1 What I Wore- Fantastic Fridays: Week 11

Happy Good Friday! And a bright and sunny day it is again. Hopefully the snow will finish melting soon, even though we’re supposed to have another cold front early next week. Anyway, it’s time for What I Wore- Fantastic Fridays.

0 Saving the Bats- Exclusion

Boy this bat thing sure has dragged on? This should be the last in the installment until this spring to which we hope will go easier on us.

First off, I want to explain the definition of exclusion for those that don’t know or think we’re killing these very things we are so desperately trying to save:
If you already knew the definition- 10,000 points smarty!

Since we crave and love our sleep, we weighed our options and formed a plan to get the bats out for good. The best way we found to do this was a Bat Exclusion process. It involved some investigating, good 'ol fashion hard labor, some netting, and lots and lots sealing.

**Warning there are some bats in this post, so if you have a weak stomach or hate them, I’ll forgive you this time to pass on this post, just this time. I do give sufficient warning.**

0 Saving the Bats with Bat houses

So we had a bit of a dilemma on our hands when had a mini bat cave going on in our attic. They had actually roosted and had brought their friends. After all our research and our demolition, we wanted to guide them out of our house safely.

Since we couldn’t do anything drastic (like sealing up holes) until babies are able to fly around August 15th, we decided to get a start on another project that wouldn’t negatively affect them. The second step was to build bat houses to attract them into relocating.

My brother, getting wind about our dilemma, offered his assistance in building bat houses, since he helped a friend in the past. The boyfriend went ahead and put his mounds of scrap wood to use and slightly modified versions of these two plans here and here.

0 Attic-Schmatic

This series of home posts are events which occurred in the distant past, please bear with me until I catch up to the present.

Hope you could stomach the bat photo and opted to breeze passed the photo to the story behind the madness.

If you can remember from the 2nd floor house tour, our second floor/attic/whatever was looking in extremely poor condition.

You know, holes in the walls and ceilings, animal droppings, what that isn’t normal? Ahh well. Let’s also take a moment to review the layout:

1 What I wore- Fantastic Fridays: Week 10

Ten weeks have passed since I started this lil ‘ol Fantastic Fridays. Wow the time flies.

0 2nd Floor Madness

The title may lead you to believe that we’re jumping right into tackling the upstairs, but this post is mainly about the events that guided our decisions.

**Warning there are some critters in this post, so if you have a weak stomach or hate critters, feel free to pass.** Although it is mostly stories.

With the Living Room/Office and Kitchen as finished as we could get before moving in, it’s time to change gears to the 2ndFloor per reader request:

Neat fact: we actually tackled the 2nd floor after our house update marathon (from the end of April 2012 to May 2012) and after moving in. Now I must say- the upstairs isn’t quite as satisfying as the other rooms (for now at least) and will probably only take a few posts if I’m lucky.

Let’s take a trip down memory lane to what the second floor looked like:
A hot mess doesn’t begin to cover it.

0 Everything but the Kitchen Sink

Well everything AND the kitchen sink.

The last thing we accomplished in the kitchen before moving in was taking care of the Kitchen Sink situation. As with almost everything in the house it was all sorts of discombobulated.
See we knew right from the start that we didn’t have the time or patience to restore or recover the cast iron sink, in the midst of home improvements, we used it as our ‘slop’ sink. As in- every paint brush, every gross mess, every dry wall patch cleanup was in that sink.

1 Talk about inspirational

Admittedly, I'm a bit envious of all the talent the Creating with the Stars competition has brought. If you haven't heard of the competition (you know the one I entered), then you should head over there (and come back of course). Unfortunately, I didn't win to take part, but there's always next year; I have big plans this summer to be more prepared and hopefully win a spot!
Anyway... if they've aimed to inspire, they sure have.

I don't want to sway the votes (not that I have that ability), so here are the projects I voted on last week. The theme was Up-Cycle.

0 What I wore- Fantastic Fridays: Week 9

Another week down and ready we’re ready for the weekend. It seems like everyone either was in Vegas last weekend or will be going this weekend, guess I missed the memo. So this week’s outfit may be an ode to Vegas.

0 Kitchen Countertops

The next concerning area in the kitchen was our countertop, it was all sorts of discombobulated.
This doesn’t quite capture the true extent; this was taken after we had started scraping the paint.

We knew it was all sorts of gross when we laid eyes on her during our walk through. The counter had seen better days, with some type of caked on cheese substance, stained juice mess, rust, and plain ’ol gross. Mix in the fact that we failed to cover the countertops when using the paint gun (since we knew we would do something about them later). Let’s just say, most all purpose cleaners we used just weren’t cleaning that kinda mess.

