Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Owl Quilts

For WIP (work in progress) Wednesday I thought I would show you my latest baby quilts.  One is done and one just needs me to finish sewing on the binding.

The finished one I did with a patchwork middle and added 2 borders.  


The owl fabric and the pink with white polka dots are from Joann's and the rest are from my stash.  Apparently I have a thing for fabrics with white polka dots because as I was trying to find fabrics to coordinate with the owls everything I picked had polka dots.


I used the same pink with white polka dots that's in the first border for the binding.  Machine stitched on of course.


You can see that owl print is my backing fabric too.


I quilted the patchwork pieces on this one in a grid pattern following the seams and I outlined the borders in the same way.  The little owls are just too cute.  This Owl Always Love You baby quilt is available now in my etsy shop if you're interested.  Use code LOVE10 to get 10% off all my ready-made quilts until February 14.

The next quilt was a spur of the moment just because I had extra squares leftover from the first owl quilt.  


It's all patchwork without borders and I added in a few more fabrics to fill it out.  This one is also a baby size and I quilted it by crisscrossing each patchwork square.  I did use the same owl print for the back and as you can see it's just waiting to have its binding finished up.

Next up is an Irish Chain quilt using some Bonnie and Camille Marmalade that I had stashed away - I'm actually going to do 2 at once - one for a friend and one to sell.  

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

Monday, January 20, 2014

Powder Room Redo

Here's a story about a gal whose husband had a wandering house eye.  He was always on the lookout for that special old house that had eluded us when we first moved to the midwest.  He had taken the gal and the kids on more than a few Sunday drives just to check out new towns and houses but nothing ever came of it.  

So the gal who couldn't stand her powder room says to the husband we're done searching, right?  We're staying in this house for a while, right?  I want to redo the powder room and I want to buy things assuming that this is our powder room, that I can decorate it to our taste and not do it neutral, right?  And the husband said yes go ahead.  

Now the gal orders up a storm - a vanity, a mirror, lighting, a faucet, a toilet, towel ring, and even the matching toilet paper holder.  The gal wants to paint the room a light bright color but the husband talks her into a dramatic moody dark blue.  They decide to add crown molding too.  Everything is designed to their taste.

They remove the old vanity (sell it on craigslist for a not too shabby $150) and remove the toilet.  The gal starts putting the primer over the hideous old red color and is almost done when the aforementioned husband says, "Hey, look at this house on the internet" and then adds "Let's drive out there this weekend and just peek at it".  

And that my friends is how by just "taking a peek" you end up rushing through a powder room remodel in order to get your house on the market 2 weeks later.

So without further long-winded storytelling here are the pictures...



This bathroom is tiny and was very 1995 luscious red, gold and ornate.


This is the vanity once it was out of the bathroom.  It's nice but not at all my style.  The guy who bought it was putting it in his leopard print wallpapered bathroom:).

Now for some afters...


We were going for an old-fashioned kind of cottage elegance.  I like the blue walls and I like the vanity which is a off-white color but I'm not sure that I love them together.  I think it may grow on me but probably not before we move;).  The vanity top is granite and we did ORB fixtures - mostly because the rest of our downstairs is done in ORB and we wanted to stay consistent.


The light fixture was ordered online from Home Depot and I really like it.  It was about $120 and it gives off a lot of light which was important because this tiny room doesn't have a window.

You can also see the crown molding that we added.  It's a thicker width molding and it really adds some character to the room.  It was fairly easy and affordable to do - I believe I spent less than $40 for all the molding and the adhesive.


Here's the new toilet.  It's a Delta Prelude and it was about $130.  It was fairly easy to install and it has made a real difference.  

We did paint all our trim and the door white.  The white trim really makes the oak floors look nicer.  

We did all the work ourselves; painting, plumbing, carpentry, electric, etc.  That saved us a lot of money, but I did spend a small fortune on all the pieces.  If I had known we were moving I definitely would have chosen some less expensive options.  The vanity and the mirror were not especially expensive, but the faucet, towel holder and the toilet paper holder were ridiculous.  I spent the extra money because I thought they would last us for a long time, and I wanted everything to match.  All in, we spent about $1200 on this project.  I tried to google the average powder room remodel cost and the best answer I could get was $2500-$5000.  So I think we did pretty well.

I'm sure the new homeowners will enjoy it for a long time:).

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~





Friday, January 17, 2014

Finished Hall Bath

I know.  I know.  You all had just about given up on me ever posting again.  Well me too but for some reason I feel re-energized enough today to give it a shot.

Since my last post things have been a frenzy.  We found a dream home, put our house on the market, had a few big custom orders in the etsy shop and did the holidays in between all that.

We are hoping that this weekend we will finally get an offer on our home.  We have two families coming for 2nd showings so keep your fingers crossed for us.  Once we are under contract I'll show you pictures of the new house.

Meanwhile we were forced to finish up all our unfinished projects around here so I have some pictures of those to share.  First up is the upstairs hall bathroom otherwise known as the kids bathroom.

Here is a before...


Old builder grade oak cabinet, dingy white walls, skimpy drawer hardware, etc.  I think the worst thing was that it had white walls, white countertop, white toilet, white tile in the shower and white tile on the floor.  Way too much white with the only contrast being the old 1980's oak cabinet and trim.

Here's a picture taken in the middle of making our improvements.  You can see more in this post.


And now some afters...


You can see that we framed out the mirror with some fancy molding and replaced the light fixture.  We also updated all the door knobs and hinges to a satin nickel finish.


On this side we replaced the toilet - which was not originally planned for but it started smelling all the time - totally gross - like old urine smell - like gas station bathroom gross.  I think it was because it was 20 years old and a cheap builder toilet.  When we lifted out the old one the wax ring was almost gone and there was crystallized pee all underneath it - super gross.  Now it is sweet smelling - for a toilet - and it flushes awesomely if you know what I mean:).


This Katie Daisy print hangs on the wall above the toilet and is one of my favorite new things in the bathroom.  It just adds a nice color and a cheerful sentiment.  

One of the most dramatic changes in the bathroom for the least amount of money was fixing the grout on the floor.  


In the past couple of years, I had tried every method possible to get this grout clean and nothing worked.  It was just stained, discolored, and yucky.  I had seen a similar improvement project on the yellow cape cod blog and thought it might work here.  I started it one afternoon and many tedious hours later it was done.  It was so worth it.


It made the floor look like new!!!  I was and am super pleased with the results.  The floor has some nice depth and interest now and helps break up all the white surfaces still left in the bathroom.  I bought the product at Home Depot for about $10 and applied it with a toothbrush at first but then I switched to q-tips.  I used a darker gray shade but it comes in a dozen different choices.  This was completed a few months ago and has shown no wear or tear.  Really a great bang for the buck project!

So in this small space we painted the walls, the vanity, the doors, and the trim.  We also upgraded the drawer pulls, replaced the light fixture, added molding to the mirror, replaced the door knobs and hinges, replaced the toilet and painted the tile grout.  It was a lot of sweat equity and our costs came in just under $500.  Not too bad.  

That's the scoop on that bathroom.  Kind of a shame we will be moving now that it is so cute. Oh well.  Seems that as soon as I update a few spaces in our house we always decide to move.  Anyone else have that happen to them?  The ol' fix it up but don't really get to enjoy it syndrome.

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~
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