{House} A Small Set Screw Short

The exterior doorknob to my apartment had been missing a screw for at least as long as I’ve been living there. The door still worked, but the knob was loose and twisted more than it should.

It’s a simple fix really–just get a new screw! But finding one of the set screws for it was more challenging than it seemed, as I had to go to numerous hardware stores in order to find a store that carried them and then wait a few days for them to be back in stock. Finally I was able to spend my hard-earned fifty cents on the small brass set screw.

I made sure the knob was in the proper position to turn the latch, and I screwed in the small screw.

Now it works like a charm! The knob is still the same, but it feels like new to me!


{Home} Mirror Mirror on the Wall

When I returned from Europe, I discovered that a picture had fallen off the wall, and the mirror I hung in the entry had broken loose. It was still hanging by one hook (a testament to the strength of 3M Command Strips), but the other hook had broken away from the wall. This left a dent in the top layer of paint and plaster that needed to be repaired.

So I broke out my plaster and paint, and got to work!

First, I removed the loose plaster from the wall, and then used the putty knife to build up the missing plaster.

I let it dry overnight, and then it was ready for a quick coat of paint.

Finally, up went the mirror!

Now I’ll once again be the fairest one of all when I leave my apartment!

However, the picture that fell off the wall wasn’t as easy to put back up, so I’ll need to figure out a Plan B for it. You win some, you lose some.

{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!


{Home} Color Conundrum

I can pick out the exact shade of my favorite color in two seconds flat, but picking a color for my walls has me stuck.  I read and bookmarked this post a few years ago, which suggested painting your rooms in shades of the same color.  I loved the idea then and couldn’t wait to try it out now!  I hope this color arrangement will add some more definition to what is ultimately one open space.

I picked out some paint strips in light neutral colors, and was able to narrow it down to one set, which is basically a long strip cut in half (see how the numbers are continuous?).


Yes, technically these strips aren’t shades of the same color but slightly different colors that get progressively darker, but I think the idea still holds.

I was stuck on which lighter shade to use for the living room, and which darker shade to use for the entry way, dining area, and dressing room.  Luckily it’s pretty easy to get samples made.  I actually went back to get an additional sample since I still couldn’t make up my mind!

I ended up with three samples painted on the living room wall (left) and three on the dining room wall (right).


The paint is from Benjamin Moore, and the colors for the living room are 856, 857, and 858, and for the other rooms are 858, 860, and 861 (listed in order as they appear on the wall).

There isn’t much light in my apartment, and the past few days have been cloudy, so it was hard to get a good picture of the samples.  Though I can tell you that the color appears very different depending on which wall the sample is on!  Right now, I think I’m leaning towards the lightest for the living room (856), and the lightest or middle for the other rooms (858 or 860).

I think I just need someone to come over and make the decision for me!  Any takers?  I’ll bake cookies or brownies! 😉

{Home} Making a Mark

Paint is an easy way to make a mark on your space and turn it into your own.  I knew one of the first painting projects I wanted to tackle was painting the inside of the front door my favorite color: aqua.  I stopped by Benjamin Moore to pick up some paint samples, and fell in love with their color Burbank Blue.  I got a quart in high-gloss, and used about half on the door.


I also picked up some painting supplies at Lowe’s.  First painting project means I needed to get all the basics, including a brush and roller.


One thing I did have on hand was painter’s tape.  I taped around the door to protect the frame, locks, and knobs.  (And yes, that’s my mezuzah hanging to the left of the door.)


One coat down!  And it’s already made such a difference in the space.


The second coat went on even easier and needed less paint than the first.  Then it was just a matter of removing the tape and letting it dry.  It’s hard to get a good picture in the small room, but I tried.

bm benjamin moore paint high gloss aqua teal burbank blue front door  bm benjamin moore paint high gloss aqua teal burbank blue front door

Such a small change, but I love it!