Thursday, January 23, 2014

Picture Frames out of Pallets

I have been thinking about what to put on my stairs forever! Finally I saw some picture frames I loved on pintrest. They looked like reclaimed wood, so I figured I could use an old pallet. Simple, right?

Not as simple as I thought. It's a pain in the rear taking those things apart. My job was much easier when I got ahold of a sawszall. Now I have my nice pretty old wood.

I split some boards when I was trying to take the pallets apart with just a hammer. I used my son's tools to put it back together. It actually worked quite nicely.

I needed the wood to look old and parts of this wood looked new where it was protected. I used apple cider vinegar, black tea and steel wool. It worked great! This picture is after one coat.

Here is an idea of what they will look like. The only problem is once I laid it out, I thought it was going to be too big. I went back to the store for the smaller mats and cut down all the wood for smaller frames.

Now that the frames are done, I taped up where they will go and realized those were too small. Ugh! Back to taking apart another pallet.

Much better.

Yay! Here they are, finally all done!

I love the way they turned out. In the picture it's hard to see the individual pieces of wood, but they look very old.

Now I have 3 smaller frames and don't know what to do with them.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Bathroom Remodel

Finally, our yucky, yucky bathroom is getting re modeled! Yay! The sink barley dripped out water, the floor was discussing and the toilet was hardly cleanable.

At first glance it wasn't so bad.

But you take a closer look and here is what you see.

We pulled out that old linoleum and put in some nice cheap Home Depot tile.

Then, there was the shower. I scrubbed and scrubbed the shower so many times and this is the cleanest it would get.

We went for a nice quick fix where we just had it sprayed with a new finish. (I'm not sure what it is called.) It turned out great, clean and bright white. 

Then, replace a toilet, sink, mirror and light. We actually bought the sink and light over a year ago when our local Home Depot moved and had it's clearance. So, it's been stored till we got the energy for another project. Actually till I just couldn't handle it anymore.

Out with the old...

In with the new…

We also put a nice fresh coat of paint. It's a light grey that goes nicely with the light green in the room outside the bathroom.

This is the almost completed bathroom. I need to hang the hand towel rack and we need a shower door. Plus, once it was all put in and the sink was plumbed, we tested it, all the new plumbing worked great, but we saw water seeping through wall. Now we have to cut out drywall and fix more plumbing. At least it looks nice while I muster up the motivation to do drywall work.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014


L and I get eczema and years ago I discovered that Shea butter gets rid of it. However, Shea Butter by itself isn't very easy to rub into the skin. That's when I started experimenting to make something that I could rub into our skin easier. After researching different oils and how to make lotion, I came up with my own special blend.

Little batches seem to work best for me, but I love what I came up with. I found that it also heals those cracked, dry, flip flop wearing heals.

One of my friends noticed my soft feet and wanted some lotion for herself. She found these adorable jars at World Market. I absolutely love them!

Now I have eczema free, baby soft feet and lotion that we love around here!

To make my lotion, I take equal parts of Coconut Oil* and this Unrefined Shea butter. I mix that up until it is a uniform consistency and add in a little almond and avocado oil. The almond and avocado oil are about 1/2 parts of the Shea butter. This seems to give me the best creamy consistency without adding beeswax.

This lotion works best after an olive oil and salt scrub on the feet. For eczema, I will put the creamy lotion on the eczema patch about 3 times a day. If you are able to wrap the patch after putting on this cream, even better.

*I buy such a big coconut oil because I also use it in cooking every day. Pancakes are so much better with a little coconut oil in the pan then butter. Or any baking recipe that calls for oil, I always use coconut oil.