Category Archives: DIY

i am not dead, i am still pregnant.

dear people of earth.

good news: i am not dead.

great news: i am still pregnant.

bad news: they wouldn’t let me blog during my stay in the looney bin.

ok maybe i haven’t actually been deemed certifiably insane and locked up, but at times over the last two months i probably should have been thanks to a little thing i like to call, my life is total chaos. really just our house is total chaos, but somehow that manages to feel like my life.

and just in case you don’t know what i mean by our house is total chaos. here is a picture i snapped of our basement a few weeks back.

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and no, that is not a pirated picture from a long lost planet in outer space. it really is our basement. and yes, the amount of dust renovations of such a magnitude create is completely and utterly unfathomable and unmanageable.

and in case that doesn’t feel like chaos enough to you…do you remember how we are having a baby in about eight short weeks? welp, here’s a picture of the nursery i snapped this morning. 

isn’t it pretty? i think i see some room for a baby somewhere in the back there. sometimes mr. hutch has to deadbolt the door (thanks ardie for installing deadbolts on the bedroom doors! i never knew why you did that until now…) and hide the key to keep me from going in there out of fear i’ll start my anxiety induced weeping and gnashing of the teeth cycle.

oh, and did you know that there is this thing when you are pregnant called nesting? i want nothing more than an impeccably clean house, completely organized, with everything neatly in its place. instead i’ve been living with a toilet in my kitchen, a car seat in my fireplace, and an inch of dust on everything in between.

i think there should be some kinda of mental health diagnosis for moms-to-be who suffer from this scenario. perhaps along the lines of PTSD. my symptoms mainly include wrapping myself into a fetal position and rocking back and forth rendering me unable to form sentences much less write blog posts. (hence the lack of blogging.)

fortunately for you and the rest of the inter-webs – i can see the light at the end of the tunnel. our basement is closer to looking like a living space. if i hadn’t been so busy hanging out in the fetal position, you would know that we* dug up the old concrete floors, replaced all the old plumbing, poured new concrete floors, replaced all the HVAC, installed AC, redid all the electrical, framed out a bedroom, bathroom, laundry room, storage closet and living area, installed an egress window, and as of today finished drywalling. in fact all we have left to do is paint, install the floors/tile and put up trim (at least i think that’s all that is left so don’t tell me otherwise). and once those things are done we will have literally doubled our living space i can move ALL OF THE JUNK that is stashed in every nook and cranny of the upstairs back down stairs and slowly start to regain control of my life again.

i seriously fantasize about this day people. 

so. since we’re on the up and up over here at bungalowhutch you should anticipate more blogging. i’m thinking i’ll share with you some of my plans. i got birth plans, decorating plans, plans to sleep for a few weeks before the baby comes, all sorts of plans. 

until then, if i have vicariously given you an anxiety attack with those pictures – my sincerest apologies.

oh and the latest  bump picture for good measure.

*by we i mean mr. hutch and “our people.”


the porch project must go on

i really want to be writing about our finished front porch project right now. you know the one we started 4th of july weekend? alas, the porch project must go on. as of now, it needs one more coat of paint. i’m blaming halloween and the snow for the fact that this isn’t a happy post about a finished project.

 you see, i could have finished the porch painting on monday evening. BUT i sacrificed the project in giddy, anticipation of hoards of children walking up to our door yelling “trick or treat!”  turns out we had a whopping total of three children in search of candy. and one didn’t even say “trick or treat!”

THREE knocks on the door was NOT worth NOT painting.

and now it’s snowing and who knows when we will be able to paint again. perhaps the spring? maybe next summer? we could turn this into a year long project.

sigh….

i’m making up for my grumpiness about the porch and halloween with some pumpkin pancakes and chai before work on this snowy day. anyone care to join me?

and just to give us all a little boost of morale, a few pics to remind us we have indeed  come a long way.

i know the angles aren’t all the same but you get the gist.


this is very strange and my DIY headboard

it is pouring down rain. again! i know you might not find this strange, but this is indeed very strange. it NEVER rains like this in denver. i feel like it’s been raining for a month straight. and i’m upset, because one of the great perks of living in denv-o is that it is always sunny! i want a refund for the month of may. i’m not paying taxes or something….

i guess one thing the rain will be good for is to see if our basement floods. that will be helpful to know about before we finish that sucker. hopefully someday soon, as i think mr. hutch’s back problems are from having to watch tv on our kitchen counter.

anyways, on such a rainy day as this. i thought i should tell you about my adventures in the DIY world. let’s start with the door turned headboard.

i’m not even really sure where this door came from, but i saw it in our basement one day and thought, i should turn that into a headboard. it’s not one of the original 1920’s doors to the house i don’t think, but probably came on the scene when ardie finished the basement – possibly in the sixties? i don’t know, who cares anyways…

ok so the door when i began this project (back in march!?) was covered in about 10 coats of paint. and my original plan was just to strip off the paint, sand it, and stain it a light grey color. easy enough. i went to home depot and bought a can of stripper.

