Post Haste (A Bunch of How-We-Like-It Updates)

There’s a vicious cycle going on. We blog about something and then we live with it. And while we do, we tackle other stuff and blog about that. Lather, rinse, repeat. So we’re not always good about keeping you posted on those older things that we’ve already talked about since we’re so busy gabbing about new stuff. Which probably explains why we get asked for updates on a handful of things nearly every day. In other words: it’s about darn time we followed up. So here’s a nice juicy post full of a bunch of those updates for everyone.

Cloth diapers: Believe it or not, we’re still using the very same original 12 cloth diapers that we got back in 2010 before Clara was born. We haven’t bought any more, replaced any, or bought liners. And two years later they’re still working really well for us. We do put Clara in a disposable overnight (she finally started wetting through the cloth – something we heard might happen for a while, and finally did), but one a day is only seven a week, so it’s not bad at all. As for their shape, they’re still holding up really well. We do have a busted snap here or there (we’ve lost one snap on two of the twelve diapers, but it doesn’t keep them from staying on since there are multiple snaps on each side to hold them). Their color and fabric is in great condition and they look pretty close to new, actually.

Here’s the inside of them (these pics were taken yesterday):

We’re thrilled that we haven’t had to buy any more diapers for our stash or add extra liners (they’re all-in-ones, read more on them here) and they really do seem to be one size fits all since they’re still working for us even with Clara being about 300% bigger than she was at birth. So that’s the update on the cloth diaper front. Here’s the original post all about cloth diapering (which has tons of info in the post and the comment section) along with a one-year-in update post on the subject.

Karl The Sectional: Love him. Still looks the same and feels just as comfy after over a year of kid/dog abuse. The dark slipcovers (we went with Dark Sivik Gray, which is almost like denim and super durable) hide almost everything. So much that we haven’t had to wash them much, but when we do we use our own washer and dryer at home (ya don’t need an industrial one or anything) and they go back on and look great. I think different Karl fabrics have different rules – the Dark Sivik Gray fabric says “machine wash” but other fabric choices might be “dry clean only.” Our one minor complaint would be that the hold-it-in-place velcro to keep the chaise cushion from slipping out and hanging over the chaise like an overbite doesn’t catch correctly (it doesn’t seem to line up) so that cushion migrates out slowly over time. So every few weeks I notice and shove it back into the sofa. No biggie. Probably could just add a strip of velcro on the back that lines up to solve it once and for all. Here’s the original post about getting Karl.

Ed The Bed: He’s the other man in our life from Ikea (Swedish product names like Karlstad and Edland made for some pretty easy nicknames) and we’ve been very happy with him. Still sturdy and comfortable, so when we collapse into bed at 1am after some DIY extravaganza (gotta get stuff done while the kiddo sleeps) we’re happy to be there. Here’s the original post about getting Ed.


ORB’ed hardware: This is something a bunch of you guys have wanted an update on, so here it is, complete with pics. Stuff still looks mint. Admittedly we don’t use the front door (or the doorknocker) very frequently, but here are some shots that I took yesterday of them:

On the other hand, we open the sunroom slider and the door that leads outside at least ten times a day to let Burger in and out and they’re also still doing great. So we would definitely recommend this method (sanding them with something very high grit is going to be our approach when we tackle the interior knobs someday) and we’ll keep you posted if they suddenly start giving us trouble.


Kitchen lab stools: We have only had these bad boys a few months, but we sit on them numerous times a day and usually eat dinner on them, and for $33 a chair, they couldn’t be better. Would I want to lounge in them for six hours while watching The Titanic on repeat? No. Are they comfy for proofreading book layouts, eating dinner, writing cards, paying bills, laptop usage or any other thirty-minute-to-an-hour-long activity? Absolutely. I would warn you that to get them without the back might seriously compromise the comfort-factor, since the awesome flexing back seems to be one of the things that makes them so comfy. Here’s a link to the original post about finding our kitchen stools.


Chair in Clara’s room: I probably logged five hours a week of nursing Clara for fourteen whole months in this chair, along with John and I sitting down to read Clara the occasional story (which still occurs) – so for our family, this chair has been great. That’s not to say that some of my very best friends don’t swear by a cushy rocking/swivel chair, but perhaps from getting used to nursing everywhere (in a parked car at Target? Check.) it’s actually one of the more cozy places. The rounded shape supported my arms in a nice way (an armless slipper chair might be a nursing challenge if you’re completely zonked and want somewhere to rest your arms) and we always keep an ottoman or pouf nearby for putting the ol’ feet up. Totally worked for me. Here’s a link to the original chair-finding post and the nursery reveal post about our $20 thrift store chair.


