Monday, July 28, 2014

DIY Grouted Vinyl Floor Reveal and Tutorial


You may recall that I have been slowly updating Miss 18 Year Old’s bathroom.  Most recently, I made some DIY shelves to hang over the toilet.  I also painted the sink and cabinet.  And during this summer break, I finally got around to laying tile in this bathroom!  It is the biggest change so far, and something I have been wanting to do for 2 years.  I am so happy that it is finally done!





The tile that I purchased is :

Armstrong 12-in x 12-in Crescendo Marble Gray Marble Finish Luxury Vinyl Tile from Lowe’s.  I also used this grout:  Blue Hawk Saddle Gray Vinyl Tile Grout. 

Other supplies I used were:
Utility knife
Bucket of water
sponge
rags
float
putty knife
3/16 in. spacers


This is the floor after it was completely finished.




This is the ugly linoleum that was on the floor.  You can see in the doorway where my brown paper floors end and this linoleum begins.  The brown paper floor is loose right near the doorway because we had a water leak that got the flooring wet.  I wasn’t too worried about it because I knew we would be installing a threshold when the floor was finished.  But I did want to show you what it looked like.

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I decided to leave the linoleum on the floor because it was very tight, and the directions said you could leave it down if it was in good condition. 

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I did trim the edge of the linoleum at the threshold, where it was loose.  I used a utility knife to do this.  Next, I cleaned the old flooring, and I painted the floor with primer, one coat.  The directions on the tile said to do this. 

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This is the floor after I painted it.  I carefully removed the quarter round going along the bathtub and the baseboard from behind the toilet.  I left the rest of the baseboards, but the ones behind the toilet were in really bad shape, and I knew I had some matching leftover baseboard in the garage that was left here from the previous home owners.  Obviously, you can also see that I had LC remove the toilet.  I stuffed some old rags into the opening in the floor in case of an odor.  I do recommend that the toilet be removed so that you can tile underneath it.  It gives it a more professional look in my opinion. 

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I used a staggered pattern.  I started by placing my first tile in the center of the doorway,and laying all of the tiles that were not going to need cut at all.  I made sure to pay attention that the marble veining on the tiles was all running in the same direction.  You simply peel the paper backing from the tile and stick it down to the floor pressing firmly to make sure they are down good.  I also used a pencil to make a mark in the center of each tile to make sure I was laying them correctly. 

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I used the 3/16 in. spacers to place the tiles evenly apart from each other.  Sorry, I forgot to get a pictures of the spacers in action. 

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After I had all of the full tiles stuck down, I got to work on the tiles that needed cut.  It is not difficult to cut these tiles.  You just score it really good with your utility knife, and they will snap right apart.  I am not going to lie.  I had never done this before and measuring and cutting the tiles was a bit tricky for me.  I measure using a ruler.  For some of the more tricky spots I used a piece of paper to draw how the tile needed cut, and used it as a guide. 

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You can clearly see right here behind where the toilet belongs is a spot where I messed up with my cuts.  I decided to leave it because the baseboard, quarter round molding,and the toilet would be hiding most of this completely. 

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Here is another spot right next to the sink where I made a mistake.  but I was also planning to put baseboard and quarter round around the sink, so I knew it would also be hidden.   
 
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Once the tiles are all laid, you can move straight to grouting.  there is no need to wait for anything to dry.  this part was fairly simple.  I just scooped out the grout with a putty knife, put a gob of it on my float, and worked in diagonal motion to smoosh it into the spaces.  I worked in small sections, using a wet rag or sponge to wipe off the excess grout as I went.  These are some pictures of the tile after the grout was finished. 

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The imperfections around the edges will all be covered by trim. 

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You can see in this picture that around the bottom of the sink is warped from the water leak we had.  That will all also be covered by trim. 

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Not bad, right?  Next it was time to install the trim and quarter round.  I had never done this before in my life.  But I went out and bought a miter box and a hand saw and decided to give it a whirl.  I am not going to include a tutorial for that because this post would be way too long.  Maybe I will do another post on that.  But I am going to show you some before and after pictures of the installation, caulking, and painting phases of the trim work. 

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Here the baseboards and quarter round are ready for caulk. 

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You can see the water damage here.  The trim does not hide it completely, but I am also planning to put a little piece of quarter round going up the sink between the wall and the back corner of the sink. 

