Updating the outdoor lighting

I started to plan my outdoor space today. I have ideas right now and have just started to transfer them on paper. 

In the meantime, I did give my house a minor facelift. A new light fixture. The porch light now has a yellow light bulb so bugs won’t attack my guests and its new fixture is on order and scheduled to arrive mid March.

So the before pic is what came with the house. Blah and looked really weathered. I don’t know how old it was. The new fixture came from Lowes. It was on clearance and because the install kit was missing, they knocked an additional $20 off of it to $30 since I had to buy the stuff separately. It even has a dusk to dawn sensor in it too which I didn’t realize at first and thought I messed up on the install. 

One of the things I had to buy, I’m attaching because it was just too damn funny. Seriously, who names these things?!!!!

New paint on spare room

Finished (for the most part) painting the spare room last night. 

The dark brown wall is Benjamin Moore – Stone Brown – a very beautiful, deep, rich color. Then I used BM Iced Slate which is a soft grey blue color. Right now, the room is picking up more of the blue than grey. (Maybe because it is a rainy day?) Thanks again Sanders!! 🙂

New (working) stove!

I got a new stove today. It wasn’t a purchase I originally intended to buy right away but I sort of got into a bacon incident when I first moved to the house that involved a fire extinguisher. 

Since then, I was afraid to use the oven even though the cooktop part worked. It got to the point where I just had to do something and that was to buy a new stove. So… what to buy… I went to my neighborhood Lowes and ended up with this new bad boy.

I’ve got the ovens turned on right now and had to take down my smoke alarms because I guess with new ovens you need to burn off the residue. Damn alarms kept going off making a ton of racket. BUT it looks good. 

I’m attempting Brunswick Stew this weekend… I think.

Amazing what spray paint can do

Before and After

I decided to change the hardware on my liquor cabinet. As you can see from the first pic (well, sort of) it had the antique brassy look. 

I took off all the metal hardware and used Oil Rubbed Bronze metallic spray paint. I keep a can of it handy to use on most of my metal stuff that is hung. My coworker said it adds a little more oomph to stuff you’d buy at Hobby Lobby and stuff like that and I agree with her. 

So here is the cabinet with the newly dressed up metal. Now it matches the rest of the house. 🙂

Owie :(

Dumbass and Scary moment – 

I tried to clean my attic yesterday since I knew the previous owner left a bunch of stuff up there. I stepped onto sheet rock, not realizing there wasn’t a 2×4 there and fell through. Yeah, it was scary as hell and I am damn lucky I just got bruises including a bruised and busted ego. It could have been much, MUCH worse. 

So now, I have an unplanned repair in the future of fixing the damn motherf’ing hole. In the meantime, I’m pretending I don’t have an attic. 

Today I’m feeling better, I even went on a 5.2 mile run. My arm is still bruised and tender. I wish I could say it was ink and that I wanted a nebula on my arm but I don’t think I can get away with that. Hopefully this Arnica gel will work.