Basement Gym Floor

Let’s face it, getting to the gym with three kids and the cost can be a bit difficult. Instead of having my basement as a catch all we decided to turn it into a home gym. It’s all finished except for the flooring. First thing was to clear it all out and paint the walls and get started on the floor.

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We decided to epoxy the cement floor. Before I could paint on the epoxy I had to clean the floors and let them dry. Epoxy paint has very strong fumes so you want to make sure you wear a mask at all times. I worked from one corner of the basement to the next. You want to work in small sections and sprinkle the colored paint chips as you go. Now that I think of it, I should have added a little glitter to the mix. After the floor was covered, I started fans to help it dry faster and get out some fumes.

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The great thing about epoxy flooring is that its super tough and durable. This is great for a gym floor or garage floors as well. After the floor was completely dry we added corner round to the base boards. Now that our gym flooring is complete we need to add work out equipment and some decor of course.

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Address Planter Box

I have seen so many different numbered planter boxes but none exactly how I wanted it to fit the space so I made my own. I made the base with excess wood in my garage. Remember to pre drill your holes or you will split your wood and have to cut new pieces. Believe, I tried to skip this step and it ended up taking me longer.

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My next step was to add wooden square dowel rods of different thicknesses to the front. I cut them down and glued them to the back piece with liquid nail.

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Since I used scrap wood and didn’t have enough to have the front box be one piece without seems I used my favorite wood filler. This Minwax wood filler is amazing!!!! It dries super fast and has come in handy for many projects! Once it’s dry, just sand it down smooth and paint or stain and you are ready to go.

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Next I stained the back piece and painted the planter box black to go along with the garage doors and the numbers that will be added at the end.  YO will want to drill a fe holes in the bottom for any water drainage for the plants as well. Once dry I sealed it all with a clear sealant to protect it from any moisture, added numbers and then some fun plants. There are so many different styles of house numbers to choose from. I decided to go with this fun modern style and love how they look.

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Cinder Block Couch

Patio furniture is so pricy! I decide to save some money and go a different route and made an outdoor couch. This was my Mother’s Day present. Anyone else ask for projects to be done for any and every gift if you have the option? This was so simple and can be done and enjoyed in a weekend. Supplies needed: Cinderblocks (the amount depends on how high you want your couch, I chose to use 10), 6 wooden fence posts, heavy duty construction adhesive and decorative pillows and cushions.

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The first step is to glue the bottom cinderblocks together. If you want your couch to be a bit higher you can stack them three high with the top holes facing in like in the picture. I glued ear together on all sides, then glued the back pieces that will create the back support. You can paint them any color if you chose or just leave them as is like I did. I placed my cinderblocks where they were going to be before gluing them so I wouldn’t have to mess with moving them.

Once both sides are glued together, simply slide the wood posts into place. You will want to let the glue completely dry over night before sitting on it.

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Now for the fun part… Adding all the decorative pillows and cushions. I had the most difficult time at Target, deciding what color seat cushions to get and wanted to pick something different than my usual green or teal. If you want more of a fun print,Amazon has some great patterned cushions that would be great to add some print and color to your outdoor space. I love relaxing on my couch and may even add a couple chairs to go along with it.

What do you think? If you build your own cinder block couch please share your pictures with me.

DIY Towel Rack

This boring towel rack just couldn’t hold up in my boys bathroom! So I took it down and made my own from pallet wood.

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With multiple kids sharing a bathroom it’s nice to have a place for everyones towel. I got a free pallet from work that had the perfect pieces for this project. I took it apart, cut the wood pieces to size, sanded them down and then did a little white washing.

 

 

I spray painted hardware pieces from Lowe’s with a dark hammered metal spray paint and then pre drilled holes in the wood before screwing them in place.  Once the hardware was all screwed in I simply attached each piece together and hung it on the wall. The top piece of wood is the only one actually attached to the wall, the rest simply hang from one another.

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Once on the wall, I measured, marked and hung the towel hooks. Now every kid has a place for their towel. Hopefully this will help keep them off the floor (I wish).

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Time for new floors!

After staring at this dreaded carpet and tile for 7 years, we are finally replacing it! Now that I just finished painting the kitchen cabinets we can start on taking the floors out. We chose to tear out the existing floors ourself and I’m glad we did. Had we paid someone to take them out the cost would have been tremendous. Removing carpet and tile is no big deal and something we have done many times before. It’s what was under the Kitchen tile that almost had us defeated.

Here is our flooring before: These are very old pictures, just look how little my sweet babies are. We had the same tile in the kitchen and entry alone with that lovely carpet and gold tac strips. Check out that wall color too.

