Adventures in Furniture Painting

So I’m finally getting around to posting my dresser-painting adventures. I have this tendency to forget to take before pictures. I already hadmost ofthe drawer hardware taken off before i remembered to and I didn’t have the time or desire to put all the drawers IN the dresser for a before picture, so this is the best I got…just a before picture of a drawer.07-30-201403-3This was a 4 day project. Thursday evening I took off all the hardware, filled the bolt holes with wood putty and drilled new ones because I switched to knobs, which only require one hole instead of two.07-30-201404-3Friday I said screw you to the weather (which had been storms all week), and started priming anyway. Lesson learned from priming:  Oil-based anything is an absolute nightmare and I never want to use it again.

I was very impressed with my ability to literally cover myself with paint while doing this…to the point where I wasn’t sure what I was trying to paint, the dresser or myself. Not to mention the confidence I had when marching my paint-splattered self into Walmart on multiple occasions this weekend. I wanted to capture that detail of this project, so these photos happened.07-30-201401-2

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Here’s the dresser after priming.

07-30-201401-3The next day was spent painting the dresser itself and then helping Bryan move in. Luckily since his dad was in town helping him, I got help moving my dresser back to the bedroom so I could use my balcony space to paint the drawers the next day.

Painting the drawers was time consuming and I didn’t take many progress photos because I was messy and didn’t want paint all over my camera. I did the white first, then the red. But when I started doing the red, I kept getting red finger prints on the white. And it takes a couple coats of white to cover that shit up. Luckily the only real time consuming part was waiting for it to dry…so I still got a lot of other stuff done in between the many coats of paint I did.

And finally on Sunday night I put the new hardware on, and reassembled the thing. I was too exhausted after that to even bother putting my clothes in it so I put it off until the morning.

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And I’m never painting furniture again.

Homemade Laundry and Dishwasher Detergents

So I did a lot of stuff this weekend. Mainly painting my dresser. But I can’t get finished pictures of it because the sun has started setting and there is no light. So that will be shared in a later post. Tonight I’ll share something else I accomplished this weekend. I made my own Laundry AND dishwasher detergents. I also did the calculations for how much they cost me. The laundry detergent was about half the cost of a 50oz bottle of liquid tide, but it’s a little over half a gallon of dry detergent. To me that’s a win. And the dish soap cost me about 5 bucks for a half gallon of dry detergent. I’m not sure what I usually pay for dish washing detergent, but that sounds cheap in my book. And the dish soap is super easy.

Laundry Detergent:

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I didn’t add scented crystals to mine. I thought the bar soap smelled like candy and also I didn’t want to buy another ingredient. Also the bar soap took forever to grate. I read in the comments someone said they put theirs in their blender/food processor. But I just got a brand new blender that I haven’t used yet, and didn’t want to risk it in case it didn’t work.

Dish Detergent: 1 cup borax, 1 cup washing soda (or baking soda will work, as well), 1/2 cup citric acid, and 1/2 cup of kosher salt as a scrubbing agent. Use vinegar as your rinsing agent.

I got the jars from Walmart and made the labels with vinyl and my Silhouette Cameo. Looking forward to using my new money-saving soap!

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Eat the Same Thing Every Day

So I came up with this idea kind of mid-cooking last night. I have watched my wonderful coworker Hannah do the 30 days of Paleo this past month where she ate chicken drumsticks and carrots for lunch nearly every day (with the exception of a couple days).

I’ve been eating turkey/spinach/cheese wraps for lunch every day for the last two weeks because I had been avoiding grocery shopping during the apartment transition and I bought the ingredients for them to keep in the fridge at work. That is how long it’s taking me to go through all those ingredients. Now if I didn’t eat a wrap every day, my turkey might go bad if I didn’t find another use for it, and my spinach would probably definitely go bad. And food going bad is money wasted.

So after eating the same thing for quite a few days in a row, I realized…this isn’t so bad. I might be a little tired of it, but I feel good about using all the food I’ve bought instead of throwing half away.

So I was cooking in my brand new stainless steel pans last night (which I have decided that I LOVE btw)…just seasoned chicken and sauteed peppers. Nothing fancy, I’ve done it before. And then it struck me that if I cook two chicken breasts, that’s 4 servings, and there are 4 nights left in the week (including last night). Now I didn’t have enough peppers for this, but when the chicken was done, I put the servings in individual Tupperware, half the peppers on my plate, and half in one of the containers. I will have to get more peppers for later in the week, BUT I think this is a good plan. I’m doing the same for breakfast and lunch, except I’m not making it ahead of time. Lunch I already told you about. Breakfast, I’ve been eating blueberries and vanilla greek yogurt (berries go bad quickly). I’m gonna try experimenting with this eating the same thing every day plan. I think I’ll do it monday-friday and then leave the weekends for flexibility…and switch up the meals each week.

