I love me…. and my tools.

Being home alone, the only accolades I get are the ones I give myself. And today I praised myself above and beyond what is probably normal. 🙂

Let me explain.

Last night when I was Face timing with Wade, I was telling him that I was going to put up the trim piece above the wallpaper in the bathroom, and needed to know what kind of nail to use.

Before answering, he asked if I was “ready” to buy a nailer yet.

I wasn’t.

And I wasn’t because I wanted the trim piece up right away and I didn’t have a clue how to use a nailer.

He explained the process of putting up the trim piece, without a nailer, by saying that I would need to drill a pilot hole in the trim and all of these other things, which sounded much too complicated, so I decided to go to Home Depot and buy a nailer.

I love me. HeeHee

I picked out the Ryobi 18V straight finish nailer with AirStrike technology. Just like the box says, “There are no compressors, gas cartridges or hoses needed.”

This doesn’t seem super exciting, but let me tell you, a quick review of the easy to use directions and I was nailing!

But wait, there’s more. I also used my miter saw! Wade bought me the saw for my birthday last July and between you and me, I was kind of chicken to use it.

I had an old, no bells and whistles miter saw and it worked fine.

Except for those couple of times when it didn’t.  🙁

I pulled up my big girl panties and gave it a whirl. And let me tell you, it was amazing!

I had some fancy angles to cut (thanks Dad for the help from Texas on that) and it did not disappoint. The other thing this miter saw has that my old one didn’t is this Ghostbusters-like Laser Beam.

All I had to do was line up that laser with my mark and it was a perfect cut.

Now, since I was so full of self love and confidence, I decided to continue this cutting streak in the morning and put a wood frame around the bathroom mirror.

Using these four wood blocks and liquid nails, I simple squiggled some liquid nails on the back of the wood and stuck one in each corner of the mirror.

Although this will adhere fairly quickly, I still used painters tape to hold the top blocks in place.

From here is was a matter of making straight cuts on the boards that go between each corner block, squiggle and stick.

The only things left to do on this project are filling the little nail holes made by the nailer, sealing the edges of the wood around the mirror so it is waterproof, touching up the paint on the boards, re-hanging my towel hooks and of course cleaning up my mess.

I’ll have the full before and after reveal for you on Thursday.

And I promise to be done with the self praise, but not until I look at the bathroom one more time.

~Wendy