{Home} Umm…Yeah…

I’m sure you’ve noticed I haven’t been writing. Yes, I’m still alive. Yes, I’ve done a few projects. Yes, I can catch you up!

First, some sad news. Remember the phone I worked so hard to connect to the building’s intercom?

Well, it doesn’t work anymore. Not because of me, but because the building joined the 21st century, and got a new intercom that calls your cellphone! It even has a Bluetooth option, so you can unlock the door with your phone!

Now, some exciting news: I’m a trend setter!

Better Homes and Gardens did a piece in their April 2018 issue on using color to influence the feeling of your home, and one of their “Calming Hues” is the same color I used to paint the living room: Silver Satin!

In other news, I’m still hoping to get my kitchen renovated this year, and I submitted my proposal to the co-op last week. Fingers crossed they approve it quickly, and I can get that ball rolling!


{Home} To the Back

There’s a built-in shelf in the dining area, which became a random holding spot when I was moving in. It became a little less random as I settled in, but things were never displayed properly (and there was still a catch-all bag).

I wanted to do something to the back of the bookcase, and with all the extra paint I had from my stripes, I decided to use some of those bottles to paint the back!

I cleared everything off and got started. It didn’t take long before I had two coats on the back of the shelves.

Once it was dry, I rearranged the glassware that I had put on the shelves originally. I grabbed some other items I had around my apartment to fill out the rest.

It’s a very subtle difference, but I like it! The bookcase has a glow to it, and it’s not as stark white but still different enough that it’s special. Not to mention, it’s finally nice to look at and organized!

{Home} It’s Finished

There was a brief moment of good weather on Saturday morning, and I was able to sneek in some spray painting for my earring holder! No, the Cheerio logo wasn’t meant to be part of the final design.

I knew that I’d eventually spray paint something, so I had saved a large piece of cardboard from my mirror and a box from a package that had arrived recently. My building has a courtyard area out back, which seemed like the perfect spot to do some sneaky spray painting.

I lightly sanded the frame, and I used a can of gold spray paint I had bought when I considered spraying the laundry hamper (which I still might do, but not today).

I finished just in time too! While The Weather Channel said it wouldn’t start raining until the afternoon, some drops starting falling right as I was finishing up! I quickly grabbed everything and ran inside, where I left the frame to fully dry on the floor of my apartment.

To hang it, I used some 3M Command Strips. After holding it up to the closet door, I realized that the frame’s original hangers stuck out too far. A few quick turns of a screw driver, and they were gone.

Then I balanced the level, and pushed to secure it to the door!

I’m a little unsure if it’s on there well enough, though. The box strips across the back prevent the 3M strips from making full contact with the door, and things probably aren’t smooth and plumb to begin with. But that didn’t stop me from hanging a few earrings on it!

diy make your own earring holder jewelry display wall hanging door frame picture

I think I’ll fill the rest of the door up with some necklaces and other jewelry!

PS. I updated my post from last week–I had forgotten that I bought an art print when I was in Cayman! I ended up replacing the Cayman sunset picture with the print.

{Home} I Spy with My Little Eye

…some changes to the pictures in my apartment!

I replaced a magazine photo of roses with a sunset from Cayman, and a picture of palm trees in El Salvador with the Eiffel Tower.

In the dressing room, I replaced another magazine photo (this time of fall foliage) with a picture of a canal in Lido.

It only took me a few months to pick and print new pictures! A 40% off photo coupon at Walgreens made the whole thing just $2–and I even printed an extra picture just in case I change my mind.

Update! I had forgotten that I bought an art print in Cayman, so I swapped it with the Cayman sunset.

There’s a lot of blue and green in that area now, but luckily those are my favorite colors!

{Home} The Underdog Wins

Once I had all the pieces for my earring holder, it was time to put it together! I broke out my staple gun and got to work.

First up was deciding which size staples to use. I put the 3/8” in, and tried stapling it into the frame. The staple didn’t go in far enough, so I switched to the 5/16”. And that’s where I ran into my first issue…

Being safe, I had turned off the staple gun before I changed out the staples. However—spoiler alert—I forgot that I turned it off, and thought it had blown the breaker.

I couldn’t get into the breaker box! Some idiot painted over it (oops). I got the box cutter out and scored the paint around the latch and the cover. It took a few minutes to break into the breaker box (ha ha), only to find out that none of the breakers had tripped.

Then I tried an outlet in the kitchen. Stapler still didn’t work! At this point I finally realized that I had turned it off. I turned it back on and gave it a quick test (resulting in a tiny injury that’s too embarrassing to divulge). It worked again! Back to the original outlet and task at hand.

I lined up my cardboard strip with the marks on the frame, and stapled them into place. I had to hammer them in the rest of the way, but it worked pretty well!

I had forgotten how much fun it was to use a staple gun and hammer. I couldn’t resist hanging some earrings on it!

I thought a few strips were a little loose, so I added extra staples to those. Then I wrapped the cardboard strips around to the back, and secured them with another staple. I trimmed off the excess cardboard with a box cutter.

It was rainy and cold this weekend, which isn’t ideal spray painting weather, so that’ll have to wait. Then I’ll be able to hang and use it!

P.S. Special thanks goes out to my neighbors who were either not home or didn’t care that I was making a lot of noise on the weekend. Thanks! 🙂