Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Bathroom is getting finished....

What is behind door number 1??
A bathroom!! Well, almost....the shower tile is almost done...It is a hard tile to cut around pipes etc and they are very good at being precise. Afterall, we don't want it slapped up there, we want it to last!
So when that is done, I will show you....
However, today besides the door getting hung...
we got the main box of the vanity!! Now, I have to let you know, this box was built on site...made of poplar trees grown in the US in managed farms, it is beautiful and obviously this vanity is made here in Costa Mesa, CA, USA! That's cool. Now, this is just the box, there will be four drawers in the middle, and two doors on either side under the two sinks! It will be very awesome. I got drawer pulls from a vendor on Etsy and sprayed those with Rust-o-leum's Oil Rubbed Bronze and the two cabinet door pulls are old pulls (I am not spraying them at this point) that I purchased on Etsy as well, from France! So, keep an eye out as it gets done....
Our previous vanity was 65 long x 17" deep and 32" high...pretty hard for "modern" people to work with. So, our new vanity, taking into account that I am a 5'4" shrinking lady, will be 22" deep, 35" high and 65"wide....with two sinks!! did I remember to tell you it has two sinks, versus one?? Can I get anymore excited?
So, Kobi thinks that he might get the fabricator for the French Limestone to come out and do his measuring and see the layout on Thursday....wow. That doesn't mean the top will be in, but we are getting close.....
Flooring will most likely get put in tomorrow, or at least started....
These guys are thorough...detailed and plain nice to have around. See the vacuum?? They vacuum and sweep everyday before they leave. Now I need to vacuum the rest of the house.....yikes.....
Even though I was under the weather, and flaked out on the couch (caught Hubby's cold), they just kept working away....If you live in So. Cal....I cannot recommend them more....
So, that is what is behind door number 1...
Adieu!
Nancy

Monday, February 27, 2012

Happy wet Monday!

It is a wet Monday! Rain started pouring just after I got back a small order of tile...
The shower is looking fabulous, so I am going to give you just a taste. Remember, there is no grout yet...soon there will be a final picture...
This is a shot of the top portion of the shower.
All I can say is I am liking it a great deal so far.....
Take care, stay warm and dry...
Nancy

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Thursday

Today, Kobi and Spencer arrived early to continue the work. I had no idea how hard it was to build a shower!
Another layer of mortar (or maybe its cement) and then it had to be smoothed and readied to covered tile on Monday. Then, they mudded the walls....It is amazing how beautifully he feathered in the mud....
Amazing!
Tomorrow, they will finish up a little more "mudding" and then it will all dry until Monday.
Here is the tile that we are putting down on the floor and the walls of the shower....
Not the best picture, but a couple of you have asked.
I am excited about the whole bathroom....it should look wonderful.
That's all I have for you to today.
Have a great weekend!
Nancy

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Still working...

Our contractor Kobi Pulaski and his son, Spencer, have been working hard. Today there was more taping and another coat of the "red" sealant on the floor.
See the doorway? It is now the same size as the bedroom door, no more 23 1/2"!
The "mudding" is on the master bedroom side and not just the bathroom. So, to let you know, in the 50's they started developing "drywall" instead of lathe and plaster. It was called "plaster board".  It cracks VERY easily, and with the demo of the bathroom, cracks appeared...so now our master bedroom gets mudded too. Hummm. New coat of paint?? Yup, gonna change the color of the bedroom to "bamboo beach". It is a soothing color and hubby is excited to change the color too....I guess yellow wasn't a fav...
Anyway, you can see the taping.


Tomorrow, they will do all the mudding and cover the walls and finish the shower stall to be ready for tile. It means it needs to dry...and will all weekend, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Oh well, perfection takes time and patience. Monday, Kobi says we will start tiling! Yippee! Meanwhile, Kobi, is building the vanity...from scratch! I am so excited to see it...
They coated the floor with another coat of sealant. That is a good touch for slabs.
So, it is happening, slowly but steadily. I am excited and little nervous...to see it all pull together. So far I am very happy. I really like the personal touch. And, everyday when they leave, you could eat off that bathroom floor. Really. Never had a contractor or any other "worker" leave the work area spotless as if they were never there.
Oh, and Spencer helped me hang that darling little rusty chandy that we picked up a couple of weeks ago. Wanna see?? Ok, here it is!

