Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Bathroom Facelift

We've been in our house here almost 2 years and I've had a list of things I'd like to change but just...haven't. (Brad has done some amazing things for me though: lighting, stairs, closets!)
 With the help of my SIL I decided to tackle the half-bath on the main floor (which lead to help from the husbands.) We were just going to take down the wallpaper and then throw up a coat or two of paint. Quick, easy, cheap (we already had some paint leftover from the previous home owner). It turned out not to be quick, easy or as cheap as I was hoping but long story short, it's done. (Well, all but hanging the toilet paper roll and towel rack.)


I know you can't imagine why I'd want to take down this wallpaper. (Camille was sad that we were taking down the flowers but she agrees that the bathroom looks better now.)
 (That's the wallpaper steamer sitting on the sink. We picked it up for $4 at a garage sale...I LOVE it!)

After we'd taken down the wallpaper I'd mention how nice it would look to have a black vanity. Brad said I could paint what we had.

Vanity "Before" (well, during because I never remember to get a true before picture for anything!)

Primed and ready for black! 

We made our own chalk paint. (Supposedly good for painting furniture.) I learned how from these tutorials.  (I'd HIGHLY recommend straining the paint before using!)
AFTER: (I know these pictures aren't great but the lights in the bathroom are just so bright!)

Much better right!?

Here's Cutie McCutie Pants "helping" me take pictures and clean up the mess.

There's more wallpaper removal in our future...

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Want every 31 year old wants...

a mermaid cake.

 The girls were pretty pleased with how it turned out. It was a lot of fun to make.

 We went bowling with our friends the Bontornos
 Then home for cake, ice cream. and presents

Like Brad's Grandpa says, "Birthdays are good as long as you keep having them."

Tuesday, October 2, 2012


A couple weekends ago I ran the Color Me Rad 5K. I talked a few friends into doing it with me. We had a blast.

Our team name was Run Wild

The traffic and parking was a joke. My poor family totally missed seeing me run. (Which was okay with me but had poor Camillie in tears.) The 50 minute drive from our house ended up taking them 2 hours and 45 minutes. I had been done for a full hour by the time they arrived. They never even parked or got out of the car.

So, here I am doing some laps around the car while waiting to exit the parking lot. That way Camille could hold up her sign and cheer me on. It made her feel a little better about missing the whole thing.

We may have ended up moving a barrier so we could get out of the parking lot faster. (Seriously, it was so bad and I think my family was running out of patience.)