Tanker Desk – aka Lola Update

It had been over a year since I got the tanker desk and I did start working on a few pieces. Unfortunately, the project was just too big and too time consuming for me.

In order for this to have been successful, I seriously needed body shop equipment to take out the rust and the dings on this thing. Then when it came time to paint, a simple coat of spray primer and Rustoleum paint wasn’t going to cut it. I was quoted about $500 for powder coating which was one option. The other was to take it to get it painted but the shop never got back to me.

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It wasn’t an easy decision to give up on the project because I had already put some time and effort in disassembling. I had even started working on a couple of the drawers. As much as I wanted to continue, I also had to realize how big the desk was for my office and once it was reassembled, it wasn’t going to be moved.

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It’s now out in the curb. Sadly, this desk is most likely going to end up as scrap but there is always an off chance that someone will drive by, see it, and decide they want to make this into their pet project.

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Playing Musical Lights

Light #1

One of the things I realized, after getting the new front door, entry area needed to be kicked up a couple notches. Painting was one of the ideas (but that will probably happen later in the year).

The other idea was to get a new fixture. The original idea was a Sputnik/atomic style light similar to the picture below but instead of it being a semi-flush or chandelier, it would have been a flush mounted fixture.

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While doing research, I realized that something completely vintage was pretty pricey and would require wiring to be updated. Then I looked for a new version and was going to have one ordered but then it occurred to me that because it was going to be an entryway/foyer light, I wouldn’t get much use out if it.

So I began to rethink the idea and decided to order a chandelier for the dining room instead.

The before picture (this was an old one – probably a few months after I had moved in):

And the after:

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Right before I got the fixture and the 16 light bulbs, I changed out the dimmer switch. I hadn’t realized when I installed the switch a few years ago, that there were different ones for LED/CFLs and Incandescent/halogens.

Unfortunately, I didn’t buy the CORRECT one for the bulbs I was using. I ordered 2W filament LED bulbs and right on the box, it showed which dimmer switch it was compatible with. (The first clue was also how the flights flashed on and off—much like an alert—when I tried to brighten them.) It was also about three times as expensive because it was for low voltage bulbs.

Once I got that in, I moved the previous dimmer into the office.

So now, it is in a more prominent space and I use it every day.

Light #2:

Once I got the Sputnik chandelier up, I debated whether or not to move that fixture over to the entryway. It would require that I shorten the chain considerably which I had the tools. I wasn’t sure if it would look right as a semi-flush but was willing to try.

The previous light that I had installed not too long ago:

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The after:

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One thing I might end up adding later on is some sort of decorative piece before I attach the canopy. The size barely covered the junction box up there. That was a pretty simple install except I had to look for the instruction manual on this one because the wiring isn’t a simple black wire and then a white wire. This one had a ridged wire coating while the other was smooth.

Light #3

The hallway to the bedrooms had a CFL fixture which I wasn’t crazy about. Plus, it was only one light so it didn’t always seem like it was enough.

The before (this was the same style as the entry light before I made the changes):

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Continuing with my own brand of repurposing, I used the light previous entry way light. This was probably the quickest install of the three. It was done in less than an hour. The fixture as well as the LED lights really made a big difference.

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Curbside Appeal – New Paint Job!

It had taken a while to decide whether or not to get my house painted. This year’s stormy weather didn’t help as some of the old paint started to chip off.

I knew at some point I was going to have to hire someone to do this work because a) bugs automatically gravitate towards me and I get bitten in minutes, b) the heat, and c) it would involve ladders.

I got a few bids to be smart as I started to wade through paint swatches. (I’m really happy I waited because a couple years ago, I had wanted a bright, spring green color with dark brown trim which would have clashed with my existing brick façades.)

I found a painter that wasn’t the least expensive, nor was he the most expensive. He was able to not just do the prepwork, he replaced some siding that was rotted or was rotting out.

So the before picture (this was the official listing photo for the house 4 years ago):

With the help of my friend Sanders, I was able to narrow down my colors. I wanted a clean look and decided not to use a separate trim color for the fascia and the shutters like before. I wanted one color (a grayish color for the body that didn’t clash with the brick) with a bit of pop around the front door and the same color was to be used on the patio door. According to some really BASIC research on feng shui, the best color would be bluish to represent water.

I got samples and painted them onto a piece of foam board (with Puck supervising).

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Then put it out to look at the colors during different times of the day. I had a feeling San Antonio Gray was the best match when I taped the little sample square onto the house one weekend. This just confirmed it. It was the blue that was harder to pick but in the end, Ash Blue was the winner.

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The work—

One of the first things he did was remove the decorative railing on the porch. The posts had started to rot at the bottom and since they weren’t load bearing, I decided I didn’t want them anymore. Then some siding panels were replaced (one section looked as though mushrooms were growing from it.) 😦 After pressure washing the house, even more paint peeled off, giving my house a really dilapidated, hobo look to it.

