Chemically Treated Sheets May Cause Insomnia
Well, doesn't it just figure? Those beautiful teal sheets... the exact color of my paint... those smooth, crisp, wrinkle-free sheets are laden with... formaldehyde. Really???? Man, the things you learn when innocently surfing the internet, and you wonder how we ever survived before we knew all these things? Good thing I still have the receipt.
Chemically Treated Sheets May Cause Insomnia
I spent all weekend painting the master bedroom (that double crown molding looks so great until you have to cut in around it, sigh). I was up until 1 am last night cutting in so that I could roll on today.
But! It's done (mostly, some touch-ups needed), the bed comes tomorrow, AND I scored dark teal sheets at Walmart that perfectly match the color on top of the crown molding!
Here's my mockup of the room using the realtor's photo. The lamp is just for color, I'm not actually going to use that one. My plan is to buy some at the thrift store and paint them terra cotta to match the orange on the duvet cover.
And here's a pic of the paint job:
Unfortunately there will be no room for the chair as the king bed will take up so much space. But I'm excited to see it starting to take shape!
I read an article the other day on how certain materials in area rugs react with the poly coating on hardwood floors. I never thought about it, but it makes sense... various chemicals layered on top of each other for long periods of time... something's bound to happen. Though it's not a good idea to put large area rugs on a new hardwood floor until it's had time to age for 6 months, we needed something in front of the sink and the stove to protect the floor from spills, and in front of the door to protect it from dirt and gravel traveling in on shoes.
I found some really cute rugs at Walmart, but they have vinyl backing. I'm not sure if it would ever be a problem, but I took this article's advice and bought some Rebond rug padding at Home Depot. It comes in a roll and you just use scissors to cut it to the size you need.
One roll was more than enough for my three area rugs, and I have some left over for when I find a rug for the back door as well.
You will want to cut the padding a couple inches smaller than your rug so that the edges of the rug lay flat against the floor (you don't want people to trip on them.) How much smaller depends on the weight of the rug... my rugs are pretty light so I had to cut the padding 2.5 inches smaller on each side in order for the edges to lay flat on the floor. You can secure the rug to the padding with carpet tape, but so far I haven't found that to be necessary.
It's a cheap and easy solution... and the padding sure feels good on the feet and the lower back when you're standing at the sink or the stove for a while!
Kevin was in full out handyman mode this weekend. We took a trip to Home Depot (thank goodness for double birthday points on the Discover card) and bought all new hardware for the master bathroom to replace the disgusting and dated gold/brass fixtures.
He replaced one faucet (one more to go)...
He replaced the gold towel holders and installed a hook for my washcloth at the sink.
And, the most exciting part... he installed the cook book holder that his mom gave me for Christmas last year. It never did fit under the cabinets at the old house, so this is the first time I'll be able to use it!!
This is what it looks like closed...
Lots of great things accomplished this weekend, thank you sweetie! I really appreciate all your hard work!
Oh, plastic hangers, why did I shun you for so long? I know why... because you can fit so many more wire hangers in your closet. Never mind that they always get tangled with each other. Never mind that they always get hung up on the lip in the extendable rod. Never mind that you don't really NEED that many clothes anyway, especially when some of them don't even fit you anymore.
Walmart has a sale going on right now, 10 for $1, so I ditched an entire box full of wire hangers and outfitted both Kevin's and my closet with them. Mine are pretty green and aqua, his are navy blue. The brown ones hidden in between are felt-covered hangers that I found on sale at Ross. They have wire tops, but are great for those silky type shirts that are always sliding off the hangers. Our closets are so much happier now!
This is the view out the garden window over the kitchen sink. Doing dishes is not so bad when you have something this nice to look at.
Well, today was the first day we left Sasha alone in the basement all day, and she was a perfect angel. She has been out of her diaper for several days now, but we only left her for a couple hours at a time up until today. Today I left at 8 am and didn't get home until after 5 pm, and she didn't fuss or potty in the house. yay!!
That 70's House
Our new (to us) house was built in 1973... and while the dark wood trim and hickory ceiling beams are part of what drew us to the house, it still needs to be brought into this decade. This blog will document our attempts to update the house, while still maintaining its old-school charm.
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