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April 19, 2011

Weekend To Dos: How We Did

by Cait

Ok, so I should have posted this yesterday. Also I forgot to upload our shower pictures. Oops.

Hope everyone had a good weekend! I’m back a quick rundown of how our To Do list went, and a bit of daydreaming about the plumbing part of the shower.

gratuitous picture from Houzz 

  • Outdoor Shower Surround – Done! (Also? Ask me how annoying it is when you spend 5+ hours working on something and 20 minutes after you finish it the first person who sees it says “Do you not have a shower inside?”)
  • Calculate Outdoor Shower Plumbing Cost – Not so done. But after spending only$34 on the surround (did I mention we love gift cards and coupons?) we’re less worried about the cost of plumbing (we budgeted $150 for just the surround, gotta love being under budget). Also? When Robert rinsed off with super-cold hose water (because some wife who shall remain nameless got the sun-warmed water that had been sitting in the hose) he decided we must plumb soon.
  • Paint the Back Door – Done!
  • Living Room Curtains – Partially done. We made one panel and realized the panels are far too narrow, so we’re planning to add bands of patterned fabric down the sides. I’ll probably finish the top and bottom of the other panels and hang them until the fabric comes in.
  • Write Posts About Projects – Not so done. But hey, I have to have something to do while Robert is in class and at his weekly Tuesday night meeting, right?
  • Test Pallet Theory – Not so done. We think this will definitely work (or we’ll make it work, because we’re stubborn) but we haven’t actually tested it (unless you count removing some of the top boards months ago before we came up with this plan as “testing”). We did discuss the need to borrow more of my dad’s tools, though. I’m sure he’s thrilled at that idea.
  • Relax. – While I wouldn’t call this “done” (because, can you ever be finished with relaxing?), we definitely did make time for some relaxation! After all, it wouldn’t be a weekend without a bit of downtime. 

from houzz

For the plumbing part, we’re going to do something kind of similar to the photos above, and we budgeted about $200 for the plumbing, so we’ll see what we can do with that.  We know we want a large shower head and white porcelain cross handles. The shower head we’ve been planning to use is the one below, it’s Glacier Bay from Home Depot and it’s $35. We’ve been really happy with that brand of bathroom and kitchen faucet that we installed, and the price is reasonable.

from Home Depot

The handles I’ve been looking at are $11 each from Lowe’s and come in H, C and plain. I’m not sure if we need 3 or not, because we haven’t worked out exactly how we plan to run the pipes, but I know Robert wants a foot sprayer/hose bib so we can wash the dogs outside in the summer, and that will probably involve a diverter valve somwhere. We might use a lever handle for that instead, though.

from Lowe’s

For those of you playing along at home, that puts us at $68 already (ironically exactly twice what we paid for the shower surround). Kind of hard to swallow for three handles and a shower head, but since we saved so much on the surround I guess it’s ok. Maybe.

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April 15, 2011

Weekend To Dos

by Cait

from houzz

Robert and I are both itching to work around the house this weekend, especially since we haven’t done much the past few weeks. I figured I’d list what we hope to get done, hopefully y’all can hold us accountable for the blog posts we need to write.

  • Outdoor Shower Surround – We may not get the plumbing part done, but we priced out the supplies for the surround, and that seems do-able this weekend. Done.
  • Calculate Outdoor Shower Plumbing Cost – We aren’t really sure how much the plumbing is going to cost  because Lowe’s didn’t have all the parts we/Robert want to use, and because Robert wanted to bounce some ideas off Ryan about it first. Also? We have to drill a hole in the side of our house to get hot water from the laundry room.
  • Paint the Back Door – We have some paint left over from the bench in our header and the mirror at the end of this post, so it wouldn’t cost us anything besides time. For anyone that doesn’t want to click the link, the color is similar to the barn door-style doors above. I think it will go with the tan we plan to use on the porch walls, and with the yellow of the exterior/that I want to stencil on the porch floor. And if we decide not to try and do something like this with the porch, then the eventual barn doors can be that color, too. Done.
  • Living Room Curtains– Yeah… about that… How long have we been talking about this? And how long have the curtain wires been up? (Don’t answer that.)
  • Write Posts About Projects – We may or may not have several projects that we finished (like hanging the curtain wires) that have not gotten a write-up. Oops.
  • Test Pallet Theory – See this post.
  • Relax.

What are y’all up to this weekend?

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January 9, 2011

Post Holiday To-Dos

by Robert

Like some crazy people out there most people, we often make lists of things that need to be accomplished on the weekends (and occasionally these lists are a bit ambitious).  This weekend, that list revolved mostly around taking down Christmas decorations and some general clean up that hadn’t fully taken place over the holidays.  In the interest of not reinventing the wheel, we have linked to other blogs who did great posts on a couple of these subjects.

