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Wine Down Wednesday – Baroda Founders Chardonnay

Baroda Founders Chardonnay 1

Baroda Founders Chardonnay

Price: $20

Score: 13

Baroda Founders Chardonnay 2

Manda’s Notes:

  • Yeasty
  • Heavy
  • Oaky but tart
  • Slightly smoky

Wolfy’s Notes:

  • Bright, sparkling gold color
  • Soft
  • Yeasty
  • Tart
  • Beer-y
  • Light Finish

Overall, not our favorite Chardonnay.  If you like beer, you will most likely enjoy this wine more than we did.

Baroda Founders Chardonnay 3

If you have tried this wine, let us know your opinion.

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Swiss Cheese Sub-Floor

Once the master bathroom was gutted and we were left with an empty space, the hard work started.

First we had to figure out the layout.  After several configurations, we finally found something that we both agreed on and could easily be executed.



The subfloor had to be cut out in several places to run drainage lines to where the shower and tub would be.  One cut ended up being excessive, as there was a miscommunication on where we were putting the shower.


When we were in line with the new location for the drainage, we were able to run the pipes though the floor and cut a hole out where we needed access to attach the two drains together and eventually bring plumbing up from downstairs.


Once that was done, the room slowly began to take shape.  Now that the layout had been decided, it was time to build a wall in between the shower and the tub.  Originally, this was going to be a tub deck, but once that plan got nixed we decided to reuse the frame.  Had we designed it for this function, it would have been taller.


After living with it, I like that it doesn’t go to the ceiling, and while Wolfy would prefer the shower nozzle to be a touch taller, with the height of the shower walls we installed I think we would have been in for a world of trouble (for example when we put an “S” extension in it caused so much water to leak out from over the top it was amazing).

If you notice in the picture above one of the shower walls is going against a window.  We were willing to sacrifice this window for several reasons.  One, this is where it made the most sense to put the shower.  Two, we were left with two windows in the bathroom once this one was removed.  And three, because the two windows next to each other in the picture were originally in two different rooms, they were different sizes, and to me that just looked really awkward.  When they came to redo the siding, they removed this window from the outside and added plywood to the opening, before siding over it.

Previous Master Bathroom Posts:

Gutting the Bathroom


Mood Board – Grey, Teal and Yellow Bedroom

This room isn’t a figment of my imagination.  It is a gathering of thoughts for my guest bedroom.  You will notice that I did not mention a headboard or dresser.  I have both of these pieces already that will be repurposed.  While we are still a ways away from getting our room ready for finishing touches (we still need to drywall) it has been fun to imagine what direction it can take.  Stay tuned to see how close the finished design matches the inspiration.

So without further ado, here is my slightly beach inspired guest bedroom mood board:

grey teal yellow bedroom mood board

Item 1:

I chose Sherwin-Williams 6246 North Star for the paint color.  I love the grey neutral that makes color pop.  This color is also light enough that it will really brighten up the room.

Item 2:

Another Sherwin-Williams color Walnut Wainscoting (Wood Classic oil base stain, you can view the details here) is what we picked for the floor when we moved in.  I am not redoing the floors in this room, so we are going to work with what we have.

Item 3:

A nice gray rug grounds the room, love the pattern.

Item 4:

Breezy white curtains, with a touch of yellow to tie it in as an accent color, and the grey connects it to the other pieces.  There will need to be some sort of shade behind this, either a bamboo or blackout.

Item 5:

The bedspread was the first thing I picked out after the paint color.  The teal chevron design makes a statement and also leans towards the beachy vibe I was going for.

Item 6:

A cute little storage ottoman with a sweet yellow design will be a great place to hide an extra blanket and also act as a place to stack items next to the bed.

Item 7:

I have a thing for this pendant light.  The vision I have requires rewiring a plug and switch to it so it can hang over the bed.  Sort of an upscale table lamp, it will bring your eye up and also provide a reading light.

Item 8:

Decorative touch to add art to the room, the metal and wood ties in well with the beach theme.  I see black and white pictures of shells or waves in this.

Item 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 :

I really like the idea of these pieces.  They are a great inspiration.

I hope you enjoyed the mood board. I really enjoy creating these. However, a real room is much more fun. Having to deal with existing features (rug has to stay, weird lay out, can’t get a new sofa, etc.) or a person’s personal preference (hate the color green, really like fish, etc.) makes the design more challenging.  So, if you have a room you are stuck on, or would just like a fresh set of eyes, contact Our Wolf Den.  I would love to help. I need at least a few pictures of the room, the rough dimensions of the room, any furniture that has to stay, what you don’t like, and what style you are looking for, and I will do my best.

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Types of Vino Wall Art

I am so excited.  I have been working on several projects for Wolfy’s birthday.  Now that it has past I can give you a rundown of some great gift (and decorating) ideas.  I will be sharing these projects with you over the next couple of weeks.