3 Thrifting: Appliance Edition

Like I mentioned yesterday, our main objective for the first floor is do and get everything on the cheap. So we turned to our friend Mr. Craigslist and Saturday morning garage sales to find our appliances. We figured we would purchase used appliances to hold us over until we save the money to gut our kitchen entirely. Faire day.

The previous owners graciously left behind this beauty:

And I failed to take a photo of the stove they left behind but it was similar to this:
Just add a lot of stains and general abuse and you would have had our stove.

0 The Plan: Phases of Our Home Renovation

By now you may have noticed our main goal was to update our home on the cheap. We had a plan before we purchased the house and even provided an update at the bottom of this post. You see, all along that little plan was part of a bigger picture which we broke down into Phases. A boss of mine always called it ‘bite-sized manageable pieces.’

This brings us back to Phase 1 which was the only phase we allowed skimping and cheaper-than-cheapskates updates, besides the bathroom. We figured we would eventually gut the first floor in the future.

Phase 1 also had a rigorous deadline which was to get all our main objectives completed before we moved in at the end of May. We purchased the home at the end of April which left us with a little under 6 weeks to get our baby ready to live in. The rest of the summer would be spent finishing the first floor in time for fall relaxation and then begin Phase 2.

0 Daylight Savings Time

Daylight savings time, in which this season we lost an hour. I don’t know about you but I definitely lost an hour today. I know, I know, daylight savings was Saturday night but being a Monday-Friday worker, I usually don’t feel the difference until Monday.

Today I’m an hour late on everything. My sleep schedule, eating, working out, etc. To me daylight savings is a lot like jet lag; my body needs a few days to adjust. So here’s to making an effort to get to bed early tonight.

Does daylight savings time affect you? Or are you one of the fortunate ones where it is just another day? Maybe you are one of the lucky ones, like most of Arizona, where you don’t participate?

Happy Monday!

1 What I wore- Fantastic Fridays: Week 8

It’s a beautiful Friday. The sun is out and I even hear some birds up here in the cold. The talented and lovely blogger is headed to Vegas this weekend, although jealous, hoping she has a rocking time there!

0 The Floor Disappointment

This series of home posts are events which occurred in the distant past, please bear with me until I catch up to the present.

Four layers of flooring (two for the vinyl roll and two for vinyl squares) and countless bruises and blisters later, we have bare unfinished hardwood:

Wait rewind. Back when we purchased the house we knew the existing flooring HAD to go, especially the kitchen. We had hoped there was hardwood underneath everything. And to our surprise, we were lucky in the living room and office. So naturally, we let loose while painting letting it spill and drip everywhere.

0 Boomerang Throwback Kitchen Hardware

This series of home posts are events which occurred in the distant past, please bear with me until I catch up to the present.

Next on the kitchen agenda was Kitchen Cabinet Hardware. We decided to reuse the hardware available to us.

The decision was made based on the following:

0 Painting the Kitchen- Part 2

This series of home posts are events which occurred in the distant past, please bear with me until I catch up to the present.

Did ya’ll think we left primer on the kitchen walls and fixed some holes then called it a day? I mean we opted to leave primed trim for the opening from the living room to kitchen but this is a kitchen.
We have big plans for this kitchen in the future (most rooms in the house are in the same boat) but since this room is a bit more costly than the others, we wanted to find a perfect balance of cost, function, and beauty to hold us in the interim. Also, there are some big decisions to make that we just weren’t ready to tackle. The bones were great and with a little paint (or a lot) we could get the kitchen functioning again.

2 What I wore- Fantastic Fridays: Week 7

It’s another Friday. I guess this week went by like a haze of cold medicine (at least for me). Anywho, it’s time for What I Wore- Fantastic Fridays.

1 $5 Drum Shade Tutorial

So I’m finally back with the Drum Shade Tutorial from the Pinterest Challenge, using engineer your space’s video tutorial as a guide. I warn you this post is pretty lengthy and has a lot of photos.

I must be upfront and state that I used a lot of materials already on hand so if you don’t have them, the whole project could still total under $10. It definitely beats some drum shade prices out there, plus it is custom- fabric and size. The project took a few hours each day spread out over a work week.

We needed something to cover this eye sore, and after scouring home improvement stores, thrift stores, etc, we couldn’t find anything that just ‘fit.’ So we opted to make our own.
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