Bathroom Update: Fabric + Glass Cabinet Doors

This is a technical one, i.e. it’s lengthy. Hang with me, it’s super easy to do.

We have a pretty small bathroom that gets the job done – sink, toilet, tub – with just enough room to move around between the three. Unfortunately it had zero storage when we moved in and was the thing of nightmares. Ok, I’m being dramatic, but it did need help. You can read a little more about it here.

To sum things up when we first moved in it looked like this.

We then:

  • replaced the partially rotten out floor
  • Removed the toilet and replaced all the plumbing do-dads to it
  • Power sprayed the toilet to get it cleaner. Grossest. Task. Ever. (for me – I still have yet to share Andy’s grossest task ever, from when we first moved in – it’s a doozy).
  • Removed the glass doors to the tub which were filmy and harvested enough putridness for a putrid-party.
  • Painted it. Er, primed it. We never actually ended up painting it which means cleaning has been a beetch (my fault). We also didn’t know it would be four years before we started renovations.
  • Added storage via a cabinet from target (about $40.00) with glass doors.

After all of this it looked like the following:

I really enjoy the storage, but I really dislike the glass doors. They are perfect for people who are crazy good at keeping clean and organized apothecary jars full of cotton balls and swabs. I certainly keep ours organized, but there was just something about all of our toiletries being on display that I didn’t particularly like. Funny because I write a blog and share everything.

So after long debating what I could do to opaque out the doors, I came up with a few options:

  • Modpodge paper onto it. What if it got wet? Would it just crumble and bleed?
  • Frost it –  I’m all for frosted glass but I couldn’t help but want a punch of color.
  • Fabric it – yes! yes! I shall fabric it, and it shall be perfect. I should note that this is part of a larger design overhaul I’m doing for the bathroom, so the fabric doesn’t match anything in the picture above.

Instructions

You’re going to need:

  • any tools to remove the doors from your cabinet, and the glass from the doors
  • hot glue
  •  an iron to smooth the fabric out
  • heatbond backing for the fabric to help stiffen it and repel moisture (this is optional – this is the product). I used it to help repel any slight moisture from the back, and/or if something fell in the cabinet and leaked.
  • scissors
  • a marker
  • about 30 minutes.

1. Remove the doors from your cabinet and remove the glass. Mine was removed with a small screw driver. Put all hardware in a zip lock bag so you don’t lose any of it.

2. Measure your glass so you know how much fabric to buy. I would stick with 100% cotton or linen as they are the most breathable if things get wet.  One yard should be plenty. If you’re using a solid or pattern you don’t need to center you could probably get away with 1/2 yard if you have the normal 12×12 (or smaller) glass doors. If your glass is 12×12 or small you will likely be fine with any fabric for the width, but just to make sure do the following:

 

A few tips: Most fabrics are 36″-48″ but you need to check first. If your glass isn’t square (12×12 etc.) then I would do the measurements for both sides. You may find a fabric with a design you love, but you need to make it go the other way i.e. you need to place the pieces of glass one on top of each other versus side by side to make the pattern fit the way you want.

3. Iron out the fabric flat. If you’re using heatbond iron it onto the wrong side of the fabric now. I just rolled out and did a big swatch of fabric with it and measured it all out after.

4. Layout the glass on the wrong side of your fabric. Once you get it perfect for you, trace around the glass.

5. Cut out your shapes and start gluing the right side to the glass (the wrong side should be facing you. Start in one corner, then glue the other corner. Always work in opposites from each other to keep everything taught. In the photo below I’ve glued the two opposite corners first, and then the top left. I’ll do the bottom right and then each edge, working in opposites again.

