One Room Challenge | Week 7

Garage Edition

Welcome my friends to week 7 of the One Room Challenge (ORC). I am back on track this week and feeling AMAZING! Since we are pretty close to done with this garage renovation, I’m just going to do an overview of everything that we’ve done over the past seven weeks.

The Motivator

I think the following pictures will explain everything about why I chose to do this space first… I need organization in my garage to have motivation to take on projects, so this was a no brainer for me.

Week 1

Week one of the garage renovation was all about preparation. This week we focused on clearing out the garage and prepping the floor with the cleaner & degreaser, followed by the concrete etch to assist in the epoxy adhesion to the concrete.

Week 2

Week two of the garage renovation was all about the concrete repair and epoxy process. I also started painting the walls and storage rack to match, installed most of the cabinets, and installed the Craftsman Versatrack system.

Week 3

Week three was not as productive, but we focused on the details. Here is what happened this week: painted the cabinets, added pulls to the cabinets, installed the end panel, and had my logo installed on the wall!

Week 4

Week four is the half way point and the garage is starting to take shape. This week I tackled cutting a mitered corner on the butcher block counters…. not to mention I free hand cut it with my circular saw. Proud moment for me. Was it perfect? nope! Did it still look good? You bet it did! Wood glue and saw dust were the real heroes! I also started measuring and planning for the PRX performance system.

Week 5

Week five was all about the gym. We got the stringer boards and PRX rack installed as well as mounted the TV and build some shelves to go under it.

Week 6

Week 6 was a bit of a slow down and break kind of a week for me. We did manage to get the gym all tidied up and ready for use though.

Week 7

That leaves us with week seven, phew! I am burnt out at this point. I took on readying the studio apartment above the garage for family to stay this week. So it has just been one project after the other. This week I changed out all of the doorknobs and dead bolts as they were all broken. I also finished installing the trim, used the left over butcher block to build the rest of the shelves under the TV and organized a little.

That leaves us with Week 8

Week eight will be focused on readying the space for photos. I am leaving Wednesday for my dad’s memorial service. So I will need to plan ahead for once in my life, haha. I have had so much fun with everyone participating in the One Room Challenge. I have met some pretty incredible makers and friends through this challenge, and to me, that is what its all about. Be sure to check out the other participants for the ORC. As always, if you have questions, don’t hesitate to reach out here.

DISCLAIMER: 

Please use proper safety precautions and do appropriate research when attempting projects. You are responsible for your own safety.

One Room Challenge | Week 6

Garage Edition

Ladies and gentlemen, please enjoy my awkward pose holding this workout ball. Ha! Just kidding, welcome to week 6 of the ORC! I am slowly getting caught up with the blog part of this. I am all gas and no brakes and getting me to sit down and write about things I’ve done is… well, I’d rather wash dishes 😂. Honestly though, if what I’m writing helps even just one person out there, then I’m happy.

Anyways, not much happened this week. I took a mental health break and basically just tidied things up in the garage and got ALL FOUR PODS EMPTIED!!!! I got super motivated to get them out of here after recieving a charge for over $800! Part of the PODS content was all of our gym equipment. We had to call on uncle Tom for his tractor and fork lift attachment to help lift my giant elliptical out of the pod and into the garage.

THE Uncle Tom

That wonderful man pictured below… Not my wonderful man, the one on the tractor. He is the engineer that helps me understand everything. He should honestly win an award. He will literally stop whatever he is doing to help whoever is asking. I have never met such a selfless and giving person!

We received the rest of our rubber mats. Josh got those all laid out. I finished organizing all of our little things on the rack wall. I’m not sponsored by any of the brands that I list on my blog, FYI.

Craftsman Verstrack

I bought the rack/slat system from Lowes, the Craftsman Versatrack, and I honestly love it. It has all sorts of accessories available and it was super easy to install. Not to mention, it wasn’t expensive. It was $9.99 for one track. You can buy a kit or purchase one at a time and go at your own pace to keep up with your budget. I would give it a DIY beginners level grade.

