A Strange Self-Imposed Challenge

We have a new friend hanging out in our kitchen. I found this guy at Hobby Lobby during one of their all-the-time 50% off sales for $12. You know me and faux animals. Faux sho they’re mine.

Then he sat in our playroom for a while (a while = 6+ months) and I recently walked in there and had this moment where I said to myself “Self: you have got to stop hoarding things in this room. Use them or lose them.” Which led to an initiative I like to call “Dude, Get On That Already.” The dude being me. Naturally. So I’ll probably revisit this initiative over the next few weeks and months (at least I hope I will) as I systematically pare down the hoarded playroom clutter and decide whether I’m going to keep things and actually use/hang/enjoy them or craigslist/donate/yard sale ’em. A lot of things end up in there for one of two reasons:

  • I’m not quite sure where to hang them (so I stick them there and say “I’ll get to it later” and later turns into never)
  • I plan to somehow alter things by painting or staining them (so I stick them there and say “I’ll get to it later” and later turns into never)

Well not anymore, folks. I dug in and grabbed my horny little friend and marched his antlers all around the house, trying to find a spot to hang him up and actually enjoy him instead of hiding him away in The Room Of Chaos (yes, that’s its formal name these days, so it gets capital letters and everything). Anyway, after walking around for a while I decided it’d be fun in the kitchen next to the fridge, but the original black color (although very cool in its own right) wasn’t working there. So I dragged my buns outside with a piece of cardboard and some leftover white primer + spray paint.

You know my “thin thin thin and even coats” catchphrase when it comes to spray paint, so I snapped these three in-progress spraying shots to show you how each coat is a nice thin mist. You definitely don’t get full coverage with one thin coat of spray paint – which is a good thing. You’re doing it right if it takes about three of them to slowly accumulate. And always keep your hand moving and hold it 8-10″ away. No thank you drippies. Not on my watch.

Speaking of spray painting tips, this guy’s antlers were still looking dark on the underside, which I knew would be seen when we hung him up, so I waited a full day for his front to cure and then flipped him over to give him a nice deep tissue massage with spray paint on the back.

John and I actually considered a few crazier colors (plum, navy, yellow) but thought that the white would look nice on our grellow walls- especially with the gold mirror in the laundry room so close by (it’s on the other side of the doorway, so we didn’t want it to have to fight for attention).  But I have big plans for some of the other things lurking in the playroom. Oh yes, plum, navy, and beyond…

Don’t mind the paint touch ups we have been meaning to do for over a month. I’ll get to it sometime. Unless I’m too busy spray painting various faux animals.

Work it, antlers. Work it.

As for how I hung it on our paneled walls, anchors are a gal’s best friend.

Here’s the box we’ve had… oh… maybe a year?

They seem to last, which is nice because it’s so annoying to run to the store for little hanging stuff. Boo to that. Anyway, for those who might not know how they work, this might sound like “health class” in 5th grade, but the anchor is the white thing and the screw is the silver thing you know what a screw looks like. So you drill a tiny pilot hole into the wall, hammer (or push) the anchor into the hole, and then screw the screw into the anchor.

A into B, baby. Oh but just leave a little bit of the screw sticking out for hanging whatever it is you’re hanging on it (the anchor should be flush with the wall, but the screw might stick out half an inch). Das it.

I gotta tell ya, it took less than an hour of actual time (drying time doesn’t count because you don’t have to stand there and watch it). And that not only includes my little spraying trips in and out for those thin coats but also the whole hanging shebang after he was fully dry. So I have high hopes for my little “Dude, Get On That Already” project. I might just keep this up! And if I ever want to pop it off the wall for a fabulous royal wedding, it makes for a great fascinator.

So are you guys with me on this weird little self-imposed challenge? Any items (or an entire room full of stuff) that you’ve been putting off? Wanna tackle it with me as I go? I’d love to get to at least one thing a week but with kitchen/kid/book stuff I’m not sure if I can stick to that, but it’s definitely the goal! Oh and what should I name this guy? Or is naming white faux animals weird when they don’t have faces? Malcolm? I keep getting Malcolm.

And speaking of projects… surprise!

My apologies for the crazy lighting (oh yeah and the ladders and the dropcloths) but we’re in the midst of getting new lighting! Hah. So there’s just one floor lamp illuminating the back corner of our windowless interior room. Which explains why it looks like a glowing Katy Perry alien is hiding back there or something. But as crazy as it looks… wahoo, it’s progress! More details about the whole process as soon as it’s a wrap (and it’s all cleaned up, photographed, and written out) on Monday!


