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A Nice Surprise in the Tiled Hall Bath


As you know, we have begun our multi-room reno here at the ranch. Since we are gutting the kitchen, the washer and dryer have to be moved to a new location to make way for the new kitchen design.

Here they are now in the knotty pine mud room adjacent to the kitchen:knotty pine 008

We have decided to move them back to their original location in the hall bath. From what we can tell, they have been in 3 different areas of the home: the hall bath, the basement work room and the kitchen/ mud room.

Our decision to move them to the hall bath was really an accident. Shortly after moving in, I kept getting a whiff of gas near the front door and on the porch. It simply did not make sense that there would be gas there, as the only other gas appliances in the house at the time were the water heater and boiler in the basement.

Hubby got out his flashlight and bravely went into the crawl space. What he found was an old gas line running to my hall bathroom. It had only been shut off, not capped. There was the origin of the leaking gas.

He also found that there were water supply lines and a drain. We started to sleuth around in the bathroom in the area of the floor-to-ceiling built ins.


We removed the bottom drawers and found that the tile floor extended to the wall under them and that the tiled wall was still behind. The cabinets must have been a later addition.

This week DH dismantled them and here is what we found:


So this is where the washer and dryer will be located! That bathroom is plenty big and moving them back in there allows me more cabinets for my kitchen. Yay!

We will need the plumber to come and move the exhaust for the dryer. The old one was vented into a pipe that went up through the roof. That is no longer “code” here so he will run a new line down to the crawl space and out the foundation wall. He explained that the moisture from the wet clothes froze in the winter and clogged the pipe. It required getting up on the roof to clear it out. Not something we want to do with snow on the roof!

Stay tuned for our work in progress.


An Easy DIY project, a Collins Purse and a Groovy Serving Cart


In my last post, I told you of a great (Enid) Collins of Texas purse I found on a buying trip. I have yet to find another one like it online so for now I am keeping it. That little purse has started another collection.

Here is my newest, which I quickly snagged off Etsy with a Mothers Day gift certificate from the oldest son:

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I have already received many compliments from all the gals in my life! They guys not so much. They kind of roll their eyes.

We have been working (slowly) in the basement, trying to finish up after the awful sewer back up this past spring.

Only 1/2 of my basement is living space.  The other half is a very large storage area where we keep Christmas and other out of season things. The door to that and to the crawl space were just plywood on hinges so Hubby primed and painted them, trimmed them out with ranch style trim and we decided to make them works of art!  Well, maybe not “art”, but something interesting to look at anyway.

Here are some before photos of those doors:

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Hubby likes all matter of mid-century guy stuff, so we decided to make collages. I purchased poster boards (so the “art” would be removable when we want to change up the theme) and cut out ads from old magazines I had. I then decoupaged them to the poster boards and hung them with tacks on the doors. The whole project cost less than $10 for both doors.


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Here is a little close up:

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The bigger door:

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A close up:

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A few weeks back a dear friend messaged me while she was on vacation to say she had found me a groovy serving cart on wheels for $15!  Her and her poor Hubby dragged it home for me in the back of their vehicle.

Isn’t is great in my kitchen with my Fred Press atomic glasses and the gold leaves chip & dip?

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I hope you are all having a wonderful summer!