Friday Finds #3

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Friday finds are here again!

  • Best explanation of what it’s like to live with a chronic illness or disability, “The Spoon Theory”, click here.
  • Literary Tourism: Oxford, England from BookRiot, click the picture for more.

Radcliffe Camera Oxford England

  • I’m always amazed by the creativity of Mandi at Vintage Revivals and she has a way with words that always leaves me smiling.  Her project of turning an old leather sofa into a bench just blew me away.  Check it out here.
  • Found this great idea for DIY Mason Jar Solar Lights by Thriftdee, click here.
  • Love this piece by Lindsey Stirling, “Beyond the Veil”    

Happy Weekend!

Blessings,

Mimi

“Shout with joy to God, all the earth!”  Psalm 66:1  NIV Bible

 

The Unexpected Remodel: Part 2

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In my last post, I shared about our renovation of the upstairs bonus room for my daughter and her husband.  Today, the bathroom is the topic of conversation.

The half bath had a dark brown linoleum floor that was peeling up and a 1970s vanity complete with cultured marble sink when we purchased the house.   Serviceable, but nothing special.

upstairs bath 4After we moved in, I painted the walls black and wallpapered with National Geographic covers and this room quickly became the room my family loved the most and couldn’t wait to show their friends… wonders will never cease…

upstairs bath 3

This bathroom, though, needs a much larger countertop and storage capacity for my daughter and son-in-law.  Bye- bye vanity.  Bye-bye peel and stick tile. Thank you, son-in-law!

upstairs bath

The stairwell, when we bought the house, fortunately, did not have orange shag carpet like the upstairs room.  However, it did have this mottled brown shag that was well worn and looked like a mangy dog’s coat.  Nasty, too.  We ripped it up a long time ago and painted the stairs black.

stairs area

Progress is moving forward.  The ceiling fan is in and the closet is being framed up this week by my sweet husband.  The kids will be here this weekend to paint.  Only 3 more weeks to go before it must be move in ready!

Blessings,

Mimi

“Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved —-you and your household.”  Acts 16:31 NIV Bible

An Unexpected Remodel

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We didn’t invest much into the room because we knew someday we would renovate.  Someday is here.  Over the weekend, we began an unexpected remodel of our upstairs bonus room over the garage. Plans for my daughter and her husband to move into their apartment didn’t work out as expected so they’re going to live with us for a little while.

Chosen for a number of reasons, the room has a half bath attached, is removed from the rest of the house and is about 400 square feet of space.  The bonus room looked like this when we bought our home 17 years ago.  I think the original homeowners used it as a party room.

upstairs 1

Groovy, isn’t it?  I think the orange shag carpet is really something.  The corner rock fireplace was loads of fun for my husband to remove.

And here’s the matching bar …

upstairs 3

The contractor made sure when he built the home to center the doorway to the half bath at the peak of the room so that the toilet serves as a glorious focal point.

upstairs 2

We { my husband} removed the bar, fireplace, carpet, and the beams coming down the slanted wall years ago.  The room has served multiple purposes as an office, a craft room, a den, and a storage facility.

During high school, my daughter used this room as her own.  She wanted an explosion of color.  We painted the walls turquoise, painted the sub floor pink, and added a canopy with lime green fabric. The room didn’t have a closet so we created one with curtains.

catie room 2

After my daughter went to college and moved to her apartment, my husband used the room for his office, music room, and extra storage.  The colorful room really suited his tastes … bless his heart.

We have a month of weekends to renovate this room and the adjoining bathroom which I’ll be sharing later.   This room needs to go from whoa to wow with a modest budget.

catie room 3catie room 7

I love Before and Afters.  How about you?  Stay tuned.

Blessings,

Mimi

“In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you.  I am going there to prepare a place for you.”  John 14:2  NIV Bible