Sunday, November 28, 2010

Bathtub Facelift

Yay for four day weekends! I had a great Thanksgiving and hope everyone else did too. It was so nice getting to have some time to relax and get some stuff done around the house. One project I'd been meaning to tackle since I moved in is re-caulking my bathtub. It's just not relaxing to take a nice hot bath with a grimy ring of mildew at eye level. No amount of scrubbing and cleaning products could get it clean so it was time to learn how to caulk! It's a super cheap and easy project and it makes your tub look so good! Here are some tips if you think you would like to try this project yourself....
Here is the before picture of my bathtub. It's actually kind of embarrassing but I swear this is how it looked when I moved in!
The first step is to get rid of the old caulking. Use a putty knife to gently scrape it off the grout, being careful not to scrape the tub or tile.
After all the old caulking is gone, spray the underlying grout with bleach and scrub with an old toothbrush. I gave it a second spray and let it sit overnight to make sure all the mildew was gone. When you are ready to caulk make sure all the bleach is gone and your surface is nice and dry.
The caulking I used is "Tub and Tile" from Ace Hardware. I think it was around $4. You can get it in several different shades and it is supposed to prevent mildew growth. Cut the tip off at a 45 degree angle and run a thin 'bead' where the tile meets the tub. You really don't need alot. Make sure to keep wiping the excess off the tip or it will start getting messy. When you are done run your finger lightly along the bead to flatten it out and take away the excess. Have a cup of warm water and dish soap handy to periodically dip your finger in and the caulking wont stick so much.
The end result!

I also started working on a quilted Christmas tree skirt inspired by this tutorial at Crazy Mom Quilts. It was so much fun picking out the holiday fabrics! There is a really cool fabric store in Morro Bay called The Cotton Ball where I can spend many hours (and many dollars). Hopefully this project will be done and under the X-mas tree before the end of the week!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Blog Guilt

I've been neglecting my blog! These last several weeks have been super busy for me but now things are starting to settle down. Hopefully I can finish up some projects and start posting regularly again! In the meantime, check out The Ebay Life to read the story of a guitar case I sold on ebay for $1200.........