Wee Bit of Me Wednesday #8

{one} if you won a trip to Disneyland/world, who would you take with you?
B.  I don’t think I know anyone who loves roller coasters and amusement parks more than him!

{two} when was the last time you listened to a CD?
Every day at work, our kiddos listen to all their favorite songs on our numerous CD’s.  Otherwise…I stick to my ipod, radio, or pandora!

{three} what spice/seasoning is your favorite?
Fresh basil.  With mozzarella cheese…on anything.  YUM

{four} if you were in a band, what kind of music would you play?
Something upbeat that makes you wanna get up and dance!

{five} if you could have personally witnessed one historical event, which one would it be?
Martin Luther King’s speech.  Reading it on paper years later is so moving, I can’t imagine what it must have been like to hear him live.

{six} if you could go back to school, what would you study?
Currently finishing up my graduate studies program in Autism.  Loving it.

{seven} if you could go to one sporting event, all expenses paid, which one would you see?
NHL.  Love hockey games!

{eight} do you drive an automatic or a manual?
Automatic.  B is determined to teach me how to drive a stick shift this summer…I’m scared!

{nine} are you comfortable speaking in front of people?
Depends on whether it is a group of people I know, or total strangers.  Not my favorite thing in the world, thats for sure.

{ten} have you ever experienced an earthquake?
Nope, we don’t get many around here!

Tackling the Wood Work

Oh lordy, this is only the beginning! As you saw in my last post, I started to tackle my ugly bathroom.  Now that all the walls are de-wall papered and cleaned, it was time to start patch work.  I decided to tackle the window sills first.

I started this process by using a small putty knife to chip away at the paint that was already flaking off

That left me with huge spots of bare wood, and the rest was still covered in grimy old paint:

Now I had to decide where to go from here.  I could just clean it up and cover in a couple coats of primer, but I was afraid that would look bumpy and rough, especially in the spots where it was down to the bare wood.  My next option was to sand everything down, but that would all have to be done manually since there were so many small and awkward areas…no thanks.  Or there are paint strippers.  But I was really hesitant about this one since the best strippers are heavily chemical based, and I would be working inside a tiny bathroom with only the one window for ventilation.

So off I went to my local home depot and discussed with the men who actually know what their doing!  Home I came with a couple ideas.  First step was a spray on TSP.  This not only helps clean off all the grime, but it de-glosses the paint, which helps new paint or agents stick better.

 Here I am, ready to go!  I couldn’t find my goggles…so stunner shades would have to do 🙂  This is odor less, but till chemical based, so wear the gloves and glasses! oh…and clean the mirror…duh.

The process is really easy…spray on, wait a few minutes (longer for bigger stains), and wipe off with a clean/dry cloth.  I cut up a couple of old t-shirts.  Here is how it looks with the TSP on…

And here is how it looks once it has been wiped off.  The pictures don’t show a huge difference, but the paint is no longer shiny, and all the dirt and stains wiped right off.  Nice!

The next thing the local home depot men suggested was MH Ready Patch.  This is like a spackle, that can cover large areas.

 So I grabbed my putty knife, and started spreading on a generous layer of the Ready Patch.  Smells a little bit, but not too much!  Just remember that things don’t need to be too even or smooth, because you will be sanding it down later.

For the smaller to reach areas, like where the wood connects to the wall, I just used my finger to spread the patch in place.  For areas where the bare wood was showing, or nail holes, I added a little extra patch to make things even.  Here’s what it looks like while it is drying:

The can said it took 30 minutes to dry, but I found that I had to wait much longer than that.  When you sand the dry Patch it will kick up a TON of dust, so I went off in search of the proper goggles and a mask.  No one said you would look good while working!

Here it is all sanded down!  I can’t believe how much smoother and better it looks!

 I will be going back and adding a second layer to a couple spots.  But overall it feels almost completely smooth to the touch!  It will take me a ton of time to get to all the inside pieces of wood, particularly around the glass.  And the next step will be all the baseboards and the door frame….but I’m really happy with how the window came out!

Yay for trying new things!  Off to go shower all the powder outta my hair!

What I’ve been working on

For anyone who hasn’t seen shots of my ugly bathroom with it’s hideous wall paper, here are a couple gems, mess and all:

Clearly my small attempts at decorating were futile since everything is just so outdated.  I’m hanging out Friday night, and the areas with peeling wall paper start getting to me…

So what do I decide to do?  Give the wall paper a tug and see what happens!

I was surprised to find out how easily it was coming off!  So I grabbed a couple tools and got to work.  Huge chunks of the paper were just peeling right off…awesome, right?

