Adorable Little House Reno

an Adorable Little House sat at the top of a slight hill on the corner of a small neighborhood. It watched for years as families moved in and out of the neighborhood, enjoyed babies being born to some of the families, watched children playing in the quiet streets, pets running free, saw Charlie’s Chips and possibly even milk being delivered to homes, witnessed children growing up, turning into adults, getting married, and neighbors growing old.  This Adorable Little House, so involved with the lives in the neighborhood and not so much with their properties, had not noticed how the number of houses around it had gradually increased and the square footage of these homes, over the past 50 plus years, had increased tremendously.   

Adorable Little House on the Hill

Then one day, this Adorable Little House, still sitting proudly on top of a slight hill on the corner of the now, not so small neighborhood, heard someone say, “This is the worst house in the best neighborhood…” and right then and there the little house made a wish. “They may think I am the worst house in the best neighborhood, but my wish is that a special person with a lot of guts and energy will come along and make me their Adorable Little House Reno.  Then I will grant their wish to be a cozy, dreamy home and they will live happily ever after!”

Just like we had no idea how long the actual Adorable Little House Reno was going to take, I really have no idea how many posts the tale of this Adorable Little House Reno is going to take. My daughter purchased the house in March, but being a CPA and in the middle of tax season until mid-April, nothing could really get started until May.  She was able to move into the newly renovated Adorable Little House in August. Sometimes it seems like it took  forever, but thinking back on all the renovations, shopping, DIY projects, 70 hour tax season work weeks, labors of love and unexpected events that were tackled and overcome and with the end result being a lovely, cozy, farmhouse home, it truly was not very long and certainly worth all of the effort. 

I’m going to start by sharing the renovation of the only bathroom, located in the hall.  Although a bathroom may be the smallest room in the house, as in this case, it is usually the most expensive to renovate, other than a kitchen, which also rings true in this case.  

Gold wallpaper, bead board paneling, ceramic tile floor, old potty, rickety sink cabinet & low budget, lol.  Here goes…

Even though fancy gold wallpaper may have been the style back in 1960’s, it certainly isn’t at the top of the list these days. Using a spray bottle of water, a scoring tool, putty knife, razor scraper, whatever we had, we removed the wallpaper, little piece by little piece.  If you’ve ever done this, you can relate.  It’s rarely big piece by big piece.

And finally, we could start some of the more exciting improvements.

1st coat of Gray

Luckily, the lower half of the wall was bead board and in pretty good shape. Since it did add character to the room, she left it alone except for adding a nice coat of white semi-gloss paint and a light gray semi-gloss for the upper walls.  All of the trim and the door was freshly painted with white semi-gloss. 

1st coat of Gray

The bathtub was in pretty good shape, so keeping with the plan to minimize expenses whenever possible, the tub just got a good hard scrubbing and she only replaced the tub fixtures. The potty, well, they aren’t that expensive and it was worth the money to know you had a nice, unused, clean place to sit.  Did I say “sit”?  I meant, s**t.  Sorry!  

The sink cabinet, shaky and now covered in paint with renovations underway, was trashed and a new, in-stock sink/cabinet combo was purchased from Lowe’s.  She needed as much counter space as possible so we were pretty picky, but this unit worked very well and actually looks like a nice piece of furniture.

She uninstalled the bathroom sink, making sure that the water was turned off. A suggestion from her grandfather that we may, or may not have, thought about. Lol. Then ripped out the sink cabinet. I noted earlier that it wasn’t very sturdy. It literally fell apart on the way to the trash pile.

We left the new plumbing of the bathroom sink, the toilet and the new fixtures for the tub/shower to the professional plumber. You know what they say, “CALL THE MAN” for things you have no idea how to do and could cause a bigger mess for trying!

There was a tile missing from the wall over the bathtub.  Being the savvy salvage junkers that we are, we found a tile that was very similar at the Habitat store and she cleaned out the space where the old tile had been, glued in the new tile and grouted.  You can barely tell a difference and you’ve got a shower curtain that potty guests shouldn’t be peeking behind anyway.  For the rest of the tile wall, she used a Dremel tool with a grout remover head to grind out some of the old grout. That was a pretty tough little project, but it allowed enough depth in the cracks to re-grout the tile in the bathtub area with new, clean white grout. It actually made an amazing difference.  

