T-minus 79 Days

Damn, that doesn’t sound very long, does it?  Luckily I’ve made remarkable progress on the nursery over the past two weeks.  To be specific:  It is REMARKABLE how LITTLE progress I have made, given the time allotted.

Although I was off to a pretty good start when I came home one day to discover that Chris had pulled up the carpet.

pulling up carpet and refinishing floors

And he was all like, “Ok boss, what’s the next step?”  And I was all like, “This.”

patching an old floor grate

“This” used to be the heat register for this room, until we re-routed things in order to remodel the kitchen.  Now the heat register is on the other end of this room, in the wall, where heat registers belong.  And “this” is a boarded-up hole in the floor with an ugly grate over it.  Now would seem like the time to patch up the floor and seal it up for good, right?

And there was Chris, all but volunteering to do it for me.  So maybe I could come home one day and find the floor completely ready for sanding and refinishing, possibly without having to lift a finger.

But I told him, “No, let me do it.  There might be a hardwood-floor-patching tutorial for the blog in there somewhere.  I’ll work on it tomorrow.”

And “tomorrow” came, and I started thinking about how much extra work it would be to patch in the hardwood floor.  First I’d have to patch in the subfloor to get everything to the right level, and given that our house was built before the days of standard-sized dimensional lumber, that seemed like a precise (and therefore insurmountable) task.  So I decided to give myself some time to figure that out, and to start working on it tomorrow.

So “tomorrow” came, and I still hadn’t figured out the subfloor patching dilemma.  And then I thought of another dilemma: once I got the subfloor up to the right level, I’d have to find wood flooring that actually matched the dimensions of the wood floors we have.  Again I ran into the They-Don’t-Make-That-Stuff-Like-They-Used-To problem.  So I would have to either find somewhere else in the house to poach from (there aren’t any) or spend half a lifetime sifting through the “floors and millwork” section at a salvage yard, hoping to find enough bits and pieces of old floor that matched mine.  Or, third option: Buy a bunch of oak and make my own custom planks.

Um, no.

I decided to think about it for a little while longer, and start working on it tomorrow.

And “tomorrow” came, and I still hadn’t figured out the wood floor patching dilemma.  And continuing to think about it seemed like an awful lot of work.  So I decided to give myself tomorrow off from thinking about it and start working on it the day after tomorrow.  Because sometimes if you ignore things long enough, they go away.  Like that time I spent 3 weeks talking about ripping up the carpet in the nursery, and then one day, I came home and it was magically done.

Which is how this post started.  And now that we’ve come full circle, allow me to show you how I fixed the hole in the hardwood floor:

painted floor grate

Now the floor is completely ready for sanding and refinishing, and the only finger I had to lift was the one that pushed the trigger on the spray paint can.

And it only took me a week to do it.  Now all that’s left to do in the nursery is this:

  • Sand and refinish the floors
  • Customize and install new casings and baseboards
  • Reglaze the windows
  • Strip and repaint the doors
  • Make a chandelier
  • Reupholster a chair and ottoman
  • Make curtains
  • Make a dresser/changing table
  • Decorate

The next 79 days should be a breeze.

 

 

The Stump Garden

So there’s this garden in our back yard.  The Stump Garden.  A creative name, with a really long story behind it.  See, there are these two massive stumps in the garden.

building a retaining wall for a backyard garden

The end.  See how I don’t always make things more complicated?

Anyway.  The Stump Garden is currently driving me nuts.  But probably not for the reasons you’d expect.  Continue Reading

Can of Paint!

When we last chatted, I had set a goal for myself: fix the drywall and get the painting done so I would have some visible progress to show you this time.  So I buckled down for a couple of days and got the drywall done, leaving me nearly a week to put on 2 coats of paint.  That’s maybe 5 hours worth of work.  Out of 168 possible hours.

I got it half done.

Super Troopers almost made it

But that’s okay!  Because from where you guys are sitting, on the other side of the screen, one coat of paint looks almost exactly like two, so I can show you the “after” pictures before the project is actually done!

nursery paint before and after

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Can of Worms.

