Main Bathroom

Well – I decided to start planning the first floor bathroom since we are waiting for windows and roof supplies.

We took the bathroom down to the studs in order to put in the appropriate drywall for a bathroom.  the happy crazy house main floor bathroom demo

I will keep the same layout with the toilet and bathtub/shower on the left wall and the vanity on the right.

Here are a few inspiration images.

The vanity in this one….

 

Or maybe this one??

 

This room is gorgeous!!

 

Here are some links to bathrooms that spoke to me.

Since Polyvore is no more.  click here for the announcement.  I just dumped my pics below in a less than attractive format.  Another item on my list of things to learn…..

 

bathroom

  1. Delta Shower and Tub Faucet
  2. Matte White Tile
  3. Bella 60 inch single sink vanity
  4. Delta Sink Faucet

*Keep those wood floors and have them redone to withstand a bathroom.

The question now is lights.  Any ideas or suggestions?

 

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New fixer upper for us

So a thing happened- We bought a fixer.  Surprise!!  After we completely overhauled our last house, the last thing that I wanted when we moved to ND was another house that I would have to redo – only this one needs even more work than the MT one did.  What are we thinking??  Oh yeah – great price and great potential.

When you walk into the house, the first thing you will see is a small alcove.  I have plans for this space.

After the entry alcove – turn to the left and a nice view of some super sweet paneling.  Should it stay?

Here is a pic from the corner looking back to the front entry.

Just outside the living room – look to your right and there is a hallway to the main level bathroom, 2 bedrooms and laundry.

The master is surprisingly large and boasts 2! (that’s two!!!) closets.  Which means that I will no longer have to share with Dave and look at the terrible mess he makes of his clothes.

The spare room is pretty spacious as well for this age of a house.  Although it DOES have the electrical panel in it.  Weird!  you can see it from the hallway photo.  Don’t get me wrong – I am incredibly thankful that the electrical has been updated…but couldn’t the panel be located somewhere less noticeable?

Back in the hallway, you can see to the laundry, bathroom, stairs to the attic and kitchen/dining room.

The dining room windows will be replaced with a set of french doors out to a new deck…super pumped for that.

The kitchen cabinets are in very good shape and the missing one above the fridge is actually in the attic – so with a little work, we can have the full set up.

The attic is unfinished but a new bathroom has been plumbed in and all new electrical has been installed.

There are some things that have to be addressed immediately before moving on to some of the ‘nice to do’ items.

  1.  Roof.  This house has a few layers of very old shingles.  These need to go before anything inside gets worked on.
  2. Windows.  All original windows (rotted)-  We will be replacing them.

After that we move on to the ‘nice to do’

  1.  Refinish flooring – the wood floors are in pretty good shape….way better than I would have assumed.
  2.  Stain kitchen cabinets.
  3.  First floor bathroom.  Take down the peeling wallpaper, tile the bathtub, new vanity, etc.
  4.  Walls – paint and patch all first floor walls.
  5.  Attic – finish the bathroom and turn the attic into a kids area.

I think those are my new entries into the Never Ending List….hahahahahaha

I am looking forward to the end result.  Stop by again and see what we are up to!

 

An Office in the Prairie Victorian

My office in Montana was very spacious, spacious enough to double as the library.  Here are some pics:

the happy crazy house library

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A couch for lounging and reading, desk for reading all of the internets i.e. watching cat videos.  It was very nice to have. In the new place, we do not have an extra bedroom that we can dedicate to a library/office.

The living room has the library now and I think that where the bookshelves used to be is where my desk will go. If you follow me on Instagram, you will have seen it.

I have been scouring the internet for ideas and have basically come to the conclusion that I should start looking for a small desk, leaning desk or corner table.

Here are some options.

Any of these speak to you?  I am leaning towards the leaning desk.   OMG sometimes I can’t even stand myself.

Jules’ Room Part Deux

I updated Jules’ room before we left Montana and she was very sad to leave it behind.  See Jules’ Room in the Montana House Tour.  Now that we are getting settled into the Prairie Victorian I have been pulling together some images of what I would like to do for her room here.

