Replacing a broken in-sink soap pump with a sink hole cover

Today I'm sharing with you the easiest quick fix. I'm kicking myself that I waited almost two years to tackle this simple project. Here's my kitchen sink. It's definitely not my favorite (I still weep over my under-mount stainless steel single bowl sink in our last house), but it does the job for now. This entire situation you see going on here will hopefully be gutted this year. Hopefully. If you look a little closer, you'll notice this in-sink soap pump. This thing has been broken since the day we moved in. Yup, we've lived here almost 2 years and we have never used it. So I … [Read more...]

Sewing her own Tapir stuffed animal with no pattern!

My 13 year old daughter created her own pattern and sewed her very own Tapir. Yes, you read that right - a tapir. They are an animal that my family is obsessed with. I'm just SMH right now at how silly this entire conversation sounds. :) So, she made a stuffed animal tapir for a school project. She did a project on tapirs at school, and her teacher offered bonus points if she created a tapir and brought it to school. So OF COURSE she wanted to sew one. Here's the finished tapir: For a 13 year old with little sewing knowledge and no pattern to go off of, I'd say this is a win! … [Read more...]

Master Bath Reno || removing tile, capping plumbing

Holla! Hey guys, I'm back today with another master bathroom renovation update. We are still in the demolition phase of this bathroom. I've got some tips that you might find useful if you ever have to tackle your own renovation. The bulk of today's post is sharing some tips on easily removing huge amounts of tile quickly, and also capping off plumbing so you can demo everything without having to leave your main water supply shut off for weeks and weeks. After I took the glass door and frame off the shower, I was left with this: Lots and lots of tile. Smashing that much tile with a … [Read more...]

Organizing a teenager bedroom, plus a huge broken mistake!

Guess what! My daughter is officially a teenager now! No more tweening for her. Thirteen will be a good year. It is weird though that I now have two teenagers and zero tweens, kids, toddlers, or babies. So anyway, I've been asking this teen of mine to please clean her room for months now. Obviously cleaning her room is above her pay-grade. Or maybe it's her age? Whatever her reason, she just could not get her s**t together enough to get the room clean. You know, typical teen girl messes - clothes everywhere (clean and dirty mixed together all over the place), trash that just could … [Read more...]

How to FROST GLASS with contact paper

Today I'm sharing a simple tutorial that will change your life. Seriously. It's that good. Would you like more privacy in your home without sacrificing the light streaming in? Just frost your glass! It's so easy, inexpensive, and is totally removable. Yup, unlike sprays and other frosted glass techniques, this one allows you to undo your frost if you ever change your mind. Mind blown, I know. I started out with a 10-panel glass door painted white. Last year I painted it black. I LOVE black doors! As much as I love this 10-panel glass door, especially now that it's black, we need … [Read more...]

Organizing an under-sink bathroom disaster

Today I have a quick and easy tip for organizing the cavernous hole under the bathroom sink. Our guest bathroom tends to be a catch-all for crap under the sink, and with it being a huge hole, it doesn't leave much room for organization. Here's what it looked like before. Yikes. I'm sorry for that. I'm sure you now need some eye bleach. I know, huge mess! Before I tackled the cabinet, I measured how wide the opening was and ran to Target for some type of drawer to hold everything. Here's what I came home with. When I got home I pulled everything out of the cabinet. Organizing … [Read more...]

Capping off plumbing, removing carpet staples | Master Bath reno update

Last week I shared that we've been thrown into an unexpected master bathroom renovation. Seemingly out of nowhere our shower started leaking water out from under the pan. The pan ended up having a small crack in the drain and is not fixable. The only solution is to replace it. Well, if I'm going to blow up my bathroom anyway, I may as well create the bathroom of my dreams, am I right?! Last week I started removing the pan and tearing out all the gross carpet. (Yes, the bathroom had carpet. Barf.) After we ripped the pan out to pinpoint the exact location of the leak, I quickly realized that … [Read more...]