White cabinets: Sometimes people ask if white cabinets get dirty or are hard to keep clean, and perhaps we’re just used to them (we had them in our first house’s kitchen for over four years before moving here) but we always think they look clean by nature (after all, they’re bright white). And since cabinet paint is completely scrubbable, they definitely don’t seem high maintenance to us. It’s not like white fabric (which can be stained) since cabinet paint like the alkyd stuff we used is slick, durable, and can be cleaned with a wet rag, sponge, or paper towel (you know, because spaghetti sauce happens).

We probably wipe away some random cabinet splatter once or twice a week for a total of sixty seconds spent cleaning them. As for dusting them, we have yet to do this since painting them in December, and they still don’t have any dust collecting around the inset rectangle part, perhaps because it’s pretty shallow and angled as opposed to shelf-like (it did collect there in our old kitchen with shaker cabinets, so once every month or so I’d run a microfiber cloth over them – no biggie). Here’s a link to the original cabinet-painting post with more info about the process/result in the post and the comment section for ya.

White Corian: We’re much happier with our Corian (in Glacier White) than we feared we might be. We worried it would be a pain to keep clean and although we read that it was nonporous, we worried that something would somehow seep into it and stain. But so far, we have had zero staining issues (even with things like strawberry juice and spaghetti sauce), zero scratches (we hear white Corian is the best about not getting scratched up), and they’re easy to keep clean. We always wiped down our old counters every night before bed anyway, and they were veiny granite so nothing showed – which was a problem! We’d find a glob of peanut butter from three nights ago on the counter that we somehow missed. So gross! It’s nice to see everything and just swipe it all down and wake up to a sparkly white room.

The one thing we’ve heard is that you can crack Corian by setting a searing hot pan down on it, but in our last house even with granite we used trivets, so that’s just part of our routine anyway. But the best thing about them has been the zero seams thing. In our first kitchen crumbs would build up or get caught in the seams, but without them our entire counter with our undermount sink is truly seamless, so it’s so nice to sweep things into the sink without hitting any little divots where those seams are. When we ordered our Corian we didn’t even know it was a seamless material, so that was a total unexpected bonus. Here’s a link to our original post about choosing Corian and a post about getting it installed, both with tons of info in the post and the comment section for ya.

Open shelves: Love is a conservative adjective for how we feel about them. Sometimes I want to kiss them. Open mouthed. They’re definitely not for everyone, but we use the things on them so frequently that they don’t have time to get dusty. And you should see me unload the dishwasher or set the table, it takes two seconds. It’s also a lot easier to do things like pour a bowl of cereal with a toddler on my hip. Seriously, we’re so sold we’re a little sad that we didn’t work open shelves into our first house’s kitchen – we were totally missing out. Here’s a link to a post about choosing open shelves and a post about building them and loading them up


HP Photosmart C4780: Truth be told, I tossed this guy in here because it felt like we were giving too many glowing reviews. So I racked my brain to think of something we don’t like. Hah. And it’s this poor guy. He just can’t be trusted to wirelessly print something (sometimes it inexplicably shoots out one page of something and then takes ten minutes to print the second page or never even prints it at all). It’s just a bit too quirky for our tastes, but we did have an Epson that we loved a few years ago (it didn’t print wirelessly, so we later upgraded to this one). We’ll probably go back to that brand and see how their wireless capabilities are someday when we get mad enough to want to throw this guy out the window (sometimes we’re thisclose).

Nikon D3000: Other than still learning how to use it, which is to be expected (we’re faaaar from pro photographers) we’ve been really happy with our camera. We saved our pennies for a while before taking the plunge into DSLR territory, but with a baby on the way (Clara) we thought it was time to upgrade from our little point and shoot. We’re so glad we did, because we definitely get better pics of our family and better photos for the blog. Our only gripe used to be that they didn’t make a cheap nifty fifty (an inexpensive 50mm lens) for this type of Nikon (it only worked with D90s and others closer to that model) but they came out with this one about a year ago and we got it (we don’t typically use it for any blog pics since it’s not as wide of an angle lens as the stock one that came with the camera, which is better suited for interiors). But it’s great for a moving kid or dog in low light, so we like it for Clara/Burger pics and general family stuff (like her interesting hair fashions). Here’s a post about getting our new camera with lots of info in the post and the comment section for ya.

So there you have it. Hope that was helpful. What do you have in your house that’s been surprisingly awesome? Or surprisingly disappointing? Are there any brands you always love or products you wish were different? It’s so great to hear about stuff that you guys like, and learn from your don’t-get-this warnings.

Psst- In the mistakes-we’ve-made/what we’ve tweaked vein, check out this post, this post, and this post. We definitely make our fair share of mistakes! We just try to keep learning as we go, and allowing our house to evolve over time.

Comments

  1. Candice says

    Great post! I was hoping to see an update on your stackable whirlpool duets…are you still in love? We are in the brainstorming phase of a laundry room reno, and I really want front loaders to make more room for customized shelving. My husband and I are hesitant after hearing so many horror stories of mildew/smells. I’ll have to take some before and after pics if it comes out amazing – I kind of feel like that can only happen if we do the front loaders to open up some space!

