The Friday Five

Friday, November 21, 2014

One – The Farm to Table French Phrasebook

I was sent a copy of The Farm to Table French Phrasebook for review a couple weeks ago. First off, I have to say that the cover is so cute! It’s definitely a book that you can show off on a shelf. The book is a fun way to learn some basic French words and would be perfect for a trip to Paris. Although when we were in France I would greet people with Bonjour and then they would rattle off in French and I’d end up with a stupid look on my face because I had no idea what they were saying. So I usually said both Hello and Bonjour. Anyway, the book also contains tips about etiquette and traditions in French culture that'll save you from embarrassing yourself or accidently offending someone. Plus there's some delicious-sounding French recipes in the back of the book, such as French Onion Soup (my favorite). Hopefully someday I'll get to go back to France and I can I try out of some of the words and tips I learned in this book...and so that I can drink wine with every meal without being judged ;)

Two – Bowling


Yesterday was the last night of our bowling league. My average stayed about the same from the first week to the last week (about 109). I did bowl 160 in one of the games last week! That was by far my best game ever. As a team, I think we ended up in second or third place. We started last night in second place, but we lost 2 of the 3 games, so I think we might have dropped to third. We'll hear the final results today or Monday. Overall, it was a lot more fun than I thought it would be. It was cool seeing people outside of work relaxed and having fun. I’m hoping we start another league after the holidays.

Three – Black Friday


Who else is planning on doing some Black Friday shopping next week? I’ve been looking at the leaked ads online and making a shopping list for the different stores. So far I have the biggest list for Kohl’s. They seem to have some of the best prices plus there’s usually an additional 15%-off coupon code available and you get $15 Kohl’s cash for every $50 spent…and most of the deals are available online early so you don’t even have to fight the crowds. I think I’m going to buy myself a KitchenAid Mixer on Black Friday. After discounts and mail-in-rebates I think it’ll be about $140 plus I’ll get $45 in Kohl’s cash. I’ve always wanted one and I think that’s the best deal I’m going to find on a new one.

Four – Series Finales


Some of my favorite TV shows are ending/have ended recently and I’m totally bummed! True Blood, Sons of Anarchy, White Collar, and Justified are the main ones that I’ll be missing. Although I agree that it’s time for most of them to wrap up, I’m still sad. I feel like series finales are usually disappointing, so hopefully these end without being a big WTF moment (I’m looking at you Dexter).

I finally caught up on New Girl and I started watching the new USA show Benched to fill the void, but I’m open for suggestions. What are some of your favorite TV shows?

Five – Winter is Coming


It’s finally cooling down in Phoenix. I had to wear a jacket for the first time this week! Of course that means it’s been like 50 degrees…I’m sure most of my Northern/Eastern friends are rolling their eyes, but that’s cold for us. Honestly, the winters here are the main reason most of us put up with such hot summers. 


New Name, New Design

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Junk House is now officially Away She Went! You can read more about the name change here. I think I’ve successfully updated all of the links, but if you come across any issues, please let me know. A big thanks to Jess from Jess Wright Design for coming up with the new design. I love how it turned out!

In honor of the new name and design I thought it would be fun to look back at some my past blog designs.

April 2013 – November 2014  

2012? - March 2013


October 2011 – 2012?

May 2011 - September 2011

February 2011 – April 2011

Master Bathroom Source List and Budget Breakdown

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Last week I shared my master bathroom makeover as part of the One Room Challenge. If you haven’t seen the big reveal, check it out here. I promised a source list and budget breakdown post, so here it is. Some of the items I updated/installed before the challenge, so I’m not going to count them in the budget, but I’ve added them to the source list for reference.

