Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Oil-rubbed bronze paint.

I'd mentioned I wasn't thrilled about the look of the brown trim on our front door.  It was better than white, but both were bad. I'd resigned myself to the fact that I'd have to spray paint it oil-rubbed bronze and it would be a terrible build-up of taping or covering everything in a five-mile radius with plastic. Obviously I exaggerate. Truthfully, it would be terrible because I would inevitably take a shortcut in the name of tape not sticking to brick, and then our front door would have an ORB aura. It would be disgusting, we'd have to move, and no one would buy our house.  Can you see all the trouble this brown trim was causing?!

Then - miracle of miracles - I found an old post from Chris loves Julia about ORB paint. PAINT. I can control paint. The post was a couple years old, so I was holding my breath that it would be in stores and not only available from China via Amazon and hundreds of dollars. Though that would be cheaper than the above scenario.  It still would have been difficult to pass through Zachles.

I found it at Home Depot.  Specifically, it's Rust-Oleum Painter's Touch metallic paint in oil rubbed bronze.  My local store carried it in little pots, but online it makes you think that you have to buy a two pack. I was so anxious, I didn't even search the shelves - I went straight to an associate and had them lead me to it. That's unusual for me in Home Depot because I feel like they always respond to Zach with questions I ask - then I'm offended.

So here's where we started - a blue door with the window trimmed in white. 

That wasn't working.  Using what we had on hand, I painted the trim the same brown we've used around the door. 

The picture doesn't do it justice - there's more here.  It was bad.  The brown was a lot more dry and chalky looking than the smooth ORB handles.  The brown was jarring in the same way the white was - it was so different.

Now - ORB paint:

The paint was glittery and so exciting.  I know the wet paint factor contributes to the difference in finish, but even once it was dry, the difference was obvious and much improved.

Another shot from farther out -

The difference isn't as obvious stepped back, but the undertones are darker. That, or the shadows were in favor of the ORB. Can you blame them?

A close-up to include the hardware in the same picture:

I'm so obsessed with how it looks that I'm painting the trim on the back of the doors. Even Zach mentioned how good it looks.  That's huge.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Picture This: Week 26, 2015.

Obligatory prelude: I've done a picture-a-day project for the past couple years. I debate its continuation annually, but I like it as a part of posting the ordinary and capturing daily life. Check out past posts through the picture-a-day tag.

June 22, 2015

Poor Henry had her one-week check-up with bad news: another two weeks of the cone and one extra week of medicine. No more tree climbing for this chubby squirrel.

June 23, 2015

Strawberry jammin'.

June 24, 2015

I tried to be smooth and pay for my parking on the app.  I was fooled by my own stupidity.  I know my PA license plate number. I forgot that changed when I got Ohio plates. 

June 25, 2015

After completing pallet tables for my mum, I was extra anxious to make progress on a similar design for our guest room side tables. And progress I am making.

June 26, 2015

Two baby deer! It's hard to get a picture because baby deer are the only type of deer afraid of human noises.  The one also looks like a coyote/fox hybrid.  That's a nightmare.

June 27, 2015

It may be starting to become obvious that my friends are imaginary. It was a lovely day of college friends, and all I have to show it is this unrelated picture in which Cleveland looks like it's burning because the clouds were creepy. 

June 28, 2015

Oil-rubbed bronze paint. THE GLITTER! 

Monday, June 22, 2015

Picture This: Week 25, 2015.

Obligatory prelude: I've done a picture-a-day project for the past couple years. I debate its continuation annually, but I like it as a part of posting the ordinary and capturing daily life. Check out past posts through the picture-a-day tag.

June 15, 2015

After a week of self-healing, we weren't convinced Henry was successfully healing her paw cut after she climbed too far up a tree and slid down.  We took her to the vet and things were worse than anticipated.  It's a week in the cone cape for the poor girl.

June 16, 2015

My mum asked for pallet side tables for her deck and roughly three months after the request, I got to it and finished them. They turned out better than anticipated.

June 17, 2015

The squirrels are eating my seedlings.

June 18, 2015

By mid week, Henry was owning the cone cape.

June 19, 2015

Jenny and Adam's rehearsal dinner. It's been a long time coming.

June 20, 2015


June 21, 2015

My favorite entrance is the back entrance.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Cord Caddy.

The area under the desk has been an eyesore.  We streamlined the desk by  only have the plug-ins on top, threaded nicely through a hole we drilled, but for the efficiency up top, the bottom was a nightmare of tangles. 

Taking a cue from the crates that organize wires at work, we picked up a wire paper holder.  To start, I determined where the surge protector would sit and how it would affect the plugs. Then, using bolt cutters, I snipped out the section. 

In a stroke of luck I've never experienced, I found exactly what I thought I might need, down to the specification that these hooks were made to attach to wood.  These were in the aisle with cables and other ethernet hook-ups at Lowe's.

It took some yoga because I didn't have an extra set of hands to hold the basket as I attached the hooks, but it was easy enough to attach the basket to the underside of the desk.  It was even easier after the opposite sides were through. 

