Monday, April 23, 2018


FINALLY the bathroom remodel is is NOT Primitive and just shy of Colonial - we had a rather dark bathroom before and didn't want another one if we were going to go through all the work. We kept it light but tried to keep some Colonial influence.
The color palate is white, light gray and aqua - colors I never thought we'd have in our home...these are in my opinion a farmhouse palate but it works!
I do need to make some white curtains though. Made the gray but we don't like them but they are there for now until I can get some white ones made. I really want ruffle edge like Country Curtains had when they were in business....we have them in our family room and den but I've looked on line and just can't find any similar.
We hadn't intended to do anything with the tub/shower because of the horrid tile and it would have meant tearing out all the drywall on walls and ceiling and we weren't sure if we wanted that kind of mess right now. So I said I was painting it with an enamel paint and I didn't care if it peeled monthly, I would repaint it as I needed BUT we found and epoxy tub and tile paint and so I painted it last week and we are sooooo happy with it.
There are before and after for each view.

That's all I have this time around....
thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, April 7, 2018

Getting so close now!!!

Oh this bathroom redo is coming along just great!

Today the floor tiles were laid and Monday he will
come back to do the grout.

I started to stencil the walls but ran out of time yesterday
to get more done, now I have to wait a couple more days
to try and finish it up...I'm so anxious I'm antsy LOL

Doug's work is done until the cabinet doors and drawers go back on
- but I think I can find something for him to do  😊

Counters/sinks/faucets installed last week.
I think my biggest problem will be what kind of curtain
to put up. Possibly just a plain white sheer on the rod kind....
nothing fancy - it's a small window.

Doug put up the wainscot and chair rail Thursday
and it just brought things together!

Yesterday I tested colors and design for the stencil.
Some of you may or may not recognize some of it....
I used 'parts' of the stencil from our bedroom.
We liked it so much and besides why waste them and
buy new ones for what they cost.
I didn't use the 'leaf' parts of the stencil because I didn't want 
to introduce a 3rd color. I wanted just the gray and aqua.

This is what I came up with for color

....and this is the design

And of the floor was laid - grout comes Monday.
We chose a very light gray - didn't want the tiles to be too defined.

In a way when this room is finished it will be a let down.
Doug and I both love projects - big and small.
So I think possibly the next one is the
crown molding for the dining room...
told you I would think of something for him to do!!!


Wednesday, March 28, 2018


The bathroom remodel is coming along a tad slow but I guess that's what you get
when you are waiting on contractors.

The counters were measured for 3 weeks ago and installed on Monday and we love them!!!  Very plain (just a slight vein of gray here and there but no color or movement otherwise).
The backsplash is not on yet - that is on a second install so the sinks/faucets can't be hooked up until they come back - as well as the toilet that was removed to get the walls redone

All the cabinets, wainscot and trim is painted the gray - I primed the upper walls
with 2 coats and the dark blue is still showing through -
I guess it will get another coat before the final painting.

Lower walls have been stripped and waiting for the wainscot but the floor has to be
installed first and not sure when that will be until Doug gets the sub floor up but he's struggling with it - it is screwed down and you can't see the screws with the
backing and glue that is not wanting to come up!

So as not to bore you with more's a picture update....

Start of wall removal

 Removed and some of primer started

Wall primed but still looks blue!

Vinyl flooring removed - now for the subfloor removal

Window and mirror trim painted

 Counter installers

Quartz counters and sinks installed!!!

So there you have it - kind of boring for you but fun for us!!

We shipped an Easter basket to our great-grandson Zayne in Colorado and yesterday Alexandra sent us this picture...
he was a very happy boy with a mouth full of chocolate!!!

Hope you all have a wonderful

P.S. Several people have emailed me saying they can not
post a comment - and some say when I comment on theirs
I am a 'no-reply' which I never have if you can not comment
here I'd appreciate knowing through an email. :)

Friday, March 9, 2018

The snowball effect!!!

There is truth to this phrase!!
We started our bathroom cabinet re-do a month ago and since then it has escalated.
I had a feeling this would happen but didn't want to say it out loud!
Doug finished the doors and drawers a week ago and since then it has been lots of decision making....we decided to do the counters afterall. And that lead to new sinks and faucets.
And because the 1 inch tiles were on the counters and half walls we decided to try and get it off the walls and replace it with wainscot. Fortunately the tiles came off easier than we thought they would - which was a blessing. It could have been a bear otherwise.

