Archive for February, 2011
Note: This is a retroactive post that I cobbled together in December of 2011 so I could make this page full of monthly recaps for the entire year (our first in our new house!). Yup, I’m just a bit type A. So here’s what we tackled throughout the month of February – high school yearbook style.
Coupon-lovingest: This post about how I try to save money by cutting coupons.
Sneakiest: The use-tape-to-catch-drywall-dust trick that we outlined here for ya.
Most Mischievous: Painting an old glass lamp shade turquoise while John was out for a run.
Best Picture Ever Taken: This post about getting a resin ram at TJ Maxx which resulted in a photo of Burger doing yoga behind it.
Most Flabbergasting: Seeing our name as the winners of Apartment Therapy’s Best Home Design Blog of 2011. Color us blushy (and clammy). Amazing.
Favorite $2.80 Project Ever: Gray-washing the living room beams with a light dry-brush method and a $2.80 test can of paint.
Most Fowl: This goose (get it? fowl? goose?) that we found at a thrift store along with a cool quatrefoil tray. Gonna paint him something shiny and bright… someday.
Most Magpie-ish: Contemplating a few shiiiny metallic paint colors for the living room ceiling.
Most Words About Finding A Table Ever Written In The History Of The World: This rundown of our loooong drawn out table hunt, which finally led us to victory. Whew.
Most Alarming: Realizing that my mom and step dad were coming to stay with us at the end of the month and our guest room still looked like this:
Most Delayed Post: This tutorial for upgrading a 40 cent platter from Goodwill with decorative paper that we shared over two months late. Oops.
Best Score: Grabbing these two secondhand chairs for $35 each. Especially since Ballard Designs sells something similar for $249 a pop.
Most Likely To Look Miniscule: The console table from our first house (which had a much smaller entryway). So we relocated it to the hallway and started talking about adding a giant frame wall.
Most Well Rounded: Our deliciously curvy and chunky dining table, which’ll easily seat our giant family.
Least Afraid Of Moth Balls: Me while thrifting, especially when cool things like this $4 mirror are out there waiting to be found. Bring on the spiderwebs.
Most Thrifty: This post all about picking up 23 things for 98 bucks while on a family beach vacay in Rehoboth, DE.
Most Burger-licious: This chihuahua-riddled post, which details all of the places Burger hangs out in our new house (and how he has adjusted to the move).
Most Brown-Nosing: Going for extra credit during a quickie-guest-room-spruce-up by deciding to paint the walls (could have saved it for later, but we’re painting fools like that). Oh but we had to prime it all first:
Most Shocking: Painting our guest room a deep and moody dark teal color. Oh man do we love it. This post also has a video all about cutting in, so anyone who’s interested in seeing how I get clean lines without using painter’s tape, there it is.
Most Likely To Put You To Sleep: Our new guest room mattress, which we researched pretty thoroughly.
Most Appreciated: Enabling guests to actually use the toilet and shower by replacing the shower head and toilet seat (and adding a shower curtain and bath mat) in our guest bathroom.
Most In-Progress: Our guest bedroom after we tossed old bedding, new curtains, an old rug, leftover chairs, and other furnishings into the room (before tweaking things over the next few days before my mom and stepdad’s big arrival).
Most Chipper: Our bold and happy guest bedroom. It’s still far from done (needs art and a few other more permanent furnishings) but it’s ready for its first guests! Oh and we share how we made that luggage-rack-side-table in this post too.
Most Shower-Ready: Our not-perfect-but-ready-for-guests bathroom, complete with our recently purchased shower curtain, bath mat, and a few other small touches to make folks feel welcome.
Most Proud: Sharing a bunch of our favorite Richmond places to eat, shop, thrift, and hang out. We love our beautiful city!
Most Likely To Result In A “One Night Stand” Joke: This post about switching out two old side tables as temporary night stands.
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Okay, make that two night stands. Though technically they’re just the living room side tables…
… that were displaced by the arrival of Karl:
So even though they’re not technically nightstands, we love our Target tables (from the Victoria Hagan collection, purchased a few years back) and those seeded glass lamps (from the now sadly non-existent Nate Berkus collection at Linens N’ Things) too much to let them go unused. So they’ve now found a new home in the master bedroom. At least for now.
Not only do they start to balance the room more, they’re a huge help in the function department. Sherry’s poor short arms couldn’t take storing her cell phone and magazines on the floor much longer. At first we wondered if they were a little too low, but we’ve been reading in bed easily thanks to them, and we can also easily reach anything on the table since they’re within around 5″ of the top of the mattress, so we just roll over and grab.
So although they may not be permanent fixtures in our bedroom decor (Sherry has this crazy hankering for eggplant lamps someday, and I, for one, would appreciate a drawer or something in our future nightstands for some extra concealed storage) they were f-r-e-e and they definitely do the trick for now.
And one cool byproduct of our new additions is the way they change the character of the room at night. Using the soft table lamps (instead of the bright white fan lights overhead) cozies up the room big time. It feels a lot warmer, the paint color takes on a greener feel, and there are a few dramatic shadows thrown on the ceiling, courtesy of Ed the Bed.
And I can’t even begin to express how awesome it feels to be able to turn off the light at night without having to get up and walk over to flip off the light switch on the wall anymore. Now I don’t have to fake-sleep so Sherry’s forced to do it. Sweet.
Next on our bedroom lighting to do list: replacing that not-so-purdy fan. We have our eye on something kinda crazy, but it makes us smile so it’s a strong possibility.