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Painting and Priming

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We have a giant spare room upstairs that has been designated the workout room as well as Jefe’s “office”. He NEVER spends time up here anymore…AND he has a gym membership. So, we have decided that it would be a good idea if I moved my sewing room up to this space so he can take over my current sewing room downstairs.

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Ugh! Look at those curtains! I hate them!

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I am super stoked. I love this room as it has great light and I am a sucker for sloped walls. It’s been this horrible lavender color since we’ve moved in and I am FINALLY getting around to repainting it (and getting new blinds!)

All of this painting is mainly prep for when we eventually get new carpet up here. However, I took this opportunity to upgrade my seedling closet. Here’s the before:

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I think this room was originally painted a really bright orange (like the carpet you can see peeking out in the hallway), and the closet was a bright green. Barf. It’s a seventies house FO SHO.

I bought a shelving unit and more lights and got everything installed this weekend:

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It was pretty shocking when I first plugged all of those lights in. I think I burned my corneas. We had to finish assembling the shelving unit INSIDE the closet, so this thing is pretty much stuck in there now. I don’t care…I LOVE it.

I’ve got the room halfway painted, and I still have to do the doors. My hand/arm is killing me from all of the painting, but I am so happy with the progress so far.

BACK

Back from Summer Break!!

What? I never told you I was taking a break?

I didn’t really plan it…it just sort of happened. I didn’t feel like blogging, I didn’t think about blogging (that much), stayed off instagram…I guess it was kind of like unplugging. But not really.

It’s been an AWESOME summer. Let’s recap:

Jefe and I went to Wyoming and had the best time ever with my parents, friends and a long lost cousin and her husband.

A Store With All of the Dead Things. I almost bought a beaver pelt, but then came to my senses. Seriously though…it was the best vacation ever.

Hung out with my cat on lazy summer afternoons not blogging.


Started making some of those tree stumps as side tables I’ve seen all over the place. I got most of the bark off, but now it’s moved into Orbital Sander phase. I need an Orbital Sander. Project stalled.

I’m Art-ing up the joint with my hat stands. I’ve been refining my technique and am very pleased with how it’s coming along. Project full steam ahead!

I’m finally ripping up the burnt orange carpet in the upstairs bedroom. Ugh…what a chore. The particle board subfloor will be a million times better. I’m toying around with the idea of stenciling it, but then I found someone who used brown paper and stain on a subfloor! Wow…it looks like leather.

I’ve let my garden go to hell and I don’t have a picture because I am ashamed. Poor Jefe asks me every time we’re out grocery shopping: “So…we don’t have any salad greens in the garden?” Shame straight to my SOUL.

What else…we finally fired up the cob oven and ended up with a dirty, sooty, piece of raw dough and toppings. The oven, clearly, was not hot enough.

So…there’s my “What I Did On My Summer Vacation” report. Lots of focus on house projects, which I am sure will continue. We ripped out a kitchen cabinet and chopped off a chunk of counter this weekend to make room for a new fridge being delivered later in the week. (yay!) As a consequence I am patching holes in the wall and thinking about paint colors.

I am going to try to catch up on all of the blogs I’ve not been reading on vacation so I expect that everyone else has been having as awesome a summer as I have!

Thrift Score

Last year I made some pretty fantastic furniture scores at local thrift markets and I hope continued that trend this year. I’ve been on the hunt for little foot stools and I went into my favorite flea market with the intention of buying one (or two) that I had seen in there about a month ago. As is usually the case with things like this, (and I should totally know better by now) I should have bought them when I first spotted them because they were gone!

However, all is not lost. I picked up this beauty:


It’s a piano stool! I love the little round knobs. It will make the perfect side table for the chair I am still trying to make cushions for. It was a whopping $25 bucks! The paint looks like a darker teal in regular light, sick but when I take it upstairs to the guest bedroom, where it will live for real, the paint looks almost black – which is perfect. I might try to work on the top (seat) a bit to get the stains out, but aside from a good cleaning that’s all I’m going to do to it. I love it!

