Getting Rid of a Death Trap

If you read that title and knew that the scary half wall in the laundry room is gone, I love you.

If you don’t remember, it looked like this:

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A. not pretty

B. not useful

C. not safe (a person falling quickly would have just taken the wall down those stairs with them.)

Here’s we got rid of it: (starring my mom and dad)

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1.  Take out all the screws.  For a rickety death trap, it actually had quite a few screws!

Image2. You would think this very important wall would be heavier, seeing as, in theory, it should save lives, but no-my mom moved it out of place and took it to the driveway!

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2.5.  Remember how bad that tan was.

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3. Sweep up the dust (after taking pictures…)

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4.  Find a dad who will make a custom, packed with storage, sturdy bookcase to take the place of the death trap.

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4.5.  Realize that this bookcase makes you want to repaint those stairs and finally tackle the basement.

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6.  Sit and stare for a while

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7.  Quickly realize that people are coming over in a few hours and you still need to cook, shower and set up.  Put stuff on the shelves (knowing you’ll have to take it right off to paint it.)

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So that’s how we turned this drop-your-crap-and-get-to-a-prettier-room room into a nice, more welcoming area.  While I don’t see myself hanging out in the laundry room on the regular, I do see myself eager to show it off.  It’s also not embarrassing to have people hanging out in my kitchen looking into this room anymore.

Next up for the laundry room:

1. making the lights permanently shorter

2. putting in a bench to cover the recycling bins

3. add more art

4. paint those stairs

5. get a washer and dryer

Obviously you can see my priorities!

-A

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Week 18 (mostly)

I’m usually so excited to take my weekly pictures…but not this week.  That’s why you have pictures from Week 18+.  It took me 3 days to get pictures of the whole house so these were taken Tuesday (end of Week 18)-Thursday (beginning of Week 19.)

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This is the laundry room in progress.  The paint is up but at this point I was still getting stuff situated.  I’m happy with the “Henry Corner” over there and he seems to enjoy it too.

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As I’m sure you can see, the laundry room mess moved into the kitchen this week.  The ladder will eventually live in the basement but I need it for so many projects that I’d rather work around it than haul it up and down stairs all the time.

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As you can see Christmas is gone and I’m moving stuff around to fill in the decorative gaps.

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As it turns out my brother DOES read my blog (hi Sam!) and wasn’t very excited about hanging the bead board in the bathroom.  It’s hard to blame him as his job has crazy hours and he’s working on his Master’s Degree so he wanted to hang out and not work.  I decided to take the project into my own hands and hung it up myself.  It’s not good.  I pieced together the boards from the kitchen and they didn’t go together so well.  Now I’m thinking I’ll find another use for the scraps and just buy a new piece for in here.

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I spent a lot of time working on these frames.  I love the gold painted ones but the small burlap ones took me f o r e v e r!  First I spray painted them white but it was too stark.  Then I covered them in scrapbook paper but the 12×12 sheets weren’t big enough.  Then I saw the burlap and hot glued it on to these babies and the rest is history!  Hanging them has been a problem.  It’s either my uneven walls or the fact that I don’t measure anything but either way they won’t hang straight.

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I know I say this every week but this time I REALLY think I have things figured out in here.  This shelf isn’t staying here (I’m going to move it  above the doorway) and I’m going to use a gift card from my wonderful Aunt Louise to buy the big IKEA frames that I love.  My mom won’t love the art I put in them but I’m pretty excited!

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I’m just feeling bothered by my bedroom these days.  I want a cushy, comfy, pretty room and I feel like it’s a jumbled mess right now.  Maybe a trip to a thrift store will inspire me. 🙂

Now that I’m caught up I can’t wait to share some of the other stuff I’ve been working on with you!

-A

Week 17

Just a warning: I didn’t clean/pick up/hide anything before I took these picturesImage

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I’d like to kiss the person who created Killz and my mother, the person who put it on these walls. 😉

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Yes folks, on the side there?  That’s the kitchen table, stained and in it’s correct position!

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The Christmas spirit found me over the weekend and I decided I wanted to make some stockings since I was hosting the family for Christmas this year.  It’s too bad motivation didn’t find me along with the spirit though-if it had these stockings would have been sewn instead of hot glued together…

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That weird square up there is another leaf wreath for my bedroom.  I’m hoping to show you the finished product next week!

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Also I’ve become slightly obsessed with the show America Declassified.  This episode was about airplane hijacker D.B. Cooper.  Apparently I took this picture at just the wrong moment-I didn’t mean for his creepy police sketch eye to be staring at you-sorry!

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Bye bye Christmas tree-see you next year!

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My little brother doesn’t read my blog (I know! Can you believe it??) so he doesn’t know that I’m going to ask him to hang the bead board in this bathroom while he’s here visiting this week.  If you know him, don’t tell him.  I want it to be a surprise. 🙂

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That bed needs more pillows….and I would love a different duvet cover!

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I’m working on some art for in here.  These walls are looking sad!

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And I moved the garlands in my room.  I think I like them much more on this wall.

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But now the wall above the bed is empty again.  sigh.

