Under construction: our bathroom renovation…

bathroom and bedroom renovation

Things have been a little crazy around the house this past week. It’s finally happened: our master bathroom is now under construction! I honestly was wondering if this time would ever come around. I think we have been talking about remodeling our master bedroom and bathroom for over a year now. The suspense has been killing me, and now the bathroom renovation is underway!

Everything is in motion. Last Sunday we moved everything out of our bedroom and bathroom and attempted to organize it all into our spare bedroom and my office. It was a challenge, but we somehow managed to get everything to fit. Justin and I are now camping out in the spare bedroom for the next two weeks or so.

bathroom shower renovation

On Monday, the demolition began! I was so excited to see everything removed – the bathroom vanity was ripped out (it was not good quality and had a plastic-like veneer on the outside that was peeling back from the drawers), the toilet, the sink, the shower door – everything out! The tile on the bathroom floors AND the walls was torn out: bye bye, ugly tile! Then, the carpet from the bedroom was pulled up, and the hardwood floors that were UNDER the carpet were ripped up and carried out. So, basically our master bedroom and bathroom is a demolition zone for the time being.

This past week the progress has been pretty simple: the demolition of the bedroom and bathroom, and then the start of the shower! I am SO excited to see the finished product. Our shower ceiling was one foot lower than the rest of the ceiling in the bathroom (we actually raised the ceiling in the rest of the room at an earlier date for a quick fix), which was not a great situation. The low shower ceiling meant that it was harder for the shower to air out/ventilate…so the hot and humid air was always trapped inside the shower. Even if we left the door wide open, never shut the bathroom door, and had the fan running, it always seemed to be a problem. Well, our new shower will have ceiling another foot higher, and we are putting in a glass wall instead of a door, so it will always be aired out and open!

bathroom shower tile

As for the tile for the shower, I’m slightly obsessed. I found these wave patterned white tiles, and I love the continuous pattern they make. So far, the tiles are in place, but we still need to have the shower floor put in (and the tile grouted). We have the rain shower head and the valve selected and ready to go…I can’t wait to see how it all comes together! Maybe at this time next week I will be able to show off the bathroom vanity my mom and I found and revamped…the finished flooring…and mayyyybe the rooms will be finished? I might be dreaming at this point, but I’m hoping to see our new rooms complete in the very near future!

Have you done any home renovations? What did you undertake?

An Under the Sink Makeover, plus Palmolive® Multi-Surface

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Under the sink makeover

It has happened to many of us at some point in time: plumbing issues. They never occur at a convenient time, do they? We recently had some major trouble with our kitchen sink when Justin and I discovered our faucet was leaking. One afternoon when we opened the cabinet below our sink, water poured out onto our kitchen floor and flooded it. We spent an hour or so cleaning everything out from under the sink, drying it off, and trying to fix the problem. In the end, we had to call a plumber and ended up installing a new faucet. In the end, everything was fixed, and inspiration struck. I was going to take this plumbing disaster and make it into an opportunity for an under the sink makeover.

Under the sink makeover

I am about to show you what the underside of my sink looks like. This makes me nervous. But I have to show you the before so you can appreciate the after. Gulp…here goes nothing:

Under the sink makeover

If you look underneath your sink, how many different bottles of cleaning solutions do you own? I know in my case, the total is quite large. I have separate products for every surface, for different cleaning purposes, even for different seasons. Why, oh why do I need so many different items? Surely there are some solutions that can allow me to compress the amount of items I store under my sink, plus help me reduce my time cleaning the kitchen each day. The more “me-time” I can get, the better!

Under the sink makeover

I found my answer in a product from Palmolive®: Palmolive® Multi Surface! Let’s talk about how genius this product is. It is formulated to clean both dishes AND kitchen surfaces. How amazing is that? It combines two of my kitchen cleaning staples into one simple and easy to use product, which makes my life easier…and keeps the area underneath my sink less cluttered.

Palmolive Multi Surface

I was able to easily pick up a bottle for myself at Walmart: it was located right by all of the other dish soap products! Palmolive® Multi Surface eliminates 99.9% of bacteria (*staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella enterica and E. coli ((157:H7)) from dishes and hard non porous kitchen surfaces, which gives me peace of mind when I’m in the kitchen. It is one of the most important places in my home that I want to keep perfectly sanitary, so I enjoy that I can be sure that both my dishes and my counter tops are safe!

Under the sink makeover

So – on to the under the sink makeover! My old habit was to simply shove every cleaning item under the sink. There was no rhyme or reason to where things went: I simply threw them under the sink and went about my business. However, when the time would come for me to find a specific item, I would find myself down on my hands and knees, reaching to the back of the kitchen sink. It wasn’t fun for my body, and it took time out of my day. UGH! So – I acquired two simple items to help organize my products (including my new Palmolive® Multi Surface).

Under the sink makeover

First up: a wooden crate! It sounds simple, but placing your under the sink items in a crate or box can keep them in line: they won’t fall over as easily, and if you are looking for a specific product, you can simply pull the entire crate out from under the sink and locate it without crawling to the back of the cabinet. Time savers: I love them! I found this simple wooden crate and knew it would be the perfect size for under our sink…plus it looks super cute! My Palmolive® Multi Surface now has its own perfect little home in there.

Under the sink makeover

My second easy fix for under the sink: a tension rod! This simple little item is a life saver for storage! I simply added the tension rod towards the front of the sink cabinet, then used it as a hanging rod for my spray bottles.

Under the sink makeover

Since that space under the sink is usually just empty and unused, it really helps with creating an organized area! In addition, the spray bottles are easier to reach this way: I can just open the cabinet door, grab, and go!

