Monday, February 27, 2012

Hall Bathroom Quickie

Home Depot trip yesterday to pick up supplies for the 1/2 bath remodel downstairs. After everything was picked out, and let me tell you what an ordeal picking paint was, I spot a faucet I love! My love, however, does not mean I was willing to change the design plan of the 1/2 bath...

So, Justin, in his infinite love for me, suggests we get it anyway and put it in the hall bath upstairs. SO WE DID! :) While this bathroom is typically referred to as the "kid's bathroom", it is also Brittany's bathroom currently, so I'm really glad I didn't go with the Little Mermaid decor I originally considered. Instead, that bathroom's theme is bright colors. All the towels are different colors and the shower curtain is striped in all bright colors :)

Don't you just love how you get distracted from your actual project by multiple little side projects along the way? No? Me either... but I am really glad we did this one, and that Justin knew how to do it, because it was a minor $30 for a major big difference!

Boring, standard new construction install. 

ALL GONE!! (And... YUCK!!)


It sticks out a little further than the old one, so we won't have to wash our hands against the sink basin. :)

Don't you just love the new faucet?? I think it's perfect for a fun bathroom!! :) But I have always been a sucker for things that are labeled!! LOL! Maybe it will help the kids learn to read. If not, it still looks great!

I'm loving seeing all the little changes happening around our house. It's taking our house from, "the same lay-out as the one around the corner." To, "Our home." :) We're on a roll, and we're not stopping now! This weekend is the 1/2 bathroom remodel!! 

Saturday, February 25, 2012

The Ugly Office Chair

While I love my new job... I do not love my new office space. The lay-out is awkward, leaving dead space, which is not good feng shui!

My office manager offered to get me a new chair, which was very sweet... but honestly... the chair is pretty comfortable. And being a, uhh... not tall person, a comfortable office chair is hard to come by; they are usually just too deep for my back to actually be supported.

SO! I decided to recover the chair and make it beautiful! After all, if I failed I could just cash in my office manager's offer for a new chair. I couldn't lose!


Ugly, right? Well- the best part about this chair is the split back. Each back piece is attached to a rubber "spacer" or "arm" of sorts. This allows each back piece to adjust to your back shape and also each time to lean to one side or the other. Comfort... no style.

So... I disassembled it! (No picture, sorry my phone was dying!) Each piece (both back pieces and the seat) were backed with plastic, so I had to separate the padded pieces from the plastic pieces. The seat pad just unscrewed from its plastic piece. The back pieces, however... were GLUED to the plastic!! Great.

After tearing up my hands trying to pry the pieces apart... I got smarter than the chair and got my blow dryer!! I just heated up the plastic, and glue, and they came right apart!! (I win.)

Now, who knew a staple gun was such an AMAZING creation?! And who knew that Justin had "acquired" FOUR of them from his time in the Army? Well- they rock! And if you don't own one, or two, you must go straight to the store and get one!! I just stretched the fabric around the existing pad, and stapled!! :) It. Was. Awesome!

After putting the pads back on the plastic, I just screwed all the pieces back on the chair frame, and VOILA'! .


Well... pretty amazing, huh?! :) Not too bad for a couple hours and $15 in fabric. Now, I have a pretty chair for my not-so-pretty office!

Next up: Recovering the two Craig's List chairs I bought last weekend to replace the oh-so-ugly visitor chairs in my office!!

Attactive, no? No. You'll have to wait to see the amazing ones I found!!