Tag Archive | comfort

HEATING OUR BATHROOM

We’ve been making some changes in the house, minor, but needed.  Our bathroom is a small room behind the kitchen and the only heat we had in there was from water running through the back of our cook stove and into a large tank in the bathroom.

This is an old picture but still looks the same now. The blue tank in the back corner is a water tank. The white tank is our electric water heater.

Eddie decided the chimney that runs between the bathroom and kitchen needs to be re-lined so until that is completed we needed another source of heat in the bathroom this winter due to the temperatures dropping into the teens and the windchill making it worse.  We have a guest room downstairs off the kitchen which had a small propane heater that was perfect for that bedroom and would be the perfect fit for the bathroom.  My handyman husband did the switch and now we step out of the shower to a nice warm area.

The heater fit perfectly under the window and in front of the shower.

This is the bracket that the heater attached to and it fits snuggly to the wall and doesn’t take up much space.

In the summer we’ll turn the propane off and for this winter we don’t worry about frozen water pipes.

 

The Man-Cave

I’ve made a few changes in our main living room.  A lot of our male friends that come to visit never go past the living room so I decided to make it more “male pleasing” with conversation pieces and moved all the frilly to our family room.  I wanted to keep it comfortable enough that anyone would enjoy sitting and talking without feeling like they were in a taxidermy shop.  Here’s what it looked like before:

 

Living room 3

Living room 3

Living room 2

Living room 2

Living room 1

Living room 1

 

It’s a small room but seats four comfortably and of course it has my crafty/country adornments.  I wanted to give the new look a more man-ly, outdoors look and to show off hubby’s trophy and pictures.  I started by taking out the “non-hunting” wall decor.

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The picture on the right is gone now too!  It’s hanging in the family room.

 

 

 

 

 

DSCN4681 I took all of the primitive dolls and floral piks away.

DSCN4680  Not much left on the mantle with the floral, fluff and “my thing” gone.

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DSCN4678I’ve decided now to wait until late spring to do any decorating in here so that I can paint the room a delicate ice blue to keep the room bright.  We also had a disaster with the woodstove and stove mat the night we finished the maple syrup.  Hubby’s last run to the sugar house produced about 6-8 more quarts of syrup so he emptied into a pot and filled the sugar pans with just clear water so the pans wouldn’t scorch.  He decided we would just let it cook off on the wood stove while we slept. At 4:00 a.m. I was awakened by the smell of burning sugar!!  Guess what??  It cooked into a rolling boil and out the pot it came, down on the top of the stove, down the sides of the stove and onto the stove mat when I found it.  Hubby was sound asleep from being up since 3:00 a.m. the previous morning so I let him sleep while I quickly carried the pot to the kitchen.  It took two rolls of paper towels to get it up and I ruined two metal spatulas scraping the burning syrup off of the stove.  The stove mat was ruined but I got all of the syrup off of the stove and think it will be polishable when I spring clean and paint.  I definitely have to get a new stove mat.

A new post will come as the “man-cave” makeover begins and ends.

My New Family Room

Now that the addition on the house is no longer a bedroom but a family room I’m working on creating a cozy family room.  It’s not a large space but it allows us to entertain in a cooler environment away from the wood stove in the main living area.    I want to keep it warm, friendly, country and “my style” and will turn the main living area into a man-cave type decor so that all of hubby’s friends that visit can sit around comfortably and admire his trophies and talk of old times.  The man really is a hunter first and farmer second.   The man-cave reveal will be in another post and today I’ll show what I have to work with and what I have completed so far.

It's a long narrow room with lots of light.

It’s a long narrow room with lots of light.

Exterior door that's not used much in the winter but open a lot in warm weather.

Exterior door that’s not used much in the winter but open a lot in warm weather.

This room is right off the kitchen with a large closet on the left that will store our winter coats and outer apparel of our guests.

This room is right off the kitchen with a large closet on the left that will store our winter coats and outer apparel of our guests.

There are two small windows on the south wall that let in lots of light.

There are two small windows on the south wall that let in lots of light.

Most all of that furniture has been removed and I’ve done the following arrangements for now.  I want to add lots of seating that’s easily arranged so that when little brother comes for weekend visits I can bring out a fold away bed or futon.

Clean walk through to kitchen.

Clean walk through to kitchen.

Entertainment center with lots of shelving and little nooks.

Entertainment center with lots of shelving and little nooks.

Seating for three so far.

Seating for three so far.

Shelving for our huge assortment of DVD's.

Shelving for our huge assortment of DVD’s.

Simple and warm but wait until I add my country touch to everything.

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View into room from kitchen.
View into room from kitchen.

 

Some rugs and wall decor makes a world of difference.  I want to add a futon or small sleep sofa and some hassocks because when the whole family is here, we need the seating.  Not too bad for  a country girl using hand me downs and years of family treasures!

 

Repairs to my double seater rocker

My kids bought me a gorgeous wooden rocker for Mother’s day a couple years back.  It’s had a rough couple of years and the one of the rockers was broke off last year when someone rared back in it.  I convinced hubby it could be saved!!  I’M A MAJOR REFURBISHER!!!   Is there such a word? 😉

Anyway, I had him take the rockers off and make it a pretty bench for the porch or yard.  As you know from previous posts, we’re big porch sitters and entertain on our porch a lot.   It looked great!

Shannon and Lisa meet Christine for the first time, I think!

Sometime during the big birthday party it was sat in again,  rared back in again and more repairs were definitely needed before using it safely again for entertaining.  Hubby used some ingenuity and placed some braces in strategic places and here’s what it looks like before it gets a new paint job.

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And here’s the final project.

Hubby has decided that if this doesn’t keep it upright and strong enough for ANYONE to sit in it will be used for kindling in the winter.  Here’s the finished product have a new paint job.

Freshly painted.

Freshly painted.

I love wooden rockers but this will make a pretty bench for the porch.  Time to make cushions now.

I love wooden rockers but this will make a pretty bench for the porch. Time to make cushions now.

Sprucing up the gazebo and summer fun at the pond

I’ve worked around the gazebo a few days in the last two weeks and it’s so peaceful sitting in there.  My beautiful daughter bought me two Boston ferns for Mother’s day and they are gracing each side.  I planted a orange and a yellow trumpet vine on the back side in hopes of providing a little shade in the August afternoons.  It may be a couple of August’s before they get big enough to do that but I’m also thinking about making a Roman shade to go on the west side for the evening relaxation.  The paddle boat has been cleaned up and ready to launch.  The picnic table needed some repair work which hubby took care of.  Don’t you think this is a wonderful spot to relax and just a few steps from my front door.

Ready for Summer 2013

Ready for Summer 2013

 

Place to sit, boat to pedal, picnic table to eat at, who could ask for anything more??

Place to sit, boat to pedal, picnic table to eat at, who could ask for anything more??

 

Picnic table and boat house full of fishing gear.

Picnic table and boat house full of fishing gear.

 

100 yards from the house!

100 yards from the house!

 

SUMMER IS GOING TO BE FUN & RELAXING!! 😉