Gettin’ Stuff Done

I’ve been trying to be really productive lately.

This past week I:

  • Contacted a consignment shop about selling our guest room furniture.  So, hopefully the furniture will be out in a couple weeks.  If not, we’ll be donating it to Goodwill.
  • Bought a leather chair to sit in our entry way.  Our realtor said that a seating area by the front door would look really good.  So, $40 on craigslist, and a lot of cleaning later, and the chair looks (and smells) pretty good. photo 4
  • Went to Lowes with J and we bought a whole bunch of stuff and made game plans for more.  I got some sandpaper and spray paint to fix up a rusted vent in a bathroom.  I’m just waiting for a sunny day to do that – it’s been raining for what feels like a week!  I also got spackle and tools  to patch our ceiling.  I started that project today and I’m pretty proud of the results so far.  Hopefully no one will be able to tell that there was once a leak there.  I’ll post pictures once I’m done doing all of it.
  • De-cluttered 3 book shelves and cleared off the top of our refrigerator, and our computer desk.

On top of all of that, I also have been trying to keep Henry pretty busy and try to wear him out during the day.  So, we went to our library’s story time.  Henry had a blast and he was so happy to see his friend Addison there too!  photo 1 photo 2 photo 3

Then, the next day we went to the zoo and Henry walked through almost the whole thing.  We have a zoo pass, so we go a lot, and I’ve learned to stop bringing our stroller.  I always end up pushing an empty stroller around while running after Henry. Or, I push an empty stroller around while holding Henry.  So, superfluous stroller gets left at home now.  As we were leaving the zoo, Henry turned to me and asked to be picked up.  I scooped him up and he wrapped his arms around my neck, and put his head on my shoulder and said “I’m gonna take a nap.”  It melted my heart.  Seriously, this kid is adorable in what he says and what he does.  Love this kid!

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Work in Progress

I’ve had a good but busy weekend working on the dresser that I got last week.  Yesterday I spent a solid 4 hours sanding the body of the dresser down.  Whoever painted it before I got it did a terrible job.  I was just planning on scuffing up the paint that was already on it so that it would take the new paint that I got.  However, nothing ever goes as easy as it’s planned.  The white paint just keep flaking and peeling off, so I had no choice to but keep sanding to remove it all (my arms are sore!).  It took about 4 hours yesterday which was a mix of using a power sander and elbow grease.  I got it to a good stopping point yesterday and then this morning I enlisted J to help me with the rest of it.  He power sanded while I manually sanded and together we were able to get it into painting/staining condition.  Take a look:

After we got all the sanding dust removed (with the help of a tac cloth and the leaf blower) we got everything ready for paint.  I chose an off white color called “Gardenia.”  It’s very creamy in person but in these pictures I think that it looks very white, which it doesn’t in person.  We applied two coats and parts of it got a 3rd coat to help with even coverage.  We stained the top red mahogany – which the first coat is still drying in this picture.  Tomorrow we’ll give it a second coat and then either Tuesday or next weekend we’ll poly it.  We finished it off with some pretty glass knobs.  Here’s the work in progress so far:

So, what do you think?  I’m really happy with it, and I can’t wait until it’s fully complete and dry so that I can put it in my dining room.

Cauliflower

Dear Poppy Seed –

This is the last week of the 2nd trimester!  It’s hard to believe that I’m 2/3s the way through with this pregnancy, but I am.  As these weeks keep flying by you keep getting bigger and bigger.  You’re now about 15 inches in length and weigh just over 2 lbs.  It’s hard to believe how much your growing every week.  Your hearing is getting better every day.  You know my voice and your dad’s voice by now, which is pretty cool that you can already recognize us.  According to “What to Expect,” if your dad puts his ear to my tummy from now on he might be able to hear your heart beat, instead of just mine.  We’ll have to try that tonight when he gets home.

