This week was another busy one with overnight family guests, work, and visits with friends, so I didn’t get any large projects accomplished. However, I did get a few things done that have made home more fun!
I like looking at This Old House’s magazine (which my mother got me), Facebook page, and website. I am constantly finding new things I can do with the house. Recently my Aunt Bea also got me Real Simple and Better Homes and Gardens magazines for more inspiration. I was recently looking through one and came across this two page spread about mirrored shelves/hooks. I noticed a lot of them are pretty expensive, totaling over $200 sometimes. This made me chuckle, because I have a very similar mirror that I found free in an alley. Yeah, I admit it! Sure my dad put it up with deck screws, but it works. And I like it. And apparently I am in style!
A small change that has made a big difference this week is installing the window unit. Yes, we installed a window unit. This is an old house that was not made for AC. When I looked at the house Bernie (the original owner) didn’t even have central AC, I worked it into the contract. Most old houses are warmer upstairs just because of design. For this reason the bedroom is usually about 5 degrees higher in temperature. We were turning the central AC down to 65 at night, but it didn’t always get that far down, and the bedroom was sometimes still up around 80, especially on a really hot day. The downstairs would be nice and cool and we were wasting it on nothing. We finally gave in an cleaned up the old window AC I had left from my renting years. I lived in many houses in college and after, and as most of my friends (and roommates) can attest, I usually didn’t have AC. The window unit always made it easier to sleep at night, so by regressing back to old ways, we have made the bedroom much nicer at night, and hopefully will save a little on the electric bill by not trying to cool the whole house down to 65.
I did work at Jewell a little this week. Wallpaper removal is slow and boring, but I have two walls cleaned and patched in the back bedroom. Hope to make more progress this week.
To end the weekend on a nice note, I took one of the dogs to get a bath and then took her on a trip to Home Depot, which is dog friendly in case you didn’t know. We looked at kitchen sinks. Unfortunately the sink I want for Courtland’s kitchen costs $800. A girl can dream, right?