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Name: Eric Rinehart
Date registered: January 17, 2012
URL: http://www.firesidedreamers.com

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  1. The Rinehart’s DIY Family Tree Art — February 1, 2014
  2. Shutter Installation: Adding an Extra Little Charm — January 12, 2014
  3. Project: Dont get Stuck with the 5 inch Thorns! — June 25, 2013
  4. Introducing the Finished Bathroom Project! — April 23, 2013
  5. Bathroom Remodel: The Photo Catch Up — March 4, 2013

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Feb 01

The Rinehart’s DIY Family Tree Art

A man, his baby, and a roll of painters tape.  That’s how this fun DIY Family Tree Art adventure started.  I (this is Eric) have always wanted to paint a tree on a wall in our house.  I never seemed to find the time when we lived in Sidney, but Topeka on the other hand- this house was made for a tree in our basement.  And oh, how I love our new tree!
I started the process by finding out how much a wall decal would be. I couldn’t find one large enough for less than $75! I knew there had to be a cheaper way to make this tree happen. Kelli and I looked at some ideas online and settled on what we wanted our tree to look like. One of the coolest things about doing this on our own is that we got to customize it just how we wanted it to look.

One of the neatest things about this DIY Family Tree Art project is that it costs close to nothing to do.  The supplies I used totaled around $10.

The list of items used are:

  • One $3 roll of painters tape
  • White paint paint (which we already had lying around)
  • A kitchen sponge
  • The time and patience to “grow” the tree from the ground, up 🙂

The Rineharts DIY Family Tree Art

In our humble abode, we have this one particularly long hallway in our basement, which you will find as soon as you come down the stairs.  It spans the entire length of our ranch style home.  I paid the hefty price for this long hallway when it came time to get my latest guy purchase, a new (absolutely necessary) 60 inch tv.  To purchase this new toy, I made the dreadful deal with my then preggo wife to paint not only this hallway, but our family room as well…so pretty much this amounted to the entire basement. Three gallons of paint later, I had a blank canvas to paint my tree!  Please do let the record show; I absolutely hate painting.  I am a DIY kinda guy, but painting is the devils work.  Just sayin’
Let me introduce you to our hallway, aka the blank canvas.  I still have nightmares of painting this thing…

The Rineharts DIY Family Tree ArtNow it’s time to watch the tree “grow” 🙂

Honestly, this project turned out to be way easier than I thought it was going to be.  I just started at the base of the trunk and work your way up.  I ripped strips that were 6-9 inches long and let my imagination and creativity decide what I wanted the tree to look like.
You can choose how wide/tall you want your tree to be. Ours turned out to be 13 feet wide because we had a large area to work with.

The Rineharts DIY Family Tree ArtOnce I got to a natural “Y” in the tree, I decided how wide to make the next limb. I placed a piece of tape to start the other side limb.

The Rineharts DIY Family Tree ArtThen, I took it section by section.  I found it easiest to start getting the middle of the tree set up, so that I could envision how it needs to start taking shape.  The goal for me was to have limbs that would fill in all the dead space on the wall.

The Rineharts DIY Family Tree ArtAgain, if you look really close, you can see this is all done by those ripping off short sections of tape and placing each piece over the one right before it.

The Rineharts DIY Family Tree ArtCharley was able to get in on the taping as well.  She pretty much bossed me around when it came to where to put each piece of tape.  She’s her mother’s daughter!! 🙂

I also noticed in the above picture that it looks like my sleeves are about 6 inches to short.  Obviously, this is my night-on-the-town shirt.

The Rineharts DIY Family Tree Art I placed two pieces of tape on either side of the tree to give me boundaries to both reach for, but not pass.

As I got closer to the end of each limb, rather than using two pieces that slowly got narrower and narrower, I would just use one piece that would be a place holder for the “twigs” part of the tree.

The Rineharts DIY Family Tree ArtAnd voila!!  The taped tree.
At this point, I had invested about 2 hours into the tree.  Charley slept in the front pack for about an hour and a half of that. Multi-tasking at its finest.

