First Night!

It’s official!

Last night after work I braved rush hour traffic to head up to IKEA and buy a new bed. We have a bed at the apartment right now, but since we needed an other one for the guest/sewing/dressing room I figured we’d upgrade and put the old one in the other room. And since no truck til this weekend, flat packed and rolled mattress are so much nicer to my civic.

Here’s the run down of everything I bought last night.

We went up from a full to a queen, which you wouldn’t think would be that much of a difference . My shins will tell you another story though. Brian’s feet didn’t once wack me in the shins, it was amazing.

I puked a little at how much I spent, I know that might not seem like a lot for some people but it really is for me. It was actually closer to 600.00$ because of all the stupid/cute stuff IKEA tricks me into buying. Money well spent? I’ll take some photos of the chaos that is a barely moved into house for you all later., then we can decide.

We thought we managed to get everything we needed from the house before we left but we were missing more than a few things. I brought bowls for cereal, but no spoons. Coffee and milk, but no sugar or cups. You get the drift. I’m pretty bad of spur of the moment packing. Worse yet I forgot a single lamp. The “Loft” has no overhead lighting, neither does the dining room. So there was no way we could build a bed to sleep on. Now this was probably the fifth trip back and forth from the apartment to the house. Not a huge deal, probably like a ten minute drive. But the thing is, Target is only a three minute drive. Damn you convenience! Well to be fair since regular is 4.00 $ a gallon here, I probably saved money.

I bought two green bedside lamps and a cheapo, which I kind of dig, bedspread.

But I still forgot to get all the other stuff. We survived though. The Malm bed was so much easier than putting together the Hoppen. There was a tiny ding in the back of the headboard that I was pissed about. Not enough to pack my car and drive back up to IKEA pissed, but enough to gripe about it. It’s up against a wall anyways now. I can’t wait to paint everything in the “loft” white. The fleshtone beadboard is killing me. I’m also thinking of getting some nice heather gray Flor tiles for around the bed. Something soft to step onto.

All in all the first night in the house was good. We built furniture and watched Waynes World. Shared of cup of bitter coffee from the one cup we have in the house, and went to work. Oh and we let bowie out into the yard to do his business for the first time. Not having to fit a walk in before work is wonderful.

We did have a few guffaws though, like setting off a poorly placed smoke alarm with our shower steam at six thirty this morning. Oh the joys of finding out your homes quirks.


Paint & Craigslist

So the first half of yesterday was mostly spent taping up carpet rolls full of cat pee and dust. Bagging up all the gross carpet pad, and removing the tackboard and staples from the floor.

The other half I spray painted the floor vents.

I used kilz ordorless spraypaint and it worked like a charm. I think you can see the one before in the set, grimey and gross.

Then I met up with the Penny wonder duo to pick up my “new” vintage Lane Dining room table. The people had wanted 300 for the set, but I talked them down to 160$. I think in a past life I must have been a con artist. The pennys stole their parents sweet truck and off we went to the west side to pick it up. No one had remembered to bring a blanket, but as luck would have it nathan had a bunch of clothes going to goodwill in his car. I think were the first people to use pants as furniture pads.

Those chairs are sexy.

I took the liberty of cropping myself out of all the photos. I am a hot mess.

The dining set came with 6 chairs, two captains and four armless. The table, and three leafs. Plus a table pad. It’s my first grown up set. 🙂

Dinner parties will never be a problem again. This bad boy gets huge.

I think I’m required to have all major holiday functions at my house now!

Things I’d like to get done today:

Get the carpet and plywood off of the porch. 

Clean up the rest of the rooms, sweep, mop, walls, and baseboards.


Take down weird bulletin and cabinent

Take stuff from the storage unit to new basement: xmas, bikes, puppy stuff

Have a bloody mary

Have a bloody mary

maybe paint front door if I can decide on a color

pick up more paint to finish front door.

pick up porch and side of yard

Fix side of couch that I broke last night.

Find out when trash day is.  


Goodbye Doom Carpet

To watch on your iphone or non flash device click here.We took out the carpet, and it was the most disgusting thing! The carpet pad literally had turned to dust and stuck to the floor where the cats had peed on. Well at least thats done! Nothing majorly defective under the carpet, minus some creepy tiles in the hallway which I hope aren’t asbestos. There’s also some old air vents that would have belonged to the coal burning furnace. They just go straight into the basement right now though so I’ll have to seal off the backs. Gonna remove the tack board tomorrow. It probably took us four hours just to get all the carpet up!

Meet Bowie!

I feel like I’m twelve, and it’s three days away from Christmas. In my head , If I just sleep through the next three days, it’ll go super quick, right? I’m way excited. My dog doesn’t know it, but he’s excited too!


