Pictures Sooner then Expected

I couldn’t take having the blurriness of the previous post be the only showcase of my awesome handiwork. So here’s two far better pictures… that show the un-styled but still magnificently completed desk:

Don't mind the rug, I'm mulling over rug possibilities and this is what we have hanging around. Do you know how expensive those plastic floor pads are? IT'S INSANE. So maybe this will work better to protect the floor from a rolly chair.

 

I'm thinking I may attach sheets of black poster board to the legs of the desk- it needs some sort of wire-hider.

 

And let me just say that honestly, life is good. Amongst the crazy amount of work we’ve been doing around here, and will continue to do for years to come, at the end of the day I couldn’t be happier…..

I think I'll just squeeze in somewhere between the cat plops, curl up, and get a good night's sleep.

Superhero Power Discovered: FURNITURE ASSEMBLY

I am all that is woman! I have created A DESK! It took 5 hours, and a 35-step booklet, but it exists and it is fantastic! I insisted on putting together the desk myself, I get an awesome amount of satisfaction when I’ve completed things like that successfully and I really wanted to prove to me (and whoever else needed proving) that I could do it.

There were just a handful or so of screws and fasteners...

 

I'd really like to have a word with whoever decided that ALL OF THIS was equivalent to just one step. There were 35 total steps, and every page looked like this. Goodness gracious.

This is what I was hoping was the halfway point, but I was so very wrong. Installing the rollers for the two draws was awful and I had to do it twice to get it right. Without the draws a good 2 hours would have been cut off the time it took.

And here she is completed! Isn't she a beaut? The picture is a bit blurry, but it was almost 11:00 and I was tired and had been cussing for a very long time and just needed to take a shower.

 

Overall, we’re really pleased with the whole desk. We ordered it from Staples with some of the money my grandparents donated as our housewarming present, we picked it up with a truck borrowed from a friend (the box was huge), and then I put it together with just a screwdriver and a hammer.

 

Matt will use it for homework and paper grading, and I’ll use it to store the hundreds of pieces of paper that come with owning a home. The bottom draw holds file folders (extra organization! oh boy!), the top draw is for pens and pencils and envelopes, the two nooks above it hold Matt’s electronic accessories, and then the little perch up top is for the printer.

Tomorrow I plan to buy a chair, and then I’ll post some more pictures of the finished look. Matt has already told me I’m not allowed to “style” his work desk… but I’m going to try and sneak it in anyway.

A place to lay my head

Last night Matt & I got a little restless and assembled the bed, moved around the bureau, and got the tv hooked up. There’s still painter’s tape on the walls, but nothing is flat up against them yet so it’ll still be easy to remove. We were just so anxious to finally not being sleep on a mattress on the floor that wecouldn’t wait, so we worked until almost 11:00 last night to get it done. We went through 4 different room set ups, trying to decide how to keep symmetry and utilize space.

What I have hidden from you in the pictures below is the wall the hosts our closet, because it currently has only one of two doors attached, and the attached door is  mirrored- it’s hideous. It’s beyond hideous. And because it’s missing a door you can see the insane amount of shoes I own and I don’t think I’m ready to share that.

There’s a little space maybe two feet deep where the entrance to the room is, and we decided that from that space straight back would be a little hallway in t the room, and we’d start planning symmetry where the adjoining wall begins. I’m not sure my description is very clear, but trust me that it works and that when I have doors I will show you.

This is the view when you walk in the room… to the left of the bed is the little hallway space I tried to explain, and the lamp lines up with where the wall begins opposite of it. I’m not so sure about that lamp, but I think once we get some art and pictures up on the walls it will balance out and fit in a little better. I had been thinking lately that I hate our comforter set, but it goes really nice with the wall color so I might not hate it so much anymore, we’ll give it a few weeks. Attached to the bed is a nightstand, and the whole thing was purchased at Ikea. This is the sixth time it’s been assembled and it has held up incredibly well, we’re lucky not to have to buy a new bedroom set. Next to that is currently a cat scratcher, but it’s just a place holder until I buy a small vanity chair to put in it’s place.  And then you can see about half of our bureau. Once I decide to either keep the comforter set we have or buy a new one I will sand and repaint the bureau and replace the hinges to update it.

  And here’s the view from that weird little hallway. I have to keep the top of the bureau pretty bare because since it’s placed right under a window the cats spend most of their day lounging around up there, and I don’t want them to knock anything over.  The tv stand lines up perfectly across from the bed, and I’d like to eventually get a matching pair of bookshelves to put on either side of it, but for now we just have one so it’ll have to do.

Once I decide if I hate or love the comforter set I also plan on painting the back wall of the tv stand whatever color I decide to paint the bureau. It was less then $100 at Target and because of that it lacks any style or flare, plus I think if you have just one piece of painted furniture amongst a bunch of wood it stands out, so this would help it look more united.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had planned to hang up curtains today too, but I have absolutely no idea where the brackets have gone. I also learned today while I was trying to decorate that a lot of our frames and art just don’t really go anymore. They can’t be arranged in a symmetrical way with the new shapes of the rooms, and they don’t really fit the space. It’s a real bummer, but not something totally unexpected. I think I’m just going to wait to put up anything at all until I can put up everything for a room at once.

