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Opening up the Master Bedroom

opening up the master bedroom

I mentioned previously, in the new window post, that we were knocking walls down upstairs.  Now you can see what I was talking about.  The area that opened up to the dormer addition (the area that we think used to be a kitchenette) had a large doorway, but the position of the partial walls made that portion of our upstairs almost unusable.  So we knocked them down.


Just to remind you, here is what it looked like before.


We added a 4 X 6 beam after we took the two walls out.


We built out the side wall so it would be even with the support.  We didn’t want any awkward juts out from the wall anymore, as this is where we wanted our bed to go.


On the other side of the room we built a walk in closet with large mirror doors.  It looks awesome across from the huge window.


Again, as a reminder, this is what that area looked like before.


Previous Master Bedroom Posts:

Adding the window



Building a Front Deck

fron deck

Once our siding was replaced, we noticed how bad the rest of the front of the house looked.  The first step was to remove the old timbers that held back the flower beds and replace it with stone.  The next step was to address the cracked concrete step in front of the house.  There were a few things to do.  We could either patch it, cover it in more concrete, or build a deck over it.  The deck option was the one we were both most comfortable with.


Once we got all of our supplies, we got to work.


To support the deck, we anchored metal posts into the existing concrete using a hammer drill.  This took way longer than anticipated.


Two posts were also dug in.  The 4 x 4 posts that go into these holes were also set in concrete.


The 4 x 4s were cut to size and we assembled the facing boards before putting them in the holes.  Using dirt and gravel, we made sure they were at the correct level.


The ledger board was then attached from one end of the deck to the other.



Then we added our supports.


Once the majority of support boards were installed, we called it a night.


The next morning, we were back at it, attaching more facing boards.


Then we could start working on the stringers for our steps.


We may have attached more stringers than necessary, but we didn’t want the steps to sag at any point in the future.


Next, the deck boards were put down.  Looks pretty good.


Each deck board needed two screws into each support.  Lots of work, but needed.


The last deck board needed to be ripped to fit.


All done!


Much better than the old cracked concrete.

front deck before and after

Other Outside Projects:

door knocker outdoor wedding slider-seating-makeover seemless siding

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Wine Down Wednesday – Saint Genevieve Winery Strawberry Wine

Strawberry wine

Saint Genevieve Winery Strawberry Wine

Price: $10

Score: 12


Manda’s Notes:

  • Oaky strawberry noise
  • Slightly thick & heavy almost cough syrup like
  • Very little strawberry color

Wolfy’s Notes:

  • Vibrant orange strawberry color
  • Bouquet missing
  • Oaky, light on fruity flavors
  • Past prime enjoy <1 year old

I really do not believe it is the wine’s fault it showed badly at this taste test.  It simply was past its prime.  Not all wine ages well and this is one that is meant to be drunk young.  We picked it up when we vacationed in Saint Geneviere in July of 2011 had it been enjoyed in a year I know our tasting results would have been vastly different.  I remember a very interesting strawberry, interesting due to the amount of oak that was used.

I really would recommend this wine but do drink it within a year of bringing it home.


Has this happened to you?  You save a bottle of wine for a special occasion only to find out it should have been enjoyed earlier?

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Replacing the Overhead Florescent Light in the Kitchen

The main light in our kitchen was a large fluorescent fixture.  Neither of us liked the look of it, but I did like how much light it threw out.  After we installed the new pendant light, and saw how much light the LED blub threw out, we decided it was time to change the fluorescent light out.


On a trip to Menard’s, we found a chandelier that matched our pendant light.  We came back home to a power outage. Deciding this was a sign, we made sure the switches were off and started to change the light out.


The first step was to remove the plastic cover.  Oops, we cracked it… now we have to make the new light work.




We started taking the screws out of the wooden box.


We took the bulbs out and then removed the metal that covered all the electrical connections.


At this point, Wolfy was able to remove the fixture from the ceiling.


Big, ugly fixture gone!  Oh look… now you can see the original color of the ceiling.


While Wolfy was removing the old light, I started to put the new light together.



I also did all the wire prep, so all Wolfy would need to do is connect them.





And there you have it!  With the chain, it is a little low.  In the next few weeks, we spent a couple of hours fixing that.


Previous Kitchen Posts:

blinds kitchen pendant under sink storage sink strainer before-and-after facets

grouting backsplash kitchen backsplash beadboard painting kitchen tile


Patching the Master Bathroom Sub Floor

Not very glamorous or fun, but the next step in the Master Bathroom process was to patch the subfloor.  All in all it is a pretty simple project to do.  We measured the holes in the floor and then drew this out onto ¾ inch plywood.  Using a circular saw ,the pieces were cut out, put in place, and nailed down with a nail gun.