Jules' Room Part Deux

 

 

The most striking item is the giant wall clock.  It remains to be seen as to whether Jules would actually say yes to it – but it a super cool feature in this proposal.  also that super cute furry bone bunny is just such an out of the ordinary piece…I had to add it in.  Our family loves Halloween, its just a slight nod.  I might also switch out the pink for a teal.
Jules liked the artwork in her previous room, so I will start with those and build from there.  This is what I had in her room before

Sometimes I think to myself – my poor family, they have to put up with constant changes in the house, me always asking if they are ok with how their rooms look…secretly crossing my fingers that there is something that they want to change.  And if they don’t want to change anything, me thinking up a reason to surprise them with something new.  Does that make me a lunatic?  Probably.  I am surprised Dave hasn’t lost it, especially when he comes home from a work trip and opens a drawer in the kitchen to find hand towels instead of our silverware or has to search for the plates for the umpteenth time in our marriage.

They must really love me.  🙂

Life on the Prairie

The lake cabin has been closed for the season and we have moved down from the lake to the prairie.  Our new digs is an old (+100 years) house in Dave’s home town.  you know the one…..there is only 30 people here.

It definitely needs some love and attention.  Here is a little peak at what we walked into…..

the happy crazy house entryway before

All of the carpet needed to be pulled up and this back entryway got some new linoleum to take that yucky stuffs place.

the happy crazy house flooring replacement

Even though there are still a TON of boxes in the living room and dining room, I was able to organize enough of the kitchen to have a clear work space.  Thank goodness!  Cooking at home is one of my favorite past times and not being able to do that was brutal.

the happy crazy house white kitchen victorian house

Here is another shot as I was getting dinner ready.

Jules is digging the banister.

the happy crazy house banister twilight paint with white stairs victorian house

Behind Jules is a gorgeous leaded glass window – I will have to take some window pics to showcase them.  Below is another pic of some leaded windows.  This room is supposed to be the dining room, but for now it is functioning as my library.  Hello!  I need those books out and available for my reading pleasure.

The downstairs bathroom has been cleaned and painted.  I will have to address the floor – unless any of you have some kind of linoleum floor cleaning secret.  I have not been able to clean it any better than this ……

If cleaning is your super power….share your knowledge!

Last item – did you notice a tiny kennel in the dining room/library pic?  well……..

the happy crazy house norwegian forest cat Thorinthe happy crazy house norwegian forest cat Thorin

Meet Thorin.

The NeverEnding List 2017

What to work on, what to work on??  Our 2016 list is looking good and I only have 2 items that are moving over  to 2017 and 1 (!) of them is already past the halfway point. (Hint: it’s the Basement Bathroom)

  1.  Basement Bathroom
  2.  Guest Bathroom
  3.  Stair Treads
  4.  Back Patio

Basement Bathroom

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So close, I can almost taste it.  Ceiling, shelves next to sink to balance out the retro (!) mirror and a small door to the sump pump.

Guest Bathroom

Hague Blue

All the things.

Stair treads

the happy crazy house entry stairs

A nice sand and poly is due for these babies.

Back Patio

the happy crazy house back patio garden raised garden

And here is a pic before the fence was put up in front of the Playhouse

the happy crazy house back patio

We would like to have a built in BBQ and kitchen in this corner….we’ll see what we can come up with.

Looking forward to getting on with these projects and crossing them off my list.  my favorite activity

The NeverEnding List 2016 Recap

At this time last year (2016!!) I posted our plans for the year.  We were pretty successful, which I can truly say…I am surprised about that.

Here is the list as described on Jan 4th of last year:

  1.   Master Bathroom – started
  2.   Guest Bathroom – vanity purchased
  3.   Downstairs bathroom
  4.   Front porch roof
  5.   Finish front walkway
  6.   Terrace hill to the chicken coop

Master Bathroom – Done!

the happy crazy house master bathroom

Guest Bathroom – In Progress

Downstairs Bathroom – In Progress.  thisclosetobeingdone

the happy crazy house basement bathroom

Sheetrock, mud, tape, texture are on tap for this weekend.

Front Porch Roof and Front Walkway  – Done

At dusk

At dusk

Terrace hill to chicken coop – Done

the happy crazy house chicken coop

I also added a few things back in November.

  1. Back Gate – The back gate is up….but I have no pics for you 😦  fail
  2. Furniture placement in the basement – the fireplace is here!

Dave flies home later today and we will be hammering out as much of the basement bathroom as we can and laying out our plans for 2017.  I will have our list ready for you next week!

Enjoy your weekend Peeps.