I’ve taken you into my bedroom, so I might as well take you into the pantry too. You haven’t seen the pantry in awhile. As a reminder, we built a huge kitchen addition and I painstakingly stenciled the pantry walls. The contractors who installed the shelves thought I was completely off my rocker but hey, I just may be a lunatic you’re looking for. Billy Joel, anyone? No? Okay then.
So last weekend our microwave dramatically went up in flames (we obviously have nothing better to blog about here) and we bought a new one. Hurray for the mundane details of having a home. Well, here is a sneak peak into our pantry and our new eco friendly microwave in all her glory! PS. Yes, we keep a stash of chocolate on the top shelf of the pantry. If you know me at all, then this fact does not surprise you.
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Here is what the upstairs bedroom looked like before we moved in and after we installed carpet:
And then we painted the room, filled it with two desks, and started calling it the office.
And then during construction, we added a dormer window and a wall and moved the office.
Well, that room got new carpet and a new paint job. But the paint was a little uneven – probably because we didn’t prime the drywall, we just went straight for the paint and primer in one. Last weekend, I finally got around to putting another coat of pain on all those angled walls, thus completing the March goals.
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Remember when I made goals for 2014? Oh, I’m the only one who takes those seriously? Probably. The goal for February was to install crown molding in the two guest rooms. We bought a nail gun for the project but never actually got around to buying or installing crown molding. Instead, we skipped over to the March goals. Way back during MLK weekend, Brian and I took advantage of an Ikea discount and bought these dressers.
And six weeks later, Ella and Brian got around to building those dressers. Now I just need to find time to build and upholster a headboard. And find time to vacuum.
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What a weekend! I stopped watching the Olympics for long enough to finish this month’s goal a few days *early* which means that I could break the POTW only streak I’m on. Lots of updates are coming from our fun filled weekend! I met my friend’s newborn son, Brian took me out for a date night, and we went rock climbing at my cousin’s birthday party. And we also had a failure on C street. A fire in our four year old (off brand from Target) microwave:
Yeah, there’s a hole in the metal plate. Not to worry, Brian is already researching its replacement while I am planning for that March goal…
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We already broke the <2 inch of snow curse that’s had a hold on the DC metro area since February 2010. Just in time for Valentines Day and a House of Cards marathon, it snowed again. Is there a better excuse to cuddle up on the couch than being “snowed in”? I think not.
Our new-ish neighbors were surprised that it took a solid 24 hours before the plows came to C street. Where are you going? The Olympics are on! Sweet Ella loves the fluffy stuff and having us home. I loved submitting our taxes. Brian loves the plethora of homemade treats in the kitchen. All in all, this was one of my favorite Presidents’ Day weekends ever and we didn’t even buy any furniture! Though we did build some (photos to come).
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I publicly announced my 2014 house-goals and did not state any of my personal New Year’s resolutions. Well, one of my resolutions is to do more volunteer work and I thought it would be fun to bring my sweet pup who has such a gentle disposition. For the past two months, I’ve been training Ella to be a therapy dog. On Saturday night, Ella received her Canine Good Citizen certification! There were times during training when I thought I was wasting my time and I was certain she wouldn’t pass the test – it’s hard to make sure your dog calmly walks by another dog without stopping to smell it – or walks next to me in zig zags without straining her collar when the room is filled with other dogs lunging for her! Ella passed with flying colors and I’m so proud of her. Now everyone on C Street has an advanced degree. Here is a picture of her just before she earned the title: Ella, CGC.
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I know I’ve been going on and on about the basement for months now, but the story has reached its conclusion and the January goal is checked off. We are calling Project Basement Reorg a success! And if this post was sponsored, it would have a shoutout to IKEA because Omar is the basement’s new best friend.
Brian didn’t have a brewing hobby before construction, so that stuff got a new corner in the basement. And we rethought the layout of the work area and took out a bunch of the metal studs throughout the basement. When we bought this neglected home, the basement was finished and covered with mold, which we had professionally remediated. The basement underwent some plastic surgery in the form of a gut-job, but the metal studs got to stay. It’s taken us awhile (until now) to realize that if we ever want to finish the basement again we are definitely going to need to remove all the studs around the perimeter so we can install french drains. What was that noise? Oh, the sound of our bank account draining. The water that’s come into the basement is getting worse with each stud we take out, which probably means that they drilled into the foundation and we are exacerbating the problem. But I hear that admitting you have a problem is the first step.There was a lot of disorganization in the basement left over from when we were living down there during the renovation. You’ve gotten a glimpse of the mayhem during other projects. The work area is much, much improved. Brian replaced the short desk in the work area with one of the storage shelves we had down in the basement. He cut some leftover plywood with a jigsaw to make a top for the shelves. Now it’s much more functional.
Brian tested out our new nail gun and its air compressor, which we bought on sale in mid-January. That thing was so loud Ella jumped out of her fur! Poor girl, she has no idea that in a few short weeks, we will be putting up crown molding.
It’s totally normal to drink tea while
playing with safely handling power tools, right?
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