6. Once you’re complete it will look like this:

7. Place the glass back in your door frames and reinstall hardware to hold everything down.

8. Install completed doors back onto furniture and enjoy the obstructed but fun view.


Cost Breakdown:

I made mine for zero dolla dolla bills, zero moneys, zero dimes, zero…$0.00, zilch since I owned everything already. If you had to buy it all it might look like the following:

Fabric (1 yard) = $4.00

Heat Bond = $2.00

Glue Gun and Glue = $6.00

Total Cost (assuming you own scissors and a few tools) = $12.00

Pst. Pstttttt. There are a few more updates coming which is why it doesn’t look completed. Let’s just say I’m stepping out of my design boundaries. There are reasons it’s absolutely awesome to have a house that will be entirely renovated, it allows you to test out different design styles that interest you to see what really fits and what doesn’t.

I’ll let you know in the next post on my sneaky-sneakerson bathroom decor whether I’ve decided it’s my style or not.

And 945 words later – I’m out.  Are you still there?

-Heather

Sour Grapes

This is not a recipe post. This is a post about “pulling yourself up by your big girl panties” as my mother would say, taking charge of how you live your life, and the small gestures that can be so big. It’s also about grapes. Sort of.

You know the “harumph” or “uhhggg” kind of mood?

The “I haven’t been exercising and I feel gross, I changed my diet to limit dairy which I hate because I love dairy but it turns out I’m not as stuffed up if I stop consuming it so much,  my house is a mess, I have a thousand pounds of laundry to fold, I found a flea on my dog because I forgot one month of frontline so I’m going rambo on vacumming & bathing/combing two 60 lb dogs, a tornado hit my office, technology can be incredibly frustrating” kind of mood. You know, all the stuff I could have avoided if I had just taken care of it ahead of time, not forgotten, or am annoying myself doing that I don’t have to? The I don’t know if I’m more annoyed with the list of things to do, or that it’s my fault to begin with and I have no choice but to own it and move on? Yeah. That kind of mood.

Andy calls these moods “sour grapes”. Thankfully knows how to snap me out of it. Sometimes it’s being sweet, sometimes it’s being funny, sometimes it’s leaving me alone and sometimes it’s a rough dose of “knock it off”. Sometimes it’s a little of all four. He always has the patience to know I’ll snap out of it. Sometimes I just have to let myself have a I-know-I-have-a-great-life-but-I’m-whiney day in order to move on. Thank God for giving me the husband he did. He checkity checks myself before I wrecks myself.

This morning after being indecisive, which made me lose out on a couple fun opportunities, and just “uhhg” I decided enough was enough. I went for a run with the dogs, cleaned the office, did another combing just to make sure I got the fleas (all one of them that I initially found) and found nothing else, did the dishes, did tons of laundry, and helped Andy make dinner. Slowly but surely my mood was changing.

While making some delicious Butter Almond & Winter Savory String Beans (recipe post coming) Andy walked in the kitchen and the following adorable, sweet, funny, awesomeness that is the reason I married him ensued. I just happened to have my camera on me since I was documenting the string beans for a blog post.

“Look. You see these? These are sour grapes.”

“Now look at these. These are sweet grapes.”

“First, you’re going to crush the sour grapes away. Then you’re going to eat the sweet grapes. But you have to do it in that order. No more sour grapes, only sweet grapes”

To get these grapes he had to go out into the hayfield and find them. How does that gesture not immediately help heal any bad mood?

So I smiled and went outside. First, I crushed the sour grapes by stomping on them.

And you know what? It helped. Something about physically crushing away the sour grapes made me feel better.

“Ok, now taste the sweet grapes”

They were sweet. Sweet enough to make me smile. Sweet enough to bring me back directly into the moment not to care about anything else because I had a delicious burst of flavor in my mouth and a husband looking at me who just did something incredibly nice.

I’m thankful for knowing enough to allow myself to have a sour grapes kind of day once in a while, for knowing that I have to pull myself up by my big girl panties and be done with it, and for knowing I have the kind of husband who will literally get me wild sour grapes and sweet grapes just to make sure the deal it sealed.

Our evening ended with a beautiful sunset. Even when the grapes might be sour, I really do know I have a blessed life.