Source List:

Wall Color – Stone Age by Valspar
Vanity Color – Ultra Pure White by Behr

Light Fixture - Home Depot
Countertop – St. Paul custom vanity top from Home Depot
Replacement Drawer/Drawer Fronts – Horizon Cabinet Door Co.
Drawer Pulls – Martha Stewart Polished Nickel from Home Depot
Glass Jar for Q-tips – Goodwill
Tissue Box Holder - Savers
Medicine Cabinets – Home Depot (more details here)
Frame – Michael’s
Artwork – DIY project (inspired by this artwork)
Towels – Threshold Textured towels from Target
Trashcan – Amazon/DIY project (more details here)
Towel Rod – allen + roth Raleigh line from Lowe’s (more details here)
Toilet Paper Holder – allen + roth Raleigh line from Lowe’s
Shower Curtain – eBay (originally from Target, but no longer in stores)
Shower Curtain Rings – Shabby Chic line from Target

One Room Challenge Budget Breakdown:

Wall Paint: $25.92
Vanity Paint: $12.58
Countertop: $744.46
Caulking: $6.53
Replacement drawer: $17.93
Drawer Fronts: $58.68
Drawer Pulls: $4.48 x 6 = $26.88
Hinges: $2.98 x 3 = $8.94
Misc Plumbing Parts: $19.27
Trim for Mirror: $9.12 x 5 = $45.60
Glass Jar (q-tip holder): $1.49
Picture Frame: $24.79
Artwork: free
Bath Towels/Hand Towels/Wash Cloths: $74.87
Shower Curtain: $24.99
TOTAL: $1092.93

I don’t think that’s too bad for a bathroom makeover. 70% of that is the countertop, which was totally worth it. Also, it would have been $20 less if I hadn’t screwed up cutting two of the trim pieces for the mirror. I cut them too short, so I had to buy 2 more pieces. haha, whoops!

Oh, and I mentioned in the reveal that I was thinking about adding a pull to the false drawer front and a few of you agreed. It was a quick/easy update, but I think it looks so much better. Thanks to Thanh for originally pointing it out!

So, let’s quickly talk about what’s left to do…I still need to re-caulk around the shower and I’m still on the lookout for a few more accessories, including a rug. One of these days I’d love to switch up the door so that it opens out into the bedroom. That would give the small bathroom so much more space. Other than that, I’m calling this bathroom done!

Paint Room
Replace Missing Drawer
Fix Original Drawer and Add Drawer Front

Install Replacement False Drawer Front
Paint Vanity
Add Pulls to Doors /Drawers
New Countertop
Frame Large Mirror
New Shower Curtain
New Towels
Re-Caulk Shower

Buy Bath Mat

ORC Week 6 – Master Bathroom Reveal

Thursday, November 6, 2014

It’s the final week of the One Room Challenge and I’m thrilled to announce that I actually finished my room! Before we get to the pictures I want to thank Linda from Calling It Home for hosting the challenge and all of her hard work behind the scenes. Honestly, this room would still look like the before pictures if I didn’t join the challenge, so a big thanks to Linda for the motivation. Don’t forget to check out the reveals from the official participants (here) and the other linking participants (here). There are some amazing rooms out there!

OK, let’s take a quick look back at what I started with. When I bought the house the bathroom was painted a horrible green color, the toilet didn’t flush, no toilet paper holder, towel bar or baseboards, and one of the drawers was missing from the vanity. This is the only picture I have the bathroom before we started working on it. You can see more before pictures here.

We fixed/replaced all of the broken and missing items (except for the drawer) over the past few years, but the room was still in need of some serious work. I had planned to start the makeover last summer, but that didn’t happen, so this room ended up being the perfect room for the One Room Challenge. And after six hard weeks, here’s how the bathroom looks now:

I can’t believe how different it looks! The vanity area turned out just how I imagined it would. I love the new countertop, painted vanity, and framed mirror.

I still can’t believe how much better the vanity looks with a fresh coat of paint and replacement drawer. I’m still debating if I should add a pull to the false drawer front in the middle. I’m thinking yes…(*Update 11/13/14* - I added a pull to the middle "drawer")

I also love the new shower curtain, towels and artwork. I had a hard time finding a picture for this room, so I ended up painting this myself. It tested my (limited) artistic abilities and patience, but it turned out pretty well.

I still need to caulk around the shower, but I ran out of time and that was the first project to get cut. I also want to add a few more accessories, but I haven’t been able to find exactly what I’m looking for yet. Someday I’d like to re-hang the door to open out into the bedroom so the bathroom isn’t so cramped, but other than that, this room is officially done. I’m still pulling together all of my receipts, so I’ll share a full source list and budget breakdown next week. (*Update 11/13/14* - source list and budget breakdown here)


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