Wednesday, August 19, 2015

DYI Framing Bathroom Mirror

Ok So I am one of the worst people at DIY projects not necessarily because they don't turn out but because I don't take pictures along the way I would much rather just get things done and over with because of this when my friends ask to see how I did something? It is really hard for me to help them out.

In this case I will try to show you exactly what I did but I will be using a two bathrooms (before and after) as I show you how I did everything and hopefully I will be able to update this when I have enough kid free time to do the second bathroom.

Ok so this is what I was starting out with not very aesthetically pleasing right?

how would you like to have it look like this?

Awesome I know! You can do that for around $30 a little more if your mirror is bigger.

Materials needed
Tape measure- $5- $20 depending on how nice of one you want (most homes already have if you don't have one buy one great investment)

Molding-$3.71 for a  19/32 in. x 2-1/4 in x 84 in. Primed
I used 4 of these and had left over pieces which I used for crafting projects.

Caulking- $1.98 each (we used about 2)

Caulking gun $2.77 (this is reusable so a great investment if you will be doing other projects)

Paint- $3.48 for the 8oz tester. Your choice of color and the tiny tester ones would be enough for most mirrors.

Paintbrush-These can be anywhere from 5o cents to a few dollars a piece

How to
Step 1- measure the mirror.

Step 2- Write down dimensions.

Step 3- figure out if you want over hang on the edging
 I give about 1/8-1/4" on all sides for overhang but be careful if you don't have extra room like at the bottom of my mirror I had to re cut because of this.

Step 4- Make list of items needed
 if you don't want the hardware store to cut the molding for you you will need to have a saw. Most places will cut it for you if you aren't getting tons. Or they have a station for you to cut it at the store (this also makes it easier to transport if you don't have a pickup truck.

Step 5-Pick up supplies

Step 6-cut supplies
 you are going to want to cut all ends at 45 degree angles and if your molding isn't identical on both sides make sure you cut in on the same side otherwise it will look funny when you bring pieces together.

Step 7- Painting Molding (optional)
Some people want to paint the molding ahead of time because it is easier to get all of it. This is optional as you will have to paint it after caulking it onto the mirror. I do however paint it to get a pretty unified paint job and not have to tape a lot of spots later.

Step 8- Caulking and placing- Open and place in caulking gun. This is way easier to do I have never met someone strong enough to do caulking with out a gun maybe I am just weak sauce but I strongly suggest getting one. I apply the caulking to the molding itself and then if needed add to mirror. I get the quicker drying caulking which means you may need some help putting it up but you don't have to hold it against the mirror for to long. in this step make sure you add caulking to the edges that attach. I placed the molding directly on the mirror with just a smidge of over hang so that the mirror didn't take up any extra space and still was positioned nicely in the room.

Step 9- Clean up excessive caulking and flatten down I like to smooth out excessive caulking so that there is a nice smooth transition between the pieces of the now beautiful framing. Also baby wipes really help getting the caulking off the mirror before it dries.

Step 10- Painting repaint the corners or if you didn't paint before tape off around frame and paint whole frame.

Step 11- Clean up and enjoy.

I hope this helped I hopefully will be able to get some better picture up in the next week from doing bathroom number 2. If you have any question please let me know. Also all the suggested prices on the materials were pulled from Home Depots website. I will update those when I go into the store next.

I also am not linked to Home Depot in anyway. That is just my choice of hardware stores because I find their employees courteous and well informed.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Vegetable Chowder

Vegetable Chowder

2 cups potatoes, diced
1 cup carrots, diced
1 cup celery, diced
1/4 cup onion, minced
2 cups water
1 teaspoon salt
pepper to taste
1 or 2 chicken bouillon cubes

Add to undrained vegetables:
1 can cream style corn
White sauce

White Sauce:
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1/4 cup flour
1 cup milk

6 - 8 servings

Thursday, November 21, 2013

A wish to make a difference

For many the desire to make a difference is there but the means to do it seems some what limited. I am one of those people I have pretty much no money I am living pay check to pay check trying to keep my family a float. But I have a hope to one day be able to make a difference I have 3 goals I am hoping to accomplish one day the first is housing for homeless and low income families that are trapped by the governments regulations to never be able to get out of being supported by the government I would like to buy a huge plot of land and split it into many and put container homes on them with rent/mortgage being estimated by incomes the families would slowly pay of the cost of making the homes and when they are done they own their own homes and land. The money that they paid back would be then used to make more homes and so on.
The second would be food store houses people would pay 0-10% of their income to help maintain but they would be able to get anything they need that the store house carries and it would be given depending on family sizes. If they are able to they could help in the store house to lower cost of running. If this type of thing was carried out in our country it would save our government so much money they could buy stuff in bulk and then people would be getting thinks that they need and that are healthier for them instead of a lot of the junk that is bought.
The third would be a college or trade school open to help get the less fortunate a certificate or degree also I would like the school to own several facilities such as restaurants, retail facilities, mechanic shop that the students could work at to also get job experience and an income but also help the school make revenue since they will not be charging the students.