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I really need to patch and paint those holes.

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I’m hoping Week 18 sees more art up in the bedrooms and that bead board in the bathroom!  And Week 19 should have a finished laundry room!  Can’t wait!

-A

Week 16

…or HOLY MOLY!  It’s been 4 months!

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The laundry room is still the same…but not for long!  Stay tuned-later this week I’ll show you what I have planned!

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I’m in love with my kitchen again!  I didn’t realize how nice it was to have a vent/light over the stove and cabinets next to it to set stuff on until I didn’t have them!  My wonderful parents bought me the cabinets for an early Christmas present and I couldn’t be happier!

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I know the blue picture frames aren’t even.  Truth be told, I don’t own a level.  It’s probably time I get one.

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I finally decided to make this wall in my kitchen my “travel wall.”  I printed out a bunch of pictures from trips I’ve taken and popped them in these frames.  Also these frames are the same black frames that were once in my hallway, then in my bedroom.  I like them the best in here.

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I’m sure you know that chair isn’t staying there.  I just moved it into the smallest space in my house to make room for the work being done in my kitchen.  Makes sense, right?

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I don’t know why I do this.  I know exactly what I want and try to convince myself that I can live with something else.  I hated the smaller frames (so I painted them and moved them to my kitchen.)  I’m going to go with the larger IKEA frames and finally be happy!

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That top doily garland is a little wonky still so I’ll need to get up there and adjust it.  I still love the idea of this but I’m not thrilled with how it has turned out.  Any suggestions?

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Oops, sorry Prudie!  It looks like I interrupted her afternoon yoga.

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After the laundry room I really don’t have any major projects left to do (until it’s warm enough to work outside…)  I’m feeling both sad and proud right now.  I’m thrilled with what a transformation I (we) have made in this house in only four months but I don’t know what I’m going to do with my time (and money) when all the projects are done!

-A

Week 13

I’m happily plugging along and hanging stuff on the walls this week.  I’ve been pretty focused on the living room but I’m hoping to get to the untouched walls of the kitchen and to finally tackle the guest room.  My brother will be here for Christmas…if I get my butt in gear I might have it done by then.

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My muddy yards made that rug really gross in the living room so I took it outside and cleaned it this week.  I hung it across the 1/2 wall to dry and haven’t moved it back into my living room.

I’m getting closer to painting this room but I can’t decide what I want to do.  Right now I’m loving light grey walls  and some orange-y curtains.  I’m not in love yet though so we’ll see where this ends up.

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I’ve added a few more trays above the sink but other than that my poor kitchen has been neglected.  I’m also refinishing my kitchen table so that’s why it’s upside down.

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All four grandparents are on the wall!  I feel like I need one more thing up here but I’m not yet sure what.

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The bathroom hasn’t changed.  I’m hoping I can sweet talk my brother into helping me with the beadboard while he’s home for Christmas.

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Let’s not talk about the guest room, ok?

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After living with it for a few weeks I realized that I hated the collage wall I started in here.  I’m having a hard time decorating with my high ceilings.  I love them but it’s a lot of pressure to fill those walls!  I decided that I would rather do my collage wall in a more orderly way.  The same frames with similar things inside them.  The frames I’m liking right now are from Ikea so I taped off their rough shape and played with it until I landed on this grouping.  The nearest Ikea is 3 hours from my house but these frames ship!  I haven’t pulled the trigger yet because with shipping it’ll be about $100 for this wall.  Other things I thought about were painting inside those squares and then putting a smaller, cheaper frame inside it or re-working the whole thing with $2 8×10″ frames from Wal-Mart.  I think I’ll live with the tape a little longer while I decide.

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Nothing new in the closet…

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My disorganized bedroom collage wall got pared down and moved in here.

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I just love my living room.  I’ve added more decorations in the front living area (just need candles for that candle holder) and more pictures to the picture ledges.  I’m waiting on my last frames to dry and then I’ll finish this puppy off!  My favorite thing up there right now is this letter from my grandfather-my favorite was the corn relish also. 🙂

I’m really hoping that by next week you see improvements in the kitchen and guest room!

-A

Today

this house will be mine!

Of course there was one last problem that didn’t get worked out until 6:00 last night.  My lender sent all my information to the Title Company more than a a week ago but the Closer at the Title Company didn’t finish processing it until last night.  Needless to say I was stressed.

Now I’m just anxious to go sign the paperwork and commit myself for the next 30 years.  Eek!  I can’t believe today is finally here!

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100 year old apple tree (and a chicken coop that’s got to go!)

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In an hour and a half this will all be mine!

-A

Things about this house:

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1. It’s 105 years old.

2. It has big baseboards and 90% of the trim remains unpainted.

3.  It has a 105 year old apple tree in the back yard.

4.  It has a walk-in closet in the Master bedroom. (!)

5.  I’M BUYING IT!

Yes, lucky number 5 (which is just down the street from offer #4.)  It’s also one of the first houses my mom and I looked at more than a year ago.  

My offer has been accepted and I’m waiting on the word to schedule the inspection.  If all goes well I’ll close in mid-August and start restoring it room by room!

-A