Category archives: Projects

Christmas Decor 2016 Christmas Decor 2016
  • Christmas Decor 2016

  • Can you believe we're only 11 days away from Christmas Eve? I had to double check the calendar to make sure I was not crazy.  Hope you've finished your holiday shopping, I know I haven't. Thank goodness for the 2-day shipping with Amazon Prime.  Work has been crazy busy the last couple of months. We finally put up our Christmas tree this [...]
3-year homeaversary!!! 3-year homeaversary!!!
  • 3-year homeaversary!!!

  • ...or shall I say mortgage-aversary? Either way we've been in our house for three years now! Four more years and we either have to refinance or move (we have 7 ARM mortgage). For some it may seem like far away, but I like to plan ahead (you can't spell mortgage without "gag"). Also, we thought we would be much further on our house projects than we are t[...]
12 Super Useful Kitchen Gadgets Under $5! 12 Super Useful Kitchen Gadgets Under $5!
  • 12 Super Useful Kitchen Gadgets Under $5!

  • Hope you have some room in your cupboards. I've asked my friends for their favorite cheap kitchen gadgets, and I've also made a shopping list for myself. 1. Strawberry Corer Ok, if you're allergic to strawberries, I feel bad for you. But this thing is awesome! $1.98 from Amazon. (You can usually find some at a local dollar store too!) 2. Milk Froth[...]
Minion Movie Night Minion Movie Night
  • Minion Movie Night

  • "Is this a birthday party for someone?"  A guest in attendance asked confused by all the minion stuff. "We thought this was just a movie night." "Who said you're too old to have a minion themed party. Besides, you can never have too many minions!" I answered. The truth is, I probably went a little overboard with the minions for a movie night. B[...]
How AT&T can't get their s...tuff together How AT&T can't get their s...tuff together
  • How AT&T can't get their s...tuff together

  • Yes, this is going to be a venting post. We've had AT&T U-verse (TV + Internet) for almost 10 years. While I've heard others complaint about AT&T, the worst issue we've had with them in 10 years was when they fixed our neighbor's cable/internet by unplugging the wires from our box and leaving everything a mess. That sucked, but they fixed it, [...]
Home Office Update Home Office Update
  • Home Office Update

  • I've finally published the home office update to the Home Tour page. There you'll find a full update of the room as it stands right now and also where we purchased some of the items in the room. While I love the openness of the new  room, it's definitely missing some crucial items. We want to create a reading nook and get a reading chair, but I can't [...]
Level 5 Drywall - How to get the smoothest wall finish Level 5 Drywall - How to get the smoothest wall finish
  • Level 5 Drywall - How to get the smoothest wall finish

  • What is a level 5 drywall finish? Level 5 drywall finish refers to the smoothest of the smooth drywall finishes you can get and may require one or more skim coats to achieve. There are many different ways to achieve a smooth wall result, but below I will describe what has worked for us with minimum investment. What you will need: Drywall mud (joint co[...]
Office Cable Management Office Cable Management
  • Office Cable Management

  • The aesthetic issue with office spaces is that there are usually lots of cables. And let's face it, cables aren't pretty. With two computers and two lamps, our goal was to minimize cable visibility as much as possible. First, we mounted the power strip under the desk. Second, Dmitry used Signum from Ikea to bundle all the excess cable in one pl[...]
DIY Wood Desk under $100! DIY Wood Desk under $100!
  • DIY Wood Desk under $100!

  • To build your desk you'll need the following materials: Wood Sander (I used my $20 cornet-cat sander. It did the job, but I think an orbital sander would have been better) Clamps (not sure of the cost, we had some in the garage) Nails Brackets or Krig Jig Power drill Wood stain Sealant + brush (I used Polyurethane) Strong hands to hel[...]
  • IKEA BISSA Shoe Organizer

  • I am really bad at putting things back in place. Especially when it comes to shoes (looks like I also suck at wiping mirrors...) Since our coat closet is occupied by paint cans and dirty rags, which we are saving for future house renovations projects, our main storage for show was this little tiny shelf from Target. As you can see, I am not very g[...]
DIY Wood (and Mesh) Trellis DIY Wood (and Mesh) Trellis
  • DIY Wood (and Mesh) Trellis

  • Spring is in the air, and of course, spring calls for fun and colorful projects! Last year we saw a vine jasmine in the nursery near our house that we thought would be perfect for the wall that our patio shares with the garage. But we weren't ready to buy the jasmine since we still needed to remodel the patio. By the time we finished all the pre-requisi[...]
Front Door Update Front Door Update
  • Front Door Update

  • Spring is in the air, and it's a perfect time to blog about doors. :) That doesn't really make sense, but it's ok. I think the new front door was the biggest purchase of last year. We got it installed right in time before our housewarming in October. The choices for the front door consisted of either wood, fiber glass, or steel. I did some research [...]