The Homemade Roost is getting a Makeover

One day after working all stikin day on the house {like well pretty much everyday} we came home to this written on our fridge calendar–
{ Every day we’re shufflin….}
Needless to say we busted up laughing! Ally our niece left it for us! She’s so funny!
{if you have no idea what we’re talking about watch this}
 All that week though I couldn’t get the song out of my head as I was spacklin and caulkin
{everyday I’m Spackilin! Spackilin! 🙂 It made it go a little faster and more enjoyable to be shufflin while doin it 🙂 }
This week on the house we finished Trim work and built the bookcase’s in our living room {I love them!– they’ll eventually have base around them and a alder wood top with a craftsman column that goes to the ceiling}
The rest of the week really I spent spackling and caulking like crazy! My wrist hurt so bad from the caulk gun and my fingers still have a tingly numb feeling! {I was so thankful for the help we did get! I know I couldn’t have done it with out that and made it in time to paint on Saturday… so Thank You! Thank You! Shelley and Anne and the whole group that showed up Friday night!}
 On Saturday we got all the primer painted and the ceilings done! {Thank You Keri! }
 Next we have to spray the trim and the doors, than I get to spend the rest of the week rolling the walls 🙂
  I gotta admit I’m excited for the paint– I actually enjoy painting {the actual painting not the taping off and prep work for it — ugh} But I love seeing the colors go up on the walls!

We actually have about 10 different paint colors going in our house! {I know I might be crazy!} but some of those are accent walls and stuff– so ya 🙂 }

 After all the hard work of each day I still love going out and watching the sun go down each night– {especially with all the beautiful blooming trees right now! So pretty!}
 Some days I think we’ll never be done with this project and I’ll have to be a full time construction worker for the rest of my life– other days it seems possible we might actually get to make this a home someday soon! 🙂

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For the light fixture over our table I really wanted a huge lamp shade and after pricing them out I just couldn’t find one that I was in love with- {and not to mention Dave isn’t totally sold on the idea} so I wanted something that wouldn’t kill the pocketbook if we decided we didn’t like it later on.
So I went to Walmart.com and found this big shade for about $15 and the smaller ones I think I bought at Target or Lowes {honestly I can’t remember it was that long ago now}
For the smaller shades I just bought 2 bronze pendants from lowes {they’re going in our study over our desk}
For the big one {I looked and looked and looked and couldn’t find anything for it cuz I wanted it to be bright and more than one light} than I found this at D.I. for $5
I know I know– kinda scary right now– but with a little paint and a bit of jimmy riggin- I think the light fixture will turn out great! {I’m at least excited about it! Dave still not so much – I think he thinks his wife has gone crazy- I keep telling him to trust me ( ya I really Really! hope it turns out ok )}
 Anyhow back to the Lamp shades 🙂  They were pretty boring and generic white
so I got some upholstery fabric- spray adhesive– my trusty little glue gun and went to work.
First off I pulled off the trim that went around the shades {it was just glued so it was a breeze to get off}
 Than I layed the shade on it’s side and rolled and traced and than cut about an inch or more extra around the lines so I could roll the top over.
Than I got nervous and quit taking pictures cuz heck I had no idea what I was doing or if these things were gonna turn out {I tend to do that a lot with projects– get halfway through and than panic :)– I’m sure I can’t be the only one that does that!}
But I ended up spraying the fabric and shade with adhesive and just rolled it on– rolled and glued the top around the top of the shade and than used the trim I pulled off on the inside to cover the fabric and finish it off.
{I know kinda crappy pics of the finished shades– but when we get them up I’ll take better ones 🙂 }
It went pretty fast and was actually kinda relaxing just gluing away while we watched T.V.– {this was the night we discovered Duck Dynasty– all I gotta say is we needed this show– we’ve needed some good laughs lately! So funny!}
Anyhow I can’t wait to get them up and see if they actually look OK or if I’m gonna have to eat my “trust me” words to Dave– I sure hope not! 🙂 I’ll keep you posted on that!

