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Remember how I said we were going to start up some house projects again? Well this weekend we tackled my bathroom!

When Michael first moved in (about a year before we met), he painted over the bathroom with primer. The original color of the bathroom was bright yellow, then at some point the original owner painted it teal/turquoise. So when Michael bought the house he immediately had to cover up the teal–it was everywhere. The walls, maybe even the ceiling because I found some teal paint near the light/vent on the ceiling, the original vanity was white with pink flowers on it and teal counters!

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Ain’t that pretty? Um, not. So he painted the bathroom with primer, probably intending to paint the room at some point but never did. Fast forward 6 years and I was sick of the primer and the yellow and teal where the primer was missed. (I think the original vanity was a little larger than the one we currently have.) We decided the bathroom was a weekend project we could start and finish, mostly, in one weekend. At least the painting part.

BEFORE:

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Saturday morning I got up a little early and decided to postpone the gym for the afternoon when I knew I’d be waiting for paint to dry. I took everything out of the vanity and off the shelves, basically cleaned out the entire room. Michael took out the vanity and part of the toilet.

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Michael took down the ceiling light and the wall light. We decided we might as well update the light from the super cool 1980’s off-white beveled edge plastic. Good god was it ugly. I cleaned all the walls and then we went to Lowe’s to get primer and ceiling paint (which is pink, in case you didn’t know, but dries white!). We ended up going to Lowe’s 4 times on Saturday! Once for primer/ceiling paint and wall samples. Once for getting an old can of paint shaken (which was the color we planned on painting it a two years ago), once for the paint we decided to buy and once more for the new wall light.

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Bella was super excited about all the car adventures! Here are the paint samples:

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Possibility is the top right and it was the one I was SURE I was going to pick. But once it was on the wall it looked super bright white. The left purple one was the can we bought two years ago intending to paint the bathroom with it. It dried really dark purple, which was surprising because the sample was a light lilac/grey…Finally, the gray one is the one I ended up picking. It was the most “neutral” and wouldn’t be too dark or too light nor make it difficult to put makeup on.

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Montpelier Madison White was the verdict! And it dried gray, so I don’t know why they put “white” in the name. Anyways. I did a coat of primer and did the ceiling and then had to wait for it to dry. I figured I had 60-90 minutes for it to dry. Since I had time to kill I decided to go to the gym and do a quick cardio workout. In retrospect I should have skipped it and conserved my energy for the project but I didn’t think about that at the time. And not only that, I was on a roll so had I stopped to take a nap I think my motivation for doing the rest of it would have waned.

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30 minutes on the elliptical and then I grabbed some groceries at the store. Including something easy to fix for dinner! I got home and did the first coat of paint in the bathroom. It was kind of difficult to paint because it looked white (like the primer) when it first went up so I missed a few spots that I didn’t see until after it dried. Here is the first coat of paint:

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I wore my heart rate monitor while I painted the room. Check it out:

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That’s a nice calorie burn for just painting! But boy, by the time I was done with it I was exhausted, getting sore and just over it. Michael cooked a frozen lasagna for us to have for dinner (it said it had 5 servings in it but damn, I could have eaten three servings!). I ate 1.5 servings and had a salad with dinner. Michael slathered BioFreeze on my neck, shoulders and upper back and we managed to watch some Homeland before I just passed out.

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Sunday

I woke up slightly sore but I wasn’t too bad. I did some touch up paint in the spots I missed and did all of the edges before going to the gym. I really, really needed that yoga class and I’m glad I went. When I got back from yoga I finished the second coat of paint. Michael suggested we go out to lunch so we went to Five Guys and I got the Little Cheeseburger (550 calories) and we split an order of fries. I could not get over just how freakin’ hungry I was!

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After lunch we went to Fred Meyer, Home Depot, Kohl’s, Target and Lowe’s. I think that made me more tired than anything!!! We were looking for a new shower curtain. First, who in their right mind would spend $50+ on a shower curtain (Kohl’s)? And why was the ONLY ONE I liked the one they were out of (Target)?? Ugh. I hate shopping. In the end I found something I sorta liked but didn’t love at Lowe’s and we ended up buying a new vanity too. While I liked what we got last year it was small and there was a slightly larger on on sale and it would look nicer with the new paint color.

Look at this gorgeous dog I saw at Lowe’s:

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Alright, we got home and after hitting the wall and just feeling tired, run down and cranky, I had a Diet Dr. Pepper to pep me up and Michael got to work re-installing the lights in the bathroom. Then I did the touch up paint once we removed the painter’s tape from the ceiling. Michael set up the new vanity. We slowly put the room back together and I cleaned the best I could.

