Friday, June 23, 2017

Happy Friday

Hi Everyone. 
Just checking in to say Hi.  Have a few things to share.  Still no progress quite yet on the permits.  The City said possibly today or Monday for the basement permit and hopefully by next Wednesday the garage build permit.  Then we can hopefully get the contractor moving on these projects.

In the meantime Terry and I are still working on the kitchen and bathroom and hope to have that coming together soon.
My new flower boxes are filling in nicely.  The sweet potato vines are triple in size in just a few weeks.  The petunia's are loving all the sun and heat we have had.

So excited to see the impatiens doing so well.  A few years back we had a fungus that struck the impatiens in our state and I missed having them in the flower beds.  This big tree gives them the shade they need and they get late afternoon sun.   Hoping they will begin to mound in the next few weeks.

Next year I want to put more flowers in these beds under the window.  I have the hosta's and roses now but next year when I am living in the house I will plant more.  Would love to see more color out front.

I just love summer and my flowers.  

This is a little project that Terry has been working on for me.  I wanted two cornice's to frame the top of the living room windows in the new house.

These were simple and inexpensive to make.  Some crown molding and 1x8's for the base.

A few cuts and a metal bracket to hold the pieces together.

We had some of the textured wallpaper left from when we covered the dishwasher on at the last house.  I am using that on the base of the cornice for texture and a vintage feel.
This is all the supplies you need.  We pasted the wallpaper on the base and let it dry.  The wallpaper is paintable which I love.

Tonight we will paint these white and hang them on the windows.  I will have an upcoming pic to show you how they look with some new drapes hanging underneath.

Have a great Friday and wonderful weekend.


Monday, June 19, 2017

Slow but some progress

Good Morning Everyone.  Happy New Week.

We are plugging along on the changes to the new JCC III.  Still waiting on permits for the garage build and basement remodel so I am trying to stay patient on that front.

Bureaucracy at it's best. Ughh!

Thought I would share a few pics of some of the changes beginning to the kitchen area.

Here are some before pics of the kitchen with the old counter tops and no appliances.

I liked the character of the tiles on the walls so we used epoxy paint to update those and they will stay.  The counter tops, dishwasher that did not work and cabinets around the windows came out.

Cabinets are down and counter tops gone.  The blue on the walls gone too.
New color for the walls in the kitchen is Behr Gentle Rain.  White with a hint of gray.
The floors are a big mess but I will show you soon what we will do with them to update and make them pretty again.
As you can see this kitchen is a very small kitchen area so we are expanding the kitchen into the existing dining room.
Appliances arrived!

After putting the appliance in place we found that the refrigerator door to the freezer cannot open all the way.  Ugh!!!!  So we had to put on our DIY hats and figure this problem out.

The solution is to take out the upper and lower cabinet next to the stove to be able to move over the refrigerator so the doors will open.  I will show you how that all worked when we finish up in this area.  Still a work in progress.

We found a great little backsplash idea.  We found these seawashed panels that are water proof so we attached them to the wall under the vintage white tiles.  We have butcher block counters going in too.

I wanted to save this vintage kitchen sink but after removing it to put in the counter tops we found it was cracked and leaking on the underside.  So we are ordering a new sink that should come in sometime this week.  Of course no surprise it is a special size that has to be special ordered!  Nothing in stock would fit!

This is a few of the many changes happening at the new place.  I am adding a pantry wall and coffee bar to the old dining room area to pull this room into being part of the new kitchen.  It will also give us much more storage since the original kitchen area is so small.

I know this post was pieces here and there but I hope to have a final reveal soon with all the changes done and in place.

It is taking time with my "handyman Terry" only available on the weekends now!  We have also had a few birthday parties and weddings in the mix over the weekends too.  So not a whole lot of time available.  I am happy so far with the changes and hope to finish the kitchen soon.

Then we can get the bathroom painted and put back together.  We are waiting on finishing up the bathroom because the contractor has a whole in the wall to hook the plumbing from that bathroom upstairs to the new to be bathroom down stairs.

Lots to still be done but it is coming along.

