Built in Armoire

If there is one thing older houses are known for- it’s a lack of closet space (right?)  Whenever we first looked at our house one of the only negatives was that there wasn’t very much closet space in the master bedroom.  After living in a brand new house with an obnoxiously big closet cutting down our closet space to 1/6 of what it had been wasn’t fun.  I crammed my clothes as closely together as possible and hung all my dresses in another closet.

In case you need a little illustration of what I’m talking about- here’s our Edmond closet. 08 And then our current closetIMG_3407 Just a bit of difference in capacity ;)  So while I was working on the bathroom remodel I had tons of tools and supplies lining the wall under the window in our bedroom.  Since this project took several months to complete, I got used to not having the extra floor space in that part of the room.  Then whenever I made the door for the bathroom I cleaned up the space for a picture and began to think that the floor space was awkward on that side of the room…which of course got my creative wheels turning on what could be done with this space.  Our next door neighbors have a nearly identical floor plan to our house and after seeing that their bedroom had an extra closet in the corner I knew exactly what I wanted to do.  So I patiently waited until the right moment to propose the idea to Bart…remember that the bathroom looked like this for a bit longer than I had originally planned.  IMG_0851 So whenever I finally asked Bart what he thought of my new idea, I had to include in my proposal that I would not begin this project until the bathroom was complete.  So once the bathroom was fully functional, toilet, sink, shower- I began my new project.  Ha- I posted this picture to instagram because I went to get caulk for to finish the shower and while in the store I mentally calculated how much wood I would need to get started on my new project. Screen shot 2013-02-21 at 6.46.24 PMNow I’ll stop explaining everything and show you what you came here for!IMG_1862IMG_1865IMG_1869IMG_3385IMG_3402 It turned out just how I wanted!  And my clothes are happy :)  Here’s another angle- the right side is 4 inches wider than the left, but the window wasn’t centered in the bedroom so I couldn’t help it.  But I’m obsessed- let me know if you want me to hang something of yours, I’ve got room!IMG_3399 On my “to do list- eventually” is making (or more likely having someone else make) a cushion for the window…but until then Oscar is quite pleased with my temporary solution.IMG_3390IMG_3396

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Bathroom Remodel- FINISHED!!!

To say I’m excited to finally be finished with the bathroom remodel doesn’t even come close to describing how I feel.  I feel about twenty different emotions now that this project is officially over, but just know that I AM DONE!  WOOHOO!!!

I wish I knew where the piece of paper that I wrote my original to do list was…but it said something like this:

Sunday- Gut bathroom, put up sheet rock, mud and texture walls

Monday- Prime and paint walls, tile floors, tile shower

Tuesday- Grout floor and shower

Ummm…seriously, I thought I was superwoman!!  Thanks to Bart and Olaf I did cross the first thing off my to list in one day!editIMG_0592editIMG_0593editIMG_0584editIMG_0609editIMG_0608So that was the easy part.  Next came moving the wiring to the opposite side of the bathroom, putting up cement board in the shower, sheetrock, mud, texture, primer, paint, tile, trim…deep breath, building a vanity, tiling the vanity counter, tiling the shower floor-walls-and ceiling.  Needless to say- this project did not last 1 week as I predicted.  I definitely learned my lesson not to start a project during the middle of my busiest time of the year.  Just in case you need a better idea of my s-l-o-w progress, I made a few other posts about this remodel POST 1  POST 2 POST 3

Now that I’m done with my abbreviated version of how long this project took- here are my before after pictures!!editIMG_0353editIMG_0354My original sketch IMG_0854 Final result!editIMG_3141

What Have I Been Doing?