Wanna go thrifting this weekend? I saw two new stores in Olympia that I haven’t been in yet. We’ll do lunch!

What do I do next?

I’ve got the momentum! Now that the bathroom is (mostly) done it’s time to pick the next project!
Will it be:

Paint the Dining Room Table Project?


I’ve been wanting a pedestal table for a while now to replace the gigantic IKEA table we currently use. The dining room is a tiny space in the center of a major thoroughfare and a circular table will allow for better movement, take up less space, yet still allow us to seat the same number of people. I finally found my table at the local Restore for fifty bucks! Woo! This table has been sitting in our living room for a few months now, and as become a dumping ground for stuff. It’s making me crazy, so I’d like to get it into the dining room where it belongs.

Disruption-o-Meter: 3 out of 5. It’s going to be an involved process painting (and sanding and priming and sanding again) in a cold-ass garage, and the old table will need to be moved into my sewing room (new sewing table, FTW!) which is so messy I currently don’t have room for it. Ugh.

Or, will it be Finish the Chair Project?


I am actually almost done with this one. I found this chair a million years ago on the side of the road FOR FREE and finally got around to painting it this summer. This chair is going to be a cast member in a larger Spare Bedroom Makeover Extravaganza. It was also my first time painting with milk paint. I chose to do a “Chippy” paint finish, which is not really my style, but you don’t have to sand or strip or remove paint or even CLEAN the piece, so hey. I’ve been loving everything coming from the awesome Miss Mustard Seed that I decided to just go for it. I chose a more modern print for the cushions so it doesn’t look too “Shabby Chic”. The juxtaposition of styles makes it “eclectic”, right? RIGHT? So now that it’s painted and chipped and waxed, all I have to do is make the cushions.

Disruption-o-Meter: 2 out of 5. I just need to get some foam cut and sew the cushions. It will involve piping and zippers and MATH, so while it’s not super easy, it’s not anything I can’t handle.

And finally…our last contestant…

The Do Something About This Entryway Already, Dammit! Project

I need a console type thing where I can hang my purse and keys and mail and general stuff that seems to collect on the various surfaces throughout the house (like dining room tables). This distribution of crap is starting to become a big problem. LITTLE PILES EVERYWHERE. We need a PLACE for our THINGS. I am thinking pipe shelving. (Of course.) I’d like to be able to get the paper shredder in this location as well, so that’s an issue I’ll have to solve. I have already painted the picture frames that I am going to use as mirrors and I’ve replace the hideous light that was there before…so…I’ve sorta started on it.

Disruption-o-Meter: 4.5 out of 5. So…pipe shelves. Have you seen how expensive pipe is? Yikes. I really need to figure out exactly what I need out of this space and then figure out how to execute it. Do I get bins? Do I build a cabinet? Shelves? I need a rug! Do I really need an umbrella holder? Sigh.

AND THE WINNER IS:

Chair. Writing this post helped me see what I have to do with each project and considering the fact that the chair is mainly done, I might as well continue with the Finish-What-You-Have-Started-Before-You-Start-Something-Else theme and finish the dang chair. Woo!

Design Camp Aftermath: I WANT Wish List

  1. Black and white stripe blinds? Yes, buy viagra generic please.
  2. Storm paint from Benjamin Moore.
  3. Awesome fabric for recovering chairs and making pillows.
  4. The Big Lebowski Prints from Visual Etiquette.
  5. “Couple” wall clock to add to my collection.
  6. A new cat bed to replace the scrap of old carpet we currently use.
  7. Rensslear wall sconce from Schoolhouse Electric

These are easy cosmetic things I can start with. I also need to get a quote from a local metal fabricator for some metal shelve brackets. I’m scared because I’ve heard they tend to overcharge for things like this. I also need to investigate how to mount my TV in a corner. Baby steps.