Isn't it cute?? That was from the Antique Fair in Irvine and the butcher block table from an estate sale....
C'est tres bien, oui??
Au revoir mes amies....
Nancy

Monday, February 20, 2012

Walls!

Well, today was interesting....
Our contractor was late getting here...I kinda thought he was taking President's Day himself....turns out he was helping some elderly people who were having a plumbing crisis....
so for the three hours he was here, we got walls!

And we have a ceiling! Exciting stuff!
See??  It is beginning to look like a bathroom! So, tomorrow he is going to work on the shower pan and some "mudding". He uses several layers, so that may take a couple of days.....
"Are we there yet??" , no, just a little farther....
We chatted about the mirrors, the lights, the faucets and all the placements so that there will be space on either side of the sinks, not all in the middle....Yes, that is all important...he is building the vanity. So, with the placement our drawers will be about 17" wide, all four (supposed to be four) of them! And the two cabinets! I am excited...it is happening...and the design of the vanity? Well, it came from a shot on Etsy for an old buffet. Nope, I am not going to show you, I want it to be a surprise!
So...thanks for visiting....slow, but going...
Nancy

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Another Sunday diversion

Awww, the birds are singing with those sounds of spring. Even though, it looks like we will get some rain, spring fever has hit me too.
I have been going around scrubbing and cleaning...vacuuming is next by the way...
I changed the bed this morning and thought about the fact I haven't even mentioned one of my favorite treasures to look for at sales everywhere and on E-bay. That favorite is linen. Old linen is my weakness and when I find vintage linen sheets at a really great price, well, I often have a hard time resisting!
I read about sleeping on linen years ago. How you cans sleep better just being enveloped in linen. So, I set out collecting it. Let me say, it is true. We sleep deeper and better on linen. My husband snores less in linen!
It has a soft drape that cradles you and it is almost inexplicable!
We started with linen pillowcases that I made myself from skirts or long dresses...I mean, I didn't want to spend the many dollars but I wanted linen. So, thrift stores carry dresses and long linen skirts which I recreated into pillowcases. From there I wanted sheets. Now there are not any old fitted sheets, so I saved my dollars to buy those (I suppose great seamstresses can make them, but I drew the line there). The rest I have found on sale, or elsewhere.
Think of the linen guest towels and tablecloths.....

Old rectangular tablecloths can be recreated into pillowcases, or the extra long ones into sheets themselves! I have a great friend who found a huge old damask tablecloth at a thrift store for $10 and she uses it on her bed! She says the old Irish damask tablecloths are a dream to sleep in!
At this point, I know you are thinking, "but they get wrinkled!" This is true, but seriously, who cares? You can iron them if you want, but cotton sheets wrinkle too...and if you make your bed, who will see?? I take mine out of the dryer and fold them and put them away.
Now, I know what makers of linen sheets say...."wash and hang to dry and they will last longer", but I am a lazy housekeeper...sheets here go into the dryer....and they are lasting beautifully.
Another thing I have noticed...they clean up better...and I don't have to replace them! Eventually, I suppose the old ones I bought from E-bay that are so soft, they will break down...but they are so cuddly and warm and cozy.
Yes, warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer....that is what we found.
Linen is hypoallergenic and it grows without all the stuff that has to be sprayed on cotton, so they are good for the environment.
It is more expensive...but if you watch for those rare treasures....you can have the best night's sleep you have ever had!
   Adieu, I am off to vacuum!
Nancy

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Saturday Meanderings

It was one of the quiet Saturdays that we all need....
I didn't go garage sale-ing, or to an estate sale...
We just had a simple breakfast and just enjoyed the peace and quiet. 
We got dressed late in the morning and went to Patti's 1 year anniversary at Truly Tattered. I hope those in the area got to go...Patti has done such a great job getting the shop ready! She has some really great things in the shop, including some of the pieces that I brought her, it was great fun.

