Sunday, July 31, 2011

Wicked Awesome Sunday

Happy Sunday!  Seems like lots of people are out having fun on this nice summer weekend.  I haven't seen my blog stats this low in a long time, but you know what?  That's ok! 

I usually do a Wicked Awesome Sponsors post on SundayPlease have a look at the Sponsors in our sidebar, they all have very fun, interesting blogs:
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I'm going to be taking a bit of a break from taking several Sponsors for our sidebar for the month of August, and possibly September.  I'll have a limited amount of Sponsors up for tomorrow (the first day of August, how did that happen?).

In the meantime, it's hot here, and Handy Boy is begging me to take him to the pool.  Sounds like a good idea to me. 

I'll be back tomorrow with a new post!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Smashing Bathroom Ideas, Baby

I decided that I wanted to talk about the retro pink bathroom post again today.  On Monday, I posted a photo and a question from a reader who was considering buying a house that had a bathroom with retro pink tiles.  She said it looked similar to this:

She asked for ideas about quick fixes for a bathroom like this.  The other post also lists our suggestions for quick spruce-upsHowever, I was impressed with the great ideas that some of our readers had. 
Smashing ideas baby, yeaaaaaah!
Here are some (edited) comments from a few readers about how to deal with the space.  Some of our readers suggested "working with it" and decorating the bath retro style.  Others suggested working with it and waiting until she could gut the whole thing.  Some readers gave ideas about how to cover the tile, without having to pull it down, which makes a huge mess.

Pink Overalls @DIY Home Staging said...We replaced the toilet and sink, and brought in a tile refinisher to paint the walls and ceiling. This was in NJ and I believe it cost about $1,000. It took the man less than a day. Then we laid a laminate slate-like floor. It looked fabulous. 

I've painted tubs with epoxy and you don't want to do it. Smelly, and not that durable after a few years. 

The DIY Show Off said... No advice from me as we've never painted tile either. I think your advice covers what I'd say too. However, I'm not a fan of pink tiles either BUT I do love how Mike and Katrina made the best of it until it's in the budget to make a more permanent change.

fran said... That type of tile is really thick and behind it you will find something similar to chicken wire (only more stiff). When they built them back then they didn't want them to come down. We had this in our bath. If you hate the pink tile, it is best, in my opinion, to have it ripped out but expect high labor costs as it is extremely difficult to get out. Also expect tons of dust.  
adventuresindinner said... Wait until you can do it really well. In the meantime; a fresh coat of paint, a fifties inspired shower curtain and really funky towels. Why not play the time warp up and go aqua and chunks of black?

YellowRose said...Check out what Mabel's House did with pink tile using a "Mary Englebreit" style - vintage, but fresh too. 

Ann said... I love the vintage tile, but hey that's me. I saw somewhere in blogland where they actually covered the tile with beadboard and molding trim.  It worked, and they didn't have to demo anything. Painting tile? Nah, don't. Our current home had painted tile and it looks hideous..and it WILL peel if you use the bathroom on a regular basis. I say, embrace it and try the beadboard thing.

Great ideas everyone!! If you have a question or would like an opinion on a DIY project from us or our readers, you can post to our Facebook page, or send us an email.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

New England Summer Thursday

This is the fifth in our series of six posts about New England.  I wanted to share some info about covered bridges, especially New Hampshire covered bridges.
Covered bridge in Jackson, New Hampshire
  • There are 750 covered bridges in the United States.  About 54 of the remaining 750 are located in New Hampshire.
  • Pennsylvania has more covered bridges (over 200) than any other state.
  • Vermont and New Hampshire have more covered bridges per square mile than any  place in the world.
  • Over 400 bridges once stood in New Hampshire.
  • The Bath-Haverhill bridge in Woodsville Village, New Hampshire is the country's oldest continuously used bridge.  It was built in 1829.
  • The Smolen-Gulf bridge in Ohio is the longest covered bridge in the United States at 613 feet long.
Have you ever seen a covered bridge?  Do you live near one?

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Wicked Awesome Wednesday #22

Our 22nd Wicked Awesome Wednesday linky party is here.  I was wondering if you lovely readers would help us with something:  

I wanted to ask if you would please consider posting about this link party to your Facebook or Twitter page.  We've getting a lot of great, creative links to our party, and we'd love to spread the word about it even more!  We were wondering if you could help us with that.  Thanks so much to anyone that will do this. :-)  We appreciate all of you so much!

