living room: 2017

we'll just pretend that these things did actually happen in 2017 & not in 2016 since i'm just now blogging about it. we'll just pretend it didn't take me four months to get this part of my house clean & organized so that i could photograph it. we'll just pretend i'm not a lazy piece of shit, for blogging's sake.

i asked for a new rug for christmas because this one that i'd been eyeing awhile went on clearance & you don't pass up a 9x12 rug for $300. considering a beni ourain rug is way out of my price range, nate berkus will just have to do. i've been totally pleased with this rug. it's soft, it's been durable with my crazy dogs & it's just off-white enough to hide dirt between vacuums. shortly after laying it down, i started getting the itch to change everything up. i get it regularly but especially with this room. it's hard to get things right in here & the happiest we've been in the past is having the tv area in the back by the picture window so that's exactly what i did. walking into my house every day & immediately laying eyes on my tv irritated me to no end. so now, i walk into a seemingly empty room with no more & no less than i need. & i can breathe again. & i don't have to look at that dumb tv (that i love) unless i want to. one day we might get a small tulip table for this space but honestly, i'll be surprised if we ever get around to it.

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i took everything out of this room & then i boxed up all of my tchotchkes, art, sentimental items, etc as if we were moving. i needed to start fresh. i removed a handful of my most precious things from the boxes but aside from that, it all got donated. i realized during this that the hardest/weirdest thing to purge is art. it's not that i have a hard time letting go of the actual art, it's that there doesn't seem to be a good way to do it. what would you do with art/prints you no longer wanted?

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we moved our couch to the back to then find out about the best thing west elm has ever done so we lived without a couch for a couple of weeks while waiting for the refund check. we couch shopped & were pretty set on a simple sofa + chaise from a local furniture store until we really thought about it & decided to use that money for more pressing priorities. so we did what we always do, we went shopping at our best friend's house as they've now supplied 70% of the furniture in our house. they just so happened to have bought a new couch & were nice enough to give us their old one. although the color isn't my first choice, the lines are clean & simple + it's the most comfortable couch we've ever owned. i'm hoping we can get a few more years out of it so we can save up for my dream.

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i replaced the curtains with white sheers (SO MUCH BETTER!!! i don't even care that there's a glare on the tv because the light they let in is 100% worth it) & i took down the curtains that hid the cubbies after ryan suggested that they no longer "fit" the room (he was so right). now there are just a few more things that i want in order to "finish off" this room aside from a new couch (is a room really ever finished?). it could use a couple more decorative baskets/bins for the storage under the window & a large round mirror (like so or so) to hang above the couch. i've also considered trying my hand at huge neutral wall hanging/macrame for that area. one day i should probably get around to finishing painting the ceiling too....

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that hanging rattail cactus is my most prized possession right now. i will cry if i kill it with my neutral thumb.

the other part of the room, the entrance to our house, is my favorite part now. why? because it's essentially empty & it makes us feel sooo good. i understand it's not for everyone but for us? it's just right.

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i'm finishing up an easy & soooo satisfying project right now that i'll be back to share so stay tuned!

sources: coffee table / curtains / roller blinds / plant hangers 1 & 2 / rug / side table

closets & trash

i've not been on my house game for a couple of months (obviously) but all of a sudden i hit a huge surge of energy last week & feel like there isn't enough time or money to keep up with my thoughts/plans/actions. maybe it's that spring cleaning bug that people get? it's like "nesting" for normal, non-pregnant people? well. whatever it is; i have it. my mind is racing with house projects & i'm trying to work on keeping myself focused on one thing at a time so that i don't get too overwhelmed. luckily i'm pretty good at finding satisfaction in being able to mark off just one task (big or small). to me, it's easy to find joy in the fact that it's one less thing staring at me, even though if you zoom out & look at the big picture, it's so so tiny & seems like it doesn't matter. i'm trying to get ryan on that train of thought so he doesn't lose his mind helping me in the yard. he has been so much help getting some of my least favorite things done (i.e. anything outside). we spent saturday cleaning our garage which - is a big fucking deal for me to even go out there. i hate that garage. i just imagine it full of poisonous spiders & critters, just waiting to get me right as i walk in. i also imagine it collapsing in on my head & nobody makes it out alive. when it's a mess (like it has been for years now), it heightens my fear. needless to say, i don't store things in there like a normal person. who needs to keep paint in their garage when they have empty kitchen cabinets that work just fine? right? when we bought our house, we spent 75% of our time in our garage. we had all of our friends & family over weekly, battling each other in ping-pong, grilling hot dogs & sitting out by the chiminea. somewhere along the way, we lost our excitement for having people over & our garage slowly turned into a ghost town where we would occasionally throw shit we needed to donate or put out on the curb for big trash day (aka shopping day in our hood). i didn't take a before picture but i wish i would have. kind of. i’d probably be too embarrassed to show what it looked like, how much shit we pulled out of there & how little actually goes back in there but man, it feels so good to have it cleaned out & organized. when ryan got his boat, we had to make room for it & now we have room for the boat & still have room to pull one of the cars in if it storms. plus i know where everything is & i’m not AS terrified to retrieve a rake now. we pulled everything that was too big or too much of a pain to load up & donate (i.e. a washer/dryer, bikes, furniture, etc.) out to the curb & someone took everything within 30 minutes. you're welcome neighbor.

