Yes, that’s finished in English, Czech, and Latin. Saying it only 3 times does not fully encompass my relief and joy at having the spare bathroom remodel completed. Well, I guess we have to hook up the toilet, but NBD. The actual remodel/facelift/whatever you want to call it is done. In case you’re curious, here’s what we did.
- Primed and painted the ceiling (Color: Premixed “Bright White” Paint+Primer from DoItBest)
- Primed and painted the walls (Color: Winter Storm from Ace Hardware)
- Primed and painted the tile backsplash (Color: Premixed “Bright White” Paint+Primer from DoItBest)
- Primed, painted, and clear-coated the countertop. (Color: Ming Vase from Ace Hardware)
- Painted the cabinets (Color: Premixed “Bright White” Paint+Primer from DoItBest)
- Changed the cabinet hardware (I bought these knobs at a “garage sale” that our local DoItBest did during the city wide garage sale, so I got about 20 knobs for $1!! I got another bag of somewhere around 40 handles/knobs in a pewter color too–it was a lot of digging through ugly brass, but who can complain when you get enough hardware to do my entire kitchen, laundry room, hallway “linen drawers”, and spare bathroom for $2?!)
- New sink (not the actual sink I bought, but similar in price/style)
- New faucet
- New lights
- New mirror (mine is the 24×24 version that I got on clearance from there.)
- New towel ring and toilet paper holder
- New flooring
- New baseboard (mine came from a local DoItBest, so different brand and MUCH cheaper, I think mine cost like $25 for the base and the glue to put it up.)
- A couple of new towels and a new trashcan
Originally, it was just going to get a new coat of paint, but I think that the rest of the stuff was worth it even though it tripled the cost of the project (I spent a bit over $600 total). They say that paint is an inexpensive way to change up the look in your house, but honestly, it’s not that cheap. In fact, paint and painting supplies were at least 1/3 of my total expenses on this cramped bathroom!! I also bought that expensive paint+primer stuff in the white for the ceiling, tile, and cabinets, and I can honestly say NEVER AGAIN. It was gloppy going on (IMO), and for being gloppy/thick, it didn’t cover nearly as well as I felt it should. Especially on the cabinets–it took 3 coats to get good coverage, and if I wasn’t so ready to just be done already, I’d have done a 4th coat, because it really could have used it. So yeah, don’t waste your money on that stuff–just buy the Killz primer and a can of your regular paint, it’s cheaper, easier to apply, and covers better.
The only think in there we didn’t bother to try tackling was the Shower of Plastication (in case you’re wondering, the plastic came down when we got the shower upstairs working). I flat didn’t have the cash to do anything with it, and it’s about going to take a professional to fix it anyway because of a couple of small (but CRUCIAL) details–like the location and style of the drain.
Anyway, enough words, let’s see the before/after pics, right?
Before: (Click to embiggen)
After: (Click to embiggen)
So now, after being so good about finishing this project before starting to sew anything, I’m going to clean the extra crap out of my sewing room (a catchall area for bathroom remodeling supplies/trash) and sew something fun! I’m not set on anything yet, but I’m thinking a couple of pairs of undies and view E of this hat to match my coat from last year (which–so far–still fits.)
Thank you all so much for the kind words about our big news! I didn’t respond to everyone individually, especially those with blogger since I know that it’s nearly impossible to remember to come back and read feedback on each post you’ve commented on…but I wanted you to know that I appreciate the kind words.
Still no sewing here. The spare bath facelift continues apace though, so hopefully by next week I’ll have a nicer, fully functioning, spare bath. I’d share some pics, but honestly the current state is too terrifying for small children and normal adults.
So instead, I’ve got a peeve for you! This one goes out to all my pregnant sisters and those who have been pregnant. It’s the jeans. Or well, all of the pants for maternity really. Gah! Even those of you who haven’t had a bun in the oven have surely seen those terrible contraptions. There seem to be 2 types: the first has a tall tube that is lightweight, and the second has a short waistband that is rather thick. Both suck.