Under the sink makeover

All in all, I am pretty pleased with how my under the sink makeover turned out! I have to say: turning my plumbing disaster into something positive was just what I needed!

Do you have any tips for organizing your kitchen? How would you use your extra “me-time” by using Palmolive® Multi Surface?

DIY Skeleton Lawn Decorations for Halloween

They’re baaaaaaaaack!!!! Our two friends were such a hit in front of our house last year (and on the Internet as well), that Justin and I certainly could not resist setting them up again. So today I am sharing with you our 2014 DIY Skeleton Lawn Decorations for Halloween!

DIY Skeleton Lawn Decorations for Halloween

Of course, we already had our two skeletons on hand from last year (CLICK HERE to see our previous setup), but as a refresher, we found them at two locations – a lucky score at Ross, and one from Target!

DIY Skeleton Lawn Decorations for Halloween

DIY Skeleton Lawn Decorations for Halloween

We figured since we live in Florida, it would only make sense to take that into consideration with this year’s pose. Justin and I replaced our beach chairs with a new set this summer, and we still had the old ones in the garage. They served as a perfect seat for each of our skeletons. Posing them was a bit easier than last year, as they didn’t need to be standing up like before. We did use some wire (from coat hangers) and fishing line to shape and pose the arms a bit.

DIY Skeleton Lawn Decorations for Halloween

DIY Skeleton Lawn Decorations for Halloween

A bit of rummaging in our house yielded a few extra pairs of sunglasses we don’t wear anymore…and were destined for the garage sale bin. Perfect! We wouldn’t want our skeletons to be blinded by the Florida sun…

DIY Skeleton Lawn Decorations for Halloween

Our new addition to the lawn skeleton family came in the form of a flock of friends. As soon as we stumbled upon these skeleton flamingos (which I lovingly refer to as “skelemingos”), we had to have them. I love them! Posed next to our large skeleton friends, it just seemed like the right thing to do.

DIY Skeleton Lawn Decorations for Halloween

DIY Skeleton Lawn Decorations for Halloween

I can’t help but chuckle every time that I walk outside and catch a glimpse of this duo. To me, they look like they’re two best pals having quite the chat! Perhaps I should name them? Hmmm.

DIY Skeleton Lawn Decorations for Halloween

And my skeleton crew is not alone this year. We had some leftover bones from last year’s setup and we decided to add them to our dying flowerbed (which needs to be replaced/spruced up…but looks great for Halloween purposes, haha!). A skeleton coming out of the ground? Spooky, and easy to set up as well.

DIY striped skull wreath

Of course, my DIY skull wreath from last year had to grace the front door as well! I still love that darn thing! If you’re looking for the instructions, CLICK HERE.

So – how have you decorated your domicile for Halloween this year?

Protecting the garden with a shade/screen

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you are all gearing up for some fun for this long Labor Day weekend. Although I have to admit: our household isn’t getting a long weekend. Justin has to work on Labor Day – bummer! However, we’re still going to attempt to relax and enjoy the weekend anyway! But first, one of the tasks will probably be tending to our garden – I’ve let the weeds grow in a bit in my attempt to stay inside and out of the really hot weather. Now I’m going to pay for it. On a good note: our garden has been doing very well despite the heat of summer. We’ve been protecting the garden with a shade/screen that Justin constructed! What a crafty guy I’ve got…

Protecting the garden with a shade screen

Last year, we noticed that our plants could not handle the combination of heat, direct sunlight, and rain that we get here in Florida during the summer months. The spot our garden is in is GREAT during the fall, winter, and spring, but summer is a bit of a problem. Justin pondered it for a while; I could tell he was kind of sad that our garden was sitting there, vacant, for a month or so after our spring vegetables were pulled up in the early summer. I can tell when he gets an idea: he begins doing research online, he draws out diagrams, he is ON it. It’s best to let him just go with the idea when he has it, because once he sets his mind on a project, he intends to complete it.

Protecting the garden with a shade screen

Justin decided we should construct a shade/screen to protect the garden – it would diffuse the direct sunlight so the plants wouldn’t burn and would also prevent the rain from soaking the plants constantly so we can control the amount they are getting. Seemed pretty brilliant to me. So, he ventured to the store and came back with PVC pipe, a roll of plastic sheeting, and some rope. He measured our garden area and got cutting – he created a frame with the PVC pipe, along with support legs to prop it up.

Protecting the garden with a shade screen

The trickiest part was creating the screen. I was actually quite impressed when he figured out on his own that he could use our iron for this project. To attach the plastic sheeting to the frame, he wanted to create pockets/loops to slide the pipes through. We set our iron on medium heat, then looped the plastic sheeting around the PVC pipe to create the perfect sized “loop.” We placed parchment paper down on top of the plastic sheeting (so it wouldn’t melt onto the iron itself), and carefully ran the iron up and down the length of the sheeting/pipe. Justin also made a few extra small loops to make sure the plastic sheeting was secure in the middle of the structure as well as on the ends (so it wouldn’t flap up/balloon when wind hits it).

Protecting the garden with a shade screen

After the legs were attached, we stuck our structure over the garden and added a bit of extra security by tying rope around some points and securing them to our garden fence. We set the shade on an angle (angled down at the front edge of our garden) so rain water would run down and off onto the ground in front of the garden instead of pooling inside of our screen and weighing it down. Overall, I think it turned out pretty great!

Protecting the garden with a shade screen

The proof of our screen/shade’s success is now showing in the garden: the tomatoes and zucchini that would now be either drowned by the rain or burned by excessive sun are now thriving. Hooray for handy husbands, right?

Do you have plans to be productive around the house during Labor Day, or will you be taking advantage of extra relaxation time?