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I’m obsessed with this chair. I just am.

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http://sites.google.com/site/lizandwillaregettingmarried/

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Our entry way was one of my first projects in our new home.  The chalkboard an old frame from my parent’s house.  I repainted the glass with chalkboard paint (the spray version – not the same as what I used on our backsplash).  I then painted the frame white.  So, the total cost was just the cost of materials.

The “welcome” sign was from the $1 bin at Target.

gotta love the hyphens :)

gotta love the hyphen 🙂

The key ring underneath holds keys (obviously), but also holds a lint brush to hit up on your way out the door, because our cat Cotton inevitably marks every piece of non-white clothing in this house with his fur.

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ba ba backsplash

Some of your may remember the state of the backsplash I took to it with a chisel…

here is a tile half chipped off and my done-in-vain attempt to repair the hole beneath via joint compound.

here is a tile half chipped off and my done-in-vain attempt to repair the hole beneath via joint compound.

 Once the tiles were off…things got interesting.  You can’t just pour joint compound into a hole behind the wall.  Apparently the sheetrock – or plaster, or whatever it is, ended behind the tiles.

the existential void behind the tiles.

the existential void behind the tiles.

One of the nice parts of co-op living, aside from the lack of yardwork, is the presence of a superintendent of the property who general takes care of odd-jobs on the public living areas.   A good super will take up small jobs in his spare time, which ours did when I ran to find him to query about how to remedy the hole in my wall.  He repaired the plaster….see below.

the backsplash, repaired!

the backsplash, repaired!

Afterwards, we decided to paint the back of it with chalkboard paint – only $15, and way more budget and time-intensive than tile…which just isn’t an option right now.

behind the sink...with Will's map to the sink :)

behind the sink...with Will's map to the sink 🙂

the stove will eventually be replaced, but here is more backsplash!

the stove will eventually be replaced, but here is more backsplash!

The total cost of the project, including a tip slipped to the super, was less than $80.

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micro-managing.

Now, for the vertically challenged, this might not make much sense, but I decided to tuck our microwave into a rarely-used cabinet above our stove…in lieu of buying once of those fancy above-range models.  My super helped me drill a hole through the bottom of the cabinet and snake the wire to the outlet.  More counter space!  I win!
the microwave relocated

the microwave relocated

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Such a biter!

I decided to start a blog for a variety of reasons.   Here are two of them.

1) Other people have them and I’m always saying, “I should do that.”  So basically, I’m a biter.

2) I’m looking for a full-time job so I’ve got the proverbial “time on my hands.”

So there ya go.

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