Monday, May 4, 2015

I Strayed

Yes we did say that we would stick to one project at a time, firstly the backyard. And so we re-painted a picnic bench, modified it for an umbrella, and built a table for my Big Green Egg. Does getting James a swing set also count?

Then here's the "but." My list was re-prioritized. The laundry room modifications snuck its way into the lead - wife initiated. Remember when I spent all that time to repaint the walls and cabinets/drawers and then changed out all the hardware? Well, here I am ripping out some cabinets and scraping up some tile and mortar.  The Home Depot floor scraper rental saved so much time, I was able to return it within two hours.


Here's the new tile that we selected with white grout.

{Octagon Dot}

We built up new shelving to replace what used to be the floor cabinets. The pipes were from Home Depot that I just spray painted a flat black. The shelving is pine boards that we stained a dark walnut. 


Needless to say, because the stain, we had to let the room air out for quite a while. Now, it's fully functional and I would say it's being used to its full capacity. 

I've strayed enough. I promise the next project will be backyard related... fingers crossed with rabbit foot in hand.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

How Time Flies...

It's been pretty close to a year that we last posted.  We have a pretty good reason:

We've spent the last year watching this handsome little devil grow into the little goober that he is now. He's now 20 months and creeping up on 2 years old. Mommy is not a fan of how time flies.

So...Yup, I would say he's a good reason why there hasn't been much done to the house, though it's usually for us to boast about. And now that he's a little more self-sufficient, maybe, I said "maybe," we'll do a better job at posting about projects that we are working on.  There was some more work done to the game room, mostly wall decor.  Maybe Sarah will find the time and pictures to post about it.  *cough* hint *cough*

Currently, I have this bundle sitting in my garage:

This was delivered to us and left on our driveway because the forklift couldn't go any further without spinning out on our lawn and ripping it up. Two minutes later it starts raining. So Sarah and I had to quickly move all of this into the my garage. Oh yeah the plan for this cedar!  The plan is to build a pergola over/on our stamped concrete patio.  Young James has been gifted a Tree Frogs swing set in the backyard so naturally we need shade to sit under while we supervise.

Now if we can just find a weekend where it doesn't rain...

Thursday, May 29, 2014

♫ I did it all for the “Nook” ♫

Another post due to rain checks consisted of us assembling some furniture for the breakfast nook. With the new paint job in progress, we were able to open some delivered boxes and kill some time. Here's what we have:

These were all purchased on and we are planning to stage them around this existing table:

Rain, Rain, Go Away!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Stuck Indoors

So I know we said we'd stick to the back yard until it was done, but we had to make a U-turn inside, not by choice. What if we just call it done back there? She says "NO!" Of course not! I was just kidding anyways. We are enduring a week long of thunderstorms and so we had to shift the fun indoors.

We started with repainting all of the wood stained trim in the kitchen. First up is the breakfast nook. We took the lazy route and just painted over the glossy stain. Looks like it's taking 3 to 4 coats to get an even Simply White coat.

{rained out}
Upstairs was coming along, but the downstairs walls weren't. So, since Ace was having a buy-one-get-one-free sale on paint, we jumped on it. Sarah has made a couple changes to color scheme so I had to rig some scaffolding to paint the stairway walls, while at the same time painting the ceiling over the stairs.

{from the top}
I spent the bulk of the next few days after work cutting and edging so Sarah can roll the remaining paint. 

We've decided to paint this upper wall a chalkboard paint, design on it left to her heart's desire. I tried my own above but I doubt she'll let that one slide? Alright Alright, here's the cut wall:

{roll time}

On to the next room!  Stay tuned for other rained out projects!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

It's Not Easy Being Green

At our previous house, we built a raised garden in the backyard and were very successful at growing some vegetables. The Basil grew pretty wild. Okra was too abundant for us to use. And then, we transplanted some Opa Squash from my parents garden and it was over! The Opa took over the whole garden. We put up a plastic enclosure to keep out any pest but the Opa, being the ivy that it is, wrapped all around it and extended out onto the patio. It also grabbed hold of our window screens, and if it weren't the end of the season, the plant probably would have climbed the house. Lesson learned!