Then Hubbers and I  went to Quinn's in town for lunch and split and indulgent sandwich with fries!
After we got home for a change of clothes and freshen up, we went to A Photo Affair's grand opening....where we saw many friends and enjoyed Bruce Coye's great photographs and stories.....
It was a good day. 
I was able to post a vintage hand quilted quilt in my shop as well as a beautiful vintage quilt top that much of it was hand sewn! If there isn't interest in those I might just have to keep them. They are really cool....

These were estate sale finds from last week and are just perfect. A little aging spots and a touch of fading, but otherwise in great shape with really old fabrics...I estimate that they were created in the 40's.
Bless those of you who have become followers, thank you! Love reading your comments! 
Remember, Monday there will be more work on the bathroom and I will fill you in as it progresses.
have a great weekend!
Nancy

Friday, February 17, 2012

Tired Fridays

Ok. So we got up at 5 am to move cars and have coffee and have breakfast to be ready for the contractor to come by 8. They did the insulation and widened the door and prepared a few things in the shower area....
Meanwhile, the other toilet started threatening to quit....and dear Hubby had to run to the hardware store to get new innards for a toilet that has at most 2 weeks to live!
Oh, well.
Monday will bring more construction...the drywall! and cement base for the shower...
Have a wonderful and restful weekend and here's to hoping you find wonderful treasures within your life and home....
All the best....
Nancy

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Plumbing

Today, the water was off. They put in the new water lines for the two sinks and the shower valve.
Here is the BIG shower valve...a pressure and temp valve...
Here is the shower pan
and some pix of the lights....


It seems slow, but actually the dry wall will start tomorrow...and the door will get enlarged.....
More later, gotta go walk the dogs!!
Nancy

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Winter Garden

Ok, so today was basically the hot mop day for the bathroom. The contractor and his son got some work done, so there was progress, however due to tar...no pix today...
So, I thought I'd give you some pictures of the garden....so let's go for a walk....
First, out front most notably, I want to show you my collection of blueberries. You might not even notice them, but I now have 10 blueberry bushes, some 6 varieties. They are promising a full harvest year I think and have actually given me some already.


Yes, they are in pots. The pots have direct contact with the soil, so it appears that the plants have reached down to the ground. They get a special compost periodically and twice a year they get a dose of cottonseed meal. Where they are, they get water regularly due to sprinklers and the carrotwood tree above them drops leaves which adds to the soil underneath. They are happy, and last year I did have to cover the berries and most likely will again this year to protect against birds. Bluebirds love to feed their babies berries, so the plastic mesh will be out again.
Next, I want to show you one of my pots that I found (there are three) on Craigslist. These pots were about $12 each....
I think they are so wonderful, and I planted them and put them here beneath these tree roses (one on each corner of the driveway). It adds a bit of a regal touch, don't you think?
On this side of the lawn, we found a bird bath on Craigslist a couple of years ago, the winter garden doesn't look as wonderful right now, but you can see the white iris that is growing beneath the bird bath. 

It appears that the focus on my camera may have quit, sorry....
Let's go to the backyard....
Here we have a variety of raised beds and large pots. Here in Costa Mesa, in Southern California, we have adobe soil. It is horrid to work with and for the first 12 years I worked hard to make the soil better to grow, and finally gave up and my wonderful Hubby built raised bed for me. We started with two and now have four in the main lawn area and two large ones in the fenced area that used to be just veggie garden.
This picture shows  one of the beds. The beds are made with cedar fence boards, so they are 3' x 6'. We added the finials, which are also cedar and actually cost more than the whole box, but they give a great feel to the boxes. The one you are looking at is planted at the moment with garlic and the pot in front of it is a little 26" miniature peach tree that has already bloomed and set fruit! Sweet tree.
Another box is very full looking, it is full of fennel, onions and carrots...and the pot in front of it is a Jostaberry, which is a cross between a gooseberry and currant!
See the original garden?
It was fenced in years ago to keep the dog out, and separate it from the "play area", but now that the children are grown and moved out...and I wasn't happy with a tiny area. Those raised beds are are much bigger and are redwood. The finials vary,  they are the ones I collect at thrift stores and garage sales. They were intended to be used for draperies. The little sign reads "Mon Jardin"...
Oh, and let me introduce you to, Gilda, our Washington Navel orange....
This special orange tree got a name because that is a friend of ours who sold it to us at Home Depot. The tree is now loaded with lots of blooms and some have already set fruit. It is a dwarf tree which can quite comfortably live in a pot.
I actually have a theory that I can grow lots more trees by keeping them small, by growing them in pots. So in this part of the yard, all of the trees are in pots, which will keep them small.
So, we have three figs & two pears.
 I wanted to show you, but now the blog won't download the pictures...so I will show you more of the garden later.
Hope you enjoy. I would love to answer questions that you might have.
xo
Nancy

