Tag Archives: Patsy’s room

I was starting to have withdrawls

It’s been waaay too long since I painted something. So yesterday, while my Mom came over to help, I finally FINALLY tackled Patsy’s doors. It was the last thing on the to-do list for her room, besides little things like hanging stuff on the walls. Of course it couldn’t go perfectly though. Here’s the story:
Lily went down for an awesome, epic nap! I got all the supplies ready, which was easy since I left them just on the other side of bug’s room in the nursery. I even had the right paint unlike last time. Except I couldn’t find the 2″ angled brush. It’s far and away the best for trim. The darn thing lived on the kitchen sink for months and months. And then I got the bright idea to put it away. I have a very clear memory of storing it somewhere safer. Except I have no idea where that “safer” place is. Whatever, I was working on a deadline! Had to be finished by the end of the baby’s nap. So I used one of those paint pad things. It worked ok. It gave a nice, smooth finish, but took a long time.

After the first door, I moved onto the second. This time I used a brush to try and get the paint on faster. With the 2″ angle brush MIA, I grabbed a straight edged 4″ one. It did get the paint on faster in the small areas, but the streaks were awful. ?Oh well. They did smooth a bit as it dried, but I really wish I would’ve been able to find that darn small brush. After a quick second coat on both, I washed things up and thanked the Lord for long baby naps. I helped Mom and Patsy finish on the porch (they swept then sprayed down the whole thing and the furniture in preparation for a little party tomorrow). I was so proud and excited about FINALLY getting a room DONE!

As soon as Joe got home from work (at 4:25! I love his schedule at his new job!), I rushed him into bug’s room to see my handy work. The only thing he said: “What about the 3rd door?”

WHAAAAA?! Oh. yeah. The fact her room has 3 doors, not 2 somehow managed to completely escape me in my rushed painting extravaganza 2012. So, yeah. We have 2 pretty painted doors in her room. And one ugly primed one. Awesome. So, not done yet. Who knows when we’ll get another epic nap from Lily and a bug sitter so I can get to painting again, but it’ll happen. Sometime. Maybe. Possibly. In like, another year.

Lessons: Paint all the doors in a room, not just 2/3 of them. Yolo Colorhouse paint is awesome and I love it. Smooth, thick but not too thick, zero oder, zero voc’s (really really, not like the brands that claim to be no voc, but lie and add even more when you add colorants), and pretty. Definitely my favorite paint. Also, margaritas. Need to include margaritas next time.

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4 is bettrr than 2

Mom finished the last 2 curtains for bug’s room! I love them. It’s so special to have grandma’s old fabric that my mom turned into quilt squares as part of the room. Most of my memories if my grandma involve either her cinnamon rolls or quilts. Oh how I wish I knew hire to make those rolls. They don’t taste like anyone elses. They were the best ever! Should’ve paid more attention when I used to spend time in her kitchen.
Anyway, about those curtains again… I love them. Adding two more made the whole set up feel more complete. Having just 2 was nice, but felt a little sparse. If I can get the vanity mirror hung, art on the walls, & those doors painted (Joe found the missing semi gloss trim paint) her room can be called DONE! Only a year + after buying this house we might get our first room done. Lol. I wish real life projects moved at magic tv speed. Ah well, diy may not be fast, but it is rewarding.

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My kids “big” gift was free & I made them help build it

I know that sounds awful, but I prefer to think of it as recycling & helping. Heres the short story.

Some family friends were remodeling their bathroom & asked if we would like the huge 3’x5′ mirror. Since I am captain cheap love a bargain, of course we happily took it. Since Patsy Lou is a “balleriny princess” I figured it would make a great ballet bar with the addition of the side rail of a bunk bed we pulled from a dumpster in Austin. I think dumpster diving in Austin makes us hippies. Anyway, I used the table saw (yay power tools!) to make a very rustic & imperfect frame. The bed rail turned bar was attached to that. The very very heavy mirror is actually resting on the baseboard, which is huge & uber sturdy. The frame holds it against the wall. The whole thing got a coat of pink paint, per request of the balleriny. Some elves spent Christmas eve attaching everything to Patsy’s wall. Lazy elves didnt putty or do touch up painting. Oh well, the toddler didnt care about it not being perfect. I’ll finish it up soon. All in all, it’s a great use for an old mirror. And since it isn’t permanently attached, we can use it later in a bathroom or something normal like that.