The Rineharts DIY Family Tree ArtNext up, the painting.  As I explained earlier,  I hate painting!  So lucky Kelli, she gets that job.  It was fairly easy for the most part-  just stay between the lines.  It’s like a grown-up version of a coloring book.

The Rineharts DIY Family Tree ArtShe did such a wonderful job!  We did two coats of paint since we picked such a light color against the grey.

The Rineharts DIY Family Tree ArtThis is where the creative side of Kelli was able to really shine.  I don’t think I had it in me to get the twigs to look just right.

I was very impressed with her work, as she did it all free hand with a basic inch wide paint brush.  She was in a groove!!

The Rineharts DIY Family Tree ArtThe last step–the leaves.  Unfortunately, I had to take this part.  Kelli cut out the leaf template out of an old kitchen sponge that we had lying around.

Tip– we cut out two sizes of leafs to try and went with the larger of the two. We were very happy with that decision.  I think they look better and more uniform.

The Rineharts DIY Family Tree ArtAnd here she is!!  Not too shabby for $10 and about 4-5 hours of work!!

The Rineharts DIY Family Tree ArtHere are a couple different angles to view the tree from.

The Rineharts DIY Family Tree ArtOverall, our DIY Family Tree Art project turned out exactly how we wanted it to.  We’ve toyed around with the idea of putting pictures of our family on the tree. That’ll happen one day! With a new baby in he mix, there’s just not as much time as we used to have. But of course, it’s so worth it! One day, she’ll be helping us with all of our crazy house projects.

If we do decide to put the family pictures up, we’d like to keep the frames black and uniform. We have a vision!

The Rineharts DIY Family Tree Art

If you and your family decide to tackle the DIY Family Tree Art adventure, I would challenge you to put the exact number of limbs it would take to accurately represent your real family tree.

For you Missouri Tiger fans out there, I’m sure that means there’s just one limb so that will be easy for you to figure out.  Rock Chalk Jayhawks!(I was feeling feisty when I wrote this part.  But, I do really dislike anything Missouri Tiger related. Again, just sayin’)

Until next time. Build On!

-ER-

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Jan 12

Shutter Installation: Adding an Extra Little Charm

So we love our house, but one of the main issues we have with it is that the outside looks a little dated.  Kelli and I have been on a mission since we’ve moved in to get the “curb appeal” to a better place.  The first thing that we did was replace the garage doors (still need to write this post.)
We’ve also done some landscaping, which was a lot more dangerous than we were expecting.  This leads to the shutter installation project.  We thought they would be a cheap and effective way to help add a little outside charm to this house that looked like it was slightly stuck in the 70’s.

Here’s a little before and after.

Before

Shutter Installation: Adding an Extra Little CharmAfter

Shutter Installation: Adding an Extra Little CharmI (Eric) have fallen in love with Menards.  To me, it’s the perfect balance of price, quality, and selection.  And no, they [unfortunately] didn’t pay me to say that.  Maybe one day, sigh.  I believe it’s a midwest regional hardware store.  So you coastal people may not have the pleasure of doing your shopping there.

We put shutters on a total of three windows, meaning we had to get three sets of shutters.  We got them from Mendards for around $23 a piece.  We are very happy with the results of the shutter installation. Plus, we did it all for under $75 and about an hour installation time. Score!

Shutter Installation: Adding an Extra Little Charm

 

The tools I used to do the shutter installation were:

  • Drill
  • 1/4” drill bit
  • Multi-tool(pictured below)
  • Tape measure
  • rubber mallet

In the above picture, I went ahead and laid everything out so I knew what I was getting into.

Below, we have board and batten siding, so to make sure the shutter was flush with the window I had to use my multi-tool to cut about a 1 inch section to make this happen.

 

Shutter Installation: Adding an Extra Little CharmShutter Installation: Adding an Extra Little CharmShutter Installation: Adding an Extra Little CharmThe last step was to re-seal the seam that was left when I cut the piece of wood out.  I did this with a exterior caulk. Shutter Installation: Adding an Extra Little Charm

Now that the house was ready, I had to do a little prep work on the shutter, per the instructions that came with shutters.  I put a total of 4-1/4inch holes into each of the corners of each shutter.