Bedroom Progress

My camera battery has been located! And the bedroom is no longer sparkly! Yesterday I got up two coats of primer, and today the color. Just to be on the safe side, I think we’re going to wait until tomorrow to bring in the furniture- we’re not quite sure how to set it up yet and I don’t want to risk smudging the walls if they’re tacky and we have to move things around a few times.

The room itself is plenty big for all the furniture we have- and by all, I mean 3 pieces. However, 2 of the 4 walls have windows right in front of them and a third wall hosts the double closet. It’s impossible to create a balance between the tv stand, bed, and bureau so

we’re going to need to get creative. I like the bureau under the window, but it I’m not sure what that will mean for the bed and tv stand. Our bed has a nightstand connected to it and I’m pretty sure it’s made to attach to either side, so that should help somehow…

My other thought now that it’s painted is that I’m not so sure our old wall art goes with our new wall color. It’s a cream colored wall with a slight orange tint, and my main piece of art is a 5 canvas painting with brown, gold, and blue tones.  I don’t think it’ll go in this room anymore, but I’m hoping it will work in the office once that’s up and running because I absolutely love it.

Goodbye Sparkles!

In the hub bub of spackling, sanding, taping, draping plastic, and priming the master bedroom I have lost my camera battery charger, so I unfortunately I have no pictures of today’s progress. However, based on these before pictures you can imagine that anything would be an improvement.

Matt’s at work today so I got to work on the bedroom myself, and currently the first coat of primer is drying. It’s really dark and damp today so the one coat may be all I manage to get done today, but it definitely needs a second coat of primer before we can put the color on.

This room was a difficult one to prep. It has two different wall colors and a stripe in the middle, and on either side of the stripe is a strip of thick paint from where it bubbled over whatever painter’s tape the previous owners used. I tried my best to sand the bubble down, and overall it’s definitely an improvement. I think we’ll have to wait until it’s done before we see what’s still showing through. On top of that, the teenage girls that shared this room covered the wall in glitter stickers. There was sticker residue all over the walls that needed to be scraped then washed- I’m sure there’s some I missed because it was just everywhere.

I absolutely can’t wait for this room to be done so we can set up our bedroom furniture and feel like we can really be cozy and every room of the house. Once the bedroom is painted all that’s left in need of paint will be the two other bedrooms (which will have to wait a while) and the landing outside the three bedrooms (which will also wait a while)! I really want to take a break from painting and focus on furniture, with the winter coming I think it’s important we get some rugs and room fillers so we’re not paying to heat an empty house.

Hopefully I’ll find my camera charger soon!!

Making Due

We are clearly not made of money, and I’ve gotten to the point where we need to hold off on the big purchases for a bit. I still have plenty of crafts and painting (we stocked up on paint) to do, but we’re going to have to make due with the furniture we have for a couple more months.

Eventually, we would love to have a little white tea cart in the kitchen to put our coffee maker, tea, tea cups, mugs, etc. We’re big tea drinkers, and we have a LOT of glassware so any way we can move things around and store things in new places is helpful. Unfortunately, for now this shelf from Big Lots will have to do. We got it from Matt’s parents and used it in a nook at our old apartment to store all our cleaners and laundry supplies.  For now, it’s our make-shift tea station. The top shelf has our coffee pot (blocked by a cute little knick knack) and our ceramic cookie jar- which is full of tea bags, and is kept out all year because we love Halloween. The next down shelf holds our japanese tea pot, cup set, and loose tea balls. The middle shelf holds our Ikea mug set, decaf tea, and loose tea leaf containers, and the bottle shelf is just for art’s sake. Inside the handy dandy draw we stowed away our ipod speakers and mixing cups. This freed up a lot of space in our cabinets for spreading out dishes and glassware.

 

Upstairs in the guest room I stationed three mix matched Walmart shelving systems into one big old book shelf. It’s really important to me that things are cozy and lived in, I hate when people just put things on shelves without thinking of the aesthetic of it, so I tried to balancing out stacked books and display books and rows of books. It insane how much time I spend thinking about these things… I call it “shelf styling,” and Matt calls it “insane.” Right now, the crazy painted walls will have to stay. I have enough primer to cover them up, but I’d rather wait and start the walls when I can afford to finish them.

 

Also in the guest room, we made use of our extra bed, my old nightstand (from my parent’s house), an Ikea lamp I used to have in my office, and some picture frames we used to have in our dining room. With the sunny window and white accessories it almost almost makes the crazy walls bearable. But it’ll do for now!

Spraypaint Haze

Today on my way home from work I had decided I was going to take another day off from doing things around the house, because it was oh so relaxing to just lay around yesterday. By the time I got home though, I was already antsy and thinking about what I could get done before Matt got home.

