Monday, March 28, 2016

Picture This: Week 13, 2016.

Obligatory prelude: I've done a picture-a-day project for the past couple years. I usually debate its continuation annually, but it was a no-brainer this year.  This series keeps me posting when nothing else will write itself.  I will be trying to post more regularly otherwise! Besides, as last year, I like it as a part of posting the ordinary and capturing daily life. Check out past posts through the picture-a-day tag.

March 21, 2016

Cavs game, complete with bam bam sticks.


March 22, 2016

We went to the Broadway preview in Cleveland to see the shows that will be included in next season.  I'm most excited to see this really great book adapted to the stage.


March 23, 2016

Rolling out my muscles and trying to figure out the OJ Simpson trial.  I'm taking most of this series as fact, probably incorrectly, but knowing the trial verdict is boggling my mind.

 
March 24, 2016

I missed a picture of our delicious food spread, and any filled wines, but that's par for the course when I'm distracted by conversation with Jen at happy hour. 


March 25, 2016

Remember Operation: Save Snake Plant? We're at very marginal success.  These three sets of leaves appear to maybe have roots, so I'm still trying.  My boots are only on the dresser so I wouldn't forget them the next day.


March 26, 2016

Diney bear was so excited to see us!

 
March 27, 2016

18 miles.  The awesome views of the city really don't help as much as you might think.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Picture This: Week 12, 2016.

Obligatory prelude: I've done a picture-a-day project for the past couple years. I usually debate its continuation annually, but it was a no-brainer this year.  This series keeps me posting when nothing else will write itself.  I will be trying to post more regularly otherwise! Besides, as last year, I like it as a part of posting the ordinary and capturing daily life. Check out past posts through the picture-a-day tag.

March 14, 2016

Spring thunder skies.


March 15, 2016

Ohio primaries.


March 16, 2016

Man.  Some weeks all I have are pictures of cats.  Others, it's just skies. 


March 17, 2016

We took a quick trip up to Niagara Falls to end the week.  As the luck of the Irish would have it, we saw a rainbow on Saint Patrick's day itself. 


March 18, 2016

Wine tastings. 


March 19, 2016

To cap off the week in which we ate like kings (and didn't get a picture throughout the three-hour dinner at Dante's), I'll show you my booties.  They were a fantastic investment.


March 20, 2016

Sunday night procrastination, in the form of room rearranging.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Picture This: Week 11, 2016.

Obligatory prelude: I've done a picture-a-day project for the past couple years. I usually debate its continuation annually, but it was a no-brainer this year.  This series keeps me posting when nothing else will write itself.  I will be trying to post more regularly otherwise! Besides, as last year, I like it as a part of posting the ordinary and capturing daily life. Check out past posts through the picture-a-day tag.

March 7, 2016

Best run yet! The average pace is a little skewed by my walking warm up and cool down.  We're down to a month and a half to the marathon.



March 8, 2016

Finally cashed in on the mani/pedi from Jenny and only suffered marginal embarrassment from the scrubbing she did on my runner's feet.  


March 9, 2016

Cop took a sick day.


March 10, 2016

Traveling means starfish sleeping.


March 11, 2016

Traveling also means Starbucks protein pack for breakfast.  I love these things so much, obvious by my impatience to snap before devouring.



March 12, 2016

Kayla and I explored the Renwick Gallery, an art museum and exhibit I've been wanting to see.  This is the bug room, with real, dead bugs arranged in awesome patterns.


March 13, 2016

I was spoiled with early birthday celebrations, including the most delicious Italian dinner.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Closet renovation: phase one.

I debated this post because I typically do not like posting a work-in-progress.  It's difficult to explain the end picture, and it's not as pretty.  The final is pretty.  That being said, I haven't posted a Wednesday post in a couple weeks, so I feel compelled, and this is our current focus.

Our closets started as dark, plywood cubby-like areas in our walls.  We painted them the weekend we closed on the house to brighten them up and to give them a fresh smell.  We filled them up and knew a better storage system was in our future.


Some time after that, we took off the big door because the track was so old and bent, it was more frustrating that it was worth. We had a big open closet with a hanger rail, a shelf above that, and the cubbies up top that I couldn't reach.  It wasn't the best use of space

A couple weekends ago, we smashed it all out. 


