressure. So I did and everything was fine for a few days until it did it again. I lowered the water pressure even more and it’s been that way for a few weeks. The water pressure was so low it was taking upwards of 30 minutes to fill the tank. Not an emergency, but really freaking annoying.

So, I watched a few videos online and figured I could handle it. While grabbing the toilet guts, I decided to be fancy and get one of those dual flush systems. Got home and sneakily went to work while Keith was downstairs watching tv. I was about 80% through the installation when I realized the fancy system would not fit. I had to pack it all up and take it back. And admit to Keith that my attempt failed. He just rolled his eyes. Got back to Lowe’s, grabbed a regular fill valve and had a working toilet in about 30 minutes! I was very proud of myself. I think I need to fuss with it a little more because it has a leak guard and that is doing some weird things, but it works!

After that, Keith was getting ready to go to the football game and I decided I was going to paint the entryway. I figured it would motivate me to get the trim paint out and then I could finish the living room.

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Here’s a shot of the entry from when we looked at the house. Off-white walls with beige trim. The tone on tone off-white just made everything look so grimy.

Here’s a more color accurate view. Pardon the mess.

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It just looked yellowy. And gross.

I did half of the entry, I didn’t want to start up the stairs yet, so it stops pretty abruptly on one wall, and the little back hallway. It’s a very anticlimactic after, because it was getting dark by then. I also didn’t paint the trim, so most people probably can’t even tell I painted. The color is Behr – Sterling. A nice, light grey.

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It’s even less noticeable in the back hallway since the four doors in the hallway are gross off-white as well. Once I get my bright bright white trim, it will look awesome.

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I rolled up the entryway rug to paint and I think I like it a lot better without it there. It is a dark oriental rug and so big it covers most of the floor. Thinking of leaving it off entirely or maybe getting a smaller rug, it really opens the space up without it. We don’t use the front door anymore, so it’s not like people need to wipe their feet. Also dreaming of refinishing the floors. I saw a picture of someone’s floors after they were sanded down but before they were stained and loooooved the look of the blonde wood. Thinking of something like that way down the line.

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After I got one coat up I had one more project to complete before I called it a night.

I wouldn’t say this was a nightmare, but it was not fun.

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I don’t know if you’ve spent any time under a sink, but it’s pretty close quarters under there. Add in a gigantic garbage disposal and it’s even less fun. Luckily (?) the reason I was replacing the sink was that the plastic nuts had all completely broken off, so removing the old faucet was super easy. I would have had an easier time installing if either the garbage disposal was not there or my arms were 3 inches longer, but I am stubborn and wanted to do it by myself.

I was super proud when I stepped back and it was all finished and there were no leaks and I tested it and the hot was cold and the cold was hot. Ugggggggggggh. So I had to unhook those and redo them. That was honestly the hardest part. I have blisters on my fingers today from tightening those stupid nuts.

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But she’s a beaut! Delta – Lewiston with a pullout sprayer and fancy soap pump. I wanted one of those Touch20 faucets but they are like $400. No thanks.

I’m dreaming of non-laminate counters and an undermount sink but that will be wayyy down the line. The plus side is my faucet can come along for the ride.

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I spent the weekend in D.C. visiting my friend, Elyse, so I took today off figuring I’d probably be wiped out. And I was, but after sleeping in and then taking a nap, I got to work doing some laundry which lead to FINALLY unpacking the boxes in the 3rd bedroom. I had a big closet in my last bathroom, so those boxes were full of bathroom things that did not fit in my new, closet-less bathroom. There is a closet in the upstairs hallway for that type of thing, so three months later, I put them where they belong.  I also finally took a few more pictures of the bathroom in it’s almost-finished state.

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My boring, white shower curtain. Since I did not measure the width of my shower, the outer shower curtain is about 8 inches too wide, making it all bunch up. I took the last panel and folded it behind though and you can’t really tell. I also snagged those shower hooks from Keith’s bathroom, since they were nicer than the plastic ones they left upstairs. And then, since I didn’t measure again, my inner shower curtain is probably a foot too narrow. I don’t really love how the curtain hangs, but thanks to that lovely arch, I can’t do a thing about it. I also can’t move the shower curtain up, because the ceiling slopes inside (and outside) the shower. Haha, oh well. I still kind of want to replace the curtain rod with something silver, but I have stopped caring so much. I also found a roll of white caulk tape in the basement. So maybe they were planning on replacing the lovely orange? One day I’ll rip it off and replace it. I think it will make all the difference.

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No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you, the door is blue. I had seen a picture on pinterest with a two-tone door/door jamb and loved it. I think it would work better if I reversed the colors, but what’s done is done. It probably needs another coat. I had thought of scrapping the whole idea and just painting it white, but then my little birdies wouldn’t be so noticeable. That’s a hand towel on there, my bath towels are dark red and don’t match the room at all. Which is a total first world problem, but they were cheap enough (Target) that I don’t feel too guilty buying some different ones to match my bathroom better.

