Tag Archives: paint

Small measures

While the work on the kitchen continues, my own DIY projects have chugged along in small increments. At this point, my approach is fairly scattershot and nothing is really complete, although the bedroom is close. Recently, I’ve been working on the “pink room”, a second bedroom on the second floor. When we first moved in, […]

The school desk

I’ve been on a TEAR around the house recently. Everything has been cleaned from top to bottom, and there’s not a single room where furniture hasn’t been added, removed, or otherwise rearranged. I’d felt like I’d hit a post-moving wall at 90% complete, and it’s good to move past that. I have to take more […]

The 90% bedroom

I hope you had a lovely Memorial day! Ours was spent with friends and family, as it should be, with a distinct lack of paint brushes in hand (refreshing), but also a curious absence of barbecue (regrettable). Happily, paint brushes aren’t beckoning yet, as the bedroom is maybe, sort of, close to being done. It’s […]

Everything is everywhere

MOVING, huh? The movers came to my apartment on Saturday morning, and in one hour-and-26-minutes fell swoop, my worldly possessions were relocated 7 blocks southwest. That was the easy part. (Mambo Movers FTW!) Now everything looks like this: Yikes. REALITY, PEOPLE. To be fair, this is the worst of it, mostly contained in the studio. […]

The radiator cover

At the end of March, the far wall of the dining room looked like this: And now, at the end of April, it looks like this: Still needs some curtains, but so far? Everything I was hoping it would be and more. The radiator cover makeover was an unexpected project, but my favorite change in […]

The start of the bedroom makeover

In the midst of the short term planning (Nik’s 30th birthday!) and the long term planning (wedding!), the mid-range seems to have crept up and suddenly seems very very soon. I have movers scheduled to come in 26 days with a 5 day business trip thrown in there for good measure. So in 21 days, […]

Painting windows: the lip balm trick

The trim is finally being painted! While the baseboards were already a bright (albeit scuffed) white, the window sills were a creamy off-white (and don’t let the fancy light before picture deceive you, the sills were covered with suspicious, smudgy paw prints). We’re painting everything Valspar’s Ultra White, and the subtle change is really making […]

What a difference paint makes!

Nik spent a few evenings last week painting the dining room Mark Twain Gray Brick, and it’s just gorgeous. Rich and romantic, the perfect counter balance to our light and airy kitchen. I need to gear up to paint the trim like I promised, so we can get to the fun parts! The table is […]

Stripping wallpaper: what worked and where we should have saved our money

We got the the ball rolling on the dining room project this weekend! I took some before pictures, which are true to the starting state of the room, except for the test-peels of the wallpaper: The white bead board at the bottom is actually wallpaper that Nik put up a couple years ago, which is […]

The kitchen series: let there be light!

This was the day that I walked into the kitchen and actually exclaimed out loud. The days prior had been like a slow game of “what’s different between these two pictures?” with subtle, but HUGELY important changes, like rock-solid and level outlets, wall patches, new pipes for the sink, and a mortared subfloor. When I […]