Oh Hello There.

Well, we still don’t have internet at the house yet.. so I am sneaking this post in real quick at work. Shh..

It is just going to be a short one, sorry no house tour just yet. I just wanted to write a quick post, mainly to show off our adorable new farm dog, named, Kitty.

Kitty is a Anatolian/Pyrenees mix and she is going to be our goat and chicken protector. Well.. that’s our intent. She’s pretty darn cute, so it may be hard for us to make her work instead of being an extra large lap dog.

Here she is bonding with Gertrude..

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Oh and here’s another adorable photo just because..

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We are currently working on our goat pen, so hopefully we will have some goats close to the house soon enough..

Oh, and one more thing. We made another, uh.. yea another, trip to Ikea, but this time we put the squareback to work..

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Fingers crossed we get internet this week.. and then Ill start posting some house tour photos!

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We Like to Move it Move it.

Welp, we did it.. we moved in, and just in time for Christmas!

This post is coming a bit late, but updating the blog has been difficult, we have no internet at our new home yet, and I have been so busy decorating and putting things away I sort of forgot all about the blog. Whoops.

My plan is to take pictures of every room and do a sort of house tour, as per request, as well as a final list of to-dos. For now I’ll just share a few shots I snapped, while unpacking, of the new place. Hope you like it.

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Check back for the complete house tour, but also some more diy projects we have completed. Thanks for following! Also, follow me on instagram for more photos of our house and its progress @hannahbright

Quick Update.

Whoa! A new blog post within a week. I know. Crazy.

We (aka Tyler and Kent) just recently finished our kitchen backsplash. And surprisingly enough, we had no major issues. After many months of looking at different tile options, I finally decided on a simple grey 3×8 glass subway tile. To keep with our simple/modern design we decided to lay them in a vertical pattern, as opposed to a brick pattern.  Take a look..

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Still to do in the kitchen: Add a floating walnut shelf to the right of the sink, and put walnut plywood around the front and sides of the island.

Sneak Peak at what’s happenin’ now:

Put a Cork in it.

The Bright Container House officially looks livable. As in, we have a working restroom, a laundry room, and an almost functioning kitchen. But due to inspections, we still can not reside there.

Our goal has been set for Christmas. Ready. Set. Go.

As you can probably tell by the title, this post is going to cover our cork floor installation. We chose cork tiles due to their ability to be cut to fit our coveted corrugated walls. But finding cork tiles was not as easy as you would think. Most local companies sell cork, but they are in planks, and they just wouldn’t work. So we found a company based out of Canada and purchased them from there. Our cork tiles were here within a week. But they set in storage for who knows how long. But once we were ready for them it went down pretty fast.

Step One: Apply glue.

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Step Two: Lay all the field tiles that do not need to be cut.

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Step Three: Cut tiles. With this nifty tool, it wasn’t too hard.

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Step Four: Finish the Step and stain it.

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Step Five: Tape off the metal walls so they don’t get clear coat on them.

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Final Step: Apply four coats of sealant.

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Repeat all steps for the master bedroom and closet.

Here are some after pictures:

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Mudroom: Still to do– Our vintage metal cabinets still need to be painted and installed and the interior doors are currently being stained.

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Master Bedroom: Still to do- install and paint window trim and baseboards.

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Master Closet: Still to do- Finish installing the shelves, and install and paint baseboards.

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Next Post will include: Kitchen backsplash, bathroom mirrors and lights, and a more complete kitchen. So check back!

One word. Tile.

Tile. Tile. Tile.

That about sums up this entire post, need I say more?

Well, I guess I’ll have to explain a few details about why tiling in a container can pose some minor struggles. Numero Uno: Corrugated walls. Since the walls in the bathroom are corrugated (layman term: wavy), the floor tile had to be cut to fit. I chose a mosaic type tile, with small pieces, bringing us to struggle dos: Tile cutting. Have you ever tried cutting small, I mean really small tile? I haven’t either, I left that up to the boys. But I hear its a beast.