Be sure to check out the other ORC guest participants and featured designers for week 6. And as always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out here.

One Room Challenge | Week 5

Garage Edition

So, I’m still over here playing catch up. Welcome to week 5 of the ORC (Tomorrow starts week 7😬). Sorry guys, we’ve had lots of family stuff going on and family always comes first in my household. Let’s just dive right in, shall we?

This week was all about the gym side of the garage, and to be honest, I didn’t accomplish all that much this week. But you know what? Progress is progress! I’m taking my time with this so I don’t burn out and never finish.

PRX Performance Rack

One thing that I am super excited about, is our recent squat rack upgrade to the PRX Performance rack. It was a little bit more complicated to install than I anticipated, only because I was limited on where I could (or wanted to) mount it. The support beams have to be precise, otherwise it won’t fold up correctly, or at all. As you can see, we added stringer boards so that the rack could fold up without hitting the garage door opener or the window sill.

Stringer Boards

These stringer boards are 2 x 8, typically stringer boards are 2 x 10, but that wasn’t necessary with this application. With stringer boards, you want to have two bolts or lag screws per stud. In this case, we were installing this over four studs, so we have 8 3.5″ Lag screws per board (I did talk about electrical safety when using anything longer than 2″ screws on my previous post). I did use a spade bit to create the depth I needed for these lag screws to sit flush within the stringer board, so that I could install the PRX support beam over the board.

Support Beam

Once the stringer boards were installed, I used another four 3.5″ Lag screws to attach the support beam to the stringer board and stud. This thing isn’t going anywhere. The support beams can’t be more than 1/4″ off, otherwise this won’t work properly. My anxiety was high with this install, I am by no means a perfectionist when it comes to DIYing, and this required me to be. Now that the support beams are up, we used a plumb bob to ensure that they were perfectly aligned and finished tightening all of the Lag screws down.

Josh took over from here with the PRX installation while I went over and worked on installing the TV wall mount bracket and shelves. I used a 1 x 2 for my support and screwed that into the studs. Then just used what I had left over from my butcher block counters to make some shelves under neath the TV.

Building some shelves with the left over butcher block I had from the counter install
Josh finishing up the Squat Rack and I’m starting the TV wall bracket.

I want you all to just appreciate how close that rack was to the garage door bracket… Look below

There was less than 1/4″ clearance 😳. I wish I could take credit for having perfect planning and measurements but, this was all pure luck! I totally forgot to account for the bracket 🤦🏻‍♀️ but luckily it all worked out. How crazy is that?!?

So far, this space is turning out to be pretty awesome for us and I may actually end up using it! 😅 Thanks for joining me here and following along on this renovation. Please be sure to check out the other One Room Challenge guest participants and featured designers. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out here!

One Room Challenge | Week 3

Garage Edition

Welcome to Week 3 of the Better Homes & Gardens One Room Challenge. For those of you who are new here, I am a guest participant in the One Room Challenge and I am renovating my garage. This week had a slight halt due to Bronchitis, but I’m starting to feel better and kicking it into high gear to accomplish my goals for the week! Goals for the week include:

  • Painting the cabinets
  • Add hardware to cabinets
  • Cut and install countertop
  • Having my logo installed (Already done, refer to above picture!)
  • Install trim
  • Install PRX performance system if arrives in time (Was supposed to be delivered Friday but is delayed now)
  • Finish painting the walls
  • Install End panel, trim, and toe kick on Cabinets

Friday night, I had a burst of energy and got the cabinet end panel cut and installed. You know what’s missing in the image below? Safety gear! This is a good opportunity to chat about what you should be using when working with saws, yes even a jigsaw.

