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Life has been pretty busy around the Bois Bungalow... I got hired on full time as a kindergarten teacher and have finally settled into the teaching routine. I am really enjoying getting to see my kids everyday and I love my job!

We have also been doing a lot around the house. While visiting family, we found the perfect vanity for the bathroom with a vintage style top to it. It was too big to drive home in my tiny car, but we will get it the next time they come visit us. We plan on finishing the bathroom in the next coming months. We will be installing the new vanity, hex floor tile and getting a new tub/shower surround.

We have also been working on our bedroom. We painted the flesh colored walls Rembrandt Ruby from the Sherwin Williams historic collection. We tore out the floor molding that was being used as crown and will replace it with something more substantial. The previous owners had sprayed texture on the walls and hit almost all of the crummy molding they installed with it. I just don't understand a lot of their decisions. We purchased some molding last night and will be installing it this weekend.

The crown molding. We decided to paint it before we put it up and we will just do touchups.

We also had to patch a section on the ceiling with drywall... The previous owners (known as POs from now on...) installed drywall on all of the ceiling except one section. We were too scared to take it all down (should there be a gigantic hole or something in the original plaster), so we bought drywall to fill the section that they didn't finish. We will be sanding the ceiling and painting it tomorrow.

The drywall section we put up today... It wasn't fun to put up. Drywall is heavy!

Rembrandt Ruby- It is a rather bold color, but I think once we get our furniture in here, it will be toned down.

We stripped the trim and doors down. They have always been painted, so they had several layers and lots of chipped paint. 

 We then repainted with a fresh coat of white paint.

 The windows and trim also got stripped down and sanded and then repainted.

We remounted out television on another wall and chose to use this shelf for storage under it. It will have baskets and will give us somewhere to hang our jackets.

We were shopping around for a storage bed because of our limited space and finally decided that it would be best if we just built one. The ones that we found were not exactly what we wanted, so we are going to create exactly what we want. It will be painted white to match the trim in the room. It will give us so much more storage! Here is the rendering that my handy husband came up with:

It will have three drawers in the base of the bed on each side. We will also have small drawers on the headboard and space for baskets at the bottom of the headboard. We purchased all of the wood for the bed yesterday so hopefully we will be able to get started on it soon. It will be great :) 

We have also been having a kid come to sand the beams on the ceiling in the dining room. He is doing a great job and it is totally worth it to pay him instead of doing that on top of what we already are working on. He is about half way done so once he finishes, we will be able to prep the ceiling and then stain the beams. I am excited for that. 

We stripped some woodwork upstairs. These are some of the colors that have been used over the years... Imagine that bright orange as a trim color... Pretty retro! lol

We gave the window upstairs a fresh coat of paint. We made the trim for this window because it didn't have the original trim. It isn't perfect, but it looks a lot better than the untrimmed window. I still need to give it another couple coats and then I will scrape the paint on the glass.

I have been stripping the original hardware with the crock pot for years. It works wonders! 

While moving the drywall into the bedroom, we bumped the corner into the window... Sad. We will have to get that fixed asap. 

I hope to update soon with more updates. We plan on eventually finishing the floors in there and will be getting big armoires for clothing storage. It will be nice to have somewhere to store all of my clothing. 


  1. WOW!! I love that idea of the crock pot. I have been using a jewelry ultrasonic to strip mine and works ok. I will have to try the crock pot..Well..our old one (LOL) My wife will not be happy with me if I use the one she just bought..

  2. The crock pot works great! I found an old one on Craigslist and use it to strip hardware. I definitely would not use the one you cook with. The hardware ruins it.


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