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When laying tile in your kitchen, don’t take shortcuts, tear out the existing flooring please. There were many layers that were put down over laminate to then lay tile down and it was all down before the cabinets were put in. Surprise to us, we had more work ahead of us than we knew. We are going to be laying hardwoods throughout the entire first level and that won’t work quite right if the Kitchen floor is several inches higher than the rest. We took the tile out easily and then shad to rent a small jack hammer to wedge under the flooring it get it up. This took hours an hours, I’m sure Mr Modish has backaches just thinking about it. It was a very laborious weekend that we could not have completed if it weren’t for family that volunteered to help and also watch the boys for us.

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Don’t do this:

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After all the existing flooring was up, we had to be sure that all staples and nails were either removed or hammered down so that the new flooring would lay evenly. I then went around and scraped all the baseboards where the old carpet was stuck and then repainted the trim. The hardwood floors will sit a little lower than the carpet and I didn’t want to have to paint once the new floors were down. We also chose to paint the corner round before it was cut down and installed so it would match the base boards. Just a little tip for those of you that have squeaky floors. Screwing in new screws in the floor joists can lessen and get rid of squeaks.

Demolition is done! This was quite a project but worth every bit!

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Now to let the professionals put in the flooring. Had we only been doing one room I would have wanted to tackle it ourself but we did several rooms and I wanted it to be perfect. I just love my new floors! It’s like having a brand new house!!

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Cabinet Re-do

Don’t like your cabinets? Paint them, I did! These were put in by the previous owner and are not what I would have chosen. They were starting to look a little beat up, and the colors are just a bit outdated now with the darker color in the creases. It may be difficult to see in picture but they are more of a cream than a white.

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I torn between a light gray or white cabinets but I went with white and I’m glad I did. This was my first time using a paint sprayer and now I’m in love! What would have taken a week or more to paint by hand, only took me a weekend. First I took off the doors, cleaned them and lightly sanded them. Here’s a tip: Attaching tape to the inside of the doors and numbering them across the top and bottom will save you some time when it comes to reassembling. One other tip: Paint the inside of your cabinet doors too! Only painting the front looks unfinished.

The weather was not great, so to get these painted when I wanted to I had to do it in the basement. I laid down plastic so that my floors would not get painted as well. Then I laid out the cabinet doors according to their number and placed the piece of tape on the plastic next to each door, then I took a picture. Better safe than sorry. I painted the drawers next.

The paint gun was fairly easy to use and made everything go by much faster. I painted a coat of primer on the front and back of the doors and let it dry overnight. The next day I began painting and painted two coats on each side with my chosen paint color. When using a spray gun, be sure you are always paying attention to the nozzle as it can start to clog and before you know it, it sprays out everywhere and mean everywhere. I had to re paint part of a wall, it was so bad. It helps to spray test on to a piece of cardboard before you start each coat and half way through to be sure you don’t mess up your project.

The hardest part was waiting for the paint to set. Mr Modish had to assure me that It would be best if I waited to put them back on (I get so impatient). While the doors and drawers were drying I painted the base of the cabinets by hand. You could tape off and spray them as well but that would have been more work. I painted the upper cabinets when the kiddos were awake and bottoms she they were sleeping. Otherwise, it could have been a big mess.

Once everything was no longer tacky, I put the doors and hardware back on and had a new kitchen (well almost, the floors are next)!

Our kitchen has soffets above the upper cabinets, which I can’t stand. Instead of tearing them out and creating a huge mess (I will save that for another day). I decided to add trim to the top and bottom of the soffets and painted them the same color as the cabinets. This made the soffets look like they are part of the cabinets and made the room feel taller. After the cabinets were painted, I had to re-paint the walls too. It’s now starting to feel like my home. Now to start tearing out the existing flooring. Here are the soffets before and during the change:

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Master Bedroom Oasis

I have always loved my Master bedroom and my bedding but it was time for a change. I am like a furnace when I sleep and get way too hot at night. For this reason I have never actually been able to sleep with my current comforter. I have tried many times and it always just ends up folded on the trunk at the end of the bed.

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My plan was just to get a light duvet cover for a duvet that we have packed away that we can use in the summer. I found one that I fell in love with from Target. Shortly after getting the new duvet cover, I had to paint the walls, because the color was too similar to the duvet cover. No, I don’t make my bed everyday just like everyone else.

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I then white washed my bed, dry brushed my picture frames and added a few new decor pieces. I am so in love with my room now and its just so relaxing and serene.

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I of course will probably add/change out a few new pieces here and there as time goes on, maybe a new pillow or two or a feature wall. I just love this space! If you have any design/project questions don’t hesitate to ask, I would be happy to help!

