We are finally starting to feel like the new house is unpacked and we can start working on more projects! A big deadline that we have is that my parents are coming to visit this weekend, so we want to have the guest spaces ready for them. I mean, they’re going to be using cardboard boxes as bedside tables, but at least the bed is assembled and the room is otherwise box-free!
One room that really needed some work was the upstairs guest bathroom. The floors are newly tiled (by the seller) but we quickly realized that there was no shower rod! I had to make a few moves to get it guest ready.
First of all, since I had to order a rod anyways, I decided to get this curved one. My sister has a curved shower rod, and it really gives you a little extra elbow room in a tub-combination-type shower.
I originally ordered an extra long shower curtain, but I realized that it would pool on the floor even if raised all the way to the ceiling (whoops, measure folks!) Luckily, this long length (not extra long) fit perfectly. The curtain was easy to drill and screw into place. I got these shower curtain hooks because they are just slightly more luxurious than the plastic ones and didn’t cost much more.
I also swapped out the dinky shower head for this large one, which makes a big difference in the enjoy-ability of the shower! Otherwise, I organized extra toiletries under the sink (they need to be better organized but this will do for now) and set out our light blue guest towels and anchor bath mat (old, from West Elm). Finally, I set out some candles and little dishes of sea shells, just to make it feel slightly decorated. This room will be pretty far down our makeover priority list, so it’s good to get it to a point where it can hang for a while!
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One of the things we were looking for when buying a house was a man cave/second living space. We ended up choosing a gorgeous view of the lake instead of this space, so I’m turning our garage into a functional work/storage/man space. I spent some time last weekend finally getting a chance to start organizing our garage.
The garage is great. It came with painted floors and a big piece of built-in storage hanging from the ceiling. We were also fortunate enough that they left us a big, sturdy shop table for doing work on, as well as two bookshelves for storage. I built a tiny shop table that fit in nice in the corner of the porch at the condo, but this thing puts that to shame. The only problem is that, since it’s so big, it stuck out too far into the garage door opening and we couldn’t really fit both our cars in the garage. So, since Morgan has a short car, I decided to switch the table and the shelves around to give us more room to park.
Once I got them in place, I unpacked all of our boxes that I had labeled for the garage and put them in good places on the shelves. I also set up the shelving unit that I had installed at the condo porch closet. I moved this over to the door where we are now going to use it for bulk storage items (#CostcoGoals). We’ve always wanted to buy more things in bulk but never had the space until now.
I raided my dad’s shed this past weekend after he moved and took a bunch of tools, like the lawn mower and a bunch of hand tools and put them in the exposed beams in the corner of the garage, but I need to figure out a long term solution.
Finally, I arranged all of our camping gear and holiday decorations in the overhead storage. I would love to get once-a-year items (like Christmas decorations) up to the attic, but there aren’t many floorboards laid down and the duct work from the AC is blocking access to a lot of it. It will be a winter project for me to get up there and lay down floors for storage for infrequently used things.
That’s it for now. The garage will be a work in progress because I still need to figure out a way to store our bikes and the yard tools I got from my dad (and all the ones I’ll get in the future!). Here’s looking at you, Lowe’s.
But at least now we can fit both of our cars in the garage… once I can figure out how to program a garage door opener…
Today I just wanted to round up a few of the little projects that we have been working on in our new home. Alone, they aren’t quite blog-worthy, but they do sort of add up to something. On that note, we really thought that we would have so much more done by now. I had grand visions of our timeline and, frankly, it was way off base. Since day one moving in, everything has just taken longer than I imagined (like, twice as long at least). We’ve had to do and redo and redo and redo things. We’ve had to return things to stores and online. We’ve needed something mid-project and had to go buy it. We’ve broken things. I guess I’ve had a glamorized view of DIY and moving and projects made in part by the fact that it’s really been a long time since we’ve done this stuff. On top of that, we haven’t been in town for a weekend since we moved in, so we only have a couple hours each night to do anything. So, I appreciate your patience as we work to get to “the good stuff” – we want to get there too, I promise!
That being said, here are some of our recent little updates:
Our master shower is really a bit like a space ship – narrow and tight. Sean quickly said that reno-ing this room needs to move ahead of the kitchen because he is frankly too large for this shower. We will see how that shakes out (we have some mental layout sketches we’ll share down the line) but in the meantime we had to get some sort of storage in there other than the tiny built in ledge. I ordered this caddy off of Amazon because I liked the look of it and the fact that the bottles were at an angle. Once I used all the pieces in the box (including the important tiny metal piece that keeps it from falling on your head while you shower) we were very pleased with it and it’s ability to hold all our stuff. Not ideal, but definitely good enough for now.
We have found ourselves coming in and out through the garage a lot. To deal with this, we decided to set up a bit of a landing spot right inside the door. We hung an old set of hooks to hang the dog leash and umbrellas and also hung an old mirror. It really makes it feel like more of a functional entrance.
