When you have a handy husband sometimes your house turns into a miniature construction zone for a period of time. We’ve been working on trying to make our main bathroom a bit nicer for a while. Our first project about a year ago was to tear out the original 1950’s cast iron bathtub and put in a standard size bathtub and redo the tile surround. This project was based around a $20 bathtub we found.
We replaced the toilet with a brand new $40 toilet (that a homeowner just didn’t like. Sometimes working in the construction industry comes in handy.) But we still had a gosh awful vanity that looked like it was the original one that had come with the house, and the tan floor tile no longer matched the shower tiles. The tile we wanted for the floor was on sale over the Thanksgiving weekend so we went for it and my husband found an awesome deal on a beautiful vanity and we found a vanity top for a reasonable price that was exactly what I wanted.
Last week we employed help to rip out the floor and lay the tile. We moved the water heater out of the closet in the bathroom into the laundry room and gained a whole closet for storage. (We live in a 1950’s house. There are a total of 3 closets in the house, all about the size of the closet door. It seemed like poor judgement to put the water heater in one of the only closets and we’ve been talking about moving it for years. If I would have known how easy it was to re-route the plumbing I would have had the hubby do it long ago. Not only did we gain a lot of storage space, but the water heater is more centrally located so we don’t have to wait nearly as long for the hot water to reach the laundry, kitchen sink, dishwasher second bathroom, so it should save money on both water and the electric bill. SCORE!) On Friday night we grouted the tile and then on Sunday the hubby (being a Master Electrician) got to work ripping out the old lighting fixtures and adding cans over the tub and toilet to create the perfect light for what will be a beautiful new bathroom when we are finished. I’m happy to say we are back to two working toilets, but the plumbing for the new vanity still needs to be finished and we need to repair some sheetrock texture the walls and paint, but it is super exciting Here’s a picture of the new tile… I’ll share some more after we get a little more completed.
On Friday night we grouted the tile and then on Sunday the hubby (being a Master Electrician) got to work ripping out the old lighting fixtures and adding cans over the tub and toilet to create the perfect light for what will be a beautiful new bathroom when we are finished. I’m happy to say we are back to two working toilets, but the plumbing for the new vanity still needs to be finished and we need to repair some sheetrock texture the walls and paint, but it is super exciting Here’s a picture of the new tile… I’ll share some more after we get a little more completed.
I’ve complained about the stairs leading up to the back of our house for years. We made do with what came with the house, but it just wasn’t cutting it for me. The landing hadn’t been built high enough to actually go into the house without taking a step up and being the wonderfully graceful person I am I just couldn’t handle it. My husband fixed that after we moved in by adding an extra step. This worked okay until we had a toddler underfoot. Trying to get in through the back door with an arm full of groceries, while making sure your toddler doesn’t fall off the small landing or step while the dog tries to plow you down to get out of the house was becoming too much of a chore. I requested to my husband new stairs and a landing and a week later I am so incredibly happy.
My husband is a Master Electrician by trade but enjoys playing with wood building for us when he is able. He explained to me his plan, which I understood fairly well (even without him sketching it out for me like he usually does). He bought most of his materials on Friday evening and on Saturday morning he started right away with tearing out the old steps and landing. It was in sad shape. He then set to getting things level for the new landing. Building the landing is not hard at all, but making sure everything is level and square is quite a chore. By Saturday evening, the landing was finished with the exception of one board that had to be laid and the second railing. It was coming along beautifully. Sunday evening led to the completion of the stairs. Now all we need is a stair railing and a few finishing
touches to turn our new landing into perfection.
I am so incredibly thankful to have a husband who can work with his hands, and I am so grateful when I get to help him with these projects. (Which is not terribly easy having to pause and chase around a little person, but so incredibly worth it.)
Shortly after my husband and I moved into our house we decided we needed some outdoor furniture. I searched online for some free plans and came across Ana White (Who happens to currently be one of my hero’s. This women is awesome!) I pulled some plans from her fabulous website (These plans to be exact http://ana-white.com/2010/05/plans/simple-outdoor-lounge-chair) and brought them home to my husband.
We bought all the materials we needed and got to work. During a previous DIY project my husband handed over his drill to me to screw something in. I was not very skilled in power tools at this point in time and my husband took the drill away from me almost as quickly as he had handed it over. I tend to be a little trigger happy where he is more skilled in “the fine arts of finessing the trigger.” This new project of chairs would require both the drill and the circular saw. I had never used a saw before, luckily for me being trigger happy works better with the saw, so after a demonstration or two my husband let me have at it.
I love building things. I cannot tell you what joy it brings when you look at something you’ve created and can say “I built that or I made that”. It really is an awesome feeling. During the process of making things the thoughts aren’t always as cheery. The thought stream more like this sometimes “What the eff am I doing? This isn’t working. I’m never going to finish this. and often a few phrases of obscenities.” But we worked together and the chairs slowly pieced themselves together until we had actual usable furniture. (And then my husband got to make fun of me again because I had never spray painted anything.) I challenge you. Do something you’ve never done before. You might be amazed at the result!