Tuesday, March 5, 2013

we are still here!!!

Things have been busy for us, but we are still thrifting, refurbishing, and DIYing our hearts out. Here are two our most recent finds.
1960's Smith-Corona portable electric typewriter
Mid-Century modern corner table

What have you been up to? Any new projects we should know about? Give us a shout.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Quick Tub/Shower Refresh

I admit it, our shower caulk was super gross. It got to the point where something had to be done. We let it go too long. This was the grossness in our master bath tub/shower (yes, I am slightly embarrassed).
um, eww; you may want to take care of that...soon
I looked up how to go about removing the caulk in your shower, how to clean it, what tools you need, and what tricks there might be. I was very pleased to see that it's actually simple. I guess I was expecting something more involved. The best step-by-step guide I referred to is here via Popular Mechanics. Simple, straight forward, and it's in line with everything else I read.
oh my, it's getting worse
I didn't use the caulk remover (many place suggest this) as our caulk was easily removed, but I did make sure to take note of the warning about ammoniated bath cleaner. Don't use that type of cleaner before you clean with bleach!

Here's the final result. It only took 45 minutes (because I was very careful and diligent). My biggest surprise was this $4 tool I purchased from Lowe's; the Homax 2-Piece Caulking Tool Kit. I know there are other tricks for applying a smooth bead of caulk (yes, I know some people use their finger), but this was clean, easy, and created a great finish.
that's more like it
Go ahead, take a look at your caulk... does it need re-done? It's easy, go for it this weekend! 


Thursday, August 23, 2012

gutter complete!

IT IS FINISHED! I finally fixed the gutter issues we've been having this year (remember how bad it was: here and here). I decided the right thing to do was to call a very knowledgable friend for help. With his advice we completely removed the old, leaky, rusted gutter and replaced it with all new.
so fresh, so clean, so NOT broken
The supplies were not expensive and we worked for a little under 2 hours total! Toni and I are thrilled to be able to get to our landscaping plan without the worry of our hard-work being washed away by a rain storm.

Gutters are now crossed off the summer list of "to-dos". AWESOME!


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Image Inpsiration

I thought I would let some pictures do the talking for today's post. Sometimes it's just all about the images. Let us know what you think. These are pictures from some of our latest trips to thrift and vintage markets. Enjoy!
I am thinking the IN sign needs to go someone in our house. 
Toni was not on-board with me buying this huge letter S... boo to that!
I grew up playing baseball so I am drawn to old baseball items. This is a pretty clever way to display all the bats.
lots to love here: outdoor bowling set, vintage phone, the rusty cart, circular industrial molds...
mid-century kids rocking toy
Yes please; who doesn't need a ROAD CLOSED sign in their house?
Please tell me someone has a Road Closed sign in their home! Send me a picture, I'd love to see how you incorporated it into your decor!