Saturday, March 24, 2012

New Kitchen Faucet

I just installed my first kitchen faucet! ( I did swallow my pride and accept help from my husband AFTER I spent 2 hours removing the old one, he had a really long day that involved a very important presentation and the last thing he wanted to do was get involved with this!) When he came home I was on my back under the sink clanging away, not your typical "Welcome Home Honey" scene. Ha! I am not going to really write a tutorial on this but will say that YOU CAN DIY this but before we were finished I was wishing that I had a plumber on speed dial!  It's all about having the right tools.  A basin wrench would have come in handy removing the old bolts because they were in such a tight space, instead I used 2 crescent wrenches. Really the new faucets are not that difficult to install.  I YouTubed the installation but it only took him 3 minutes(ha) as opposed to my 4 hours! Here are my before and after pictures.

The Old:

These are the jokers below that require 2 wrenches to remove. They attach to the water supply.

The New One!!! Yay!!!!!!

We went with a Delta model because the pull down sprayer has a magnet that keeps it attached to the body and I have seen some that over time may not continue to say up in the spout .

Not sure what happened here but I wanted to show you the bottom of the sprayer. It has two settings that you will see below.

I must say that this project gave me a great sense of accomplishment but I am not so sure I would repeat it.  It might have been easier to have replaced the sink at the same time!  Anyway I am lovin it!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Coffee Anyone?

Our aunt happened to mention that she was about to haul off her older furniture to Gateway and immediately my heart skipped a beat......I repeated what she said to make sure I heard her clearly. You have to understand anything this lady owns has been WELL taken care of, she vacuums everyday!!! You could eat off of her floors on any given day. Also, my daughter is moving in an apartment in the fall at college so I have been scavenging items for her. The short version of this story is we got a sofa for my daughter, Regan, a recliner for the other daughter's boyfriend and a coffee table for me!! The table had some nicks in it so I used Plaster of Paris to make my own chalk paint. I used 1/3 Plaster of Paris to 2/3 paint(left over from painting the trim of our house). With this paint it was so easy to distress with sandpaper. I sprayed it with a clear top coat that I hope will keep it from easily being scratched. Folks you can't beat free!!!! Got so excited about painting that I forgot to take a before pic:( These were taken BEFORE I waxed it.
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Spring Is In The Air!

I just wanted to share my wisteria vines with you. I wish that you could smell me, they are amazing!!! I am trying to get the yard in shape slowly but surely. I have to get my self in gear due to a wedding shower I am hosting in June. Can you say motivation with a capitol M? I hope to keep you posted on my home improvement projects leading up to the party.  Why is it that the animals always want to get in the pictures????

Gerber Daisies

My knock out rose bush is beginning to bloom

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Easter Wreath

My Spring Break is coming to an end and naturally I tried to get everything done today(Saturday) that I intended to do all week. I probably will not be able to raise my arms tomorrow! I looked at Kristen's Creations' tutorial to use as a guideline. I just love her style. Mine is not as full as hers but I am happy with the results. One thing that I changed is that I did not us the 21 inch mesh, I used three different colors of the 4 inch mesh. I like it because it does not fray like  the wider mesh.  The more I look at this the more I want to add more to it but not making another trip to Hobby Lobby in the near future! Maybe next week.

He IS Risen!!!

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