  1. says

    Our whole apartment is filled with “we’ll get to those later” sort of items (like most frames and our 4’x6′ world map). They’re sitting on shelves/tables right below their intended spots. And when we had friends over for New Year’s… they were all put in a pile on our bedroom floor!

  2. Katie says

    Love how that looks in your kitchen! Animal stuff is so not my personal style, but you guys totally rock it, which is great. Excited to see how the new lighting turns out. (Also, I think “glowing Katie Perry alien” should actually be “Katy”)

  3. says

    Ooh, fun! I’m in a similar situation with my “exercise room,” where we put everything as we moved in. Now, 1.5 years later, I’ve started that same process — and am even putting the finishing touches on my own blog post about the first project right now. (This after I asked a question about your “decor store”/23 things just last week….) Thanks for keeping it timely!

  4. Belinda says

    Love it! Somehow, I’m not sure I could carry out a collection of faux animals in my house, but you carry it off with aplomb. Love the progress on the kitchen. I’m the geek totally following every post, even checking at work. :)

  5. says

    Yay for getting things done!! I bought some IKEA curtains a couple weeks ago when my parents were driving me back to school (we stopped for breakfast on the way haha), and since I’ve been at school I haven’t had the chance to hang them in my room at home. I got home just over an hour ago and the curtains are already up! haha I’m not normally this good at getting things done, but it feels kinda good :) And yay for new lighting too! Can’t wait to see it on Monday!! xo

  6. Isabelle says

    $her-dog ~

    I just have to tell you how much I enjoy your writing and style. Of course, I love the projects you guys do… but your writing makes me laugh out loud on the bus while reading and keeps me coming back to your site day after day. You are too funny.

  7. Kelly says

    Can’t wait to see the new kitchen lighting. Does Burger ever bother your set ups while you’re painting/renovating etc, or he is an dog angel?

    • says

      He’s usually a little skittish around new people and loud noises so he keeps to himself for the most part during this stuff. He barks for five minutes when the electrician shows up though. Always a joy. Thanks for the warning buddy. I noticed them when I opened the door and let them in. Haha.


    • Kate says

      So funny! My parents’ dog is OB.SESSED. with handymen/workers/repairmen. He follows them everywhere, watching their every move in awe. He must think he’s “one of the guys” when he’s hanging out with them. We’ve even talked about getting him his own toolbelt so he can carry their tools/assist them, instead of laying in front of where they are working :)

      Random question, I know you guys removed some fans in the family room back when you moved in – are the electricians removing the boxes you mudded over in there too? Or are they good as is?

    • says

      Oh yes they terminated those when they came out a while back for earlier kitchen stuff (when they added a plug for the moved refrigerator and killed some other kitchen stuff, etc). Thank goodness it’s so easy to access the back of everything from the attic!


  8. Meghan, UK says

    Awesome Beatrice reference. 100 Brit points, right there.

    And woo to the hoo! with the lighting surprise – so exciting!

    • says

      Wahooooo! 100 Brit points? From an actual Brit? I’d like to thank my mom and dad and the academy and Burger and Clara and John and Malcolm… ugh, they’re playing the music already? Ok, I’ll gracefully walk off stage with my Brit points held high.


    • SherriEakin says

      HAHA! It wasn’t just you April…I had a Beavis and Butthead “Huh, huh, huh…you said horny…” moment when I read it. ;)

    • says

      Oh THANK GOODNESS it wasn’t just me! I’m thinking what’s going on with this post, ‘horny friend’, ‘a goes into b’…. is something realllly wrong with me? Anyone else see a Freudian thing going on…

  9. says

    Hahaha…your “horny little friend”, thanks for the good laugh this morning. It looks great! I have a million and one things on my “I’ll get to it…someday” list. We have a spare bedroom that is slowly turning into a huge pile of said “stuff”. Need to get on that!

  10. Aly says

    I know this is probably the most immature comment of the day but I had a total “that’s what she said moment” reading “I dug in and grabbed my horny little friend” and I snorted at work.

    Malcolm looks great and can’t wait to see the lights!!

  11. Stacey Hastings says

    this dude (not really) needs to get on painting our bathroom. i’ve had the ikea curtains i hacked into an extra long shower curtain hanging in the hall closet FOR. EV. ER. at least they are keeping company w/ the new bath rug and hand towels i got from target. oh, and the paint chip has been taped to the wall for almost a year now. so embarrassing!

    of course, once i get on that, it will make it impossible for us to ignore the fact that the shower needs to be completely re-grouted/caulked and that’s a beast of a project!

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