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day to all my readers!
Thank each and everyone for your comments and for following! I just topped over 300 readers!
Today is Valentine's Day and I am sure each of you has something special planned...
We are going to celebrate at home with an extraordinary dinner of lobster, salad and wine.
And as for our bathroom...well, today it got its shower light, and fan and switches and a extra special sealant for the floor so they can tile. It goes on super bright pink and dries red. Very Valentine's Day red!
Oh, and the shower pad was built today (I don't think the picture shows it well). So, tomorrow is "hot mopping" day! After hot mopping goes the rest of the plumbing and then the cement board and then the tile..Yippeee!
So, here are a few pix of the today work, which ended early to let the goo dry.


These are actually shot through a hole in the plastic they put up everyday when they are done. Since I couldn't walk in....
Have a great day!
Nancy

Monday, February 13, 2012

Still working...

Many are asking how it's going...well, it is. Faster than I thought, but it is slow with an older home.
In 1959, houses with slabs instead of raised wood foundations need a different kind of updating.
Our slab is only 2-3' thick, set on sand that is placed on adobe soil. That is how they did it in those days.
The shower drain proved a bit interesting, though thanks to lots of prayers, it didn't crumble as some are known to do. The problem was that the drain was full of 52 years of stuff, much like veins fill with cholesterol. The contractor had to keep cutting back to a good part of the pipe to attach a new cast iron drain....This took ALL day. It entailed lots of cutting, sawing, vibrations, and digging. At one point I considered asking if we might start building a cellar, though a door from the shower wasn't a good idea....

This picture is only part of the hole that was dug....by the end it filled the entire width of the shower....but now, it is done and filled back in. All the dirt and sand was replaced and packed. Cement will fill in tomorrow and then Wednesday the hot mopper will arrive......phew!
All day I tried doing something constructive and managed to make a really sweet tablecloth and napkins and post another tablecloth that is all linen and two sided (WildOakDesigns.Etsy.com).
So, that is where we are. The contractor and I discussed placement of the lights, the plugs, and the height of the vanity. We discussed the new door and crown molding. We discussed the number of drawers and the counter top and backsplash that will be created from the remnant we bought. I was pleased that I had the lights with one all ready as visual aids and measurements and the mirrors got their moment to be seen and held up in the spot so our wonderful contractor Kobi could write info on the wall.
We also added a "convenience" plug for the front hall (on the other side of the bathroom) so we no longer need to plug the vacuum in the living room!
Tomorrow, his son, Spencer will be back to work some more on electrical plugs etc.
So, we are getting there...The old sofit is gone....the room will be lovely, keep posted!
Happy Valentine's Day!
XO
Nancy

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Sunday is for Painting!