After I got the holes in the shutter, I placed the shutter in it’s final resting place next to the window and drilled the same sized hole through the siding.  If you have brick or stone siding, this is where it could be a little tougher.  My assumption is that you would have to use a masonry bit rather than your typical wood bit.

Shutter Installation: Adding an Extra Little CharmThe last steps to the shutter installation is to hammer in the plastic spikes.  This is the easiest step of the entire process, as you have already completed all the prep work.

Shutter Installation: Adding an Extra Little Charm

 

Shutter Installation: Adding an Extra Little CharmAfter you know it, you’ve got shutters on your house!  Like I said earlier, the shutter installation only took about an hour.  I installed a total of 6 shutters throughout the whole project.

Shutter Installation: Adding an Extra Little CharmThis project was just another step on the way to a more charming exterior.  There are so many things we love about this house.  We can now add shutters to that same list!!  Next stop, I rip out and replace of the front porch and that sweet ramp to the bottom left of the picture.

Until next time. Build On!

-ER-

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Jun 25

Project: Dont get Stuck with the 5 inch Thorns!

“Sure Dad, c’mon up and we will play golf or something”.  “Yeah Andrew, we will just relax and do some grilling”.  I had em’ right where I wanted them.  Little did they know that they were going to have to deal with the tree of torture: 5 inch thorns and all.

Both my Dad and best friend knew they were going to get in some good old fashion manual labor.  I can’t say it enough, Kelli and I are very lucky and blessed to have people like them in our lives; that no questions asked, will come up for a weekend and help out with our crazy forest house!

Project: Dont get Stuck with the 5 inch Thorns!

Super Pumped to have the help of these fellas.  One project off the list!!

 

This Locust tree was only a small part of our weekend project, but it is definitely the most intimidating.  Those thorns are long, sharp, and will go right though a pair of shoes.  I also found out that if they stick you, the very tip breaks off and stays in you.  I’m living proof of that…

Project: Dont get Stuck with the 5 inch Thorns!

Here was the before picture of the house.  As you can see, this side of the house needs a little TLC.  By a “little”, I mean a lot of work for three guys, plus some work from my wonderful wife and her tag-a-long Char Char.  Kelli is not a big fan of that name for Charlotte but until something else pops in my head that’s what daddy’s nickname for our mini is going to be.  Sorry, I digressed.

Project: Dont get Stuck with the 5 inch Thorns!
I’m picturing settlers back in the frontier days making some pretty intense weapons out of these things.  I mean seriously, look at them! They’re straight out of a Steven King book.
Project: Dont get Stuck with the 5 inch Thorns!
With all that said, naturally the first thing to do would be to climb up a ladder straight into the thick of things.
Project: Dont get Stuck with the 5 inch Thorns!
Bush, meet Dad.  Dad, meet bush.  It just needed a little hair cut.
(Both my dad and I were blessed with low maintenance hair, aka we are bald.  But, if we did have hair, this bush is what I assume it would look like in the morning.)
Project: Dont get Stuck with the 5 inch Thorns!
Continuing on the trimming theme, we decided to take out these green things from beside the house. Are they a tree, a bush, a weed?  Those mixed messages are probably the main reason it got the ax…I mean saw.
Project: Dont get Stuck with the 5 inch Thorns!
After we got everything cut down prepared, we were ready to start re-laying the brick edging.
Project: Dont get Stuck with the 5 inch Thorns!
How many guys does it take to screw in a light bulb…wait, I mean lay down bricks in a neat line?
Project: Dont get Stuck with the 5 inch Thorns!
Bring on the greenery!
Project: Dont get Stuck with the 5 inch Thorns!
Kelli and I don’t get a ton of chances to go on “errands” with the family.  I really enjoyed the time of sifting through the 50% off area at the greenhouse.  Gotta love deals and gotta love family!! 
Project: Dont get Stuck with the 5 inch Thorns!

at the greenhouse

Honestly, I don’t know what this thing is.  I’m sure if I asked Kelli she would know, but it’s 12:30 a.m. now and she is fast asleep.  Whatever it is, it is one of my favorite plants.  I love the color of the leaves without any type of flowering or blooming.
Project: Dont get Stuck with the 5 inch Thorns!
Throughout the 3 years of total home ownership and the variety of landscaping projects we’ve done (see Sidney example 1 or example 2), we’ve learned a couple lessons.
One is to always stage what you plant.  It’s the easiest way to determine whether you will like the arrangements of your plants.
The other is to keep in mind that your plants will grow, so be sure to space them out.
Project: Dont get Stuck with the 5 inch Thorns!

