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Friday, January 30, 2015

Belted Brackets.Tortilla Soup and Friend Indeed.

Master closet remodel.

The master closet is part of our bathroom area.
It is actually three rooms 

... the walk-thru vanity room
... the walk-in closet
... the shower/toilet room 

Mid September 2014, we started cleaning out the closet so we could make some changes, organize and get rid of a lot of stuff.  The closet is 8'x9' carpeted walk-in.

This is a BEFORE picture
and we had already boxed and bagged some stuff.

We removed everything in there to the guest bedroom; our bedroom or wherever we could find an empty spot. The bed was piled high with clothes and junk was everywhere. Then finishing the closet was put on hold and finished in January 2015.

No, it did not take that long!  Delay was due to gutting and remodeling the bath area ... dust removal; two months of health issues; Thanksgiving; Christmas and waiting for the floor men to remove the carpet and lay the hardwood floor in the closest.

The shower/tub/toilet room remodel was finished well before the end of September 2014.
Pictures are before and after of the same corner where the shower was.

Reveal coming soon ... I promise !!!


 Closet reveal coming soon too,

but I did want to show you the over-the-door mirror we hung on the closet door ... 

and tell you about tortilla soup 

and a sweet friend indeed.

Originally, we had a cheap mirror hanging on a wall in the closet with lots of nails in it. It had aged; was "ghosty" and the frame was broken. So this time, I opted to hang a new cheap mirror on the door. This one had over-the-door adjustable brackets which worked out just fine, but the exposed brackets with the notches were not very pretty. 

So figured out "a cover-up".
 I belted it !!!
The belts just go up to the edge of the door ... no room for them to lap over. 

Glad I had saved several worn-out belts when I cleaned out the closet.

 I did not have two belts the same size, so had to cut one in half to make the two straps, and took a buckle from another larger belt. Not the same, but who will notice.

I stapled the belt together to hold the buckle and belt loop in place. Used a little hot glue for extra security. Rounded the end and put black shoe dye on cut areas.
The hole was punched with a icepick.

I assembled the first strap ... cut it to size ...

and used the extra to finish the second strap. 

I used hot glue to mount them to the brackets ...

Before, with the door open ...
... and you get a peek at the shelf in the closet which is on the left side of the door. 

After, with the door closed. 

Reflecting part of the wall of cabinets and drawers in the vanity room and the open doorway into our bedroom.

The vanity room will be the next remodel project and the blue wallpaper will be coming down.

NOW ... for the friend ...

What is ... "a friend in need is a friend indeed"
This means that a friend who helps you when you really need help is a true friend.

 This post is a little late in coming, but I just wanted to say how great it is to have friends that care.
I had been sick for almost five weeks October/November and just about totally confined to the house. 

Finally; able to leave the house, we took a day trip to spend time with our daughter on her birthday. 
When we got home, we found a sweet care-basket that had been left on our front porch. 
... a nice wicker basket lined with a beautiful yellow napkin;
 a quart of homemade tortilla soup ... grated cheese ... colorful tortilla chips 
and Cinnamon Spice tea.
She recommended that I drink the tea with honey 
for the raw throat. 
Sweet note too. 

I met Cecilia this summer when she came to our annual community garage sale. 
She lives only a few miles from us.

We have a lot in common so becoming friends was easy. 

Cecilia is a very kind lady ... so sweet and caring.                  ... and makes the best tortilla soup filled with veggies and big tender chunks of chicken.                
So special ... it called for my large antique soup cup.
You can see, it is almost as big as the saucer. 

Cecilia blogs @ My Thrift Store Addiction.
Hope you will hop over to see her.  
She will keep you inspired.

Maybe she will even share her tortilla soup recipe with you.

 Her nice wicker basket was just perfect for the Mandarin oranges Mr. Z. brought home on Friday.

The soup was quickly gone ... 
but I will enjoy the basket for a long time. 