Have a great week.  Miss all of you and hope to have some reveals soon.

We are having a great time living with our daughter and son in law and grand girls but I still feel deep in my heart I need my own home again.  Hopefully soon.


Saturday, June 10, 2017

Moving Day

Hi Everyone.
Happy Weekend.

My daughter Jen and I picked up the U Haul truck to move my mom into her new senior apartment today.

Jen and I were laughing and saying "we do not need no stinkin men to get the moving truck"! We handled driving the truck  on our own.  Oh! Wait!  I guess we will need the stinkin men to help us load and unload the truck lol!

So today we will be moving all the stored furniture and boxes for my mom into her new place.  I hope to get it all set up this weekend for her.  My mom has been down in Florida visiting friends and will be coming home on Tuesday.  I hope she will love living independently once again and near all of us.

Hope to be back with you soon with some of the new changes to our new home.  Hopefully this week we will get some news on permits being pulled so the contractor can begin his work.  I want to have my move in day soon and get settled in Junk Chic Cottage III.
Have a great weekend everyone.


Monday, June 5, 2017

Bath Room Renovation

Hello everyone.  Thought I would share a few of the changes we are starting at the new house.

Here is our 1950's bathroom in the new house.  Love the cast iron tub and glass block window.  Gives some character to this bathroom.  With all the other reno's and builds the budget is spent so Terry and I are on our own for this bathroom.

I wanted to keep the cast iron tub.  It is solid and keeps to the cottage feel of the house along with the glass block window.  The tiling in this bathroom well let's just say I am not a fan!

Yeah No!!!  The tiles had black streaks and the grout was a mess.

Yep! not so much on this pattern either!!!!!

Since we wanted to keep the tub and not have a major tear out of the tiling this is the solution we came up with to update and save money.

This is epoxy paint that refinishes the surface of tiles and tubs.  The cost is about $36 dollars.   We used a similar epoxy paint once before.  It did a pretty good job to seal and protect and give a new appearance to tiles in our past home.  You can tint this to any color.   I chose to keep it white.  I know shocker I wanted white!!!!

You use a small sponge roller to paint the epoxy paint after cleaning off the surface of the tiles.  It is pretty easy to do.  

It took two coats of paint.  You have to wait an hour in between each coat of paint.  Then this paint has to cure on the tiles for 48 hours.   As you can see it adheres to the tiles and grout pretty nicely.

The tub came out beautiful.  Better than I thought it would.  

Now the old dated tiles and tub have a new look.  This tub and the tiles for very little money have been updated and I could keep the character and vintage feel to this bathroom.

Now we will add new fixtures.   We are painting and adding a new vanity and sink in this bathroom.  The old vanity and light fixture was well... Yikes!  So that is out and new will be coming in.  Stay tuned for the whole bath reveal soon.

I cannot wait to add new paint on the walls and some of my old chippy vintage pieces to this bathroom.

  Still waiting on permits to be pulled on the garage build and basement reno.  Getting everything the city wants to ok permits has been a real task.  Hoping this week to get some of that accomplished.  In the meantime we are working on the bathroom and kitchen reno ourselves.  Lots of painting of walls going on too!  Hope to show you some before an afters soon.

Have a great new week.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

New Beginnings at JCC III

Happy New Week.  Hope your holiday weekend was good.  We had a very productive weekend starting some things at the new house.

This is the picture of the house when we took ownership last Thursday.  

I am not a fan of Juniper bushes.  They are usually half dead and bite!!! I do not like bushes that are prickly!   So we removed the two under the window.

I added these 60 inch black flower boxes under each side of the front house windows.  We also trimmed back the tall evergreens on each side of the entry too. 

After the Juniper bushes were removed I moved around some hosta's and planted knock out rose bushes under the windows.  

I added my bird house from the old house out front.  I feel like it needs a little wreath or some bling under the bird house entry hole.  I will be working on that!!!

Filled the flower boxes with some of my fave annuals. 

I love knock out roses.  They are easy to plant and very low maintenance.  They bloom all summer and into the fall.