that project then spiraled to trying to get as much as we could out to curb by wednesday so yard work was next in our sights. it's not like we won't have the opportunity again next month but we know ourselves well enough to know that we need to strike while the iron is hot. & right now, it's hot. we've bagged so many goddamn leaves & i'm pretty sure that will never end, but progress is progress & every single bag makes me feel better & better. so for the last two nights we’ve come home from work, grabbed a quick bite & then headed outside to work on the yard until the sun goes down. what feels like a thousand bags later, we only have the front mostly done but damn, it feels good.

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once the sun sets, i've been heading inside to finish up my closet. i'm not going to lie, i've been using our bar as my closet for weeks now. i've had to apologize to 1 too many guests for why all of my clothes are in the kitchen & it had been long enough that i actually got used to getting dressed for work in the living room. it's fine guys. it's the new thing. the reality is that i removed all my clothes, did a lot of prep work on the molding, primed it & then let it sit for a while because i was completely unmotivated.

but then i cleaned up the doorknob & felt an urgency to get the door hung so i could admire them all the time which meant i really just needed to finish the whole closet. my light has been broken for..... years? the lightbulb doesn't stay in place & i get really sick of grabbing a step-ladder every day to screw it back in so i've just gotten used to it being dark. i'm not sure if it's just because i'm not used to having a light on or if it's the once yellow, now white walls but it's so bright. & beautiful. & organized. & very very monochrome. & once again, i hate myself for taking so long on such a simple project.

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i know i never did an "after" of the bedroom. it's because i was waiting on the doors to be done. well, i just now hung those doors & one of them doesn't close so i have some adjusting to do. also, now i think i should finish the windows before i really show you what it looks like because with everything else done, the window frames stick out like a sore thumb. it's never-ending.

please send wine.

bathroom: before & after

let's just jump right into it because i'm excited. the feeling you get once a room is finally finished is indescribable. i am very happy with how it turned out & it will do just fine until we can put some big money into it later on for a full remodel.

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the black door is my favorite, let's just not talk about how it looks from the hallway ( it's very bad right now). one day i'll have a sink with storage so the cart will no longer be necessary. speaking of the cart- i spray painted it & learned that i don't really enjoy spray painting. now that i know, i probably would've opted to just buy a new cart in black for $40. the only thing missing is a hamper. i'm not putting one back in there until i can be 100% happy with my choice so for now, we'll be hamper-less. so that's it! i hope you enjoy it as much as i do (not really)! i think i have to go finish my bedroom now since ryan actually asked me yesterday if i planned on ever having a bedroom door again or not. oops.

sources: shower curtain / bath mat / turkish bath towels 1 & 2 / hand towel / cart / vanity light / trash can / towel hooks / tp holder

 

bathroom: week 4

WHAT. realizing it's been four weeks makes me feel reaaaal dumb. side note. i was going through flickr to download the pictures i needed for this post & the "auto-tag" that flickr put on them was "hallway" & "monochrome". HA.

the important lesson i learned this week is that having a good electric drill makes life a lot easier. iiii have a piece of shit drill that can't even make one hole in my stupid walls without dying 3-4 times. what should've been a simple half hour project quickly became a two and a half hour project. shoot. me. needless to say, a new drill was immediately put at the top of my wishlist.

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i didn't give up & got the job done so that we no longer have to remember to grab our towels from the hallway before we hop in the shower. i had a really hard time picking out towel hooks but i'm glad i landed on these. there are so many options out there that it's a little overwhelming. i also really hate towel rings but i kept second-guessing myself that it would be weird to only have hooks. in the end, i decided that i wanted it to be a very simple & cohesive look so 3 hooks lined up with the medicine cabinet knob is what i went with. and i don't care how "on trend" turkish towels are. they are the best. i don't see myself ever buying another kind of towel. the hand towels are new & they were really cheap so the verdict is still out on those but i love my bath towels from dandelion textiles & cacala.

this weekend i need to man up & finish this shit.

it starts with finishing this door*.

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*the paint under the white on ALL the bathroom woodwork was pink. that beige color was UNDER the pink. who were these aliens that previously lived here??

have a good weekend guys. IT'S FRIDAY.

 

how long can it take to paint a bathroom?

you'd think i had kids getting in my way for how long a project takes me. i honestly can't explain it. i get 16 hours of uninterrupted time each week with ryan's new work schedule & i use that time to work on the house & yet still, the bathroom isn't done. in conclusion, i am slow as fuck. also, why does it take so. many. coats of paint to make a wall white? it can't just be me can it? the good news is that it's almost done. i've hit the point where it's so close that i'm so anxious to finish up all the details. like putting the door back on. although not having a bathroom door is a really great excuse to not have anyone over. unless you have friends that don't mind & in that case, you have bigger problems.

