Sunday, July 27, 2014

Progress on the Rental

I am back with another update on the rental we've been working on. If you missed the first couple of posts you can check them out here:

Let's start in the living room...
The new carpet is installed! Yay!

 The walls are all freshly painted.
A new piece of linoleum is in the front entrance.
There is a brand new ceiling fan to replace the broken one.
This is a little closet between the living room and kitchen. It has a coat of barn red paint and once the back panel is re-installed it will become a little office! Can't imagine how this tiny space will become an office? You'll just have to wait and see :o)
Now let's go upstairs to the loft area...
 It also has all new carpet and paint.

There are these really cool ledges on either side. I think vintage suitcases, fans, etc. would look awesome up there!
The little room up here has been converted into an awesome walk-in closet!
 Lots of built-in shelves for folded clothes and shoes.
And racks for hanging clothes.

 Now let's go back downstairs and check out the kitchen.
Do you remember the lovely wall papered walls and weird box/soffit things? Here they are getting taped and textured.
The bead board paneling is in place and we have new hickory base cabinets.
The new air conditioner/heater has the pretty front on now (the floor has been patched to remove the burnt piece but I didn't get a picture of that yet).
There are new counter tops, here is my dad cutting out the hole for the kitchen sink.

 My mom and I found a new dining room chandelier at the Habitat store.
Here is a reminder of what the kitchen looked like a few weeks ago.
Now let's check out the bedroom and bathroom.
 Of course it got the scouring of it's life and fresh paint.
 A new wall vent/fan to hopefully prevent the black mold that was here before.
New green sheetrock stuff (whatever that stuff is called) for the shower...
 A new shower surround.
The light fixture got removed, and cleaned up. The metal part that is mounted to the wall was beginning to rust from all the moisture and it was just filthy! But look at it now, I think this vintage fixture is cute! :o)
The kitchen countertop/sink needs replacing still. The new one is sitting in the box ready when we are! Here is the old one! Gross!
New carpet in the bedroom as well.

And I'm happy to say that the new renter loved the idea of leaving the chippy, crackly bedroom door as is! :o)
That's about it for now.

What's left...

Secure kitchen cabinets and counter tops
Install kitchen sink
Install open shelving in the kitchen
Paint the pantry doors with chalkboard paint
Re-install the base molding and window trim
Clean the kitchen floor
Re-install light switch and plug in covers
Paint the back door

Re-install closet doors

Install shower head
Finish caulking and paint touch ups
Install sink/countertop
Put vanity doors back on
Re-install light switch and plug in covers

Living Room:
Install door molding
Re-install light switch and plug in covers

Put the closet backing on
Install shelves

The Outside:
Install new siding

There may be more little things I've missed but you can see there is still some to do and these little things take longer sometimes than all the big work!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Must Love Junk Blog Feature

Hey everyone, I'm being featured today over at Susan's blog, Must Love Junk for the Saturday Spotlight feature! I'm so excited I hope you'll head over and check it out! And while you're there check out some of Susan's awesomness if you haven't visited her before ;o)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Weekend Yard Work - Recycled Hose Wreath

I managed to eek out one little weekend yard work project over the weekend... it's not really yard work but it is an outdoor project so it counts in my mind ;o)
Isn't it cute? I started with an old hose...
There are actually two hoses here. The green one is short (I'd say about 10 feet) and came from a free pile at a garage sale a few weeks ago. The yellow one is from the dump, I tried to make a second wreath with the yellow hose but it kept kinking so I'm saving it for another project (gee... maybe that's why it was at the dump... ya think!?)
I started by just rolling my hose and using a couple of zip ties to secure it. You could tuck the ends of the hose in so they can't be seen but I wanted to see them on my wreath... it makes it more evident that it is a garden hose to me.
Then I went through my stash of silk flowers and picked out a few that I thought would look nice. Here I just layed them on the hose to see what it would look like.
I didn't waste anything with this project. I even used the wire stems that I cut off some of the flowers and made little squiggles to tuck in among the flowers. To make these I just wrapped the wire stem around a pencil or another piece of stem and then pulled it off to get the squiggle!
Once I was happy with  my arrangement I tied them on with floral wire.
 I did this in a couple of places to make sure they were secure.
Then I made a trip to the Dollar Store for some cute garden gloves.
They did not disappoint! Aren't these cute? And the perfect colors too! The little Terracotta pot is something I already had.
 I arranged and wired the gloves on and then wired the Terracotta pot on with floral wire. Then I used a piece of yellow, polka-dot ribbon I had and make it look like it was tied on, it hides the wire too!
Voila! My new cute wreath is hanging on my back gate. :o)
If you want to make one of these, I would suggest a short hose. If all you have is a longer one, you could cut one end and just tuck that into the flowers so it won't show. (Tip: roll it up to the size you think you want BEFORE you cut it! ;o)
My pictures didn't turn out that great but there are white daisies and some sort of creamy yellow buttercup looking flowers.

 Oh, and I used a piece of green satin ribbon to hang the wreath from the gate.
So all together my hose wreath cost me a whole $1 for the gloves! I love projects like that!!