 

Kid’s Costumes

When it comes to Halloween and costumes, I love to go all out! Now that doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot of money, just think outside the box. This is when I get creative and rummage through what we already have and make multiple trips to my local Hobby Lobby. Creating your kiddos costume also does not mean you need to have a sewing machine.

Here are a few of my kids past costumes I created with very little money spent and just a little time, effort and creativity (mostly while they were sleeping). The boys pick who they want to be an I figure out how to make it happen.

LEGO BATMAN:

 

This was a fun one to figure out and create. I used cardboard, foam, foam sheets, a lot of duct tape, black spray paint and a little hot glue. He does have lego hands but appears to be hiding them in every picture.

BAD MICHAEL JACKSON:

For this costume, I did buy the wig and jacket because some things just need to be bought. I spray painted plastic buckles with chrome spray paint for the buckles and attached them to the gloves with hot glue. I fabric glued some red felt to some black skinny jeans and cut small slits to weave the black straps to attach the plastic buckles. Top it all off with a little a few of my belts, black eyeliner and BAM, Bad Michael Jackson! This boy loves dance!

HE-MAN:

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For all of the boots I covered the boys rain boots with felt and attached it with clear packing tape. For the Lego batman boots, I first added pieces of cardboard to give them the block shape and added fur accents to the He-man boots and buckles for the Michael Jackson boots. Afterwards the boots are not damaged and the felt comes right off.

This is what Halloween is all about! Get out there with your kiddos, dress up and have some fun! This is what they will remember and will be happy they had fun parents. I am already planning our next Halloween costumes, how about you?

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DIY Headboard

I have this beautiful large frame that was generously given to me by my MIL. It previously had a mirror in it that had cracked and had been removed and had a few cracks in the frame here and there. As soon as I saw it I had a plan of turning it into a headboard. This was a very quick, easy and inexpensive project. I paid a total of around 15$ for the entire project. The only thing I purchased was the fabric and crib size batting from Hobby Lobby.

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Since the frame is in rough shape I decided to give it a distressed look and white washed, then dry brushed paint on it. I First added paint to all the edges and crevices and then wiped away the excess so that all cracks would fill in with white.

Some of the corners were slightly split and cracked from the outside corner to the inside corners so I decided to patch them and create the same look in each corner to add to the distressed look. Then I dry brushed over the entire frame. Dry brushing is really simple after dipping the brush in paint you brush/ dab off all the excess paint so you are left with very little on the brush. This helps to create the light brush strokes, leaving the frame color visible while adding a textured look.

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After the patin was dry, I took out the backing to use as backing for the inside padded area I wanted to create. For the padding I tore apart an old crib mattress that was lying around in my basement (this was not easy but it did the trick). I pretty much ended up having to tear it apart with my hands because the mattress as is would be way too thick as is. I laid out the crib size batting, laid down my mattress stuffing and the backing on top if it and started stapling. I used the batting to keep the stuffing stiff and in place. This way I was able to keep the shape before adding the fabric.

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Before stapling down the fabric, I ironed out all the lines and creases then repeated the same process with the fabric. I folded the edges of the fabric over before stapling so the back would be a little neater (not that anyone will see it). Now I have the raised padded area that will fit back into the frame with little effort.

I pushed the padded area into the frame, secured the backing back to the frame and done. Now to hang it on the wall. Luckily this frame had all the hardware needed to hang a large heavy piece on the back. I love how this project tuned out and only took a couple of hours out of my weekend to complete. It also will be a great focal point for the guest room that I am slowly working on fixing up. Anything to get my parents in town more often. Now to add some new paint and work on the idea of adding a basement bathroom.

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Master Bath Remodel Part 2

I cant believe this part has taken so long to post even though it has been done for quite some time. After redoing the bathroom floor, my sink and counter were next on the list. let the demolition begin! I think I can safely say that no one likes the look of these shell sinks, especially when painted over like mine was. Yuck right!?

 

We decided to try and keep the upper cabinets if possible and did our best not to destroy them while taking the sink out. I also worked on painting the cabinets inside and out during the whole process.img_1516

We first had to build a top with a layer of plywood and a layer of cement board which let me tell you was a paint to get in. The trim for our closet door is so close to the counter that we had to cut the boards in half in order to get them in. I decided to use a piece of trim for the counter edge  that I would paint to match the cabinets. Before laying the tile we first place the sink and faucet and mark the holes that we will drill out of the counter top. Then I laid down my tile and cut each piece to fit.

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A little mortar, tile, let dry and then grout.

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Now that the tile has been grouted, its finally time to install this beautiful sink that we have pretty much had since we moved into this house 5 years ago. I love, love, love this sink!!!

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My bathroom is finally complete! New flooring, counter, sink, lighting and paint. I now love my master bath!

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