Remember the chairs I bought yesterday??
I couldn't wait any longer....soooooo, I painted....
and now it looks like this.....
The fabric is lovely white and pink (though in this photo it looks a bit orange). I think it looks marvelous. What do you think?
It isn't odd at all to Hubby that the dining table gets covered with paper and painting projects...like this....
Yup, that's me, in my "crafting" apron which is covered with paint and other stains....When ever I think I want a fancier table, I think of times like this and realize this is the perfect table for us....
See you all tomorrow with pix of that bathroom project...which will start again at 7:30 am...
Nancy

Estate sale finds

Sometimes when garage-saleing...I find nothing. This week when I went to thrift store....nada...
Feeling that nothing was out there, Hubby and I went to an estate sale run by a guy we know from other estate sales. He runs them quite well, prices are fair and he is a nice guy on top of it. Apparently, we are now on his "I know you " lists and can actually write checks with him....
Anyway, we hit the "mother-lode" of goodies. We bought two chairs, a little table, two little side tables, a quilt, a quilt top and fabric! Could easily have spent more on tools, china, and other goodies....it was truly loaded. And on top of that, it was PACKED with people because it was all in a two car garage, with barely any room to turn around.
So, you ask show you what I found. Well, first I will show you the one hanging shelf that I found at a thrift store....pretty cute now, but has lots of abuse showing, so it is destined for paint (of course)!
What color shall I paint it?? Give me some direction!
Then, one of the chairs I bought at that estate sale....
Oh yes. Very sweet indeed. Needed a little minor surgery last night, otherwise it would be painted already!
I have recovered the chair in a little remnant of fabric from that garage sale...and it will get painted later today or tomorrow...That I know what I am going to paint. It was just obvious for this piece....it will be very sweet ...
So, that is what I am showing you for now.....
What do you think??
Nancy

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Treasury post

Every so often WildOakDesigns gets listed in a treasury list.
Today, I noticed that we were mentioned in one.
http://www.etsy.com/treasury/MTE3NjQ4MjV8MjEyMTUwNzU0Mg/quilts
So, just so you know...I don't paint all the time....up until I discovered Chalk Paint (ASCP) I quilted or sewed 24/7.....
Be sure to check out the other goodies in the "store" at WildOakDesigns.etsy.com!
Off to go garage saleing....
Nancy

Friday, February 10, 2012

Moving along....

Well, it is Friday evening. The contractor and his son have gone. They took with them 3,000 lbs of cement, tile, wood, wire, broken old toilet, door, mirror, old pipes and other goodies to the dump. Yup, 3,000lbs.
It is now bare bones. They still need to jack hammer up the area around the old drain to attach the new drain, and so they will begin some plumbing.
Other than the fact it is down to studs, it is really clean. They do a great job of cleaning up before they go...I really like that.
This is the shower. Funny doesn't look like it. As you can see plumbing definitely needs to be addressed. So does the wiring...These wires are ok, but while they are at it it will get updated for safety.
This is where the toilet goes, nothing gets moved, except that cleanout to the left, gets a newer cover, less obtrusive and less likely to freeze up (he actually thinks it probably is it hasn't ever been used.)
The vanity is going to be in the same place, but again new pipes (these are so occluded that it is scary). We will have two sinks (yeah) on the vanity, not just one.

You know, it is disconcerting to see the roof from the bathroom. One thinks how solid our houses are, but really 2 x 4's and smaller pieces. The wires all are just out there, of course that will be addressed.
It will be lovely when all is said and done. Keep posted. They will be back on Monday.....have a great weekend!
Nancy

Thursday, February 9, 2012

The demolition...

So, at 8 am this morning our wonderful contractor and his son showed up. It was time. No turning back now.
So, first they removed the big items, the vanity and the toilet
The next came all the and I mean ALL the plaster rock needed to come off....to get to plumbing, remove the old tiles etc...
We did find that there was a lot of rot occuring in the shower pan...It still has more to remove...lots of cement and all....

Here is the shower now.....
Yup, that is the stinky little valve that started it all....the one that didn't want to give us hot water....and yes, I was right that the crack in the tile wasn't a good thing.....
So, now, our bathroom will be in the 21st century, with better wiring and water....but boy, what a mess!
It will be worth it though when all is said and done....
Are we having fun yet??
Oh and we are taking the sofit out above the shower, it will make it the same height as the rest of the bathroom...and though it is a tiny little shower, it will feel bigger just because of the height!

That's the view of the sofit into the attic.....
Yup, it will be a long haul....
That's it for now.....
I will post more tomorrow!
Nancy