15 4 / 2013

Lots of progress was made in the front yard this weekend. Kevin spent a significant portion of his waking hour wrenching out the dozens of bricks that formerly lined our main island and the planting beds around the house. You can see in the second photo how they were layered diagonally. In certain portions of the yard, many were buried up to the third hole with roots growing through all of them. It was quite the job. (And that doesn’t even count carrying all the bricks to the back. Photo #3 is probably about half of them. The most I could manage was four at once but I swear I saw him carrying stacks of seven. I haven’t followed up yet to see if he can lift his arms today.) I followed behind with the rake and filled up another few lawn bags with leaves and old mulch. Once the daffodils die back (we truly have too many) I can get in there and get the rest of the leaves, and then we can put new mulch down. It really is a never ending project, but it still feel great to even cross one thing off the list.

Permalink 2 notes

28 2 / 2013

Remember when we (fine, Kevin) scraped the popcorn off the ceiling of the master bath, except I never really documented it here? I got home yesterday to the exciting discovery that we decided to scrape the hall bath before painting in there! Maybe I’ll actually do a legit before/after post this time.

17 2 / 2013

Saturday night project: Finally hanging the set of picture frames we bought almost two years ago. We only wanted two at the time, but I thought four would look better hanging on the wall when we eventually got a house. Nearly a year after moving in, they’re finally on the wall. And now we need to get more photos printed asap, because there’s a strange blonde woman and sideways photos of San Francisco on my wall.

Saturday night project: Finally hanging the set of picture frames we bought almost two years ago. We only wanted two at the time, but I thought four would look better hanging on the wall when we eventually got a house. Nearly a year after moving in, they’re finally on the wall. And now we need to get more photos printed asap, because there’s a strange blonde woman and sideways photos of San Francisco on my wall.

Permalink 3 notes

07 12 / 2012

Things to Do at Ye Olde Yellow House

Remember that time I started a house blog then didn’t update it for months? Those were good times. I do have a draft post started with our ceiling scraping adventure. I got halfway through it and realized I’d never taken “after” photos!

We have done a fair amount of decorating — new lamps in the living room, a sofa, a new tv stand, furniture in the bedroom, an actual bed in the guest room, lots of stuff. And once I finish decorating for Christmas this weekend and the place is in order I swear I will take pictures of it all!

But for now, I have a list. John and Sherry at Young House Love periodically post a list of all the projects they want to tackle and it’s a great idea. I’m always saying “I’d really like to…” but never actually wrote it down in one place. So I finally sat down with a new Google doc in front of me (so I can update from home, work, or on my phone — whenever an idea strikes) and wrote it out room by room. It’s long and kind of intimidating, but it’s nice to have it all written down.

Some of it’s repetitive (paint…everything. replace all the light fixtures) but I like it organized by room because it will show when a room is done (for now).

Read More

Permalink 4 notes

16 7 / 2012

Last night was attempt #2 at assembling our bed. Lesson learned: Don’t be frugal cheap and buy Ikea furniture on craigslist unless you’re willing to spend a bunch of extra time assembling it. Really long story short(ish), we first thought we were just missing a couple of screws. We got those from the Ikea store when we were in Charlotte this weekend, but it turned out that the Hemnes bed we bought was an older model, so the instructions on Ikea’s website were essentially for a bed we don’t own.
I called customer service at 9:40 last night, the bed 2/3 assembled in our room, and Manfred in the Baltimore call center was UNBELIEVABLY helpful. Once I described what we were looking at, he immediately knew what I was talking about, pulled up the old instructions pdf and emailed it to me. (They had changed how those metal rails coming out of the center attach.) It was still a bit of work to get it together (we totally understand why they changed the assembly because this thing was a bitch) but a little while later we had a real bed to sleep in!

We need to go in and do a little re-assembly to lower the box springs, but thankfully we won’t have to take apart much to do that. We still need to get the old dresser out of the room (and back to my parents’ house—it’s actually part of my baby furniture set and I’ve been borrowing it for years) and get some stuff up on the walls, but right now I’m just happy that the bed is no long residing in the back corner of our living room!

Last night was attempt #2 at assembling our bed. Lesson learned: Don’t be frugal cheap and buy Ikea furniture on craigslist unless you’re willing to spend a bunch of extra time assembling it. Really long story short(ish), we first thought we were just missing a couple of screws. We got those from the Ikea store when we were in Charlotte this weekend, but it turned out that the Hemnes bed we bought was an older model, so the instructions on Ikea’s website were essentially for a bed we don’t own.