Also for the sake of irony (and because we didn’t post one earlier), here is our Christmas Tree.


Need To Do This Weekend

  • Quick whole house clean up
  • Caulk living room windowsKatie Bower on Weatherizing for Winter
  • Pack up indoor Christmas decorations & take down tree Rebecca on De-Christmasing (lots of other blog-world-peeps have posted on this subject, but Cait & I read this one most recently…and liked it)
  • Take down outdoor Christmas lights
  • Put door sweep on  back porch screen door to keep damn leaves out
  • Scrub kitchen&bathroom floors
  • Paint trees on living room wall
  • Recycle grocery bags and newspapers

Would Like To Do Today/Soon/Before We Die

  • Finish backdoor curtain (I ironed, it’s her turn now)
  • Start living room curtains
  • Stencil doorway between dining room and kitchen

Cait will be back later with another post about the backdoor curtain and one about why our library looks like this (which is sad…and may involve a floating rug for which we would rather not be hated) :

November 17, 2010

Mid-week Slump

by Cait

In lieu of the real blog post (because the pictures are on a different computer), I am putting together a to do list section (mainly for myself) of projects that need to be tackled, and a question about the hutch for readers.  I’m thinking about moving the hutch back into the dining room space because I feel like it’s a little weird walking in the front door and seeing our china.  And also, when I walk past the hutch in this location it makes a nerve wracking nosie because the floor is off grade (I admit that I probably just need to get used to that noise, since the house is off grade).

Dining Room with HutchThinking about moving the hutch back over here. Thoughts?

In other news, I’m having one of those weeks where I sit down to write a blog post and end up paying Robert’s campus parking ticket and figuring out what classes he needs to take in spring instead.  It is almost at the point where we can stop saying he has two years of school left and start saying a year and a half (after what feels like years of  saying “two years left” this seems like a major accomplishment.  And in my mind’s eye when Robert graduates his dad will have a scotch and an air horn.)  I’m also having a week where I’m trying not to panic that I haven’t heard anything back about the exciting guest room news.  Sigh.  Maybe I jinxed it with my post?

October 22, 2010

A To Do List of Sorts

by Cait

I warn you, I am about to say something shocking.  So please, sit down, cover the kiddies’ eyes & ears and brace yourselves.  I’ll wait.

LibraryTo help with the shock, please enjoy this photo of our library.
You can picture yourself seated in that chair, I know I am.

I may have Saturday off this weekend.

For those of you unfamiliar with R and my lives away from the blog (ie- you aren’t my mother, my mother-in-law, or one of our friends), I work for a company that gets very busy this time of year, which usually results in massive amounts of overtime.  I like overtime pay, I do not like having no time to see my husband, family, friends, dogs, house, etc.  But as my parents always say, it’s time or money.  I am impatient, I like time and money, but we can’t always have our cake and eat it, too.  Mmm cake.

Ok, I am done with the cliches for now and am moving on to this fascinating list of things I hope to accomplish this weekend.

A Weekend Wishlist:

  • Bike rides
  • Time with friends and family
  • Take time to do non-blog things
  • Take time to do non-blog things (it’s important, so it gets two bullets)
  • Finish floorplan of house for blog
  • Get the second Tarnby rug under the guest bed
  • Take better blog pictures
  • Work on pallet project
  • Get plexiglass cut
  • Hang porch fan
  • Plan porch light

You will notice that I have given bike rides top billing.  Around here we are incredibly focused on being healthy.  Oh wait, perhaps I have confused our lives with that of my marathon running sister.  Again. (Hi sis, if you even read this!)  Robert and I semi-recently bought bicycles, and the weather is just about perfect for riding right now.  In our neighborhood/part of town bikes come in quite handy for things like going to see my parents who live a few blocks away, visiting my best friend who lives on the other side of the neighborhood, going to Publix, and (if we’re feeling especially motivated/daring) biking to get bagels, pizza, or any other not-so-healthy food that strikes our fancy in Trendy Local Neighborhood.

I have tried to make it so that this list is fairly evenly split between blog type tasks and relaxing weekend type tasks (“Take time to do non-blog things” should really be more than two bullets, because our weekends tend to be spontaneous).  There may or may not also be some cleaning of our house that is messier than I like to admit.  And relax, you can count on me to post an equally thrilling list of what was and wasn’t accomplished next week.  I know you were worried.

Happy Friday, y’all!  Hope the remainder of your weekend is free of run-on sentences, cross outs, reposts of old house pictures and sarcasm!  (Unless you enjoy these things as much as I obviously do, in which case… Party on, Wayne!)

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