this stripper committed the same crime as denver’s weather – false advertisement. it says as you can see – it removes multiple layers of paint and that it is fast and easy. false.

i used this multiple times on the dumb door and after the can was completely emptied, there was still a ton of paint to be stripped. and that was annoying to me, so i gave up on the project for a while. a little insight into my personality if you will.

so then the door sat in our yard. where it snowed, rained, etc. not sure if these were essential steps to the final outcome, but you should know them just in case.

about six weeks after what we can call the “weathering stage” of the project, i decided to try something else. maybe i could just sand the paint of the door. so i sanded it for like an hour (i want to say four hours because that is what it felt like). welp – sanding paint doesn’t reallllly work. and i basically ended up with the door looking like it had patches of paint on it. hmph. i swear i took pics of this but i can’t find them.

so i obvi got bored and tired of sanding. so i stopped. and just decided to paint the thing and see what happened.

so i diluted some light grey paint so it looked more like colored water (i never got around to buying the stain and thought maybe stain was just like watered down paint…). and slopped it on (litterally). and despite the water consistency… it still looked like paint. so i took a wet rag and wiped it off. i like how that turned out. so i basically did a few coats of that – water paint plus wet rag. until finally i was reallllly over the project and decided i would wait for it to dry and see how it turned out.

and….i loved it!

my brother in law once told me if you put man hours into something your brain likes the outcome a lot more than if you just bought or saw something (something like that anyways). so maybe it’s the fact that i spent probably six grueling hours on this project over the course of two months (hehe). and that’s why i like it so much, but i really do. especially since the door was free (well came with the house) and the i probably spent 20 bucks on the paint and stripper. not bad for a headboard!

i still have some plans for it too. i want to put on an antique door knob, and maybe hang a little bitty vintage-y love sign from it. so that will probably take me another couple of months…and i’m sure you’ll get the update by christmas.

and just for the record. it’s still raining.

ps – my next DIY project did not turn out as well….perhaps i’ll share that when it’s still raining tomorrow.


romantical natural heaven

so as promised, i picked up my dirty laundry and made the bed. all so that you can see how our romantical natural heaven (aka our bedroom) is shaping up. here’s a few pics and then we can chat about it.

so that’s the room thus far. whadda ya think? i am in love with how the headboard turned out. i’ll tell you how i did that later because i’m late for work and still have to shower. the hutch is fun too. tho i don’t love the bright white so i’m going to figure out a way to dull it down. by the way – that is like a grey suedeish fabric covering the door panels (not a chalkboard! as some have thought….). let’s see. i also love my pebble rug from west elm. super soft and it was cheap too. the bedding is also from there (their parachute collection). not as cheap, but exactly what i was hoping for in that room. my little window frame is a one of a kind, ghost town special. so i guess it’s technically stolen. don’t call the police. or do, but vic will protect us.

who is vic you asked? he’s our neighbor. we hung out with him on saturday night and to say he is a character would be the understatement of the year. so that will have to be a blog post in an of itself.

back to the room. tho now i’d rather talk about vic….

i still have some plans for it. we need another dresser for the back wall (where oscar bear’s bed is right now). i want a super natural looking dresser most that’s short and fat. and then i think i want to do a cluster of vintage mirrors above it. i also want to get another rug for in front of that dresser (probably the same exact one that is in there already). i also want to do some sort of bench (worn leather would be nice, but doubt that will happen) at the end of the bed. and some long bright white flowy linen curtains. oh! and the headboard is missing it’s doorknob. i want it to be obvious that is a door, but that door came with a crappy brass handle unlike the cool (tho not well functioning) original door knobs on all the other doors in the house. oh and new nightstands are in order. i want non matching ones. i’m thinking a glass night stand for me and i really want a tree stump night stand for mr. hutch, but maybe just some old crates stacked or something?

ok. excuse the verbal diarrhea this morning, told ADD, and impressive use of the run-on-sentence. i’ve had a lot of coffee and it’s still early. and i’m late for work and still have to shower remember?

tell me what you think!? does it scream romantical natural heaven??

*** i just reread that and i sound like i’m on crack. i’m not i promise. happy monday!


curiosity killed the fireplace

well it was a lovely holiday weekend. having my mom and saster in town was a blast. especially when sitting around on friday morning over a cup of tea, my mom announced she couldn’t stand it anymore. she had to know what was under the marble tile on our fireplace.

