Nursery Organization

When we first found out we were having a baby there was so much joy and nervousness rolled into one, fellow parents you now that feeling.  I mean how can someone have all those feelings at one time! Holy cow, talk about emotional overload.  We got pregnant right away and looking back on the time of year Everett was born, it was perfect (definitely noted for #2).  But number 2 won’t be happening anytime soon, even though Everett was an incredibly easy baby and has been a joy-filled toddler, it is hard for me to imagine 2 kids right now.  I am enjoying my time with Everett and trying to not screw up this parenting thing.  Plus I really enjoy my sleep and sanity, and I am just not ready to give those up just yet.  Ask me again in a year and I might be saying otherwise.  Do you want to know how hard it is to type this with a 15 month old attempting to pound the keyboard? I almost left all the p’s and -‘s that were randomly inserted into this post but I figured for reading purposes, I should probably take them out.

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Tin Foil AAA batteries=AA??

This weekend was a very relaxing and enjoyable one at that! My husband and I traveled to northern WI to spend some quality time with my dad’s side of the family.  Most of my aunts and uncles, grandpa and grandma, cousins and their spouses and now second cousins were in attendance.  It is something special when a family can all get together.  My grandparents own a farm in Bruce, WI which is a very, very small town.  It is one of those small towns that country singers talk about, minus being in the south.  Anyways, family truly means the world to me because we have grown up together on the family farm and now the second cousins, even if only babies, are starting to enjoy their time on the farm together as well.

***Have to give credit to my cousin for his creative/amazing photography skills.  This picture previews the annual family bags tourney noted in yesterday’s blog.***

So because I was spending most of the weekend with my family, I was unable to really take on a large Pinterest project.  Today’s pin is currently very popular in the amount of repins and posts it is receiving, and my parents had all of the necessary materials handy.  Which is a first because growing up it seems like we were always running out of batteries for our electronics.  It turned out to be a perfect little pin project so I set out to see if this could POSSIBLY be true.

Original Pin:

http://pinterest.com/pin/161355599119999781/

The Process: 

First, I was on the hunt to find something that took AA batteries.  The subject: my dad’s prized temperature gauge.  Please note the outdoor temperature (reason why to come).

Replaced the 3 AA batteries with AAA ones and added aluminium foil to the + end of the batteries.

WALLAH! It worked but…….look again at the outdoor temperature region.  There is no longer a reading from the sensor outside.  This above picture was taken a day after this pin was tried and after repeated attempts by my father to reset the sensor, nothing seems to be working.  My only conclusion is that I may have shorted something out with the use of foil.  I guess I owe my parents a new temperature gauge due to my Pinterest addiction.  😦

Pinadvise:

I know we all deal with the frustrations of running out of batteries but my pinadvice is to suck it up and run to the store to purchase new ones.  This may be used as a quick fix for a screaming kid that desperately needs their toy to run but might not be worth the headache of purchasing a new toy if it were to short out.  Also, because the AAA batteries are smaller than the AA ones, there was considerable movement just flipping the gauge over to see if it worked.  If this Pinterest quick trick is going to be used on something that is not going to be stationary, NOT WORTH THE HASSLE of the constant readjustment of the batteries in order to make the object work.  Hope this helps!

Happy Sunday!

Beer Bottle Glass

Okay…so I first saw this pin and really didn’t know what to make of it.  Being a science teacher, I tend to question a majority of the “home” remedies out there (main culprit is Pinterest). I will get into many more of these hesitations I have but not all in one day, I have to try and have a life! Which I don’t know if that is possible now with this blog.

Soooo….let’s get right to it.  I loved seeing this pin the other day posted by a friend.  Although not sure if I would ever be able to find a beer bottle in my house (blahahahaha we do live in Wisconsin).  I figured this would be a must try for a piece that could serve as a conversation started in the future.  However, thinking about it…….that conversation would again start like so many of my other convos go, “OMG! I found this on Pinterest”.  All of that aside here is my verdict on the beer bottle glass pin.

