Monday, October 5, 2015

Girls Bathroom - Cutting the Wall for the Recessed Medicine Cabinet

Now we were ready to cut a hole for the new cabinet.
Oh, wait first that lovely generic light fixture had to be taken down.

Before you decide to recess a cabinet, make sure it is not a load bearing wall.
When you open up a wall you really never know what you will find. We try very hard to make educated guesses as to what is where inside the wall, but we almost always find some sort of surprise. 
So first we cut some small holes in each bay between the studs. This allowed us to look up and see if there were any surprises in this wall. We found nothing.

Next we measured and drew out what size we wanted our opening to be. Then we went to town with drywall saws. 
 (Side note, this is the girls bathroom. So we felt they should help out with this project. I really want my girls to have some experience and knowledge in DIY. They did great!!)

This project creates lots of dust! 
Be for warned!

Remember when I said we checked to see if there were surprises in the wall?
Yeah, we didn't think we needed to check the last bay closest to the corner because it was so small!!
Do you see our surprise?

Yep, that is the back of the electrical box for the light switch in Ashlee's room!!
I am not sure that I have mentioned that this medicine cabinet is also 8 inches deep. Les wanted to cut the back few inches off, but I wanted the storage. This new surprise just added to our debate. 
(Does anyone else argue debate?)
One thing we did agree on was that this baby needed to be set as far to the corner as we could get it. With all this info we continued to discuss things until we came up with a solution!!
Solutions make everything better!!
I will tell ya ours, just hold on. I will say I won, and we didn't cut off the back two inches.
Next we finished making our hole and cut out the studs that were in the opening.
This is the only picture we have of the huge hole in the wall, sorry it is so crappy.
Did I mention how big this thing is?

I would like to repeat, make sure this is not a load bearing wall before you cut out the studs!
Now for our solution....
drum roll.......................
We just cut the sides of the cabinet to allow for the electrical box and wires.
It took about a million test fits to get this baby to fit. This cabinet is huge and heavy, so our test fittings were a family affair. It took two of our teenage sons, Les and I to put this cabinet in place or take it back out. I think the boys were so tired of taking out and putting in, and taking it out, and putting it in.... 
You get the picture? 

Success at last!!!
Then we screwed it in place.

Of coarse if you know me, I am not going to just leave the exposed wires, even if they would be behind closed doors!!
I grabbed some scrap wood and made little covers for the wires and box. A little glue, and finish nails and tada!

I think it was a pretty good solution. 
Where there is a will there's a way!
Here is a side by side photo

After I get them painted you won't even notice them.
This is so how I roll,just 
working with what ya got!!

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Monday, September 28, 2015

It begins, Taking down the mirror.

Let's dive into this remodel.
I told you one of my highest priorities for this bathroom remodel was to add storage. 
I wanted a medicine cabinet that could store stuff.
I found this cute medicine cabinet. It was a decent size; 45"x30".

This was the plan until one day Les and I stumbled across a huge three mirror medicine cabinet at the Restore. You may remember my post, I should not be allowed in the Restore!
This baby is 52"x45"!

But first we had to get this builder grade mirror out of the way!
(Can I just rant a little?)
I know that a huge mirror is nice in a bathroom, but it gives you no storage!!!
Am I the only one who has stuff to store in the bathroom?
Come on, this is poor planning!!

Alright, on to how we went about taking this baby off the wall!
We used a dent puller and suctioned it to the mirror to help pull it off the wall. This helps prevent from breaking the mirror. We also used a very thin sharp saw to try and cut through the glue on the back. A wire also works well to try and cut through or break the glue. Just thread it behind a corner of the mirror and work it down. Oh, and it helps to make faces as you pull and grunt!! Eventually you will get the edge of the mirror free, and after a little more effort the whole thing pops off.
We've done this twice now and haven't broke one yet.

Ashlee and I carried this big mirror out and since we were fortunate enough to get it out in one piece, you know we had to reuse it!! 
We used it in Ashlee's room. 
Go see how it turned out at, What to do with a Builder Grade Mirror.
Notice the light colored splotches on the back of the mirror in the picture below;
Those are the big glue spots that we had to cut through.

We may have had a little photo fun with the mirror and Ashlee as we transported the mirror
All work and no play is just not good!!

Next we will tackle cutting a hole in the wall to set our huge medicine cabinet into!!
That is always scary!

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Family Treat! Carmel Apple Nachos

Every Monday we have a family night;
 a night dedicated to our family. 
In fact if you call during this time we won't answer the phone.
 We call it Family Home Evening. We have a prayer, song, scripture, talk about family business for the week, have a small lesson, an activity, and a treat. We rotate through the responsibilities so everyone gets a turn.  
Some nights we play cards or board games.

One night we divided into teams to see who could build the tallest tower, using uncooked spaghetti noodles and marshmallows.

Often our lessons are spiritual in nature, but they don't have to be. One night, Jaysen taught us all how to draw an animated character.
OK, his looks amazing, but I don't think the rest of ours looks half bad!!

Being in charge of the treat is every ones favorite.

One time Les made up his own recipe and it quickly became a family favorite. He calls it Carmel Apple Nachos.

To make it, all you need are:
Apple Chips
Mini Chocolate Chips
Your Favorite Chopped Nuts
Carmel Topping

Spread the apple chips on a cookie sheet.
Sprinkle the mini chocolate chips and chopped nuts on top. 
Drizzle the caramel on top off all of it.
Put in a warm oven just long enough for the mini chocolate chips to melt.
And enjoy!

I just wanted to share this idea.  
We are in no way the perfect family, but we are trying to be the best family we can be. This time together helps us to grow and bond with each other.
I hope this inspires y'all to spend some time with your families.
Families are really one of our most important things!!

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