May I introduce Bowie. He’s basically brian’s and mine’s child. We baby him beyond belief. He eats expensive organic food, which nutritionally might be better than what we eat. He sleeps in the bed with us, and is kind of our everything. When we got him he was about four months old and much smaller. I think he was around 30 lbs. We rescued him from some dog illiterate family who didn’t understand why an Austrailian Shepard had crazy energy. They gave us all of his stuff, and tried to pawn the dog house where they would keep him on us. He had no toys, and his food was “econodog” for adult dogs” and smelled like it had gone bad long ago. We asked the vet if she thought he would get much bigger, and got a pretty firm no. He would “fill out”. Well 30 more pounds later, he’s a pretty big dog, that loves to run and herd.

We had some tough times with him. Our current apartment is around the 500 square foot mark, and for any dog, let alone a high energy shepard, that’s tough. Long walks and playing frisbee in the house have had to suffice.

The new house basically has a park for a backyard, a big private fenced in park.

My dog is going to lose it.

I keep trying to explain to him how awesome it will be, but it’s kind of like talking to marbles sometimes.

Things to get done!

Final Walkthrough – Thursday @ 7:30
Closing – Friday @ 12:00

Things I need to do before Friday

Call the water company and start water in my name
Call the electric company and start electric in my name
Figure out what kind of filter is under the sink and buy replacement filter They left one for us under the sink
Count light bulbs and buy CFL’s to replace Ordered through duke energy

Things I need to do before Monday

Pick up shower and sink filter
Buy dual flush for potty
Buy gloves, utility knife, carpet tack remover, and heavy duty trash bags to remove carpet
Pick up “new” amazing lane acclaim dining set with the help of the equally as amazing Penny wonder duo
Clean like I’ve never clean before
Bring all cleaning supplies over to the house
Pick up some wood floor cleaner, maybe Murphy oil’s Soap?
Buy Baking soda for DoomFridge
Try and get all books, camera’s, and round table over from apartment.

Hopefully I can get this done! The weekend after this  I’ll be on vacation in Tampa, and the new Harry Potter theme park for  six days. I wonder if I’ll worry about the house the whole time?

Paint it black!

So since the floors look to be pretty decent, and as per Brian’s Mom’s suggestion, I”m going to paint at least the dining and living rooms before moving in. So that I don’t muck up the wood floors and have an instant drop cloth. So now I’ve got to think of a color scheme. So far I’m pretty okay sticking with black and white. I know in the mock up I had a bunch of blues everywhere, but I’m gonna keep it simple for now. This is kind of along the lines of where I’m heading.

Proportion? Eff  it. 

So far all the walls are going to be white, except where the TV will be mounted, that wall will be black. Yes I’m going to paint it black, and no, I really don’t care if you like it or not. In theory it sounds a bit crazy, but I promise it will look amazing! Not only will it down play our fourty inch flat screen, but with what I’ve got planned with shelves and lights it will be really really good.

The second black wall being in the kitchen. Included with my house is the biggest fridge I never wanted.

Granted since I don’t actually own a fridge, it’ll be hanging out for awhile. It’s destined for craigslist as soon as I raise the funds for my beloved black SMEG fridge.


But just to improve flow and because I’m crazy, I’m going to chalkboard paint the fridge . The fridge wall will be black. Eyesore averted?

Here’s a list of things I’m looking for in a interior paint.

*Low VOC’s, or volatile organic compounds.

“Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids. VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects. Concentrations of many VOCs are consistently higher indoors (up to ten times higher) than outdoors. VOCs are emitted by a wide array of products numbering in the thousands. Examples include: paints and lacquers, paint strippers, cleaning supplies, pesticides, building materials and furnishings, office equipment such as copiers and printers, correction fluids and carbonless copy paper, graphics and craft materials including glues and adhesives, permanent markers, and photographic solutions.

Organic chemicals are widely used as ingredients in household products. Paints, varnishes, and wax all contain organic solvents, as do many cleaning, disinfecting, cosmetic, degreasing, and hobby products. Fuels are made up of organic chemicals. All of these products can release organic compounds while you are using them, and, to some degree, when they are stored.

EPA’s Office of Research and Development’s “Total Exposure Assessment Methodology (TEAM) Study” (Volumes I through IV, completed in 1985) found levels of about a dozen common organic pollutants to be 2 to 5 times higher inside homes than outside, regardless of whether the homes were located in rural or highly industrial areas. TEAM studies indicated that while people are using products containing organic chemicals, they can expose themselves and others to very high pollutant levels, and elevated concentrations can persist in the air long after the activity is completed.”

-EPA’s website

*Water Based. Because let’s get real for a second shall we? I really don’t want to have to deal with paint thinner to clean out my brushes. It’s pretty icky stuff chemical wise, and I’m lazy. Just let me throw them in hot water and be done with it please.

And that’s about it. See I’m not hard to please. I know that Martha demi-god Stewart’s paint falls into these categories, and honestly I’ll probably just use that. I really liked it when I painted the accent wall in my apartment, good coverage and literally no smell. Whether or not she has a true black paint will be left up to going and actually getting some paint chips. Hopefully it’s meant to be.

And in other news, EIGHT DAYS UNTIL CLOSING!