When patching the subfloor, you need to make sure you take out enough of the old floor so both the new wood and the old wood are on a joist.  Otherwise, you will have a weak spot in the floor.


The other tip I have is to make sure you know where all the water lines are.  I got over excited with the nail gun while Wolfy was at the hardware store and managed to puncture one of our new flexible lines.  After a panicked race down to the basement to shut the water off, we were able to pull up the subfloor, slice the Eupidor, and install a compression fitting.  The subfloor was re-installed, using more control this time.


One project closer to a finished bathroom!

So, does anyone else want to confess any similar mishaps (or rat their loved ones out)?


Previous Master Bathroom Posts:

Gutting the Bathroom

Cutting Up the Sub-Floor

New Water Lines


A New Toy to Make Layered Shots Easy!

HGTV and DIY Network seem to get me into a lot of trouble.  Trouble that leads me to say “Hey, Wolfy, lets (insert awesome/bizarre idea here)!”.  I was watching “I Want That” that led to trouble this time.  Have you ever seen the show?  I recommend catching it, if it is on.  I personally don’t DVR it, but on a lazy weekend afternoon, you bet I’ll spend some time lounging on the sofa watching.

It was one of these lazy Sundays, when Vacu Vin Layering Tool came on.  The Vacu Vin Layering Tool allows you to make layered drinks easily.  No more trying to hold spoon steady, or using a shirt for that perfect “Shirted” Rum and Coke.  You simply attach this little guy onto the edge of your shot glass, martini glass, tumbler, a tall glass, or whatever you can imagine.

After a trip to the liquor store, Wolfy and I set out to try this new gadget.  We did this for you, to make sure the Vacu Vin Layering Tool was as good as it claimed – not for us *smiles*.

layered shots

As you can tell, we had a very fun afternoon.  Overall, I say the Layering Tool works really well.  You have to remember the viscosities of the liquids you are pouring, because the liquor will go to the proper level, even if you put it in out of order.  Although this can have a cool effect; see the one second from the left on the bottom.  The Blue Curacao was poured on top of the Irish Cream; it didn’t want to be there, so it slowly oozed through.  Same with the second one from the top; the Crème de Menthe went through the Irish Cream giving it a more opaque appearance.

The only other trick is to make sure you wait for the burp, as we started to call it.  After all the liquor has gone through the tip of the tool, it will let off a little sputter.  You do not want to add your next liquor until the tool is completely empty.

This would also be great for kid’s parties with non-alcoholic layered drinks.

You can find a ton of recipes online for layered shots.  Heck, Wolfy and I even downloaded several free apps from the Google Play Store, which have tons of drink recipes.  You just have to look, but…

Here were our favorites:

Manda’s Favorite:

After Dinner Mint:

  • ½ ounce Crème de Cocoa
  • ½ ounce Green Crème de Menthe
  • ½ ounce Irish Cream

Layer in a shot glass with Crème de Cocoa on the bottom, followed by the Crème de Menthe, and then topped with the Irish Cream.

Wolfy’s Favorite:

Sea Monkey:

  • 1 ½ ounce Blue Curacao
  • 1 ½ ounce Goldschlager

Pour the Blue Curacao firs,t then top with Goldschlager.  You will want to get the gold flakes floating in the Goldschlager very well before you pour it.  It is the gold flakes that make the “sea monkeys”.


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Bead Board Walls in the Downstairs Bathroom

Our downstairs bathroom had horrible floral paneling when we moved in.  We didn’t want to pull it down.  We were worried it was glued and would cause a ton more work to replace the plaster and lathe behind it.  We thought about just covering it in drywall, but that didn’t set right with us either.  So, we decided to cover it with bead board.

bead board walls downstairs bathroom

We took out the vanity and medicine cabinet.  I started to work on removing the “crown molding”.  I use that term loosely; it was really just a thin piece of trim.


Wolfy took some measurements, and started cutting the large sheets of bead board using a speed square, a level, and our handy Multi-Tool.


Like the rest of the bead board throughout the house, we used adhesive and trim nails to attach it to the walls.

You can see in this picture that we raised the vanity light, as well, during this process.


I personally love having a white bathroom.  It is great because, with just a few changes, (shower curtain, towels, and rug) you have a whole new room with a new color scheme.

Previous Downstairs Bathroom Posts

Installing a new ceiling light and fan downstairs faucet

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