This Cat

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She loves the windowsill in the kitchen but I’ve found her hanging out

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on my little rocking chair in the living room

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on the counter (I know, I know, I shooed her off after I took this picture!) hiding behind the groceries

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and of course, in every single box in my house.

-A

Bathroom Picture Ledge

Yesterday I finished painting my bathroom and started a small project that capped off the bead board I put up almost a year ago.  You may remember that I really wanted to put a ledge across the top of the bead board but it was too wide and wouldn’t allow the door to open.  Whoops!

The bead board has been finished enough for the last year but yesterday (after tripping over my compressor for the millionth time) I realized that adding some trim would be the perfect first project for my nail gun.

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I went to the lumber yard in town and picked up a piece of trim that was at least 2″ wide (this is 2 1/4″) and not too thick (you know, so the door would open.)  I found the perfect piece for $5.  $5!

First, I’d like to note that I cut that piece of trim down…to the perfect length.  I’m getting better!

After FIVE phone calls to my dad I finally figured out how to use my nail gun and hang this sucker up!

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It was easy peasy and SO.MUCH.FUN!

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If you look at that picture closely, you can see that I got a little overzealous with the nails.  I just couldn’t stop.  So I had to fill a lot of holes.

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I painted it in semi-gloss white because I learned my lesson.

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And I gave the bead board, door and trim a new coat of paint too.

I know it’s hard to tell but this creates a little ledge to set things on.

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I can’t put anything too wide up there but I’m happy that I can move stuff around without putting a million holes in the wall.

Over the weekend I picked up three picture frames ($12.99 each, down from $45.99, score!) from Michael’s and thought I’d hang all three up on this wall.  It turned out that three were a little too crowded so I just used two.

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I used pictures I’ve taken on vacations and blew them up at Wal-Mart to 11×14 for less than $6 each.  bp5

 

That one is of the Kilauea Lighthouse in Kauai

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And that one’s from somewhere along the Oregon Coast.

I wanted pictures that A) I took and B) were of the ocean but not overly beachy.

I have yet another project to do in here and I’m waiting for my new shower curtain to come in and then I’ll be done with Phase I of my bathroom redo.

-A

Phone Calls to Dad, Episode 1

(this post could also have been called “An Embarrassing Post of How Little I Know”)

Call #1

Me: “Dad, I’m going to break in my compressor tonight.”

Dad: “Make sure you follow the instructions.”

Call #2 (30 minutes later)

Me: “The compressor is broken in and I got the air hose attached to it but I can’t figure out how to attach it to the nail gu-never mind, I just got it!”

Dad: “Call me if you have any other problems.”

Call #3 (probably less than 30 minutes later)

Me: “It’s not working!”

Dad: “Is the tank full?”

Me: “No.”

Dad: “Fill the tank and it should work.”

Call #4

Me: “The tank is full but nothing is happening!  I can’t get the output pressure to go above 0!”

Dad: “There should be a knob you turn to increase the pressure.”

Me: “I see that and I’ve tried turning it but it doesn’t turn very easily.”

Dad: “Force it.”

Me: “But there are warnings on every page of these manuals that the whole thing could explode!”

Dad: “It’s not going to blow up, just turn it.”

Me: “Okay.  Okay, it worked.”

Dad: “Call me back and let me know what happens.”

Call #5

Me: “It worked!”

Dad: “Good!”  (I think part of this was pride that I {kind of, a little} got this done by myself and part relief that he could watch TV without being interrupted every 30 minutes.)

-A

I still plan to post about this project tonight but it may be late.  Unless everything goes as planned, which has never happened in this house.

The Bathroom is Painted!

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Man it feels good to check another thing off the list!

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This took me no time at all!  In fact, I had time to start another quick little project!

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After several technical difficulties-first with my Nook, completely unrelated,  and then with my compressor, I didn’t get far enough to share it with you tonight but don’t worry, I’ll have it ready to show you tomorrow night!

-A

A Day Delay

After spending 24 hours down with what I can only assume was food poisoning, I’m anxious to finally finish painting that dang bathroom!

I felt better tonight but didn’t think it was smart to climb a ladder so soon after puking up everything I ate.  Sorry, I know that’s gross.

On the bright side though, I did do a few things for the bathroom today.

First I ordered a new shower curtain.  This one and man I can’t wait to get it!  I thought the brighter bathroom could use a little something dark and, well, I just love it.

Second I did this

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That’s a door knocker turned towel hanger.  I bought that from Pottery Barn (on super clearance for under $20!) before I even bought my house.  The front screws off so you can put stuff in there and I had envisioned leaving cute messages welcoming my friends to Bunko, Pinterest Parties, game nights, etc but it’s been sitting in the entry closet since I moved in because it was a pain to hang on the front door.  I’m not really sure how it occurred to me to put it in here but I’m really happy with it!

Tomorrow I’m getting on that ladder and finally finishing this room!  How can something so small take so much time to get done?!

On a not-at-all-bathroom-related note, this will be here tomorrow!

Now I’m off to down some Gatorade and head to bed so I can get back to work tomorrow!

-A

 

Kitchen Shelves

That’s right everyone-I finished something!

But before I show you how awesome they look, let me show you some changes I made to my to do list chalkboard:

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I wasn’t happy with how chalk wrote on this board so I bought these.  Rather than breaking it down by season, I just made a big huge list of things I want to get done.  Some probably won’t happen this year but I thought I’d be ambitious!

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Oh, and I added things that were in progress, knowing they’d get checked off quickly.  There’s nothing quite as motivating as feeling like you’re getting stuff done!

So, since that’s checked, check out the process I took to get these shelves up.

I got the brackets up earlier in the week (they’re these)

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and then I got a 1x12x8 board from Lowe’s and cut it into thirds.

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Then each board got f o u r  coats of white, semi-gloss paint.

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and then I put all my crap on them.

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Cake plates on the top shelf, canisters on the second (I’m planning on switching to all glass) and wine and mixers on the last one.  After looking at these pictures I realized I didn’t put my cookbooks up there so now I need to go round those up.  These three shelves cleared off the top of my buffet and a whole section of my counter top.  And they look pretty.

I’m sure I’ll add more to these shelves, you know, as I get more wine decorations.

I have two more days off before I have to go back to work so I’m planning on making a big push to finish painting in the bathroom before Monday.  Maybe by then I’ll be in love with the color.

-A