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...to this...

so close! (hi hank!)

two major things happened that have given me all the feels (besides the new toilet).

  1. i FINALLY got the goddamn window open after being painted shut for god knows how long. people that paint windows shut; shame on you! just don't do it. ever. this was the 7th & last window that i've had to fix after being painted shut.

2. NEW LIGHT! we weren't planning on doing this so soon but then i realized that it seemed silly to paint around the 4 light vanity bar, just to have to paint that area later on when we did replace it. i was concerned that it wouldn't give off enough light but it's great & you can't beat getting a nice vanity light for under 100 bones.

* BONUS: i'd also like to introduce you to my new best friend, the mixing mate. i need one for every gallon of paint i ever use from here on out. i highly recommend it for the pour spout alone.

 

things left to-do:

  • roll on one more coat of paint
  • finish scraping the door
  • paint door black & install
  • install new towel hooks
  • install new toilet paper holder
  • buy shelf brackets (aka figure out how to get them)
  • apply polyurethane to wood shelves
  • install shelves above toilet
  • drink a lot of wine & celebrate

hopefully, i'll see you back here soon with a mostly finished bathroom redo.

lovely little shitter

i swear i was about to pick up the putty knife & get to work on the bedroom doors so the room that we spend 90% of our time in could be pretty & mostly finished but then.... our toilet broke. & my gears shifted back to the bathroom. you know what isn't fun? having to manually fill your toilet tank with water because it stopped filling itself & you're not a plumber. it's also not fun to sit on a toilet that feels like it's going to fall through the floor. have i mentioned our toilet is slightly unstable?

once i got over being mad that our toilet broke & i would now have to pay for an unexpected expense, i was probably a little too excited at the thought that "hey, now is the time to make where we shit just a little more pretty & efficient". don't even act like we don't all shit. i appreciate the hell out of a pretty toilet & although it's not the top of the line fanciness that you see all over the nice blogs, it sure as hell beats the beast that was there before.

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to everyone who's ass has touched our toilet seat, you're welcome. you can now do your thing without having to balance the toilet at the same time. okay, so our floor is still un-level but it's still significantly better than it was.

things left on the to-do:

  • new shower curtain
  • install new toilet paper holder (ordered!)
  • install new hand towel hook (ordered!)
  • replace trash can
  • spray paint ikea cart black
  • finish painting
  • install new toilet
  • have a plumber fix our leaky faucet & toilet line
  • paint door black

bedroom doors, you'll just have to wait. the rest of the bathroom needs to rise up to meet the new toilet's standards. after all, what's the point of shitting pretty if the only thing pretty is what you're shitting on?

 

guilty conscience

i told myself when i started working on the house this time around that i would take it one project at a time. i told myself that i would knock out a room before i shifted gears to something else. i told myself that i'd feel better if i did it that way so that i wouldn't have a million half-finished projects everywhere. well. fuck that. the reason i haven't been back to this little space with an update is because i can't get myself to finish the bedroom doors. currently, they're propped up in the living room with only 1/4 sides scraped of paint. i really really want to have it done. i do. but i'm so tired of doing it & want to move on to something else but then my guilt takes over & i think of all of the other millions of tasks on my list & get completely overwhelmed so then i think about binge watching criminal minds while laying in bed & all my desires for productivity go straight out the window. speaking of windows. i also really want need to get our windows in shape before winter, now that it's not so hot outside. the reason why i haven't done it is totally valid in my mind but also embarrassing. i'm terrified of bugs & once you step outside the safety of my home right now, you're guaranteed to be swarmed with all kinds of things, some of which i don't even know what they are & they send me right back inside. we stopped having the house/yard sprayed last year & while it's been nice for our wallet, it's not so nice for me & my hate for creatures. i know, i know. i have to suck it up, be an adult & get the fuck over it. someone come help me? i mean, who doesn't enjoy scraping caulk from old windows? (i actually kind of find it enjoyable.)

the only thing that's been accomplished over the last couple of weeks is that we finally found a new lawn guy yesterday. it is a luxury that means a great deal to us. ryan started work part-time at a second job so that we can meet some financial goals a little faster (like being able to pay for the more expensive needs of this house) & the last thing i want is for him to spend his non-working hours doing yard work that he hates.

in non-house, more relaxing news, this second job also gave us the opportunity to fulfill some of ryan's dreams; a truck & boat. it's something that's been in our "5-year plan" for a long time so it's been really awesome to be able to do it several years earlier than expected. we had our maiden voyage last weekend & although we didn't catch any fish, spending the morning on the water, just the 2 of us, was something that i'll never forget & can't wait to do more of.

until next time, i'll be dreaming of the water & wishing it was the ocean.