Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Getting Ready for Summer at the Cottage

Scattered DIY's at the Cottage

Getting ready for summer to begin... in DIY-style!

I haven't had a start-to-finish DIY post in a little while, but that's because we just transported ourselves to the beach cottage for the summer, and we've been busy trying to get things set here. But that doesn't mean I haven't been DIYing (not sure it's possible for me to stop).

It's been one of those multi-tasking weeks for me. Start a project, start another, go back to the first, start another, dabble in the first two, etc., ect.... Doesn't help that the kids are out of school, so there's a lot of entertaining in between, but in case you're interested, here's a snippet of the projects we've (notice I say "we"? Husband took last week off, and he's been a HUGE help!) been working on over the past week:

Outdoor Shower Enclosure

I can't tell you enough how excited I am about this! My husband built it himself, and I am beyond happy! A luxurious outdoor shower house... although I do take credit for the pink trim. I'm going to do a major tutorial post on this one (how it was built, etc), with my favorite guest blogger... my husband! Just need to get him motivate to write it. I don't want to nag him about it, though, because he just did all this work! But it's coming, I promise you!

Vintage Children's Piano Makeover

This was a flea market find that I repainted using ASCP. Also labeled the keys to get the little ones familiar with the notes! Will do a tutorial post on this, too, but here's a preview:

Vintage Mirror for Outdoor Shower

Another flea market find. Only $5, so the price was right. I repainted it in this light blue, and I think it will look nice in the outdoor shower as it ages with the elements!

Veggie Garden: Carrots!

How I wish gardening came naturally to me, but, alas, it does not, so I have resolved to really work at getting SOMETHING to grow. This is one of our experiments. B1 picked carrot to grow, B2 picked broccoli. The broccoli is in a container, and seems to be doing ok, but look at these carrots! I fear we may have majorly overloaded the space with seeds, but hey, it's all part of the experiment. I'll keep you posted on their progress!

Clematis Around Mailbox Post

Ok I must admit, I'm VERY concerned about this one. You should have seen how beautiful and healthy this plant was when I bought it! It had a ton of blooms.... Now look at it! I followed all of the nursery's instructions about peat moss and mulch and fertilizer... I've been talking to it... but I guess we'll see. Any suggestions about how to nurture this baby in sandy soil?

The Debut of My New Standup Paddleboard

My husband got me a SUP for Christmas, and I've been dying to use it! I was finally able to break it out this week, and I LOVE IT! I even signed up for a SUP Yoga class in July, so I'm hoping that will get me back towards my old yoga practice, too. A great workout, and very relaxing. Any other SUPers out there? I also just ordered a deck rigging kit; can't wait until I get it!

All in all, I consider it a busy, but productive week. More cottage projects to come! We're planning some really cool renovations. More to come on that soon.


  1. I didn't know you had a cottage - Ohh you just made my day! I can't wait to see that outdoor shower - I am obsessed with them! We had one at our cottage growing up that my dad rigged from the hose and I loved it! Working on a post on outdoor showers myself!

    Let me know how you like the SUP! I have been shopping them myself! Right now I am loving my kayak but tried one of these last summer and loved it! Our lake is very calm, mostly no wake so it would be great!
    Erin at

    1. Hi Erin! This is our 4th year having the cottage, and I love it so much! It's a complete cottage, nothing fancy, pretty rustic, a little cramped :) but I love how laid back everything is here, and it makes we wonder why we can't live more like this all the time. We're going to make some renovations just to add a little more elbow room for all of us. We're updating the kitchen and adding a tiny bath and hopefully doing some built-in bunks upstairs. I'm so excited!

      I've really been liking the SUP but since we're on the sound, some days are definitely rougher than others, although it's on the roughest days that I feel a little sore the next day, so I think that gives me a good workout! But either way it's a good workout. My SUP Yoga class starts July 1... I'm just hoping I'm not the only one who falls off, because I most certainly will!


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