Thursday, February 13, 2014

St. Patrick's Day Stuff

The last few days I have been on a St. Patrick's Day decorating, crafting, pillow making kick. Here are some of the things I've made:


Mr. Leprechaun. I found the idea HERE.

Mr. Leprechaun Sr. This one is 4 ft tall. I made him the same way I made my Uncle Sam.

A giant shamrock.

I made a pallet with cedar fence slats, then spray painted around a shamrock.

Here again, I made a pallet and then stenciled on the word "Lucky" with green acrylic paint.

#17 cut out of wood.


You can purchase any of the pillows in my Esty Shop

The Front Porch:

I made the shamrock last year.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Tile Floors and Tile Showers

Since the last post, we have accomplished a lot in out basement bathroom project...

Matt tiled the shower walls. We used four boxes of white subway tile. We spent about $100. Not too shabby!

On a side note, my cat is a photo-bomber...

It looks divine! Matt did such a great job.

For the floor we chose tile that looks like wood. We thought the Montagna Rustic Bay looked the most realistic, so went with this tile. We used three boxes for our floors. All together the floor cost was about $120.

Matt also did a great job on the floor tile. The funny thing about this is the tile box suggested you don't lay these tiles in a 50% brick pattern. They suggest you use a stagger of about 33% brick pattern, or a herringbone pattern. Nope, we broke the rules! We did the unthinkable. I think it turned out beautifully! Matt also finished the electrical and installed the two wall sconces (you can only see one in the picture).

After going back and forth between grey and white grout for a while, we finally decided to do white grout. Matt spend hours grouting the shower.

All the meticulous attention to detail, his hard work paid off. The shower walls look fantastic!

It only took us about 45 mins to grout the floor. The grout we used for the floor tiles is called New Taupe. It is a chocolatey brown color. It goes great with the tile.

Last night we bought the toilet, so we will be working on that and building a vanity. After those things we need to put the door in, wall trim, and adding the plumbing for the sink. Until next time...