Sunday, November 30, 2014

Rug Pad Review

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Rug Pad USA.  They provided me with a pad to review but all opinions are my own.

Little boys running laps around the kitchen island with dish towels thrown over their shoulders, pretending to be superheroes is commonplace around the Martin house.  Superheroes doubling as ice skaters that is.  You see a rug without a rug pad adds an extra layer of slip sliding fun for these boys.  A few months back I put a new runner down in front of the sink that was a bit smaller than my old runner and an odd size to get a rug pad off the shelf.  So in true Martin fashion I've ignored it and fixed my constantly moving rug a dozen times a day.

Then a real life superhero by the name, Rug Pad USA, stepped in and offered to send me a rug pad to review.  Kapow.  Yes please.  They have a bunch of rug pads in a variety of types and prices to choose from.  I chose the eco-cushion non-slip rug pad.  I'm not a crunchy-granola-eco-nut but when it comes to products my kids will be exposed to I like to choose natural products when possible.

My favorite feature though is that while they have lots of size options you can also choose to either have it custom cut or to have them cut anywhere from 1" to 1.5" of all sides so that it fits your rug perfectly.  I chose the latter option for my odd sized rug and it is perfect.  

I've had it down for a few days and it hasn't shifted at all yet.   The extra cushion while I'm playing short order cook is pretty awesome too.  I'm a convert.  I will definitely be swapping out my current rug pads for these new ones.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Wainscoting Trim and Holiday Trimmings

What up.  Been a while.  We tend to get 95% complete with a project and then stall.  We have some final trim pieces to install and the column wraps but we're kind of dragging our feet on that until we make a final decision on what to do with the floor.  If we replace the floor the porch will need to be jacked up and the floor jacked out.  That would destroy the column wraps and at over $100 per we want to do it once.

The other hurdle is that you cannot use PVC glue, caulk, putty or paint when the temperature dips below 50 degrees.  Considering we're expecting our first snow storm of the season tomorrow the final touches may have to wait until spring.

In the meantime Sean started working on the wainscoting trim for the gable inlay.   There will be some additional layered pieces but we're trying to get the design right first.  What you see below isn't even nailed in yet.

I had been eyeing these wreaths and garland from Pottery Barn.  I liked the the color the ornaments gave to the greenery.  At $70 for the garland, and $40 and $70 for the small and large wreaths I was looking at ~$300 to do my house.

So instead I bought 2 boxes of ornaments from Ikea for $8 each and wired up the old garland and wreaths we already had.  For something I'll use for 1 month out of the year I'll take my $16 decorations over $300 any day.

 Happy Thanksgiving!

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