Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Door details.

Several months ago, in the beginning of January, we had a new front door installed. It was a very generous wedding present and a total game-changer not only on the appearance of our house, but also the warmth. We could see the outside around the deadbolt in the old door.  I've been waiting for a break in the weather since January to get some paint on the thing and brighten up the facade. 

May was the first break in the Ohio weather. For a couple months, I've had colors picked out.  Zach was down with a blue door, so I started with bright colors with deeper, more gray undertones.  The finalists were BM Blue Daisy, Blue Lake, Caribbean Blue Water and Cool Blue.

You can see that each of them are on a line with teals and grays.  The intention was those undertones would keep the color looking bright without being overwhelming.  At this point, I thought Cool Blue would be the winner.  I grabbed a test pot of each and swatched the four panels.  

That's morning, afternoon, and evening light.  Numbers 3 and 4 were consistently neon.  I don't have a picture of it, but at night, illuminated by the porch light, Number 4 (Cool Blue) was blindingly bright.  It didn't make sense- the darker it was outside, the brighter the paint appeared.  I really love this color though, so something is going to be bold.

The winner? Drumroll.... Blue Lake! That's Number 2 for my inconsistent descriptions.

I'm not well-versed in all things paint yet, so this surprised me.  My mum picked it right away, but I was so committed to Cool Blue until I couldn't ignore the neon any longer.  

We love it.  For a week straight, we were both commenting on how good it looked.  I still get so excited to see the door. It's so cheery! Before I finished painting the front, I knew the other exit doors would need to match.  I painted the back door and the door leading to the garage with the same quart and sample pot.  I love catching glimpses of them through the dining room. Though now the damaged, cream trim is exasperated. 

After living with it for a week, I then decided that the white trim around the window wasn't going to work.  The exterior trim is brown, and for reasons we can't remember, we bought a gallon of the brown. With paint to kill, I painted the trim around the exterior of the front and back door windows.

Meh. The problem is the sheen.  The door is a satin, the trim is flat.  Again, I don't know why we bought a gallon of flat brown exterior paint. 

The fix would be to spray paint the trim a nice oil-rubbed bronze to match the hardware, but that's a lot of taping and preparation I'm not prepared to do.  We'll see how this wears on us because even from the path, it doesn't look bad.  That might have to do with everything else looking worse.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Picture This: Week 21, 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.

May 18, 2015

Last week, my friend Jen made this amazing goat cheese fondue. I got the recipe from her and cried as I tried it out and the wine reduced. 

May 19, 2015

Tattoo doodlings.

May 20, 2015

I snagged a floor mirror on sale. Henry loves it (and herself).

May 21, 2015

Cat sitting selfies.

May 22, 2015

It's been a solid three years, jeans. I wasn't ready for you to rip.

May 23, 2015

My sisters arranged a bike tour of Cleveland - it was awesome! We can't wait to try the other tours, and hope the day will be just as perfect.

May 24, 2015

I'm becoming a basketball fan pretty quick - the excitement of playoffs definitely helps.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

New Bed.

We made a bed.  It was really easy.

I never thought I would pair those sentences together.  After months of searching and finding nothing to stalk, we decided to give this tutorial a try. The worst that would happen would be we spend a lot of time just to end with a pile of lumber. 

Then Zachles sold our standard steel bed frame and box springs in record time. That added a little pressure.

We made a few customizations from the tutorial because we wanted the frame to surround the box springs/mattress entirely.  Our entire quest for a bed frame was fueled by 4 AM wake-ups by the cats scratching the bed.  So instead of 2x6's for the sides, we used 1x12's.

This meant that the corner joints required some finagling.  The sides weren't as thick as the legs (which are 2x4's).  To fix, I traced a rough notch and Zach popped it out with the jigsaw. 

These steps are bit out of order, but I'm not giving you a tutorial.  The link above is for that and they do a really good job.   I would just recommend measuring twice and measuring often to keep yourself on track and with properly fitting pieces.

After we had the corner supports and all of the slats, I caulked the seams and gave the frame two more coats of paint and time to dry.  In the meantime, we picked up two pieces of 3/4-inch thick plywood and cut them to fit the frame.  We considered purchasing a bunky board, but within poor reviews of the Crate and Barrel version (which would have been the cheapest with coupons we had), there were instructions to build your own.  These instructions were paired with a less that glowing review about how the purchased version started squeaking after six months of use. 