    • says

      Oh yes, very happy with them! We had the same type in our first house for years and never had mildew issues. We keep the washer door open for about an hour after we remove a load and it’s all good!

      xo,
      s

  2. says

    I was just wondering this morning if you guys were still using cloth! We are too (at 21 months), but we went with a mix of prefolds and fitteds with thirsties covers. Definitely a bigger stash than you guys (and a bigger investment since we got sizes), it’s impressive to know you got away with a total of 12 this whole time! And I linked a friend to an ORB post of yours and she was SO EXCITED about how her dresser knobs turned out!

  3. says

    another shout out for the wireless Epson over here. every now and then it stomps it’s foot and refuses to print, but VERY rarely (and we are finding lots of wireless problems in our old 1919 Craftsman, so I think it’s just a general wireless issue when it occurs.)

    Do you roll mostly Elementals w/ CBug? We have a handful of those, but mostly use BG 4.0s – I”m finding that my boys have some seriously sensitive skin and I like the stay-dry layer in the 4.0s. We’ve only been CD’ing for about 8 months, so I’m so glad to see how well yours are holding up!

    and, PS, we are building a new house and just picked out some ORB hardware and white cabinets… i’m preeeeettttyyyyy excited about both choices. :)

  4. says

    Isn’t Karl the best??? We bought one when we moved into our apartment and we couldn’t be happier! I’m just curious though, our Karl labels say Dry Clean Only … what prompted you guys to take the plunge and see if it would hold up in the regular washer and dryer? With a young pup, we’ve had to have a couple of ours dry cleaned 2x now and it isn’t cheap! Thanks, Sara

    • says

      I wonder if your fabric has different care labels since it’s a different fabric? Ours say “machine wash” so we do! Haha. Perhaps because it’s more durable jean-like fabric (and maybe yours is more of a woven or can shrink?).

      xo,
      s

  5. says

    Thanks for the updates! I did wonder about a couple of those :) Glad to see you are still cloth diapering – we switched over last year and love it (have had our fair share of issues due to hard hard water). I love any ecouragement to be more green..and these diapers def. fit the bill!

  6. says

    Was the nifty fifty problem related to needing a focus motor in the lens? I have a Nikon D5100 and I’m having a hard time with lens shopping because unless I want to manually focus the lenses need to have the motor built in. Do you have a link for the 50mm you ended up buying? I haven’t done any lens shopping in a while thanks to the sticker shock! haha :)

    • says

      Yes! That was the issue. I think if you search 50mm D5100 on amazon it should come up (if you search 50mm D3000 the one we got should come up, and hopefully your model is on the “works with” list as well!).

      xo,
      s

  7. says

    OH! and I forgot about your Effektiv! I’ve been trying to find a good office storage situation with a built-in file drawer scenario, and I have a crush on the Effektiv all over again (now that I am reminded it exists…) :)

  8. says

    I have an Epson wireless printer and it works great! I definitely reccomend it after using pro series at school to print photos and semi pro series at home!

  9. says

    Ditto about the cloth diapers holding up well over time. Our son is 5 months younger than Clara, and his still look and work good as new. We’re also using disposable overnight, and yes, that is a lot easier on the wallet than 100% disposable. We’ve got another on the way this summer, and he/she will join in the cloth diapering fun as soon as possible, making them even more cost effective since we’ll be getting two kids worth of diapers out of them.

  10. Emily F. says

    Funny about your HP printer…we have one and love it! Maybe it’s a different model, but we haven’t had any wireless printing issues.

    How are your mounted-onto-canvas prints doing? I ask because I did one in our dining room and it’s bubbling up! I think I may have to frame it…ugh.

    • says

      They’re still doing great! So sorry yours is bubbling up! Someone mentioned that some spray adhesive called Super 77 or something is really strong, so maybe that’s a solution for yours?

      xo,
      s

  11. Nikki says

    How are the leyland cypress doing? I thought maybe we’d get a pic with all the outdoor updates :) I hope they are filling in nicely!

    • says

      Oh man, we’ll have to shoot some pics. Hurricane Irene (which took out lots of giant trees that hit houses in our neighborhood) sort of beat them up. I think we lost a few and a few are hanging on.

      xo,
      s

  12. Chris says

    WAAAHOOOOO!!!! How about them Caps!!! I know that this is not the general audience this blog is geared towards but I love YHL and I love the Caps so it just felt right…anyhow…the kitchen floors look great!
    Ciao!

  13. Anita says

    We bought a Brother-MFC-J270w Wireless All-In-One Printer about a year ago and we love it! The best thing was that it was only $50 at best buy. From what I recall from reading reviews on Amazon, Brother is a good brand in general because you can easily refill it with generic ink cartridges. You can scan directly to your ipad or iphone but I’m not sure about printing from it.