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Also ready for caulk and paint. 

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Here, you can see some of my handy work, ha!  This got quite a few laughs and gasps of horror when I posted it on my Facebook page!  This is a dark corner underneath of the sink.  I was running out of quarter round, I had mis-measured my cut, and I pieced together enough to make this corner.  You will see in later pictures that once it was caulked and painted you can’t even see this.  I swear!

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Here the caulk is finished and ready for paint.  The sink is looking better already. 

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This is that same messed up corner under my sink after caulking.  It already looks so much better, right?  BTW, I would have never done this if it were not underneath of the sink and barely noticeable.  Unless you bend over and look at it, you don’t see it. 

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The quarter round that goes along the bathtub was glued in place.  It had been nailed previously, but I just didn’t see any way of doing that, so I glued it. 

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This is the same area next to the sink, all finished!  It looks so much better!  That trim and quarter round make such a huge improvement. 

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Not a bad job at matching those corners up, for a first timer. 

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After letting the grout dry for 48 hours, we installed the toilet.  You can see here that it was not until LC had it reinstalled that I could see that I had made a mistake when I cut that tile under the toilet.  Well, I knew better than to even ask him to take it back out, so right now, I am living with it.  I just placed a toilet paper holder over it to hide it. 

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See?  You can’t see it now!  Ha!  BTW, that toilet paper holder is actually a paper towel holder.  You can fit three rolls on this baby. 

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Here is the spot under the sink where I pieced together the quarter round.  Virtually unnoticeable. 

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This floor looks so fresh and clean compared to the old linoleum.  It is now a delight to enter this bathroom.  I used to cringe. 





The freshly painted white trim is also a huge improvement. 

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the only part I got some help with was installing the threshold.  My dad came over and did that for me. 

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Here, you can see the thresholds to the bathroom and Miss 18 Year Old’s bedroom.  These will eventually be stained to match the brown paper floors.  Sorry some of these pictures are so grainy.  This is a dark area, and I just wasn’t getting good light down here when I took some of these. 

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this little bathroom has come a very long way since we moved in. 




This is a quick picture of the bathroom when we first moved in.  At this point, I had painted and hung the shower curtain. 

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I am so happy to almost call this room finished.  The only thing left to do is have the light installed over the mirror.  I also think I am going to repaint the mirror frame, I am not quite happy with the color of it.  I wanted it to have more of a shiny look. 





And that, my friends, is it!  What do you think?  Have you ever tried your hand at peel and stick tiles?  Honestly, I would love to have real tile down here, but for the next 3-4 years, this will work just fine.  It looks very real, especially since I used the kind of peel and stick tile that I can grout.  I would highly recommend grouting your peel and stick tile if you can. 

Have a great week!  It is my last week of summer break.  I am having anxiety just thinking about it!

I am linking up here:

Monday:
Between Naps on the Porch
The Dedicated House
Home Stories A to Z
Inspire me Monday
Project Inspired
Tuesday:
A Stroll Through Life
Coastal Charm

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Beautiful Paua Shell Jewelry


 
Paua shell, which is the New Zealand word for the shell of the abalone, is a gorgeous shell that can come in iridescent blues, greens, pinks and yellows that resemble opal. The shell can also be dyed to make the colors stand out even more. The animal it comes from is a mollusk that's often found clinging to rocks with its muscular foot.



Paua shell can be incorporated into any form of jewelry, and its amazing colors go very well with silver plate.




Paua shell jewelry includes anklets. The shells themselves can be formed into hearts, stars, butterflies and angels or can be grouped with other types of seashells for a distinctive look.

Earrings are another type of jewelry that paua shells are perfect for. Again, the shells can be carved into all kinds of shapes, including iridescent blue maple leaves, blue hearts tucked within silver plated hearts, teardrops, peace signs and butterflies. Many of these earrings are for pierced ears and have elegant French hooks.






Paua shells can also be incorporated into bangles, where they're again carved into all kinds of shapes, including horses running, horses standing still, horseheads, butterflies of pink and blue, stars, crescent moons, dolphins, hearts, ovals and rectangles.




Bracelets, which are also made to fit around the wrist but come with links also show off the paua shell's beautiful colors. These can be green paua shells carved into shamrocks and joined by silver links or blue paua shells made into hearts and wrapped in silver filigree. They can be made into small blue hearts or rectangles encased in embossed silver plate. The wavy blue and green patterns in the shell look exactly like the waves of a tropical sea.




