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Have I ever mentioned how much I hate the word ‘sofa’? I also hate the words ‘swag’ and ‘sneakers’ in case you are wondering (Apparently, I hate words that start with an ‘s’).

Anyway, the point is there are tables which go behind couches and they are often called ‘sofa tables’, but since I just can’t call them that, I’m going with ‘behind-the-couch table.’ Just go with it.

My living room is long and skinny which makes arranging it interesting. I’ve found that a table behind the couch not only “shortens” the distance between the couch and the rest of the room, but it also gives me a place to display cool stuff. The one I found I wanted was from IKEA and it cost $170 (It is now discontinued). So since I couldn’t afford it at the time I created my very own behind-the-couch table!

I used empty tubs and boxes to create the “table” and then covered it in fabric.

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It was like this for almost a year before I gave it a makeover by adding another layer of tub lids to make it sturdier. I also changed the fabric to a clean white sheet.
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This version lasted another one and a half years. It was always on my to-do list to build or buy something more permanent, but the temporary version worked so nicely it wasn’t a major priority.

But the temp solution definitely wasn’t flawless. Of course, it all comes back to Bob. As you know, Bob sucks. He regularly sits on this “table” meaning it was starting to buckle under his weight. Last week, when he got particularly riled up about a cat/squirrel/mail person he knocked over one of my plants. Thankfully he didn’t break the planter but it looked like this:

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If this were a solid surface I could easily wipe off the dirt, but since it’s a sheet it requires removing all of the things, washing the sheet, and then putting back all of the things. And I’m super lazy. I’m so lazy that I would rather build a table than just wash the sheet. I guess maybe that doesn’t make me lazy, just weird.

So I just did it. I followed a few tutorials (this one and this one). Here is what I bought to make a 75″ long behind-the-couch table to fit behind an IKEA Karlstad couch:

2 – 23″ tall 12″ x 2″ boards

1- 75″ long 12″ x 2″ board

4 – corner braces, size 4″

1 – 15 quantity box of 1.5″ wood screws

4 – 3″ wood screws (I had these on hand)

Honestly the most difficult part of this whole thing was buying and having the lumber cut. It was stressful because I’ve never done it before. Also, loading and unloading the lumber to and from my car and then into my house was a little sweaty.

I connected the “legs” to the main board by using the corner braces. I pre-drilled the holes which made it really simple and fast.

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When I stood the table up (quite a bit more difficult than you would think) it was a bit wobbly. I decided I’d rather lose the smooth top surface for sturdiness, so I drilled four (two on each side) 3″ screws to further stabilize it. Since this step was unplanned, I just used what I had on hand. I was lucky enough to find 4 – 3″ screws but they unfortunately didn’t have a flat profile. Ah well, it wasn’t worth a trip to the store so I have no regrets.

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Next came my least favorite part, painting. I can’t seem to go a weekend without painting something. If I believed in purgatory, I’d venture to say it involved an endless painting project.

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As you can see, I’m so lazy, I didn’t even bother to paint the underside. Future Jasmin may be annoyed at this decision, but present Jasmin is very pleased with the choice.

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I am not the best at being patient so I should have sanded more, should have put on a second coat of primer, should have bought a clear sealer, should have should have should have blah blah blah. You should do all of those things. Do as I say, not as I do.

I tried my hardest to wait a full 48 hours so it would cure, but I only made it about 30 hours. Again, do as I say, not as I do. Seriously.

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A power strip and router are hiding under the table.

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Not bad if I do say so myself!! And the best part is it only cost me $41 and one afternoon. If you are nervous about building a simple piece of furniture like this here’s my public endorsement: You can do it!*

*As long as you have a power drill and a vehicle big enough to transport the wood. Oh, and $41.

Photographs of my Bathroom

November 6, 2013 — 1 Comment

This is my bathroom as of September 2013, enjoy!

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All photographs are courtesy of Ashley a. Photography, thanks Ashley!

This is the exterior and entryway of my house as of September 2013, enjoy!

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All photos are courtesy of Ashley a. Photography, thanks Ashley!

Photographs of my Bedroom

October 24, 2013 — 1 Comment

This is my bedroom as of September 2013, enjoy!

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All photos are courtesy of Ashley a. Photography, thanks Ashley!

Kitchen Photographs

October 23, 2013 — 2 Comments

This is my kitchen as of September 2013, enjoy!
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All photos are courtesy of Ashley a. Photography, thanks Ashley!

Living Room Photographs

October 22, 2013 — 4 Comments

This is my living room as of September 2013, enjoy!

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All photos are courtesy of Ashley a. Photography, thanks Ashley!

The home tour is inching closer and in preparation for the tour I got news and a gift. The new is that, despite all the information to the contrary, my house wasn’t actually built in 1925… it was built in 1922! How did I come by this info? An Irvington historian told me. Every home on the tour was researched by a historian who gathered as much information about the house as possible. All the information was interesting but the most surprising thing was that my house is three years older than I though. Crazy, huh?

I also got an awesome gift. Every year before the home tour there is a poster contest. As a one of the homeowners on the tour I got a signed copy of the winning print (done by Paula Nicewanger)!

