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Red, White & Blue Jeans

Happy 4th of July!  I’ve been away for a couple of days playing.  I’m finding it more difficult in the summer to post regularly because my son is either home (and we’re playing) or I’m carting him around to swim lessons and sports camps.  As a result, I’ve decided to post every M/W/F this summer because I honestly think that’s all I can get to.  Family first, right?

How many of you have a favorite pair of jeans you can’t part with? I have a pair I’ve had over ten years.  They’re soft and worn.  I love the fit.  However, they’re well past their prime; overly faded, frayed edges, and a few small holes starting around the back pockets.  I swear they’ll make it another few years though.  They just have to!!

Yesterday, I decided to freshen them up a bit with a dye job.

I’ve never done this before, so it was definitely a little nerve wracking not knowing if I was going to be happy with the end result.  They are my favorite jeans after all.  Well, it was a really straight forward process.  Choose a utility sink, a large bucket, something besides your bath tub – unless you want a new color tub. 🙂  Since the mix was dry, I had to place two cups of hot water in a bucket and stir in the dry mix until dissolved.  Take note of the sorta clean utility sink.

Next, the directions stated to fill the sink with just enough hot water to cover the jeans.  Then, pour the mix in and stir constantly for 10-30 minutes depending on how dark you want the garment.  Side note, remember to wear gloves so your hands don’t color.

Checking the color after 15 minutes.

 I decided to rinse after 25 minutes.  The directions stated to rinse until water was clear. Oh my.

After 20 minutes they were ready to go into the washer.

A warm wash with a little soap and then toss in the dryer.

Yikes!  Look at the utility sink!!  A bleach and water solution with a jolly green giant arm scrub and a half hour later I was done.

Here’s the finished product.

Up close they definitely don’t have that ‘jeans’ look – they look dyed – but it’s pretty darn close. What do you think?  Can I get another couple years wear?

Have a wonder holiday and I’ll be back with another post on Friday!

(image from a fireworks show in South Carolina on our vacation)






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Hallway Before & After

When we got the keys to our house three years ago, the first thing I did (and this was within minutes) was take down the 70’s gold veined mirror tiles glued to our hallway wall.  You all know what I’m talking about!  I think everyone had at least one wall covered in their house in the 70’s.

This is the only picture I have of the mirror tile.  Tough to see, but it really is there!

Can you believe the tile was mortared right on top of the hardwood floor?  One day we’ll get to working on that messy project.  On another note, amazingly enough the paneling was in great shape (smooth, no dings, and only two nail holes) so we decided to keep it and paint over it.  Bonus!  I chose a bright color because there’s no natural lighting, only two small recessed lights.  In addition to painting we also bought a wainscoting kit that was super simple to put together.  We measured the walls, ordered the lengths, followed the instructions, and it was up in half a day.

We spray painted the HVAC intake cover and the recessed light trim in white to blend in with the ceiling.  Crown molding was added.  I bought runners on clearance from Home Decorators to cover that lovely floor tile.  We changed out the hardware on 7 of the 8 doors (front door excluded) and the knobs on the linen storage doors.  Last, family photos were hung for a personal touch.

 Literally, a night and day difference don’t you think?  It went from a dark, dungeon-like hallway to a bright and cheery space.  Overall, the total cost to spruce up the hallway was $650.  The wainscot was about $400 and the remaining $250 was spent on the runners, crown molding, hardware, and paint.  Eventually, we’ll add a sun tunnel to bring in some natural light.  A door or two will go away when we remodel the bathrooms so it won’t feel so Winchester Mystery house-ish.  Still a work in progress, but it’s getting better!!

Have a good one!


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