DEWIT Design Camp


A few weeks ago I attended the DEWIT Design Camp which was held up at The Pantry at Delancy, viagra canada cialis which is an awesome community kitchen attached to the restaurant Delancy.

I’ve been trying think to about how to articulate the Design Camp Experience in words other than “OH MY GOD IT WAS AWESOME!” It’s hard.

I learned so much about how to approach designing my home. The Camp Director was Anna Beth Chao, generic viagra find and she imparted her wisdom and experience in a magical format that left me feeling really excited about the prospect of finally turning my home into the space I dream it to be. Not to mention sort of floating around in a little cloud of just—awesomeness. But that may have been all of the champagne. I can’t say for certain.

I think most important part of what she imparted was a set of rules she lives by, and the “recipes” she uses in approaching spaces. I think we are spoilt for choice in a lot of aspects of our lives and this in turn paralyzes us from making decisions. Or we make the wrong decisions out of fear. Her mantra is BE BRAVE.

I’ll give you an example: I asked about my particular curtain conundrum – “how long should they be if I have an electric wall heater right under the window”? Aside from it being a seriously stupid energy decision made by whoever designed this house, I was told “You can’t have curtains. You need shades.” You see I totally agree with her in that I think, as she aserts, curtains should fall all the way to the floor.  I could not wrap my head around how I would do this without setting things on fire. I was so locked into the idea that I needed curtains that it didn’t even occur to me that I actually didn’t need curtains. There were other options.  Having that curtain option removed makes things so much easier. Screw you, curtains! I just ordered a bunch of samples of bamboo shades!

I came back from camp wanting to buy the entire Universe of Home Decorating Items but gave myself a spending moratorium. I need to take my time with this. There is also the delicate negotiation of up coming changes with Jefe. I think he is on board – as long as I don’t paint anything white.

Home stuff and other stuff



I couldn’t help myself and I bought another Jim Flora record to add to my collection! I LOVE it! You know what, best cialis sovaldi sale though? Now I have an odd number which means I need to buy another one to restore order to the universe. This might seem a little OCD, tadalafil but since they are being displayed in a grouping I can blame it on aesthetics.
And…since we’re talking about restoring order to things…have I shown you this before? I can’t remember.

Yep. This is my office and it’s a mess.  Not surprising to those of you who are intimately acquainted with my living habits.  Part of the problem (only a small part) is that I’ve been in a holding pattern because I thought that I was going to be swapping my office with another room in the house, but it’s since been decided that it’s probably a good idea if I stayed right where I am.

So, now that I’m not moving anywhere I’ve decided to get off my duff already and whip this mess into shape. I’ve already got a gigantic pile (Books! So.Many.Books) ready to head to Goodwill and then the next order of business will be to paint everything white. I have a long weekend ahead of me with iffy weather, so hopefully I can finally, FINALLY get rid of the salmon/lime green walls. I can’t believe I’ve lived with this wall color for so long.

I am also declaring it my “sewing room” henceforth and have been cultivating a collection of inspiration ideas on Pinterest to get me in the mood.

What else will be going down this weekend? Chive blossom vinegear. Also this Radish Leaf Pesto. What are you doing?

Art for my walls

I never showed you my poster. I’ve had this gigantic IKEA frame lying around for an eternity and couldn’t figure out what to do with it. I finally decided to pull together some of the amazing images from my 35mm pendant lamp so they can be seen in another light, discount viagra sovaldi so to speak. I had it printed and foamcore mounted at Kinkos. I love how it turned out. As you can see I have yet to hang it!

Here are the images I used:

Now I want to go on a trip!

Bedroom Inspiration 2012

1)Insanely expensive Dwell Studio Sheets 2)Tattooed Men by Mimi Kirchner 3)Dying of cute 4)Rugs USA 5)Apartment Therapy 6)Tattooed Man Doll by The Black Apple

I’ve started off the new year with a nasty cold so the only thing it seems like I have been doing is sleeping. In between naps I’ve been trying to keep myself busy with *something* and that something has been deciding what to do about our bedroom. This year I’ve decided that I want to make some major progress on the home front, instead of being lazy about it as per usual so it’s been on my mind a lot lately. We made the decision last year that we would swap bedroom locations from its current location downstairs to the extremely large and spacious suite-like room we have upstairs.

