New Shower Curtain

The mudding and sanding should be completed in our basement today.  As in when we come home from school we can begin priming our new walls so we can paint them this weekend.  Can I get an amen?  Hallelujah!

When choosing paint colors, we wanted to make sure the colors we chose would coordinate with the other colors in the rest of the house.  In the bathroom we chose to go with a lighter green version of the color we have in our upstairs bathroom.  In my head, I was thinking that it would be neat to have a similar color to help tie in both spaces.  But, with as small as our basement bathroom is, we didn’t want the color to be as dark.  

With the color determined, we were then able to pick out our accessories.  I shared with you earlier in the week our toilet (glorious toilet!) and sink faucet, as well our tile choice and vanity light.  What I didn’t share with you was our shower curtain.  Why?  I don’t know other than I could have been nervous about sharing it.  For me it’s a bit bold.  But Adam and I really like it.  Like, really like it.  Then I read in the September of Better Homes and Garden issue a quote from Nate Berkus.  You know, the darling, cute, ultra stylish Nate Berkus?  He said “Decorating isn’t an instant pastime or a quick fix– you need to go out and search for things you really love and fill your home with objects that have meaning to you.  Great style is achievable on any budget.”  I really like our new shower curtain.  A lot.  So, what the heck.

Here it is…



What does it look like with our new paint color?  Glad you asked!  🙂

DSC_0487I’m not sure why I like the combo so much, but I do.  It feels good.  And I think it looks good, too.  And when it is paired with other elements from the bathroom, it makes me like it even more.  



(The paint color in this picture is a bit off.  I took this picture at night and had to turn my ISO up to keep the tile from looking really cream.)

So, there you have it.  Our plan for our basement bathroom (by the way, try to say that three times fast).  Should I go with a bold pattern hand towel? Or keep it simple?  Any one else make bold decisions and feel good about them afterwards?  

Have a great Labor Day weekend!



Peeping Toms

Apparently the turkeys in our yard wanted a peek into our basement.  


I can’t blame them with all the work that’s been going on down there this week.  Take a look:


You are looking at the south wall of our family room.  For the six years we have lived in the house, there was a door frame off centered on this wall.  Now, we have a full wall complete with three outlets!!  THREE!!  And they work!


Our bathroom!  It’s a bit hard to photograph this space due to its size.  I guess that means you’ll have to come over.  🙂  The space you see on the left side of the picture is for a shelf and then plumbing access for the shower.


The bedroom is really shaping up as well!


The closet is also getting me really excited!  It will be so nice to have an organized closet from the get-go.  Woo-hoo!

On another note, this past week Adam and I went on a shopping trip to pick up the last few items we need for the basement project.  They included:



This sucker is a dual flush toilet.  Meaning there are two buttons for #1 or #2.  I never thought I would be excited about a toilet. But this one’s worth raising a stink over and we’re flushed with excitement.  😉



*Vanity Light


Going with the “theme” of our school house, we thought this light was a true nod to our home’s history.  Plus with the chrome finish, it looks pretty good with the faucet and shower head.  We also bought a towel rod, toilet paper holder, and hand towel holder in the same finish.  They.  Look.  Good.  

*Floor Tile


This may look familiar to some.  The tile we chose is the same style as our tile in the upstairs bathroom.  Only the upstairs tile is black and white.  I chose a navy striped shower curtain and I didn’t think the black and white would look very good with the curtain.  

We also picked up a closet organizer at Lowe’s.  It is the allen + roth storage system.  To say we really like the look is an understatement.  It’s classy, it’s dark, it’s us.  Probably except for the classy part…

While we feel we have quite a few big items crossed off of our list, something that I still want to look for are hand towels.  And not just any hand towels, but unique ones.  I have done a bit of looking via internet, but was wondering, does anyone out there know where I can find unique towels that don’t cost a lot?  The colors I’m looking for are navy and green.  Any suggestions?  


Best Friends

A few weeks ago at a family reunion, a cousin of ours mentioned that her daughter wanted to have pictures taken of her and her best friend before they headed back to school.  And because her daughter is one of my favorite cousins, it didn’t take more than five seconds for me to say “HECK YES!”  So without further ado, here are a few preview pictures Abby and Rachel!

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Ladies, you were a blast and I wish you the best of luck this next school year!


The “Chickens” Have Roosted

Today was just too nice to not be outside.  So I made sure that most of the things I had on my to-do list were things outside.  This included the chicken coop.  The last time I left you with this project we had just built the doors and hung them.  The outside looked a bit…well…like a tornado came through.

DSC_0789The mess stayed this way for quite a few weeks until today.  That’s when this mess was put back together again.  Humpty Dumpty would be proud.  🙂

Now that the doors are done we felt like it was time for things to go back in to the shed.  This past weekend Adam and I moved the garden bench (you can see it in the foreground of the picture above), then hung the chicken roosts above the bench.

A quick side note:

Thank you to everyone who commented on ideas or suggestions!  It was so cool to see what people thought I could do with them. I might be on the lookout for some roosts to do other projects with.  As we cleaned out the junk in the roosts, there was a fairly strong smell of decomposing chicken poop.  I am pretty sure it’s been a while since this bad boy has been in operation and they hadn’t been cleaned out for years.  I was a bit insistent that after we hose them out we wipe them down with bleach.  You know, because I don’t like chicken poop.  Unfortunately we didn’t have any bleach, but we do have color safe bleach.  I made this work.  🙂

Ok.  Back to the organization part.  

