Two Weeks In…

Posted by on Jun 19, 2012 in Hooville

And I’ve already knocked a few things off the list!

installing a vanity*
lots of painting (including a huge design in the unfinished basement)
staining the back deck
and fence (aka Owen’s paradise)
tearing down a makeshift fort in the garage**
refinishing the kitchen counter
more painting
resealing the hardwood floors
mowing the lawn***
and much, much more!

We decided not to redo the floors or counters, so all I have left from the original list is staining the fence! As for the much, much more, there certainly is!

Next up: Mowing the Lawn…

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The Fastest Way to Make a House Your Home

Posted by on Jun 17, 2012 in Hooville

Paint!

I’ve always loved color — that’s probably the designer in me — and during the years I lived in apartments where I wasn’t allowed to paint, I slowly crafted my ideal home. NOW I HAVE IT!! We started with the main rooms (kitchen, living room, bedroom, and two bathrooms) and will tackle the others in the next weeks or months. (Yes, I’m trying to be realistic even though I want it all done NOW.)

The two rooms with the biggest transformation are the main bedroom and kitchen. First the bedroom:

This is the smallest of the three bedrooms, but it faces the backyard and has a teeny little deck out the window (that’ll be another post). The bedroom in my apartment is a lovely shade of blue so I decided to stick with what I love.

I might be the only person who needs a step-stool to reach this ceiling.

Putting on the finishing touches. Look how fast he paints!

And finally….

As of Wednesday this will be my full-time bedroom!

Coming soon… the kitchen!

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Paint By Number

Posted by on Jun 11, 2012 in Hooville

I spent nearly 14 hours painting this past weekend and have lots of before and after pictures to share. BUT, since painting took precedence over my freelance work, right now I only have time to share the colors.


You’ll have to imagine what the rest of me looked like. Let’s just say I didn’t wash my hair for a couple days longer than normal, bringing a whole new meaning to hair pomade.

I also painted the bedroom but that shade of blue seems to have gone rouge.

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One Step Closer to Achieving a Goal

Posted by on Jun 7, 2012 in home life, Hooville

I bought a lawn mower!

This is the Brill 78371 Razorcut 38 15-Inch Reel Push Lawn Mower. My coworker has a similar model (same brand) and has shared all the pros and cons. The biggest pro: it’s quiet and eco-friendly. The biggest con: it doesn’t cut the grass super short and you have grass droppings.

Best of all, it’s entirely human powered so there is no risk of blowing myself up with gasoline or electrocuting myself by running over a cord. (Did you know some electric mowers have cords? That seems like a very moronic idea.) AND I can get a workout while mowing!

Stay tuned for pictures of the actual machine and me using it!

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Facing My Fears

Posted by on Jun 4, 2012 in home life, Hooville

One thing you may not know about me is I am a big fat chicken. I do NOT like being scared. I don’t watch scary movies, hate roller coasters, and have zero desire to visit a haunted house. So it goes without saying that dark, cobwebby basements are not my favorite.

With that in mind, it was not without hesitation that I spent my first weekend of home ownership cleaning my super scary basement. The house is almost 100 years old so you can imagine the cobwebs and other creepy crawlers hiding in the corners. Armed with a four-foot extension wand on my new (WARNING: Workplace plug) Garage Pro, I got up close and personal with every scare foot of concrete and beams in the dark recesses of my house.

While wedged between the furnace and some weird metal posts, it struck me that it’s probably a good thing that I crept into the nether regions of Hooville. Because I get scared so easily, being unfamiliar with what’s making strange noises could be my undoing, but by facing my fears I’ll be able to focus my overly active imagination on more important things––like who’s hiding in the shower.

(Note: I totally did not intend to write “scare” foot. Talk about Freud in action.)

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The Hunt for Hooville

Posted by on May 30, 2012 in Hooville

I have news! I bought a house! (see below)

A house of my very own!

I’ve also revamped my website! Since I have a website for my design business, Ink Slinger Designs, I’m dedicating this site to writing.

Well, not JUST writing. I am scatterbrained, after all.

I’ve decided to document my adventures as a first-time homeowner here, where the entire internet can laugh and point at me. I have big plans:

    installing a vanity*
    lots of painting (including a huge design in the unfinished basement)
    staining the back deck ad fence (aka Owen’s paradise)
    tearing down a makeshift fort in the garage**
    refinishing the kitchen counter
    more painting
    resealing the hardwood floors
    mowing the lawn***
    and much, much more!

Why keep this bounty of material to myself?

*I will not actually be performing this task, but I will take pictures of my hot carpenter
** believe me when I say I much prefer to keep this, but my inspector assured me it’s a hazard and might collapse
***I’m very excited to do this for the FIRST TIME!

Buckle up and prepare to be amused!

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