staging plants

 

Project: Dont get Stuck with the 5 inch Thorns!
There’s “miss green thumb” herself.  Even with a bun in the oven she is still out there pitching in.  What a trooper!!  Can’t keep her away from planting.
Project: Dont get Stuck with the 5 inch Thorns!

Kelli planting

 

One of the last things we had to take care of was the random bench on the entry way.  A couple of bolts and a few screws and it’s outta here.
Project: Dont get Stuck with the 5 inch Thorns!

 

 

 

Project: Dont get Stuck with the 5 inch Thorns!

 

Here’s the rag tag trio of landscapers.  Without them I would probably still be stuck in the thorny tree!

Project: Dont get Stuck with the 5 inch Thorns!

the work crew

 

Barkley was the supervisor for this project.  As you can see, he takes his job very seriously.

Project: Dont get Stuck with the 5 inch Thorns!

Big B

 

And the Grand Reveal!

Project: Dont get Stuck with the 5 inch Thorns!One last Before picture so you have a good idea of where we started.

Project: Dont get Stuck with the 5 inch Thorns!

before 2

Project: Dont get Stuck with the 5 inch Thorns!

Until next time!

-ER-

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Apr 23

Introducing the Finished Bathroom Project!

What a learning experience!  We laughed, we cried, we try to electrocute ourselves.  The Bathroom Project was by far the biggest undertaking that I attempted to this day.  I learned something every step of the way.  Some say it takes a village to raise a child, it took a village to help me put this bathroom together.  I had a ton of help from a number of people (Chris, Jim, Brandon, Jay,  and most importantly Kelli!)  I am very lucky to have a lot of skilled people in my life that are willing to help the kid in the corner with the dunce cap on.  Much love goes out to each of them (I’m listening to some rap while I write this.)  Also, big shout out to google.  I couldn’t have done it with you.

Without further a due I present the Finished Bathroom Project!

From the Bathroom Door

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Introducing the Finished Bathroom Project!

~After~

Introducing the Finished Bathroom Project!

The East Wall – The Washer and Dryer Side

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Introducing the Finished Bathroom Project!

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Introducing the Finished Bathroom Project!

Storage Below the Stairs

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Introducing the Finished Bathroom Project!

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Introducing the Finished Bathroom Project!The West Wall Towards the Bathroom Door

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Introducing the Finished Bathroom Project!

Introducing the Finished Bathroom Project!

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Introducing the Finished Bathroom Project!Electrical Work and Vanity

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Introducing the Finished Bathroom Project!

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Introducing the Finished Bathroom Project!Raise Toilet and Shower “The Throne”

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Introducing the Finished Bathroom Project!

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Introducing the Finished Bathroom Project!

After all the work that was done and the blood, sweat, and tears that were spent, we are very pleased with the results!  From start to finished the Bathroom Project took around 7 months.  That includes casually working on it and many times having to teach myself the next step or recruit someone to help.  Knowing what I know now, I’m thinking we could’ve finished it in 2-3 months working most weekends and the occasional weeknight.

Now on to cost/benefit.  We did every part of this project ourselves and with the help of friends.  I paid all my friends with food and adult beverages so I don’t count that (I was going to use both of those things anyways.)  With that said, we are only looking at cost of materials and the total for the entire bathroom was right around $2,000.  We sold our house in January and I will assure you that adjusting the listing for your house from a 1 bathroom to a 2 bathroom definitely provided returned our investment we were hoping for.

If I had the chance to do it again I would do it in a heartbeat.  It’s a lot of work but I gain invaluable experience, created some great memories with my wife and all my friends, and now can/could not stink up the only bathroom in the house!  Here’s to you 2nd bathroom!

-ER-

P.S. If you want to check out the rest of the post outlining the Bathroom Project Click here or click “Bathroom Project” in the tags section to the right.

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