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I know, I know– I have seriously been a big slacker on the house updates– but well nothing to much has really been happening– and lets admit it– all that has been happening is the boring not so pretty stuff 🙂
The Insulators came– {looked like a fluffy bomb had gone off in the house– those guys know how to make a mess!} But they were quick had it done in 2 days
 Than came the sheet rocker/tape texture dude {originally we were gonna do this ourselves but by this point we were happy to hire it out}
To put this nicely let’s just say this has been a huge HUGE mess!!— First the guy gave the impression that he would have a crew– and after we’d pretty much hired him- he than informed us it would be just him {ok? we thought– and asked how long} he said 3-4 weeks tops– we said alright if he’s gonna do it by himself at least he’ll do it fast and be in a decent time frame {faster than we could do it ourselves at least}
NEVER! NEVER! Do verbal contracts! {and be people like me and Dave who don’t like confrontation–we were stupid and naive!}
Needless to say the sheet rocker took 9 weeks!
Half the time the guy just wouldn’t show up– would show up at noon and work till 2 and started working another job before he was finished with ours and was pretty much just scum!– we had to harass and call and check up on him daily — and he’d just flat out lie to us—— {so frustrating– we were to the point of firing him but since we had a verbal agreement– we had no clue what the legal complications were– and if we could even get on another sheet rockers schedule before he could finish — he’d keep saying for sure this weekend I’ll be done! — So fun!}
We now have 10 weeks to finish our house- before we have to close on our loan — which for us is like 10 days practically since Dave works full time and really only has Saturdays — we might be a little stressed– just a bit crazy– { so if you see me with my hair standing straight up covered in sawdust and caulk– give me a little slack 🙂 at least I didn’t submit to the temptation of shooting a sheet rocker and burying him in my backyard}
 We were trying to keep our Sanity while the sheet rocker worked so we worked outside on our yard
{You might question that sanity– cuz I made some mounds and dykes 🙂 }
I really wanted a small yard– but that didn’t happen cuz of the way we faced our house for wind– and the 80 feet or so you need for the county from the road— so we got a fairly big side yard– so we built an area for a fire pit and hopefully some shelter from the road until the tree’s grow and we can get our rock wall in.
 We pulled all our sprinkler pipe and got the sprinkler system hooked up– {which I gotta admit I’m super excited about} I’ve always had to pull hose and that just sucks!
We bought some fill dirt {no where near enough to cover all our rocks} but dirt is so dang spendy 🙂 Our kids have had fun playing on the piles– they’ll be sad when they’re gone 🙂
 Texture
 We were pushing the sheet rocker so hard in the end we were practically on top of him with installing our doors and putting on trim.

 

 I LOVE love the trim! I’m excited to finish it and get to caulking it and painting!
 We have a ton {TON!} of work ahead of us– but it’s the fun pretty stuff now– so expect many much posts and pictures 🙂

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  • kelseyApril 30, 2012 - 4:05 pm

    Love all your trim work and LOVE LOVE LOVE your doors! Cannot wait to see everything fall into place, probably not as much as you though…;)ReplyCancel

So I love LOVE school house light fixtures!! I’ve been coveting them for in my house for along time now  but…..
I really couldn’t afford a $100-$200 price tag {restoration hardware} and even at $52 {wayfair} for 8 of these babies that is so outta my budget!
I’m happy to say though for $15 and some spray paint I have my School house light fixture!
I’ve seen the bulbs at Home Depot forever and I’ve seen the tuts online {like this one}of using the smaller bulb light base’s for the lights {the problem is I wanted the big bulb with the 4″ opening and not the smaller bulb– and I really wanted the curvy base 🙂 }
So I searched and searched and found a curvy base for about $19 {here}you just have to buy the globe- so you’d have your light for $25 (since the big schoolhouse bulbs are at Home Depot for about $5)
I debated that for awhile and than found this post
She had ordered the parts separate from MyLampparts and just put it together
 {Dave’s a genius with electrical stuff so I wasn’t worried about him putting it together}
 So I bought this Canopy for $7 {here’s the link}
For the rest of the Light I needed
Light socket {link}
Bar {link}
screws{link}2 for each fixture
knobs {link} 2 for each fixture
comes out to around $10
{and the shipping wasn’t bad either- I can’t remember the exact total I just remember it wasn’t bad 🙂 }
 I wasn’t a huge fan of the white so I knew I’d be spray painting them to the oil rubbed bronze
 I like to use a orangy bronzey gold color underneath because I feel it gives it a more realistic feel and you can sand the top coat to show a little of that.
 Coat of the oil rubbed bronze
 I love how they turned out {sorry for the crappy pic} we were in the middle of moving and I was in a hurry 🙂  But eventually when we install them in the house I’ll take some better pics!
I love my light with it’s beautiful vintage bulb and curvy base– it’s my favorite 🙂

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So we have this { the house-  the outside isn’t quite done yet :)}