I took an Equate Sleep Aid last night (it’s the Walmart brand of Unisom) and I feel like a zombie this morning.  I can’t seem to wake up.  It did help me sleep through the night, I only remember waking up once of twice, but my eyelids seriously feel like they have weights on them.  I can’t seem to get it out of my system.  I think it also affected you as well.  You were very quiet this morning when I was getting ready for work, and you’re usually much more active.  You’re kicking away right now, so I know that you’re fine, but I’m not sure I like the idea of you being knocked out as well as me.  I think if I take one again it will only be half and we’ll go from there and see how we both do.  I don’t think I have any new pregnancy symptoms to report.  I’ve just been really tired lately.  I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to this weekend and sleeping in, it makes me smile just thinking about it.  My feet still swell something awful, but I do have to say it’s fun to press indentations into them, I can make them look quite funky when I want to =).  Oh!  This past weekend I was hit in the middle of the night with a leg cramp.  You know how when you wake up at night and you’re only kinda sorta awake, you’re awake enough to stretch slightly and then roll over and go back to sleep?  Well, I was stretching slightly when my right calf muscle seized up on me – which made me wake up completely.  I was trying so hard to flex my foot to help with the pain, but I just couldn’t get it to do it.  I finally had to get up out of bed (which isn’t easy to do with a large belly and a bum leg) so that I could stand up and put pressure on it.  That seemed to work, and so far I haven’t had any other instances like that.  My feet like to cramp up every now and then, but they have quick easy fixes (flexing).  Who would have thunk that leg cramps are a pregnancy symptom?  That just seems like craziness to me.

My nesting phase has kinda kicked in, at least that’s what I’m blaming this on.  Not only has it come in the form of cleaning, but also decorating.  I’ve been buying and fixing up furniture.  Planning paint colors for not only your room, but the rest of the house.  I’ve been scouring craigslist for more furniture to add to the house (it’s kinda bare in spots right now).  I’ve been keeping an eye on thrift stores.  I found the chandelier that I want to put in the dining room….It seems like my mind wants me to get my house completely together before you’re arrival, which is kinda ridiculous, as there’s way too much to do and not enough time or money to do it all.  I am trying though, and through all of this I’ve found that I really like decorating and finding the perfect piece to go in our home.  Your nursery will be completed in a couple of weeks, and I’m so excited about that!  I can’t wait to post pictures to show it off to people.  Keep growing!

Love,

– Mom

Crankiness and Decorating

I know that I’ve been kinda quiet lately and I’m sorry for that.  With a lot on my mind and not a lot going on I haven’t really felt much like blogging.  I’m sleeping horribly, mostly because I can’t seem to get comfortable, and what’s worse is that I can’t wake up without being in pain.  My hips and back hurt so much no matter how I lay or what I do to get comfortable.  I finally was able to take pressure off of my back and hips at around 4:30 this morning, so I basically got about 2 hours of sleep all night….which in case you couldn’t guess sucks (can you tell I’m cranky?)

I did manage to have some fun this weekend despite my sleep problems though.  My mom and I went furniture hunting on Saturday.  I was looking for a dresser/sideboard that could go in my dining room for added storage.  After going to about 7 different places that ranged from antique stores to consignment to goodwill, I finally decided to buy a white painted dresser that we found at the second place we looked.  I bought it, had it put in my car and drove it home.  By the time we got home it was too late to do anything with it, but we formed a plan to strip the top of it so we could stain it, and sand down the rest to paint it (the paint job on it was pretty bad).

Sunday morning we went out to the hardware store and bought the items necessary in giving this piece the attention that it needed.  We put the stripper on (a fume free one) and it proceed to take the top layer of paint right off.  The other 4 layers of paint were a bit more tricky, but adding coat after coat of stripper, plus scraping and sanding we were able to get it all off (this took about 6 hours total).  I forgot to take a before picture, sorry about that.