I was able to get most of the wall paper off pretty easily, just scrape, peel, ta da!  Minus a few tricky areas behind the toilet, tub, and radiator.  However…look at the nasty layer of adhesive it left behind!

However, with a bucket of hot hot water, a sponge, and a smaller scraper, I was again pleasantly surprised with how easy it was to remove the adhesive.  Time consuming…you betcha, blisters on my fingers…oh yes, achy back…check.  But look how it progressed:

Pink paint underneath…gross.  I took a break for the night, and came back refreshed the next day.  This involved more removing of adhesive…wet area, scrap, pull, repeat.  And then I went back with warm soapy water and scrubbed the walls with the rough side of my sponge.  Here’s how things are looking!

 I can’t believe the progress already!  There are some spots where the paint peeled off the wall…so there will be lots of sanding to come:

The woodwork will all need to be sanded and smoothed down as well before being painted.  And there are some major cracks and holes that need repair work:

Clearly this isn’t some simple small project, I’ve got hours of hard work and elbow grease ahead of me, but I’m excited about it.  I can’t believe I’ve already made this much progress in 2 days!  Stay tuned to see how my bathroom progresses!

Hope the rest of you had a wonderful weekend!

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Stuff I like Sunday #9

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Welcome back for this weeks edition of Stuff I like Sunday!  As always, if you were featured, please feel free to grab a button:

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Now on to the goodies!

#1:  Room by Design created this awesome wall design all with painters tape!  I love the geometric shapes and cool design she came up with.  Really creative!

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#2:  I love the Easter Egg Topiary Jodie @ Love, Laughter & Decor came up with.  What a creative idea for those plastic Easter Eggs!  Came out looking great!

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#3:  I’m loving the repurposed use of cabinet doors here.  Pamela @ Backwoods Cottage has got a creative side, as well as a wonderful touch with the paintbrush!  Love it!

Click on the photo to see her projects

#4:  I love the pretty pedestal bowls Natalie, from A Turtle’s Life for Me, created from thrifted bowls and candles sticks.  They came out great, and her use of color and sanding make them that much better!  So cute!

Click on the photo to see her project

#5:  I love the take on Pomander’s Jo-Anna, from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs, came up with!  They look adorable, much better than my paper flower ones 🙂

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Thanks for all the inspiration, as always, ladies!  Happy Sunday!

Check back soon for what I’ve been working on this weekend…

Wee Bit of Me Wednesday #7

It’s that time of the week again…I honestly can’t believe we’ve already made it to hump day.  After two nights in a row of eggs for dinner…it was way past time for some quality grocery shopping.  B made some deeelicious home made fish and chips tonight.  Can’t wait for lunch tomorrow…leftovers!  Other than that, I finished a big school project last night, and unfortunately my spare “craft” time has been spent working of things for home clients.  I was giddy about the new hot laminator that came in the mail…and then proceeded to spend two nights working on a giant behavior chart for one of my clients…it’s pretty sweet.  But suddenly it’s Wednesday and I haven’t had a chance to work on many personal projects.  Oh well, here’s hoping for more time tomorrow!  On to some more facts about me…
{one} what was your first job?
babysitting, followed by working in the Children’s Room of our local library

{two} have you ever seen a stand up comedian?
Sure, comedy clubs are where it’s at!

{three} when was the last time you played mini golf?
last summer?  Or the summer before.  Gotta stick that on the list of things to do this year!

{four} what was the last picture you took?
I used my phone to take a picture of the sweet behavior chart I concocted and sent it to my sister…being a Special Ed. teacher herself, she has the same appreciation for my weird behavior interventions.  Boring to the most of ya!

{five} burnt food: yes or no?

{six} if you have a pocket full of change, what do you do with it?
Stick in my “wine fund” piggy bank.  hehe it’s shaped like a wine bottle…not a pig!

{seven} can you touch your tongue to your nose?
nope, not even all that close to be honest

{eight} do you scrapbook?
no.  I spent close to a year making this unbelievable scrapbook for my boyfriend (at the time) when he was away for military duty, after we broke up he made a big show of burning it in a bonfire…still scarred to this day, not sure I could put that much time and effort into so many memories.  I do however make a book for B every Christmas.  Full of all our pictures and memories from the previous year…but I get someone else to print and bind it.  Nice and easy.

{nine} do you buy lottery tickets?
Not regularly.  Maybe I should!

{ten} do you prefer to be in front of the camera or behind it?
behind it for sure!