At this current house, there's also a raised garden built behind the garage. The previous owners told us that they've had pretty good luck growing tomatoes, squash, aloe, and even cauliflower. Tomatoes weren't big fans of ours, so we haven't added them to the garden, yet.  A couple that made the list are cilantro, squash, cucumbers, okra, peppers, and basil.


We have family that's had difficulty in growing cilantro and we can see why. Once watered, the stems aren't strong enough to stand back up, so it requires continuous fluffing of the stems and leaves. We also have 1800 pine trees in our backyard that have pine needles falling like snow. TLC is a constant must. We have the peppers, okra, and basil in a starter tray in the house. They'll soon be transplanted to this garden within a week or two. I may also need to replant the squash and cucumbers because they are flourishing and I think I've planted them to close to each other. Oops!

A success story that we'll claim credit for is our Lemon Fig tree. This tree was left by the previous owner and they claim that the squirrels steal all the fruit. We did see some fruit in August last year and they were pretty sweet. With the 16 freezes (more like 2) that we had over the winter, we were sure that we had gained a new spot for any new tree that we wanted to plant. But us being lazy for two weeks allowed the Lemon Fig to grow again and it's this healthy:


{preserves with Brie please}

We're getting there! Some of which we didn't have to do much to, but we'll claim credit! Next to tackle would be shrubbery around the patio. Maybe if we plant enough to hide the rest of the backyard, we can start entertaining earlier! Sarah won't mind.

Are you going organic?!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Do Not Stray!

Am I bouncing back and forth? ok ok... Let's stick to the backyard. Remember that picnic table that I sanded down? Well, consider it done. I stained the table top and seats a Red Mahogany and spray painted the legs a Navy Blue, per wife's instruction.

{blue moon}


This is a picture of the picnic table after a light shower. We liked how the Red Mahogany showed up a little darker, so I applied another coat of stain, let it dry and sprayed a light Rust-o-leum Lacquer on it.

{accidentally in love}

And since the showers have subsided for a bit, I pulled the Big Green Egg table out and set it where it needed to be. But with this Texas heat I'm going to need a cover for the grill table too, so the BGE doesn't fade and the table doesn't get too weathered. Great idea huh? Yup, another project :)

{trough needs ice}
Ready to Grill!?!?!

Monday, May 19, 2014

So Much for Man Cave!

Will I ever get a Man Cave? Maybe the Gameroom upstairs? Maybe not!

Just joking.  I never thought of having a Man Cave in this house of ours. If anything it'd be a separate barn house on a remote piece of land, decked out with all the amenities. Some day....

As for this house, we have pictures below showing the progress on the upstairs game room. The last update you saw were of the finished bathrooms and then of all the doors being spray-painted in the non-carpeted whole upstairs. Well before the carpet was installed we also painted the walls, Benjamin Moore Grey Owl, and made some modifications to the bookshelf. We removed the cabinets doors of the top level and created more open shelving. All of the bottom doors and drawers had new nickel hardware installed.  We also replaced the recessed light with an LED bulb for brighter lighting. As you can see in the below picture, even with the blinds fully open, it still didn't brighten up the area as much. The gloomy rainy day didn't help either.  

Also hung on the wall is a magnetic board for our son to play on. Yes, 9 months and he knows the alphabet - not really. You can also see the edge of the Pottery Barn train table sitting right there.

Moving further into the room, we have the mounted TV and entertainment center. See what I mean about lost Man Cave? Yeah the room is cluttered with toys. I won't show you what toys are on the other side of the room.  

Due to the studs behind the wall and the TV mount that Sarah bought, the TV is slightly off-centered. Joking again! We went with the non-traditional off-centered approach and are planning on flooding the walls on the side and top of the TV with picture frames. Luckily the opposite wall is big enough for us to move the sectional sofa to be centered with the TV. Those pictures are to come once we decide on the artwork for the wall above the sofa.

{game on!}
The remaining work on this room is at the top of Sarah's List, hopefully. On to the next one for me!