Here are the projects that caught my eye this week:

Paige from Paige's Pendant Blog made over a shelf in her bedroom:

Natasha at Serenity You shared her home management binder:

Evie from Brown Paper Packages shared some of her Favorite Garden Spots.  Amazing photos!

Julie Kay showed a tutorial at Smith Craft Adventures for a cute bridal shower guest book:

Suzie from The Accent Place made over this cute corner chair:

Holly from Holly in Wonderland spruced up a cute little table:

Rissa at Hazel and Honeysuckle made some pretty black forest cupcakes:

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Retro Pink Bathroom - What To Do?

A reader posted this photo with a question on our Facebook page.  Kelli says she is house hunting, and found a house that she likes with a similar bathroom:
Kelli says: This is not our bathroom. But, is there a way to prime and paint this type of gaudy bathroom faux pas? Would Krylon spray paint work? We're house hunting, and the one we like has a similar set-up in the bath. suggestions for inexpensive quick fixes welcome! Thanks.

I showed this photo to Handy Man, and he said "OH MY!"  Some people like vintage tile and fixtures and want to keep them, but she wants to make some changes, here are some suggestions:

Handy Man says that yes, you can paint tile, but there is a specific type of paint you need to use.  We have never painted tile before, so we really can't advise the best way to go about this.  You should look up articles like this one on Do It Yourself for more information. 

You can also get an estimate for someone to come in and spray paint the tile with a special type of paint (we had this done to our bath tub in our previous home).  I can't give you an estimate for this, since prices vary so widely in different parts of the country. 

I would eventually knock out the tile, but I know that's a big, messy job.  Plus, a large amount of tile can get expensive.  I can't see the whole bathroom here, but vintage bathrooms like these usually have tile all around the whole room.  

If you don't want to mess with the tile until you save up more money, there are other simple, fairly inexpensive things you can do to spruce up this bathroom:
  • Don't underestimate the value of a good cleaning.
  • Change out the light fixture(s).  
  • Put up a nice curtain or valance in the window.
  • Install a newer medicine cabinet.
  • This may sound too simple, but new towels and a new shower curtain will do wonders.
  • I can't tell if the floor is tile or vinyl.  If the floor is vinyl, you may be able to give it a good cleaning, and cover it with peel and stick vinyl tiles as a temporary solution to brighten the space.
  • I almost forgot to write this, but: paint!  There's nothing like a bright coat of paint to freshen up a room.  You might want to stay with white to keep it as bright as possible.
  • If you know how to sew (or can bribe someone to help you), make a pretty skirt in a fabric that matches the curtain.  The skirt will hide the pipes under the sink and give you some storage space.
Another reader on our Facebook page, Jennifer, made some suggestions for painting tile.  You can click here to go to our Facebook page.

What other ideas do you have for Kelli? Have you ever dealt with a similar bathroom?

Edited to add:  Please take a look at the comments in our comment section, below.  Our readers have some great suggestions!

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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Wicked Awesome Links

I have to tell you all something today:   
I'm having a very hard time keeping up with blogging this summer.  

Yes, the boy has day camp for a few weeks, so you'd think I'd have enough time.  But our summer has been packed with so many activities, I feel like I'm hardly home!  Go, go, go.  I just love summer activities and I want to do as much as I can before the crummy, LONG New England winter hits.  Anyone else feeling like this?  

I still managed to find some really fun links this week that you should check out:

  • Mary Kathryn at Mathews Family Happenings made decorations for a Very Hungry Caterpillar themed birthday party.  I just love The Very Hungry Caterpillar, it's one of my favorite children's books!  She even made a special dress for her daughter just for the party.
  • Have you ever thought about going to an auction, but felt unsure about what to do?  Laura from the blog Finding Home has written a great post called: 10 steps to Attending An Auction. Laura's post will help you figure out how to preview items, how to bid, and how to pick up your treasures at the end of the auction.  
  • For those who like photography and scrapbooking, have you ever read The Daily Digi?  If you've ever wanted to make a photo book, but were unsure of which company to use, take a look at Photobook Reviews: 12 Different Companies Compared. This is a detailed review of the pricing and quality of photo books from 12 different companies.
  • Jena from Involving Color wrote a great post called 10 thoughts on DIY.  She looks back on the renovations that she and her husband have done on their home.  Jena also has paint, room and furniture galleries on her blog for lots of inspiration.
Hope you're having a great Sunday!  It's been kind of quiet in blog-land, so I think lots of you are out having fun in the summer sun as well.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Guest Post: The Beetle Shack

