So you may know that I’ve got a huge laundry room that is literally just four walls and the washer/dryer. There are no cabinets, no shelves, nothing. It’s a blank slate and I’ve been racking my brain what to do with it. I knew I needed a drop-off place instead of letting things congregate on the counter, so I took the first step and built a bench.
This bathroom remodel/reno is definitely an on-going process, filled with lots of different steps. First, I removed all the wallpaper, a tedious task made only slightly better by my iPod. What was left was pretty ugly, tbh. I had two options: sand the walls really well so they could potentially be painted over directly, or skim coat.
I have not forgotten about this blog! It’s been a busy time of year, both at work and at home, and I was traveling for two weeks which made working on the house not possible. I’m back, however, and the house projects have not stopped. They are eternally ongoing. I’ve had the house for 6 months now, and lived here about 4 which I guess means time to do bigger projects? So I’m starting with the bathroom.
Patience may be a virtue but it’s not one I have a lot of. I can be patient when necessary, but I get restless easily, especially when I’m waiting for something I’ve been expecting. It’s been six weeks since I bought furniture. Six weeks since they told me, “It’ll be two to six weeks.”
This whole buying a house thing has turned out to be a lot of work. It doesn’t help that I’ve been sick for the past month, but that’s all behind me now (right? I hope so. I’m tired of being sick). Not that being sick slowed me down at all, which was probably part of the reason it lasted so long. That and it turned out to be worse than I thought. Either way, sick or not, there are still a million things to do to the house. This weekend, it was the laundry room.
So I’ve had this desk for four years–I got it off Craiglist when I moved down to Texas and decided for some reason that I needed a desk. I really didn’t need a desk. I don’t do anything at a desk. When I use my laptop, it’s usually from a chair or the bed, not the desk with the uncomfortable and ugly chair, another $10 Craigslist find. The desk is one of those cheap, ugly, Walmart desks just like the kind I had in my college apartment that I sold after a year. For a long time, the desk sat unused, then it became my sister’s “office” desk at her house, but now that I’m in my own house, it was finally time to do something about it.
I’ve moved a lot in my life. I’ve lived in 6 states, 3 countries, and more houses and apartments than I can count. And moving sucks every time. Actually, moving overseas was pretty easy since I only took a couple suitcases. It’s all packing up boxes, or if you’re just moving across town, tossing things in the car and making a thousand trips.
What I’m trying to say is that I finally moved in.
Well, it’s been almost two months since I got the keys. I still haven’t moved in, but we’re getting a lot closer. Dare I say it, February will be the month? A girl can dream anyway. In the meantime, we may have finally surpassed all the “big” projects and gotten down to the little things we’ve got left. Like hot water!
Electricity is kind of scary when you think about it, and messing with electricity in a house made me a little nervous, but it had to be done. Okay, it didn’t have to be done, but I wanted it done. After we’d painted and painted again, I couldn’t just leave the ugly, old, almond-colored switches and plugs. They had to go, but that meant I had to mess with electricity. I’m glad to say I survived and I’m going to show you how I did.
It’s official. I hate painting.
Considering painting is one of the easiest things to do to a house, you may wonder why I hate it so much. I didn’t used to until I sprayed this entire house, then went back and painted the living room, kitchen, bathroom, AND dining room.