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I really, really want to put some white floating shelves above the toilet. I need the storage and I think they would look really sharp, but that’s something I need Keith’s help with. And I am also slightly intimidated by our plaster walls.  One day!

Two weekends ago I also finally painted the trim in the bedroom. It was already white, so it didn’t make a huge difference, but the most exciting difference was the door.

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Goodbye, disgusting, streaky, beige…hello white!

The door used to look soooo gross up against the white trim/ceiling. Now it’s the hallway that looks gross. The hallway will eventually be a light grey. I’m not sure if I will paint those closet doors out there white or grey, but they are on notice.

I also changed the sheets and put on a new duvet cover. I bought it at Ikea thinking it was sheets and didn’t realize until I got it home. You can see the old one in the bottom left corner above. It was white/grey stripes and although I love grey, it was more of a greige and it bugged me.

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I am pretty in love with the new, accidental one. My favorite part of moving into a new apartment used to be picking up a new duvet cover. So maybe it was a subconscious decision to buy the new one. It has matching pillow cases, but I think I prefer the hot pink ones.

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I also might have figured out what to do with the three nails above the bed. Since we have plaster walls, I didn’t want to rip them out and have to fill the holes, so I came across these three little frames that I’ve had for years and thought they might work. Ignore that the bed is totally off-center, it is way too heavy for me to move. Also ignore the contents of the frames (two Vespas and an upside-down picture of me and my dad) and the fact that they are very much not straight, but I still think it might work!  I was thinking of putting a floating shelf above the bed too since I think whatever goes up there has to be very clean and simple to not compete with the headboard. I think those little frames will work for the time being, hiding the nails until I either can put up a shelf or do something else. Now I just need something small and simple to put in them.

Pretty pleased with my few, minor tweaks! The living room is still next on the list. This weekend we have a wedding, but next weekend Keith is going out of town, so I will probably begin to tackle it then.

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So my shower curtain came today…and I am just not sure about it. I love it, but I don’t think I love it in my bathroom.

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It actually looks like it matches better than it does. The walls are a true teal and the blue on the curtain is just too blue. It’s also weird how the top of the curtain is inside the tub; I thought about moving it out, but then you wouldn’t see the neat arch. I wonder if maybe moving it up higher so you don’t see the bar would help.

Hmm I don’t know. Going to leave it up, come back and look tomorrow and decide, but I think I’ll probably send it back and just go with white.

Annoying that I have seriously been waiting for years to be able to buy a shower curtain (my past few apartments had shower doors) and I’ll end up with the plainest curtain possible.

I also found that gross orangey stuff is a caulk strip and I can buy it in white. I think I probably have to rip the old one up but I’m not sure. (No clue why the previous owners didn’t use white but whatever. Ugh.)

Also realized today if I had been a little more careful, I probably could have gotten away with one coat of paint up there. But there are some splotchy areas so I’ll be back up there tomorrow. (Maybe. Haven’t been feeling too great, I think the kitchen really burnt me out.)

upstairs bathroom: before/progress

So in the week and a half between closing and actually moving, I knew I couldn’t get everything done, so I decided that the kitchen would be my number one priority, but if there was time, I really wanted to get the upstairs bathroom and the master bedroom painted. Everything else could be done slowly when I got around to it, but those rooms were going to be in use as soon as we got in there so it made the most sense to do those first. Well since the kitchen took so long, I am having doubts about finishing the bathroom/bedroom before we move but I had a little time yesterday while kitchen paint was drying to run up and start the bathroom.

Luckily the bathroom is small and I was able to get the first coat of paint on. Here was the bathroom before:
 
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 Not too bad! The fixtures are all updated, there is no hideous tile, the window is HUGE and brings in tons of light…I just absolutely hate the color green.

When trying to decide colors for the house, the bathroom kept stumping me. I wanted something bright but kept going back and forth on different colors. Finally I decided I would just make it easy on myself and re-use a color up here. And the lucky color was:

 Upstairs bath in progress

Upstairs bath in progress

Upstairs bath in progress

The kitchen cabinet color! (Behr – Embellished Blue) At the very last minute, I decided to paint inside the shower the kitchen wall color. (Behr – Aqua Breeze) My mother-in-law kept remarking how much the light blue felt like a sky, so I thought it would be fun and would reflect light better than the teal. Everything needs another coat and the trim needs hit with some semi-gloss. I think I am going to paint the door light blue as well just for fun. I ordered a graphic shower curtain on amazon, which I am hoping goes with the paint…but if it doesn’t I might just grab a plain white one.

Not sure what to do about a window covering. They left the frilly one from the before pictures, but it is a little too old lady for my tastes. The window doesn’t exactly need one since it is frosted, but it looks a little naked. The weird orange-ish trim stuff around the shower bothers me but I’m not really sure what I could do about it.

I am very thankful that the previous owners updated all of the bathrooms. Since the house was built in 1950 I’m sure it included lots of lovely tile and removing all of that would have been far beyond my skill level.

And even though I had to stand on a step ladder inside the tub, the only casualty of the whole event was one lightbulb that I broke while removing one of the light fixtures. Not too bad, Katrina!