Safety First

  1. Hair should be pulled back
  2. I should be wearing safety goggles, glasses are not sufficient for stopping sawdust or pieces of wood from flying into your eyes
  3. Ear protection
  4. Mask. Seasoned woodworkers would advise you to wear a properly fitted, high efficiency respirator so you can decrease your chances of developing respiratory problems or certain types of cancer.
  5. Fitted clothing (loose fitted clothing can easily become entangled in a power tool
  6. Gloves are used when handling wood but not advised when near rotating blades and other machinery parts where gloves can catch
  7. Protective footwear

Cabinets and Hardware

Then, I finished painting the cabinets and added the hardware. The painting process was easy, as these cabinets were unfinished. I should use a primer but I just used a paint that had paint and primer in one. Believe it or not, I only needed to apply two coats, without a primer and all! I did spray it down with a clear satin polycrylic spray. If you use this product, please be sure to be in a well ventilated area.

There was a slight hiccup with the hardware. Two of the handles weren’t installing level and drove me mad, so I filled in the holes with wood filler and started over. Do you ever have that problem, where you just can’t get it right? It ended up working out, I just had to keep trying.

My focus face, this handle was not going in easy!
You can see I struggled on the middle drawer as well. That’s wood filler you’re seeing (Insert Face Palm)

Don’t worry, I sanded it down and painted over it and you can’t even tell now that I had an oops! Its not a DIY if there isn’t at least one oops involved. Backtracking for a second… Did you see that GIANT sign above?? Southern Oregon Signs made and installed that for me! I promise it looks better in person. Unfortunately for my picture quality, I have a toddler and most of my DIYs happen during nap time and bed time, when low light is an issue. It’s pretty crazy seeing something you created up on the wall like that. 

Plan of Attack

I plan on finishing up the painting next so I can get rid of all of these paint trays and drapes and then starting on the trim work. Once the trim work is done, I’ll tackle the countertop. I’ve been waiting for him to have a day off to help me out because its a bit too heavy for me to hold and cut by myself. Plus, with the cabinets being installed on an L shape, I’ll need to make a miter cut, which I’ve never done with counters before. EEK! I’m going to try to make a template first to cut from so if I make a mistake the first time, I’m not ruining an expensive piece.

I’m hoping the PRX gym system arrives before week 4 starts because I was planning on devoting week 4 to my work bench build. I got my plans for this build from my friend Ben, his instagram handle is: @Bens_diy. He has a highlight bubble that shows you step by step, how to build this!

One Room Challenge Link

I’ll go over how the countertop install went when I get there. In the meantime, check out the other Guest participants and featured designers for the Fall Better Homes & Gardens One Room Challenge. There are some pretty incredible designs and DIYs happening over there!

Have questions? Reach out here!

Disclaimer

Please use proper safety precautions and do appropriate research when attempting projects. You are responsible for your own safety.

Do It Yourself | Half Bathroom Renovation

This was the most last minute renovation ever! I decided to renovate this bathroom when we decided to put our house up on the market. Our realtor was walking through our house, making a list of her recommendations and stopped at this room. She asked very politely, “are you planning on updating this room?” Well, I wasn’t but I hear what you are saying! The picture above is the “after” photo. Here is the before:

I don’t think I have EVER moved as fast on a project as I did with this room. This entire renovation took me about four or five days to complete.

Here is what happened in this room:

  • Removed wood floor and installed tile
  • Installed new light fixture
  • Painted walls and ceiling
  • Installed new vanity
  • Replaced electrical outlet and light switch
  • Installed new sink and faucet
  • Installed new vanity mirror
  • Added tile backsplash around toilet
  • Installed shelving above toilet
  • Added new baseboards
  • Installed new toilet

This half-bathroom renovation cost just under $1000 and only took four days to complete. Partly because I knew what I was doing this time around. I didn’t have to stop and research how to do anything, which saved me SOOOO much time! You know how empowering that feels to finally feel like I know what I’m doing? … a little 😅.

I wanted to remove the wood floor in there because the gapping between each floor board was more than a quarter inch and not to mention, it was collecting all kinds of gunk! 🤢 For this reason, it had to go.

For the purpose of waterproofing, tile is better in my opinion for wet areas like bathrooms and laundry rooms.