Take a look at this post on Making it Lovely about redecorating a reader’s bedroom as our room upstairs is almost identical in terms of layout…mainly the sloped ceiling wall along one the side of the room. Here’s the finished room. Nice! I showed it to Jefe and he loved all of the black, and blue color on the walls so that’s where I started. I pulled the images from stuff I have pinned on my Pinterest boards. I don’t know what’s up with the tattooed men…something about them tickles my fancy. AND they match the color scheme!

New light for the entry way

I’ve been feeling very “blah” lately. Anyone else feeling “blah”? Is it the weather perhaps? I’ve been doing a lot of sitting-on-the-couch-watching-Bones-on-my-laptop and neglecting a lot of things that I should be getting done. Feels good, generic viagra physician actually. I’m only slightly guilty.

One task I can cross off my to-do list however, cialis canada is buying and installing the new light for the entry way. I got it from Schoolhouse Electric Co. down in Portland and have been fantasizing about this light for a long time, but now that it’s installed my life isn’t magically complete. Funny how that happens! It’s a vast improvement over the 1970’s glory that has been hanging there for the six years we have been living here, and I think I am going to buy every new light fixture for this house from them.

I still have a lot of not fun to look at projects like installing trim and painting doors which I’ll try to tackle this weekend. And like a lot of people this time of year, I keep buying flower bulbs that need to be planted (curse you Costco and your bags of tulips!)

I also have a bucket on my kitchen floor that is housing a second attempt at a sourdough starter using “wild yeast”. It’s basically a mixture of organic grapes, flour and water. The first time I tried this I opened the bucket halfway through fermentation to see if it was working and I didn’t get the lid back on right so I messed up the bucket’s groovy fermenting environment. I ended up with a righteous bucket of mold. Lesson learned! DO NOT OPEN THE BUCKET.

An Orange Weekend

I had a three day weekend and managed to get a lot done. A lot of orange things.

Isn’t this hideous? We’re going to be re-carpeting the upstairs sometime soon (yay!) so I decided that it would be a good time to repaint everything because who cares if I get paint on the carpet? I have decided that this room will be white, viagra usa view sort of like this room, best viagra health but not so frilly. This room has sloped ceilings, and is really cozy so I think it will be really lovely once it’s all done. I managed to clean out the closet and get the first coat of primer on this weekend. Progress!

Another round of the Pumpkin Spice Macarons – with an epic fail. Macaron explosions and lopsided shells. I know what caused this, so it’s all good.

The weather was awesome, so a lot of yard clean up happened. These are crocosmia seeds. Crocosmias are usually planted via bulbs, and I am curious if I can grow them from seed. We’ll see.

I painted some frames that I want to turn into mirrors for the entry way. I was looking for a red that had a tinge of orange, which is a little hard to find in a spray form. This color is called “Pimento” and is a little too orange. I think I’ll try to spray it with a thin coat of red and see what happens.

Overall the weekend was super productive! I wish every weekend was a three day one.

Making it Lovely Social Space Makeover Contest Entry

Prepare your self to be overwhelmed by dark and brown. I am entering Making It Lovely’s Social Makeover Contest because our “social space” needs serious help. It’s a little embarrassing actually… but what the hay. Here it goes! Pretend that you have just walked through the front door, viagra buy order and into the living room:

Brown as far a the eye can see. It was an accident, really. The walls were painted right after we moved in about five years ago, then we bought that sectional for another room and it wouldn’t fit up the stairs (I SWEAR I measured) so we had to use it down here, broken apart no less. Classy! Last year we got the wood floors installed and I haven’t had time to repaint the walls. You’ll see paint swatch patches throughout this tour on various walls as evidence that I was at least thinking about repainting.