This past week he started removing those horrible 1 inch tiles on the counters and walls...we needed to remove it before the counter company came today to measure and see where the sinks would be.  They said they could install in 2 or 3 weeks from today so we have a bit of work to do in between.
Hard to see but there is very little veining in this quartz -
and I think that's why we liked it, it wasn't real busy.

Doug's progress on the counter removal

And to keep with the 'snowball effect' - we are having ceramic tile floor installed....I've always loved the vintage look of the Octogan & dot tiles....we're going with the all white.

This weekend I will start painting the inside
of the cupboard before the counters get installed.
Bought the paint today called 'Thin Ice'
We weren't sure if we wanted an extremely light gray or a faint aqua - as it turned out the Thin Ice is a cross of the two. Wainscot/trim/door will be an off white.

And I fell in love with these faucets the minute I saw them!

And the sinks

I know...not very Colonial for any of it but that's perfectly okay...we went classic vintage.

Well if you stuck with me this long I will continue with thanking my wonderful
KM Primitive customers.
I can not tell you how appreciative I am for all of you.
I offered my gourd carrots and hand painted designed eggs over the past 3 weeks
and the response was overwhelming.
I had 4 different painting sessions for the eggs and will mail the last batch out on Monday.




Robin's Egg Blue

Gourd Carrots

I have two finished punch needle for sale on my website
Bunny and Bell Flower
You can find them here:

Thank you for stopping by - come back soon!

Monday, February 12, 2018

A perfect 'last week'....

For so long this winter we had some wonderful temps and very little snow - just dustings....but then Mother Nature decided it was time, three weeks we had 3 good snowfalls...the first one was a surprise overnight one...woke up to 8 inches of the white stuff...but it totally melted within 3 days!

Then Thursday and Sunday we got hit again!

We had a great few days in PA last week.
Saturday on our way through PA we stopped in Ellwood City to visit a dear friend
who has been batteling health issues for the last 3 years.
It was wonderful seeing her again at home and not visiting her in the hospital.
Our buying trip to the wholesale show was just okay....didn't find too many things for the business but did find some embelishments for our gourd garlands.
We then spent 2 days in Lancaster with Doug's cousin and the weather there wasn't all that great either...rainy and icy! Butstill a very enjoyable time - we did get to a few of the shops there and found a few things....but it was just night to get a way for a few days.

Some of these things shown are from the show - the others are from the shops

The red boards have nail pegs at the bottom
I thought they would be great for mounting my punch needle.

A 'new found FB friend' told me where I could find wool to purchase.
It's at The Old Country Store across from Kitchen Kettle
They have just a few colors to choose from but now I know I can get it
and they also carry Valdani thread...also limited colors.

(They are very large like the ones above)
We have been purchasing our large leaves (called Botquin or Quina) for garlands from Primitives by Tracy and she had two boxes left so we bought them...I think we will have enough to work with now 😁

And of course we had to buy more gourds.
I called the Levi Stoltzfus farm to see if we could come to the farm while we were
out there and he was very obliging...they have the best selection around!

Doug knew right away when he saw this huge bird house that it was coming home with us.
The one we have on the post in the garden is about on its last leg.

Found this wall box and florals at Olde Mill House Shoppe

Tuesday while out there we met up with another FB friend for the first time.
We went to their house for a visit and then we went out to
supper with them and 2 Amish ladies, Mattie and Lydia Bieler (sisters).
We hade a geat meal at the Bird In Hand restaurant and then
back to the ladies house for a visit.
These two ladies were a delight....we heard stories and laughed so much with them. 
We now have two very wonderful Amish friends.
And we want to than Lisa and Jerry Thrush for making this happen.

Lisa gifted me with an adorable set of childrens Amish clothing
She went to an authentic Amish store and asked if it was okay to purchase them for a friend and they said it was okay...and I'm so glad - they were the perfect gift.
And 'yes' some orders allow 'buttons'.

So that's what happened here last week....
And now we're back to getting our bathroom cabinet doors and drawer fronts made.
Our son Brett is helping Doug make them - and then my job will be to paint.
There were so many coats of paint on the frames so I had to sand and sand
to make them smooth so the new hinges will fit flat.
They are going to be a very plain Shaker style.
I think I'll paint them and the trim a bone color.
We would like to replace the counters and sink but that is down the line a bit,
maybe when the weather gets nicer and we can have the windows open
because it's going to be messy getting the tile counters off.

This is what they were...

I put a new finished Punch Needle
and finished Penny Rug on my website

Thanks for hanging in there with me....hope you have a great week