Which has caused me to drink way to much of this lately {hmm yummy Mnt. Dew aka. my stress reliever}
 As I’ve tried to make about the million of zillion decisions that come with said house 🙂
Honestly I’m a little overwhelmed- I am a very visual person so to not be able to see something and make a decision just about kills me.
And I really am torn on what I want— Well let me rephrase that a little-
I know what I’d really want but I have to be reasonable here- gotta please Dave too and some things are just to expensive– Gotta be smart on what I want to spend  $$ on and what is just a bit too much of an  indulgence.
{I’m sure everyone can relate to that– I’d love to have bead board ceilings and exposed beams and wainscoting everywhere- but ya that isn’t likely going to happen– cept I almost have Dave sold on some bead board ceilings in a few years 🙂 yay! and I won’t lie I do have quite a bit of wainscoting already planned  }
So here’s my big dilemma right now, and what’s holding me up a bit on making my other decisions,
TILE. TILE. TILE!
{we really don’t have much tile going into our house- I’m a big hardwood floors fan!- but in our bathrooms and laundry room though tile is just more practical and smart.
Master Bath
 is pretty much decided– it’s a 18×18 tile that I’ll lay on the diagonal and we’ll edge around some area’s with this glass tile mixture- and the back splash will be the white subway tile. Easy simple- decision made I’m happy.
But than we have
The Kids Bath—— HELP PLEASE {pretty pretty pretty please}
the kids bath kinda has two separate area’s– one that has the tub and toilet- and than the other area that has the vanity and linen closet-
Here’s one of my really crappy sketchy drawings of what the vanity area is gonna look like.
 Dave likes big tiles {I think it has something to do with them being easier to lay 🙂 }
But I’d kinda like to do something fun—– I was thinking the mini mosaic tiles laid in the bath area and than bigger tiles in the vanity area with maybe a strip at the entry door way to unite the two.
Question #1
The mosaic tile has a bit of blue grey color – which is fine right now I’ll probably paint the walls blue anyways— but I know those colors will go out of style- and walls are easy to repaint– flooring though not so easy to redo.
Question #2
 Or should I go with the other tile style which has more neutral colors in it– do I do that all along in the bathroom area or do I just do stripes of it?
Question #3
 I really like the look of the vintage hex tiles and especially penny tiles should I just go with those–
 but than I worry about the care and clean up of them– that’s a lot of grout that can get dirty- and white– on a bathroom floor- do you think it’ll be very quick to get yucky- especially with little kids?
Or should I do something like this- with bars of glass tile and a neutral tile?
If you can’t tell I am having a really rough time making this decision! There are just to many options!
So Opinions Please! Pretty Please 🙂

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  • CamilleMarch 1, 2012 - 5:28 pm

    Oh, I totally know what you mean. Tile was actually the hardest thing for me to pick in our house. Most of it is wood and carpet, like you, but the bathrooms and laundry room are tile. Here’s what I ended up with:

    Laundry room and a couple baths (including kid bath) are a grayish slate looking tile (not slate) to go with our gray walls. White octagon tile in the big bathroom, wood tile in the master with subway tile shower with an aqua glass tile stripe through it.

    Am I doubting myself? YES. But the tile is being laid today, and there isn’t much I can do now! I’ll let you know how they turn out, and how hard the octagon tile is to keep clean. I have a feeling it is going to be a beast…

    Good luck, I can’t wait to see what you do!!ReplyCancel

  • Goings on at the Glenn'sMarch 1, 2012 - 7:15 pm

    I love tile but I hate hate grout! Yes white grout will get dirty quickly with kids. We currently have a linoleum that looks like real tile. It even has the 3D effects that real tile would but all I have to do is mop. Down the road I think we’ll be able to get real tile in there but for now the linoleum works for us. If it didn’t have anything to do with practicality I would go with the first option. The grays and beiges are pretty neutral and I think would look good with pretty much any wall color that you choose down the road. But the bars of glass and neutral tile looks so luxurious! So do those slippers. 🙂 Goodluck! Sorry my comment is so longReplyCancel

  • Alyssa AnnMarch 2, 2012 - 2:22 am

    The first picture is gorgeous! What a view!

    alyssaslifestory.blogspot.comReplyCancel

  • Megan @ SimplyThriftyMarch 2, 2012 - 7:33 pm

    I really love that last picture of tile with the glass. Less grout is for sure a good thing.

    If you seal your grout, it should help with some of the grout issue but it could still be difficult to clean. We sealed all our own grout after our house was built and it stayed MUCH cleaner than our neighbor’s who didn’t seal.ReplyCancel

  • kelseyMarch 4, 2012 - 7:08 am

    we put the white octagon tile (the one you have pictured, just all white) in our kids bathroom. LOVE it. looks so good and timeless and will blend well with any color scheme. I went with a gray grout and mixed it with an anti-stain additive. figured gray was better than white with two little guys… it’s still really easy to clean and stays pretty clean, but it is a small bath. the white does show stuff, but sometimes I prefer to see the toothpaste all over the floor instead of it blending in and stepping in it;). in my dream house, I’d still use it (or hexagon tile) in a large kids’ bath.ReplyCancel

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