I added a couple of urns planted with sun loving geraniums.  Added my wreath to the front door and a new painted mail box I got on Etsy.

Don't you love this sweet hand painted mailbox.  It was made by Teresa Moran at her Etsy site called A Beautiful Gift.  Teresa has not reimbursed me to give her this shout out.  I just like to let you know about very talented peeps that I purchased from on Etsy.  You can check out her other painted items she sells on Etsy here.

I also planted impatients out around the tree in the front yard.  This little girl with her bunnies was left by the previous owner.  I think she is very cute and she will be perfect out there as the impatients fill in.

I have a hanging bag of rose impatients out on the tree.

Removing those two bushes really opened up the front of the house.

Hopefully as summer moves on the new plants will begin to fill in the front of the cottage.

We have begun to do some work on the inside of the house and I hope to have pictures of some of those changes soon.

Waiting to see if we get some news this week on the building permits being granted so the contractor can start on the garage build and the basement work.

Hope your Memorial Day Weekend was fun and safe.  I took some time to think about how blessed we are to have the wonderful men and women that have served our country in the past and the ones that are now serving and have sacrificed so much for our freedom.

Have a great start to the new week.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Musical Chairs

Hi Everyone.
I am almost done with packing and am ready for the Pod to come on Tuesday to be loaded with our things.  Our house items will be in storage until we can move into the new Cottage.  We will close next Thursday on our new cottage.  It is finally here!

We will have a contractor putting up the garage and basement after he can get permits pulled after closing next Thursday.
Hopefully that will not take a long time and he and his crew can begin the work.  In the meantime Terry and I will be staying with my older daughter and SIL and grand girls for a month or so while the work is being done.

Abby is very excited that MiMi and Bop are moving in with them!  We are called MiMi and Bop, not grandma and grandpa!  To this day we do not know how Terry got the name Bop but he did and it is his forever!

Abby is excited to have a sleep over every night with us!

As a lot of you know I am also going to be moving my mom into her new senior apartment in June.  So I am getting us packed and also getting my mom ready for her move too. Since we are downsizing,  my mom will be taking a lot of my furniture for her new place.

One of the pieces I am giving her is my small dining table and chairs.  Well I was giving her the dining table and chairs and then.......

My daughter Jen wanted the chairs to match her farmhouse table and she was taking my chippy china cabinet too.  So we played musical chairs.

My mom will be taking 4 of Jen's current dining chairs and then Jen will take mine.  Got all of that!!!!

These are the four chairs that my mom will take from my daughter.  These chairs by the way were from our very first dining room set  that Terry and I purchased when we were first married.  They are nice oak chairs.  That dining room set was the first real wood furniture we could afford after being married.   I am happy they are still being passed around in our family.  

As you can see lots of warm sunshine here in Chicago land today to work on the chairs outside.
My daughter had burlap fabric on the chairs.  Not my mom's taste.  My mom picked out some  new fabric from Walmart for the seat covers.

We took off the chair covers and then cut the fabric to cover the seat.  Using a staple gun we attached the fabric to the chair.  Easy Peasy.

Gives the seat covers a whole new look.  The fabric is a steel gray with the white pattern.

Here it is the new chair seat covered with new fabric.

The covers look a little blue in these pics but they are a true darker gray.  The sun was setting as I took these pictures.

Terry being the sweet handyman he is gave each of the chairs a new coat of white paint.  Now the chairs look brand new.

My mom will have 4 pretty chairs for her new apartment to go with the pretty dining table I am gifting her.

My mom will have this sweet dining table with her new chairs and my daughter will get the farmhouse chairs seen in this picture for her dining area.  I have 6 chairs from this set to gift to her.   The musical chairs is complete!

In the new cottage we will not have a dining room area.  I will be excited to share with you soon the new idea I have for our dining needs.

Have a fabulous Friday and wonderful weekend.

This is our final weekend in Junk Chic Cottage II.
I will miss this sweet home.  I know I can make Junk Chic Cottage III a beautiful nest for us too.
Stay tuned for updates.