In one of the first fortunate finds of this house, after removing the floor of the closet (which was a piece of plywood about two inches above the floor), we found that there was underlayment ready for a continuation of the hardwood. 

Then, in another turn of very fortunate events, the gunstock color available at Lowe's turned out to be a very close match to the flooring.  We scooped up two boxes (in anticipation of flooring the master, office, and guest closets, at least).  In a couple hours, I had the flooring down and was considering a career change because I truly loved doing it.


After the flooring was complete, we lined the back wall of the closet with two thin pieces of plywood, secured with too many nails because we love the nail gun.  In tearing out the original shelves, we found the back wall adjoined to the office, and all the smashing opened up the closet between the rooms.  Zach briefly considered one giant room and forgoing the closet, but no. Instead, the office closet forced itself up the remodel list.  It's now a couple steps behind the master.  We supported the back walls of both with two pieces of plywood each, then worked out more of the build. 


After spackling, sanding, caulking, priming, painting, and even adding a quarter-round to the top (because that's where we chose to get fancy), we were ready for the install of shelves, drawers, and all the best IKEA gadgets.  


We had known we wanted to use IKEA's closet system after my dad revolutionized the closets in my home growing up.  He was able to successfully utilize their different options in three different types of closets, so we knew we'd have options.  I used IKEA's wardrobe planner to work through different options, hopping between the computer and a measuring tape with the closet to figure out the best fit.  I settled on a plan, had Zach review, then we stopped at IKEA a couple months ago after meeting my sister for a long run.  We made a couple additions and adjustments, then picked up all of the boxes.  It made for quite a long day.

We pulled pieces from the PAX line.  Since we weren't building these into the closet forms, we needed some support system to mount.  We debated 2x4's - the most solid of the option, but decided on 3/4-inch plywood, the same stuff my dad used.  Knowing that it's held up for at least ten years in that house so far, we had confidence. 


Zach had the birch cut to size at Lowe's - which helped with transportation and with ensuring uniform sizing.  I then painted the boards the same white as the closets (and the rest of our house trim) - BM's Simply White.  Then we installed.  Well, I painted at least one side before installing Zach's drawers. 


The installation was pretty simple, but very detail-oriented.  It required precise measurement and triple-checking before drilling.  We found the 3/16-bit fit best for the screws provided with the IKEA pieces.  We drilled before screwing in the screws. I started by mounting the top shelf so that I had a way to keep the two sides upright.  Then I did the bottom shoe shelf.  Next, I did the pant hangers because I wanted them at least 24 inches above the shoes.  That was the most difficult installation because of the triple task of holding the sliding bars level, spacing correctly, and screwing into place. From there, the shelves were spaced on top and held level with temporary shims - see that slide mount balancing on them?


Over the course of a week, the closet installation was complete.


Next, we have some finishing strips to attach on the raw ends of the plywood.  I'm also going to experiment on staining the raw piece of hardwood between the existing bedroom and new closet flooring.  That piece was hidden under the baseboard to the faux closet floor.  There are a couple IKEA pieces we may add as well, such as valet hangers.  Very obviously, we're debating the door situation. 


Until then, I'm marveling that my belts have an actual, real space to corral themselves.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Picture This: Week 10, 2016.

Obligatory prelude: I've done a picture-a-day project for the past couple years. I usually debate its continuation annually, but it was a no-brainer this year.  This series keeps me posting when nothing else will write itself.  I will be trying to post more regularly otherwise! Besides, as last year, I like it as a part of posting the ordinary and capturing daily life. Check out past posts through the picture-a-day tag.

February 29, 2016

We started the closet renovation.  I loved it even with just primer. 


March 1, 2016

Knocking out our bedroom closet cause some residual damage to the office closet, which shared a back wall.  Consequently, we emptied that closet and it's moved up the docket.


March 2, 2016

Small victories.


March 3, 2016

Most times, Henry ignores me in preference of sleep.  Other times, she's so needy she'll literally attach herself to me all day.


March 4, 2016

Catching up with friends in Medina.


March 5, 2016

I finished our closet instal Saturday while Henry struggled to find sleep.


March 6, 2016

I moved the floral M into the office.  I determined that I need to see it on a regular basis to determine if I actually like it.  If I'm putting this much thought into it, the answer is probably no.  I realize this.  For some reason, I can't get rid of it though.

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