Trim, Traps, and Pee

Adding Character to the Fireplace

If you’re friends with me on Facebook, you’ll know that I didn’t post yesterday because of a Mario Kart & Cheez Its hangover.  Turns out, you all love when that happens.  Just imagine stuffing your face with as many Cheez Its as you can, racing your best friends, sitting on the world’s most comfortable couch (Did I ever tell you the cushions were filled with DOWN?  Yes, down-filled cushions.) with the most pixelated game you’ve seen on a projector.  If you counted 4 boxes of Cheez Its in this picture, you’re right.  Bliss.  I’ll make sure to invite you all next time!

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Cuz She’s So Hiiiiiiiiiiiigh!

There are times in my life where common sense does not prevail.  It’s in-explainable.  In retrospect I’m always like, “Kenz.  You didn’t think that through.  How could using a car GPS in a plane ever be a good idea?  How could a bag of ice be used as an anchor?”   This weekend, I had another “moment.”

It began with my desire to put up the Christmas tree.  However, this is not a tale of decking-the-halls.  “Before I put up the decorations, I should really paint the mantle.  The stockings would look so jolly on a fresh piece of mantle.”  (If you give a Kenz a cookie…)

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Home Tour: Master Bedroom

Welcome back to the home tour!  I hope you brought a fanny pack full of treats.  Did you have an underbar tid with the Ikea Lack Hack yesterday?  I hope it was underbar-tastic for you.  I enjoyed your feedback!

If you’re new, let me catch you up on the haps.  In honor of one year of living in our house, Green Meadow Manor, I am taking you on a home tour.  And I am being extremely transparent.  Several rooms are untouched, and I am brave enough to show you the ugg factor.  I trust you to have faith in me!  So far we’ve been through the eclectic living room, dining room fail, piggy-kitchen, and trash-tastic bathroom.  Today we’re going to step into the magic-making master bedroom.

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Home Tour: Kitchen

When I tell people that Green Meadow Manor has 6 bedrooms, they say, “Wow, your house is huge!”  Well, that’s an untruth.  Our house is not big.  It’s 2200 sq ft.  And yes, they squeezed 6 rooms into it.  Like squeezing into a pair of skinny jeans 2 sizes too small… our house has a muffin top, in the form of a kitchen.  Which makes sense.  Muffins come from kitchens.

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Home Tour: Dining Room

Thanks for waiting patiently in the front room for me.  Did you look around while I was gone?  I hope you didn’t open the piano bench… there are things in there I didn’t want you to see!  Let’s take 6 steps forward into the dining room.

I have mixed feelings about the dining room.  It was the first room in the house to get a complete head to toe makeover.  I feel like I was so excited to do a project in my own house that I jumped in before thinking about the bigger picture (The rest of the house).  When I finished the dining room, I was pleased as punch.  But now, as the rest of the house evolves, it sticks out like 9th grade me at the Evanescence concert.  (True story.  I work a pink shirt.)

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Installing Barn Doors: THE GREAT HANG-UP

Building the 2 mini barn doors was one of the easiest things I have ever done.  It took a couple of hours.  That’s it.

Hanging those fatherless-children baby-barn-doors was not the same cake walk.  (Unfortunately.)  I’d like to emphasize something right now.  I am not a professional.  Most of the time I have no idea what I’m doing.  In the spirit of being completely transparent, I am about to share with you several major FAILS I had in the process of hanging doors.

I had no idea what I was in for.  In my head, it was as easy as putting hinges on the door, and putting those hinges on the wall.  I was completely unprepared for this adventure.  This week has been a rude awakening for me.  Many tears have been shed.  Many egos have been shattered.

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