And then there is the fireplace. Oi. We also have overflowing bookcases, an IKEA LACK shelf held up by a cat post, and if you look carefully…on the floor in front of the left bookshelf you can see my wood juggling pin collection.

Now you are standing in front of the fireplace in the far corner so you can see into the dining room. You can also see the where the sectional connects to its other part. It’s like the poor thing is cut open with it’s guts exposed. Or it’s private parts. Avert your eyes! The student desk is from Jefe’s childhood and my Jim Flora album cover collection is hanging above it. We also have the clock wall minus one clock (broken) and an awesome mid-century chair I bought at a flea market that needs to be reupholstered. It’s partner is hiding out in my sewing room because it just can’t stand all of the brown going on.

We are now on the right side of the fire place. One of the problems of having such a dark wall color and curtains is that it seems like we are in a cave. I wish I would have lived in the house a little longer to get a sense of the light before I painted, but I was eager to make my mark on my new home. Another issue we have is that there is not a good spot for the TV, other than the corner, which is odd. Note the exposed light fixture connection we have yet to deal with on the wall next to the TV. I do love that you can see the SHAG seriograph hanging in the hallway. I would actually like to move the clocks here…you would be able to see them from more than one spot and there is a lot more room to expand the collection.

Dining room. I do love the view into the garden. Two of my favorite things are in this space: my grandma and mother’s (now mine) Frankoma Political mug collection (collecting must be hereditary) and the 35mm slide light fixture I made. More about that here, here, and here.

View of the dining from from the kitchen. I have another student desk that acts as a plant stand, and you can see some of by Eva Zeisel collection on the bookshelf. Most of it is packed away from when we put in the floors and I haven’t drug it back out. You can also sort of see my army of flute playing pigs salt and pepper shakers. I started out with one set and now I am up to five. Yes…another collection.

You have probably noticed a lot of IKEA on this tour, which I think is typical for a lot of people. These rooms are were we spend most of our time either on our laptops, watching tv, reading, or eating. Sometimes all at once! They are also filled with my favorite things and it would be awesome to be able to showcase them in a better light.

So there you have it! Wish me luck!

The bathroom floor now has grout.

And and Angel’s chorus sings! I will say it again – grouting sucks, viagra canada prostate however, store grouting a floor is a lot easier than grouting a tub surround.  I am so happy this project is done, but there is still so much more to do. I think next on the list will be tiling and grouting the backsplash on the sink and I will be DONE with the grouting!

The grouting is done


An Angel’s chorus sings “Hallelujah!” as the GROUTING! IS! DONE! And, best cialis unhealthy to repeat the wise words of Nothing But Bonfires, decease “Grouting can go to hell.” I read that before I started grouting and, oh Lordy, grouting totally sucks ass. My arm/hand is killing me. I wish I had a better “before” picture so you could get the horror of the moldy grotesque shower doors, but it completely slipped my mind until my Dad started the demolition. I think you can, however, get the overall griminess of the old bathroom. I had forgotten how bad it was until I looked at this picture. Gross. There is so, so, so much more to do, but I am SO freaking glad this part of it is done. Time for a cocktail!

More bedroom inspiration

I love the color scheme in this photo and am thinking of using it as inspiration for my bedroom makeover along with the hotel room at The Nines in Portland. I even have some prints that are sort of similar to the one in the photo. And while I am procrastinating grouting the bathroom tile, viagra usa ailment I have found a few upholstered headboard references that I can comeback to when I am ready:

Hotel Bedroom Inspiration

We are currently on vacation in Oregon celebrating Jefe’s birthday. It’s been awesome so far, viagra sale there even the though the weather has been crap. This is our hotel room in Portland called The Nines. It’s probably the prettiest hotel room I have ever been in (also the smallest.) I walked into the room and was like “Oooo – the headboard!!” I love it! I am going to tackle our bedroom after the bathroom is done and I think I am going to try to recreate this awesomely large white headboard. The teeny-weeny size aside, cialis there are many things l like about this room.

