Tuesday, May 12, 2015

the master bathroom is not embarassing anymore

The good thing about DIY projects is once it's done you don't gotta do it anymore. So thankfully it's good enough for now and it's actually pretty likeable.
It wasn't without it's pains in the butt. Once the walls were painted it took all the color right out of the room and the plan was to paint the bottom cabinet blue to add color and that worked pretty well.
The bottom cabinet color I originally chose was Hale's Navy which is a beautiful color but was too purple and grey for me. So I did a quick research and went with Champion Cobalt and it was just what I was imagining.
The first thing I'd purchased were these brass handles and they're a straight steal from some blogger's kitchens I'd seen. I installed the first set using measurements and it was tricky and no good. Then I made a guide and that saved the day. If you ever have to install cabinet hardware, definitely make a guide. Time saver, life saver.
I wanted a fancy soap pump and couldn't find anything I loved so I went with a classic graphic soap pump that once the fancy stuff runs out we'll just refill with the cheap stuff. 
After buying and returning about four to five different bath rugs I ended up with yellow, predictably.
I wanted a shelf above the toilet to display things and that was a whole other rigamarole. Too big, too small, too grey. Ended up flipping a ledge I already had. Oh well.
I carefully chose the photo of Alice for her dad.
We got new towels that are nice and big and white and soft. Nate Berkus for Target.
I had ordered chrome hardware but then realized on grey walls it would just be too stark so I went with champagne bronze instead to warm it up. 
Brass-ish but modern. The stupid toilet roll holder was missing a crucial screw to keep it on the wall so I'm waiting for that to come in and that's been an ordeal and a half.
I mentioned before that I'd bought two medicine cabinets but accidentally bought the wrong size but since the sink is a single having only one in the middle looks pretty good.
It's amazing how much you can fit in these suckers.
And this is just funny to me. My side:
Matt's side. Men have it so easy.
Having it in the center leaves room on the side to eventually add some sconces of sorts, we definitely could use some more lighting. 
Leftover Mother's Day blooms make everything pretty.
Now we won't be embarrassed when I give a house tour! 

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

master bath: now it's the little things

Awhile ago I mentioned that I was itching to do something, anything to update the master bathroom. It started innocently enough with just wanting to get medicine cabinets and then since everything was off the wall I thought well, we should just paint it before I install the cabinets and have to paint around them. And since I had everything down to paint it I thought well, we should just get new hardware that I'll actually like instead of the generic builder stuff we have now. And since the room is already a mess, why don't I just paint the bottom cabinet too? 
So I did. Last weekend we finished the master bathroom painting of the walls and bottom cabinet and installation of hardware and then ordering of new hardware and of course the installation of the medicine cabinet that started this whole mess to begin with. Now is all about the finishing touches which is taking me even longer than all the other stuff put together. I just wanna get it right so I've been ordering accessories left and right and returning them left and right because I just wanna knock it all out and you can't just put the same old stuff you had in here to begin with otherwise it won't feel like a makeover. At least, that's what I think.
So until I finish all the other accessorizing, here's the medicine cabinet that caused this mess to begin with! Ikea struck me again because I bought the wrong size and didn't realize until I had unboxed and assembled both of them and then measured them and realized, wait, that's not right. So we ended up with one in the center which actually works out great I just wish I'd have been more careful than to trust myself in the Swede world because I'd have done things differently.
 Even after all these years and myself an expert, UGH!

Monday, May 4, 2015

on the nights when you just don't want to be mom

It's Sunday night and until May 17, it's Mad Men night at the Fredrich household which is when new episodes air of the show I've been following for 7 years. I've been home for a month not really planned but Alice and I have been glued at the hip the whole time which is great but tonight I just wanted to make myself a cocktail, watch the show, and then watch old episodes of the same show alone in my office and just for a few hours basically... not be mom.

I put Alice to bed every night at 8 but she was really cranky and rubbing her eyes around 7 when the show starts so Matt, knowing I wanted to hang with the employees of Sterling Cooper & Partners, put her down for the night. Or so we thought.

She woke up a few more times and each time I went in there I would rock her to sleep and put her in her crib and as soon as knew she was being put down in the crib she would wake up and start crying and then become hysterical. I could tell she was exhausted but she was doing everything she could to keep herself awake and force her eyes that were dropping to remain open. Willing herself not to sleep. The daily battle we have with our daughter. I wish she could just be laid down and sleep but it's a battle for every nap except the ones where she's in a car seat as our car is moving. It's gotten increasingly difficult as she's gotten older to get her to fall asleep for her naps. Thankfully once she does she usually naps for a long time and we've been lucky that she sleeps all night most nights but getting those long eyelashes to meet her cheeks is a fight worthy of pay per view.

I went in there the last time and tried to pat her as she lay there but she was up in moments and she stood there holding onto the crib and I stood there over her, my arms wide and defiant, hands on the crib slat as she stood there whimpering. "I will not pick her up" "She's gotta stay there." And then she reached her little hand up to me and tugged on my shirt and looked up at me pleading for her momma to pick her up. Tears in both our eyes I did. I rocked her one more time and laid her down with her heavy but still open eyes before I walked back into the office again to watch her on the monitor (as I am still doing) keep popping her head up and sitting up and refusing to just go to sleep.

On any other day I would go in there time and time again to rock her to sleep without much complaint but tonight, just for tonight, I just didn't want to be mom.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

before and after: the laundry room

I am terrible about remembering to post before and after photos. So before the next round of makeovers at the farm happen, here's the laundry room over the years.

