Monday, March 26, 2012


It was a glorious weekend, we had friends in town and actually had a downstairs bathroom to use #winwin. There's still a few things that need to be done in the bathroom but the fact that you can shut the door and flush the toilet are both pretty amazing. It's kind of crazy how different this back room looked a mere 6 months ago, let alone how different it looked when we moved in. Here's a few pictures of the latest progress.

Rock tiles looking rather fine.

Putting in the drainage.

With the mirror.
It's all coming together. The back door also came in so Ryan went out to grab it Saturday. I would have a picture of it in but the guy at Lowes ordered the wrong size so, back to Lowes it was. Third times the charm.... hopefully. 

Monday, March 19, 2012

Running Water

Sort of...

So there's no drainage... yet, but hey, it runs.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Dining Room Rug

I probably should have taken pictures of my first attempt at a dining room rug but I didn't. See, the Catherine Rug went on sale and I couldn't resist buying it for our dining room. I mean, I had been swooning over it for a good 6 months. So, when I got it in, you can imagine my excitement as I unraveled it, moved the furniture and put it in it's likely spot but just as my excitement had come, it immediately faded when I realized, 5x8 is entirely too small. Even with our current dining room table we wouldn't be able to move the chairs and still have the feet on the rug. Hm. So I kept it there and just kept staring at it hoping it would work but sadly, later in the day, I came to the realization that it just had to be returned. Sad face. While it was there, I had also noticed that I probably didn't want another pattern next to my family room rug which I seriously heart. So, I was on a search for a 6x9 plain-ish textured rug. (In comes the jute rug trend.) After looking at a few places I was sold on getting a jute rug, I knew it would be perfect for that area so I looked EVERYWHERE to find one in 6x9 (note: everything includes online searching only, these days I pretty much never step inside a store). I finally found one at Crate and Barrel (seriously NO ONE else had them or had them in stock) but I couldn't pull the trigger. The shipping was uber expensive and that always kind of turns me off (I like to online shop WAY to much to pay ungodly amounts for shipping). Just as I was about to give in and hit "purchase", I remembered my friends had bought a couch at World Market a couple of years back. So, I decided to glance on their website and low and behold I see this beauty:

Plain Weave Jute Rug
AND at 1/3 the price of Crate and Barrel... just in case my dining room can't handle a jute rug :) So, now I'm just waiting for this beauty to come in. Ryan thinks I'm weird but hey, you have to be passionate about something and who says a rug isn't that something!? ;)

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Two Steps

"Did you see the bathroom last night? We're TWO steps away from having it functional."- Ryan when I mentioned I'd like to have the bathroom functional by next weekend. This quote is now officially noted on the blog world :)


Yes, ladies and gentlemen, we officially have a toilet. Now running water and a door that closes is another story but let's not get wrapped up in the details on this beautiful day ;)

Monday, March 12, 2012

Twas a Glorious Weekend

Even if we barely saw the outside of those almost 70 degree days. I spent the weekend studying while Ryan spruced up our soon-to-be half bath. He finished putting up the beadboard wallpaper which definitely helps to lighten up the bathroom a bit.

He also installed the new light, which is rather exciting considering how hard I've fallen for it.

She's the perfect size and will reside directly over the awesome mirror that's been sitting in our family room. 

I helped Ryan install the molding over the wallpaper and boy is a nail gun fun. Way more fun than studying regression analysis and data modeling.

AND he painted the wallpaper and trim.

One coat in!
We headed to Home Depot last night and picked up our toilet and a few other accessories because this bad boy should be functional anyday now. Plus, once we moved the washer and dryer out of the dining nook, we needed something to make it feel like home #nothingsayshomelikeatoiletinyourdiningnook.

Friday, March 9, 2012

The Most Exciting Thing Since Sliced Bread... being able to do laundry in your own house. Fact.

Ryan installing the dryer vent.
What beauties!

Making sure the washing machine works
Last night we did our first load of laundry in our new washer and dryer. It was amazing AND the added bonus is that we finally have our dining nook back. #winwin

Monday, March 5, 2012

The Return of the Door

The door went back  to Lowes yesterday. It was actually quite a process because when we got to Lowes they refused to take it back... twice (yes, we tried twice), since it was special order. It wasn't until my Mom had a talking with the manager did they agree to finally take it back #thirdtimesthecharm. So, we're doorless once again but it feels good to not have it sitting in our family room. You know what else feels good? Not having our washing machine sit in our family room #weekendwin. But, let me rewind.

Ryan did quite a bit of work this weekend on the laundry room and bathroom. He put up most of the beadboard wallpaper in the bathroom.

There will be molding at the top of it and it will all be painted a glossy white but it definitely looks good. 

He also put A LOT of time in to getting our floors grouted.

You can see three stages here, the dried grout, the  pre-cleaned wet grout and the un -grouted.

Cleaning off the grout.

Different shirt = multiple days.
Bathroom coming together!
I got shelves for my laundry room.


You know you're a lucky lady when you get matching shelves to your beloved stripes :)

And last but NOT least, he got the laundry room ready for the washer to be installed. 

Plug and water pipe installed.

Woot Woot!
I got roped in to helping move the washer from the family room in to the laundry room and let me tell you, washing machines are not light.... but it was totally worth it. I was also lucky enough to have my Mom come down and help with wedding projects. So, I'm pretty sure your weekend didn't top mine because I might just be the luckiest lady out there #minusgradschoolthatcrapsucks.