Check it: Look at those curves.
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After the floor was finished we decided to install our vanities. Main reason being that the countertop installers needed my makeup vanity in place to measure for the countertop. Which brings us to struggle number 3: corrugated walls. <– this being a common theme in our house. Steve, (code name for countertop man) measured and used a laser to determine the shape of our countertop. The result, was surprisingly better than expected.

Here is the finished makeup vanity: (don’t worry about those loose cords just yet)

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Here is a close up of the cut countertop (sorry its a little dark and blurry)
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Here is the double vanity on the other side:

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Shower tile was the next step. Just thinking about it makes me want to cringe. Struggle number 4: chipping/breaking tile.

I chose large 12×24 tiles for the shower walls, which I thought would make the tiling process quicker, due to their larger size. I think this actually made it more difficult. The reason being: cuts. Cutouts needed to be made for all the plumbing. Which meant, round cuts within the large tiles, sometimes on the edges. This resulted in lots of broken tiles. It eventually worked out. (Our shower will thank us later with its double body sprayers and rain shower head)-after 21 days of curing.

Here are those cuts I was talking about.

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but look at the final product…

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And since your all wondering about the toilet… Here it is.

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its a dual flush system to try and counteract the wasted water from the shower. (It just makes us feel better about ourselves)

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Still to do in the master bath: Paint and install trim, Install a thermostat for the in-floor heating, install frameless shower door and standout mirrors. Take a shower.

Happening now: Cork Tile. Posing similar problems. including corrugation, and uneven tiles. More on that later.

In other news: We stepped away from the grout floats to take our squareback to one of our favorite shows in Eureka Springs. Heres some pictures of the trip.

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Kitchen Aid

Just recently some family came over and helped us at the Bright Container House with various projects. Some did some cleaning, some hung a massive beam, and others helped assemble our kitchen. So a big thanks is in order for those who came out, alright here we go.. Thank you, mom, dad, Kent, Sheilah, Dalton, Jesse, Candace, Kevin, Lee, Darcey, Jake, and Aunt Kathy.

Here is a rundown of what has been happening lately at the house. We have most of the kitchen assembled, minus a few doors, and the walnut around the island. We hung some lights, some of which work, and some of which we can’t figure out what’s going on. (Hey.. don’t judge, we aren’t electricians). We painted a few more rooms, and we returned to Ikea for a few more items for closets and some returns.

The first item on the agenda for our family work day was to get the massive, dog-poop smelling (literally) beam out of the house and installed in our entryway.

This is where the beam was attached

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A little measuring and a lot of discussion

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And now its time to place it..

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It is now in place and out of the way of our kitchen..

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Meanwhile inside the house, after some minor cleaning- window washing and vacuuming, it was time to start putting our kitchen cabinets together. We had lots of help..

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The Cabinets are pretty easy to assemble, just add some screws and some wooden pegs, slap some wood glue on there and then fit them together. Here is the glue slapping and the piecing together part.

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After these steps, you then nail the back onto them. Lesson learned (Don’t hand me a hammer and expect things to be pretty)…and this is not just me, but I won’t name the others :). I did however get better after the 10th or 11th cabinet.

To attach the upper cabinets to the wall a rail had to first be put in place. The cabinets then hang on the rail. For the base cabinets against the wall a ledger board was installed and legs were attached.

How many men does it take to assemble legs? In this case.. Three.

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The first cabinets going up..

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Some discussion time. Something is not fitting right. (Long story short: These cabinets had to be removed and modified)

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Kitchen progress..

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The next step was to make a base for the island cabinets to attach to and to install the toe kicks.

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Here is the completed base with our high gloss grey toe kicks

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Placing the island cabinets..

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Finished with that part.

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We also installed some more of our lighting and hooked up more outlets. Here are some of our vintage lighting we used in the house.