Yes ... I got well ...

the soup helped ... 

the tea helped ...

the prayers helped ...

and it helps to have friends who care. 

Thanks Cecilia ...

Linking to: 
Rattlebridge Farm 
Foodie Friday and Everything Else

Rooted in Thyme Sweet and Simple Friday


  1. Your master bath sounds just like ours....I will have to keep this do-over in mind when I repaint the whole area. Well done.

  2. Looking forward to the reveal! Love the belts to hide the brackets. :)
    Aw, I knew from reading Cecilia's blog and reading her comments on mine that she was a sweet lady. What a thoughtful thing to do! You are very blessed to have her as your friend! Glad you are feeling better!
    The other Cecilia

  3. I am sorry you were so sick. I've missed your posts. I'm glad your are feeling better and the soup was such a sweet gift. Can't wait to see all your reveals.

  4. i do read cecilia's post and have seen your comments, decided it was time to sign up for your blog ...that belt trick is awesome can't wait to see the rest xx

  5. Can't wait to see the full reveal of your bath and closet! That soup looks wonderful! Glad you are better!

  6. Cecilia's posts are always filled with delightful things. Love the idea of the belts to hide the ugly brackets of the mirror. I am so glad to see you blogging again. Looking forward to the other reveals.

  7. Audrey!!! Love, love, love the belted brackets--such a very clever idea. What a pleasant surprise to read your sweet post on such a dreary day <3 I am happy you enjoyed the soup and so glad our paths crossed. Excited to see the reveals of all your hard work! Blessings to you dear friend, Cecilia

  8. It sounds like you have a lovely true friend! I think you have much more patience than I do when it comes to remodeling! Nancy

  9. This is proof that a house is never done, and my husband will be remodeling for another 25 years. Unless of course you married a much younger man than I!

  10. The belt brackets are genius! Your bath is so pretty :-).

  11. First off...I love your header, Audrey. I bet you are absolutely delighted and loving your new bathroom and closet area. Can't wait to see the big reveal!
    Mary Alice

  12. I'm looking forward to seeing the full reveal, Audrey! What a sweet and special friend you have - friends like that are priceless!

  13. What an absolute WONDERFUL way to cover up those brackets...GENIUS......It all is looking sooo good.
    Your sweet friend really came thru for you.

  14. As usual, your clever mind delights me, and Cecilia's sweet friendship touched my heart! I hope you're back to 100 percent, and the Mr. is doing well, too. Things are very good here...

  15. Hi Audrey! Happy New year a little late:) Looks like you been up to your same clever self. Going to look great and I look forward to seeing the full reveal.

  16. Hi Audrey! Your bathroom is looking great. I look forward to seeing the finished project. Hiding the brackets with old belts was GENIUS! It looks fantastic. I love Cecilia and her blog. So sweet that you "found" each other and have become good friends--such a blessing.
    Take care,

  17. Audrey, I'm glad you are feeling better...let me say that first. I was sick in December too and was overwhelmed by friends who left things on the porch. Such a sweet thing to do!

  18. Wonderful post, Audrey, your bathroom looks very nice. You have a lovely blog.

  19. Back by to say thanks for coming by....yes, we had sunny weather today and almost all the ice is gone.
    We are always thankful for the moisture....

  20. your mirror "holders" are brilliant~ Hope this comment finds you feeling wonderful today. :)

  21. Hi Audrey, I can't get your e-mail address to work. If you like the dish cloths, would you like me to send you a couple or do you already have some? Nancy

    1. Hi Nancy ... thanks for the heads up about the email. I will try to see if I can find out what is wrong.
      I'm sending this reply to see if I can see what might be wrong with my email.
      So sweet of you to offer to send me some of your knitted dish cloths, thanks, but I have plenty right now.

    2. Audrey, I can reply to your msgs this way. Will check going through the e-mail ads. Nancy

  22. Pretty darn smart there Audrey with the belted cover up, and the remodel must be done or close too it if the reveal is soon.


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