Happy Grape Crushing,

Heather

 

 

 

Super Simple Roasted Butternut Squash

It may still be technically Summer, but for all intents and purposes it is most definitely Autumn in Maine. The fog is rolling in on the hayfield and the frost is about to set in soon. It’s one of my favorite seasons for a few reasons. One, it’s chunky sweater weather. Two, the trees are about to burst in a gorgeous collaboration of color. Three, the butternut squash is ready.

Roasted butternut squash is good for a multitude of things, and can be made in a multitude of ways. However, I am going to tell you my very favorite recipe. Brace yourself, it’s super ridiculously simple.

Roasted Butter Nut Squash

Ingredients:

  • Butternut squash
  • 1/2  stick of butter (for two butternut squash, four halves)
  • Brown Sugar (to taste)

Not kidding. Those are the ingredients. You’ll also need an oven for the whole roasting part of the recipe, some tinfoil for easy cleanup and cookie sheet or cake pan. Whatever you use, it needs to have sides on it.

Directions

  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Line your pan with tinfoil and set aside.
  • Chop the top and bottom end off of the butternut squash with a sharp knife so it sits flat on it’s bottom. Be careful, the skin is notoriously tough. I have never had an issue, but I’ve heard it can be hard. Butternut Squash does not merit a flesh wound.

  • Stand the butternut squash on it’s bottom and carefully slice it in half. Scoop out the seeds until the flesh is clean.

  • Melt butter either on the stove top (be careful not to burn the butter), or in a microwavable dish.
  • Pour butter into tinfoil lined pans.
  • Place the halves of butternut squash flesh side down onto the melted butter in your pan. Deliciousness will start to infuse into your squash immediately.

  • Roast for approximately 50 minutes. When you can easily pierce the squash with a fork, it’s done.
  • Pull out of the oven and turn the broiler on.
  • Flip the squash flesh side up. Sprinkle the top of the squash with brown sugar and place back under the broiler until the sugar very lightly melts/caramelizes.

Now, here’s the best part. Just eat it warm right out of the skin. If you prefer you can peel the skin off and puree or mash it up. However, I’m a purist. I either like it straight out of the skin, or with a little brown sugar toasted on top. It’s incredibly easy, incredibly healthy (especially if you nix the sugar, since it’s so sweet anyway) and wonderful. It works well on it’s own, or paired with a simple pasta salad.

The beauty of this is how simple it is. Food shouldn’t have to be complicated and this is the epitomy of simplicity and deliciousness.

Here’s to a roasty, toasty Fall,

Heather

I’m (W)alling in Love

Things have been pretty busy here around the homestead lately. With the last throws of summer upon us it means one big last push to get everything done that needs to be done before the frost sets in. At the end of last month Mr. A was finishing up pouring the base of our foundation for the addition.

To say my husband is a hard worker is an understatement. He is the definition of motivation, hard work and pushing through. He’s a self-motivator, unlike me who likes someone else around while I work on projects. He works hard to get things precise and do it right the first time. When he’s sweating, tired, and anyone else would have given up hours before, he just keeps bulling through a project until it’s complete.

He did precisely that last week to get the foundation walls up and set before any true cold sets in. Here in Maine it could be from tonight until November before our first snow, but our first frost is right around the corner.

First he set the forms and secured them down with strapping.

What I am clearly trying to exhibit in this next photo is his preparedness, you know – with tools, and uhm – the carpenters pencil. Now see, he paints most all of his tools blue so people know they’re his, and uh…yeah so…

I’m so distracted. Moving on.

There is literally nothing I dislike about this picture.

Ok. Really, moving on.

After the forms were set the concrete truck came. In real time this was a few hard days work to get everything set before the truck came. Our coworker L came to help pour the foundation. Mr. A helped him a lot on a trench at his house (while I played with the kids and drank some wine with his awesome wife, it was rough), so he came over to help us out in return.

Fashion Review Break

In case you haven’t noticed, Mr. A has four primary project outfits.

1.) Dingy shirt and work jeans (i.e. stained ripped, etc.)

