{Home} Framed

Last week marked five months of living in my new place!  It was never my intention of going without pictures on the wall for so long, but it made sense to wait until after the walls were painted before hanging things up.

The first area to get art was over the dining table.

In my last apartment, I did a gallery wall over the dining table, and I was so excited to do it again–though in a slightly smaller version.

First up was laying the frames out on the floor, to get an idea of which frames and pictures look good next to each other.

Then it was time to hang them with my favorite home product: 3M Command Strips.

I might play around with some of the frames and placement, but I’m really happy to finally have some art on the walls!  And bonus points for me because it makes the phone look like a quirky art piece!

{House} Going Incognito

I neglected to show one angle in the dining area in my previous painting post.

Gasp!  The door and frame are the same color as the wall!

Yup! 🙂  In an old issue of Better Homes and Garden, a designer had a lot of doors in her bedroom, which she painted the same color as the walls to minimize their appearance, and allow for more flexible art arrangement (point #7).

I remember thinking it was a great idea (probably even before my apartment was a twinkle in my eye), and given my apartment’s lack of wall space without doors or openings, I was excited to try it out for myself!  I’m loving the way the door and trim look painted the wall color.  Can’t wait to use this same idea in my dressing room–which has three doors!

{House} Stop, Drop, and Roll

Nope, nothing is on fire here, but I did stop, drop, and roll this weekend–with paint!  The entryway and dining area finally got painted!  After months of deliberation, I picked the color I liked the best all along: Benjamin Moore Apparition.  I had been afraid that it would be too dark, but these rooms have overhead light, which makes a big difference.

So I trekked the 7 blocks to the paint store, got two gallons of BM Aura paint in eggshell, and carried them back to my apartment.  Most of my other paint supplies are from the hardware store closeout sale back in December (which includes a roller, roller extender, roller cover in a thick nap, and a paint tray (sorry I forgot to take a picture before I got started–I was just too excited!)).  My cutting in brush was the same one I used on my door.

I had to stop to move the furniture into the living area, and then it was time to get started!

There was one last cord to nowhere that I removed before painting.  It’s the one on the right that goes over the door and down the side and was easily removed.

Cutting in took almost four hours!  The drop cloth ensured that I kept my floors mostly clean from stray paint, and the plastic sheet had quite a bit of paint on it by the end.

Then it was time to roll, which went much quicker!

The whole process was repeated the next day for the second coat.

And dragging my furniture back in was the best part!

benjamin moore 860 apparition gold brass sputnik red teal aqua turquoise

I was afraid that the color would be too dark, but it’s not dark at all.  A little moody and velvety smooth.  Also, the many imperfections on the walls aren’t as noticeable now that the walls are in a flatter finish (I think they were semigloss before).  It’s definitely warmed the space up, and made it feel more welcoming!

PS.  Thanks to my brother for the great post title!

 

{Hannah} Race Bib Binder

Before this year, I ran only one race each year.  Then I became good friends with people who run races all the time–and have even run a marathon and are planning on another!  They got me into running races more frequently, and I’ve been looking for a way to store and display all the bibs I now have.

One of my friends has a special bib album, but it was more expensive than I wanted to spend.  So I did what I do best and made my own.

My mom had made a family recipe book using a binder and sheet protectors, and that’s what I did for my race bib book.  A quick swing by Staples, and I had a small binder (in my favorite color no less!) and some pages for less than $15!

I’ve taken pictures before, during, and after every race, and I knew I wanted to include some of them in the album.  I placed an order at Walgreens Photo, since it’s quick, reasonably priced (especially with a coupon code), and there’s one around the corner from my apartment.

Then it was time to put it all together!  I put the bibs on one side (with a sliver of the edges folded under so they fit in the sleeves), and pictures from the race on the other.

I’m so excited to add to it as the year progresses, but the sleeve pack I bought only had 15 sheets in it, so I’ll need to buy another before the year is out!

{Hannah} Just the Tip

Before I moved to New York, I used to frequent the local cobbler and liked the work he did.  After a bad experience (or two) at a cobbler in NYC, I researched how to replace the heel tips on my shoes myself.  Turns out, doing it myself is much cheaper, quicker, and less damaging to my shoes!  Win win win!

Enter: a pair of basic black pumps in need of new tips…

…and a pair of vice grips.

It just takes a minute to adjust the vice grips to latch on to the tip and hold securely.

Then–using the minimal amount of upper body strength that I have–I pull really hard until the tip comes out.  Sometimes it helps to twist slightly to loosen the tip from the shoe.

For replacement tips, I like the Supertap tips from this retailer on ebay, as they’re $1 each (I buy them in packs of 10), come in various sizes and colors, and are rubber, which I think makes for a better heel tip than the plastic ones.

It’s hammer time!

Ta da!  Basically brand new shoes.

Now they are ready for another week of hard working and walking around town!