I figure after a month of blog neglect I would make a little post before another month with no word from me!  So, in case you’ve been wondering what I’ve been doing- the answer is work!  I thought things would start to dwindle down after my last wedding October 20th, but I was so wrong!  I’ve had a whopping 30 photo shoots in the past two months (I didn’t realize it was that many until I went back through my calendar)  With photography consuming my life I pretty much did nothing else…little cleaning (you should see my desk!), little laundry, little cooking- I’ve basically dropped the domestic ball this fall.  However, I’ve got a pretty awesome husband who stepped up and made life pretty easy on me by picking up my slack around the house.  The best part about it- he’s found a cook book that he’s totally in to and he’s been trying out recipes over the past couple of weeks!  So my post today is dedicated to the one thing I have not been doing- cooking!

At Thanksgiving Dinner with church BC found out about this cook book- America’s Test Kitchen.  It is written by a bunch of chefs who test several different recipes of one specific dish and come up with the best recipe possible.  And it is GOOD!  So one night when I was at a photo shoot, he surprised me by cooking dinner while I was gone!  Chicken Teriyaki- yum…it’s his favorite so far.  Last Wednesday he made Shrimp Pad Thai and I got to capture few pictures while he whipped together dinner!IMG_1818IMG_1825Still a total novice with the video feature on my camera- but I love the way Bart wiggles while cooking!

The final product!  Sooo good!  Bart said it didn’t really taste like Pad Thai, but I thought it was delish :)
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Bathroom Remodel- Door

One of the big inspirations in the bathroom remodel was the style of door we were going to put in.  I know, a door- they’re functional…but in our case it also became the focal point in the room.  So if you revisit my original post about the bathroom remodel- you will see that part of our inspiration was a door like this.  I had every intention of tracking down that super trendy barn door hardware- but I couldn’t find it anywhere for less than $500 (just the hardware, not the door) and finally felt defeated and decided to come up with my own way of doing it that wasn’t as expensive.  So here’s the progress.  The original entrance to the bathroom was tucked in the corner of the bedroom, but we moved it so you walk in to the middle of the bathroom.Our reliable supervisor- always ready to assist :)
This side of the wall had been complete since the beginning of September.  I needed for something to look complete so that I didn’t feel like I was sleeping in the middle of a construction site. My version of a sliding barn door is a 2×4 with a track for a bypass sliding door attached to it.  Not too fancy and the total cost for the track and wood to frame it out was $43…not so bad compared to the $500 I was looking at before.Since the door was a little taller than the standard sized door they sell- I decided to get a nice sanded piece of plywood and spruce it up with a little trim and paneling.In case you ever wondered if craft time in elementary school would ever come in handy…the answer is YES!Complete door!  I obviously still have some painting to do in the bedroom, but that will happen once my next project is finished (yes, I’m already planning something new!)And I totally caught Oscar snuggling with the shop vac…

Bathroom- Progress (finally)

Oh the woes of a DIY bathroom remodel…Mainly the woes of “why do I not have nearly as much time as I thought I did?”  I’m not really sure where to begin, so if you need a preface- read my first post about the bathroom remodel.  To say we took on more than we anticipated would be an understatement.  Please someone keep me in check not to do a big project right in the middle of wedding season!!!  November-February are my new restrictions for monster projects (but hopefully this is the biggest one we do in this house).

So, back to where to start- I’ll just say that the picture below accurately portrays the condition of our bathroom for the past month (…and a half?) as of last Monday…Good thing we’ve got two!

Last week I could finally see the light at the end of the tunnel with photo sessions and editing- so I decided to multi task and work on the bathroom and squeeze in a bit of photography work in between coats of paint drying.  My goal last week was to finish building the vanity cabinet.  Originally the plan was to custom order one- but before even researching what the cost would be, I said “I can build one”… Wait, who in their right mind says that!?!?  Blah- So here’s what I started with- a nice fancy $46 piece of plywood.
Building it in…literally.  It’s not really attached to the wall, but I cannot imagine anything being much more frustrating than building it in the garage only to later discover how unsquare this bathroom is and it not fit properly…so built in it is!Plenty of measure twice, cut once going on with this project :) 
Me back at the beginning of September (two months ago…this project was on hold a bit longer than I realized!).  So glad to be past this stage in building!  My project last week was finishing building and installing drawers, painting the vanity, and making the faces for the fronts of the drawers.