After we had moved the things in, the inside looked like this:

DSC_0259Not bad, but the garden bench just had stuff everywhere.  And I knew if this was the first thing I saw it would drive me crazy.  So I took it from the picture above to this:

Garden Shed Diagram

I felt I had worked hard enough that I let myself have a bowl of chocolate ice cream after dinner. The metal baskets I have on the bottom shelf I found at Bed Bath and Beyond.  I’m pretty sure they’re meant for interior use only, but my thought is that the baskets will only be used inside it should work out alright.  The pink and white tubs are plastic.  I found these gems in the dollar spot at Target.


I didn’t feel like I was quite done after I had gone through plastic pots and tubs inside, so I focused a bit of my attention to the outside.  We have a concrete pad just to the south of the coop.  This has been covered with pine needles, leaves, and the occasional limb from our south tree row.  So, I swept and set up a few chairs and leftover windows along with a potted geranium.


We still have shovels and rakes to hang.  Any unique suggestions for these tools?  You all are so dang creative!!





A Schoolhouse Shake Up SHAKE UP!!

This past weekend I put on my big girl pants and decided to begin to make a few changes to the ol’ blog.  

The first thing you may have noticed is the appearance.  The more I posted, the more I realized how much I didn’t like the chevron.  I tried to make it work.  But… I couldn’t.  It was just too messy looking and cluttered.  When I came across this style I instantly liked it.  

It’s clean.  It’s classy.


And I like it!!

Over the next few days I plan on adding pictures of our house and figuring out why pictures from posts don’t show up in the preview.  

You may have noticed a few additions as well!

Publication1There is also a link to follow me on Facebook.  I am hoping to add a link to Pintrest this week as well.  

Any one else as excited as me for these changes?  Probably not, but I am so PUMPED!  🙂 

Be sure to come back later in the week.  The “garden shed of the millennium” is getting organized!




Shut. The. Front. Door.

Or in our case the basement door.  Because after living in our house for six years, we can now open and close it.  



Right now it’s not painted.  When I ordered it, I didn’t have (and still don’t for that matter) an idea as to what color I want the exterior color to be.  Plus, I wasn’t a huge fan of the color options.  Poop brown?  No thanks.  I thought the style of the door matched the whole “I’m a schoolhouse, but people don’t really believe me until they see the downstairs and the upstairs windows”.  And I really like how the window will let in a large amount of natural light.  We don’t want to be reminded we are watching tv/grading papers/lesson planning in a basement.  Rather, we are doing all of those things in one amazing room that gives us a lot of joy.  🙂

I can’t explain how excited we are to have a functioning door in the basement.  Our previous door, while original to the building, was literally glued shut.  To be more precise, glued shut.  Even if we wanted to have access to the door, we probably would have broken the door in the process.  But now…we have a door with a window.  And a door handle.  With a lock.  Whew!!  

DSC_0087The door handle matches the handles we have on our upstairs doors.  One of these years, our exterior doors will all match.  But until then we’ll stick with the door handles.  Baby steps, folks.

 Our construction guys should be out fairly soon (they’re waiting on our shower base to come in), so the door should be trimmed before we head back to school.  And the walls should be sheetrocked and the remainder of the project fairly finished.  

Another door that we can almost officially cross off of our list are the doors to the “chicken coop”.  Remember when I left you hanging (pun INtended) with this picture?

DSC_0827I have since painted the white strip and the eaves and the windows have been installed.  And last night, dear, dear Adam put the doors on.  So the building now looks like this:

DSC_0078There was most definitely a huge sigh of relief when we realized the barn track was going to hold the door.  The door is heavier than it looks!  And if the planks look familiar, they should because they’re the original floor planks.  There were enough salvageable planks that we could save a bit of money and upcycle some neat wood.  

There is a bit more work for the door, that includes installing a door roller trap like this.  As you can see in the picture there is a bit of a gap on the bottom due to the heaviness of the door.  This piece of hardware should help the gap and also help prevent a big south wind from ripping the door off in a storm.  I would probably cry if that were to happen after all the work that went into getting that sucker built and hung.


We also built a door for the south side as well.  There is a smaller door opening on that side that is used sometimes by not a lot.  But we still felt that it warranted a door.  Because, you know, it might get jealous of Big Brute on the front of the shed.  

DSC_0080The “to-do list” is still running (I better go catch it, right?! HA!!) which includes scrapping and painting this side.  Did you see Adam’s windows?  We were given the windows from our alma mater a few years ago and they fit perfectly for this space.  Plus the style of the windows goes really well with the simplicity of the building.  Because, you know, fancy stain glass chicken coop windows just don’t look good on a simple builiding.  😉

And if you’re worried about security, you shouldn’t be.  We’ve wired the place with an electric fence and have ADT coming out tomorrow to set up cameras.  Not really, but Adam did install latches on the windows and doors to help us keep it a bit more secure than it was before.  Not “Fort Knox” secure, but enough, that we or our neighbors could tell something was going on before it was too late.  

Remember the roosting box?  

DSC_0790It’s going to be put back inside the building.  I didn’t want to let it go.  It’s just too neat.  Once all the junk has been cleared out, we’ll use it as storage for our tools, chemicals, etc.

If you’re at all interested in how we built the door, just let me know.  They were pretty simple and actually fun to put together.  Mainly because I was able to use a power tool without stripping the screws.  That’s always a good thing, right?  🙂

Oh, and I had to leave you with a picture of one of our buddies who wanted to lend a helping paw.