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DIY with Dad

April 29, 2012 in Bathrooms, Building and Repurposing, Outside, Pups

My Sunday Productivity Level peaked at about 8:30am today… when Dad and I were just finishing up our To-Do list for the weekend. After he packed up and hit the road, I promptly headed to the couch.

And camped.

All. Day.

Don’t judge.

…I can feel you judging me!

We had a great weekend and crossed several items off my list. You see, I’ve been without a second bathroom since last fall when Mom and I did some tiling. Yup, the toilet really has been sitting on a tarp in the shower for five more months than I care to admit. BUT – not anymore!

Dad gave me a quick wax ring how-to (yuck) and then proceeded to drop that baby into place. Hallelujah! A real, live, working second bath! Woop!

A quick dig in his (so friggin’ heavy) bucket o’ tools and he had a hold of his two “must have” tools:

1/2″ and 7/16″ Wrench
1/2″ and 9/16″ Wrench

According to my Dad, these are the two most common sizes you’ll ever need. Noted. Literally… I wrote it down! ..and now that I blogged about it, I can toss that piece of paper and use my blog for reference. :-)

Before I could even stand back and admire my newly re-installed toilet, Dad had already moved on to his next project. Installing a brand-spanking new GLASS STORM DOOR on the front of the house. Oh man – you have NO idea how excited I was about this. I found this door at Lowes last fall on Clearance. It was a $330 special order door that had been returned. Lucky me scored it for $30.


THIRTY dollars. Hardware included!

First task… remove the existing door. Come to find out, the brick moulding around the outside was rotten in the bottom right corner:


After a trip to Lowes for a $15 piece of brick moulding, he pried off the old piece and replaced it with the new. Booyah. That’s some handy-Dad work for ya!

I don’t have photos of the actual moulding/door installation process. Sorry. :-(   I was the official door holder. Example of how the conversation went…

Dad – “Dana, hold the door and don’t let it fall ok?”

Dana – “Ok, got it.”

Dad – “Are you holding it?”

Dana – “Yep… I got it.”

Dad – “Now don’t let it fall!”

Dana – “I’ve got it Dad.”

Dad – “You holding it still?”

Dana – “………….” <crickets>

:-)   LOVE YOU DAD!  For the record – “I’ve got it Dad.” 

So a couple hours tweaks later and the door was installed and working like a dream!

I may or may not have been standing outside demanding he give me a thumbs up. :-)

Yep, my lanterns are still hanging from my log. You can read more about those here.

I’m seriously loving this door. It really shows oh-so-much-more of my cheery yellow door.

The girls are loving the door too!  They like to peer through the glass looking for squirrels, rabbits, people, blowing leaves (yep, those call for a good bark too)… if it moves, they’re interested!

The best part – the door has a lock!  I don’t have to worry about one of them jumping up and strategically knocking the handle to let themselves outside. While Quinn would likely stay close to home, Emma’s been known to go on a great adventure around the town (with me on her heels: Furious. Terrified. Screaming.).

I had to adjust the lighting on the picture below so you could see more than just a black hole of a room. The dark blue walls in my living room make it tough to get these shots!

Great before and after right?! The new door is exactly what I wanted.

…and what the girls wanted too…

Dad and I cranked out some other things too while he was here… Re-installed the trim in the bathroom. Put hinges on the bathroom cabinet doors. Picked out some pegs for him to take home (along with the old storm door that’s going to go on his garage!).  Oh…. and some beer and Mexican!  Labor payments come in the form of food and beverage around here. Interested? Call me… we’ll talk. Currently looking for a concrete person. Willing to pay in Mexican or Sushi!

Way too long story short, we accomplished quite a bit for one weekend! The only downside of the entire 2.5 days… finding out my DishNetwork package didn’t include the network playing the Blues Playoff game last night. Ugh. SO frustrating. Instead, I followed along on Twitter, Yahoo and streaming radio online from our local KMOX. Girls gotta do what a girls gotta do!

I’m feeling motivated to keep going in that spare bath now that it’s functional once again. I’ll be sure to share the successes and fails along the way. I’ve already had one major fail… which completely derailed my motivation. I’m back on track now though! Stay posted.

Cheers to productive weekends! Maybe now I’ll get my lazy butt off the couch and crank out a couple more things before the day is up.

