Office is Done (for now)

I finished painting the living room office other than touch up paint and stuff.


I also have a defined area for my desk and a future loungey area for my reading nook (once I get working on the closet).

I did realize I’ll need to redo my electronics once I redo my stereo cabinet. I want all the stuff to fit in there to keep things clean.

I also need some geometric patterned drapes in turquoise too. That wall is too plain right now.


The wall isn’t THAT yellow it’s evening so it shows up wonky on the camera.

Reworking the Office

I started on the office this weekend.

One of the things I had to do before painting was adding another 1×6 header to the sliding rail for the door. When I installed it earlier this year, I didn’t take into consideration that the door would hang at an angle and hit the trim every time I slid the door. Needless to say, I had the door opened most of the time.

I also painted the trim from Super White to Chantilly Lace since that color will go throughout the house.

So after adding the new wood piece, I thought I’d keep some of the turquoise. You might be able to see the pencil line I drew out. IMG_1478


It didn’t work so I quickly decided to use Lemon Ice through the entire office, leaving just the stenciled wall in turquoise.

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What a difference.

It’s not all done. I’ll finish it out next weekend but I did get the door back up and it works! It hangs straight and doesn’t hit the trim now!

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See, not done yet but getting there. The room is definitely brighter. You can also tell that it isn’t bright white. 🙂


Fireplace surround is done!

The top piece of the fireplace was attached yesterday and it now has a nice zinc surround.


What a difference from this.


I still need to add a piece that will stand off from the cement. But for the most part, this is complete. 🙂

CORRECTION – I’m not quite done. I still need to solder the seams together and add some caulk to the sides but the main part is done.

Fireplace update

I hadn’t given up on the project. It has been tedious bending the pieces of metal to shape. Then afterwards, getting them to adhere to the cement facade was another story.

I don’t think I used contact cement properly the first time so it didn’t stick. I just put a layer on both sides and then tried to put them together. Didn’t work.

I didn’t realize I had to let the cement dry a bit so both sides will stick immediately.

That seemed to work a bit.


I still had some loose areas so I used epoxy today and that seemed to work.


I still need to shape the top piece and then add the last piece of metal.

Slowly but surely…

Cat Tree!

So I’ve been looking off an on at cat trees for Floyd and Puck but have never found anything from the big box stores that caught my eye. Most of them are expensive but made not to last.

I got some cool ideas after looking online. There were driftwood trees made in Canada that looked really cool and then there was a juniper tree company that made some cool looking stuff with the twisty wood. So then I thought about making one on my own but juniper isn’t really a native tree here in Austin.

I thought of mesquite but that wood is too hard and figured that would make it more difficult to work with (especially since I’m not really a carpenter). Then I found a guy in Oregon that sells it and can ship it. It was more than I really wanted to spend but I ended up buying some branches but I figured I’d get 2 trees out of it. They arrived on Tuesday and I began to work on it Friday.

The first thing was to find a base. I had an end table top I saw on the curb and was going to use it but realized my design would span out and therefore this particular base wouldn’t be sturdy enough. So Friday morning, I trekked over to the Habitat Restore and found a piece that was a counter top.

IMG_1403 Yep $3. Couldn’t go wrong there. I bought 10 inch bolts to make sure the branches were sturdy. IMG_1405 The problem was, the bolts were too flimsy and I should have stuck to lag screws instead. My impact driver drill had to go through several battery swaps and smelled like the motor was going to burn. 😦 Nope, not good.

My friend Mike stopped by on Friday and managed to get one bolt all the way in but the other one broke off. He suggested lag screws so I ended up back at the hardware store and bought them like I should have in the first place. (DOH!) I didn’t get 10 inch ones but 6 inch and they seem to hold up.

Saturday – woke up early and started to work on securing the first branch (yeah, spent all day Friday and couldn’t even get it fully secured). Managed to get 2 lag screws on in less than an hour using a ratchet.



Then had to find a second piece that would work and then go about in securing the thing down. Got that done before noon.



I went to grab some lag bolts to secure the third piece and grabbed some lunch. It took a while to figure out how to place the third branch so it could hold perches for the cats but I finally got it to work.

I was going to break and get a massage but lo and behold, my garage door wasn’t working and was actually hanging crooked. So I called an emergency service to come out since I couldn’t lower it to the ground, it just hung half way. While the guy worked on the door, I worked on the cat tree and managed to get it done and ready for an oil sealer (which I pretty much just slapped on – I’ll probably use butcher block oil or wax for upkeep in the future).


So Sunday is normally my run day but I was sore and had a bazillion bug bites from working in the garage. I decided to skip my run and go straight to finishing the tree by adding some cheap carpet and adding the perches. I probably should have installed the carpet BEFORE I attached the branches because the carpet is pieced in – like Frankenstein… not really impressive.

I got it to a stage where I could bring it into the house, and that was an adventure in itself. I had to maneuver it around but ended up removing the top branch in order to squeeze it through the front door. I’m sure it was a sight to see. Added carpet to some MDF boards I got for free at one of the big box stores in their lumber scrap bin. (YAY for Free!). Some of the boards, I painted the underside a turquoise blue just for some pizzaz. 🙂

Once I got the perches up, Floyd and Puck inspected it.



I ended up adding some sisal rope for them and Puck decided to demonstrate how to play with said rope.



(You might be able to see  how the bottom carpet is pieced together – I’ve got a turquoise, fluffy blanket on the bottom now to hide it.)

Puck likes the tree and Floyd is slowly warming up to it. 🙂

The second one won’t be as elaborate and will only have 2 branches.

Mid-Century Table is Done!

I should have posted this last week but this table is done! Several coats of gloss paint and it is back in the office. I probably shouldn’t have stripped the old paint off and just primed and prepped it. I couldn’t get the bottom table glass smooth after. 😦

That was my biggest lesson learned in this project and will remember when I work on other pieces for this room. 🙂



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