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The Tricky Hallway Finished!

8 Oct

We got the hallway finished up a few weeks back and I haven’t had time to share it here on the blog. I’m not sure if you all remember what we were dealing with before…

hallway beforeYou can’t really see it in the photo but the ceiling had been dropped about a foot when Central Air had been originally installed way back when. It made for a very dark, dreary, and cramped space. I know it’s just a hallway but it really needed a little love. We took the ceiling down back in 2011 and while there has been drywall up top, the foot of space where the drop had been left quite a nice issue. IMG_1775I convinced Brian we should just trim the area out for the sake of being easy. You see… the drywall in this hallway isn’t 1/2 inch or 5/8ths inch drywall. It’s some crazy concoction of drywall + plaster that was going to cause a lot of issues if we just tried to finish it off with drywall. I knew we’d never get it even. Brian went along with it even though he was never really convinced.

IMG_1827I thought it would make a cool picture ledge or something. We lived with it for a while like this until one day Brian said… “I hate that trim in the hallway. It just doesn’t look right.” I had to agree with him. No real picture was ever really going to go up in that tiny space and it made the hall feel very very short even though we had opened up the ceiling. We had plenty of left over wood planks that we were originally going to use on the ceiling. Brian reminded me of this and after seeing how good it looked in the living room, I knew he was on the right track. So we spent a couple of short days putting up the planks, filling and sanding holes, priming, putting up crown, and finally painting. It turned out way better than I ever expected!

hallwaySorry for the poor iPhone photo. It’s really hard to get a shot of a hallway! You may notice we changed out the door trim. We had to because it was in really bad shape. We had some extra 1×4’s from when we tried to fix the ceiling in the living room with furring strips. We matched it to the same style we’ve put in the Living room and I love it! It really brings some cottage feel to this Rancher!

I’ve got a fireplace update on the way as well as a nursery plan! Expect several posts this week and next as we finish up some projects to make room and time for Baby Reagan!



Guess What?

2 Aug

I’ve got blue paint photos to share of the house but before I do, a little announcement. Drum roll please…

Baby Reagan Final SmallYep, we’ve got a little reinforcement on the way! That means that there are several projects that have to get done around here very very soon!

  • Fence for the back yard
  • Doggie door for the pups
  • An entire Nursery to decorate!
  • Not to mention finishing up the projects we already have started!

It’s a little overwhelming but we can do it!

Ready for a few house shots? I thought so. Without further comment, The Blue Monster!

Reagan Front Yard 2 Reagan Front Yard 3 Reagan Front Yard 1 Reagan Back Yard1 Reagan Back Yard 2 Reagan Back Yard 3I included just a few yard photos as well because the grass is just so pretty! We’ve still got a few spots of pink to paint over like on each of the doors but we’ve been waiting for some nice cool days we can leave the doors open and it’s just been too rainy and hot.

So there you have it. A baby and no more pink house!!!!

Welcome 2013!

2 Jan

It’s been way to long since uploaded a post here. We’ve been slowly but surely working on projects here at the Pink Monster and I’ve just been really really bad about photographing them which explains why I haven’t posted anything.

Welcome 2013

So what all have we done?

  • Painted the living room
  • Put up the crown molding in the living room
  • Installed the glass in our ‘New’ antique front door
  • Installed the door itself
  • Framed out the columns on the fireplace
  • Installed a projection system in the living room that includes a 92 inch screen
  • Purchased some awesome chalk painted pieces at a local antique shop for the living room
  • Re-arranged the office and I’m in love with it!

I’m in process of purchasing a nice big DSLR camera so that I can take better images for several things so when That happens, expect way to many photos all in one post to catch up!

What are our plans for 2013:

  • Travel more, house less! Yep we’re at the point where once we complete a few things we’ll be satisfied with the house for a while so we can save up for the master addition and kitchen move. We’re starting with our second annual snowboarding trip soon. We can’t wait to carve some mountains!
  • Paint the house, add some decks, and get the fence installed. Yep that’s it for the big projects this year. We’re going to try to make this house less life encompassing this year. We’ll be doing some small painting projects and the like but that’s easy peasy stuff when you compare what we’ve been up against the last few years.
  • I’m launching two, yes two new businesses this year. I’ll be launching my candle company in just a few months and I will also be getting my Real Estate license in the very near future. Needless to say the job I started in the fall did not work out so I’m moving on. I’ve always wanted to venture into Real Estate and the timing just seems right. The candle company will be a once or by monthly booth at a local farmers market and I’ll be helping my Mom with her booth at the same market for her custom embroidery business, Sew Cute TN.  I love the chemistry and Mad Scientist I get to play when making candles!
  • Last but certainly not least, I’m getting my butt back in shape. I’ve been slacking for far too long. The gym membership has been obtained, Spin schedules have been memorized and this gal is going to get her body back. I shall defy gravity’s pull. I’ve already cleaned out the bad food in the house and started eating clean. I’ll be lifting heavy, maxing out my cardio, and driving my body fat % down. I’ve done it before and loved every minute of my gym time. I got lazy and let this house take priority over my health and that’s just plain stupid. Not in 2013.

So there it is. Our 2013 plan for the Pink Monster. I’ll be posting progress and projects just as soon as I’ve figured out my Nikon! Now… I just have to find time to take down the Christmas decorations before the neighbors start to complain…

What are your plans for 2013?

