Monthly Archive: August 2012

Aug 24

Lamp Re-do

I bought this lamp at a garage sale a couple years ago. I tend to stockpile items that I have ideas for, but don’t always get to the projects in a timely manner. This was one of those projects. The lamp re-do took me about 2 hours total, cost me absolutely nothing, and is such a transformation. Here’s the deal. My plan was to recover the lampshade with a pretty fabric.
I had little confidence in my ability to do this. Therefore, I took no pictures of the re-covering process. This is what I do, subconsciously, when I don’t think a project I’m doing will turn out. For anyone that knows anything about me, I tend to rush through projects and not measure, think things all the way through, or be very detail-oriented. It’s just how I was made. Taking the time to be particular makes me go bonkers. I knew that covering a lampshade would take some precision and patience….two things I don’t always have. This project, however, worked out perfectly, without making me be a crazy person! Maybe I’ll try another lampshade re-cover and do a full tutorial on it. That’d be handy for anyone who is interested in trying it at home.

When painting the lamp base, first I wiped it down with a damp cloth. Then, I sanded down the whole thing with sand paper. Then, I used mustard yellow paint and did a light first layer. I let that dry and repeated three times until I had the finish that I wanted.

To cover the lampshade:

Essentially, I made a template on paper by tracing the lampshade. Then, I measured (yes, you saw that right) one inch away from the traced line to act as space to fold down over the lampshade on the fabric. Then, I carefully cut on the line. Finally, I placed the fabric on the lampshade and glued one end down. I started from there and folded down the fabric on the top and bottom of the shade, gluing on the inside as I went. To hold the glue in place, I put clothespins on the top and bottom of the shade. I kept these clips on for 24 hours to make sure the glue held. 

And this is the final product! It lives in my work office. It brightens my day 🙂See that awesome desk? The hubby made that for me. It’s amazing…and so is he. The coolest part about this desk is that he’s making more and you can have one too! We’re custom making them, so let us know if you’re interested in your very own barnwood desk!


That’s all folks!

Aug 23

Bathroom Remodel: Installing the Vinyl Tile

So here’s Kelli and I standing in front of the masses of flooring samples at Menards.  We’re trying to figure out what to use as our the new bathroom floor.  I really had my heart set on fire engine red shag carpet, but she was a little more practical with ideas of a cost effective, easy to install, and great looking vinyl tile.  I usually win most of these types of discussions(just like every other husband reading this does) 😉 but this time I decided to concede my life long dream of shag carpet in our light blue bathroom and went with the vinyl tile.  Here how installing the vinyl tile went down.

The first step was to make sure that the old flooring was completely pulled up.  You can get a quick glimpse into some of the before pictures if you look toward the end of the demo post. Once the floor has all the old tile removed you want to sweep it and wipe with a damp cloth.

The last step prior to placing your first tile is to apply flooring adhesive.  I forgot to take pictures of this but imagine painting with a normal paint roller but instead of paint you use floor adhesive and instead of a wall you paint the floor.  Simple as that.

In the above picture you can see Kelli placing our first tile!  This was a nervous moment when you’ve never tiled anything in your life.  One down, 80 more to go!

Chris was over at the house when we started installing the vinyl tile and was able to lend a hand on how to get this whole show started.

You’ll notice a number of little x’s throughout all the pictures.  These are spacers that we used to make sure that each tile was the same length apart from the next one.  You can get these x’s in a number of different sizes from the hardware store which will create the desired gap that you will eventually put grout into.

Kelli and I had a great assembly line going when we were installing the vinyl tile.  It went like this: measure(both of us), cut (Eric), peel(Kelli), place(Kelli), and stomp(Eric and Kelli jumping on the same tile!  Not really, but it would look a little funny if it were true,) and repeat over and over again.  This seemed to go really well until we arrived at the tiles on the edge of the wall. I had to cut and re-cut about 5 times per tile because I have a measuring issue.

Because we were hard at work with intense focus and determination we forgot to take more pictures of the actual installing of the vinyl tile.  Instead you guys will get more final product of the instillation.

This was one of the toughest parts of the install.  The round toilet base gave us quite the issue with cutting.  Up to that point I was using a utility knife on all the straight edges.  For the rounded toilet edges I had to switch it up and use tin-snips.  Not sure why that was the tool that I chose but it seemed to work.

Here is the final product!  I’ve become a fan of the brown tile that Kelli picked out.  It might even look better than the shag carpet I wanted….might is the key word here.

With the tile installed and the walls painted the bathroom is really starting to take shape!  Kelli has been on the prowl for decoration and has found some pretty neat pieces.  We can finally see the light at the end of the Bathroom Remodel tunnel!!  Until the next post.  Thanks for reading!


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If you’ve missed any part of the Bathroom Remodel Project let’s catch you up to speed: click on the links to read more about each activity:

We took our before pictures and got to work on  moving the shower stall downstairs.  Next came the demo of the utility room and pulling up of the old tile.  This opened the room up to getting the plumbing and the electrical work all put together and working.  Then came the crucial step of planning and executing the raised drainage platform for the toilet and shower and then tying it all into the main drain of the house.  Once the structure was in place we could work more on the cosmetics like drywalling and our good looking new white door!  I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about this adventure and maybe even learned something.

Aug 21

Country Livin’

There are few places more calming and beautiful than the countryside in Kansas where my parents live. One of my favorite things in the world to do is drive around with my Dad, brother, and/or Mom (whoever wants to ride along) and take pictures of the area. So I thought I’d share just why it is that I love it so much.


This is the building in Brookville, KS that my Dad bought and is transforming into a saloon-style bar and grill. My brother will manage and run the place. The opening date is unknown at this time, but it’s sure to be an I-70 KS destination soon enough!

Rico SuuuaaaveThese deer/buck pictures aren’t the greatest….but still pretty cool. Love the wildlife!They live by a military bombing range, so we see these signs frequently

I’m not sure that the pictures do it justice. I think we all have that special place that we feel the most calm and at home. I’m glad to have found that space already. And it’s not coincidence that it’s where my family is…


Until next time!

Aug 20

OMG Chicken and Roasted Squash

I just finished a wonderful, family-filled, relaxing weekend in KS. Eric just finished a crazy, action-packed, dare devil weekend in Colorado. We’re both pooped (AKA My Mom’s word for tired) and glad to be home sweet home. As I finish editing the pictures, I’ll fill you in on a yummy chicken recipe that I made last week! Check it out…

That’s oh my gawd chicken. I found it on pinterest and had to try it. Here’s how the pin read…
“OMG Chicken” Just mix Sour Cream or Yogurt (1/2 c) and parm cheese (1/4 c). Spread over chicken breast in a baking dish, sprinkle italian bread crumbs on top and bake for 20-30 minutes. SO moist and tasty!”

So I did just that! I added parsley and garlic powder for an extra kick.

I pounded out the chicken to make them equally sized.

I salt and peppered the chicken before applying the yummy sour cream mixture

Then for the roasted squash. I was given a couple squash for my coworker’s garden so I thought it’d be a great side for this dish. I wanted to try it roasted and Eric and I agreed it turned out very well. I just lined the baking sheet with foil. Then cut up the squash in cubes. Sprinkle on salt, pepper, parsley and garlic salt. Place in a 400 degree oven for approximately 40 minutes, or until very soft and roasted throughout. This is before roasting…And after! See how the color really pops and the seeds come out? Yum.I suggest you try this OMG chicken with roasted squash for a quick and easy weeknight dinner!

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