I called customer service at 9:40 last night, the bed 2/3 assembled in our room, and Manfred in the Baltimore call center was UNBELIEVABLY helpful. Once I described what we were looking at, he immediately knew what I was talking about, pulled up the old instructions pdf and emailed it to me. (They had changed how those metal rails coming out of the center attach.) It was still a bit of work to get it together (we totally understand why they changed the assembly because this thing was a bitch) but a little while later we had a real bed to sleep in!

We need to go in and do a little re-assembly to lower the box springs, but thankfully we won’t have to take apart much to do that. We still need to get the old dresser out of the room (and back to my parents’ house—it’s actually part of my baby furniture set and I’ve been borrowing it for years) and get some stuff up on the walls, but right now I’m just happy that the bed is no long residing in the back corner of our living room!

Permalink 7 notes

08 7 / 2012

just kiddiiiiiing

Making decisions with hundreds and hundreds of dollars is stressful. I was worried the cushions of yesterday’s sofa wouldn’t hold up and that it would look like a floppy piece of crap after a few years.  We also swapped out for what I think will be more durable fabric. We did keep the same pillows I fell in love with yesterday.

This will be in our living room in 3-5 weeks. 

Permalink 3 notes

07 7 / 2012

We found a couch! For real this time. We decided to check out another couple places today and at the last store, one we weren’t even going to go to, we found this at Klaussner. They’re running a 4th of July sale right now, so we’re getting this for what I think is a steal.  We also love that our sofa will be manufactured right here in North Carolina and that it only takes four weeks for it to arrive after you order. (Haverty’s had told us it would be 8-10 weeks.) Hooray for actually making decisions! 
Here’s a closeup on the pillows, which I’m in love with.

We found a couch! For real this time. We decided to check out another couple places today and at the last store, one we weren’t even going to go to, we found this at Klaussner. They’re running a 4th of July sale right now, so we’re getting this for what I think is a steal.  We also love that our sofa will be manufactured right here in North Carolina and that it only takes four weeks for it to arrive after you order. (Haverty’s had told us it would be 8-10 weeks.) Hooray for actually making decisions! 

Here’s a closeup on the pillows, which I’m in love with.

Permalink 7 notes

24 6 / 2012

After three slightly panicked messages, I feel the need to clarify that we shut the water off ourselves! And it is now back on. We replaced the fill valve and supply line for the toilet in the master bath and cut the water off to avoid flooding the bathroom.

Everything is back together and in working order now, and I swear I will have a bathroom update post soon because aside from needing to rehang the mirror give every a good scrub down, we are DONE!

Permalink 4 notes

24 6 / 2012

Toilet disassembled. Medicine cabinet off the wall. Various tools, containers of spackel, a mini vacuum, flashlight, drop cloths and garbage bags strewn across the floor of our bathroom and bedroom. Kevin sitting on our (unmade) bed, I think googling how to install the new toilet flusher thing.
Oh and the water is currently cut off to the entire house.
In other words, just your typical Sunday afternoon.

Toilet disassembled. Medicine cabinet off the wall. Various tools, containers of spackel, a mini vacuum, flashlight, drop cloths and garbage bags strewn across the floor of our bathroom and bedroom. Kevin sitting on our (unmade) bed, I think googling how to install the new toilet flusher thing.

Oh and the water is currently cut off to the entire house.

In other words, just your typical Sunday afternoon.

15 6 / 2012

I swear I’m going to write about scraping our popcorn ceiling (we’re almost done! it’s taken 3 weeks to finish a bathroom; this does not bode well for doing the whole house) but first here’s a little story about a tree.

One of the great things about our lot is that we have a lot of trees. One of the annoying things about our lot is that we have a lot of trees. Once spring came and things started blooming, we started noticing which ones weren’t as, um, alive as some of the others and I made a mental list of ones we needed to cut down.

Well, nature took care of one of them for us this week.

We got home from work a few nights ago and this guy was leaning over our driveway.

We were still able to drive under it (it had gotten caught on another branch and was stuck) so we let it go with plans to take care of it the next day.

When I got home from work last night, it has fallen farther, so I just kind of reached up, gave the hanging branch a tug, and well, it came down.

And here’s where I’ll give a bit of relationship advice. Don’t absentmindedly do the “fun” part of a job before your significant other gets home. Kevin was pretty disappointed when I sent him this picture at work and he saw that I’d already pulled the tree down.

So what caused this sucker to come down, anyway? I looked down at the base of the trunk after it fell and saw a whole bunch of bugs crawling around and, when I looked closer, saw a few that looked quite a lot like termites. Gross. Guess nature took over after the tree died. Kevin dragged it into the backyard when he got home (not near the house—we don’t need no stinkin’ termites) and I guess we’ll have to chop it up and put it out for the city to take away. Never a dull moment!

Permalink 2 notes