Isn’t it lovely? Even better, when I got home I found that the 10″x15″ print fit perfectly in a frame I bought for $2 at a yard sale last summer. The frame was a dull wood color so I did a quite spray paint job to make it look a little more modern. If you are wondering how I spray painted something while wearing a cast on my dominate hand, the answer is, my cast now has spray paint on it.

I hung it in the dinning room corner that I updated a few months ago (here). I think it looks great!

Again, apologies for the blurry pictures, but dude, I’m doing the best I can with this cast. 

My house has a secret.

September 24, 2012 — 1 Comment

It all started with this picture:

In this post I talked about my new awesome cutting board and as I was uploading the pictures I had a fleeting thought “what is that under the cabinet?” But I promptly forgot and moved on with my day. Then yesterday I was doing the dishes and somehow I knocked my hand under the counter and there was a clatter. Wha wha what?

Then this happened:

O.M.G. This blew my mind. I like to think I am an observant person so how have I lived here for almost 10 months and not noticed that?! Seriously.

As you can see from this old picture I have a red paper towel holder that was on the kitchen cart.

Here is the paper towel holder I already had (I got at Target about four years ago).

I’m happy to clear up some counter space since I have none to speak of. Plus there are plenty of other cool uses for paper towel holders I’ve seen on Pinterest:

Bracelet holder

Painter’s tape, twine, and other home improvement items

Ribbon holder

Pretty creative, huh? I’ll keep you updated if I decide to do something cool with it. I just had to share my house’s secret though, it definitely made my day!

A 1925 Bungalow

August 11, 2012 — Leave a comment

Since this blog is about my little house I thought it would be appropriate to give more information about it. The home was built in 1925 and is a classic bungalow style… at least I think it is. The home didn’t come with a diary of it’s history (although that would have been awesome!) or any information really. I basically only know what the last home owner did to it, but the rest is a mystery. So I did a little googling and I think my home does fit into the ‘bungalow’ category. According to About.com* bungalows’ living space is mainly on the first floor, have a peaked roof, have rooms that connect without hallways, and were first built between 1905-1930. These facts seem to fit my home, but who can know really? I guess if you’re an architect or a historian you can let me know your opinion in the comments.

Most homes built in that time period had wood siding and I’m assuming mine did too, but at some point the wood siding was replaced with metal siding. I don’t know what kind of metal it is (are you sensing a theme here? I don’t know much at all haha). When I first bought the home it looked like this:

This is a very “pretty” picture of it but in reality it was gross. The front of the house was shades of blue/grey and the back was blue/grey and hunter green… yeah, it was weird. Plus it was very dirty. So as you can see in this post I had it painted. I am SO happy with the result. I chose the darkest grey in the pallet and straight-up white for the trim (wouldn’t that be a great paint color, ‘Straight-Up White’?). I love the contrast of the two colors. Grey and white is really on trend now but I also think it is a timeless combination.

One of the odd things about this house is the porch. It appears as though it is framed in for screens or even glass, but it’s just an empty frame. I’m assuming that it was at one time closed in. I’ve decided to screen it in but I’ll have to wait until I have more money saved up. For now it is just an nicely painted empty frame. I had the floor of the porch painted two shades lighter than the siding for contrast. And I kept the ceiling wood. I love the stain on it… I’m not sure if it is original to the home but I sure do love it.

This home has a few architectural features that I really love. The first is the porch ceiling above and the next is the front door.

I’m amazed that in the this home’s 87 year history no one has painted the front door. I know I’m tempted. Wouldn’t it look awesome in deep red or bright yellow? But I know the benefit of historical preservation so I’ll never paint it. The hinges on the door are also amazing.

Hardwood floors are my favorite type of flooring. I’ve lived with many types of flooring (including a whole basement apartment with cement floors) and hardwood has always been my top pick. Thankfully, this house has great floors. The entry, living, and dining floors have all been refinished within the last 10 years.

If I had refinished the floors myself I would have chosen a darker stain, maybe something like this: (Source: http://www.ifloor.com/1-2-engineered-natural-walnut-4-3-4-wide)

But I really don’t mind the color they are now. When I bought the house there was carpet in the mini hallway between the two bedrooms and in the bedrooms themselves. The carpet wasn’t that bad but I really hate carpet so before I moved in I ripped it all up. It was hard work but it was worth it to expose the beautiful hardwood floors underneath.

They need to be refinished as you can see. There is paint on the floors but not anything that can’t be fixed with wood putty, a big sander, and a couple of coats of stain. This is another project on my long list of ‘To-Do’s. Another feature of this house that I really love are the original window frames and baseboards. Three rooms in the house have painted trim: the kitchen, master bedroom, and bathroom. The rest of the house has a darker stain. In this picture you can see the difference in the floor stain and the trim stain. I love the height of the baseboards, they are nearly six inches! Love.

Do you like older homes or new ones? I grew up in homes built in the 1980s or 1990s. I’ve always been attracted to older homes so it is a dream come true for me to own my own piece of history. *http://architecture.about.com/od/periodsstyles/ig/House-Styles/Bungalow-Styles.htm