{House} When Bad Things Happen to Good People

I don’t like bugs in my apartment. Not sure if anyone does, but it seems to freak me out more than it affects other people. Plus, I have the added difficulty that I refuse to kill bugs, which means I have to implement a “catch and release” program.

So it was very unfortunate when I was going to the bathroom late last night, and I saw a waterbug (commonly mistaken for a large roach, but a big gross bug is still a big gross bug in my book). I thought I could trap it in the bathroom, but a few minutes later I saw it wandering out into the middle of my living room. No way, Jose!

It took two attempts, but I was able to trap it under a plastic cup, with a half full (I’m optimistic) water bottle on top to weigh the cup down so it wouldn’t move.

The worst part is that the building’s exterminator comes into my apartment once a month to spray to prevent things like this from happening!

I texted the super about it this morning. Luckily, he’s nice and likes me, and he took care of it!

{Home} Midas Touch

I moved to New York with very little furniture, and I bought a lot of stuff off Craigslist. One of the first items I bought after arriving in NYC was a Crate and Barrel iron and glass coffee table.  It was a makeshift TV stand for a bit after I got it.

Crate & and Barrel iron glass coffee table

However, I knew I didn’t like the dark color of the iron, since the metal of choice in my apartment is gold. Luckily, it was fairly easy to remedy with some gold leaf Rub ‘n Buff!

gold leaf Rub 'n Buff

I put a little dab on my finger and rubbed it into the metal frame.  It took some time and finesse getting into all the crevices, but I love how it turned out!

gold leaf Rub 'n Buff coffee table iron glass

It wears off a little with a lot of use, so I need to reapply every few months in a few places that I touch a lot.  The little tubes last a really long time; so far I haven’t even gone through a full one!

{Home} Two Large to Handle

Now that the bedroom walls are painted, it’s time to hang some art!

Using 3M Command Strips, I hung a quilt my mom made for me in college, and a painting I did about five years ago (inspired by Van Gogh’s Almond Blossoms).

Yay hanging up meaningful pieces! I thought the two large items would be enough to sufficiently cover the wall, but it looks a little weird and sparse. I’ll think about adding more pictures to it as I hang my remaining frames in other parts of the apartment.

{Home} A New Set of Wheels

A while ago, one of the wheels on my bed frame broke.  I “fixed” it by using some small random pieces of wood.

It worked well enough, but it wasn’t a final solution. I called the store I got my mattress from, and they said they could give me a replacement set of wheels for free!

When I picked them up, they said that a lot of wheels had broken, so the manufacturer replaced the plastic piece that kept breaking with metal.

The wheels sat in the package until I had a helper–which I did last weekend when my mom came to visit! I lifted the bed, and she slipped the new wheel in place.

All better! The other three plastic wheels are doing fine for now, but I’ll keep the new metal wheels around just in case.