Here's what it looked like when we saw it the first time on 4/22/12. Yowser.
Here's what it looked like after they flipped it and painted it on the day we were doing the inspection 12/29/13. Much improved.
Here's what it looked like in 2013 with all our junk in it. The paint color looks worse here than in person. Honestly doesn't look this awful.
Here's what it looked like in 2014 after we painted it blue before Alice was born but still with our junk in it. Isn't it funny how you think something looks so much better until you make it even better then you're like, ugh, I thought that looked good?
And here it is now. 4/22/15, exactly three years after we saw it for the first time!
That was fun! We'll be doing that for the other rooms as we improve them. Maybe I'll go back and show you the other rooms. Okay, baby is napping, dad's on his way, time to tackle the master bath.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

the laundry room, now with more sexy

Pretty laundry rooms have been my idea of porn for a few years now. Is it just me or are nice laundry rooms the new big thing to have? It used to be living rooms, then kitchens, now laundry rooms. I used to read this blog that recommended living in a place for awhile before deciding to make big changes and I took that to heart and after two years of life on this farm, the idea of cabinets percolated and then finally we had a break and we had some extra cash so we did it.
After I installed both cabinets (and I did do most of the work, Matt hung them once the rails were in place ‘cause it was way too heavy for me and our tenant helped us trim the rail, other than that, it was all moi) and put things back in there it was like a big blank check to get organized in there and it inspired the styling. 
I could never quite get that room looking the way I wanted it to but once the cabinets were in it laid the ground work for the rest of the place. Ideas would pop in my head and I would bang them out.
I also want to mention that other than the cabinets, everything else I already had. I just used them better. The laundry room is the prime example of my belief that organization/utility doesn’t mean ugly. In fact, it was a challenge to make all the stuff in here look nice which a lot of times meant just decanting things from ugly packaging into prettier containers. It’s a simple trick. You can do it too.
Okay enough waxing poetic about the essence of laundry rooms. Ahem. Here's the right side open which is the larger cabinet that holds the laundry stuff and some cleaning supplies.
The very top shelf holds our soaking bin which we never owned until a certain someone moved in that craps her pants on a regular basis. This puppy plus oxygen bleach has saved a lot of her clothing.
I pretty much only put these up here for the pictures. We buy a bunch at a time and they're usually under the kitchen sink but don't they look nice up here? You can just decant ugly packaging into prettier ones or you can just buy things that come in nice packaging to begin with.
The middle shelf holds the laundry supplies.
The basket holds the microfiber replacement cloths, some iron-on hem tape, and spare dryer balls.
I won't tell you how many places I looked around the house for the right sized plate that would hold dryer sheets. I felt pretty insane doing it but I regret nothing!
When in doubt, add them little Ikea helper shelves.
The star napkin holder is holding a white sponge for no reason whatsoever.
And here's the bottom shelf that's on display.
My absolutely favorite thing in the room is the canister of rainbow microfiber cloths. I've had them for years and they are ONLY for looks. Do not use them. Don't worry, years ago I had the foresight to buy two of these bundles so one I used and one I kept mint.
The galvanized tin holds items for 'stain treatment'. It's got a mini soaking tub for the baby's tiny clothes, a stain brush, baking soda, vinegar, and measuring cups in case I want to measure large amounts of cleaning solution into a load.
This holds the oxygen bleach thing.
When we installed the cabinets, I made sure we put them as close to the window as possible to leave gaps on either side which worked out really well. On this side it left just enough room to re-mount the brooms and leaves an open area for this hamper that's currently holding a 50 lb bag of dog food.
During the morning nap I made like a hockey player and taped my broom stick with washi tape. The broom handle was red and that just did not go with my color scheme.
In between the two there's this expedit that used to hold our tenant's laundry supplies and the dog treats but after I moved them I realized it perfectly holds our laundry basket! Game changer.
The top shelf basket holds dog leashes, dog toys, and other dog things; and the bottom holds old towels to dry off the dogs on rainy days and of course, dog bowls. The laundry room is where the dogs sleep at night so this is where all their supplies live. It makes sense.
On the left is the smaller cabinet that has one large door instead of the two smaller ones the right side has. I was worried that it would look weird that they're different but the fact that they all have the same color, door style, and knobs helped balance it out. Different but the same, ya know? The angels sang when I slid the ironing board here and it fit perfectly.
The bin has cleaning cloths and the jars hold dog treats.
The top has jars of hardware and misc. items, the iron, the steamer, and those two black boxes have packing tape and such but I kinda just like how they look. The second self is for our tenants which is nice since it's the one room in our house we all share so now they have a space!
I kept wanting to grow some herbs here but instead they grew in the front yard so I just clipped a few for pretties sake.
They do look pretty don't they?
We still have a drying rack that looks like this when open:
And this when closed:
And of course what laundry room would be complete without this Anthropologie hook?
I took most of the pictures without the duster but this is what hangs on it usually.
I'd like to properly mat and frame these posters, they're not in the right sized frames.
I didn't have anything on the wall before but it needed a little sparkly so I found a frame.
And then put a picture of Yosemite in it.
After the simple light fixture switch and maybe installing a floating shelf in between the upper cabinets, the next steps in this room will be bigger steps that won't happen until the washer and/or dryer break. Then we'll get new front-loading ones and then have a counter installed on top and then install lower cabinets. And someday we'll replace the floor.
But for now, boy do I love it.
Is that sexy or is that sexy?