The tiling has begun!!! Thanks to the expertise, borrowed tile cutter and other tools of my father-in-law, as well as the patience and talent of the Amazing Chris, the upstairs bathroom is coming along. For such a small room, the shower just keeps getting bigger and bigger and bigger…
I’m a lucky girl with awesome friends. Two of these friends are responsible for my dependency on cast iron cookware as well as my Sodom and Gomorrah collectable plate (to be photographed when it can be in its rightful home with its Elvis-like friends). Jeffrey and Michael have given me tons of gardening tips, a greenhouse worth of plants and also these amazing tiles:
Jeffrey found them in the basement of his home in Brooklyn. I’m not sure where they go yet, but they are pretty special.
Bathroom is ready to be tiled (what!??!) and SO much yard work got done over the beautiful spring weekend we just had. I’m about to go crazy with some bulbs and ground cover, seeds and maybe some peas!! We will see how that goes ….
We found a fun multi estate tag sale held in a storage unit facility a couple towns over. Grand total? $52.
Here are a couple close-ups ….
To recap … a dresser, two lamps, a plant stand, bunch o’ records, weird peacock things and a painting for $52.
Here is a photo showing the globe in its new home, and the dresser off to the right — it will be a front door/ key drop-off/ junk drawer/ plant stand … And our little living room is coming together, too! Next up, shades for the front windows.
Happy Friday! It’s been a WEEK and we Larsens are super looking forward to this weekend! Our bathroom is slowly but surely coming along. We got walls! Pretty fancy, right?
My husband has a lot of vinyl. Like, a lot. And he made some shelves in our old apartment that worked but …. I’ll just leave it at that. And they got pretty banged up in the move, and have been a wobbly, messy, unorganized section of an otherwise very cute room for months. But all that has changed with Chris’s new Kreg Jig and plans by the amazing Ana White. Painted with some of the many gallons of paint we have in the basement, tags from Amazon and hand-stamped (by moi!) by category and alphabetically, the shelves are one of my new favorite things at home! What do you think?
Spring has FINALLY hit us here on the East Coast! On this first sunny, warm, lovely day of the season, I thought I’d catch up a little on my postings. As a firm believer in “all work and no play” making the Larsens a dull couple, we have been taking some time out to enjoy our friends and family and the latest holidays.
The Apples joined us for an amazing Easter feast (and since they did all the cooking, it was delicious AND easy-peaesy for me!!) I also don’t think I ever properly showcased our amazing dining room table ….
This was a huge door that was in the basement. Chris cut off a small section of the bottom to even it out, sanded and waxed it and added legs. The legs ran us about $25 each, so all-in-all, we have a huge, lovely table for a total cost of less than $150 + elbow grease.
Some other photos from Easter … (my favorite eating holiday ….)
Of course, before Easter, we have CHRIS’ BIRTHDAY! (Some people call it St. Patrick’s Day, but we at the Larsen household know better….) Just another excuse for a fun party with some family and friends …..
Happy Spring, everyone!!
I know you’ve been dying for an update on our rain gauge. Chris takes measurements every day and posts them to our Cocorahs page. Just thought I’d remind you to check it out! (mostly because I wanted to post something but I can’t really lift my arms after carrying all those buckets this weekend, so we’ve been taking it easy this week!)
Chris also keeps a log and his binoculars handy so he can keep an eye on all the birds enjoying our feeder. Yup, one year in and we are digging the suburbs. And maybe we are 80.
How do you get from this …
And at least one of these:
You can also use an un-photographed brother-in-law and me! Chris and Larry took walls down to the lathe, then took the lathe down to the studs. Bill & I carried 5-gallon buckets of rubble down to the dumpster (about 400 times each …) and I got to have the distinct pleasure of flinging sheets of maroon tile and an entire medicine cabinet into the dumpster!
After a visit from our contractor, our next step is to have a plumber add new pipes, an electrician give us some light and then we call on Chris’ parents to come help us tile, paint and put up wainscoting. In the mean time, I am incredibly proud of the work that got done this weekend — Chris really outdid himself and we are going to have an amazingly cute bathroom. We are keeping the budget low, the fun level high and the Advil flowing like wine. Oh, and the wine flowing like wine, too when we complete a good day’s work.
I know what you’re thinking… “but how on earth did you get rid of that bathtub?!?” (You may be thinking — “what the hell are you people thinking?!?” but I am choosing to believe you are thinking “”but how on earth did you get rid of that bathtub?!?” ). And the answer is .. smash it with a sledgehammer! I have a little video of that — I think I will have Chris facebook it.
All I can say is the downstairs bathroom better watch out. We’re coming for it and we’re feeling smashy. There’s even still room in the dumpster!