The color scheme is one, and this chair is another. I scavenged a chair off the side of the road a few years ago that I haven’t been able to decide what to do with and I think I might try to emulate the look of this one. It’s a totally different shaped chair, but I think I will paint it white and find a fabric close the one in the hotel room. This room is actually very similar to what I had envisioned in my head for our bedroom and it’s nice to see it “in person” so-to-speak. Even with mood boards, it’s hard to know what a room is going to look like until you have it done.

Sewing, Tiling, Digging, Drawing

Wow, it’s been a while since I posted around this here blog. What have I been up to? Let’s see….

1. Crazy MAJOR progress on the pencil skirt. This is a close up of the fabric and lining around the zipper. Just a few finishing touches and she’ll be done and ready to wear. Just as soon as I get new shoes, generic cialis tadalafil and figure out a top to wear with it. Neglecting your wardrobe for years leads to gaping holes that are expensive to fill.

2. Getting ready to plant some garlic! I am so excited about this. I’ve dug a trench, ampoule but it still needs a little more working and also some compost in order to get ready for glorious cloves. Oh. I need to procure some garlic as well. Minor detail.

3. I have FINISHED [cue Angels chorus] tiling the glass in the tub surround which includes the small fiddly cuts in the corners. I just need to resume with the subway tile up to the ceiling and then – grouting! Huzzah! I am still trying to find cabinet knobs, need to tile the floor, install the new lighting, shelves, buy accessories, new towels…still much to do.

4. I have been trying to get back into the illustration groove and have been experimenting a little with making custom brushes in Photoshop. It’s been a hard battle, as I have not been sure if illustration was something that I want to move forward with, but I can’t seem to get away from it. We’ll see.

Tiling…it’s not that hard

Tile is on the wall! I was so afraid to start this project…the fact that I kept putting it off for, um…MONTHS is evidence enough. I finally got to the point where I couldn’t put if off any longer, staring at the backerboard day after day was making me crazy.

It’s messier than I thought it would be. I didn’t realize that the mastic would get everywhere, This is definitely a goopy finger project. I highly recommend having a bucket with rags and water next to you if you are going to tackle something like this.

Before I began I reread This Young House’s entry on their bathroom project, and it was really helpful. I also had a tiling book on hand to get me started.

There also might have been a panicked call to Dad to reassure me that I was doing everything correctly (which I was). Thanks Dad!

The most time consuming part of this project so far has been measuring and cutting the end pieces. Several times I mis-measured, cut tiles, realized I mis-measured, swore a bit..got glue all over the place…you know, that sort of thing. I kept forgetting to take off the measurement for the grout line. I would measure the space and cut the tile according to that measurement. D’oh!

I won’t be making that mistake again and I think the rest of it will go smoothly. I hope.

Tile decisions

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You know…I just was not happy with either of the two choices of trim tile we were debating for the counter backsplash and the tub. They were stock from Home Depot, best viagra order and while they were nice, discount cialis they weren’t quite right.  So…everything has been on hold while we waited for samples from Anchor Bay Tile. They came really quickly and we have a consensus. We are going to go with the little round penny tiles in a color blend called Izu. I think they will look so good, especially since they will echo the shape of the floor tiles. Yay!

Question: I will need a special saw/bit for cutting glass, yes?

Bathroom update

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New tub! Woo-hoo!! This thing is glorious, cialis generic there let me tell you. Installation went fairly smoothly…there were stumbling blocks that invariably popped up along the way, generic cialis find but Dad was able to hurdle them and we’ve got a good story to tell. I am seriously loving the counter top. What’s left:

  • Tiling the floor
  • Tiling the tub surround
  • Tiling the sink back splash
  • Painting the vanity
  • Installing the light
  • Hanging shelves
  • Finding a new mirror – the frame I had in mind won’t fit now that the sink faucet is installed. D-oh!