The drawers of the dresser have a beautiful applique on them, except that they’d been loaded up with layer after layer of paint, to the point that you could tell there was supposed to be a pretty design on it, but you have no idea what it actually was.  So, we stripped the appliques as well.  Only this didn’t go as smoothly.  We used a tooth brush, a wire brush, tooth picks, sponges, and a towel to try and get all the paint out of the intricate designs, and we were able to get most of it off, but not all.  I’m not thrilled with the drawers, but they are a million times better than they were.

After a full day of scraping and stripping (which didn’t help my back at all) I think we finally have it almost ready to paint / stain.  I still need to give the whole thing a good sanding and then cleaning, but other than that it’s good to go.

I’m planning on painting it the same blue that I used in my kitchen, and then painting or glazing it an off white over that so that the blue just kinda peeks through.  I’m really excited to tackle it and I can’t wait to post the finished pictures!

Painting Spree

So, J actually talked me into painting our living room.  I’m still kinda fuzzy on the details on how he actually accomplished that, but he did.  Christmas day, after opening presents and eating breakfast, we spent the rest of the day cleaning the walls, pulling out the many many many nails and screws that the previous owner left, puddying the holes from all the nails and screws and finally taping the room – although we ran out of tape about halfway through.

On Monday, I went out and got paint while J got more painting supplies and we met back at the house and starting cutting in.  I do have to say that as soon as the paint went on the walls, I was nervous.  Our living room is made up on paneling and brick, and the paneling was somehow a way different color than the brick was.  When the paint went up, the brick looked flesh colored instead of the khaki /tan color that I was going for.  I proceeded to have a panic attack for the rest of the painting process.  Or at least until the second coat went on, and everything started to look a million times betters.

Here’s the room before:

And after:

The black lump on the window seat is Bentley, and the black lump on the love seat is Healey.

And this lovely young lady (Beemer) is the reason that I couldn’t get up to take better pictures.  She was looking up at me and purring, which made it impossible to push her off of my lap to take better pictures.

Christmas Eve

J and I had a productive Christmas Eve.  Since the moment I woke up we were busy.  Firstly we cleaned the kitchen, dusting and moving the fridge and hoosier cabinet to the center of the room to prep for painting.

As you can see, we started with white white white walls.  And the previous owners of our house were over zealous when it came to hanging things so we had a lot of holes to fill.  The previous owners also didn’t adhere to painting protocol.  For instance they used a flat paint in the kitchen that didn’t allow you to clean it without your cleaning tool coming away covered in white paint residue.  This last photo has the 3 test samples that J painted.  We didn’t end up using any of these.  I thought the light one was too light and the other two were too dark.  Apparently, I’m picky when it comes to paint =)

After prepping the kitchen, J and I went out to breakfast, nom nom nom.  Then went to pick up paint and paint supplies, we then went to a hobby store to pick up a frame, then to the grocery store to gather things for dinner, and finally back home to tackle painting.

The result:

I think it turned out really well, and couldn’t be happier.  Now, J has the painting bug and wants to spend today and tomorrow painting our living room.  I’m mulling it over, but I don’t think it’s too promising, as yesterday I was passed out promptly at about 8:30 from my day of none stop moving.

 

Picture Time!

J and I were a bit productive  yesterday.  Friday night we went and bought two yards of fabric after our dinner and on Saturday we reupholstered our dining room chairs.  We bought our dining room table and chairs from an antique store when we bought our house.  We really liked the fact that the back of the chairs are in the shape of a lyre.  Fitting since J is a band director and I was a music major for a bit.  We believe that they’re from the 1950s.  When we purchased them they had horrible needlepoint seat covers, and I wanted to reupholster them from the moment we bought them, and we finally got around to it!  I think it turned out really well.

Here are pictures of my sofa with the new pillows that I bought.  The black blob on the loveseat is my cat Healey.

And finally, our Christmakkah tree.  It had a tree skirt on it, but Healey took it and hid it somewhere.