The lightweight tube is hard (and let’s be real; annoying) to pull up, and it kind of squeezes in at an uncomfortable spot once you get to a certain level of pregnant. And then there’s the short waistband version….I’m not sure what woman those work for, but either she carries a lot higher than I do or she’s simply got a lot more patience to deal with them. They flip/roll and are kind of tight over your bladder (not good when you’ve already got a little bladder dancer!).
And lastly we come to the “capri length”. There’s several things about these that just piss me off, even without the waistband issues mentioned above. The first is that it might as well be a flashing neon sign that says “I’m knocked up”–ya know, assuming the belly doesn’t give it away. No one else wears this particular length and cut–only pregnant women. It’s like they took a pair of flares that had some sort of flaw on the bottom of the leg, said “hey, just cut it off for the pregnant gals”, threw one of those crappy waistbands on, and charged an extra $15 a pair. The other main thing that pisses me off is; WHO IN THEIR RIGHT $%^&#%! MIND DECIDED THAT CUTTING THE JEANS OFF AT THE EXACT SPOT WHERE THE ANKLES AND LOWER CALVES START TO SWELL WAS A GOOD IDEA?!?!?! REALLY?! Nothing like making those areas look even more unattractive than they already do, because there’s nothing a pregnant woman wants more than an unflattering capri-like thing when she already feels like a hormonal beached whale. Way to boost the ‘ol confidence there.
Oh, and here’s a little bonus peeve that relates to the above. Why is it that once you tack the word “maternity” onto something it suddenly becomes at least 2x more expensive? As though babies aren’t expensive enough they gotta charge double for a glorified tee shirt?! I’m not even convinced they add extra space for the belly as tight as they seem to be on some (actually, I’d probably say most) women, so why the premium?
Anyway, that’s all I’ve got, so hope ya’ll have a great weekend!!
So, it’s been a bit crazy around here the past 2 or 3 months. For example, you know how I said that I wasn’t feeling very well a while back? Well, there’s a really good reason for that. It’s because I’m 17 weeks pregnant with son #2.
Crazy right? I mean, I’ve got a 7 year old, so obviously I’m not a complete stranger to being a mom, but I’ve got a 7 year old. That’s a pretty big gap. I’m not even sure I remember how to hold a baby, fold a swaddling blanket, or change a diaper. I’ve forgotten how much diapers and formula cost (unless the milkers decide to do their freakin’ job this time) and the thought of budgeting for a new baby is terrifying.
We’ve had a bit of a bumpy ride this time between the chromosomal abnormality scare (you can read this wiki on nuchal translucency if you’re curious)** and the fact that I failed my 1-hour glucose test this time around. I’m hopeful that I can pass the three hour test and then the 1 hour test when I have to take it again at 26 weeks.
**I know that sounds flippant, but honestly, ever since we’ve gotten the test results back with everything being fine, it almost feels more like a bad dream than a former reality. Now it’s almost hard to believe that even last week we weren’t sure if our baby was going to be stillborn or have Down Syndrome. The DS wasn’t too scary–it was the other possibilities that had me stressed beyond belief.
Anyway, so with all that stress, plus the typical pregnancy symptoms, you’ll surely understand why I haven’t been terribly productive in the sewing room. For quite a while I couldn’t do much more than sit down there and stare at my fabric wall or cry. But I’m feeling more motivated and productive now, so after I spruce up the basement bathroom (nesting?), I forsee having new sewing projects to show here on the ‘ol blog, though I’ll confess that some of it may not be terribly exciting because I’m not sure how much sewing I’ll be doing for myself. But don’t worry! This won’t be a space where all I showcase is baby clothes, because honestly, I have little or no need to sew up clothes for the baby. Between hand-me-downs from my oldest (it feels weird saying that!) and whatever his grandmas/aunts find for him, I’m sure he’ll be well-dressed until he’s at least 2! Besides, they grow so fast it’s hardly worth sewing for them when they’re real little.
My husband however, is desperately in need of some business casual shirts/slacks, he’s worn the ones I’ve made him to death!! And my oldest (yep, still weird!) needs pants that fit his skinny butt, so I’ll probably have some of that to show as well.