The result is fantastic.  It's been a month and we've added new wires to the mix, all with the ease of access on the top and without the mess underneath.  The extra length of wires can also tuck in the basket, or above the surge protector. 

I didn't plan appropriately, but with another stroke of luck, the basket also doesn't hit our knees.  This was maybe the most rewarding project thus far. 

Monday, June 15, 2015

Picture This: Week 24, 2015.

Obligatory prelude: I've done a picture-a-day project for the past couple years. I debate its continuation annually, but I like it as a part of posting the ordinary and capturing daily life. Check out past posts through the picture-a-day tag.

June 8, 2015

These two never cease to make us smile and envy their lifestyle.

June 9, 2015

Midday shopping because it's the playoffs.

June 10, 2015

Akron's Brew at the Zoo was the beast way to visit the animals.  They were all more active at night, there were no children in the park, and there were beer samples.  My sisters really checked off every area of our personalities with this month's date.

June 11, 2015


June 12, 2015

All hype. The dinosaurs were awesome.

June 13, 2014

Weekly entry of find the Henry.

June 14, 2015

Visitors and ice creams.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Aunt advice: Save for the mirror.

After sharing the epic failure that was the funhouse mirror, our aunt emailed and shared some advice on saving for a good mirror.  She had a point - you don't usually gain weight on your way home from the fitting room. It's your mirror. 

I set to saving and stalking.  I narrowed my options, gawked at the prices, but was patient with my bank account and the sales.  I was using a now-defunct app (I still don't understand how it's defunct) called Poach It.  Not sponsored, the app was amazing. I would tell it things I liked and it would ping me when when they were on sale or with related coupons. Seriously. Is there another app out there like that? Was it out competed? This isn't rhetorical, I need a replacement. 

Anyway. Poach It told me a mirror I liked was on sale. It was still $300 and the shipping/handling and whatever extra charge for an item being big was another $100. It was a hard pill to swallow.  I hemmed and hawed, then it sold out. That's how I learned prices ending in .99 were final sale at West Elm.

So the second time I was alerted to a sale, I didn't hesitate. I checked with Zach, he was still on board, and somehow the pricing was better than the first sale. I don't know if it was a fluke, but the shipping/handling wasn't $100 this time. All systems go. Shortly after, I was ripping through the packaging and massive box of the West Elm Parsons Floor Mirror.  I'm throwing out the full name because there aren't reviews on the West Elm site and I always have to really search to get opinions.

In short: we love the mirror.  It's big, heavy, and came with hanging instructions that were easy to follow and left us feeling confident that the mirror will stay in place.  The reflection is true.  The quality is such that everyone has complimented it so far. It's the simple wood frame we wanted with the quality we couldn't replicate in our first attempt.  We're super happy with the quality and waiting for the sale was worth it.  It was a 40% off mirror sale and I think I had coupons.

The original plan was to put the mirror in the guest room.  It was going to be two birds with one stone: a floor length mirror we could easily access and a mirror to allow guests to see themselves before popping out in the morning. I should note we've never been offended by the appearance of our guests.  I read an article that I can't find now that mentioned it's a nice to have a mirror, favorite magazines, and a plunger (?).  I liked the mirror note best and thought a mirror would be a thoughtful add, especially since the guest room is smack in the middle of the house.  There's no hiding. 

The mirror didn't fit in the guest room. It's a narrow space made visually smaller by the new chevron headboard, and the mirror isn't narrow. It's two feet wide. We thought about it in our room, but then it was too many mirrors.  The mirror over the dresser isn't versatile, and two mirrors was two too many. The hall was perfect.  I took a couple days to paint the trim and wall, then we were ready to attach with the leaning hardware provided.  

It sits off the wall a bit, but not enough to obscure the walking path for either of the adjoining rooms. More importantly, it's small enough that the cats aren't tempted to scoot back there. Even if they did, the leaning hardware is attached to the wall stud and the mirror wouldn't fall on them.  As always, we're ready for earthquakes in Ohio.

I moved the print (one of my favorite wedding presents) on the wall between the bedrooms and like that update. I see it more there - when I'm brushing my teeth, filing between in the morning.  It was missed on the back wall

After a week, we're getting used to the shadows of the mirror at night, too.  At first, we would dodge into a room, but now I'm welcoming the additional light it throws around.  

Monday, June 8, 2015

Picture This: Week 23, 2015.

Obligatory prelude: I've done a picture-a-day project for the past couple years. I debate its continuation annually, but I like it as a part of posting the ordinary and capturing daily life. Check out past posts through the picture-a-day tag.

June 1, 2015

Mondays mean The Bachelorette, and the bracket.

June 2, 2015

It was almost the perfectly flakey pie crust, but it was a bust.

June 3, 2015

Walnut Wednesdays is Cleveland's way of promoting food trucks.  They don't have the efficiency down yet, but it's delicious.

June 4, 2015

National hug a cat day pre and post run with two less than enthused participants. 

June 5, 2015

It's dark, but it's the second row at Marc Maron's comedy stop in Cleveland, courtesy of a free-ticket-system glitch. 

June 6, 2015

It was a true sisters weekend, dog sitting included.

June 7, 2015

Tattoos! Sister tattoos, at that. 

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