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Mar 22, 2014

A Little Inspiration, Independence Days Challenge

A Little Inspiration-
I've been looking for some inspiration here and there for our bathroom remodel. We've purchased some of the new items- shower faucet/head, and other supplies. Now I'm thinking paint color, and small decorative touches. I saw the photo above and loved the little green bench. Then I found this on of course!

I could white wash it, or maybe sand it down a bit. It's made of bamboo and would be great with a little basket on top. Then carve out a heart :) I'd cover up the screws as well. My IKEA list keeps getting longer! Good thing we only go once a year, maybe. 

I tried to find this flooring, but couldn't so we went with something similar in tan/gray. We had a coupon to a big box store, and that saved us a bunch! I may do the cream walls, can't decide yet. I think I probably go with a very pale blue/gray, very soothing. Right now I have a very pale aqua with kind of a soft, beachy feel. I'll do some before and after photos. I'll be tossing the beach stuff to go with more of a spa-ish, country, modern feel. Since I got most of it thrifting (of course) I can just pass it all on. Or maybe put some in the other rooms. I'm looking forward to a new floor, since part of it's got some rot. We'll start the demo next week, then the pros will come in!

I love this kitchen, by the way, even though we're not re-doing ours, all we need is a new sink! That's next on the list. We need a new counter, but that will be a couple of years, maybe.

                                    Also from myscandinavianhome.  
Look at those floors, in this old restored home! And all the fun little touches, charming and keeps with the age of the home.

Independence Days Challenge-

1. Plant Something- Some pansies for my kitchen flower box, always my first purchase!

2. Harvest Something- The girls are picking up speed with their eggs. I finally got the news from the local hatchery (much more reliable than the feed stores) when the chicks will be available. Right now I'm thinking an Amber White-

another Barred Rock, and a Rhode Island Red. That will give me five, since my one hen may have to go. She's aggressive with me and may be with the young pullets. I may give her away. I can sell all the extra eggs at work. Three's a good number...

3. Preserve/Store Something- I've been doing research on making more fermented foods, so that's on the horizon. I can't afford expensive crocks, so may go the way of canning jars and vapor locks. I think I'll go with this too Perfect Pickler 

4. Manage Reserves- Get a Good Deal/Barter/Stock Up/Prep- Got some great deals at Costco and he grocery outlet again- breads, cheeses, and fish.

5. Eat the Food- Try New Foods/Recipe- Made some fish tacos with our frozen fish, and fresh limes for the sauce.

6. Build Community Food Systems- Will start selling eggs soon, and get some rhubarb from my neighbor.

7. Recycle/Re-Use- Will be donating the usable leftovers from the bathroom re-do: sink, faucet, medicine cabinet, and a few other things.

8. Skill Up- Learning about fermenting, post eye surgery, insurance for lens for glasses (no coverage bummer!), how much a new kitchen sink will cost. It's wild- I always thought cast iron was more expensive than stainless steel. They're actually about the same! Learned about how the new gutter will look, with the seamless ones. Our are falling off, and always leaked. On a long run, seamless is the way to go. 
9. Regenerate What is Lost/Salvage Something- We're getting ready to spruce up the yard. Had both big fruit trees pruned by a pro. He did a BRILLIANT job! They look wonderful and shaped. 

Happy Spring!!! We're off to IKEA Tuesday!!! Photos coming :)


Debbie said...

Have fun at Ikea. Enjoyed a quick visit to the store in Atlanta while visiting my daughter the other week. Picked up 6 doormats for our new house. Good luck with the bathroom remodel. Love the green.

Little Homestead In Boise said...


Michelle said...

I love the bathroom with the touches of green. Might have to add them to mine.

Little Homestead In Boise said...

Thanks Michelle, I am rethinking my paint color!

Leigh said...

I just love looking at photos of rooms for ideas. Too bad so much of my decorating is almost done, LOL.

So glad to hear the Independence Days Challenge is alive and well. It really helped me get my act together awhile back.

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