Welcome to Emily from The Beetle Shack!   Emily and David have such a fun blog, with beautiful photos.  They live in Australia, and have a fun, funky decorating style.  I really loved their post, The Best Room in the House, about their master bedroom.

You really need to go and take a look at their blog.  Take it away, Emily:

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Hi, I'm Emily from The Beetle Shack, a small cottage in a sea side suburb of New South Wales Australia. It is here that I live with my Husband, the Young Man and Lady Baby. We spend our time cooking, crafting and grab every opportunity we can to laze about at the beach. 

If you'd like to know more about my story, you can do so here. I'm so honoured to be able to share with you today and thank Handy Man and Crafty Woman for the opportunity. 

As a means of introducing myself, I thought I'd show you a few photos of my home and family taken by Australian photographer Tim Coulson.

So, Hello from The Beetle Shack- It's nice to meet you here! 

Thursday, July 21, 2011

New England Summer Thursday

Phew, what a week it's been!  We're doing lots of fun summer activities with Handy Boy.  Better late than never for this post in our New England summer series.

Since I'm so obsessed with the Mount Washington area, here's some info about the Mount Washington Hotel.  Rob and I were lucky enough to stay there once, so I have some photos:

  • The Mount Washington Hotel near Mount Washington first opened in 1902.
  • The hotel cost 1.7 million dollars to build.
  • The hotel has approximately 200 guest rooms.
  • The builder, Joseph Stickney, hired 250 artisans especially for the granite and masonry.
  • The hotel closed in 1942 due to declining profits during the depression, and the advent of World War II.
  • The Bretton Woods monetary conference took place in 1944.  It established the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.
Have you ever heard of the Mount Washington Hotel?  Have you ever stayed there?

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Wicked Awesome Wednesday #21

Our 21st Wicked Awesome Wednesday linky party is here.  The time is really flying this summer:

Here are the projects that caught my eye this week:

Katie from Little Things Bring Smiles wrote a great tutorial on how to prepare flower beds.  Funny how some elbow grease can make a yard look so much better!

I'm really into yardwork lately (ours, and looking at other people's).  Wendy from Once Upon a Rose Haven made a new path to their little cottage-y shed.  You need to see the "before" photos:

Laura Beth from A Step in the Journey had a bit of an icing disaster with her strawberry lemonade cupcakes...but they still came out delish.  I can  relate; my baking presentation isn't the best, but as long as it tastes great, that's all that matters.

Check out this creative jewelry organizer from Liz Marie blog:

Stephanie from Still Waters (who is expecting twins!) made some red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.  Oh my:

Studio 1404 made over a dresser with some pretty aqua paint:

Michelle from delicate Construction made these little can cupcakes.  Perfect for gifts:
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Monday, July 18, 2011

Simple Card Organization

I love cards.  I love to buy cards, and sometimes I make cardsLast year, I bought two red containers at Marshall's.  I used them to organize my cards, envelopes and note pads. 

A few years ago, I purchased a pack of cards for different occasions.  I like to have extra cards at hand in case I need them.  The box came with these dividers.  They worked well enough, but I decided that I needed more categories.

I took out my scrapbook paper, adhesive, and two punches.  I cut the dividers so they measured about five inches by nine inches.   

I used scrapbook adhesive to punch out the new labels.  Here are the labels I made:
Get Well
Thank You

I sorted all of the cards in the dividers.  I might make another divider that says "Holiday." 

I recently added to my card collection when I came across a stationary store that was going out of business and selling cards for $1 each.  If you've ever bought cards from a store, you know what a great deal that is!

This project was quick and easy.  Now I can find my cards more easily, thanks to the additional categories.  I've been meaning to do this project for a while.  

Do you have any little projects you've been meaning to do?  

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