Original Pin:  

http://pinterest.com/pin/161355599119944245/

The process:

I started with a Red Stripe bottle.  Please note that this bottle is dark and made of a thicker glass.  I went through the process of trying to get this pin to work but was unsuccessful!  You are more than welcome to try this process which I will give you my step by step guide, I just don’t think given the dark/thick glass of the bottle it was in the cards to create a Red Stripe glass.  Just because I failed this time doesn’t mean that the experiment should be thrown out immediately (I try to get my students to understand this).  Time to go back to the drawing board and revisit my hypothesis as to why this didn’t work, the whole dark/thick glass thing.  Like in my classroom, “what should I do next in this experiment?” At this point I would most likely be getting a lot of blank stares from my students or the dreaded question “well Mrs. Walz, what SHOULD WE do?”  Well since you are not my students……….

I decided to try using a clear/thinner glass bottle.  We currently do not have a clear beer bottles at our house so it is a good thing that my husband and I headed up north Wisconsin for a weekend full of family fun.  As a family we pride ourselves on being able to drink beer, belch, talk loudly and hold awesome bead bag tournaments.  Which I should add my husband and I are currently the family champions.  It was an act of the blogging gods that my cousin happen to be drinking a Corona, which this pin had originally used as a medium.

Materials:

First they emptied the bottle (didn’t take much convincing). Found some yarn and put it in a group of 3.  Was able to wrap the group of yarn around the bottle 5 times.  Slip the yarn off the bottle and soak in a small glass of fingernail polish remover.  I waited a few seconds to make sure that the yarn was completely saturated with the polish remover and then rewrap the yarn around the bottle.  I made sure to fill up the sink with ice cold water, this changes the temperature of the glass rapidly and allows the glass to break cleanly.  Before any glass can break I had to take a lighter to the yarn and acetone to help heat up the glass.  I spun the bottle around 20 times and smudged it in the ice water.

*****Note the double cut below and above the yarn*****

This time it worked!

The black marks wiped right off with water.

Pinadvice:

I am happy that I kept with this pin instead of informing you that it was unsuccessful.  There are a few things that I would have changed.

1. Make sure the yarn is not very thick.  I tripled the yarn plus wrapped it around the bottle 5 times and as an end result the bottle broke on top and below the yarn (notes the picture above in the water).

2. Start with clear glass.

3. Try multiple times.

4. Have sandpaper on hand to smooth down the edges so your guests can actually drink from your newest pinned creation!

Happy Drinking 🙂

Silver Wall Mirror

Today’s pin is one that can be found on a few of my recent pins on Pinterest. I absolutely fell in love with the silver wall mirror in the photo below but then again who wouldn’t? This look has become very popular recently and looking through the app houzz (equally as addicting for homeowners as Pinterest), it seems very evident that I MUST HAVE this look! My husband and I have a gray room and a white duvet cover, so I figured we could make it look like the gorg photo taken by Ashlee Bauch Photography.

Original Pin:

http://ashleeraubachphotography.blogspot.com/2011/04/alison-royer-interior-designer-belmont.html

After doing some research online I found a silver wall mirror, and many like it on overstock.com, but was not about to spend $166! Again, back to the premature heart attack and my husband, I may be sensing a common theme to these blog posts.

 

 

The inspiration:

http://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/Artemis-Antique-Silver-Wall-Mirror/6541899/product.html

Before:

I ended up finding this wall mirror at home depot for $35!! What a steal…….but I hasn’t a fan of the gold look in our already gray bedroom so I decided to purchase Rust-Oleum: hammered spray paint (could go with silver or metallic as well….even leave it gold)-$5.98.

 

The process:

The mirror easily popped out so all that was needed to do was to spray the frame down. I only put one coat of spray paint on and let dry for 45 minutes.

After:

Total time: 45 minutes

 

 

 

 

 

 

***I feel like I should mention that the headboard of our bed is also a DIY project***

Pinadvice:

I am very pleased with the outcome of this pin. Although at first it was a big change to get use to something over top our bed. I would recommend a silver or metallic paint instead of the hammered color, it almost makes it too dark.

