A Year...That Sounds About Right!

Where has the time gone?  And what the hell have I done with it?  Well I'm not sure so let's not focus on that. 

First off, HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!  Hopefully all of the mothers of the world, unlike myself, did what they were supposed to do today and relaxed.  I had other plans and a long to do list that had been sitting unattended for far to long. I decided yesterday to take "my day" and spend it how I would enjoy it most, checking off some of the items on our project list.  I aimed high, gave it a valiant effort but did fall short of my goal.  I think I over committed.  Story of my life.  So what did I tackle today?  Let's see...

I started with an easy project. One that I knew I could finish in under ten minutes and provide me instant gratification and motivation to push on. So I FINALLY tidied up the top of Maine Toddler's (yes, she isn't Maine Baby anymore) dresser.  The girl loves her headbands.  Bows and sequins, flowers and lace.  The bigger and more of them the better.  Most are stashed in the girl's bathroom vanity drawers but a select few (the larger ones) are reserved for the place of honor atop her dresser.  For the last year they have been tossed in a heap with two of her hats.  Unorganized and unsightly.  I grabbed a roll of decorative kraft paper and large container of oatmeal at Target a few weeks ago, knowing how to solve the problem.  Today, I fixed it.


I wrapped the kraft paper around the oatmeal container and secured it with scotch tape.  Then folded the ends, as neatly as possible, like a present.  More tape. I wasn't worried about being perfect as I knew that I would be stashing her two hats on the top of the headband stand.


I am pleased with the outcome.  It is a huge improvement.  If you want to do this at home and don't want to store hats on the top, I have seen others top the wrapped container off with a decorative bow.  But that wasn't what I was going for.  I wanted a place for the hats and part of me feared that if a bow was added Maine Toddler would decide it looked too much like a present and unwrap it.  I decided not to temp fate.

After this easy one, I moved on to shortening our kitchen bar stools.  You see, when we moved into our house (almost two years ago now...sad to admit it has been that long) I accidentally purchased the wrong size stools.  I picked up bar height not counter height and didn't realize my mistake until ALL three were assembled, sitting at the kitchen island and I attempted to sit in them.  NOT comfortable.  At all.  I felt defeated.  I was embarrassed by my mistake.  But more importantly agitated.  How could I have been so numb not to check the height!  I walked away.  And now, almost two years later, no adult to date has been able to successfully sit at the kitchen island.  Epic failure.  Solution?  Oh it was an easy one, but something neither myself nor Maine Dad made time to do until today.  We gave 'em a hair cut!  See the difference in the before and after?


We used the table saw to cut four inches from each of the stool legs. (Ignore the messy garage...that too is on our to do list!).


Because we are not the most patient people and didn't do our prep work properly, we had a few mishaps.  A few small chips and some black scratches from the table saw.  Oops.  Remember to prep people!  (Painters tape to prevent chipping and a sheet to prevent the scratches).


But have no fear.  The damage was undone with the help from my little friends...Magic Eraser and our cabinet touch-up crayon (same color as the stool legs).  Problem solved and as good as new!


I did sit down and enjoy the stools for a moment but got up before I lost all motivation!

On to the girls bathroom, where an empty space above the toilet and lack of a towel bar had been eating at me.  I had purchased a Moen glass shelf and towel bar earlier.  They too were sitting untouched for some time.  (boo me)  I grabbed my drill, level, hammer and the new bathroom accessories and headed upstairs.  I snapped a before pic of the space.  blah blah boring


And in 20 minutes I had both the shelf and the towel bar installed and accessorized.   Ta-da!


I didn't snap a pic of the towel bar, which I installed behind the door, because well...we all know what they look like and the space was just too darn tight to get a good one.  But I will say, if ever have to purchase and install bathroom accessories, buy Moen. It may be a bit more expensive but the idiot proof directions, stencils and included hardware are AMAZING!  (It must have been created and written by a woman...just sayin'!)  Sixteen minute install time on the glass shelf.  Four minute install time on the towel bar.  Four freakin' minutes!  Why did I put this off for so long?  Okay, let's not dwell on this and beat me up for my slacker tendencies...it is Mother's Day after all.

The last and most time intensive project was to repaint Maine Toddler's dresser.  Several months ago I had pinned a gorgeous ombre dresser on Pinterest.

Credit: https://www.etsy.com/listing/102647882/reloved-and-upcycled-stunning-midcentury

A HUGE improvement over Maine Toddler's current eye sore!


Pardon the dark picture.  I think I secretly wanted no one to see it in its current state.

Like the rest of the world, I thought "Wow, I will so do this" after I pinned the ombre dresser...and of course never did.  Last night, in preparation, I sped out to Lowes to pick up paint and supplies.  Instead of buying just one can of color and white paint and mixing the shades myself, I went the lazy girl way and headed right to the paint sample section.  I needed five variations of blue since the dresser has five drawers.  And settled on two cards that were a great transition from light to dark.

Color cards in hand, I headed over to the desk for the magic paint man to mix me sample sizes of all the colors.  Voila...easy peasy!


No stressful mixing guessing game for this Maine Mommy.  I also picked up a quart of white paint, five 4" door and cabinet rollers and just as many paint tray liners.  I figured, for the additional $12.50 it was going to cost me for the supplies, it was well worth it to not have to wash rollers and liners, air dry and repeat for each colored drawer.  After all, any downtime I gave myself could result in an unfinished project.  Hey...just being honest!

So tonight, I sanded...A LOT.  And sanded some more. I spread out all of the paint tray liners and rolled on a first coat to each of the drawers.  This is what my garage currently looks like.


One roller and paint tray liner for each hue of blue.  But I don't care...I'm grinning!  Check out the work in progress!


The first coat is almost dry and I am off to do a second on the drawers.  Then a first coat of white for the dresser itself.  Hopefully in 48 hours it will be dry enough to move back into Maine Toddler's room.  She was unimpressed with us removing it and putting her new headband stand and lamp on the floor.  "This is not okay, Mom".  She exclaimed as I put her to bed.  I don't know where she gets the attitude from.   I promise! 

I'll be back with the after pictures.  And maybe even some more projects that we manage to check off.  Could we possible keep this ball rolling?  Fingers crossed.

On an unrelated note, want to see what I got for Mother's Day?


Ohh...shiny!  A green amethyst.  My birthstone (well, sort of...I'm not a fan of purple!)  Rolling paint is so much more enjoyable when you have something pretty to look at!  Thanks Maine Dad!  xoxo

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