Back and Forth and Up and Down

Around the time the GoldNugget was born, I started struggling with the blog. Mostly, my feelings toward the blog. It started to feel a bit… self indulgent… a bit too “look at what I did, everyone!” And then all the self-promotion that went along with it just started to feel a little… smarmy. So I stepped back. But also, I had a kid. A very busy, very active kid. He started sleeping around 9 months (HOLY COW HOW DID I MAKE IT THAT LONG), which is around the time he started cruising. And then walking around 10 months… CHILD, PLEASE. He’s so much fun (when he doesn’t yell at me), and I’m so, so thankful I get to have a front-row seat in this kid’s life. His smile. The dimples. The happiness. GAH.

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I still am unsure if I will step back in to blogging or not. It’s kind of nice to not document each and every step of every single project… and it saves our camera from getting grout, caulk, paint, and other such items all over it. So in my uncertainty toward the blog, I’m going to show you our most recent project. Which, surprisingly, we paid someone to do 90% of the work. Okay, 85%. Okay, 92%.2016-04-28 09.03.06Why did we pay someone? My time is limited. I get about 1-2 hours a day to not run around and read 16 books in a row. And also? It’s really, really nice to have someone else do the work and only dabble in a couple things. And also? I probably wouldn’t have done as good of a job on the tile. Or the trim. Or the plumbing. Or you know, any of the actual construction stuff. And our contractor said this is the very last job he’s ever going to tile. I think he wasn’t a fan of the marble.

My role in this? I painted the newly plastered walls (primed, first!), grouted everything (WORST THING EVER), and did the final touch-ups and such. Guys, I’m not kidding. When you grout, do it in the tiniest tiniest areas (like a 12″x12″ square) and then wipe it up. Otherwise, it’ll dry onto the tile itself, and then you’ll be on your hands and knees with a razor blade, scraping it off each and every mosaic tile by hand. *Speaking from experience*2016-04-28 09.02.40Honestly, we did a good bit of price-checking (Home Depot, Amazon, Overstock, etc.), and found that Amazon is still a better place to order most of our finish items. Amazon is taking over the world. Mark my words. (These are affiliate links to Amazon.) We ordered the Showerhead (and Valve! Don’t forget the valve!), and drooled over it for about 3 weeks before it was installed. Also, just in case you are wondering, it’s a Moen Wynford. Basically a rainfall showerhead, but not massive and crazy and weird in the space.2016-04-28 09.05.18The Light Fixture is from Progress (Archie two-light in Oil Rubbed Bronze). In our design phase, we decided to go ahead and also have a recessed LED light installed above the shower, and put both of the lights on a single dimmer. It’s awesome to be able to dim your bathroom lighting. HIGHLY suggest that. (Thanks for the suggestions, internet-friends.)2016-04-28 09.01.58Since marble is a natural stone, it had to be sealed… twice (even before the grout!), and once after! The Sealer and the grout Caulk (this is amazing for touch-ups, as well as any place vertical surfaces meet horizontals) came from Amazon also.2016-04-28 09.05.29The floor tile is from Home Depot (greecian marble hexagon mosaic), as is the grout (platinum Unsanded), the medicine cabinet (I’d only kind of recommend this. It looks great, and is a great price, and they have excellent customer service… it’s just not the highest quality piece), and the wall paint (Evaporation, by Behr).

Above the toilet, we reused our old ikea shelves (Dad had to hang these… Mom brain wasn’t working at all that day. LITERALLY, could not hang anything to save my life. Tried to hang the Towel Hooks, — used a measuring tape and everything! and mounted one 1″ higher than the other.).

2016-04-28 09.06.14We are so, so excited to be showering in a non-cave. And it’s a wonderful, relaxing way to start your day. I mean, as long as you’re not trying to squeeze a 7 minute shower in before child wakes up and wants to play.

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The little #GoldNugget’s room

I can’t wait to bring the little buddy home and show him his room. In reality, I foresee the following: J will scoop tiny human out of his car seat and take him for a grand tour of his brand new house while I quietly sob in the corner, hoping to never forget how sweet of a moment it is.

J will slowly walk tiny human around and show him all the fun things in his room…

Where he will rest his little head:Crib Complete_HouseofGoldThe mobile he will look at when he can focus his little eyes:Ship Mobile_HouseofGoldThe dresser that holds his tiny human clothes:Closet Corner_HouseofGold

The curtains that block out light and let him sleep:Nugget Curtain Close_HouseofGoldThe chair him and his Mom (that’s me!!) will sit for hours in while he feeds:Nursing Corner_HouseofGold

And the room that he will grow up in:Nugget Room Overall_HouseofGoldSo much love for this little one already.

Hall Closet – Slow but Steady Wins the Race.

I promised you a finished picture of something this week, but not necessarily the nugget’s room. See what I did there? Imma show you the finally-finished-closet. YESSSSS.

Come to find out, adding an extra bit of girth to your frontal midsection inhibits your abilities to wiggle in and out of tight spaces. Ergo, working on the closet was a little harder than I figured it would be. Progress has been slow (if not nonexistent), but now! NOW I HAVE SOMETHING TO SHOW YOU! This was cause for much rejoicing and celebrating in our house. Here’s where we left off:Stencil Complete_HouseofGold

So remember when I made all these fancy drawings and had everything all figured out? Well, I was too quick to speak. Much too quick. We purchased 3/4″ sheets of mdf and had the nice man at Home Depot cut them to size for us. Which, with my brain preoccupied with other things, I gave him the wrong dimensions. I told him I wanted 2-18″ pieces, and 1-12″ piece (leftovers) cut out of one board. (My drawings called for 16″ wide boards.)

