Monday, May 30, 2011

Remember

Freedom Isn't Free

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

My Life at the Moment

The two oldest sons have left for San Francisco to begin their TransContinental Bike Ride.


As in bicycles.

In the meantime, Dearest Husband and I are caretakers of all their worldly possessions.





Including one cat, Titus,

and one snake, Fred.

I have lots of shoving stuff around into closets and up to attics.  Sigh.  Part of being a mom!

We'd appreciate all prayers for my sons' safety!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Painting the Master Bath

Next in the process of sprucing up our bath....painting!

First, remove everything--curtains, switchplates, hardware, all of it!

Next, fill in all the holes.  This is just a lightweight spackling compound,
something my dearest picked up at the hardware store. 
This isn't a commercial!


Dust well (I use the vacuum).
Dust again, using a damp cloth.
Let the walls dry.

Cover the electical innards and switches.
This is the blue painter tape that doesn't get overly sticky.

Then....Paint!
Here I am in my lovely disposable "shower cap"--it's really a
throw-away cap to keep make-up off your clothes, hair, etc.
But it also keeps paint out of my hair!

I'm using a 2 inch angle brush.  No one else is allowed to use it--because I use it to "cut in" the edges.  I don't use tape to paint an edge; I just "draw" with my angle brush.  It's easy! Much easier than using tape to mark off edges.
How to paint "edges", such as where the ceiling meets the wall?  First, use a good quality brush.  Don't load it with too much paint.  Get up on a ladder so you can comfortably hold the brush  AND see what your're doing.  Holding the brush at about 45 degrees, press it ont the edge so the bristles bend slightly.  Then just paint slowly along, just like you were drawing a line with a pencil.  I promise, you really can do this!


The Supervisor and Helper.....
Stay tuned!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

I've Been Working on the....Master Bath!

Here is our new shower, modeled by our kitten,
Princess Cupcake.
The re-do was necessitated by a leak. 
The shower was NOT tiled by us--it was just way too big a job!
We chose classic subway tile, without any fancy mosaics or decorative bits. 
It's white (the 1st and last pictures are more accurate) but
not bright white.
Subway tile just doesn't go out of style--it won't look dated in ten years, since
it's been around for about one hundred!

We also chose simple, classic styling for the shower hardware.
Isn't it lovely?
Now I'm planning on more redecorating of the master bath!