{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.

{House} The Deed is Finally Done

After a weekend and a night of painting the entryway, dining area, and dressing room, the last room to paint was the living room.  (The kitchen and bathroom will be painted after they’re remodeled.)  I picked Benjamin Moore Silver Satin in the eggshell finish.

It became an interesting challenge, as there isn’t enough space in my apartment to move the furniture farther than a few feet away from the living room walls.

I draped a plastic drop cloth over the important pieces, and used another on the floor as I went around the room.  I thought this room would be quick because there aren’t any doors, but cutting in took almost four hours!

Rolling was faster, but still took over an hour.

The second coat took just as long, and it was difficult to see where I had painted, since the color was so light, and the living room is dark (no overhead light, and a window that’s north-facing with a building 10 feet away).

It’s a very subtle color!  I think the biggest change was going to a flatter finish from the semi-gloss that was there before.

One of my favorite things though is that depending on the light, it almost looks the same as the much darker color in the dining area!  In the picture below, the living room is on the left and the dining area is on the right.

Right now I’m just so excited that there’s no more painting to be done!  Well, except for the base and crown mouldings, but those seem like small potatoes compared to all the walls I’ve painted in the last few weeks.

{House} Dressing in a Darker Color

When I was painting the entryway and dining area, I also painted the dressing room the same color (Benjamin Moore Apparition).  Somehow this tiny room took almost as much time as the larger area!

First up was to remove everything, which was just the mirror and chair.

There was a lot of cutting in, since I was also painting all three doors and mouldings.

First coat down!

The second coat was more of the same (thought on a different night), and then it was time to put the mirror and chair back!

I really like the color I chose!  It’s darker (and less shiny) than the white that was there before, but I think it’s the perfect dark white color–if there is such a thing as “dark white”.

{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!