2.) Well worn Carhartt jean overalls

3.) Well worn Carhartt black tougher overalls

4.) Well worn cold weather coveralls

I have nothing more to say about it, just seeing if you noticed.

Back To The Project

After the concrete was settled the strapping was removed, the forms were pulled and insulation was placed on the interior of the wall.

Mr. A tirelessly back-filled in all of the dirt he dug out. He used Little Red, our ever faithful tractor to get the dirt back in, and then hand filled with a shovel to get it even. He went at this for hours and I somehow forgot to take a single photo of this. Not one.

Food Update Break

During this I tried using some stuff up in the fridge that was about to go bad for lunch. I had just seen grilled tofu on the food network so of course it was a genius idea to feed my hardworking sweaty husband barbecue grilled tofu and chickpeas. The man will eat anything, including tofu, so of course this would be delicious and delectable and we would love it. Or it was gross, immediately composted and I felt guilty after a pathetic eye brow raise and look of “…why….?”. Instead I made fruit smoothies with almonds for protein since I was in the middle of a few things myself, and got him a huge mason jar of cold water and let him go back to work. Ladies – when your husband is working his butt off and hungrier than a logger, and he’s not a vegetarian or vegan, don’t feed him tofu even if he would normally be alright with it. Just don’t do it. The guilt will get you.

Back To the Project

So my friends, we finally have a foundation wall for our addition and we are thrilled. It will stay this way until next spring when we get everything framed up. Oh, and by we I mean Mr. A. I just wanted to make that clear.

I’m so happy.

This wall has been four years in the making.

I love you wall. I love you so much.

I love you too Mr. A. Thank you for my wall.

 

Excuse me while I go stare out the window at the hole in the ground with a concrete wall around it,

Heather

P.S. Don’t worry – I made Mr. A dinner with chicken, pasta and roasted butternut squash with about a stick and 1/2 of butter. The recipe is coming soon. Don’t worry about the quantity of butter in it, it’s almost winter and providing some extra thermal help is what I’m here for.

Omnivorous Rex

Andy and I were in the garden tonight and found out we have tyrannosaurus size squash. We missed a few and they got out of hand. Completely out of control. Unruly. Nothing but good compost at this post.

Or so I thought.

Our dogs are omnivores. Yes, all dogs are, but ours make other dogs go, “What are you eating?”

I’m almost positive they would choose to dig up frozen brussel sprouts out from under the first snow, than eat a piece of steak. They gorge themselves on fallen apples. I take that back – Winnie will jump up into the tree to grab the ones right off the branch of she can. They nibble raspberries and blueberries right from the bush. Mr. A and I have to be sneaky to pick blackberries if they are around of they will ambush our bounty.

I did not expect however that our younger little trouble maker, who we adore with every bone in our body, would become enamored with a massive summer squash. We tossed the prehistoric squash on the lawn to place in the compost, and we turned around to find Rosie nibbling it. Then she started carrying it around. Despite how it looks, this is not photoshopped, and that’s not a look of pain. She was in pure bliss.

Even if Mr. A ran and tried to get her to follow, she would not drop the squash.

Then she finally plunked down and refused to look at me with her “what is that giant eye?” look she normally gives me when I shove the camera in her face. Daily. I’m that person. I own it.

Not only is a summer squash good to eat. They are good to attack, like a dinosaur. Well, that’s how I pretend some dinosaur went after their pray. No one told Rosie you don’t need to sneak up on summer squash. It’s too cute for me to inform her otherwise.

Eventually we had to take it away from her. A massive summer squash isn’t good for a puppies belly ( I will refer to her as a puppy for as long as she lives).

Needless to say, she wasn’t happy we took it from her. I tried to get a photo of her clear annoyance at the situation but she refused to face the camera. She literally turned her back or moved whenever I tried. So, I took a picture of the squash.

Rosie – 1.

Squash – 0

Excuse me while I go discuss vegetable stalking techniques with my omnivorous rex.

Rawr,

Heather