updates (since 2012?)

Reading over my last few posts, I realized that I never gave an update on all my very ambitious New Year resolutions from 2012 (so long ago!) So here’s the dumb list I made and where I currently stand on each item:

1. I will not put myself down. Ever.  I’m stupid and this resolution was stupid.

2. I will be on time for everything, all of the time. HA. HAHAHA. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

3. I will hone my cooking skills by cooking at home more often. I’ve actually been better about cooking at home and trying out new recipes. Yay!

4. I will be more diligent in updating my blog. …you know the answer to this one.

5. I will read more books. I’ve indeed kept this one. Currently, I’m reading “Great Expectations.”

6. I will take better care of my health. If by “taking better care of my health,” I meant removing my contacts and washing my face every night  sometimes, then this was a success.

2012 Apartment Goals!

1. Buy a bed frame (do this soon!) I just did this, like, 2 weeks ago.

2. Hang shelving unit in the living room No. But I did replace the existing bookshelf. Post coming soon!

3. Scrape peeling paint in bathroom; repaint Absolutely not.

4. Plant a large indoor houseplant, and keep it alive! Though not large, I’ve had several small plants die on me since this, but one is still alive (for now)! Success in my book!

5. Find or create a headboard Still working on this.

6. Replace bedroom rugs Did this! Kind of.

7. Hang curtains Yes!

8. Frame and hang artwork Yes, but still have more to do…

9. Find a better TV stand No, and it’s driving me crazy!

10. Get rid of unused furniture Mostly.

11. Declutter!! (nintendo games, dvds, closets, everything!) Did this and already need to do it again.

12. Conjure up a cheap/fun backsplash in kitchen Put this one aside for a while, but may think about it again.

And this is why I don’t make resolutions. More empty promises to come? Check back to find out!

Posts to look forward to: new bookshelf | kitchen redo

lucky lindberg

I’m feeling under the weather today, so I guess I’ll take some time between lying on the couch, playing Words with Friends, and watching Seinfeld reruns to update this thing. Remember when I won a Lindberg print from Visual Philosophy in a giveaway from mid-century MODERN LOVE a year ago? Well, I FINALLY got it framed. (!!!) (I’m seriously the best procrastinator I know.) I chose a white mat and frame to keep with the modern look and placed it atop the hutch in the dining room with a few of my vases and pottery. I love how the colors of the print tie in with my vase-in-the-wall on the right.

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I adore it! It adds a clean, modern touch and much-needed verticality to the dining room–with ten-foot ceilings, you need tall shit!

there, i fixed it

Crap. Has it really been two weeks since I posted last? Whoopsie. Sorry about that. Well, I did end up getting the room painted just in time for the bridal shower, and I’ve got the pictures to prove it! But first, a little step-by-step of sorts. I know you recall the roughed-up condition that the walls were in. I had no idea what to do about it. Evan bought some joint compound. Good enough, I guess. I guess. I did a lot of guessing over those few days. Also, Evan had to work  nights so it was just me a lot of the time, guessing. I tried to take pictures of the process, but it’s kind of hard when you’re by yourself. And applying plaster is pretty self-explanatory anyway. Not sure why I’m typing this. Just spread it evenly over the blemish with a putty knife. (Is that even what it’s called?) There, I fixed it.

Gross. One of the more major malfunctions. And the stuff I used to cover it up.

Spread thin, even layers. Be sure to scrape off excess. Duh. That’s concrete behind the walls. Great.

Let dry overnight. Then sand the edges for a seamless look, prime, and paint. Voila! Seriously, a cat could do this, I don’t know why I feel it’s necessary to explain this to you. To add some meat to this blog, I guess.

Alright, now to the good stuff: Before and After!

Here’s what the living room looked like when we moved in…

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I really dug the color palette of the walls and I appreciated the creativity in painting each wall a different color. That being said, the walls themselves were in craptastic shape, and I really wanted to add my own personality through color, and a multi-colored paint job is not it. But this is:

Green. I love green. One day I want to paint every room in my house a different shade of green. Then again, maybe not. I really love how the gray in the dining room looks adjacent to the green.

By the way, I put that bookshelf together myself a few years ago, and it came within centimeters of collapsing while we were moving it to paint if that says anything about my handiwork. It is currently being propped up by the wall, patiently waiting to be replaced. Or fall. Whichever happens first.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot. Remember this? The devil of all patch jobs?

Well now it looks like this:

Not perfect in any sense of the word, but the best it can look without tearing the wall out and rebuilding, which is what really needed to happen. And still hardly noticeable unless I point it out to you. At least it’s not visually assaulting you as soon as you walk into the room anymore. Thank god, I was running out of excuses for my virtual bruises.

Thanks to Evan and my wonderful friends for pitching in!

Soooo, what’dya think?