My Car, My Kitchen and My Bathroom: An Update

That’s right, I’ve been a busy bee the last couple of days!

It all started on Monday when I picked my car up from the mechanic.  And paid $72.00.  Seriously, if you live in or around my tiny little town, talk to me and get this guy’s info.  He’s amazing!  I left there with a list of things that should be fixed and a plan to tackle an item at each of my next oil changes.  So, for under $100 I have peace of mind that my car will get me where I need to go safely.

That also means that my DIY projects this month can continue!

Nothing is done yet but I have



hung up the brackets for the shelves in the kitchen.  This was a huge pain!  That wall’s not level so I had to use a combination of measuring from the ceiling and eyeballing to get things mostly level.  If you check it with a level you’ll find it’s not perfect but I did throw a makeshift shelf on each one and visually it looks fine.


I did pick up a board yesterday at Lowe’s (they cut one shelf to 32″ in the store so the board would fit in my car) so all that it needs is to be cut and painted and these will be done!


I also heard back from the nice lady at Tuesday Morning yesterday.  She was able to find my transaction and I’ll be returning this rug on Sunday.  Thank goodness!


That terrible picture is of the wall above my shower in the hall bathroom.  Awesome, right?  See those spots that look wet?  There are drips like that all over the bathroom and I hate them.  So I decided to paint it a lighter color in the hopes that these wet spots would disappear.  I also went with a semi gloss finish (the blue was eggshell) because that’s what they say you’re supposed to do.


With all that decided, I opened up a beer and got to painting.  Note-this beer was really delicious and I was inspired by my new DIY role model to drink while I work.  Also note-I’m a light weight so I only had 1.


I chose Valspar Rising Star because it’s a nice greyish purple and it’s covering better that I had expected!  The only problem though, is those streaks are showing through.  Freaked out that I was never going to get rid of these, I stopped painting.  Then my friend who knows a guy who works at Sherwin Williams made a call to find out what I should do about this.  (Yes, you should ask Sherwin Williams, FYI.)  He said that dark paints don’t hold their pigment as well and so the drip marks I see are the pigment running, gross.  He also said that the eggshell finish creates drag so as the pigment tries to run, it’s slowed down by my not at all glossy finish and creates those gross spots.  Luckily, he said that there’s nothing special I need to do to paint over it and that while I initially made the worst decisions possible with the blue (dark paint, eggshell finish) I’m now making the best decisions (light paint, semi-gloss finish) and this won’t happen again.


The bathroom is only half done but it’s already much brighter, which I’m still getting used to!

Hopefully my next post will be about an actually finished project!




Buyer’s Remorse

Remember a couple of weeks ago when I bought new rugs for my kitchen?

Remember how I was so excited about the great deal I got?



It’s not feeling like such a great deal right now.



I think I’ve vacuumed it 4 times since I bought it.  And look what’s happening.  My vacuum is set for the lowest pile and yet it’s sucking up the treads of this rug and ruining it!  Those two tufts are just a couple of many and it’s getting to the point where after only a few more cleanings, this sucker will be ruined.



On the bright side, I called Tuesday Morning this morning and the nice lady is looking up my transaction.  Because of course I didn’t keep my receipt OR the tags from the rug.  Luckily the lady said that because the sale was recent and because I know the exact total of my purchase (thank goodness for online banking!) she should be able to look it up and give me credit.

So, now I wait to hear back from her to find out if I’m going to be able to return this so I can buy this (which is the one I was going to buy in the first place!)

On another keeping-my-fingers-crossed note, the Jeep is in the shop as we speak.  I got gas on Friday and tightened the cap down and, viola!, the check engine light went off!

So now I’m waiting for a call back from the mechanic so I can stop holding my breath and finally know what’s going on!  (and finally get started on some projects!)


Rugs for the Kitchen

Once I finished my floors I went out on the hunt for a rug.  There were really obvious wear patterns across the floor before we refinished it and I wanted to prevent that from happening again.

I wasn’t sure what kind of rug I wanted to I started searching.  I plugged several options into a little collage I made and found that I liked the look of a natural, textured rug:

kitchen collage


The rug in that picture is from IKEA (this one.)  While I liked the price, the nearest IKEA is hours and several miles of treacherous roads away and the cost of shipping would put it over $100.  I figured this would be a last resort-I wasn’t impressed by the textures (or smells) of the rugs I looked at the last time I was there so I knew there was a chance I would spend a lot of money (I know, for a 5’x7′ rug $100 is nothing to most people, but I’m cheap) and end up not loving it.

So I took a trip to Tuesday Morning hoping I’d find something natural with lots of texture for $100 or less.



Natural jute with green threads and edges for $99?  Done.  Even Henry approves.  I also bought that smaller rug at Tuesday Morning for $9.99.  I still really want something in front of my sink but I’m not loving this one.  I think I need to find a jute runner but again, I don’t want to spend a ton.


Of course, I swept and mopped my floor before I put my shiny new rug down and then this dog ran outside, found the mangiest old bone he could and ran back in with muddy feet to present it to me.  It’s a good thing I love him so much!