Hall Closet Design_HouseofGold

Once I got home, I realized my mistake, so J and I ripped them down to 16″ boards. And then I started putting some in the closet and getting started with the whole shebang. Actually, after I put one board in the closet (the top shelf, to be precise), I recognized that was all wrong. WAY too deep and just not okay. There was literally no room for me to even use the shelves. Or to hang up a coat. So I decided the shelves then needed to be 12″ deep. Which caused about a 2-week wait until it was light enough outside to see our fingers, we were home for long enough to rip the boards down (again), and it wasn’t raining.

Once that was done, though, PROGRESS! Here’s what I [we] did. (And I don’t have step-by-step pics, but I think it’s fairly straightforward. Maybe.)

First, I screwed 2″ wide boards as my supports for the top shelf. Taking very special care to measure where the vertical shelves would go, I made certain to leave some open space. Then the top shelf rested neatly on those boards.Shelf Support_HouseofGold

Then I took the two 7′ tall boards and slid them vertically in place, so I could then take exact measurements of how wide the second, shorter hanging section on the right would be. Got that? Once that was in place, I measured for a shelf on the very lower left hand side of the vertical supports (where boots might rest).

With those two shelves in place, I could then measure how wide the center shelves should be, which would [hopefully] make everything flush and tight with each other. Basically, the reason there are no progress pics is because everything wouldn’t fit together properly until the very end, when it was all in place. Also, despite the fact that I drew up my fancy sketchup model, we have plaster walls. Which makes nothing really square and/or exactly straight. Which means it’s best to wait and measure exact dimensions, rather than go off a drawing that assumes a bunch of things.

LIKE THIS.Closet Shelves_HouseofGoldOnce we got all the shelving set up, Dad came in and cut the baseboards to size, which also included the quarter round. And then he got crazy with the nail gun and secured them in to place. While that was happening, Mom and J and I cut the trim pieces for the front of the shelves. This trim is called “stop moulding” at the Depot, which means that one of the corners is ever-so-slightly-rounded… and that was just fine for our tastes. So anyway, we cut all those to size and nailed them in place.Adding Trim_HouseofGoldAnd then I caulked the entire thing. Two-point-five-bottles of caulk. I had to take a nap after that. #butforreal We let that stuff dry out for a day or so, and then Mom came back, lightly sanded the caulk spots down to make them smooth, and put a couple coats of paint on it. AND THEN?!?! Okay, wait. Remember what it looked like before:

Hall Closet Before_HouseofGold   AND NOW.Hall Closet Unloaded_HouseofGoldHall Closet Complete_HouseofGoldI didn’t keep track of the exact pricing of everything, but if we had to guess, it’d be around $100 in materials to create this. We used:

  • 2 sheets of 3/4″ mdf
  • baseboard
  • quarter round
  • 3-7′ sections of Stop moulding
  • Paint (leftover oops paint)
  • Stencil (given to us by the lovely people over at Royal Design Studio)
  • Screws/ Nails (had on hand)
  • 3 bottles of caulk

So, obvs, I could have gone out to buy new fabric bins that matched and don’t make your eyes dizzy (pattern on pattern… whoa.), but seriously. It’s a closet. These bins were free. I didn’t want to spend money. And therefore, they work juuuuuust fine.

I’d say Team Goldman/Warner was pretty successful in the closet-ing adventures.

Hall Closet CloseUp_HouseofGoldHooray!

And the curtains!

True or false: One of my “irrational freak-out moments” of this pregnancy included the possibility of bringing tiny human home to a room that HAD NO CURTAINS. And when he was laying there in his little crib, he would look around with his unfocused eyes, and be so incredibly disappointed in me that he didn’t have curtains. (If you answered true, you would be spot-on.) Little buddy, don’t you worry. You now have curtains.

So when J mentioned his little design switcharoo from foresty-goodness to fishing lodge, I set off to find fabric that would basically be the piece that ties everything together. And/or the kind that would allow for some funsies later on. And wouldn’t you know, I found it! Except it was RIDICULOUSLY expensive. At least in my brain, which is used to spending no more than $6 a yard on fabric. But Look!

Fishing Lures_CurtainI kept looking, but then kept coming back. I couldn’t get it out of my head. The nugget needed it. He had to have it. And what baby wants, baby gets. Ish. So I devised a plan of how I could work this fabric in without going completely broke. And I decided that I would only use it as an accent strip, rather than the entire panel. So I ordered some and when it arrived, set off to JoAnn’s to see what kind of coordinating fabric I could find. I came up with a brown linen-type blend that seemed to fit the feel of the room perfectly.

I think I ended up getting about 8 or 9 yards of the brown, and about 2 yards of the fishing lure (accent) piece, then divided it amongst 4 panels. I eyeballed how much brown I needed on top of the accent piece, then cut the other panels to the same heights.Nugget Curtain Close_HouseofGold

Sorry, this isn’t much of a tutorial- my sewing is much like my cooking, where it’s all eyeballed and changed [frequently] along the way. Nor are there progress pics… because… well… there aren’t. Irregardless, after three sides were sewn (top and sides), I added grommets to the top panel (remember how I made the living room curtains?).Curtain Rod Closeup_HouseofGold

AND THEN. I stole two of J’s fishing poles. At first, he was sad about this. But then he remembered that he has approximately 9 other poles still left in the garage to use. I grabbed a couple of hooks, hung those poles up (don’t worry- I used anchors to get these guys to stay in place), and then hung the curtains!

Curtain Rod_HouseofGoldTo finish the bottom hem, I left the curtains hanging, measured for a bit of pooling on the ground, and then used some magic iron hem tape (Stitch Witchery, to be exact) to get them to stay the correct length. And ta-daaaa! Done.Nugget Curtains_HouseofGold

OKAY, FINE. I’ll show you completed things next time.