Last night I couldn’t sleep and I was suddenly hit with the running bug. I used to run a bit in college thanks to a friend who loved to get out jogging. I even did a 5K which is kind of a big deal for me. 5 or so years ago, I picked it up again doing the c25k program and it really changed my life. After finishing the program I could run long distances without resting. The idea of running a mile or 3 was fun, not stressful. I never thought in my whole life that I would actually like running.
When I moved to San Francisco, I was running 3-4+ miles nearly everyday. I ran through the city, through golden gate park, to the beach. It was so fun to run around the city. But then I hurt my foot, and I had to stop for 3 weeks. Well by the time I stopped, I really couldn’t get the motivation to start again. I was busy planning a wedding, and I just didn’t feel like I had the time. I kept it up a little bit, but no longer considered myself a runner. Fast forward a year and I got pregnant with my first. I don’t know how women exercise through their pregnancies, but I am not THAT woman. I was so exhausted, it was all I could do to get out of bed. I was working full time – from bed – and that was about all I did most days. And thats really how I lost my running bug. I had my first baby, and was too busy again. Then about the time where the newborn fog wore off, I got pregnant again, and was exhausted again.
Now my baby #2 is 7 months old. I have energy again, I get to sleep all night, we’re mostly settled from our move, and I feel like I have a handle on my work schedule right now. I have no excuses. Last night I downloaded some music, and a c25k coaching app. And this morning I headed out for my first run.
Not bad for nearly 3 years of NOT running. Of course I could barely move afterwards. I love the c25k program because you run in smaller increments, and then work up to longer times, and then faster speeds. I also like how it’s a focus on time and not distance.
Anyway, I’m posting this to help keep me motivated through the program, and hopefully to motivate someone out there too! You can run, and you can like running. Just get started – take the first steps and go for it. You’ll feel better, have more energy and focus, and if your a mom like me, enjoy a few minutes of “me time”.
In designing the house, I try to give each room it’s own personality and style all while trying to keep things cohesive. The boys bathroom I wanted it to feel simple and raw like a farmhouse, industrial, and somewhat juvenile – since it is a little boy’s bathroom. And I really wanted it to stand out as a fun/character room in the house.
Here is a rendering that Mr. Project drew up for me:
Here is the basic layout of the room – A simple Jack & Jill bathroom that puts emphasis on the vanity area.
This room has so many star features. I know my favorite is going to be a full wall of glass subway tile. I found this gorgeous “arctic ice” colored tile at BuildDirect and designed the room’s color scheme around it.
I originally designed the room with one long mirror, but found a KILLER deal on this single-sized mirror from Restoration Hardware Kids. So I’ll put one of these over each of the sinks, and I’m sure it will still look marvelous.
And the sink I got at my go-to place for vessel sinks – Overstock.com. I ordered them right away though because you never know what they’ll have when you are ready to actually buy things. This is a great sink for the boys – it’s on the smaller size 16″ square, and has the fun round detail where the faucet will go. Square Vessel Sink – Overstock.com $89
For the counter, I’m just going to have Mr. Project make a big slab countertop. It could be wood, but I may just have him do a faux wood laminate/melamine for durability.
I absolutely love gooseneck barnlights, and in red (or yellow) they are just perfection. I love the idea of bringing in a bright red barnlight as an unexpected element in a kids bathroom. Gooseneck lights are crazy expensive though! I just don’t know if I can justify $400 in lighting for this room. Here’s two different styles from Barn Light Electric (both over $200):
But I might just end up getting this really cheap $49 dollar barn light from Home Depot and Spray painting it red… anyone with me on this? No gooseneck, but close enough! Plus I think you may be able to buy the gooseneck arm and change it out.
Has anyone spray painted a metal light fixture before? How did it work out for you? What do you think I should do?
For the floor, I wanted something that required very few grout lines – so 12″x24″ tiles it is! I also love how contemporary these big slab tiles are. BuildDirect has lots of different colors, textures, and styles in this size – at amazing prices. I went with this Charcoal Gray to keep things simple. I’m using this tile for several of the tiled areas in the house because I love it so much.
There’s nothing quite like a simple white subway tile, but I wanted to find it in a larger more unconventional size for the shower surround. I scoured the internet for some larger subway tile, but it was all ridiculously expensive. When I stumbled upon this 4×12 tile, I was super excited! It’s elongated from the standard 3×6, and it’s a simple way to update the subway tile that I know and love. I may replace one row of the shower surround with 4″ of the Arctic Ice Glass tiles to mix it up even more. BuildDirect has this 4×12 at a very budget-friendly $1.99/SQ FT.
I’ve always liked the idea of multi-purpose rooms, so when I was designing the mudroom space, I wanted it to be a considered a “utility” space. The room will house the laundry space, a mail center, lockers, and a “mom’s office”. The room is also connected to the Den/Office and the butler’s pantry, so this part of the house becomes the work/utility center of the home.
When it comes to styling, I wanted the space to feel bright, eclectic, and of course, farmhouse. I incorporated light colors, painted wood planks, baskets and galvanized steel to get the look that I want.
This is my color inspiration – whites, corals, and pale aquas. If I were really brave, I’d use that wallpaper too!
