We bought a house!

Okay let me back up. In May 2014, we bought a house! We actually put an offer in on the house in October 2013, but it was sold as a short sale and the process was as bad as realtors on HGTV say it is, if not worse. But the house was a steal, in an unbelievable neighborhood within a great town, super short commute to NY Penn Station, you know, pretty much perfect. Except it was in rough shape. These were the original real estate listing photos. They didn’t scare us. Sure, there were some really really questionable paint colors…

Renovation Plans Announced!

Again. Apologies. Long time no post. Original Floorplan Bryan made of the house by modeling it in 3d … he’s so amazing <3333 We’ve been busy working out the details of our renovation plans and am extremely pleased to announce that we’ve finalized them!  Our goal is to turn our three bedroom Cape Cod house into a college rental that sleeps at least 5.  We ran through several iterations on the plan, including replacing the second floor with a true full story addition turning the two upstairs bedrooms into four bedrooms, as well as building off the back of the…

Armoires almost done!

Its been awhile. I know. What can I say.  Its really hard to work full time, go to graduate school, work on house projects and plan a major renovation. But I have news! My armoires are almost done! HOORAH!!! So last we left off, I was having second thoughts about the brass hardware.  I attempted to Rub n Buff it but the finish wasn’t working out so great.  I was hoping to try some different methods to get the finish I was after.  I was going to attempt find something called Blue Magic, but Bryan recommended that we give the…

SURPRISE! We bought and installed a ceiling fan!

Remember when I went on and on about the ceiling fan I wanted?  It was this number from Home Depot and sold for $279 but I was confident I could get it on sale closer to $99. Well I watched for a sale. Memorial Day rolled by: nothing. Then Fourth of July: still nothing.  Every time we went into a Home Depot I looked to see if they had it in store: nope. So I finally decided that it was time to move on.  Spending close to $300 on a fan that will be mine for less than a year…

I’m addicted to Craigslist.

Its true.  And its a serious problem.  I have Craigslist open in a tab, sometimes, multiple tabs (gotta monitor craigslist.org/fuo in as many as 6 local subsites [Central Jersey, North Jersey, NYC, Philadelphia and sometimes Jersey Shore and South Jersey]).  I know I don’t have room for any more furniture right now. I know that I don’t. Buuuutttttt……. I.cannot.help.myself! Case in point: This beaut just showed up.  Its a fantastic mahogany china cabinet that needs a lot of work but it is crazy cheap at only $150.  I instantly envisioned it looking like a multi-thousand dollar Restoration Hardware piece like…

Change of Hardware: From drop pulls to disco balls

A couple weeks ago, we swung by Anthro after work to check out the hardware options.  At this point, I was pretty set on getting drop pulls, however, I had some reservations about the drawer handles.  The option I picked out earlier were nice, but I was afraid they were a little too old lady-ish (don’t get me wrong, I love me some Granny chic, but too much of it and you really lose the chic part and just get dated and meh). The other main concern was that the separation between the bolts on the current hardware was 5.5″…

Another Drawer Update

I know this is getting boring at this point.  But working full time (+ some) and going to graduate school doesn’t leave much time for projects at night. Maybe one day my day job will be to stay at home and do projects all day…. until then, the snails’ pace wins. The paper from Smock arrived on Saturday while I was in New York City for the day with friends who were in town from LA. I dragged the huge box inside in the wee hours of Sunday morning when we finally arrive back home.  Sunday morning proper, I opened…

Dream Bathroom Design

My previous post about the small improvements we made to our extremely tiny bathroom got me thinking about what I want the bathroom to look like after the renovations were complete. I turned to Pinterest for inspiration, naturally. I am of the opinion that bathrooms should be black and white.  Not only is it simply the most classic of all possible color combinations, I also believe that since this is the area that many of use to get ready for the day, that black and white designs make the perfect backdrop for nearly every outfit one could wear.  These kinds…

Lining the Drawers – Updates!

Our weekend didn’t go totally according to plan.  Saturday, my wonderful father came over to help Pete clean out the gutters around the whole house in an attempt to resolve a water disaster (more on this later, I’m sure).  I spent much of the day making sure Mira, our dog, didn’t run away. I did, however, look up the hours of Joy Cards studio in Princeton, to see how late I could swing by the shop to pick up the paper for my project. Unfortunately, I discovered, that they really aren’t a store, in the traditional sense.  You have to…