Also in the kitchen, we went ahead and installed our old USB outlet. We only went about a week without it but we sure did miss it and are glad to be able to easily plug in our USB cords again.
Another quick update was to hang this diy faux capiz lampshade over the boob light in our laundry room. It might not live here forever, but I spent a lot of hours on that dang thing ironing and I didn’t just want to throw it away when it had a potential home.
I’ve had this old wooden thermometer-barometer set for years – it was a Goodwill find that I liked because of its nautical vibe. It used to be hanging up inside as a decoration until one day near the end of our condo run we realized it actually worked. Well, we decided to finally put it to use by hanging it (with a command hook) on the screened-in porch. It’s 7 feet away from the screen in each direction, so hopefully it stays dry, but I’m just excited to see that it actually works.
The master closet is definitely at the top of our to do list – the current system is one rod and it’s a super inefficient use of the space. It’s in the bathroom, so coupled with the shower being tight, we are thinking more and more about moving that up the list. So, while it’s really cramped at the moment, we do have a nice space behind the door. I quickly filled it with 3 nails to hold straw hats and a towel rod paired with shower curtain rings to hold my scarves. At this point it is just nice to get things out of suitcases and where we can see them.
We were super bummed to not have a spot where our entertainment center could live. Instead, we have had to separate the pieces. The TV stand is in the sun room and the horizontal piece is functioning very temporarily as a fake window seat until we figure out if we can hang it on it’s own as a sort of floating shelf. The vertical bookshelves have been moved to the dining room where they are flanking the sunroom entrance. We are still playing with the styling, but it’s nice to have all of our nick-knacks out of storage and I’m so glad to still be using these pieces.
Whew, I think that’s all for now. As always, much more to come soon!
When we bought our new house, we quickly realized that we had a pretty major ant infestation. Luckily, they are just small black ants and not big fire ants or anything, but they are still very pesky. We inherited a very neglected yard, and the over grown grass (and spots of no grass) needed to be cleared.
Here are 3 products that we have tried and had success with getting rid of our ants:
Powder – The first thing that Sean tried to get rid of the ants was a powder based ant poison – Over N Out. The powder claims that it kills ants within 15 minutes. We did not see immediate results from it like we thought that we would. However, we do feel like it helped to knock down the population a little bit. However, there were still a ton of ants.
Spray– The next product that we have been using is an ant and roach spray. We got this so that we could spray it directly on anthills or spots where we see lots of them. It is supposed to kill on contact and is extremely effective when you have a visible ant hill. The problem is that you can’t really spray the entire yard but it is great for concentrated areas.
Traps – The final and most long term ant removal product that we used were ant traps. These traps have a poison that worker ants get on their legs by entering the trap and then take back to the hill to infest the whole swarm. It’s pretty sick to see all of the ants crawling all over it, but I think that means that they are working! The traps say they take about 2 weeks to effectively poison the population, and we are one week in and so far so good.
While we are not yet ant free, we feel much better having them in check. Of course, finally getting the lawn mowed and keeping it up will also be a huge help. I hope that if you are struggling with how to get rid of an ant infestation, these products will help!
This was not a sponsored post. We bought the products based on recommendations and put them to use ourselves and just wanted to share!
It’s funny the things that you do and don’t notice when you tour a house. People notice layout and paint colors but often overlook the little details. One little detail that we totally overlooked was the fact that there are 2 big windows right next to our new master shower. Clearly, this isn’t a deal breaker, but considering that one of them faces the sidewalk in front of the house and one faces the community lot next to us, we quickly realized that anyone getting out of the shower would be giving a free show. Since the windows go rather low (below the bottom of my butt cheeks when I’m standing up!) it was quite a good show. And it needed to be fixed, stat.
After a quick google, I decided that we could easily frost the bottom half of the windows (up to above-boob height). Frosting the glass would allow light to still come in, and leaving the top half open would allow us to still look out and see the view, without feeling exposed.
I ordered this privacy frosted cling after verifying that the 35 by 78 inch roll would be enough to do all 3 of our windows (one single and one double over the tub).
The product was great and easy to use, though I will warn you that it does not come with a squeegee so we had to improvise. To instal it, measure a piece the size of your window + 1 inch in each direction. Peel off the backing (good luck! You need a razor blade or long nails.)
Spray the window entirely with water then place the cling on the window. Now is when it starts feeling like putting a protective screen on a cell phone. Use a squeegee (or the spine of a book in our case) to push out all of the air bubbles. It helps if you let your more detail oriented partner take over this step. Then use an exacto knife to trim the edges of the film. This was great because my biggest worry was cutting it straight, but putting it in place and then trimming it made that a non-issue.
It was a quick and easy process (shockingly so, it feels like the first project in this house that went as planned) and now we can get out of the shower at night with the lights on or in the middle of the afternoon or any time and not worry about little kids fishing on the pier seeing our bits. Hooray for small victories.