And ORB wins it!

Not Orb, the winner of the Kentucky Derby, though kudos are indeed due to that gorgeous horse, but ORB, aka, oil-rubbed bronze spray paint.  Where would I be without it? A brassy and miserable place, my friends. Miserable.

Recall, the den started out heresville:

Fireplace and built ins, before.

Fireplace and built ins, before.

Add paint, add some accessories, and you end up around about hereseville:

Fp at xmas timeToday I decided that instead of cleaning, laundering, or cooking for the week ahead – or, God forbid I start the motion I need to file tomorrow before 9 tonight – I’d spray paint that brass fireplace screen.  The fireplace is wood burning, as you can see above, but I was told by a chimneysweep that it isn’t sealed properly, so it shouldn’t be used.  Whoops.  Goose and I really enjoyed this fire while it lasted.  It’s on the list of things to fix, but until then, it gets a $5.99 treatment. Onward!

IMAG0336I couldn’t find my painter’s tape. I just used it when I was painting the hutch. Where did it go? I have no idea. Post it notes make a wonderful substitute! Hint, hint, 3M.  This is not the world’s most perfect spray paint.  But it doesn’t matter. This thing is not long for this world because I am hoping to ditch it for a gas insert in the next 12 months.  And this was easy and nearly instant gratification. My favorite!

IMAG0338The lighting here is a little funky. My magical photo editing software that was on my old computer didn’t come preinstalled on this computer, so you are stuck with the photo as it looked through my phone’s camera. Blech! But you get the idea!  Now that this thing is bronzed, it draws way less attention. Just as it should be.



Nothing Scary…

My brother and his fiancee, who are nameless on here because I haven’t asked them if it’s OK to name them, wanted to see my house when they were down for Christmas.  I think the last time they were here was before I moved in and before ye olde stinky carpets were removed.  They were suitably impressed with the updates. 

Upstairs, my mom was eager to show off the tile work that was done when the master bath’s shower drain was replaced.  Matching tile is nigh impossible, but I think we found a great contrasting set of tiles to make the change look more like an upgrade than a repair. Mom agrees, and she was eager to show bro + main squeeze.  I was 99% sure that I had tidied up the bathroom before I left, but that 1% uncertainty was enough to have me asking my brother, who was the first into the tiny room, “There’s nothing scary in there, is there?”

He said, “No, not if by scary you don’t mean this 40 year old light fixture, the stock vanity that still has the manufacturer’s sticker on it, or this huge ugly mirror.”

Ha!  Don’t worry, he was impressed with the tile work. I must take pictures of the hideousness in that bathroom.  It is fairly low on the priority list, but he’s right, there are a real collection of dated and cheap things in there.  They will be easy to swap out, though, it’s just a matter of getting to them.  I might even take the mirror down early and just put up a nice HomeGoods decorator’s mirror instead. 

Right now, I’m saving to replace the carpet in the den (might not be too expensive after all), replace the six windows upstairs (bigger ticket project, and not a lot of fun as far as decor goes, really; hope to do this in 2013), and replace the six windows downstairs that aren’t bay/picture/sliding glass/in a door (hope to do this in 2014).  And maybe add in there changing the wood fireplace out for a gas fireplace.  I love the wood, but I’m learning that it’s actually pretty darn ineffective for heating your home.  I’d rather have a fireplace that will actually kick out some heat in a pinch, so maybe that’s a 2014 big ticket item, too.  And of course, in between there, there shall be much spray painting and hammering and suchlike.

Santa Baby, Put a Gift Under the Tree for Me

Still no new camera here in wonderland. My cheapo $20 camera seems to have failed – incredible. I got one weekend of use out of it, and it took horrific pictures.  Shame that I wasted money on that thing.  I did get the camera on my phone to behave, so I have a few camera phone pictures of the low quality that I trust you have come to expect from me to share.  Maybe Santa will provide a better camera!

Disco ball ornaments from the Target dollar bins; hot pink yarn from A.C. Moore. Legs of random pieces of furniture and accompanying shadows are optional.


Simply string the ornaments onto the yarn.  No need to knit or crochet or use ornament hangers – I don’t want you to strain yourself.  Apply thusly to a mantel and hearth that are looking good, despite being far from completed.


I swoon.  I might keep my pink tree and my disco balls up year round. They make me smile.

The water spot that showed up on my ceiling late, late, late Wednesday night, however, did not make me smile.  Plumber is coming out tomorrow, courtesy of my home warranty.  Keep your fingers crossed, please, that it is easy to figure out the problem and sort out a solution.  I want to get around to doing fun things, like spray-painting my fireplace screen and such!