This was one of those rare weekends where I was productive while also able to do a lot of leisurely or fun things. More often than not, I spend most of Saturday and Sunday trying to clean and do all the projects and then I feel on top of things but also sad that I missed out on all of the fun I could have had. On the weekends where I spend all day binge-watching some Netflix show or have tons of events to attend, I feel pretty worthless. We always want what we don’t have I suppose. Anyway, this weekend we helped Chris move into Megan’s house, got some stuff done around the house, and I went to see Phantom of the Opera which is only the best musical ever (I’m a little biased.) Just be glad you aren’t here to listen to me humming the score to myself. I can do a mean Christine Daae.
Item Sources: lamp / DIY roman shades / chaise lounge
For those of you that follow me on instagram, you may have seen that I also started reading Girl on a Train. Yah I finished it. Like an hour after I got back from the musical on Saturday night. If you liked Gone Girl, then you would love this. And the characters are British which (to me) just makes it better.
Item Sources: map / girl / abstract art / flower girl / skinny black and white frame / gold frame
I also started messing around with some art to figure out what I am going to do above my vanity. I’m thinking just a small vignette instead a whole full on gallery wall. How was y’alls weekend? Have any of you read Girl on a Train yet?
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For some reason I feel like I get 75% of our home projects done in the coldest months. I guess because it’s too freaking cold to go outside. The weekend after I painted the pantry doors, I painted the dresser that my gem of a sister-in-law offered me which was super lucky because I had been scouring craigslist for weeks to no avail. Thanks Katie!
The project had some hiccups. When I first went to buy the paint that I wanted by Benjamin Moore, I realized that the place that sells their paint was closed. I impatiently decided to go find a replacement at Home Depot and it was not at all what I wanted. So then I had to go back to Ace Hardware the next day to buy the paint that I wanted in the first place (BM Gray Timberwolf.) Then when I painted the polycrylic coat over the top of the paint, it turned yellow. Even though it really isn’t supposed to turn yellow. So I repainted another coat of gray on top and will just keep the paint around in case of chips or scratches. Finally, when Corey was helping me install the bin pulls, one of the heads of the screws broke off while the body of the screw was already inside the drawer. Highly annoying. We just moved the hardware down a little so it is slightly uneven with the other pull but I feel certain you guys can’t notice. Anyway, I love it! And all my clothes are organized in one place! Miracles do happen. I forgot to take a before pictures because I.am.the.worst. Here is kind of what it looked like before but with broken hardware.
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As I mentioned a while ago, I decided to paint our pantry doors. We had been shoving the kitchen chairs against the doors to keep the cat from eating all the food inside and knocking stuff off of the shelves which had left the paint in a bad state. I actually finished painting the door before Christmas, but it took me a while to get the latch situation figured out because Catsley broke into the pantry not 10 minutes after I installed the first latch that I purchased. Little bastard. So I found a sturdier version and finally got it installed last weekend.
Just for fun, let’s look at a before picture from when Corey and I were first touring the house.
Also for fun, here is a video of Catsley breaking into the pantry, even when I had string holding the handles together. That cat has some nerve.
Since the new latch has been installed, Catsley is feeling very sorry for himself that he has finally been defeated and I am feeling very happy for myself that I don’t have to barricade the doors everyday with a bunch of ugly crap all over the floor. I think this is a win for us all.
Paint: Special thanks to Megan for providing the paint for free – it is Benjamin Moore in Onyx.
Knobs: Octagonal Deco Cabinet Knobs
Latch: Brass Swivel Hook
Lantern: Carriage House Chandelier
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