tubbie time

they’re heeeeere!

we are having so. much. fun. with auntie liz and cousin riley who are visiting from marthas vineyard. riley is 4 months older than dane so he is marching around and dominating all of dane’s toys. he has the funniest little vocabulary. he says “whoa” all the time and can even say “dane”. so cute. my sister and i look nothing alike, but we see major similarities in dane and riley. its so cool that they will grow up together and be little partners in crime.
just before they arrived saturday morning, dane and i ran out to homegoods and then finally put the finishing touches on his bathroom. so happy to check another room off the to-do list.
before the rest of the after shots, lets remember just how bad it was looking before the paint job:

so after the new color and a little cleaning and accessorizing, we have a much happier bathroom for dane’s nightly tub time.
we bought everything at kohls and homegoods.

still a few missing pieces in here like some sort of window treatment and, oh yeah, maybe a little something for this frame…

but its safe to say the bathroom was baby-approved!

we will really miss playing with baby riley, but so glad we live on the south shore now and its an easy drive from woods hole.
we will see these two again in just a couple short weeks for danes b i r t h d a y  p a r t y ! ! ! ! 

the rope border that almost wasn’t

bathroom makeover priority number two – after removing the hideous wallpaper – was framing the large, industrial vanity mirror (use your imagination to picture more than the sliver below).
the project was inspired by this fabulous little photo. it even came complete with a “nate berkus: how To:” link.
natural, nautical… seemingly simple and affordable. sign us up.
first, we had to trim a side of the mirror for it to fit under the new light fixture. luckily we found a glass cutting place right down the street. we literally left it against the side of the building (as they asked us to) with a note with the dimensions we needed. a few hours later, we picked it up and slid a $20 under the door. i like how people do business around here!
the rope was very inexpensive at home depot. we didn’t measure – just “eye balled”, steph-style…
i cut cardboard strips out of a big box to frame the mirror and eventually glue the rope onto. next i used a glue gun to adhere them to the mirror.
it didn’t work. after the glue dried, the cardboard peeled right off. glass is extremely difficult for glue to adhere to because it is nonporous. this quickly became the theme of this project.
after some googling and discussions with true value employees, we decided to try epoxy glue. it appeared much stickier and seemed to work.
laying the rope down was a two-man job. the glue dried in less than a minute. so mike slathered it on while i covered it with the rope. it was intense.. a lot of yelling and cheering,  a little cursing… shakespeare was very excited.
the process was pretty messy. the glue was not easy to work with and we first realized this could be a huge disaster and waste of time.
never-the-less, we followed nate’s instructions and finished up by binding the duct tape covered ends with twine.
after letting the (hopefully) finished product sit in closest for a few weeks (we were busy), we finally brought it out and assessed the staying power of the glue.
it wasn’t exactly sticking.
again, we’re thinking this might be a total bust.
in the spirit of making a long boring story less long but still boring i will paraphrase:
getting the rope to stay stuck to the cardboard and the cardboard to stay stuck to the mirror involved two more gluing sessions, a lot of sitting around pressing the rope down, a little prayer, and finally some clamps to hold everything down while the glue dried. if we had the clamps in the beginning we would have saved ourselves some serious time and trouble!
finally, we improvised and stuck extra twine along the inside of the border to hide the still very visible gluey mess.. i braided three pieces and stuck it in along the inner edges of the rope with some thin nails. you can see best in this pic below.

in the end, (for no lack of effort) it turned out AWESOME and cost under $30.

we laughed, we cried, we framed our mirror with rope.

slowly progressing mbm

mbm stands for master bath makeover. we are using acronyms now.

in case you have been having nightmares with this reoccuring image:

i’d like to leave you today with a slightly less frightening visual
i asked mike to give me a recap of what exactly went on when i was in NY and he and his dad prepped the walls.. heres what i got:
1. Stripped the wallpaper by hand
2. Soaked the wall with a sponge and water
3. Used a putty knife to remove the glue residue
4. Patched holes (name of the stuff is down in the Cape)
5. Let dry and sanded
6. Primed the walls
7. Painted ceiling
8. Caulked around the shower
fair enough.
next step was painting…
i decided to spring for the fancy premium paint because it claims to have the highest mildew resistence. mold spores on bathroom walls really freak me out. there was definitely some questionable action in the corners above the shower before we tore the wall paper down.
this color is called “teatime”. its much darker than i envisioned, but i’m happy with it over-all.
…we took off these handles from the year 1752
 and replaced with these simple, silver ones. they were under $2 each at home depot.
… replaced the old door knobs
(i attempted to do this myself… without reading the directions… its slightly more complicated than i anticipated… mike swooped in just in time)
shiny and new. don’t you just want to turn this knob all day long?
…new shower curtain
…light fixture
and here it is in all its slightly-less-frightening glory:

(its very difficult to photgraph a tiny bathroom)

hopefully the finished product – including the big DIY mirror project reveal – will provide a more drastic before and after contrast- but here is the first draft:


master bath makeover

i don’t know how we have owned this house for almost 5 months without tearing down this wallpaper, but the time finally arrived this past weekend. while i was on an nyc excursion with the girls, the fatzinger men were kind enough to do the honors.
getting rid of the wallpaper was easy…. painting is doable… but on our diminishing budget, the PINK tub, sink and counter will have to stay… for now. i tried to put together a mood board type of thing to help guide the makeover-in-progress. i wanted to go with a nautical, earth-toned vibe using these gorgeous, breezy rooms as inspiration.

here are some ideas i have gathered thus far:
– the ruffley shower curtains (top to bottom) are from urban outfitters ($79),  west elm ($49), and target ($25). stay tuned for which one we can afford choose.
– the neutral egyptian patterned mats are from ($20) and “dot-grid” rug on the bottom right is from west elm ($19)
– the rope-bordered mirror, ladder towel-rack, and stool are some ideas we are hoping to thrift or DIY.
here is how fabulous our bathroom is looking right now: