Probably Could Have Planned Better

All day.

Tonight we finished the base coat of the dining room after I spent all day (or what felt like it) at Home Depot. We are doing horizontal stripes of white [Martha Stewart/Glidden’s Picket Fence], and grey [Glidden’s Smooth Stone]. I didn’t know that you could have any color made with any of the paint bases (Joel might have mentioned it in passing), regardless of brand. So like all the colors I picked were Glidden, but they could be made with Behr or even Sherwin Williams paint if I brought in the swatches. Not knowing this, I brought home three gallons of Glidden, which I don’t plan to do again. It took almost two gallons to cover our primed walls. Granted it was white, but still, our room is less than 200 square feet. Yikes. Plus I wanted to use one of those to paint the built ins! I think I will be inclined to pay the extra couple of bucks for a more premium paint when we move on to the next room. Lesson learned.

I’ve had one Pinterest (Follow Me!) quasi-total let down and another that was just alright this week. One pot pasta was bland. Literally zero flavor. And I even used chicken stock instead of vegetable stock. Plus fresh tomatoes and I added fresh mushrooms. I knew I should have been suspicious with that last comment straggling in at the end there. I had to cover it with fresh Parmesan and even that didn’t help too much. The second one, Holy Yum Chicken, was alright. It had flavor at least. Joel liked it more than I did I think. It was basically honey mustard chicken. Which is fine, but someone was all, “I’ve made this three times this week and its amaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazzzzzzzzzzziiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinnnnggggggggggggggggggaaaaahhhhhhhhhh.” Yeah. I wouldn’t go that far. Chicken has a different texture when it’s basically boiled in sauce in the oven. I think I would grill it next time and just try to make the sauce somehow. Or maybe I’ll just cook exclusively from my new cookbook – MASTERING THE ART OF FRENCH COOKING. Boom. Be prepared for some epic fails or epically beautiful food posting.

Tomorrow I’m off to consult about painting our trim and hopefully we can slap up some stripes and take some after pictures! It’s not completely done, but paint is better than nothing. We’re moving right along.

Do you paint or do you hire someone else? What project is on your horizon that you’ve been itching to complete? Any Pinterest fails worth noting?

xoxo

And We’re Priming

WHAT?! THREE POSTS IN THREE DAYS?! Get ahold of yourself people. We’re all going to survive.

Thumbs up!!

Thumbs up!!

Home revamp is in full swing. We stopped by Lowe’s and picked up some supplies to start priming – primer (duh), more tape, trays, rollers, drip cloth, bucket for ladder painting, etc. I was going to do all of this with mom but Joel wanted to at least get the priming under way. There are a lot of colors in this place, and several of them are very deep colors, mostly in shades of mucous (thanks Jen, it’s so true). Since what we want is lighter, we need to prime. We went with the Valspar drastic color change to get the best coverage. We figured that between the rooms we’re doing first, we would need about 869 square feet. Each gallon supposedly covered 400 square feet. We used one gallon in the dining room, and may need more touch ups, so either the walls in that room are rather porous, the color is darker than we thought, or we bought cheap primer. Either way, we don’t have a 400 square foot dining room, I assure you.

One room down, three more to go. In this round at least.

One room down, three more to go. In this round at least.

We didn’t tape the trim because we are going to have to paint it. It’s like, light yellow, it’s not even off white. And that’s definitely not the look we’re going for. I took some before pictures so that we can do a full comparison when it’s all done, which will not be for weeks. Mom is a pro, literally she used to do interiors for cash money, so I look forward to having her guidance whenever she can take time out of her super busy life to help! She still has two young kids to run around after all.

We pretty much had to paint around the cat. Probably will have to do something about that when the actual painting commences. Apparently it made him extremely tired.

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Are you an expert painter? What’s your favorite way to (relatively) cheaply freshen up a room?

xoxo

Today, We Used a Saw

He was not amused by this entire process.

He was not amused by this entire process.

If you’ve met me in person sometime in the past four to five years, odds are I have brought up my bookshelf. My bookshelf was a labor of love, brought to life by Joelllllle. It was a Christmas present a few years ago, and I’ve cherished it ever since. He designed it himself, and built it in his father’s woodshop. We’ve had issues with it fitting into our homes ever since. I have often referred to it as “the most ambitious bookshelf that ever was.” It’s way too tall, way too heavy, and ridiculously beautiful.

The current issue we were facing in the house was that the only room it comfortably fit in, already had two built in bookshelves. It was a bit of shelf overkill. And while I pined for it to live in another room (ANY other room), I would sooner tear out one of the built ins before getting rid of it. We found a temporary solution. It was moved into the entryway of the house, between the front door and the entrance to the dining room. It was directly in front of the front hall closet, but there was more than enough space to move along freely. The only issue with it in that position, was that I had nothing to put in it, since all of our books and movies are in the built ins. I try to not accumulate clutter (Joel will tell you otherwise), and I didn’t want to fill a massive, glorious bookshelf full of crap that I didn’t need or even really want. So then I had the idea to use it as a hutch/bar, even if it was unconventionally outside of the room that it would typically reside in.

Then Joel remembered that he built up the bottom of the bookshelf. VICTORY. At first he was going to pop off the bottom, cut it, and reattach it. But then he remembered he had a circular saw at his mom’s. So we began the long and laborious task of rotating the bookshelf around the different sides so we could tape, measure, and remeasure. We only needed to take off a couple of inches (damn tray ceilings), but the bookshelf is so heavy it felt like this process took hours. We also underestimated the amount of sawdust it would produce because of the fine blade, so that was fun to clean.

On it's side, still cutting.

On it’s side, still cutting.

 

Backside.

Backside. So much dust.

I want to take a second and let you all know how lucky I am that Joelario is so freaking handy. He can literally fix anything. Like, literally. And his dad has a woodshop so he can pretty much build anything, too. I was terrified of the saw. Good thing I didn’t have to use it. I probably would’ve cut an inch at a time and had the worst leveled shelf ever. But it turns out our floors are uneven, so maybe it wouldn’t have mattered that much. Either way, it got done, the shelf o’ love has been moved into the dining room, and now it will be filled with booze and glassware. Hooray!

Ta da!!

Ta da!!

 

View from the hallway, with all of the crap still in there.

View from the hallway, with all of the crap still in there.

So yeah, use some power tools, cut some shit up. It’s messy, but it will make you feel better. I think. I realized today why I’m not a DIY person, mostly because I don’t actually want to do anything. But now it’s done. And we’re also able to use the side scrap pieces to carry around and pick out additional chairs for our dining room table. We are the best. Seriously.

Any projects you’ve been wanting to get done around the house? Do you have an irrational fear of saws based on your 6th grade modern technology class? Just me? Okay.

xoxo

 

Alright Already, Relax

Yo. You guys. I don’t remember how to blog. Seriously. WordPress went ahead and changed their entire layout so that when I made my triumphant return I would be lost and confused. It’s working.

So I’m a homeowner!! Yikes! I get to go to bed every night and wake up every morning in a quiet home on a quiet street and it’s all mine! Also, this coming week will be my last week on night shift – I’m about to be thrust into the chaos that is dayshift, fully equipped with a normal sleep schedule, whatever that is. I kind of sucked at running for a while there. With the move and trying to make our house look like a home, it’s been understandably busy. Not busy enough where I didn’t have time to get out and get moving, I just didn’t make it a priority like it should have been. But I still have 10 weeks until Iron Horse, and I’m back on the wagon, so things are good.

I’ve also sucked at Cannonball Read. I’m officially TWELVE books behind schedule. Ugh. I’ll get there. Hopefully.

What has really become the biggest time suck has been furniture shopping and trying to figure out how to decorate our wonderful money pit. Do we want something clean and sterile looking? Industrial? Hobo chic? Matchy matchy or loosey goosey? The hardest part has been trying to find stuff that fits our needs on a budget. Joss and Main has cute stuff but some of it is very expensive, and 80% of buying a couch is sitting on it, amiright? IKEA was such a letdown. We were interested in some of the bedroom furniture (i.e., dressers, etc.) but the couches and other tables were so low to the ground! Joel said he’s too old to be doing all that bending. I don’t necessarily disagree. So right now until we find what we need, we have two apartments worth of furniture, in all its mismatched glory, displayed for all to see.

What we have been able to move forward with, is paint. Glorious, wondrous, odorous paint. I have always held off painting our rentals because even though it’s cheap, I don’t want to re-paint when we were moving out. Especially the townhouse. We could not have moved out of there faster. It was like pulling teeth to get either of us motivated to get back there and clean up. I didn’t even want to go to the walk through. Let alone going back and putting two coats of primer on that mother. Ugh. I could not think of a worse thing. Literally.

So how have you all been? It’s only been six months since I steadily posted and I want to hear about what you’re up to!!

xoxo