Yard Update II, It’s a long one…

3 May

Yes, it’s 1:48 am and I’m starting a post. I can’t sleep so until my benadryl kicks in I’m going to give you an update of what’s going on with the mud pit we’re calling a yard these days. Mostly, nothing, well not really nothing but nothing major.

We’ve decided to call in the pros on this one ladies and gents. We realized that not only would it take us a ridiculous amount of time to complete the project but by the time you add up the fact we’re playing this by ea, meaning it’ll take much longer than the pros, we’ll probably end up spending almost the same amount letting someone who knows exactly what their doing handle this job.

So where did I start. Oddly enough Craigslist. I’m a firm believer that EVERY business should have a website but that’s just not how all construction businesses work, yet. Yeah I could have gone to the nationally advertised A’s list but I’m cheap meaning I’m not paying $6/month to find reviews. That’s what google’s for.

So after searching for bob cat and excavation I came up with 4 solid numbers to call. Three appears to be excavation companies and one, a guy with a bob cat. After speaking with all 4 guys I had appointments set up with all 4.

Guy #1 came Thursday night and basically spent an hour and a half reviewing everything we would need all the way down to quoting a tree removal and seeding. He was professional, thorough , and to top it off he never once said anything to imply I was a woman and didn’t know anything about the work needing to be done. Since Brian wasn’t here, that really stood out to me. Especially when I do in fact, know a lot more than the average Joe.

Guy #2 Made an appointment to show up Friday morning. He was the guy with the bob cat. His goal was to get in and out basically doing the bare minimum to keep our costs low. Being DIYers normally that would appeal to us but since we’ve already spent so much time out there… I was over the DIY and just wanted someone else to take it over. Brian agreed.

Guy #3 Called and told me he’d be by Saturday afternoon. He’d call before he came just to make sure we were home. He never called or came by.

Guy #4 Called the day he was supposed to come out for the quote and informed me that since he’d be traveling from a suburb of our town that there’d be extra transport costs and he wasn’t sure he could be competitive. AKA our project, even though it’s big to us, was too small for him. We understood.

So who did we go for? I’m sure you’ve already guessed #1 and you’re correct. This time it wasn’t about the best price, it was about what we were getting for the money. Yes, we could have gone with bob cat guy but we’d still have to spend the entire summer working to get it ready for grass.

We’re really happy so far with the company we went with. It’s locally owned and been in the same family for 2 generations. The guy has been great so far. I’ll plan on doing a full review and let you know the company name & info once we know we’re perfectly happy with how the job went down. We can’t wait to enjoy some fun this summer in our new back yard!

Here’s a few details I want to incorporate (don’t forget to follow us on Pinterest):

Click on the image for links to these fun places on my Pinterest board!

A perfect garden? Yes please! Even better, a vintage shed! A place to eat. Flaming water features (thinking about a DIY) The perfect place for all our tools. Yard Jenga, nuf said!DIY outdoor sofa, yep I got this covered.Yes we’re bringing in more rock… crushed in the mean time. We’ll paver later. Hot tub face lift. Oh and you know, get it working!

Baby It’s Cold… Inside!

26 Oct

I’m freezing. Yes, I’m in the house sitting at my desk but my hands are numb and I think frost bite must be setting in….

All joking aside not having insulation in the living room is not ideal. Last weekend we successfully cut the HVAC vents to the closed in garage so that we can eventually use it for it’s intended purpose of housing our cars. We rerouted two of the four vents to the sunroom. It wasn’t vented when we bought the house and I’m looking forward to keeping the french doors open. We moved the existing vents out of the middle of the ceiling and to a much better suited area close to the walls. All we have left to do is:

  • Wire the switches for the outside porch lights, fireplace lights, and living room lights
  • Route cable to the living room wall where the TV will live
  • Jack up and add some support to a few sagging joists
  • Install insulation

Notice I didn’t mention add drywall to the ceiling… We’ve decided to clad it in wood.

I was inspired by Layla and Kev over on The Lettered Cottage. They recently clad their ceiling. We chose to do this because 1. I love the cottage effect and 2. it keeps me from having to rent a drywall lift and sand all those seams!

Here’s how Layla and Kev’s looked in the process:

Image via The Lettered Cottage.

I love the effect! So we headed to Lowes to get our supplies and found out that our region doesn’t carry the Economy grade planks they only carry the Stain grade planks. Since we’re going to paint or perhaps whitewash the planks I didn’t see a need to spend double the cost at $17.98 vs $8.77. So we spoke to the Millwork guy and he happily made a call to the manufacturer to place our special order. The good news is that it’s ordered, the bad news is it’s backordered until December… So we’ll have insulation up but will have to wait for the planks to come in to install those and the lights.

I just can’t wait to have insulation so that I can feel better about turning up the heat!

This weekends To Do List:

  • Wire the switches for the outside porch lights, fireplace lights, and living room lights
  • Route cable to the living room wall where the TV will live
  • Jack up and add some support to a few sagging joists
  • Install insulation
  • Remove closet by fireplace

Complete project to do list before our Thanksgiving Feast:

  • The above…
  • Install drywall on the sides and back of fireplace
  • Find and install mantle
  • Install drywall in the hallway ceiling and patch the top of the walls that were dropped
  • Paint (living room, hallway, and fireplace)
  • Install trim around sunroom windows

DIY Projects Planned:

  • Painted rug for living room
  • Make a coffee table
  • Create new TV stand with salvaged wood and current Besta Ikea unit
  • Create tree trunk clad panels for above fireplace

I’m off to work on the painted rug mentioned above! Wish me luck!