The floor was a neutral color with 12×12 ceramic tiles, but had a few cracks and was totally boring. We cleaned it thoroughly, filled some of the larger cracked floor tiles with grout and sanded until they were smooth.  Then, we painted on two coats of flat white wall paint.  At this point, the floor already looked better than it did when we started, however, we really wanted to make this little bathroom “pop” so we got creative, with the help of Pinterest.

Using a stencil we designed and cut using our Cricut and gray chalk paint, we stenciled the tiles, one by one.  It was not a hard process, but a little labor intensive and time consuming. 

May not have been quite as intense if “Mom” aka Me, had not spilled the gray paint on the white floor & on top of some of the freshly painted gray tiles.  Yes, this is being imperfect, for sure!  I was working in the bathroom by myself, so I was frantically trying to clean it up, paint over it, whatever, when she appeared at the bathroom door. I thought, “oh no, this is it, I’ve done it now”. But, for some reason, maybe how shocked and silly I looked, she started laughing and called her Dad over, where of course, he started laughing as well. Somehow, I’ll never figure out exactly how it happened, I went to pick up the paint bucket to move it, but my arm got hung on something.  When I jerked it free, the bucket soared above my head and paint spilled into my hair, my mouth, all over my face, then onto the floor. I was literally spitting paint out of my mouth!  When I asked her if I could share her Adorable Little White House home renovations, she said, “Only if you include the picture of you and the paint spill.”  So here, have your little chuckle and let’s just move on…

The walls were light gray, bead board, trim and door, fresh coat of white, floors repaired, painted, stenciled, some of the floor painted and stenciled again after spilled paint damage, and sink with cabinet, toilet, tub fixtures, all installed.  Now, she just had to add her pretty farmhouse decor and the bathroom project was a big success.  

If I didn’t get fired from this one, guess they were going to keep me for the long haul.  Free labor is really hard to come by!

Stay tuned for the next Adorable Little House project


Do you have the guts to take on a fixer upper?

Have any of you ever watched Fixer Upper?  LOL, LOL.  If not, do you live under a rock?  Just kidding (not really). This is what Chip and Joanna say in the introduction of Fixer Upper.  “We take the worst house in the best neighborhood and turn it into our client’s dream home…Do you have the guts to take on a Fixer Upper?”

Well, my daughter decided she had the guts, along with the stamina, young energy & help from a lot of friends and family, to do just that.  Take on a Fixer Upper!

Do you the guts to take on a fixer upper?
Adorable Reno here we go…

Over the next few weeks, I am going to share the renovations of a beautiful, early 1960’s, 1100 square foot fixer upper treasure nestled in a wonderful neighborhood of 2000-5,000 square foot homes.

I hope you will join me on this journey for renovating ideas, funny stories and lots of “before and after” pictures!  

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I’m looking forward to sharing this adorable renovation with all of you, my friends!

Fixer Upper at Christmas
Gingerbread House

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Goin’ Red

Heartfelt Kisses for Healthy Wishes

“Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year.”  Facts about Heart Disease in Women

1 in 3 deaths. 1 in 3, dear friends! 

These are DEATHS of women who are our Moms, Sisters, Aunts, Daughters, Grandmothers, Friends, You or Me, from Cardiovascular Disease. This is not acceptable! 

It is time that we 

“GO RED LIKE WE MEAN IT”!

Donations to the American Heart Association will help for sure, but we can do so much more.   Click this link for ways you can make a difference in lowering that crazy 1 in 3 statistic.  It’s time to get involved for the women in our lives!  Get involved

Nothing would make me happier than the 1st Friday of next February when I get ready to post about National Go Red for Women Day, to see this statistic crushed…

0 in 3, girlfriends, 0 in 3! 

 

Refurbished Dining Table

Is your Dining Table in need of some TLC and updating? This one surely was. It wasn’t ugly, had good bones, anyway. It was just a really off-yellow color with those standard oak chairs and after we painted the walls with creamy gray, it stood out like a sore thumb.

Dining Table and Chairs before Renovations

So, not wanting to spend big bucks to buy a new table and chairs, (how fun is that anyway when you can DIY?), we pulled the table outside and started sanding. We used the belt sander on the area around the top and the sides. The wood looked nice and we were excited thinking that we could create the pretty, dark, stained finish we had planned for the top of the table. Then, we started sanding the middle sections. Guess what the entire middle portion was made out of? That’s right. Stinking pressboard! Hopes for a “pretty” stained finish went out the window for sure!

