Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Tips for a first-time painter FROM a first-time painter

These tips are just results of what I've learned while painting our interior walls for the first time. I certainly don't pretend to be a professional and I'm sure they might say that many of these are wrong. But I'll tell you what worked for us and what didn't work for us. I'm sharing some long-winded tips and some quick tips. In no particular order:

Bissell PowerEdge Pet Vacuum

Product Review of the Bissell PowerEdge Pet Hard Floor Vacuum Cleaner, 81L2T


I couldn't believe that I went a year using a broom and dust pan before I got this vacuum.  I've had the Bissell PowerEdge Pet Hard Floor Vacuum Cleaner for a couple of months now and the amount of ease I've gained from it is immense. Sweeping with two cats and a dog was a nightmare before I got this vacuum and my floors never felt any cleaner after sweeping. This vacuum changed it all!


Monday, February 27, 2012

Project Runway All Stars 2/23

It's been an interesting season. I have been so relieved that they haven't been doing group challenge after group challenge this time around. It might make things less dramatic without throwing everyone into teams all the time, but I'll gladly fore go those kinds of challenges because they only create stupid drama anyway.
On a different note, I'm surprised they didn't bring anyone back from Season 9. Were they filming too close together? I would've liked to see Viktor Luna come back. I wanted Anya to win last season, but I honestly like Viktor's collection more in the finale.

Anyway, on with the review...

The Kitchen: walls

Our kitchen is fairly small, but not cramped. There isn't tons of counter space but I've lived in places with much less as well. We bought a kitchen cart a couple of months ago; it has been the best investment for such a space since it's on wheels and can be pushed against the wall next to the fridge, and it even has an extra leaf that folds up.

The kitchen has laminate "wood" flooring, flat/cheap/boring/honey-colored cupboards, and 6" ivory tiles for counters and backsplash. Some things I've learned from these materials is what kind of cupboards to NOT buy, that I decidedly detest lazy susans, and I will never have tile with grout for a counter again if I can help it. We also have a glass flat-top stove/oven, which is nice, but due to the few instances of things getting burned on the burners (such as oven mitts), I've decided I would rather have a gas range. I am (or Andy is) much less likely to throw an oven mitt or a towel on a gas burner than the flat-topped stove. I think the flat top is just too counter-like and it's easy to forget it's a stove!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Stuff that needs fixin'

This post is about all the things that could use improvement in our first home. It's a cute house, and a perfect "fixer-upper" in the sense that it's not in shambles and you don't feel like tearing the whole thing down before putting any work into it. It's got huge potential if you've got the money to put into it. We're doing our best with the budget we have--but with the condition it's in now, just about anything we do to the house will be an improvement.

The first part of our house was built 80 years ago. The second part, probably 50 years ago. The third addition I think 30 years ago. In its most recent years (I'm not sure how many), it has been used as a rental. The renter obviously didn't care too much about the place, and when he "fixed it up" to be rented he did a poor job using the cheapest materials and what looks like very little experience.