This light I found at a flea market for a whole $5 is now hanging in my laundry room.

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And remember this one from Grandpa Charley? This one is now hanging in our entryway

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We are currently working on the flooring in the bottom two containers, and still doing some work in the kitchen. We have purchased our countertops and are awaiting there arrival, unfortunately it will probably be 4-5 weeks until they are installed.

And as always…Thanks for checking it out!

Paint The World

Its been awhile since the last update.. so there is a lot to catch up on. Since the last update there has been some painting, some assembling, lots of drywall, a little flooring and some more painting. (Be prepared it may be a little wordy, but Ill add lots of pictures for those of you like me)

The drywall in the house is now complete. We went with a smooth finish as opposed to texture to keep with our sleek modern look. And of course, like most of our decisions, we chose the one that is the most difficult. Since every ding will show, we had to be extra careful not to hit the wall and always keep some mud handy.

The next step was to paint, we chose a light grey for the main walls, and a dark grey for the beams (which we recently re-painted since the first color choice was no bueno.) We are happy with our choices… for nowPaint choices have by far been the hardest decisions for me, and after re-painting our front door and the interior beams, I  feel a little like I am fullfilling Sherwin Williams motto: Paint the World. Oh by the way, we have to re-paint both our front door and storage room door. (FYI: don’t just use the sample paint you get from Sherwin Williams, it wont hold up.. Yay for round 3 of painting our door!)

Here is the final drywall before we sprayed the primer. Notice the darker beams, as opposed to the not so eye-pleasing greenish beams below. We are much happier with the darker beam choice. (Also, check out the exposed duct work)

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The beam color before we came to our decorating senses.

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We decided to spray the walls to save some time, but since we did go with a smooth finish we had to back roll during the process to prevent a rough texture from emerging. Here is Kent and Tyler doing just that:

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Lots of painting has been going on, so Tyler and I’s “date nights”  now are spent working on the house. Here is us after our date night theme “Dinner and a little role play” (Alien vs. Predator style)

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We also accomplished some of the prep work for our flooring in our bottom two containers. In the entryway, laundry and utility room container we poured a self leveling concrete floor and in our master bedroom/closet we layed 3/4th inch recycled plywood. In the master bath we installed in-floor electric heating and then poured self leveling concrete to prepare for the tile. Our bathroom also has a few more updates, including: durarock installation in the shower surround, and the plumbing for our shower head and sprayers. Our tub was also put in place upstairs.

Before (entryway/laundry/utility room)

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Here is Tyler pouring the self-leveling concrete.

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While Kent and I (mainly Kent) mixed it up. (sorry about the picture, it was dark outside.)

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The finish product, it is now ready for cork.

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This is the master bedroom and closet floor before the plywood.

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Tyler cutting the plywood

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Here is the dirty plywood floor (Since it was re-used), Tyler’s mom recently cleaned it for us, so it is almost ready for cork.

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Here is the shower plumbling: There are two body sprayers, a shower head, and a rain shower in our master shower.

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The durarock in the shower

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In-floor heating being installed

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Bathtub upstairs

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hmm.. lets see.. what else has been done..

Oh! Exciting news… I assembled our Ikea patio furniture over the weekend, and it looks great. Now we have a spot to eat when we are working on the house, instead of using un-ordinary things for our chair and tables, like a paint bucket and a step ladder.

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Can’t wait till we live here so we can enjoy this deck.

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The deck is still not complete, we have purchased our railing and should be starting on that soon.

Now some decorating decisions! Check out our bathroom tile..

The pebble tile will be the floor tile in our shower, and the larger light grey tile will be our wall tile in our shower and around the stall area. The glass tile is our accent tile, and the dark grey is our main floor tile.

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Im sure there are other updates I am forgetting about, but the next time I have time to post again I’ll add them in. As for the next post.. it should hopefully include: bathroom tile, kitchen install, and lighting.

Sneak Peak:

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