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Paundry

We recently finished (mostly) our biggest undertaking in home improvement to date.  Over the course of our marriage we have done tons of house painting, light fixture changes, ceiling fan installations, and other small fixer upper kinds of things.  This time though, we took out a wall.  Albeit a small wall, but a wall just the same.

Before:

Our laundry room/pantry or as Derek likes to call it paundry.

It was cramped and bursting at the seams.

The laundry room shared a wall with an unfinished storage room that has been the easily forgotten abyss, since we moved in.  It was only accessible from outside.

The door had gone missing long before we bought this place last year, so it was open to the elements.  For those reasons it was a poorly used space.  So we decided to knock the wall down and make the laundry room bigger.

If we had known how much work it would actually be, I don’t think we would have been so gung-ho.

Before we tore the wall down, Jeremia asked if we could draw on the wall with sharpies.  What a great idea!

Conrad and Ami are still young enough that they don’t care about being photographed in their underpants.  They may protest that I posted these once they are older, but for now they don’t mind.

Once the wall was sufficiently graffitied, I declared it to be photo shoot time.  Ami and Conrad were all-in, Jeremia took some cajoling.

And then the wall came down.

And Derek drywalled his pants off.  He’s a novice, but I think, all things considered, he did a bang-up job.

We still have to do the floor and light fixtures, but for now I am perfectly happy with mismatched cement and lights.

Do-it yourself projects always seem to take longer and cost more than you plan, but it’s so lovely when it’s done.

I’m in love with the color we chose for the walls.

If I happen to find a good deal on 2 small vintage chandeliers, I am totally putting them in there!

Coke anyone?

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Popsicle Stick Bracelets

When I saw this pin on Pinterest for popsicle stick bracelets, I knew the boys and I had to try it.

First, I soaked them in my paper boiling pan overnight.  Once they were nice and pliable, I gently bent them into the smallest glasses I have.  There were plenty of fragile casualties as seen on the counter.

I let the wet sticks sit in their glasses for a whole day.

They are supposed to be cuff bracelets, but ours didn’t turn into cuffs.  Instead they were kind of half bracelets.  I think It was because the sticks I used were thinner and shorter than the ones from Pinterest.  The cuff bracelets would have been more successful with tongue depressors, I think.

Instead of starting the hole project over again, with different sticks, I improvised.

I dremeled holes in the ends of the sticks to lace embroidery floss through and the cuff problem was solved.

The boys colored them with sharpies.

I don’t know why Conrad and Jeremia look so unenthused.  I guess they just weren’t in smiling moods.

After they were all done coloring their sticks, I clear coated them with spray paint.  I did that because I’d gotten my prototype bracelet wet while wearing it and it started losing it’s curve.  The clear coat helps keep that from happening.

All in all it was a pretty simple and cute project.

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