Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

From our turkey to yours, we hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. 

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Quick Update

So it was a busy weekend at the Smiths. I finally got out into the garage and started the finish process on the doors. 

After spending 30 minutes trying to figure out how to work the Dremel too, I finally was able to grind off the too long nails. I added another layer of wood filler in places and finally got to sanding. 

And sanding. 

And sanding. 

I wish I had pictures of this step, but I didn't want to come into the house as filthy as I was to get my camera or phone. I will say that the orbital sander came in super handy and made relatively quick work of the doors.

I wiped them down and admired my handy work. Whenever I do something "handy", I think of my Dad. I know he would have loved to see how these doors turned out. 

The. The biggest hurdle was topped. We cleaned off the workbench so I could paint. I haven't seen the top of this work bench since we moved. But I managed to get 3 coats of paint on them. 

They look good. I know I need touch ups and the construction is not perfect. But I'm extremely happy with them. We are definitely going to let them cure a couple of days before we add hardware and install, but I will have panty doors by next weekend!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Halloween Recap 2013

This was our first Halloween in the new house and I had no idea what the crowds would be like.  I had asked a neighbor and she didn't really know.  We do have a lot of kids in the neighborhood, but it's definitely not every house.

Halloween at the old house was more of a marathon.  The first kids arrived early and lines formed at our front door.  I'm not kidding... LINES FORMED.  In our rural town, there were only a handful of actual neighborhoods, so people BUSED their kids to other places.  And many of the adults addicted to many more powerful things than sugar also liked to join in.

In the past, I'd bought roughly 1000 pieces of candy, only to run out about 30 minutes BEFORE it all ended.  You literally could not drive down our street.  It was nuts.

Enter this year.  I bought three combo bags of chocolate candy.  Not cheap, but not nearly the dollar amount of what I've bought in the past.  T joked that we moved to the nice neighborhood and we've got the fancy chocolate candy now.  We took Caroline to Haunt the Zoo.  She'd had a big party at school, including a moon bounce earlier in the day.  I also took her to have pictures taken in her Halloween costume.  She has been so excited about Halloween that I had to make her a countdown calendar to color in pictures each day, so she knew how many days were left.  It's been a busy month!


Caroline waiting anxiously for it to get dark, trying really hard not to fall asleep.  But we finally got the text from her friend Owen next door that they were ready to head out.  So T and Caroline took off with them.  They were gone about 30 minutes and made the block.  When she got home, her bag was FULL of the good stuff - chocolate candy!  No cheap-o candy in this neighborhood!


However, everyone's favorite part of the night came next.  Caroline loves to give out candy!  So when the doorbell rang, she took off to hand it out herself.  But I warn you... don't show up to our house without a costume (she'll ask where it is), without saying "trick or treat" (she'll tell you to say it) or without saying "thank you" (she'll make you say it before you leave).  She's a stickler for the rules of social convention!

She loved seeing the costumes and interacting with the other kids.  She loved giving them handfuls of candy (we had tons leftover, so that's ok).  However, she was not impressed with the kid using a garbage bag for his candy.  She only gave him 1 piece and a very disappointed look.

I can hear the kids now.  "Get to that house on the corner early.  If the kid is handing out the candy, she's rough if you don't follow the rules!"

Friday, November 1, 2013

Small Changes

Sometimes it's tiny changes that only you notice that make you the happiest.  Enter our mix and match Target furniture.

We bought this when we moved to Oklahoma.  Our house in Baton Rouge had a built in entertainment center.  No, the pieces don't match.  Well, the bookshelves are a matching pair.  But the center piece we bought separately when we upgraded to a flat screen.  It blends well enough of course, and the knobs are all oil-rubbed bronze (or the Target version of ORB).

As you can see, we've got round knobs and oval knobs.  They were perfectly fine.  Nothing wrong with them.  And frankly, nothing anyone noticed.... except me.

Enter the website House of Antique Hardware.  We've got mismatched door knobs throughout the house and I've been looking online at various places for options to either match the original knobs (brass and slightly squashed rounded shape) or new options for the whole house.  I've also been looking for a new knob for our front door.... but the front door is another post!

While browsing the site, I saw these bad boys on sale.  Don't let the enlarged picture fool you, they are cabinet pulls and the size was perfect.  So I added 4 of them to my cart and went on my merry way.

I had actually forgotten that I bought them for a while.  At the same time I was doing some Christmas shopping, ordering hardware for the pantry project and new stuff for Caroline's room.  My brain was swimming with different design projects.  And the joke at my office when the UPS guy pulls up is "What did you order now?"  My response is typically, "I don't remember."

But when this package came in, the first thing I noticed is the weight.  These bad boys are solid!  I am truly impressed with the quality.  Cabinet pulls and hardware is not something I buy all the time, so frankly, I didn't know what to expect.  But when I opened them up, they were just beautiful, and so much more shiny than the picture showed.

I grabbed my camera and snapped a couple of before pictures.  Then I lowered my pre-surgery crippled self to the floor and started swapping these out.  I had to make sure I went back and wiped off my fingerprints because did I mention these gems are shiny?  I was so happy with how they look.

Then I started attempting the after pictures.  They are so shiny, they look like mirrors in the picture and you can't actually see the brass color.

Naturally, when I asked T if he noticed anything different when he got home, he did not.  And that's ok.  I love them.  And it was a simple $20 change to the house that I think make a nice difference.  And it makes my cheap-o furniture look a little nicer.  (It also wouldn't hurt if it got a good cleaning, but I'll take that up with the housekeeper!).
And of course, you need the full size after shot too.  I know it's not really noticeable, but I can tell.  And frankly, that's all that matters!!