2014 Goals for the Rest of the House


  • add hardwoods
  • refinish some retro cabinets to add to the wall for storage
  • find and refinish a desk

Spare Bath

  • figure out a color scheme
  • find a vanity

Master Bedroom

  • add hardwoods
  • add sliding barn door to bathroom
  • look for nightstands to refinsh
  • paint door for master closet and add mirror before hanging up, barn door style
  • (possibly) new door and fixture to bedroom

Spare Bedroom

  • find non-faux woodgrain closet doors to replace existing ones
  • convert from bifold doors to French door style
  • (possibly) hardwoods (they’ll be ordered for sure though)


  • decide on ‘future tile’
  • solarize more of my yard in my goal to xeriscaping it
  • organize my garage

That should keep me busy 🙂


Next major project

I think will need to be flooring. The living room carpet looks horrible with paint splotches and I’m sure there is plaster dust from the depopcorning a couple weekends ago too.

Besides that, the kitties like to paw and claw at the edges since the carpet wasn’t installed right. 

Right now, I’ve taped down some areas with anything from packing tape to Hello Kitty “duck” tape. (stayin’ klassy there)

So yeah – I’ve been doing more research on options. I had been set on stranded bamboo but then started to read up more on the product. I realized that some of them have resins made of formaldehyde. So I am back to shopping for the right type of flooring.

This means I probably won’t be going to some of the discount flooring stores. This also means I’ll be spending a little more on flooring to get something without the VOCs and stuff. 

It needs to be harder than oak with no glues or resins made with harmful chemicals. I’m not dead set on handscraping now either. I think that might be too trendy. 

Ideally, I want a floor that I could use throughout the whole house. (Well, everywhere I want to add wood flooring to. So it can’t be too dark due to the painted, living room ceiling and I don’t want it too light (like that natural bamboo color). 

I’m also re-visiting the idea of using reclaimed wood as flooring. 

I have a really rough estimate now so I know what to expect price wise.

In the meantime, I’ll work on smaller (less expensive) projects. 

Light for Spare Bath?

I think I found my lighting solution for my spare bath. As you can see from the picture, the current light fixture is fairly low which leaves a huge empty space above. I think I found my lighting solution

The height is 10 inches which would give the needed height. I also wanted something that was a little more unique than what you’d see in the big box stores. The conical shape is what caught my eye. 

I’m gonna mull it over for a bit first though. 🙂

Update on Reclaimed Floors

Now doing more research, it might not be possible because I have a slab floor and would, in theory, have to add a plywood subfloor before the actual wood. 

I think engineered might be the way to go but I’ll do more research and actually talk to flooring people (other than the Lumber Liquidator or Floor Decor folks). Maybe I’ll actually visit one of the reclaimed wood places and talk to them. 

UPDATE — it looks like reclaimed engineered flooring is available but will need to be sourced. I’ve got time :).

More flooring ideas

I’ve narrowed down my flooring idea. I went to Floor & Decor last night to look at their stuff and I decided on stranded bamboo because it is tough and doesn’t have that typical bamboo flooring look. 

The first pic are the two samples. Darker one is Decatur and the lighter one is Patina. Against the light and the house, it looks like Decatur is the best choice. 

The second pic is Decatur against my proposed tile – Emser Sakai in Agave. I think it is a good pairing and even Puck agrees. 

And why do I need to look at flooring? Third pic explains – Yes, that is Hello Kitty Duck Tape. The kittens have started to tear some of the edges because I don’t think it was installed correctly so now I have tape on the floor…KLASSY. 

Artsy idea for spare room

Instead of the traditional headboard for the spare room, I searched high and low for something different. Had some fun ideas but opted for displaying more pictures in a slightly different way – acrylic. 

These were photos that I took before I moved to Austin. I was at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma and this was the ceiling of a bridge designed by Chihuly. 

I found a company online that can do the acrylic photos with the standoff mounting hardware which you can see in the last photo. It looks absolutely awesome but it is a bit spendy. If I get more of my photos done, they’ll be bigger pieces and maybe go on either side of the plasma TV.