Totally normal, right?Originally I had tried putting the trim on the front of the drawers without there being a layer of wood inbeween.  This lead to an unpretty sight, so I decided to redo them and put a thin piece of plywood as a buffer between drawer and trim.  In hindsight I probably should have just custom ordered the drawer faces- but I don’t regret it because I love how they turned out!The progress of the drawers.Fanfare please!  The vanity cabinet is complete!!!  The top of course isn’t, but this is a major victory in my book!Oh- and the coolest thing in the world?!?  This toilet paper holder!!!  Genius!Hoping to make supernatural progress by next week- wish me luck :)

Puppy Stockings

A couple of weeks ago my friend Stephanie stopped by for a little visit.  She arrived just as I finished making a batch of hot cocoa- I’m currently working on the right balance of ingredients, but as soon as it’s perfected I’ll share ;)  With a cup of cocoa spiked with Bailey’s in our hands the holidays seemed like the perfect subject for conversation.  Stephanie casually asked if I had ever done anything like make a stocking…kind of a loaded question, so I pulled out my box that was hidden in the guest bedroom and showed her the project I had begun last holiday season.  My mom’s mom has made these absolutely adorable stockings for each of her kids, grandkids, great grand kids, and spouses (I don’t know how many people that is, but 30 or so).  I thought it would be cute to make Oscar and Olaf matching stockings like the ones Bart and I have – so I ordered a couple of kits to make the pups stockings of their own.  Here’s what the box looks like today:I thought maybe I’d spend a few evenings working on each stocking and then be finished.  Instead- I put in at least a dozen long nights carefully cutting felt, precisely placing sequins, and earnestly embroidering edges (going for a bit of alliteration with my adjectives) only to complete step 38 of 142!  Aaaaahhhh!  How did my Memama do so many stockings?!?!  So here’s where I left off and don’t intend to pick up until there’s a possibility of a baby Consedine being in attendance at Christmas (which definitely is not this year!).Okay, so super cute and classic for Christmas, but not practical for dogs.  Somehow I ended up on pinterest looking at ideas for homemade stockings and stumbled upon a cute little puppy stocking.  Naturally I actually click on the link to read instructions like I should have- instead I just looked at the picture and thought “I can do that”.  So off to Hobby Lobby I went and got  a yard of tan sherpa, some stiff black fuzzy fabric (not felt, but a more furry texture), a couple of colors of thread, and some needles-despite having an endless stock stashed in my original stocking box.Using another stocking as a template for size, I cut out a piece of poster board for my stocking template (which I still have if anyone wants it!)Diligently stitching Naturally I took a little break for some puppy hugs :)Finished product!  I’d estimate I spent about 7 hours total working on them…muuuch better than my original idea for their stockings ;)
And lastly- if you wonder what really sets the holiday spirit in this house, it’s this candle…I think I’ve already burnt through 3 of them this fall!

Cross Country State

I have some insanely fast little brothers!  If I were to run a mile on a track, they would lap me and run two before I finished my first…just being honest  ;)  Last Saturday Bart and I got to cheer them on at cross country state!  I also got to watch them run regionals at Oral Roberts University the weekend before right before heading to photograph a wedding-  I love watching them run :) Garrett doing a bit of casual stretching before the raceGirls raceGarrett’s girlfriend Kelsey is FAST!  She placed second overall for 5A girls!  Loved watching Garrett run along side her cheering her on :)  Girls won state!A little pre-race photo actionGarrett (senior) and Bryce (freshman) both runners for the varsity track team at MetroBoys ready to runBryce-he’s going to be a beast of a runner by the time he’s done with high school!The handsome one- he’s just awesome!  Can’t wait for him to be at OU next year (right?!?)Encouraging hugs from Jim (my father in law).  Good race to the boys!
Lucky to have gained little brothers when I married Bart- they’re the best!!