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Master Bathroom Reveal

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Welcome to our Master Bathroom!  The only room in the house we completely gutted! There are still some minor things to do.  Some areas need touched up, others need caulked, but here it is.  Although, I will admit after living with it for year, I am kicking around painting the warm caramel colored walls.

Just to remind you, here it is before:

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And now, the after:

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The Master Bathroom Journey:

tiling the master bathroom walls drywall in masterbath master bathroom tile ditra

patching the sub floor water supply swiss cheese sub floor gut job


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World’s Best Baked Potato

I absolutely love baked potatoes.  To me they are a great side dish, and now that I am trying to limit the amount of carbs, a great treat.  The best way I have found to make them is in the microwave.

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The first thing you want to do is clean the potatoes.  I normally use those wire scrub pads under lukewarm water.  Once they are clean, the potato skins need to be pierced.  You can use a fork or a knife, but I prefer a sharp knife.  I get out my frustrations and stab the potatoes, going almost all the way through.

Drizzle olive oil on the potatoes and work them around so they are completely covered in oil.

Then you can add spices.  I definitely recommend sea, or kosher salt and black pepper.  I also add granulated garlic and a little bit of chili powder.  Roll the potatoes around to make sure they are completely covered.

Then put them in the microwave.  My microwave has a button for baked potatoes that you can press and then enter the number of potatoes you are planning to cook.  It is just over 3 minutes apiece on my microwave, but I normally cook two at a time with the setting for 3 potatoes.  I like to make sure you have them super soft inside.

To check for doneness, use the knife and insert it into the potato.  The knife should slide in easily, with hardly any resistance.

That’s it.  Cut it in half and top with whatever you enjoy!

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Painting the Master Bedroom

After debating color choices for the upstairs bedroom purple ended up winning out at Wolfy’s request.

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To give the space clear areas around the bed and the front of the closest to designate the “sleeping area” we went with a dark purple. Personally I love this color. It is such a nice rich soothing color.

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You will have to excuse the mess these pictures were literally taken right after we got done painting – remember this was last year when I had all but forgotten about the blog – sorry (at least the bed is made *smiles*)!

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One more shot of the closet where you can see the finished tile in the bathroom.

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The other walls were painted a light purple called Amethyst Haze. I am on the fence about this color, always have been. Wolfy likes it which is why I have left it alone for a year but I will admit there currently is another swatch of color on the wall. I’m thinking of going toward a nice cool gray where the light purple is now.

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Previous Master Bedroom Posts:

dry wall in master bedroom new railings faux beams and fans opening up the master bedroom

new bedroom window stained hardwoods stripping hardwoods


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Wine Down Wednesday – Baroda Founders Vidal Blanc

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Baroda Founders Vidal Blanc

Score: 15.25

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Manda’s Notes:

  • Sweet but tart
  • Lots of tropical fruit flavors
  • Slightly heavy

Wolfy’s Notes:

  • Light gold color
  • Soft, fruity nose
  • Good medium body floral white wine
  • Pleasant lingering finish

Overall a very pleasant wine, sweet but not overly so.  Very good enjoyed chilled.

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Soft Close Damper for the Kitchen Cabinets

A few months ago we found these while wandering around Home Depot.  They are soft close dampers for cabinet doors.  We bought one bag of 4 (right around $10) to try these out.  Wow!  These things are amazing.  No more slamming doors.

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They are installed in the top corner of the cabinet, next to the door.  After fighting with the enclosed screws, we ended up pre-drilling all the holes.

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There it is once installed.  It was a fairly easy project, but has made a huge difference.

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Previous Kitchen Posts

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under sink storage sink strainer before-and-after facets grouting backsplash

kitchen backsplash beadboard painting kitchen tile


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Tiling the Walls in the Master Bathroom

To get the master bathroom ready to use, I needed to tackle the tile.  Wolfy knows me and leaves me alone (except to take pictures and offer opinions on layouts) when it comes to tiling.  The large tiles are the ones I originally purchased to go on the floor.  They are 18 inches by 18 inches.  I ended up only having 1 left over, so it turned out to be the perfect project for them.

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For added detail I inserted a line of glass and stone tile mosaic.

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After laying the tiles out several times, I ended up making the insert 1 1/2 foot wide in the tub.  You will notice that this allows the water valve and the spout to come through the mosaic and not the solid tile.   That way I did not need to make a circular cut in the large tiles.  I was able to just pull a few tiles out of the mosaic and then add more in where necessary.

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The large tiles go all the way around the tub.

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I used the same pattern in the shower, but to make the splurge on the mosaic tile go further, I cut the sheets in half.  That allowed me to be able to use 2 full tiles on each side.

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I installed the mosaic in a larger pattern than in the shower on the sink wall, but it still wasn’t quite a full sheet..  That way it is in between two mirrors and, again, it was easier to pull the mosaic tiles out around the electrical box.

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There you have it.  Next week will be the master bathroom reveal!

Previous Master Bathroom Posts

drywall in masterbath master bathroom tile ditra patching the sub floor

water supply swiss cheese sub floor gut job


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Wine Poster Art w/ Burnt Edges

It has been a while since Wolfy’s birthday, but I still have another project to show you.  I already made one wine poster for Wolfy, but I had another in mind.  I used the same idea behind the other, but added a few new twists.

This art piece was going to have two posters; one dealing with types of white wine, the other dealing with types of red.

To give the posters a more vintage feeling, I started burning the edges.

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It is a pretty simple process.  Use a lighter and run the edge of the flame on the border of the of the poster.  Do this over the sink, just in case the flame gets away from you, but normally the flame will burn out, or you will be able to blow it out before it goes too far.

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Here is the white wine poster once the edges have been burnt.

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And the red wine one, before I knocked off the ash.  I think it makes it look like something that was found in an old abandoned building somewhere.

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After the board was cut to size and sanded, I started painting it.

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Instead of black, this time I went with red.  It is actually left over paint from the front door.

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Again, I placed the posters onto the wet paint and made sure to press them down well.

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I did mess up slightly and get red paint on the posters, but it doesn’t really bother me.  I feel like it works with the colors and tones of the posters anyway.

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Once it was dry, I applied several coats of spray polyurethane.  Then, it was time to hang it on the wall.

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Overall, we are both very happy with it.

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