(here’s our fireplace in all its original glory)


she shares the same sentiments as me about that fireplace. it was crying out for a makeover. mr. hutch and i had been blatantly ignoring those cries ’cause we’ve gotten lazy and feel kinda over the whole working on the house thing. my mom however, could not resist the temptation. her fresh energy was just what we needed to get something done around here.

so she asked for some tools and this happened. after all, we just wanted to see what was under one tile…

but then she found this

and once brick was spotted, a weird obsession came over her and soon this happened.

and after a few battle wounds, a trip to the store,  the making of some hot cross buns and a glass of champagne, reinforcements were called in. and of course put to work.

then this guy came home from work and after a little bit lot of protesting and a small lecture on starting what you finish, he picked up a chisel.

then, true to our style of getting things done around here, more family came over and we put them to work.

except for one protester. she’s boycotted coming over until the house is complete.

and in the morning there was this

and i love it! here’s a close up of the brick.

we still have to clean it up a bit more. obviously still some patches of old grout the need to come down but i actually like the way the white residue makes the brick look a bit white washed and worn. so we’ll just take a stiff brush to it and seal it. then one day we’ll redo the mantle and build those built in bookshelves. what do you think!?

i must say – i gotta love the spontaneity of the project. didn’t think we’d be tackling this anytime soon and all it took was one visit from the mother who loathes tacky marble fireplaces and voila! speaking of – she also lothes  vinyl and aluminum. perhaps i’ll show you what came of that tomorrow…

hope you’re easter weekend was as productive as ours!


omg. and please help.

omg. i blogged about my laundry yesterday. this is supposed to be a home renovating blog. clearly i was without caffeine.

luckily – the plumber guy saved my day yesterday (and gave me a lecture about vegetable peels and the garbage disposal) along with the washing machine delivery men. i’ve never been so happy to do laundry in my life. this morning i woke up wondering what else i could wash….

anyways – time to get back in the saddle with improving bungalowhutch. now that my dishes are no longer piling out of control in my sink, i can see this again.

yuck.

that is a close up of the window sill over our sink.

 

in case you need some perspective. or in case you we're thinking our house was totally beautified - here's what this sucker looks like.

so – this needs to change. but what should we do? and how should we do it? i’m thinking of bright white paint over that nasty off- white paint to match the cabinets and make the windows pop out of their little caves. (they are set back so far because we had to build the wall out from the original plaster/brick walls to accommodate for things like plumbing and electricity. and our walls were so uneven hanging cabinets would have been a disaster with out the new walls…(i’m talking like you care, but guessing you probably don’t.)

my other thought was something more bold for the trim on the window itself. like a deep grey… would that look good??

my real problem is what to do with the trim. we originally wanted to just do a white wood trim around the window box itself to match the existing window trim in the house. but – there is no room. we didn’t really think about that when we built out the walls and got the cabinets. oops.

 

there is definitely no room for trim around the window with this little guy...the other window in the kitchen.

and keep in mind – we eventually want to put in a glass subway tile backsplash. either an olivey green to pick up on the accent paint or a bluey-greeny-gray….you can picture that, right?

 

something like this (found randomly here).
or this green - but only as a backsplash - not covering the whole wall. we couldn't afford that.
or this green – but only as a backsplash – not covering the whole wall. we couldn’t afford that.

 

or this pretty stuff. (photo from country living)

oh and also keep in mind, when we win the lottery eventually something like this will be hanging over our kitchen sink.

 

oh restoration hardware - can you give me this for free?

so…. what should we do!?!?!

just trim on the bottome ledge? no trim? bright white paint? dark grey paint? i’m all over the place – clearly. so tell me what to do.

oh. and can you also tell me how to do it!?


did you make the blog?

did you make the blog? rumor has it you’re no one if you’re not anyone who made the blog. the bungalowhutch blog that is. (it’s basically the internet’s version of page six.)  and the only people that made the blog came one of denver’s hottest parties at bungalowhutch.

 

people we’re dressed to the nines…. designer jeans circa 2002, t-shirts that said Hutchinson on them, baggy sweats, ponytails adorned with flecks of paint, mismatched socks, mascara under the eyes, it was practically vogue magazine come to life.

 

lady gaga & boxed wine  (in previously used plastic cups found lying around the house) we’re the main attractions and take my word for it. they did not disappoint.

 

i think these photos speak for themselves.

 

katie made the blog and got the party started

maggie is a PRO. and for hire...

talking about how much fun the party is

party continued on friday when the cabinets arrived

as you can see the party really started when these girls arrived.

a natural - never painted & partied prior to now.

rachel can paint too.

ali- "this is my most favorite party in the whole world" rachel "mine too!"

 

back to work you two!!

cabinet installation is key to any rager

so again I ask – did YOU make the blog!?

 

 

 

 

 


psssssst – if you’re redoing a house make sure you have good friends you can bribe into helping you with by having a faux party where they help you work on it. can’t be done with out them!

 

extra pssssst – this blog is outta date already. i haven’t had internet access for days so there are a LOT of updates. stay tuned.