Happy First House-iversary!

A year ago today, I was getting ready for the final walk through of my apartment, and then going to the building lawyer’s office to sign the paperwork to officially purchase my apartment!  It’s so crazy to think of how far I’ve come in just one year of home ownership!

First Thing I Did: Painting My Front Door

Best Accomplishment: The Closet (Shelves, Double Hanging Rod)

Best Looking: Me in my Green Coat!

Biggest Fail: The Painted Doorknobs

Most Improved: The Walls of My Apartment (Entry Way, Living Room, Dressing Room)

Terrific Trip: European Adventure

Biggest Transformation: The Dresser

I’ve done so many more projects, and I’ve even forgotten what I’ve done! What was your favorite project so far? Can’t wait to see what happens in year two! 🙂


{House} Giving the Tiger Stripes

I’ve known for awhile that I wanted to do something with paint to make the entry way feel special. It’s too narrow to hang art, but it was feeling kinda boring just being solid painted wall. I loved the idea of a stencil, but the space is small, and a stencil could be too busy. Enter: tonal stripes!

I measured the wall from moulding to moulding, which is 96 inches.  I wanted the top and bottom stripes to be the base color.  If I did four tonal stripes, then each stripe is about 10 5/8 inches (96/(4+5) = 10.667).  I cut some painters tape to envision it, but I didn’t like it.

So then I did the same calculation for five tonal stripes, which means each stripe is about 8 3/4 inches (96/(5+6) = 8.72).  I loved the way it looked!

Four tonal stripes are marked on the left, with five tonal stripes on the right.

Ideally, I didn’t want the tonal stripe to be where the arch between the dining area and entryway is, and I didn’t want to have to rehang the mirror.  Luckily, doing five tonal stripes fits this criteria!

Next up was finding a paint.  I had picked up a metallic paint brochure from the paint store when I was looking at paint samples for my apartment, and thought I had found the perfect paint.  I was wrong, so that paint went back to the store (it’s an off-the-shelf color).

I made my way to Michaels craft store and came back with this bounty.

I smeared some on the wall to see how it played with the wall color and lighting.  The first smear is the aforementioned paint that was already returned.

I also paid attention to how shiny the paint was.  I wanted something with a little shine, but not too much.  I believe the walls of my apartment were originally semi-gloss, and given that they aren’t smooth, the shinier the paint, the more the imperfections are called out.

So which did I go with?

Premium Matte Metallic Acrylic Paint By Craft Smart in Pearl! It’s the third one from the left in the paint line up, and the fourth smear from the left on the wall.  I liked the color the best, and I also liked that it had a glow to it, instead of a bright shine.

Yes, it seems a little strange to buy wall paint by the 2 oz bottle, but cost-wise, it’s cheaper per ounce than the larger bottle of metallic paint from the paint store.  Plus, Michaels always has coupons, which reduces the cost even more.

Now I just have to hope Michaels doesn’t think it’s weird that I’m ordering a million bottles of the stuff!

{House} Rotten Tomato

I was relaxing in bed on Saturday morning, when I heard a crash outside my window. I looked over and didn’t see anything amiss, so I chalked it up to someone outside making noise. A few hours later I got up to get more water, and glanced out the kitchen window.

“Wow, I can’t even see the screen,” I remarked to myself. A second later I did a double take and realized the screen was missing! I closed the window since it’s November, and I don’t need the window open anyway.

I walked out the basement in search of the screen, and found it on the ground a few stories below the kitchen window. I picked it up and it was bent.

The super was outside as well, and he suggested putting some screws to prevent it from falling out. Of course, he meant a new one, because this one is broken. I guess add a new screen to the list for next year!

{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!

{House} Secure Shoe Storage

I like shoes, and I have a lot of them. They’re stored on a shoe shelf over a closet door. I haven’t been using the hooks to hang it that it came with, but some L brackets mounted with 3M Command strips and attached with twist ties. Hey–whatever works!

Last week, the shoe shelf seemed a little off, and I realized it had started to pull away from the door.

I thought about remounting it with Command strips, but didn’t think that would hold. So I upgraded to screws.

It took a little bit of strength to get the screws in, but now it’s very secure.

All that’s left is to load my shoes back onto it!