Two weeks ago, after re-drywalling and painting the ceiling,  I had every intention of just opening a can of paint for the walls.  But then I was like, “You know?  I really hate the trim in here.”

ugly baseboard

ugly window casing

But then Logical Me kicked in (you know, her voice sounds a lot like Chris’s, only more mocking) and was all like, “Don’t even.  You don’t have time for this shit.”Continue Reading

How to Install a Light Fixture (The Hard Way)

In an ideal world, installing a chandelier would go something like this: 1) remove the old chandelier, 2) install the new chandelier, 3) sit back and enjoy a beverage beneath the illumination of said chandelier.  But as you all know by now, I don’t live in an ideal world.  My first-world problems include (but are not limited to):

  1. The fact that I don’t have a new chandelier.
  2. The fact that I don’t have an old chandelier, or any evidence that there was ever a place to hang one.

But these are minor details when you consider the fact that the ceiling I wish to adorn is covered in The Texture That Must Not Be Named.

001 nursery before

And it would be a real travesty to put all my creative effort into designing and constructing an incredible one-of-a-kind light fixture, only to have the “after” photos marred by that rutted, uneven, unrefined background.  The mission (which of course I accepted) was to install an electrical box for an incredible one-of-a-kind light fixture in a popcorn-free ceiling.

Sarah’s Big Idea: Doin’ things the hard way, every chance I get.Continue Reading

Office Space

And now, the announcement you’ve all been waiting for: what’s Sarah’s next Big Idea?

You know, I’ve heard that the anticipation is the best part.  Let’s test that theory.  Instead of me just straight-up telling you what my next project is, I’m going to make you guess for a bit.  And before you yell, “IT’S THE OFFICE!!” I should tell you: the title of this post is slightly misleading.  Here’s your first real clue:

001 nursery before

If you still think it’s the office, you’re only partially right.  The room up for discussion is the room I currently call the “office.”  Although “storage room for stuff I’m too lazy to organize” might be a more accurate term.  The point is, we don’t use this room much, and its location and size make it better suited to a different function.  Here’s your next clue:

Did you figure it out yet?  Are you even guessing?  I don’t want you to lose interest, so here’s your final clue:

010 Mojo

Are you picking up what I’m putting down here?  I’m going to turn the office…Continue Reading

Rock and Roll (The Boom Boom Room Reveal!)

Get ready for a post full of the most perfectly Pinterest-y pictures I could manage!  Ladies and Gentlemen…I present to you…the greatest rock and roll-inspired music room in the history of cheap DIY makeovers (if only because the competition is pretty minimal)…THE BOOM BOOM ROOM!!!

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The Hardest Button to Button

You know, I’ve been worried about this blog post for several weeks now.  Because — and here’s the cool part — this project is THE LAST PROJECT in The Boom Boom Room. (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) So I needed the project to turn out well, which on its own was cause for concern, because it’s something I’ve never attempted before and has a reputation for being unfriendly to beginners.  But my real concern was the actual blog post.  Because after nearly 7 months of Boom Boom Room blog posts inspired by rock song titles, I had no. idea. what song I could possibly use for a post about tufting an ottoman.

DIY upholstered ottoman

I was really stretching my imagination to find a rock and roll song that might, just maybe, if I could take some serious liberties with the English language, might actually sound like it had something to do with upholstery.  Let me repeat that: I needed to find a rock song about upholstery.

It would be easier to find Waldo in a candy cane factory.Continue Reading

We Are the Champions

I’ve paid my dues.

Hitting your thumb with a hammer.

Time after time.  I’ve done my sentence…

upholstered piano bench fail

But committed no crime.  And bad mistakes

upholstered piano bench fail

I’ve made a few.  I’ve had my share of sand kicked in my face, but I’ve come through.  And I mean to go on, and on, and on —

WEEEEEEEEEE are the CHAAAAAMPIONS, my friends!

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Back in Black

Have you ever seen a DIY tutorial and thought, “That’s so cool!  And it sounds so easy!  I bet I could do that!”

I fell into that trap this week.

It’s mostly Jenny‘s fault.  She was all like, “I wrapped a table in leather and studded it with brass nails!”  And I was all like, “That’s so cool!  And it sounds so easy!  I bet I could do that!  All I need now is a piece of furniture to wrap in leather and stud with brass nails!”

So when I looked at the pictures from my last post and felt like the piano was punching me in the eyeballs, I knew I had found a piece of furniture worthy of leather and studs.

Music Room Decor

DIY leather-wrapped piano

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