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It’s just like a spa…

…unless you’re looking for a fashionable resort where a Swedish hunk named Stefan serves you champagne while you relax in a whirlpool tub.

Then this isn’t it. It’s just a 1970s bathroom redo.

But, it was a nice visual anyway…

lowe's bathroom

Inspiration from Lowe’s: Paint color from Valspar, called Sauna.

bathroom before

Bathroom Before

The first thing we did when we purchased this house in 1998 was gut this bathroom. There was even a window in the shower. It’s been that long since it’s been painted! It’s so tiny. Typical for this middle-class neighborhood.

bathroom after

Bathroom after

Alex helped me paint. I still need to switch out the faucet for a silver version…

This is the first item on our to-do list during spring break. Remember when I said I was so excited about spring break? Yeah, it’s going to be a long one. Three days into it and the kids are fighting like cats and dogs. {sigh.}

Where’s Stefan when you need him?


{Linking up with: Winthrop Chronicles, Sweet Little Gals, Mommy by Day Crafter by Night, Him & Her, Homework, Not Just a Housewife, The Artsy Girl, and last but not least Blackberry Vine.}

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Love and hate of IKEA.

I love and hate IKEA.

I love the clean lines of their furniture. I love the simplicity. I love their kitchens. I love their organizational genius. And, I love their prices.

I hate putting the stuff together myself. IKEA doesn’t actually write out their assembly instructions, they use pictures. {ugh}

I trekked down to the local IKEA store on Wednesday to purchase desks for the girls. The desks were easy to put together, but the “simple looking” chair almost killed me! I have the bruised to prove it.

ikea kids desk

Parker’s pink and black desk matches perfectly with her bedspread and room decor. Everything on the desk, including the chair and desk itself,  is from IKEA. I loved that I could choose the desk top and the leg colors separate. (Desk top $10.99; 4 legs $3.50 each; desk organizer tray $8.99; cardboard magazine files $1.99 for 5; pink wire pencil holder $2.99 for 2; chair $21.99.) She like sit too.

ikea desk

What does a pre-teen’s desk look like? For one thing, it will never be this clean again! Alex thinks she has to save everything little piece of paper, candy wrapper, etc., so clutter containment is a must.

She had her heart set on a corner desk. (Desk top $47.50; 5 pink legs $3.50 each, plus a chair, desk organizer, pencil holder and magazine files.) The cute “towel bar” hanging above her laptop is also from IKEA. I got the buckets at Target in the Dollar Spot last year.

This is a good place for Alex to study. And, she’ll need it. From what I understand there is a lot of homework in 5th grade! She stocked her desk with plenty of paper, pencils, erasers, laptop and desk lamp. I finally purchased a new wireless printer this week too. Now, everyone can use the printer downstairs no matter where we are in the house. Setting up computer equipment is the only thing I hate more that putting together IKEA furniture.

The tree trimmers were here yesterday cleaning up the big tree in the front yard. It’s kind of sad that the tree isn’t a large umbrella anymore. I know that the dead stuff had to be trimmed out for the health of the tree. And, in a few years I won’t even know they were here. But, still, it’s sad to see all those branches go. On the upside there will be less leaves to rack this fall.

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Like putting lipstick on a pig…

I am kind of addicted to the show Rehab Addict on DIY Network. Host Nicole Curtis uses this term, “like putting lipstick on a pig…” a lot when describing something that is ugly (or a pig) that she is dressing up; but it’s still ugly.

And that is exactly what my laundry room redo is...a pig with lipstick!

**** BEFORE ****

Your typical unfinished basement laundry room (there is a window behind those hanging clothes)


Makes one ask, “What the…?”

Total count: over 12 gallons of house paint plus misc. quarts of paint and thinners, strippers, & caulk

Our City will pick up hazardous household materials once a year for free. All you have to do is go to to check if your city is on the list. Call the phone number, take an inventory of items & they will schedule a pick up date. Easy-peasy.

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Wouldn’t it be fun to live here?

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