This is palladian blue in the wild – I hope it turns out that green:
I’m also going to add in a wood seat on the locker bench and a black tile floor to bring some contrast into the space. I want the lockers to have an open feel so I’ll do corbels up to the upper cubbies and one big bench, like this:
Here is the official layout of the room. The door from the right is the garage and opens up directly across the lockers & mail station. The Mom’s office area is at the far end of the room with access into the Den, and 3 awesome windows.
All of the cabinetry will be the palladian blue and the countertops white quartz.
Here is the desk area with the wire basket pendant light and white planked wall:
And the laundry area with cubbies for laundry baskets and an upper cabinet/shelf area for storage.
I’m so excited for all the details in this room. It’s one of my favorite rooms in the house, however, since it’s not a “need” space, I don’t know how quickly the cabinetry will get done. Hopefully Mr. Project will feel so inspired by my plans, that he will want to get this room done super fast so we can enjoy it to its fullest! Either way, I know I’m going to be spending a lot of time in here!
Do you have any multi-functional rooms in your house? How are you using them? Or do you prefer to have individual rooms for all of these tasks?
I absolutely LOVE reading nooks! In all the different variations of this floor plan that we’ve been working on, I kept trying to get one in the house, but it always got cut from the final plans. Well we made one last minute change and the space that was formerly the laundry room was able to become a reading nook! (Don’t you worry, there will still be a laundry room.)
Here’s how the space is laid out. I get 3 great windows with a window seat, and 2 great niches for book shelves.
The window wall will have a built-in window seat with open cubbies. Because the room is all white, I’m going to have dark baskets for contrast and some fun upholstered seat fabric and pillows. I’m also going to break up the visual space with scones on each side of the windows.
The adjoining wall will have open shelving for books, trinkets, and toys.
And the opposite wall will have a smaller shelf area and one of the two doors into the room.
I’m super excited to get this room all decorated and just enjoy quiet moments in here. Now we just need to start collecting books!
One of my biggest blogging inspirations for our house renovations and kitchen design was Holly from In the Fun Lane. She redid her kitchen just a few months before we did ours. I loved all the styling, and especially loved the corbels on her peninsula. But I was shocked when she said that they cost $500/per corbel! When it comes to DIY I’m a total budget shopper. I absolutely knew Mr. Project could make corbels for less than $500 – or in my case since I wanted 3 of them – less than $1500.
Here are Holly’s Corbels – cost $1500:
And our completed DIY Corbels – cost $60:
Pretty impressive! And even better looking in real life!
I brainstormed with Mr. Project on how to get them made. We talked about making a template and cutting them with a Jig Saw. He was nervous that they wouldn’t turn out perfect – especially because of their width they would need to be laminated (2 pieces glued together), and it would take TONS of sanding to make them look uniform.
We found a place called Gingerbread Man about 30 minutes away that creates victorian millwork. We decided to hop in the car and go see them to see if any of their styles fit our needs and our budget – or if they would possibly custom cut some for a reasonable price.
Once we got there, we knew they wouldn’t have what we wanted. But we ended up meeting a woodworker who had a shop across the way from them. His name is Don Juvet, and he’s awesome. This woodworker showed us all the stuff he was working on – lots of custom cabinetry – and in the corner of his workshop, he had a gigantic CNC router. We asked him if he would be willing to custom cut some corbels if we sent him a CAD file. He was all for it, and we were excited to have a solution to our problem.
I created a profile using Adobe Illustrator (that program does everything!), and we made a trip back out to the carpenter. He plugged my file into his machine and bam! we had the first (and most difficult) step of our corbels complete. Here is a video of the CNC router cutting out the corbel shape:
The carpenter cut them out of a 1.5″ heavy weight MDF board that he had already in his shop.
It took the machine less than 10 minutes to cut 12 of them out (we only used 6).
Here’s Mr. Project holding up one so you can see the profile:
If you just wanted 1.5″ wide corbels, you’d just need to sand these and you’d pretty much be done. I wanted mine 3″ wide though, so we had to do some glueing first.
Pretty basic process here, just some wood glue and a foam brush. You want a light but even coat.
Then line the two pieces up perfectly and tape to keep them together (they are kind of squishy with that glue in there).
Then use basic clamps to tighten and bond the two pieces. Mr. Project recommends keeping them in a clamp for minimum of 30 minutes on a hot day. Longer on colder days.
Tighten the clamps until you see a little glue squeezing out the sides. Don’t over-tighten or all the glue will squeeze out and you won’t get a very good bond. Wipe the excess glue away with your finger or a slightly damp towel, and let them cure.
Once they are dry (overnight should do the trick), Mr. Project recommends using a spackle compound to fill in the center seam on the front profile to make it look like one solid piece. Once the spackle is dry, you’ll need to sand your little heart out. This is the most time-consuming part of the process. You want to make the seam look smooth and uniform.
We also added a flat trim piece around the bottom of the corbels. Mr. Project mitered it on the corners and wrapped it around the now-glued corbel to give a 3D effect. He put a little bit of glue on the trim piece and finish-nailed it to the corbel. Then he also spackled and sanded that. Once everything was smooth and perfect, he screwed the three corbels into the cabinets from the inside of the cabinet and placed plywood over them, and then screwed them in from the top.
And there you have it, amazing custom corbels for a teeny tiny fraction of the price!