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My First Home DIY Project

21 Feb

Good morning! 

When Zach and I bought our home last summer, it was pretty much move-in ready. We liked the paint colors and general decor of the house, so we just moved our stuff and started living there. Despite having a lot of ideas of things we wanted to do eventually, we agreed with could live with the house as is — with one major exception: The downstairs/guest bathroom. 

downstairs bath 1

This is actually the only photo I have of the bathroom in (some of) it’s former glory. The previous owners were kind (?) enough to also leave the fishing-themed shower curtain and garbage can, which you can see from this photo I replaced promptly. Also, that cabinet above the toilet was just — odd. I’m pretty sure that the previous owners re-did the kitchen and this cabinet was left over. It was very awkward in the small space. 

The above picture was taken as I was prepping to remove the wallpaper. I used a steamer (as you can see above) to remove it. It was very slow going. I swear, they used some sort of industrial bathroom-strength wallpaper glue on that wallpaper. It took me a whole day to remove one wall, and then an entire day to do the other wall. Next, I removed and painted the baseboards and chair rail, and painted the trim around the door. Then, the bathroom stayed like that for about…5 months. 

Finally, about a week or so ago, we bought the paint and started painting the walls: 


Painting progress

Painting progress

When I painted the trim, I used white Valspar paint + primer that we had in the basement. When we decided on the main colors for above and below the chair rail, I decided to use a light grey above and a darker grey below. Well, lesson learned: Always go a shade or two darker than what you think you will need to use. The “grey” color above the chair rail looks identical to the white trim and white ceiling (I think it comes through a little more grey here. In person, there is no difference). Here’s how it looked in progress after I painted below the chair rail: 

bathroom edit 2


I’ve never painted a whole room myself before, so I was really worried about the splotchy-ness of the paint, but I was told to relax, it would look better when it was dry and it did! Before I painted, Zach took down the eyesore of a cabinet, and then last night he hung some beautiful white floating shelves. Here is the finished product: 

bathroom done 2 edit


I bought a few accent pieces at Target last night — that cute yellow bowl (holding cotton balls) and that yellow candle (smells SO good). Despite sticking to the yellow/grey theme, I love the pop of green with the towel. I’ll probably add a blue one too. I also hung a couple prints from our wedding. This one reads “This will be the best day ever”. 

bathroom done 3 edit

This print reads: “We are so glad you are here” –  Zach said, “We are so glad you’re in the bathroom!?” — he’s a joker. But I wanted the guest bath to feel warm and welcoming to guests! Hopefully nobody else takes it that way 🙂 

bathroom done 4 edit


..and a shot of the shower curtain, which was a wedding gift and I love. 

I’m so happy with how it turned out! The floating shelves are functional, but so much better looking than that bulky cabinet. The only thing I’m regretting right now is not buying a hand towel/bath towel in this design last night at Target: 

target towel


…but Zach agrees it would fit perfectly so we’re planning to go back and get it this weekend. I’m so, so pleased with how this little project turned out. I have always wanted to be a person who does her own home projects. I realize this is just a small one, but hopefully we’ll branch out to larger projects soon. I’d love to do a backsplash in the kitchen! 

Question of the Day: 
Do you like doing home repairs? 


From a negative to a positive.

21 Aug

Last week, I tweeted this:

As it turns out, that wasn’t actually true. This morning, I ran 4.5 miles, 3 miles of which were almost right at my half-marathon pace! Let’s backtrack a bit. I’ll warn you now that this run recap will get a little TMI, so if you’re not into that sort of thing you might want to stop reading now.

I woke up this morning and knew I had to go for a 3.5 mile run. Since I was running outside, I knew I had to drink my morning coffee and make sure I used the bathroom first. Because none of the bathrooms at the park are open in the early mornings (that irks me to no end, by the way), and inevitably I will be at the furthest point from my house and have to go.

It was kind of chilly this morning so I had to wear my long sleeves.

Long sleeves = perfect running weather, in my opinion. But I do feel like I’m racing time to get my summer vacation in before fall begins…But I digress. I headed out and was feeling very strong. I checked my pace a few times and noticed that I was just below my goal half marathon pace, and I felt great. Around mile 1.5, I started feeling that familiar grumbly tummy feeling, but I ignored it. When I got to my turn around point, however, I was wondering if I would make it back!

So, I’m at the turn around point and I realize that I have to use the bathroom, like, soon. I know it will take me roughly 15 minutes to run back, and I also know that there was a (really sketchy) port-a-potty near my favorite water fountain, which was .5 miles — in the other direction. I started to run back home but quickly realized I would not make it, so I walked (running was out of the question) to the port-a-potty. Which was the most disgusting port-a-potty I’ve ever been in. Ever. I know, I know. This is totally TMI, but running just gets things moving and sometimes this happens.

Like I said, I waited it out at home before I took off, so I was running late as it was, and now I had to run 2 miles instead of 1.5 to get home and get ready for work. I knew I had to run, and fast, so I did. I averaged well above half marathon pace in my last two miles! Not only that, but I felt really great and strong.

I can do it! I can run a sub-2 hour half!

Sometimes negatives turn into positives. As I mentioned yesterday, I ended up running about .81 miles longer that I was supposed to for my long run, and now today I ran 1.5 miles more than I should have (well, .5 of those were walking, but still). As of today, I’m above my training miles by 2.3 miles!

Just a note, next week I’ll be on vacation and I’m taking the week off of training. I’m sure I’ll still run, because running is one of my favorite things to do on vacation (how cool is it to go see the sights?), but I’m not going to hold myself to a training schedule, because vacation is for relaxation! I need to keep telling myself that because, in case you haven’t noticed, I have a hard time really letting go. In fact, I’m easing into vacation mentality already this week. Last night, Zach and I went out for a bit, and I was hungry so I ordered….chili cheese fries! That is very out of character for me. So much, in fact, that my friend Susie said, “Who are you!?” I’m just trying to let loose a bit. I have all fall and winter to be hard on myself 🙂

I promise that I’ll have a new Financial Fitness post for you after vacation. I’ll be blogging next week, but I’m just going to talk about vacation and what a great time I’m having 🙂

Question of the Day:
What’s your most embarrassing fitness related story?