P.S.  The photo collages / edits in this post were done using a downloaded version of Picasa. I’m still working on figuring it out, but it just might be my replacement for Picnik. Sigh. Oh picnik, how I miss thee.

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Cheese Dome Makeover

April 25, 2012 in Gettin' Crafty

Okay guys – I need your help. Am I the only one that has trouble deciding when a project is DONE? I’m at that point. I just can’t make up my mind!

Should I add more?

Should I distress?

Should I wax with a darker wax?

Should I get creative with scrapbook paper?

Should I chuck it all together and forget about it?  (Kidding!)

I found this cheese dome at a local thrift shop a while back. Plain wooden base – nothing fancy. It was mine for a couple bucks. I made a trip to Michael’s and found a wooden candlestick to glue to the bottom. …and yes, a fancy-schmancy-super-gluing-not-coming-off type glue. After letting it dry overnight, I was ready to dive in!

I added a coat of Annie Sloan chalk paint in Old White. Yes, this is the same quart of chalk paint that I’ve used on a dresser, two chairs, a coffee table, a pedestal table, some oars, my wood plank sign, and my bathroom vanity. Man! One quart goes a LONG way. …and there’s still a bit left after this project!

After one coat, it looked like this:

…and by this morning the second coat was dry!

But here’s where you come in.  What next?  Wax it with clear wax and leave it just the way it is? White, simple and crisp….  Or jazz it up a bit. My last cheese cloche makeover involved some scrapbook paper. I gifted that one to my sister last year. I loved the look… maybe I should do something similar again?

Which brings us full circle in this post…. WHAT next!

Should I add more?

Should I distress?

Should I wax with a darker wax?

Should I get creative with scrapbook paper?

Should I chuck it all together and forget about it?  (Still kidding!)

Here’s a looksie at how she stands now. Take a gander and ponder on it a bit. Then leave a comment and weigh in. 

(Sporting the vintage pool balls I scored at an auction last summer)

….and here’s a peek at it surrounded by some of my other favorite things:

So after seeing it in it’s ‘natural habitat’, I pose the question again… What next!  Leave it? …or keep tinkering with it?

Can’t wait to hear what you think! Leave a comment below and weigh in. Pretty, pretty please!

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Weekend Funnery – Bloggy Boot Camp

April 20, 2012 in Uncategorized

T.G.I.F. No really…. hallelujah, it’s Friday! This week felt like one of those weeks that just won’t quit. Did anyone else have a week like that, or is it just me?

I couldn’t be more excited about my weekend though. Why? Because I’m going to my first ever blogging conference tomorrow! Woop! (I’ll pause while my sister Karen groans….)

Blogging and Social Media Conference for Women

The awesome SITS Girls are hosting FOUR Bloggy Boot Camps around the country this year and (thankfully) St. Louis was selected as a host city. Booyah.

The line-up for tomorrow sounds great, but I’m most excited about meeting other local(ish) bloggers. Have you seen the Disney Commercial with the little kids?  “I’m tooooo excited to sleep!”  Yup – that’s me.

In case you’re sitting there thinking, “But what the heck is a bloggy boot camp”… well, here’s how the SITS Girls explain it:

Living up to our fundamental belief that The Secret To Success is Support, our conferences give you the opportunity to increase your understanding of blogging and social media, while sitting next to your favorite people from your online world. What’s more, Bloggy Boot Camps are hosted in a variety of major U.S. cities annually, boast one of the lowest ticket prices around, and cover everything from photo-editing to social networking to branding.

You absolutely MUST hop on over to the St. Louis Bloggy Boot Camp site and check out the line-up of speakers. They’ve gathered a great group o’ gals to edumacate us ladies. Yup, edumacate. That’s a real word. It’s in the dictionary.  Sure… go look it up.  :-)

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!  I’ll snap some pictures at the conference tomorrow to share with you next week. I’ll be checking in throughout the day via Facebook and Twitter so be sure to follow along!

…and if you’d like to attend a Bloggy Boot Camp, check their schedule - there just might be one in your area!

St. Louis   |   Philadelphia   |   Dallas   |   Las Vegas

If you don’t live near one of these cities, they also have several online options to get in on the fun!


One last note… for those that didn’t know, we lost a very dear, close friend this week.  He had supported us and been there for so many memories. He laughed with us, he cried with us, he cheered us on.  I’d like to take a moment of silence please for the passing of Picnik. You will be missed, my friend.


Thank you for that.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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