Saturday, June 1, 2013

Master Bath Redo with Rustoleum - part 1

We have currently been in our beautiful home for a little over a year now. The previous owners did an incredible job updating out-dated features of the house. They added crown moulding, granite counter tops, changed out brass fixtures with oil rubbed bronze fixtures. These are just touching on the things they put their hearts into. However, one room stood out to me that needed attention. It was the master bathroom.

The master bathroom had brass and silver fixtures. Most notably to me was the brass shower frame that loudly greeted me as I approached the bathroom. I desperately wanted the style of the rest of the house with the oil rubbed bronze to be consistent with the master bath. So my research began. I found a lady who did this exact thing. Kristi at Addicted to Decorating had posted about this ( She redecorated a master bathroom with Rust-o-leum! She soon became my hero!!

If you are wanting to do a project like this, please stop at Kristi's site for more specifics.  I used her advice and technique and encourage you as well.  I first started out with the sink fixtures because I thought they would be the easiest. However, they are quite curvy and I did not get all parts of the fixtures so I had to go back and touch up some spots. Really the one piece of advice I can give in a project like this is tape, tape, tape!!! You can never ever use too much unless you tape on the fixture. If you do get some residue on the counters, floor, wall, or anything you did not intend to paint, steel wool is your best friend! My heart sank when I realized my prepping work was not good enough but you would never know looking at it!

I've attached some before and after pictures on the sink side of the bathroom. Part two will have the shower and bathtub.

Until next time,
Kindest blogging wishes!!!

Master Bathroom before we purchased the house.

Fixtures were sanded, wiped, prepped, primed, and painted.
Fixtures completed and hardware added to cabinets.
Final product.  My awesome sister-in-law added her skills in decorating.
The chair however is not staying but it was helpful in the process.

Final product on the sink side.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

My "Something Greater"

"God will never leave you empty. He will replace everything you lost. If He asks you to put something down, it's because He is wanting you to pick up something greater." Author unknown. I saw this quote the other day and the last part really hit home for me. I left my job and returned home to raise my babies - need I say more.

I am by no means authority on raising babies. I struggle daily in trying to be a good mom and good example. However, this does not stop me from trying to teach them to the best of my ability. My little girl is almost four and since leaving my job to stay at home, we have been homeschooling her.

Our daily lessons include going through the alphabet doing writing and phonics. Mathematics, which thanks to her last daycare, we were able to start working through a kindergarten math book. She has grasped counting, sorting, categorizing, and pattern recognition. Recently, she has been learning about money. Teaching about money would not be complete without teaching how to earn it and how to make that money grow.

My daughter has two piggy banks. Over the years people have added to them, we've put money in them, and she has also put money in them when she finds it on the ground. So we took that money (a portion that she chose because she didn't want to part with all of it) and opened her a savings account. It was so sweet to watch her, wearing her sunglasses walk into the bank, hand her bag of money over to the bank officer and said "Hello. My name is ... I would like to open an account please.". The savings account we opened has a decent APR growth. Therefore, this helps her learn, overtime, one way to grow money.

Explaining how to earn money, I told her how daddy works at the hospital to pay for our home, food, and other fun things. I asked her what her jobs were. She gave lots of answers. Two that stuck out were 1. Feeding our dog and 2. Cleaning up the toys. I put a price on it. Our agreement is if she completes both tasks, she gets a said amount at the end of the day.

We have been doing this for a while and there hasn't been a night she hasn't done it. In fact, she has gone beyond what has been expected of her and arranges the sofa pillows, picks up our sons room if it needs it, and puts covers in their place. It just bring me so much joy to watch her embrace her new role as a gainful employee.

Going back to the quote I saw the other day, teaching my babies is "the greater" thing God wanted me to pick up and though there are struggles sometimes, I love my new job!

Until next time,
Happy blogging!!!