Monday, April 19, 2010

One Good Reason!

If you've been a follower of my blog for a while you have probably noticed that I haven't posted quite as many sewing projects as I once was. I'm trying.. I promise.

I have a good reason for that though - really, I do. I have been working (and hard) on some home improvement projects. And I'm up against a deadline.. only 3 weeks left to finish it all. (I'll tell you why very soon)

Today I will share my Master Bathroom redo - even though I still need to decorate it.. and call the "Handy Ma'am" to come install new faucets. And yes, you read that right.. I said "Handy Ma'am"... her name is Julia and she is awesome. More on her later..

But first.. pictures..
Before.. yuck! I've hated that light fixture since before we even moved it. And.. now.. 5 years later

Can you beleive it's the same spot? Amazing I tell you.

We painted the walls. Sanded and stained the cabinet. Replaced the light fixture and mirrors. All for around $200, 1 arguement.. and some elbow grease. Not bad huh?

Of course, I would have much rather purchased new cabinets and countertop - but it just wasn't in the budget.

Now I just need the Handy Ma'am to come and replace the faucet on the right. Funny kid story - the first time we ever met Julia - the Handy Ma'am - my then 4 yr old was taken back by her manly sounding voice. He says "Mom, that's not a lady".. thank goodness she didn't hear him.

My husband isn't the 'handy-est" when it comes to home improvements projects. He comes from a family that hired contractors for everything. Unlike me - my Dad is a jack of all trades. He can do it all. About 10 yrs ago he even built his own 4 car garage with heated floors.

I always want to tackle the big projects.. while my husband won't budge. And since my Dad lives 1,800 miles away.. they usually don't get done.

So ladies - if you are married to a man who can do all those things, go give him a hug!
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Julia said...

I'm in your boat! My DH does very little handy work. When he has it hasn't been the best. The last time, we decided that it would be the LAST time for both of us!! Your cabinet looks great and I love the light fixture. My name may be Julia, but I'm not a handy ma'am!!!

Osage Bluff Quilter said...

My husband can repair anything, and build about anything.
i even keep a blog about him:
I hope he's fixing my lawn mower today while I'm, at work.

Barb said...

Looks wonderful

Patty said...

looks good. I my man is not the handiest either I usually tackle the big project inside the house, he's a pretty good mason though and makes a lot of deals in the barter area so we get work done on the cheap and with trade.

Poppyprint said...

Looks great! I have my suspicions as to what you're up to, but I don't want to guess and give it away....

Cheryl said...

Wow, that looks great. Love those mirrors!! My hubby is very handy, and yep I am very lucky!

Maria said...

Looks really lovely. You have done a wonderful job on the cabinet. Looks new. It is amazing what some elbow grease and paint can do.

Kim said...

You made good choices for the bathroom redo. Did you have that "wish I had done this five years ago" moment? I love the idea of a Handy Ma'am and would hire her if she was close by as I need help with my bathroom redo. Would she consider relocating to MN? I am blessed beyond words to have a handyman hubby, but he could use some help, too. He installed a picket fence for me yesterday. Paid in hugs! And a favorite meal served while he relaxed in front of the Twins game.

Val said...

I love your bathroom. That is something that we need to do too. My husband does a lot but when it comes to work like that he would rather pay to get it done. Was your cabinet stained before you painted it? Ours is stained and I didn't know if I would have to strip it or what.