WHAT’S LEFT? In a few weekends we’ll tackle the floors, which means we have to take the vanity and toilet out completely. We probably need to redo the subflooring underneath the vinyl floors and all of that was just too big of a project to do in one weekend. After the floors are done we’ll paint the door jam, the door, install the floorboards and the bathroom will be 100% finished! At some point we may replace the tile in the shower but that’s not a priority right now. It functions, it’s not falling apart, it’s not moldy and it’s white so it goes with everything. When the bathroom is finished I estimate it will have taken us 3 full weekends of work.

New bathroom: upper back, shoulders and neck are sore. Hamstrings feel like I did a thousand squats (I did do a lot of squatting)…My entire body hurts and I can’t remember the last time I was this tired. Oh my god. And I think we made a total of 10 visits to Lowe’s this weekend…But I am so happy it’s done and I love the way it looks!!

AFTER:

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I wish I could get a decent picture to really show off the pretty color. For some reason it has a greenish and pink tint to it whenever I take a photo. But in the bathroom the walls are gray, as is the shower curtain. The new sink/vanity was on sale at Lowe’s:

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And I splurged a little and bought a new plant to keep in the bathroom:

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I LOVE how it turned out. I can’t wait to have the floors done and then the bathroom will be perfect! It was a back-breaking, difficult weekend but I feel so great now that it’s finished. 🙂

It’s Not A Coffin…

…It just looked like one.  Last year Michael and I tried the sensory deprivation tanks at Float On for the first time. We both wanted to go again because the first time you try it you don’t know what to expect and don’t really achieve any kind of higher consciousness. We recently went again, thanks to a Living Social coupon.

Michael’s back issues are a little better but not 100%. I was curious to see if floating would help him at all. Because his back was bothering him, he got the easier tank–the one I had last time that was kind of like a giant bathtub. It was easier for him to get in and out of it. This time I had the one he had last time — the one that is an actual tank with a door that closes.

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When I first looked at the tank I got, I admit, my heart started racing a little bit. It was kind of creepy to look at. I got over that fairly quickly, though. You shower before you get in the tank. I turned the lights off in the room but you could still kind of see because of the salt lamp on top of the tank.

I stepped inside, crouched down and closed the door behind me. I remembered my experience last time and the things that made me uncomfortable was getting the salt water in my eyes. This time I brought swimming goggles and it made the experience so much better. At one point I did get a little salt water in my nose (no idea how) and that was a burning horrible awfulness but it went away pretty quickly.

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I was glad I brought the goggles. I also remembered that last time my neck kind of hurt so I grabbed the swimming noodle immediately this time and that helped. I got in the tank and closed the door and couldn’t see anything. That definitely helped calm me down and not think about how I was in a tank. Not being able to see anything made a big difference.

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So how was the float session? It was pretty good but I still didn’t achieve any kind of “enlightenment”, so to speak. I don’t know what is wrong with me but I couldn’t turn my brain off. This is why I also suffer from insomnia. My mind starts racing, I make obsessive lists in my head, think about all the things I have to do the next day or the next week…I just couldn’t shut that off! I laid in the tank with my mind racing, feeling irritated with myself.

The floating felt nice. It’s kind of weird to just float on top of the water without any effort to stay afloat. I liked that weightless feeling. The water feels kind of slimy from the massive amounts of salt. That is a strange feeling.

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The session was for 90 minutes. I think around the hour mark my brain calmed down and I was able to relax. I also found a much more comfortable position to float in. I used the swim noodle kind of like a pillow and rolled onto my side, almost in a fetal position. I was floating in that position for the rest of the session and felt REALLY relaxed and could have fallen asleep. I told Michael later and he thought that was crazy–he called it an “advanced maneuver.” LOL I don’t know, it was just comfy.

The session was over when the music started playing. I got out and showered and cleaned up and met Michael outside. We stopped at 7-11 and Michael got an ice cream bar (I skipped it because there wasn’t anything less than 300 calories!) and I got a Gatorade. I was SO thirsty! That’s a tip I’d recommend–bring a water bottle. Re-hydrate! You will be so thirsty.

Michael said he had a good experience. He didn’t know that it necessarily helped his back much but he said he was comfortable (so that’s good) and that the time went really fast this time. I agree, it felt like that 90 minutes when faster than the first time.

I’d like to try it again. I REALLY want to achieve some kind of mental calmness. I want to try and use that time as a meditation and calm my mind, which seems unattainable at this point…Anyways, I’m glad we tried it again. Time will tell if the next experience will be different.