The 3/4" plywood wasn't sold in the width of a queen bed, or else we would have one piece. I was stressed about that at first, thinking two board would lead to squeaking, but it hasn't been a problem and the more I think of it, I don't think it will be.  After making sure both fit, we did a quick upholstery job with leftover upholstery fabric to soften any noise and to keep splinters from the mattress.

You can see the two different boards from the wavy line, but I thought the word might help, too. Maybe.  I used the backside of the fabric and even though it's still bold, it's totally hidden by the mattress.

With that, our mattress was dropped in, the bed made, and on cue, Henry leaped up and posed. It's less of a pose and more of a glare that I was making the bed after bed time. 

I'm happy to report that we have not fallen to the ground in the two weeks we've been sleeping here, nor have the cats found anything to dig their grubby claws into. Oh, sweet slumber. 

Monday, May 18, 2015

Picture This: Week 20, 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.

May 11, 2015

I painted our front door on Sunday, and view as I pulled out on Monday was so lovely. 

May 12, 2015

Traffic light down. It would seem no one knew it happened, either.

May 13, 2015

This isn't the picture I wanted for the day. This is the picture I took for an Etsy review of the middle ring - the gold band (I love it). The exciting activity this day was wine and cheese with Jen and an amazing goat cheese dip.

May 14, 2015

The Cleveland Bucket List has been integral in our continued exploration of the city. The Near West Theatre was awesome - the space made every seat feel like it was on the stage, the prices were good, and the show (Shrek) was very good. We'll be back.

May 15, 2015

Normally I operate on the rule that a new day is marked with a new wake-up rather than the time, but an exception is made for Barrio.  After Near West, we needed dinner - at midnight.

May 16, 2015

We went to Pittsburgh Saturday to surprise Veronica in an excellent surprise party thrown by her friends. Obviously it was epic. 

May 17, 2015

Our yard has made tremendous progress in the last couple weeks, all thanks to my mum and her hard work and plant donations. None of this existed at the beginning of the month. 

Monday, May 11, 2015

Picture This: Week 19, 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.

May 4, 2015


May 5, 2015
We're sleeping in a bed! That we built! And to date, it hasn't fallen. 

May 6, 2015

The hammock is up.  It didn't take Copper long to cuddle in.  Those little paws wrapped around  kill me.

May 7, 2015

Lunch, and custom sandwiches, courtesy of Adam.

May 8, 2015

First fire means stale s'mores. Still good though.

May 9, 2015

Notice anything missing? It'd be hard to identify with that messy of a desk. The answer is the pile of cords that used to fall on the floor.

Sunday, May 10

I painted the front door Sunday, but the cats were too exhausted to take advantage of the freedom.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Floral letters: M.

This turned out much better in my head.  That's a ringing endorsement to continue. 

I wanted a way to preserve and display flowers from our wedding centerpieces rather than having several centerpieces.  The house started to look strange with a floral arrangement in every room, but I liked the memory.  My affinity for letters is still going strong, so I envision a letter 'M' made of the florals and succulents.

It's more of a blob.

I started with a 12-inch papermache letter from JoAnn's. Next, I carefully cut off the top with an exacto knife and removed the bent interior pieces that previously supported the shape.

I filled in the letter with floral foam from the previous centerpieces, not worrying about making them flush because it was late and I was lazy. 

Then I went around sticking the foam with the florals. It was easy and it quickly turned into an unidentifiable letter. 

I stepped back to evaluate and called Zach in several times in this process. There were ample modifications. Maybe the next rendition needs less.  Less wonky pieces flying.  I also bought actual floral foam, so the goal is for the fakes to stick rather than wobble around in previously made holes.  I'll be sure to share when I know it's a success. 

Monday, May 4, 2015

Picture This: Week 18, 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.

April 27, 2015

It was a pretty, unexpected vignette: my rings on my memo book. 

April 28, 2015

A chocolate fudge cake! It's appropriate as it's still within my birthday month (which is a month before and after my birthday and should be renamed as birthday two-month).

April 29, 2015

Copper, snuggling in with Zachles.  Color me jealous.

April 30, 2015


May 1, 2015

Our first wedding of the year with some of our longest friends. I loved every minute.

May 2, 2015

The second wedding of the season with college friends was amazing.

May 3, 2015

It took a year, but Henry finally enjoys her hut. She also refuses to come inside. 

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