The first project I tackled was to add some wine art to our living room.  I went searching on All Posters to find the perfect prints.  I ended up purchasing four (three for Wolfy and one for myself) and today I am going to share the first project I tackled.

I purchased this print.  I loved the graphic letters and knew it would be perfect for our living room.  I didn’t want to just have it framed, I wanted to do something a little more special.  I decided I would mount the print onto a board.  A trip to Home Depot later I found a 2’x4’ piece of ¼ inch MDF for right around $7.  I also purchased a test container of Jet Black Glidden paint and a can of spray polyurethane.  What I really wanted was the water based product that is similar to poly but I could not find it.   While normal poly has the tendency to turn yellow overtime I think it will be okay for this project.

The first step was to cut the wood down to size.  The print is 16×20 so I cut the board roughly 24×20.  The goal was to create a large matte behind the print.


Once the board was cut, I hit the edges with some sand paper and used the Jet Black paint to cover the MDF.  I painted the front and the edges, making sure to apply it very thick.  Once the paint was on evenly, I ran my brush down the board to create even paint lines that were visible.


Once happy with the look, I stuck the print directly into the wet paint.  Making sure it was centered, I pressed the print down to get all the air bubbles out.  Next time I would use a paint scraper or squeegee to make sure all the bubbles were removed.  I did end up with one once it was dry, but it is hard to notice unless you are looking for it.


Once the paint was dry I applied several light layers of poly until I was happy with the shine.

Then, all that was left was to figure out was where to put it on the wall.  I used a level and then small finish nails in the corners to attach the piece of art to the wall.


Personally, I am exceedingly happy with the way it turned out.  Wolfy was really impressed with it too, so that made my day.



Notice the fabric covered frames?  Here is the how to on those.

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No More Dripping…

On a shopping trip to Home Depot for spray paint, we found ourselves in the faucet aisle.  I have been keeping an eye out for a new kitchen faucet since we bought the house.  Wolfy has been hesitant to replace the one we had.  Every time I mentioned it, he mentioned how expensive they can be and maybe we should wait awhile.  Yet we kept looking.

 before and after

The one we inherited when we bought had a leaking issue.  When you turned it full off (like it was in the before pictures) there was a steady stream of water.  So we had to back it off to a precarious half on half off position to make sure there was no water coming out.  I was worried we would forget this and turn the water “off” and leave for work and the sink would drip the whole day.  Worse yet our sink that likes to clog would not allow the water to escape and would flood the house.  It wasn’t a promising idea.


We decided to bite the bullet and buy a new faucet before we left for our weekend away to Virginia, so the pet sitter would not have to worry about our finicky faucet issue.  To our surprise we found a nice faucet in brushed nickel for $88 from Glacier Bay.  After we got home, we got right down to installing the faucet.  Make sure to follow the instructions included in your new faucet.  But here are the steps we followed…


Step 1:

Turn off the water.  Under the sink we have three water valves; the hot, the cold, and the one for the dishwasher.  Wolfy turned off all three.  The hot and cold have to be turned off and he turned off the dishwasher water just to be safe.


Step 2:

Unhook the water lines.  Each line will be hooked up to the copper lines that are in the cabinet and to the faucet itself.


Step 3:

The next step on our list was to remove the weight that allows the pull out faucet to pull back in.  Depending on the style you may not have this.


Step 4:

Remove the nut(s) that are holding the faucet to the sink base.


Step 5:

Pull the old faucet out.  You are half way there!!!


Step 6:

Remove the o-ring that was under the old faucet and clean the area.  You want to make sure any grease or dirt is gone so the new faucet will seal tight.


Step 7:

Set the new faucet in the hole.  Line it up (it is helpful to have two sets of hands) and attach the nut(s) underneath the sink base.  You want to make sure they are tight enough that you can not move the faucet base but you do not want to over tighten it.  Like all o-rings if you over tighten it you can compress the o-ring too much and cause a leak.


Step 8:

Install the new weight.

Step 9:

Attach the water lines.  Remember the water lines will need to be attached to the faucet and to the copper supply lines.  Make sure the cold and hot lines are attached to the appropriate lines, there is nothing worse than having your cold and hot lines backwards and getting hot water instead of cold.  If this happens you will just need to swap them at one end.


Step 10:

Turn your water back on and you are done!  We had to tighten the fitting that attached to the pullout faucet on ours but other than that you are ready to enjoy your new faucet.



Previous Posts with details about the kitchen:

Tiling the Floors


Bead board

Tiling the Backsplash

Grouting the Backsplash

Under the Cabinet Storage Solution


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Wine Down Wednesday – Williamsburg Winery

On our trip to Virginia we only had time and energy to stop at one winery.  Right before we headed home, we stopped at Williamsburg Winery.


