Basement Bathroom

So there’s been a small problem in the bathroom in the basement…the sink was leaking pretty bad…all the freakin’ time. So I shut the water off to the sink, which then also had the unfortunate side effect of also shutting off water to the toilet.

Whenever anyone wanted to use the basement toilet, they had to turn the water back on to flush it. That worked ok, until the handle to the valve broke, and then the water needed to be shut off with a wrench attached to the valve. One thing after another, lol.

I finally decided it was time to try and fix it…I ordered a new sink to replace the old one, and spent a couple days trying to install it. Normally, installing a sink isn’t a big deal, but every pipe down there was rusted and broke on me. Pretty sad. But…

the sink is in, the toilet is working, and I’m happy. 🙂

I plan on calling a plumber to eventually update the plumbing down there so the toilet is on it’s own line, separate from the sink. But for now, this works! 🙂

Stairs, Finally Done!

It took a bunch of weekends, but I did it! This was a ton of work, but totally worth it! 🙂

Check it out!

Stairway…to the second floor

I decided to pull off the carpet from my stairs and second landing a few weeks ago. I had no idea how big the project was going to be until the carpet was off. There was so much dirt under the carpet, I decided I’m never putting it down again. Pretty gross!!!

After I pulled out a million tacks and hammered down some old nails, I realized the floor underneath wasn’t terrible, but still needs a lot of work. I swept up the dirt about 50 times, and then painted the risers white, to look a little better.

Now I’m working on sanding. And it’s taking forreevveerrrrrr! I have a square hand sander that kicks up so much dust, I have to do it in short increments. Once I’m done with that, I’m going to put on a couple poly coats — not too interested in staining it, since it’ll match the rest of the hardwood with just the poly. I’ll post more pictures when I get further!

Adding a New Firepit

A few nights ago, our old firepit rusted out. Ashes started falling onto the patio. I was not a happy camper.

This afternoon, I built a new one.

I went to Home Depot and picked up 22 retaining wall stones, 2 bags of general purpose gravel and 1 bag of paver sand. I wish I had gotten 1 extra bag of gravel, but it worked out in the end.

Around $50 and a few Lime-A-Rita’s later, this is the result:

No Knead Bread

So I started this bread today. I’ve never made bread from scratch – this recipe seemed pretty easy!

Here’s what I used:

  • 6 cups of bread flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of active yeast
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons of salt
  • 2 2/3 cups of water

I mixed the dry ingredients together, then mixed in the water to make a dough. I wrapped plastic wrap over the top and left it in the dining room overnight.

The next morning, I had this:

no knead bread dough

I folded it over a few times, let it sit wrapped up in a towel for an hour and a half. Then I set the oven to 400 degrees with a cast iron pot inside and let all that sit for a half hour. Then I pulled the pot out, put the dough in it and threw it into the oven (covered) for 40 minutes. After that, I took the lid off and let it cook for another 10 minutes.

And then….I had this!!!!!!!!

no knead bread