The next few blogs……. So my husband and I have our one year anniversary coming up and with this special occasion and the amount of AWESOME ideas on Pinterest, I will be doing a blog on Monday about all the cool things to do for your one year anniversary (that maybe a long one)!!  The theme of my blog is obviously trying new things on Pinterest, soooooo after looking at all of the amazing ideas I will be picking one.  If you have any suggestions please feel free to comment below, also if you want to see some of the options follow me @ britni walz.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Antiqued Furniture Pin

I started the process of changing many things throughout our house prior to starting this blog, so some of these early posts will be of projects that I have already completed.   My husband often times just shakes his head at the projects that I decide to try or even the indecision that I face before, during and after I have completed a project.  For example, I just repainted our kitchen for the second time in 6 months.  Crazy, I know.

Today’s post is one that I pinned and one of the reasons why I got myself into this crazy pinning addiction.  I often times call my mom, sister and closet “pinterest” friends (that is right I have certain friends that I know will love my latest pinned project, thank you Facebook for making the notifications from Pinterest link to Facebook) to let them know what I have accomplished.  This particular project left me a little scared to show my mother, as I didn’t know what her reaction would be in seeing her antiqued dresser painted and antiqued again.  Hesitations aside I decided to dive into the process of transforming my old dresser.

Original Pin:

Unfortunately, this dresser costs $795.00 on etsy.com and I was not about to give my husband a premature heart attack at the thought I spent that kind of money on an antiqued dresser, although gorg! So after walking into our bedroom shortly after pinning this picture, I knew my current “antique” dresser would work perfect.  After dumping the dressers contents all over our bedroom floor, I was off to home depot to try my hand at this latest pin.

 

 

Dresser Before:

Now I must refer back to the original comment I made about wishing I would have taken better before pictures, this is one of them.  After browsing through all of my old facebook pictures, I finally found this small shot of this picture being my back drop for the overused “bookend” pose.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Materials (different depending on desired look):

  • White candle (I had this item), any waxed candle will do
  • Steal wool: Medium Coarse Grade- $3.98
  • 8 oz. Wood Finish: Ebony- $4.78
  • 32 oz. Rust-Oleum Ultra Cover: Gloss Almond- $8.48
  • 1/2 Pint Minwax Polyurethane: Clear Satin- $6.48
  • Any brand sand paper: Medium (to take off original stain)
  • Any brand sand paper: Fine (polish polyurethane between coats)
  • New handles- $3.98
  • Paint brush x 2
  • Old sock for staining

Total Cost: less than $30.00

Process:

I started this DIY project with the most grueling part, sanding all the original stain off.  Currently in Wisconsin the temperature is around 98 degrees with a heat index of 105-110 so sanding was not my favorite part.  I kept having to ask my husband “is this good enough” and every time “no, keep going”.  So what felt like 2 hours (which it really only took me 30 minutes) I was ready to apply the candle wax.  This is the part where you can antique the dresser as much as you see fit for the piece.  Since I was new to the process, I was not sure as to how it would work so I was quite light on the wax application (I wish I would have presser harder and applied more wax).  I ended up applying two coats of the gloss almond paint and let dry.  Now since it is so blasted hot outside, the drying time was fairly quick and while I waited for the paint to dry, I was able to apply the first coat of ebony stain using an old sock for my husbands sock drawer (FYI: use a sock that has been left with no pair, I didn’t and my husband wasn’t thrilled with yet another pair left “pairless”).

I must add that I also used another pinned idea while doing this project.  Saving paint brushes by wrapping them in a zip lock bags and placing them in the refrigerator in between coats.  This worked perfectly and saved time by eliminating the cleaning of the brushes between coats.

After two coats of stain and two coats of paint, it was now time to remove the candle wax in order to reveal the antiqued look.  By using the steal wool, you can remove the wax from under the paint and do little damage.  You are making it look antiqued so really the damage done by the steal wool emphasizes the distressed/antiqued look.  I also added two coats of polyurethane to the stained top while using the fine grade sandpaper in between the coats to buffer any air bubbles out.

Finished Project:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Time: about 2 days

Pinadvice:

Overall, I am VERY happy with the out come of this pinned project! My husband loves it and I love showing off my hard work.  Make sure you apply the wax fairly hard to get the antiqued look and be creative with this project.  You can put colors under the top coat, use a bright color (turquoise seems to be a popular pick) and change up the knobs (you can find vintage looking knobs at Pier 1).