The Process

To begin the process in this room my husband and I removed the toilet followed by the vanity. Then we proceeded remove the wood flooring using a pry bar. Be sure to remove any nails left in the subfloor. Next, we painted the walls and ceiling and then waterproofed the area with Mapei’s Aquadefense: https://amzn.to/37d7QPGa

After measuring the depth of the transition where the wood floor would meet the tile, I then realized that my tile and wood floor would not be level. As a result, I decided to just go with the Hardie Backer cement board. In light of the extra work, this room is extra waterproofed! This room has no natural light, so I went with white walls and a light grey tile to brighten it up.

All things considered, I am so glad that we decided to do this last minute renovation. As a result, our house had so many viewings right out of the gate and had a full price cash offer on the sixth day of being on the market!

In conclusion, sometimes putting in that extra bit of hard work really pays off.

Be sure to follow along on social media, links below, for all of the behind the scenes action! FYI, all of my tutorials, tips, how to’s are always saved to my highlights on instagram. Have questions? Head over to my contact page and shoot me a question!

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Disclaimer

Please use proper safety precautions and do appropriate research when attempting projects. You are responsible for your own safety. 

One Room Challenge | Master Bedroom Reveal

Here it is, the master bedroom reveal! Better late than never, right? So this wasn’t the grand reveal I was hoping for, but I still love the new look. As you can see, I’ve been absent since Week 4 of the ORC and here is why…. You ready for it??

WE ARE MOVING!!!! 😆

In the middle of all the renovation chaos, we were like “I kind of think we should go look at this historic home”, and by we I mean my mother-in-law and me! (We are trouble when we are together) Next thing you know, we listed our house for sale and had a full price cash offer on the sixth day on the market. Can you believe that?!?! During the listing period I also took on renovating our master bathroom and half bathroom as well… Do you see now why I haven’t been posting on the blog? 😅😂

The flooring did not come in time, which ended up being a blessing in disguise. We were originally just going to replace the flooring one room at a time. If I had started that, I would’ve had to come up with $$$$ to finish it and then install it myself! The timing would not have worked out, so thank you shipping delays!! The beams didn’t show up till reveal day so I’m just going to take them to our new house and find a place for them there.

Why We Are Moving

We decided to move for several reasons. The first being that this property is just not suitable for our horses. I have nowhere to work them and they have no pasture. When we bought this house last year, I didn’t realize that the pasture was not safe for them (Rookie). Second, we don’t have the money to hire a crew to maintain a proper fire break around the house, so Josh has been doing this all by hand.

The land is too steep in most areas for our tractor to get to. I tried helping him this spring but I am severely allergic to poison oak and had a huge break out that required four weeks of steroids. As Ella gets older, she has become so attached to her “Nini” (grandma), and we want to be closer to her.

I will miss our incredible views on top of our little Madrone Mountain but I am VERY excited for our next adventure. Flipping this house in one year provided us with this opportunity to move into a gorgeous little farmhouse less than a mile from our beloved Nini and Pops.

Let my DIYs be a lesson to you all. Sometimes, when you put in a little (or a LOT) of elbow grease, it pays off in the end and opens bigger and better doors for you. You just have to jump in and do it!

Be sure to follow along on instagram for behind the scenes and daily life in stories. Links provided in image captions! The rug is linked on my Links and Discounts page, head over there to get yourself 10% off, and yes, it is WASHABLE!

Check out the before and after shots below

Here’s a link to our bed frame: https://amzn.to/3zQtPIx
Link to Nightstand: https://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/Carbon-Loft-Mulgrew-Distressed-Walnut-Nightstand/27742985/product.html
Link to the sconce: https://www.overstock.com/Lighting-Ceiling-Fans/Copper-Grove-Leighton-1-light-Copper-Bronze-Swing-Arm-Wall-Lamp/20461187/product.html
Link to Loveseat: https://www.furniturerow.com/pd/Durango-Loveseat/prod2220117

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