So now you know (or have verification of) what’s going on in my world. How are things where you are?
I just wanted to give a shout out of thanks to my readers who helped me the other day. Ya’ll had several great ideas, and ultimately I decided to try out Jalie 2107** for two reasons: 1) I’ve made it before for my hubby–erm sort of, and 2) it was already in my stash. I’m not always known for my frugality, (just ask my husband about my ability to fall in love with the most expensive item in the store!) but sometimes, it’s nice to be able to use what you have on hand. Which is kind of funny, since I had completely forgotten I had it until someone mentioned using a Jalie pattern…
So now I just need to call Grandma and have her get that one pesky measurement that I need to get started. Waist to floor–I took the inseam–why does Jalie have to do it different!?!? Argh! Thankfully, she’s a seamstress too, so I know that the measurement won’t be just a wild guess.
** It appears that Jalie 2107 is OOP. I could find the PDF file of the instructions, but couldn’t find it in the OOP section or just by searching the number on the site. But if you can get your hands on it, the reviews for it are here.
Do any of you know of a simple sewing pattern for making slim boy’s trousers? Something that doesn’t look “homemade”, but that doesn’t have so many details they take ages to make? He’s got a 21″ waist and a 22″ inseam. I’d like them a little longer, but I think I can fix that easy enough–though I’ve had some trouble with distortion on his PJ pants when I try to add more than about 4″. If anyone knows why I get distortion, I’d be tickled to know how to fix it. I’d also like the back to be elastic for more comfort and *fingers crossed* a bit longer wear in case he finally decides to get a bit thicker…ha!
Anyway, I found a pattern from MakeItPerfect called High Flyers that are similar to what I have in mind, but don’t know where to buy them here or if there is a better option out there. So if any of you have pattern suggestions (or even RTW suggestions that won’t break the bank!) I’d be more than thrilled to hear them. I know I’m not the only one with a scrawny (but adorable!) boy!
And in case it helps, for those who are still in the age group to buy jeans in the adjustable waist category, I can say that the ones by Levi (style 549) in the slim fit worked pretty well for us, even if they were just a smidge short most of the time for a kid of average height. (They aren’t cheap though, so definitely hit the the sales.) Sadly, my son has outgrown the elastic waistband size range, so I’m out of luck there.
Today I dusted off my cutting table, cleared the cobwebs off my sewing machine, and checked my rotary cutter for rust. I made a small but (in my world at least) necessary item. A car trash bag. And it’s rather cute if I don’t say so myself. Originally there was supposed to be two of them, but it turns out I only had purchased enough fabric for 1.5 trash bags. This sort of thing happens to me a lot, not sure why….
So anyway, since it’s not worth another trip to Big J’s and another $15, I’ll just stick with one, thankyouverymuch. But, I think I read somewhere that if there’s no pictures it didn’t happen, so here’s the pictures!!
So I used this pattern here, which I thought was well-written and easy. I only made one modification, and that was to use a single strap with two black snaps instead of using two long ties and tying them into a bow. I figured I’m probably not coordinated enough to get all that tucked away neatly (at least not more than once or twice), and this way I never have to move the strap, I just unsnap the bag to dump it. Plus, you know, any excuse to smack something with a hammer.
Now the trick will be making sure that everyone uses it, especially the youngster!!
This one’s a quickie–really!
So we went to one of those restaurants with the serve-yourself type drink stations, and some asshole had 2 of the clear water cups and proceeded to fill them with soda. WTF?! If you didn’t pay for soda, you don’t get it. Otherwise it’s thievery, and will likely ruin it for the rest of us who are actually honest and get the water we said we were going to get. So I know that none of my lovely readers are like that asshole, but hopefully if you see it you’ll call them on it. I didn’t and I should have, and it bugs me. I’m generally outspoken to a fault, so I’m still not sure why I didn’t.
See? I told you it would be a quickie, and for once I was right! Hope ya’ll have a fantastic weekend! Hopefully, I’ll have something more interesting to post about next week.