Some Sunday House Tweaking

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Aaron and I spent most of our time in Indiana this weekend, but I did have time today to do some tweaking. Before I get into that, let me just quickly re-cap what I managed to crammed into this lovely Sunday:

1.) Fixed the dryer (and to think I almost resorted to calling the Sears Blue Crew)

2.) Did many, many loads of laundry with fixed dryer

3.) Cleaned the house

4.) Went bike shopping with Aaron (and he got one! – more on that later)

5.) Picked up fabric for my lampshade re-do (which is a later topic in this post)

6.) Found some awesome shades (finally) for $7.27 at Old Navy

7.) Purchased some more accessories for the bathroom re-do

8.) Picked up all doggie doo in the backyard

9.) Lots of outside doggie play time (and naturally, a doggie photo shoot)

10.) Went grocery shopping

Phew! I blame it on the weather.

Now, on to house stuff. There were two things in my house that have been bothering me.

1.) The white air vents in the black room. As big a fan I am of black and white, it’s hard to make the case for these distracting little things:

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Fortunately, getting them to black was a quick easy fix. While I was switching out laundry and cleaning up, I would take a break to put another coat of satin black spray paint on them. Super easy! And cheap! Much better than buying new black ones.

And after…

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You can barely see them!

Now for the next house tweak – this one has been bothering me ever since I painted my living room pure white. Here’s the photo – I wonder if you can guess what it is:

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It’s that dang lampshade! (Well… and also the haphazard stack of books, but those are waiting for their homes inside future Billy’s) I purchased the piece during last year’s mid-century modern show in Sharonville. Certainly not a designer piece of furniture but it’s good and sturdy and it’s the perfect height for the Karlstad sofa. It’s the color of the lampshade that really bothers me – especially against the now-white walls. It looks dingy and dirty. I have been wanting to replace the shade with a new pure white shade, but it is nearly impossible to find a 17″ white drum shade with the correct hardware. Especially one that is within my budget. So… I did what any desperate home-improvement freak would do – I got creative. After seeing this tutorial on Young House Love, I went and got 1 yard of white upholstery fabric and my very own glue gun (a pink one, of course). Here’s a progress shot:

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And the final shot (which was taken at night and is poorly lit, but you get the idea):

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Update: I took a better photo – with natural light! What a concept!

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Can you tell the difference? Maybe not! Lol! But I can. Not too bad for $5.26 fix. I can’t wait to do more shades!

And my parting shot, Aaron tinkering with his awesome new bike. He also did a little DIY – it was covered with brand stickers and with a little goo-gone he was left with a blacked out matte bike:

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Have a great Sunday night everyone. I’m leaning back and finally watching Secretariat with Aaron and the dogs.

– emily

Spending My Tax Check

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Each April I wait in desperation patiently wait for my tax check to arrive. And as I wait, I daydream over how to spend this glorious gift from the government. I’ve considered so many things:

  1. Spending it on a Caribbean vacation
  2. Saving it (boring)
  3. Purchasing an overpriced hand bag (like last year)
  4. Sending it to my parents in an effort to reduce the tab I’ve built up over the years
  5. New work wardrobe
  6. More flooring for the house
  7. Billy bookcases

I’ve finally decided… drum roll please… to buy a…HOT TUB!!! Now of course since I can’t afford the classier, in-ground model, I’m opting for the budget-friendly, take-it-with-you-when-you-leave-model:

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Isn’t it beautiful!??? I’m going to buy some plants to cover up the blue but I kind of like it. It reminds me of Sea World, except no one gets killed by a whale. And the sound will be just lovely. I’m sure all my neighbors (who live literally inches away on either side of me) will appreciate the soothing sounds of squeaky rubber and Aaron and I cussing because it’s leaking and/or the chlorine levels are all off.


OK…. HAPPY APRIL FOOLS DAY!!!!!!! I mean… can you imagine? This thing is hysterical. Did I get ya???

– emily

Making Progress in the Black Room

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The Black Room is coming along little by little. I’ve done two things: find cabinet items and make my first set of no-sew curtains.

Let’s start with the cabinet items first. I’ve decided I want to have the middle cabinet (the one that will be in the corner) filled with white ceramic things, so as I’ve been shopping/thrifting I’ve been picking things up. Linda (who is sort of like my “work mom” and is the awesomest) shared some of her finds from a recent estate sale here in the city. Here’s what I have so far:

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I need about 20 more things to fill a 6′ cabinet! It is a slow process, but I want to make sure each of the items has some sort of meaning. Don’t you love the baby hand? It creeps people out but I think it is funny. Both hands are from High Street here in Over The Rhine. They also have a newly launched site.

Now, one thing to mention about these cabinets is that I’m painting the inside backs of each cabinet black (surprise, surprise) so everything will pop nicely. That idea is one I can’t take credit for, Young House Love recently did it with their built-ins and I loved it so much. I’ll post photos when I have all the cabinets here and assembled (remember… I’m still saving for the rest of those Billy’s!).

Ok, now on to the curtains. I made them myself! I am not a good sewer. Sewing reminds me of my mom, who would painstakingly make each and every one of my sister and I’s Halloween costumes growing up. I can never be as good as her so I stick with what I know – no-sew hemming tape (I’ll post a tutorial soon – the photos are on Aaron’s phone). This was my first time using it on curtains, and I did OK. Here they are!

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The fabric is very similar to one I’ve been pining over but that one was way too over my budget. This fabric in a miraculous, never-t0-be-repeated find in the Ft. Wright Wal-mart. Yes, WAL-MART. And it was $4.24/yard. Yee haw!

And here’s how the room is looking now (sans ceramic things):

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I would have loved to do the “pooling” effect on the curtains but little doggies are not conducive to floor-pooling panels. Rats! It is slowly, slowly coming together. Next up is new lighting (Edison from PB if I am a good birthday girl) and a rug (cowhide – also if I am a good bday girl). Oh and I need to get the rest of my Billy’s, which I think will be next weekend if I can convince Aaron to spend most of his waking weekend assembling furniture. How do you think that will go? Ha! And,¬†of course, more searches for ceramic “stuff” that won’t take my entire paycheck (I’m talking to you Jonathan Adler).

Before I sign off, everyone wish a Happy 4th Birthday to my furry dogbaby, Biggie Smalls:

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I am going to go snuggle with the birthday dogbaby and his little brother. Happy evening everyone.

– emily


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