It’s rainy and cold out so (since Matt wasn’t home to tell me not to) I laid so tarps out in the living room, got out my shutters and spray paint, and began a project! I’ve seen a handful of pictures on homeowner blogs and Pinterest of people who painted shutters and hung them up on their walls as mail holders and decorations, and I fell in love with the look. Several weeks ago I went to the Habitat for Humanity Restore and bought 3 wooden shutters for $8 each (which is a bargain). I picked up a can of spraypaint at Walmart for 97 cents figuring I should just buy one to test it out and then go back for more if the project was a success.

 

The shutters are just plain wood, they didn’t need to be sanded. Since I’m spraypainting them black I decided they didn’t need to be primed either, though I’m not sure that was the right decision. They’re each only about two feet long, so they’re smaller then standard window size but perfect for hanging above my living room couch. Luckily they don’t have any knicks or knots in them, and they’re brand new. I opted to spraypaint rather then use regular paint because in the end result I’ll need to tuck photo frames into the slats, and I didn’t want anything to jam up the space between each one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The first coat didn’t come out so hot, partly because I’m pretty sure I didn’t buy the right kind of spraypaint and partly because I’ve never spraypainted anything before. But, it didn’t look terrible, so I set out my other two tarps and set to work on the others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Here are my three shutters each in different stages: lefty there has two coats of spray, middle has none, and right has one. You can see by the second coat things have improved a lot, but still aren’t great. However, by the second coat I also realized I didn’t have nearly enough ventilation going on so I was a little slap happy from the fumes.

 

 

 

 

Currently, my shutters each have two coats of paint and look like they’ll need about two more each before they’re done. I’m still on my one can of spray paint, and I think it might get the whole job done. I may also spray a shiny sealant on them as well, but am waiting until they dry completely to decide. Hopefully tomorrow I’ll have a finished project to share with you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the meantime though, check out these adorable TJ Maxx finds:

These spider candle holders may just be the cutest EVER, and who could resist the candles that came with them?! Not me!

I absolutely adore this owl, hooting it up in my sunroom next to two Halloween mugs I got as part of a housewarming present.


Plans, Plans, Plans

Matt & I just got home from a whirlwind weekend trip to Vegas, and man oh man am I struggling to stay awake today! I had big plans to get some work done around the house today, but instead I think I’m going to sit on the couch and watch some tv. I think it is equally important to enjoy your house as it is to get it settled and organized, so today I’m opting for enjoyment.

However, because I can’t function without lists, here’s my to-do list for the week:

  • begin spray painting living room shutters
  • clean both bathrooms with bleach (they have a stank to them, left behind by the old owners)
  • rake the backyard
  • prepare master bedroom for paint (sandpaper, Spackle, and tape!)
Hopefully tomorrow the weather is nice, because I’d really like to complete my list in order and I’m so anxious to see how my little shutter project will turn out. Fingers crossed for sunshine!

Decorating Dreams

This week we’ve taken time off from painting to get some other things done. Besides getting the sink and toilet up and running we also ::finally:: mowed the lawn and loaded up some lawn bag with leaves, unpacked some more boxes, and washed the floors again.

Next week’s plan though is to get back to painting, particularly to paint the bedroom. We haven’t set up any of our bedroom furniture because we figured we’d just have to  move it when we paint anyway, so my goal is to get it all done and settled by next Sunday.

With the bedroom done, it’ll be time to start thinking about ART. I have a lot of stuff already to hang on walls, but we have a lot more walls now and we really want to add our personality into things. We’re pretty obsessed with anything by James Jean, but his work tends to be on the creepy side so we’ll have to keep it upstairs. Here’s what I love most:

  •  Our bedroom is blues, browns, and golds so this here horse would fit in just perfectly. I’ve already got a 5 canvas painting I bought that will be put up above our bed, so I’m not quite sure where this print would go. I love how loosely and swirly it’s drawn, and how there’s things hidden in the background. It’s quite large though, 17′x22′ so we’ll have to set up the room before we know if we have space for it.

 

 

 

 

  •  This little lady is absolutely precious, and has far less of a creep factor. It’s green background would match the sunroom, but I’m not quite sure she fits in there. I’m not quite sure she fits at all, but I do love her.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  •  This one I love love love. I love that some of the balloons are secrely octopi and molecules, that her fingers are twisted around the ropes, and that it all sort of looks smudged. This is another one I’m not sure belongs anywhere, but she’s got yellow and gray going on so maybe in our entranceway- not quite in the living room but near it? Or maybe in the guest room above the bed? But then I don’t want to creep out our visitors. Hmm…

 

 

 

 

Matt & I are definitely oddballs when it comes to our art. We like things spooky and mysterious, and we like a lot of hidden pictures within the pictures. One of our current favorites is a brown canvas with a gold ink sketch of a bear, and hidden within the bear is a skull, and hidden within the skull are snakes. Nobody ever spends enough time looking at it to notice all those things so we hung it right up in the dining room of our old place. We got it at a horror movie convention last year, met the artist (and he signed it!), then framed it ourselves. Once the rooms are ready and the art is up there will be a post dedicated to it all.