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Tackling the to do list

The to do list had been hanging over our heads. We haven’t had any available weekends to work on any big projects. Then the weather turned colder & we had to figure out some way to make the house warmer. Then Nette at This Dusty House wrote about little easy things just sitting in the to do list, like light switch covers that need screwed on. Then I had to do something besides stuff more thanksgiving deserts in my face. So we decided to get to work!

Last night we hung curtains in Patsy Lou’s room that my mom made. She used some of my grandmas old quilt squares & made some others with grandmas old fabric. Then she sewed those to the top of some $10 white Pottery Barn Outlet curtains. Oh, and when I say “we” hung those, I mean I fed the baby & Joe did the work. 😉 We also did some rearranging so she wouldn’t be sleeping right next to the cold windows.
Next, We switched child watching duties so I could tackle a project. Several of the light switches were missing their switch plate covers. Simple, cheap, short, immediate satisfaction. My favorite kind of diy project!
We also installed one of the window units in the bathroom (again read “we” as “Joe”) so it wouldn’t be freezing cold in the mornings. Hopefully it will also help Bug’s room since her door lines up with the bathroom door.
Moving a spare lamp & two spare doors upstairs from the playroom made things feel much less temporary in there. Hanging a hook rail added much needed function. Now we have storage for jackets & bags (& babies*) so the table doesn’t have to be the primary dumping zone.

Here are some photos of the updates. And a bonus shot of the traveling pink Christmas tree.

*Baby hanging it’s awesomely cute, but we are not moronic enough to actually hang the kid from a hook in the drywall. Do not hang your kid on the wall! It’s like eating them. Baby thighs might nomable looking, but actually nomming them will result in serious injury.

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Almost as bad as boob lights

I have a pet peeve. Lights where you can see the bulb annoy the daylights out of me! I want to look at a fixture, preferably a pretty one, not at light bulbs. This house has 7 ceiling fans that came with it, & another that we added. Can you guess which 7 have lights with visible bulbs? The one we bought for the nursery had a boob light (the kind that are an upside down dome with a fastener in the middle that makes the while thing just look like a boob), which I also can’t stand. But do you know how many ceiling light kits have an option that hides the bulbs & isn’t a boob light? Very few. Even fewer in my price range. Someday, I’m going to change out all the light kits on these fans… Uh oh. I think my to do list just cried a little at getting longer (again).

Here is the fan in Patsy’s room. Which is on. Along with the air conditioner. In the middle of November. Throwing in a picture of Patsy from the zoo this morning just because shes cute.

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More goodwill luck

We bought this a few months ago, but I don’t think I’ve put it on here. It’s something I certainly want to remember the back story on, so here goes.

Janet & I were shopping for baby gear & toddler clothes during the summer when I was uber pregnant. We headed off to one of my favorite stores that happens to be a decent distance from my parents house where we were living, so I don’t get there often. I was so excited as we pulled up! And then they were closed. As in it’s now a dog clothes store closed, not just closed that day closed. And I was a bit sad. And grr. So we hit the highway again for the next resale shop which was closer to home & one I’d been to just 6 weeks or so before. Closed. Not even kidding. Luck seemed to have declared us enemies that day. In am attempt to not waste a shopping day with someone along to help wrangle the toddler, we chanced I’ve more store. Shouldn’t I have known to just go to good old Goodwill from the start? Sure you might sometimes be tackled by toddlers in the toys, dumbfounded by shoulder pads THAT big, knocked out by the stench from an icky pair of sneakers, or have to wait in line for 30 minutes, but it’s all good at Goodwill! Because there might just be that 100% cashmere sweater in your size for $5! Oh, wait. Wrong story, but that one is true, too. Todays story was the vanity. A sweet-perfectly yellow-solid wood-dove tailed drawered little girls vanity. For $19.99. And then the heavens opened, a chorus sang “hallelujah” & off I scurried to the check out.

I love this little vanity, & am more than a little jealous it’s too small for me. 😉 It’s perfect in bugs room, though we still need to attach the mirror. Can just see her sitting & playing with make up, organizing her jewelry & keeping treasures in it. All far more romantic dreams than the current socks, underwear & pajamas it holds in it’s current duty. All in time though, right? Any other Goodwill hunters out there find a, good bargain? Find anything that made you scratch your head? Do tell!

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