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Remodeling sucks

Just under a year ago we moved here and we were able to buy at a crazy low price because things were messed up. Some things we have been able to fix ourselves but others we needed to hire someone. The worst area of the house was the master bathroom so for the last few weeks its been in progress. Its definitely nice to be able to have things customized just how i like it but its also tedious making all these decisions and watching the bill go up and up and UP!

The shower that was there was falling a apart, it didn’t look all that old but it wasn’t installed or sealed correctly so over time it ruined its durability. So I decided i wanted a different type of shower installed and a wall built to separate the shower and tub rather than have a gap in between. luckily the tub was fine it just needed to have the enclosure fixed and cut back. There also was only one plug and since the vanity i am putting in is 94 inches long i felt like it should have 3 so he added 2 more for me (gotta have enough for the clairsonic, straighteners, dryers, maybe my phone lol). There was no vent so i am having him put one in. I actually found a super cool one that has bluetooth and can play music which i thought was kind of awesome! There were no working lights so I had to get a new set of vanity lights and a regular light. One of the windows was placed weird so that had to be moved. There was no storage so i am going to be getting a linen cabinet to make room for towels and various other things.

 

Here is what the bathroom looked the first time I saw the house. Its a mess, but other than a good scrubbing it stayed this way for almost a year… we used the tub as the sink lol…

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Here is what it looked like last week in the next day or so i will take some new pics and show the latest progress

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New years projects

Everyone is always this and that about new years resolutions… just because its a new year doesnt mean i am or am not going to do something… so instead I have decided to make a new year project list!  I already planned to do these but i figured i would share it with you all.

  1. a second toddler bunk bed (and i will post the measurements and hopefully a little video on how we did it)
  2. Make an doll house that will fit American girl (or other 18 inch) dolls… should make for an interesting project.
  3. re-do my closet (new shelving etc)
  4. replace my laundry room storage (whats in there just doesn’t work for the space)
  5. Make something to house my daughters doll clothing, shoes and accessories (that crap ends up everywhere).

There are many other things i want to do but these are the big ones i really want/need to do. The doll house is going to take some major planning but i think i can do it myself, i will probably go for something fairly basic, in shape probably no slanted roof because i think it might be wiser to use the top space as more storage for the dolls boxes or whatever…

The bunk bed i actually have to build and hopefully will do that soon, because at the moment the middle girl is just sleeping on a mattress on the floor. We have it done up like a bed but it annoys me i would prefer she have an actual bed, and once the baby is a little bigger she can have the bottom bunk and we can get rid of her crib.

as for my closet its a small walk in that just doesn’t utilize the space the way i would like it to, so i would really like to get it all organized so it looks better and i can get all of my stuff to actually fit without looking like a mess.

I would love to hear what your goals are for this year!

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Room sprays EVERYWHERE!

I have an event coming up on the 19 and so i have been making as much as i can so i am ready. I have never actually set up a booth so i have no clue how much to bring. I still need a tent and some nice table covers I am hoping I can find what i am looking for in time. So far we have made lotion, body wash and lots and lots of room spray! I have got to say its so much fun getting to make these and choose what scents, going to be expanding the choices to about 20 very soon!

Here is one of each scent we did (12 total) there are 12 for each of scent.

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Custom Toddler Bunk beds

Having 2 toddlers and a 6 year old in one small room makes space scarce! The youngest since originally I thought their stay was temporary I got a fold away cot for her to use, shes been using it for 6 months. I got a converted crib for the 3 year old off craigslist to make a bed for him about a month after they started living here. I wasn’t really happy with the arrangement but they were fine and it suited our needs at the time. Now that its clear they will be staying long term and most likely indefinitely I really felt like we needed a new solution to make their room work but also maximize space for them. Since the middle of last month I was looking for ways I could some how fit my older daughters twin bed and also 2 toddler beds… Nothing would work… plus I had the 2 years old dresser in the hall because there just wasn’t room for it. I though what about toddler bunk beds so the first thing that came to mind was the Kura bed from Ikea, but it comes with a price tag of $199 plus i would have to buy 2 new mattresses and a twin is awfully big for a 2 and 3 year old, My almost 7 year old who is relatively tall looks small on one so for them i kept thinking it would simply be way to big plus I already have 2 toddler mattresses. So i decided to just Google toddler bunk beds, the only site i found that actually sold them would be $600… I really wasn’t looking to spend that much money on a bed that didn’t honestly look great to me. I found a picture on pintrest of an IKEA hack of the Kura bed but in toddler size. I thought hmmm maybe we could just build it our self? Several people told me I was crazy or wouldn’t actually do it. So I got my measurements and got a bunch of wood and got started.
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The bed in the picture above with the kids on it took the majority of the day to build but they were super excited so we put everything in it and let them sleep in it. I felt that the top needed something just in case he could fall out or if he was playing and the mattress slipped. I also thought maybe the bottom could use a bit more support but it was really sturdy so i let them sleep in the bed that night. The next day I went to the hardware store and got the rest of the wood and here is the finished product.

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Now there is no way any one is slipping out from the top the mattress fits snug in the top and the sides are braced better for my own comfort… bottom line i know how toddlers are, they aren’t the best at listening so I felt I needed more so that I feel confident the bed is safe, and they are secure in the bed. The bed still needs to be painted but I haven’t decided what color yet. once its fully painted I will post an updated picture. I must say I love that it has a smaller foot print and looks fairly minimalistic. Plus it fits the mattresses we already had and cost less than $100 and now I can fit the extra dresser and they still have play space!!! I love it and am pretty proud that my best friend and I were able to actually build this. The kids love it too, its made lower than traditional bunk beds so if they do fall out its not as far (hopefully that doesn’t happen though!). It fits what we need and we are definitely happy with it!

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