Of course, a collection of paua jewelry wouldn't be complete without necklaces adorned with the shell. Again, the shell can be carved into any type of shape that the wearer fancies, including the ever-popular heart, star and butterfly. There are also necklaces that feature paua shells carved into crosses, dolphins, feet, frogs, moon and stars, starfish, sun, turtles and teddy bears. Many of these necklaces have ropes made of fabric with coils of silver plated metal and silver plated balls from which hang a paua shell pendant.



You can go to this link to find many more options for this beautiful Paua shell jewelry


Friday, July 25, 2014

bare Minerals bare Skin Foundation - Review

On June 17th My life was forever changed.  Well, maybe that is a little dramatic, ha!  Maybe my life didn’t change, but my makeup certainly did!  Forever!  I didn’t seek out this change, I didn’t plan it.  As a matter of fact, I didn’t even realize how much I needed it! 

Let me explain.  Back in June I received a random email from Alexa at Collectively, asking me if I would like to try bareMinerals bare Skin Liquid Serum Foundation.  I would receive a complimentary product to try, and write a review for.  Well, it took me about 5 seconds to reply and say yes, of course!  What woman wouldn’t agree to this sweet deal? 



So, a couple of weeks  later my product arrived in the mail.  Not only was it a full size bottle, but also a very nice full size application brush, specifically designed for this foundation.  It is called the perfecting face brush.






It took me a few days to get around to trying it, because I really didn’t go anywhere but the pool.  But when I did try it, I was literally amazed at the results!  I am not kidding people!  This foundation is by far the best foundation I have ever tried.  I could not believe my eyes.  I usually apply my foundation, and then get to work on my concealer- applying it under my eyes, on both cheeks to several problem areas.  I have a few broken capillaries on both cheeks and under my nose.  With this foundation, my need for concealer was almost completely gone.  The only place I needed it was under my eyes.  It was magical! 

Let me tell you a little about bare Skin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20.  It is liquid foundation done differently.  No oil.  No silicone.  No water.  No parabens.  No fragrance.  Formulated with bare minimum ingredients without sacrificing benefits, this ultra-thin, weightless fluid harnesses jojoba-coated mineral pigments suspended in a coconut-derived base.  Combined with a potent blend of vitamin c and supercharged lilac plant stem cells, this good-for-you formula is a clinically-proven tone-correcting mineral foundation and brightening serum in one.  And it is available in 20 skin-loving shades.  It also delivers seamless, adjustable coverage and a noticeably brighter, more youthful appearance. 

Now, I am not an expert on taking before and after pictures of my own face, but I tried to show you what my face looks like with no makeup whatsoever, and then after I have applied my makeup using this foundation.  This took guts people.  How many 43 year old women do you know who want to take close up pictures of their face with no makeup?  Not me!  OMG, I can’t believe I am doing this, but here goes!
 
This is me with no makeup.  I decided to pull my hair back so that all you will be really looking at is my face, not my hair style.

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This is me after applying the bare Skin Foundation.  I applied around 4-5 drops.  Already a very noticeable difference in my opinion!  This is with no concealer!

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This is me after applying the rest of my makeup. 

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It took me awhile to perfect the application of this product.  What you do is shake it up, then squeeze anywhere between 1-6 drops of it onto the brush, and buff it on in a circular motion.  Here is a link to a video you can watch of someone applying it:  bare Skin application process

This is me that same day after getting ready completely, just in case you were wondering. 

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Here are a couple more pictures of me wearing this foundation.  This was the night of LC’s 40th birthday dinner, after being in the rain and sitting outside on the deck while it was pouring down all evening. 

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And I made a little pinnable graphic of the before and after of this foundation. 

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Yes, I received this product to review for free.  Great perk of being a blogger BTW!  But my opinions of this product are completely my own.  I am telling you right now that I will be a user of the product for the rest of my life.  It is more expensive than my old foundation, but it is totally worth the money.  This product can be bought online at the bare Minerals website, and also at Sephora, Sephora inside JCPenney, Ulta, Macy’s, and Dillard’s

And just a little message to the geniuses at bare Minerals.  If you want to send me anything else to review, I would love to try it.  I am guessing I will like more of your products, because this is one of the best skin products I have ever tried. 

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