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There was a lot of bondo, sanding, and sealing after that. (The second picture is the porch without the railing now.)

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Then I came home to a painted house! First thing I noticed was NO MORE ORANGEY COLOR! 🙂

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Yep, it’s the right color. IMG_3810

View from inside the house looking towards the porch.

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Sunrise picture of house (note the orange trim was still on the door). IMG_3813

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Then came the blue:

Spraying the patio door. I thought it looked cool and artsy. 🙂 IMG_3818

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It’s a little overexposed but there is a hint of the blue trim from the curb. IMG_3820 IMG_3824 View from the back.

It looks great though now I will need to really start working on the curb appeal and landscape the yard a little.

Sometimes, Bigger isn’t Always Better

The storage trunk I bought months ago turned out to be a bust. Not only was it a little TOO big for the room (especially considering the tanker desk still isn’t ready yet), but I couldn’t get rid of the mothball odor.

I tried Fabreeze, Lysol, baking soda, 2 cans of coffee grinds before I brought it outside to strip off the fabric and prime it. Then I painted over it with the intention of covering it with fabric or contact paper. I never got that far, because the smell never left. In fact, all the other substances just seemed to add to the mothball scent.

I started to look once more for a ) a smaller size trunk b) one that didn’t smell.

I managed to find one. It was a little more spendy than the one I bought but was in much better condition than the one I had before. And it was metal footlocker type trunk.

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A much more manageable size when looking at them side by side.

I switched the wheels over to the smaller trunk and brought it into the office. It was definitely a much better proportion than the one before. (Puck had to inspect it, of course.)

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Compared to the trunk before:

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It will need a little work on the inside since it has some contact paper liner that is not quite my style. 😉

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New Door!

Today I got my front door installed!

Goodbye, 6-panel steel door:

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And HELLO to my new, more modern door:

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I had the installer remove my old trim since it would need to be replaced.  I had originally planned to buy the trim and had it ready and painted by install day but, things were too busy so I bought them that morning and didn’t install it until in the afternoon.

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View of the door hardware:

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Right now, the orange really clashes with the door. 😦 I have plans already to get the exterior done and will finalize the colors later in the month. (THEN I’ll post a pic of the door from outside)

Box Spring Cover

 

I ordered a bed last week and thought about some sort of mattress cover or something to hide the box spring.

 

I had used a dust ruffle for a while even though it didn’t really work with my last bed (sleigh style). The new bed was a panel bed which wouldn’t accommodate a dust ruffle either. Plus, with two cats, it got dirty QUICK.

I tried using a sheet and tucking the ends under but it never looked neat.

Searching the internet, I found that there were covers specifically made for box springs but they were a bit spendy and looked boring.

Of course then I looked at DIY sites for ideas. I found one that seemed interesting —using fabric, a staple gun, and some product to adhere to the top of the box spring.

So I went to one fabric store and found this in the home fabric section. I bought 2.5 yards just to be safe.

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I cut out the fabric wide enough to cover the sides and at first, tried to use stitch tape for the top of the box spring. Big mistake because I sort of burned a couple holes from the iron. Since I didn’t have any fabric glue, I ended up using my trusty hot glue gun instead and first covered the corners before covering the sides.

What I forgot to do was post a before pic of the box spring but the pic below sort of works.

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I did pay a price on the heat gun and that was the form of some nasty blisters. 😦 I was icing my fingers when I took the pic.

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But it looked good once it was done and that was the important thing.

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And when it peeks out from the bed:

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Oh and here’s the new bed since the other bed was used as a makeshift climber for the cats.

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New Front Door 

 

 

 

 

I finally decided on a front door today. I had been looking off and on for a long time since I wanted something a little modern and different from the front door I have right now.

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The new door had to have some windows and I had thought these would look nice. The problem with the first door was the fact that it had large pieces of glass and I didn’t think I would feel secure. The vertical one was cool but I didn’t think it worked with my house.

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I thought the idea of having horizontal slats would be the best but narrower.

The first thing I had to do though was figure out the direction my door was facing for feng shui purposes. I don’t necessarily follow it but figured it never hurts to have good ju-ju. 🙂 I got a compass and it showed that my door faced North. My original idea of having a red door wasn’t going to work and I was a little bummed out. (Always wanted a red door but it was not meant to be) A blue or black door, however, would work.

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So today, I put in an order for this door (probably this very model which is a mahogany with an ebony finish) and this handleset – Emtek’s Davos in a satin nickel. I originally thought a flat black finish would look amazing but wasn’t sure how the Texas weather would treat the flat black in 5-10 years. The inside lever would be the same as my existing ones (Stuttgart).

They’ll be at the house to measure and tally up the cost (eeks!).

 

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