Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Bathroom Redo

This is the upstairs bathroom when we bought the cottage.
This is the same bathroom after we redid it.
We had the bathroom gutted including the bathtub, cabinets and sinks and started completely over.  I would love to have put pedestal sinks in but they just weren't practical considering the girls use this bathroom. So we had the cabinets custom built. I wanted them to look like an antique vanity.
I really wanted to buy one of the old historical homes downtown. Doc B on the other hand hates old houses. I look at them and see charm. He looks at them and sees at lot of work and money.
So we compromised and got this sort of old house. I'm afraid it's a little more of a fixer upper than Doc B had planned on. I made the curtain myself using fabric from my fabric stash.
I used the mirrors that were in the original bathroom and painted them. I am really pleased with how they came out. I saved money by not buying new mirrors but then used the money I saved to buy the very expensive Annie Sloan paint and the wax and brushes that go with it ;)
 I found the light fixtures on eBay. They came from an estate sale. I think they might be my favorite thing in the whole redo.
I got the shower curtain, bath mat, and the girl's towels from Garnet Hill. No money saving here!
This cabinet over the commode is just a cheapy from JCPenney. You can even see that the knobs are uneven. I guess you get what you pay for. The vintage commode seat cover was another find on eBay.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

This Week in My Kitchen

Linking up with Heather at


Capturing my love of whole foods, combined with the activity of a bustling kitchen.
A weekly collection of photos from the center of my home. 

Pretty much everyday at the cottage there is a salad for lunch and now with fresh greens :)
First squash of the season.
I actually made real potato salad. I usually make it with cauliflower instead of potatoes. So it was a real treat especially with fresh green onions from the garden.
My daughter has been wanting to do a juice fasting, so I joined her.
My other daughter made these almond flour chocolate chip cookie bars. They made juice fasting very difficult!
My only peony so far.
These horsemint grows wild.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Just One More

Not sure why I thought I needed one more antique. I will have to say though that this marble top table is just what was needed between these 2 chairs.

Doc B agreed which is a definite confirmation since he usually is not too excited about my purchases :)

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Trying again...

 Well I haven't blogged since mid December. We were so blessed to have all of our children home for Christmas. It was a joyful chaotic busy time :) but then life at our house usually is! It was so good to have them all here. We have one son doing an oral surgery residency 9 hours away. The
other son is in the military. So we felt especially blessed that they could be here not only at the same time, but also at Christmas.

 Then about the time the girls went back to school, we had workmen here for about 2 months. So I was always picking things out, paint colors, faucets, light fixtures, tile, etc. It was all I could do to keep up with them. Then I found out that our wonderful little school will close its doors at least temporarily and actually probably permanently. So I spent spring trying to get all the things done that had been put off for another day knowing that the time had come since for ohh about the next 7 years or so I will be homeschooling!
 I have also been working on these:
I finally finished up this needlepoint chair cover. It is now in the hands of the upholsterer.

I started my first ever quilt.