And now that I have bored you to tears…here are some pictures of my colorful meal from last night (and for the next three nights.)

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Notice the dessert picture. The only reason I eat meals with just a 4oz serving of chicken (the correct serving size, btw) is because I pretty much eat six small meals a day, dessert included, so don’t assume I’m starving myself. I’m pretty much constantly eating. I didn’t take a picture of the final product of my dessert because they looked like a hot mess. But they’re delicious.

 

Home Sweet Home

So if you’ve been reading this or any of my recent facebook updates you know that I have just moved to my very own two bedroom apartment in North Raleigh. No more college-town for this girl. No more apartments with an empty liquor bottle collection lining the tops of the cabinets, no more sharing fridge space, or planning laundry around other people’s sleep schedules. It’s a new era!

And that’s the era of organizing and decorating for the next gazillion months because that’s how long it feels like it’s going to take.

That being said here are some photo-chronicles of the first few days at the new place.

Early in the week I started with the kitchen because I had the most stuff for it already there. The rest had yet to be moved. My kitchen is 50’s diner themed decor so I bought some cool checkered shelf liner to go with the red and blue stuff.

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You’ll see some more of the kitchen later.

By Friday afternoon I was wiped out, so mom came out to help me with some more exciting stuff than just moving boxes. We put my craft room mostly together. And had fun with the vinyl polka dots on the wall to take a break from the hard labor. I think this is going to be my favorite room. It looks done in the pictures, but it’s hardly functional yet…I haven’t found places for all my craft supplies so the organization part is still to come.

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Saturday was the big day. Our Knightdale friends helped me move all the really big heavy stuff including my bed which meant it would be my first night sleeping there! After we got everything moved, my mom stuck around to help with some furniture building (did I mention how awesome she is?) We had quite the experience with these kitchen chairs, and I almost threw a hex key across the room on multiple occasions, but the end result is adorable. (Here’s the part where I said you’d be seeing more of the kitchen.)

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I treated my mom to lunch at PF Chang’s today for all her help. I ate my leftovers for dinner later at my newly built table. Then I had to take the edge off because 7 straight days of loading and unlaoding vehicles takes a lot out of a little person like me. And since I hadn’t bought a new shower curtain liner yet, I decided to draw a bath and pour myself a cocktail with the only two cocktail ingredients I had on hand  (oh and some frozen strawberries for some extra fanciness). It was pink and delicious.

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Sunday, I tried to spend some time in my bedroom which ironically is the least put-together at the moment. You’d think that would be priority, but it’s a mess because I’m waiting to paint my dresser…which at this point seems like it’s never going to happen because the weather is calling for storms all week. I did accomplish building my Ikea table and unpacking some things that belong on it. I also hung my picture cork board.

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Then my wonderful mother came over again when I called her in near tears because I couldn’t get a screw in the wall to hang a curtain rod (Hello over-tiredness). She brought lunch and we had our first meal together at MY apartment. She’s never come over to my place before for a meal so this was cool. And we got to sit at my new table that we worked so hard to build the day before. We finished the other half of the craft room that day and probably several other things. It was quite productive.

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I believe once I completely finish each room I’m going to do a separate post on each and showcase all the details (because I love details). There are more things to be hung on the walls, couch and recliner have yet to arrive, and organizing is going to take some trial and error.This is the fun part though. 🙂

All Those Pretty Lights

Vacation has begun. We’ve been in Corolla, NC for two days and it’s been wonderful. While I’ve been avoiding taking my camera to the beach for fear of damaging it, I’ve had plenty to take pictures of around here. My personal favorites are the ones of the sunset off the private pier we have, and the fireworks show we got to see last night because it was conveniently rescheduled due to the hurricane.

Enjoy all the pretty colors.

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Freedom Never Tasted So Sweet

Last night was the Fourth of July and although my boyfriend was out of town, and I missed the fireworks (cancelled due to dryness despite a hurricane passing through 24 hours prior…)…I still got to hang out with two of my favorite people (my brother and his gf) in Chapel Hill. We got dinner at Sup Dogs, and went to this cute little ice cream place on a farm just as the sun was setting.  07-05-201405chapel hill 070414-02chapel hill 070414 Today I spent prepping for our week long beach trip (which also included prepping to move because I’m moving the week after we get back). I made cupcakes to take with me and share with my family. They are oh-so-delicious and their secret ingredient is tequilla. Recipe here. 07-05-201401 Except lots and lots of beach photos for the next week. 🙂