To the tune of Usher’s “Confessions”… I have a confession to make. I know those Apartment Therapy photos look pretty snazzy, but here’s the real deal. The white room is kind of a mess. It’s also technically under construction. I’m not sure if you guys noticed this, but there was a strange piece of something hanging across my white room.
See that little strip of white perched close to the ceiling? That’s toe mold waiting to be installed in the white room, following the flooring that went in two months ago. It’s up on the ceiling because it’s the only Suge-free zone in the house. I must say it made a decent clothes rack.
Another thing I want to point out is the sofa cover – you see how loosey goosey it is? That’s because the sofa is covered in sheets. Yes, I didn’t even bother to remove (or straighten out, apparently) the sheets during the photo session. Why do I have sheets on the sofa? My first answer is that I’ll do anything to keep a white couch white in a house with two dogs. The honest answer is that it’s way easier to toss two sheets in the wash with some bleach than remove the Karlstad cover (and then air dry it, iron it). Yep, you got it, I’m lazy.
I can’t do much about the sofa (I actually might RIT dye the Karlstad covers eventually using this tutorial) but I can get the trim installed. My parents were here on Friday to help.
Here’s what the floors of my white room looked like when we started:
And now for the action shots:
Yep, that’s me using my first power tool. *Insert the Tim Allen in Home Improvement roar here* Power tools are generally very intimidating, but I’m slowly getting my feet wet and really liking it.
And now the afters…
It looks so much better, especially with a bead of caulk between the new trim and the base board. I’m new to this construction stuff, and I’m sure most of you knew this already, but holy moley caulk is amazing. I went on a caulking spree and fixed all the little holes that had been bothering me around the house. My dad’s trick to perfect caulking: Cut a small, ANGLED hole at the top of your caulk tube. Apply it, then smooth it with a wet finger. You’ll might get a taste of caulk in your mouth (wow…) but it’s worth the aesthetic outcome. This is one I can certainly do on my own now, thanks to my parents. I’m trying to learn from them as much as possible.
Happy Easter weekend. Today is actually the 3-year anniversary of me closing on this house. I’ll be celebrating on Monday by posting all the gruesome “before’s” from a realtor visit prior to the purchase, so be sure to check back.
And pssstt…go see my home on ApartmentTherapy.com and “favorite” me in the Small Cool 2011 contest here