Williamsburg Winery ran like a well-oiled machine.  It was a little larger than we like normally.  Both Wolfy and I enjoy being able to sit, talk, and drink with the wine maker – or at least one on one with the very knowledgeable staff member.  Unfortunately for us (but it is a good thing for the winery) we visited during the busy time of the year.

We arrived about 5 minutes before 11 and purchased our tickets for the tour and tasting ($10 per person which includes a glass you get to keep).  When the tour started we were lead to a room to watch a short movie about the winery and it’s history.  I think this is when I realized just how large this winery is.


Our very knowledgeable tour guide lead us though the meeting/reception room first.  The large room was made in 17th century style with large beams and wood floors.


It has two fireplaces that were moved piece by piece from Italy, three chandeliers (one of which was original, the others are replicas of it), and two suits of armor.  The next stop was to the barrel room.  Wow… dark, damp, and perfect – at least for two wine geeks like us.  We then got to look though a caged in room where they keep all of their reserved vintages.  They still had wine from the late 80s in there.  On our next trip we may take the Reserved Tour where they let you taste these special wines.  We then got to look though large windows that showed off their bottling line.  After winding up a spiral stair case, we went through their small museum which held several display cases of bottles from the 1800s.  I wish were able to spend more time in this room, there was a lot there we didn’t get to take in.  Another window showed off the room that held all of their stainless fermenting steel tanks.


The last stop was the tasting.  The winery has too many wines to let you taste what you want.  Instead they have certain wines picked out that they allowed you to taste.  The flight included 7 wines.  The first 6 were standard and the 7th you were allowed to pick between a reserve wine and a dessert wine.

Our winery trip recaps are a bit different from our wine reviews.  Basically you get our tasting notes that we write down while we are going through the tasting.  There will be no scores.  One reason being we don’t have time to evaluate the wine correctly, the other is that it is just plain rude to score a wine in this sort of setting (especially as amateur wine lovers).

So now the wine:

2012 James River White

Manda’s Notes:

  • Pineapple/Citrus/Floral Nose
  • Crisp, tart in mouth
  • Nice mouth feel
  • Clean finish

Wolfy’s Notes:

  • Floral/Citrus nose
  • Grassy
  • Slightly bitter flavors

2010 Acte 1619 Chardonnay

Manda’s Notes:

  • Fruity nose
  • Oaky
  • Clean
  • Very refined

Wolfy’s Notes:

  • Toasty
  • Buttery nose
  • Crisp
  • Dry
  • Clean
  • Refreshing

2011 Governor’s White

Manda’s Notes:

  • Floral notes
  • Pineapple/Tropical flavors

Wolfy’s Notes:

  • Tropical/Pineapple nose
  • Apple/Tropical flavor

2010 Arundell Cabernet Sauvignon

Manda’s Notes:

  • Smoky nose
  • Tobacco notes
  • Smoky taste with very friendly tannins

Wolfy’s Notes:

  • Smoky, earthy nose
  • Sharp tannic flavor
  • Lingering finish

2007 Burgesses’ Measure Merlot

Manda’s Notes:

  • Smoky deep nose
  • Fruity
  • Lots of oak

Wolfy’s Notes:

  • Fruity/Smoky nose
  • Tobacco notes
  • Strong heavy finish

2009 Hening’s Statute Barrel Aged Claret

Manda’s Notes:

  • Dark color
  • Smooth
  • Lots of berry flavor

Wolfy’s Notes:

  • Gorgeous ruby color
  • Fruity/Berry nose
  • Lingering smoky flavor

Choice between (of course we shared our samples):

2009 Trianon

Manda’s Notes:

  • Smoky
  • Full bodied
  • Felt like it was holding back almost bottle shocky but very good

Wolfy’s Notes:

  • Smoky port nose
  • Dry lingering finish

Vin Licoreux de Framboise

Manda’s Notes:

  • Merlot with just a touch of raspberry

Wolfy’s Notes:

  • Sweet berry nose
  • Bursting warm berry flavors
  • Sweet lingering finish


Stripe the Walls

before and after stair way make over

I mentioned in a previous post here about my love for the horizontal stripe. It took me a while, but I finally found the perfect place to stripe, the hallway going upstairs.  If any place needed a little whimsy, this area certainly did.



We followed the same process we did the last time we horizontally striped an area.  The colors we picked were a shade and sheen apart.  They are actually pale blue in color.  I couldn’t find the paint cans to let you know which color, but if they are found I will post that information.  Two coats of the lighter color went on.  We then decided how many stripes we wanted, marked, and taped them off (after the paint had dried of course).  Then the darker shinier color went on (two coats as well).  Make sure you pull your tape while the paint is still wet!


Other projects we tackled on the hallway makeover:

  • Paint the brown handrail white.
  • Freshen up the white paint on the trim.9
  • Give the stairs a new coat using a slip resistant paint (the paint felt like it had sand mixed in it).


Over all a much more cheery area, amazing what a few coats of paint can accomplish.




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