Wednesday, March 21, 2012

I Miss You!

Sorry for lack of photos today but you guys...I with all this house stuff going on (see here and here) I have been MIA from the blog for a few days...Let me first say I miss you! Since we are going to be moving I have stopped doing any sort of decorating projects around the apartment since I know we will be packing the show up and hitting the road pretty soon. I have, however, been getting overwhelmed by my list of potential projects and trying to figure out how I am going to get them done with limited time and limited money. Anyone else ever have that?

I thought what I might do is just share my list with you and see if you could give me some input on what to check off first! We have a few weeks before we actually move into our house, so some will depend on when we close (on or before April 30th assuming all goes well) I have big ambitions and may need some encouragement to carry them out. Here are my big and small dreams for the new place in no particular order.

Paint that awesome vanity I just bought on Craigslist. (I will throw a picture up here soon!)

Decide if I should refinish/paint the head and foot board that matches the vanity

Paint Rooms in the new house: Living, Dining, Bedrooms, Sunroom, and especially that aqua painted guestroom.

Find a desk for my newly acquired work from home husband

Create the perfect home office for said work from home husband

Sofa- I want to re-stuff it to make it work for a little longer until we can afford a new one (or two)

Buy a sewing machine and learn to sew like a pro so I can slip cover our current sofa and arm chair diy 
style! (again...must make it work until funds increase...buying a house will do that to you!)

Remodel upstairs bathroom

Increase closet space

Finish off the attic or garage loft (for a dream master bedroom or guest suite)

Add an iron fence around our yard

Create a work space for myself

Install wine cellar in the basement

Brighten up the entryway

Figure out window treatments

Add a second full bath (plumbing permitting)

Create efficient storage in kitchen and bath

Create an in-home workout space

Find time to knit and maybe even finish a book (something I have not done since freshman year of college)

Document the transformation of "the house we just bought" into the "Rossing Home" on the blog for all of you to share in.

This will give you an idea of what it is like to live in my head...the wheels are always turning..the problem is breaking it down and figuring out what to do first. Please let me hear your suggestions and leave me a comment, or two, or three! What's that you say? You have no opinion, make one up...I still want to hear it :)

Big or small, what is on your to do list? How do you tackle it all? Or do you? Do you guys remember those crank pencil sharpeners?? what a pain, right?]

Also stay we get ready to pack up our apartment I have been putting together a little photo tour that I hope to share with you in the next week or so!


  1. Kate, Home office for Phil frist, paint rooms next,vanity,head and foot board nexts and should look like a set. Then do all the rest when needed or can do. Good luck with everything.

    Aunt Julie

    1. Thanks Aunt Julie,

      I think you are right, Philly is gonna need a work space, just trying to find that perfect desk. I think we may have to wait until we are in the house, so we don't have to move it more than we need to! And I also agree about painting rooms, it will be easier to do it while thing are packed up and before the rooms are filled.

      Stay tuned...the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry...lets hope not though!

  2. Paint costs can really add up- See if there is a color you like for multiple places and don't buy cheap paint or cut in brushes. Try Purdy brushes for the edging and then you can forgo painters tape. The things about lots of different colors is that you'll be buying brushes (most likely) for each color you do. Pick one trim color you like and get a 5 gal to do the whole house, so you are not keeping track of 5 different shades of white. Also most important, once you've picked colors hold on to the swatches, make a binder for the house projects and keep them safe, you will be glad years from now that you did :)

    Also - if you are refinishing furniture- Do that now, you don't have to be in the house for that to be done. Small Electric sanders are cheap - I have a black & Decker that is under $50 and has gotten a LOT of use. Work smarter not harder!

    1. Great advice, I would not have thought of the binder, probably would have stashed the paint swatches in a drawer or just held onto the paint cans! Have you refinished furniture? I am worried about lack of space in my apartment? did you do it all while you were living in you house or did you ever do it while you were apartment living?

    2. I've done both,I used the balcony for sanding. I have seen people sand stuff in the parking garage though. Sanding is essential in refinishing.

    3. What type of pain do you use? and do you always prime? how about distressing...have you tried that?

  3. Also - Add pictures of every room of your house to that project binder and then once you remodel put the new pictures in the binder. You've got to sit back and look at all you accomplished some days instead of just seeing what still needs to be done :)

    1. Love that...big fan of before and after! I am going to go buy one of those fun, cute binders that I see at Target.

  4. Yay, Kate! Sounds like you are on the road to getting the house. Here's my advice:

    1. Deep clean the WHOLE house first. Then it's done and you won't have that basement or garage eating at the back of your mind.
    2. Get something on the windows of any rooms you need to be (or would like to be...if that's your thing) nude it. You know, like the bathrooms and such. ;)
    3. So stuff you'd like to do outdoors such as yard projects or even furniture projects if you want to do them in the yard or garage. You'll have PLENTY of time to paint over the winter. But I second the thing about getting a good, angled brush. One of those and there's no need for tape.

    Can't wait to see more!

    1. I can't believe I had two typos in there. Wah, wah.

    2. The cleaning thing is a good idea...and Phil is really good at it! getting a lot of the projects done that we need warm/decent weather for is good to keep in mind and maybe do more of the indoor stuff this winter.

      As for number 2...I totally agree...I guess we will need to make sure we have something up in the kitchen since we usually cook naked (just kidding, we wear aprons :)