Captain towel hook!

January 19, 2012

Wanna see what I have been up to lately? I hung this towel hook all by myself in the master bathroom.  I was tired of opening the shower door completely to reach the towel rack behind it.  It is butt cold in the bathroom at 530 in the morning!

So instead, I am now able to hang it right outside so I only have to peak outside of the door to grab it then slam the shower door shut.

Best 5 minutes I have spent since we moved in.


Kitchen Redo Part 1 – Doors and drawers

January 12, 2012

Before we moved in, we decided to paint the kitchen.  I quickly found out that my assumptions about painting were correct:  I hated it!  So i focused on some other projects and I came back a day later and L had magically transformed THIS

Out of the kitchen and into the living room

into THIS!

So I removed all of the hardware from the cabinets and cabinet doors (I only lost one screw in the process).  I bought a fresh can of BIN Shellac Primer and a brand new Black & Decker random orbital sander and got to work!

So there I was, on the floor of my basement with a bunch of paper unrolled and a bunch of sanded wood.  I got my paint roller and my spray cans and i’m ready to go.  Then I have this realization that I have NO CLUE WHAT I AM DOING!

Of course, me being the fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants type, I just start painting!

I did take a quick break for a Monster energy drink though.  I was briefly, highly addicted to them. I am trying to ween myself off of them now and am incurring daily caffeine headaches because of it though.

I sanded all of the grime, wood stain, and lacquer off of the cabinets to get down to the base wood.  Our cabinets aren’t of the highest quality so I had to be careful about how I sanded.  I didn’t want to chip anything.  If you plan on doing this, I highly suggest that you buy a mask and goggles for sanding and possibly some ear plugs as it is really loud.  I also would suggest the sanding sponges for the intricate crevices of the cabinet.

I used both a spray paint primer and a roller primer and I would  suggest going with the spray paint if you can afford it!  It was easier to get into the cracks and edges and whatnot with the spray paint and it was also quicker to apply and dry.  The spray paint cans covered about 3 full cabinets (front and back) or 6 sides of a cabinet if you do all fronts at a time which is what I did.

I figured out that you had to move the paint can in a very smooth, even motion and I was doing this under my deck since I don’t have a garage.  When it got windy, it was VERY difficult to get even coats.  I would highly suggest doing it indoors if you have a well ventilated area and don’t mind getting paint dust on EVERYTHING.

Back to me!  Once I got painting on the doors, I couldn’t stop!  It was like I was possessed!  Check out the process in the gallery below!

After that was all said and done, I left for the night and returned a couple days later.  I will take pictures tomorrow of the final product to share with you.  BTW, I just want to say sorry for the terrible photos.  I am not familiar with my camera at all yet and I am still trying to get used to the settings.  I realized halfway through taking the pictures that I had it on some funky setting.  I tried to alter the photos with my photo editing software, but I am an amateur at that as well.

Please, forgive G!

Some random photos of my house!

January 8, 2012

Oops, sorry.  I meant to say OUR house.

I wanted to share a few pictures (FINALLY!)

First off, let me make a couple excuses as to why it has taken me a couple months to do so.  My 2nd TV/Computer monitor broke.  My Laptop doesn’t have a screen so I needed to set up my desk/old monitor.  Then i tried to upload the pictures three times and it didn’t work!  So my TV is now fixed and I am displaying the few pictures of the house that I took before we painted the entire thing.  Unfortunately, I didn’t take pics of the upstairs so this is just the main level and Man Cave..

Ok anyways,  On to the next random thought of mine.  My OUR house!  Take a peak at some pictures of the place (I almost said crib, but then I didn’t want anyone to take that as a subtle hint that we were having a kid…because we aren’t)

If you click on a pic, you can cycle through them all in a cool little thing.

Christmas Cheer and Broken electronics

December 30, 2011

Well, I hooked my computer up to my brand new 32″ LCD TV….then I got a virus.  And I spent three days fixing my own computer when I do that all day at work. Bad news is that I lost everything on my hard drive, good news is that my pictures are on my SD card and I didn’t really have anything worth keeping on my hard drive because I work with computers all day and I know how unreliable they are.  I’m sure I will be looking for some data in a few weeks and realize that it was on my laptop though.

After I fixed my computer, my new 32″ LDC TV started flickering and cutting off and on sporadically.  So I called Toshiba and they are sending someone out to replace the mainboard.  I gotta say Toshiba support is SO GOOD!  It’s obvious that they outsource it to another country oversees , but they don’t mess around.  The person you talk to initially, is the person you hang up with.  None of this American, “let me transfer you to someone who can’t help you” phone tag garbage!  VERIZON!

So, with that being said, I always say I am going to get back into writing and posting and then….a million and one things come up and I don’t get around to actually doing it.  I am good at this.  Some call it scatterbrained, others call it ADD, I call it my life! But I really want to get back into writing and posting again.  It’s my circle of sanity 🙂

In the past month I feel like we have bought out the the entire state of Virginia trying to furnish our house home and it still isn’t completely furnished!  Ugh!  This is what being an adult homeowner is all about huh?

