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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

{Big Box Bathroom} Day 3

I spent the weekend spackling, sanding and painting in this little bathroom....which didn't feel so little after the 187th hole I filled....and I can't wait to show you guys how it looks. But, we're documenting each step in order, so that will have to wait! When we left off after Day 2, the bathroom had been completely demoed, ceiling painted, recessed lights and fan installed, toilet hole dug deeper, vanity sprayed and shower tile partially in place! Whew! You see why we called in the pros for these steps?! Mr. SP and I aren't about to mess with plumbing and electrical!

So here we are after Day 3....the shower tile fully installed and grouted (we used Delorian Gray grout), and the window framed. They also changed the plumbing from two knobs to one.

Hi Sugarplum | Big Box Bathroom Remodel, Days 2 & 3

I designed a custom niche that will have two large openings with a short shelf in between, and that's almost complete.

Hi Sugarplum | Big Box Bathroom Remodel, Days 2 & 3

But the best thing about Day 3.....we have floors! Curvy, sexy, beautiful floors!

Hi Sugarplum | Big Box Bathroom Remodel Days 2 & 3

I know the design board called for the black and white hex tile, but with the long subway tile and wall planks, I felt like the room needed some softer, rounded lines...so we switched it up at the last minute and used American Olean Vaughn. The room is long and narrow too, so we placed the pattern on the horizontal to make the room appear wider. The tile has a classic feel, but the Moroccean shape gives the floor some interest.

Hi Sugarplum | Big Box Bathroom Remodel Days 2 & 3

They also set the first few wall planks to be sure of spacing and placement.

Hi Sugarplum | Big Box Bathroom Remodel Days 2 & 3

I wish I had more pics, but we couldn't step foot on the floor while the thinset dried. I even built a huge barricade to keep the kids and dog out! #nottakinganychances

Hi Sugarplum | Big Box Bathroom Remodel Days 2 & 3

Can you see the room taking shape?! Hang on to your hats....Day 4 is a big one!

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***For those of you asking about my rockstar-contractor, I highly recommend Classic Kitchens & Baths (214-349-5999)!***

Monday, October 20, 2014

{Halloween DIY} Skull Bookends

Whew! That was a much-needed weekend! It felt so good to step away from work and responsibilities, and just have fun! This weekend was all about my son's Science Fair project (which involved dry ice and a fog machine!) and finally picking out costumes. Basically, whipping them up in a Halloween frenzy! I hope yours was equally fun and relaxing.

A few weeks ago, when I was picking up my $2 custom mats at Michaels, I spotted giant plaster skull heads...which of course got me thinking of project ideas. (That's totally normal behavior for a home blogger, Mom, no cause for concern.) I immediately thought of my elephant bookends, and wondered if I could do something similar.

So I texted Kristin to see if it would be too weird to cut a head in half. Because using a skull, and cutting a skull, are two different things. When she didn't accuse me of being Dexter, I proceeded.

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Skull Bookends

Fortunately, my contractor was around that day (I know, I know, I owe you a Big Box Bathroom update!! It's coming tomorrow!), and he slapped that skull on his fancy-pants saw, and cut it right down the middle. This part did kind of creep me out a bit...watching the blade come down on the head, with his thumb stuck through the eye socket!! I might have turned away. And no, my rockstar-contractor didn't think I was strange. He's used to me and my ideas.

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Skull Bookends

The plaster cut like butter (even a hand saw would do the trick), and I sanded down any uneven edges. I thought about spraying them...but decided I love the white just the way it is. Let the record show my rare use of restraint.

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Skull Bookends

Unlike my animal bookends, these already sit flat, and have enough heft, so there is no need to mount them to a base. #TWSS

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Skull Bookends

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Skull Bookends

Consider me smitten! So much so, I can't even guarantee they'll come down after Halloween. How's the Halloween frenzy coming along at your house?

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