Another Room Almost Done

Our latest house project was finishing the powder room. We've survived pretty well with just one bathroom, but when we have family in town or just over for a meal (which we've had a few times now), it really helps to have a second toilet. Our deadline was Cecily's Birthday party. We almost made the deadline, too. Everything is done but the baseboard trim and the door. Yes, all our guests got to enjoy a flimsy curtain for a door. As far as I know there were no accidental exhibitions and the curtain mostly did its job. ha!

If you remember this post, I had found an old sewing machine desk from a flea market that I planned to use as a vanity. My original powder room design called for small hex carrera marble tiles on the floor which would have contrasted great with the stained wood vanity, however, we ended up with extra wood flooring and used that instead. It saved a lot of time and money, but I was conflicted about leaving the vanity the wood stain when we now had wood floor. I decided to sand and paint it. Chris did the sanding, I did the painting. I ended up painting it with leftover "Hague Blue" from Farrow & Ball that I used for the accent wall in our bedroom. Chris also decided to practice cement countertops for when we do them for our kitchen, and made a beautiful countertop over the vanity. I love how the vanity turned out!

The blue cabinet is just enough of a contrast from the wood floor. Chris even polished up the brass hardware on the cabinet which really looks sharp against the dark blue!

A brand new powder room for less than $500 is a pretty good deal I'd say:
  • Vanity - (bought last year) Flea Market $25
  • Sink - Amazon $58
  • Faucet - Amazon $34
  • Mirror - (bought it 14 years ago) Kirklands $25
  • Light fixture - Menards $43
  • Towel holder - Amazon $11
  • TP holder - Amazon $15
  • Trash bucket - Amazon $11
  • Toilet Menards - $110
  • Countertop - (we borrowed the sander and already had the other tools) Kuhlman Corp $25
  • Seagrass toilet paper basket - (bought a year ago) Wal-Mart $7
  • Antique shelf - (bought last year) Flea Market $5
  • Rug - IKEA off of Amazon $12
  • Paint - leftover Sherwin Williams "Silver Strand" 
  • Paint for cabinet - leftover "Hague Blue" by Farrow & Ball
  • Flooring - leftover hickory hardwood floors from Lumber Liquidators 
And here's a sneak peak of our accent wall in our bedroom and a handmade weaving my Mom made for me. She even weaved copper wire throughout to match our copper fixtures in our bedroom! 

We're working a lot slower on the house these days, but every little project we do makes a huge difference!

Our First Pond Party on the Fourth

For the first time I floated on a raft in our pond on the Fourth of July. In that blissful moment the past 10 months of stress from working on this house just floated right away with the raft. Maybe, just maybe, we're over the worst of this renovation and we can finally relax. At least sometimes. At least on the Fourth of July!

The Fourth of July became a four day weekend for us thanks to the best bosses ever who shut down the office Monday in addition to Tuesday. We worked hard on chores and the house on Saturday, I was sick on Sunday, and Monday and Tuesday were the best. days. ever. 

The night before the Fourth we spent the night out in our tent by the pond as a family. It was peaceful and fun in every way. I don't know how we lucked out, but we had no mosquitoes and the weather was perfect.

The morning of the Fourth I got up early to run and was greeted by our large koi fish just sitting by the shore of the pond.

Seeing the bright white, calico fish was cool - but the sunrise was beautiful too.

 I donned my patriotic red bathing suit, red lipstick, and red toenail polish. Cassi approved.

And what's the Fourth of July without fireworks? Chris put on a home show, and then we climbed up in Justin's truck to watch the city fireworks. We could barely see them, but what we did see was pretty cool. 

Grateful for this country. Grateful for family. And grateful for a livable house that is getting prettier and prettier by the day!

Cecily Turns Two

Cecily turned two today. I told her this was the last of her birthdays. Enough is enough. She must stay my baby! She only giggled.

It's so fun having a summer Birthday party. We swam and fished in the pond, we grilled, we played outside, and of course ice cream tastes so much better when it's warm out. Cecily had a huge party with family from both sides, including my friends from Virginia! She is definitely spoiled, but that's ok. She's the baby. ;-)

She's spunky, yet sweet. Funny, but mild. She wants to be just like her big sisters and big brother, and she can never get enough hugs and cuddles from her mommy. She's our precious little baby and we're so proud of her as she continues to grow and learn. Happy Birthday little yummy! You are a treasure!