I know these are probably fantasies but one day I would like to see these things happen I am tired of seeing generation after generation stuck in government programs with no hope of getting out because of the way the government sets up these hand outs I feel the people need to take back a lot of the things that government run because all the government has shown is how to run things in the ground. we need to help our neighbors excel help them stand on their own to feet.

My hope for this nation is that one day we can all have the basic needs met.

There will always be varying degrees of wealth that is just how it is but that doesn't mean somethings can't be improved for all.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Anything goes macaroni

2 box of Macaroni and cheese Make it how the box says (Butter, Milk, cheese packet)

Add 2 cups spaghetti sauce (I use Prego)
1-2 cups of Shredded cheddar
2 -5 oz can tuna
1 -16 oz can Corn can

After you make the Macaroni and cheese in a larger pan add in everything else and stir real good.
Its not gourmet or anything but it is a super quick easy meal that my family love.

Friday, September 13, 2013

A thought of Desperation

 (I would like to point out a few things before you read this many people in the world today suffer from varying levels of depression it is sometimes genetics they may have an imbalance of some sort in the chemical makeup or they might have situational depression where they experienced something traumatic that triggered their depression i.e. death in the family, war, assault, loss of job/financial stability. Many things can trigger or cause depression and many time the family and friends can't quite understand what going on or even why its going on. I suffer from depression some days are better than others I try to catch myself before it gets to far gone but sometimes I'm a little to late one of my ways with coping is writing that is why some of my poems may be a little dark this one I wrote in one of my harder hours. It might not make a lot of sense but it gives me comfort)

Here I'm drowning
Can't reach out
So alone
Must speak up
Help me keep me from falling
Here I am without you
What can I do to get out
What can I do to hold on
How can I keep it together
When I am falling apart
I'm bleeding broken and crying
Screaming and dieing tonight.

The shadows of yesterday still cling to the walls of my memory
Haunting and hurting
Burning into my mind the horrors of my past
What can I do to go on
What can I be to fight this eternal misery
I must carry on fighting the demons in my head
Far to often they have me on the ground
kneeling and screaming
I'm bleeding broken and crying
Screaming and dieing tonight

But I will fight
Not just for my mind
But for my life
For peace, my hope
All that could one day be mine
I will hold on to who I am
I will not live in this terror
I will be stronger than humanly possible
I am not weak because of my struggles and pain
I am strong because I have not taken the cowards way out
I have not ended my misery in the only way that I might truly escape
It a endless sleep a rest I so desire more than I can speak
But I am strong I will carry on this ends with me
I will not curse my loved ones
Because I could not fight these demons.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Lasagna Casserole

Ok this makes approximately two 13inx9in Casserole dishes

6 Italian Sausages or 16 oz of Italian sausage
2 small gloves of Garlic
1/2 a medium Onion

2-16 oz or 24oz Bag of wide or medium egg noodles cooked (some people like more noodles)
2 lbs mozzarella separated
16 oz container of cottage cheese
67 oz of Prego (I prefer Mushroom but any would do)

Ok so dice the onion and garlic and cook them with the meat I like to skin the sausage links and make them like ground sausage but you can do meat balls if you want. once the meat is cook. strain and put meat and onion/ garlic mix into a large bowl mix in cooked noodles, most of the cheese (leave enough for the top of the casseroles), cottage cheese and Prego mix well and place in 2 casserole dishes sprinkle with remaining Mozzarella cook at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until cheese on top is done melting

Mexican Casserole

Mexican Casserole

5-7 pieces of cooked chicken (boneless)
2-3 cups of rice (cooked)
1 can of cream of mushroom soup
1 can of cream of chicken soup
1 cup salsa
1 lb cheese, grated
6 oz nacho cheese chips, crushed

Cut chicken into small pieces. Mix first 5 ingredients and pour into a baking dish. Put cheese on mixture and top with crushed chips. Bake 250 for 15-25 min,or until cheese is bubbly.

(I think when we have made it we usually mix most of the cheese into the casserole and then sprinkle a small amount on top.)