With a grain of salt, we kept on sanding, not sure how we would proceed.

Nice Wood on the Edges, Pressboard Midsections

You know I talk about being created perfectly, imperfect all the time. Well, this is just another good example. Things don’t always, almost never, turn out exactly like you have planned. I can only think of a few instances where my DIY project started out, progressed and finished exactly like it was planned. Of course, with my ADHD, the majority of them don’t start out with an inkling of planning anyway. Why waste your time if it’s going to end up different anyway, right? I’m sure some of you Type A “planners” are freaking out about now. Sorry about that, but it’s just how I have to roll…Right into the next idea.

So, our first thought was to go ahead and stain it all and see what it looked like. We stained the edges and sides, the real wood, with Java Gel Stain and it turned out beautiful.

Then we stained the pressboard midsection. Maybe it wouldn’t be so bad. 😂🤣😭 It was. So bad!

And then we started drinking and the ideas got worse. Husband retreated from the project hoping I would save it before he returned. I taped off some lines to paint over thinking that if they were narrow enough, the stained stripes might still look okay in between the paint. You got it…THEY DIDN’T

I didn’t take a picture when I pulled up the tape, because a) drinking, b) frustrated and c) it was just plain ugly!

Tired, and still 8 chairs to finish as well as fix this table, our final plan was to paint the whole stupid midsection green, like the legs and chairs were going to be. Creative, not very, but easy, right? I’m sure it could have been if I hadn’t previously tried the old “tape and paint over” plan.

I painted the table top only to have ridges on all the edges where the tape had blocked out the paint. Certainly had not looked like they were raised when I started, but trust me, they were raised enough to show, a lot.

Ok, let the paint dry, again. Sand down the ridges, really good, and paint the entire top again! Finally, after two more coats, it looked pretty smooth. Husband returned and started throwing on the polyurethane as quick as the paint dried so that if I came up with another bright idea, it would be too late! He knows me pretty well.

Now, if you want to refurbish your own table and chairs, it should be a breeze. Maybe not exactly what you had wanted in the beginning, or what you expected, or what your husband had thought you were creating, but possibly, on a good day, something even greater!

Re-Re-Refurbished Dining Table & Chairs

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Pretty Napkins

How to Fold a Pretty Napkin in less than 20 Words

Don’t just hap-hazardly fold those cloth napkins and stuff through a napkin ring when this method is so quick and simple.  Plus, they will all be folded alike and very pretty. 

Lay the square napkin out flat

Flat Napkin

Fold in half

Half Napkin
Fold in half again

Quarter Napkin
Slide napkin rings on

Napkin Ring

Napkin Rings

Done!  (17 words, to be exact).  😝 

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Perfectly, Imperfect Deviled Eggs

So this was the beginning of what was to be the perfect boiled egg recipe. If you missed the recipe, check out Easy Peasy Boiled Eggs. The Pioneer Woman knows her stuff and this is the first time my boiled eggs peeled easily and turned out perfect. However, that’s where the perfection ended for me.
Boiled eggs

I was planning to use my perfect boiled eggs to make Deviled Eggs. I cut them, scooped out the cooked yolks, put them in the mixer, added mayo, a little vinegar, pepper and evidently, a whole lot of salt! Yep, too much salt for sure. So, I did the only thing I could do and tested out the Pioneer Woman’s boiled egg recipe again in order to add 4 more eggs to the mix.

Well, the second test proved that her process was not a fluke, they came out perfect again. So, I added the extra yokes, missed it all up hoping to dilute the salt, and was ready to fill the eggs.  I have found that putting the mixture in a pastry bag or small ziploc bag, cutting the bottom corner and squeezing into each egg, is the easiest way to make the prettiest eggs.  However, I only had large ziploc bags so I decided to try plastic wrap instead. BAD IDEA!  I’m always here to tell you things not to try.  Lol. The plastic wrap does not hold up to the squeezing pressures and you end up with mess like this…

It’s much better to use a ziploc bag that is too big!

And hopefully, your eggs can end up like this

(with the exception of the two ugly ones).  

Can you find them?  Lol

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Easy to Peel Boiled Eggs

Finally, a recipe that really works to boil your eggs perfectly and peel with ease!

Easy to Peel Boiled Eggs

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