I have really really been into remodeling blogs lately and I know that seems pretty girly probably, but I don’t care!  I have extremely manly sides to balance everything out! For example, for Christmas my awesome in-(Santa C)laws bought me THIS!

A reciprocating saw which I promptly used to cute shelves for L! It’s so AWESOME!

I also got THIS from my genius wife/Santa Clausette!

I haven’t used this yet, but I have a few projects in mind. I will explain them in a later post though.  L thinks I am completely crazy but…she supports me so I have love her for that alone!!  For now,  This is all you get!

I am working on a new years resolution post that I will probably put out on New Years Day!

December 13, 2011

So we moved in a couple weeks ago and during the packing process L packed up the entire kitchen.  We have this long running feud regarding boxes vs duffel bags.  I am a huge duffel bag fan and she is a fan of boxes.  Duffel bags can carry almost anything except for furniture and dishes.  And you can haul like 4 bags at once!  Boxes are awkward and hurt your back, it’s quite a pain if you ask me (and since this is my blog, i’m going to pretend that you did)

Up until the move day, I had never used movers and had never seen them in action.  If you haven’t either, I highly recommend you hire some and watch them work their magic!

Anyways….back to the real spectacle.  L labled about 40 boxes “Kitchen”  I was thinking that there’s NO WAY that all these can go in the kitchen.   I mean, look at this!

This isn't so bad right?

There can’t be that many boxes there right??

Wow...This is a lot of boxes!

So…here’s my thing.  I don’t understand how all of these boxes fit into the kitchen.  You’d think that Food Network was sponsoring our kitchen.  Let me tell you…they are not.  I am sponsoring our kitchen.  Along with PNC Bank by way of my paychecks.

I sure can’t wait for some of the best meals my stomach has ever experienced in our new kitchen!


We moved in….

December 4, 2011

HEY!  We moved in.  Tuesday.  The movers were late, but the moved the entire apartment into our house in about 3.5 – 4 hours.  In my eyes, they are genius children.  I am sitting in my man cave right now, with my laptop attached to the 32″ TV that I bought on Cyber Monday.  Right now, it looks like a small tornado blew through my man cave.  All of the dors are open, boxes everywhere. It’s a mess, but soon I know it will turn into a beautiful situation!

But first, a trip to Ikea!! Then to Walmart to pick up my new 43″ TV for the living room!  ooooh!!!! Fancy!

I have so much to post about when I get time. Hopefully while I watch TV today… I mean unpack some more.

DIY Dude in the making

November 28, 2011

So with the new house, it needs some work.  Another thing that needs work are my DIY skills.

I grew up in a new house so nothing really ever needed to be repaired.  The most I ever remember building was a rabbit fence with my dad once.  (Good story)

We wanted to grow some watermelon in the backyard (so stereotypical and country!).  So we went and got some seeds from the local hardware store and planted them in the backyard along with some corn and a few other pointless veggies.  We waited about a week and then went to check on them.  Low and behold there were some sprouts!  So about another week or so later we went back to check and there were about 15 holes in our “garden“.

Something was eating our stuff!  Dad assumed that they were rabbits and he had an easy fix for them!  A rabbit fence.  So we got a few 2x4s and like 50 yards (which was 48 yards too long) of chicken wire and built us a fence to go around the “garden“.  We then replanted all of the fruit and waited a couple weeks.

When we checked it again,  I was astonished to find that these rabbits had both chewed through the chicken wire and had dug underneath it to get the seeds.  It never really occured to me that they could have been regular ol’ everyday squirrels.  Either way, that was pretty much the beginning and end of me using a hammer, nails, and a flimsy hand saw.

So here I am; getting my DIYness underway. I am getting ready to become a full fledged DOer!  There’s one big thing stopping me though.  Tools.

I think that I am supposed to have some things tools or something in order to build stuff with right?  Well, I have a hammer, some screws (drywall), drill, basic toolkit, random orbital sander, and an extension cord ….end of list.

So as you can see, I have about the same amount of tools as an amish grandmother.  I desperately need to upgrade my tools if I want to become as cool as DIY Diva.

So here is my list of tools that I am realizing that I will need for a few projects that I have in mind.  Disclaimer: This is NOT a sly wink wink attempt at a public Christmas list.

  • Mitre saw
  • Circular saw
  • Jig saw
  • Table saw
  • Router
  • Work bench
  • Sawhorse
  • 10 different types of vices
  • Clamp on straight edge
  • Shop Vac

The good news is that I will be purchasing at least two of these items in the VERY near future.  Possibly tomorrow in fact! Actually, that idea just got nixed by the queen.  Apparently we need furniture first.  Another dream bites the dust.