Thursday, February 21, 2008

Alien Room Revenge

Some of you may remember my earlier posting about the so-called "Alien Room". If not, here is the link http://stlouisfolkvictorian.blogspot.com/2008/02/alien-room.html

Well, we started the transformation. As you may recall, this is what it looked like before.


My Dad and I with the help of some drywall bought by my Mom, started to rebuild the room.
We had to move some outlet boxes, fix holes and practically rebuild the closet interiors...which is where most of the drywall came into play.

Nice patch job-eh??


Needless to say after some hard work and long hours, taping and sanding...the fun began.
With my trusty friends, KILZ and rollerbrush, I was ready to go.



After 2 coats, because 1 just wasn't enough to cover the sponge-painted neon green and blue, the room is really shaping up. Here take a look...



The final photos won't be available until after Spring Break, that is when my sister is coming home to help me paint the room. In the meantime, I have another room to work on.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Taping Drywall

There is just something about a fresh bucket of joint compound that makes me smile. I really like taping and finishing drywall, and I'm not entirely sure why. Maybe it's the satisfaction of seeing a big hole or large crack one day and a few days later, it disappears completely.
Monday, February 18, 2008

Stranger's Comment

My Dad and I were at Home Depot on Saturday. I placed my color order at the paint counter (took advantage of the Behr Paint Sale) and since we had to wait, we picked up a few other things I needed. I had just finished helping my Dad lift a 4x8 sheet of MDF onto the cart...and when I mean help, I don't mean holding the cart while he did all the work. We were discussing what else we needed to pick up, when some grizzled, plaid shirt, Bass Pro Shop Hat wearing customer walks by and says:

"Never take a woman shopping, the project will get more complicated and it will take twice as long."

Now he obviously thought he was being funny-hahaha. But, I'm sorry...what gives him the right to even make a comment like that. Is it because I'm a girl in a Home Depot store?

It would have been funny, if I was dressed in a frilly pink dress carrying a shade umbrella; but I was wearing a paint-splattered Washington University School of Art T-Shirt and a pair of jeans. Give me a break!!
Friday, February 8, 2008

Peace be with you and your families

I don't usually write about stories like this; but I just wanted to say a few words in regards to the tragic shootings that took place last night at the Kirkwood City Hall.


I live about 15 minutes away from Kirkwood, it is a city that has a small town feel. The homes are old style and eclectic, there is a train station and the center of town is always bustling. While I don't live there, I have friends that do and I drive through the area quite often.


You can read the details of what happened here:

http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/stlouiscitycounty/story/DF9F175C2F225844862573E9001BDB9A?OpenDocument


All I want to say is Peace be with the families of those effected and know that the entire region grieves with you. Kirkwood will get back on it's feet, it may take a while; but it will eventually happen...it always does.
Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Alien Room

In the coming months, you will hear me refer to the upstairs bedroom as "The Alien Room". Come May, it will be my sister's bedroom as she is moving in with me after college graduation. She is actually taking the two joined bedrooms on the 2nd floor; but back to that later.

Question:Why do you call it "The Alien Room"?

Answer:Have you seen the movie Toy Story?

Remember, those green and blue aliens that lived in the crane machine.

Yep, those ones. Well, you see dear readers, the previous owners painted the bedroom neon green and blue. I'm not kidding when I say neon green, either. They had kids, so I'm assuming it was done for them; but who paints a room neon green with blue spongepaint.

Nevertheless, they did and this is what it looks like.



So befitting of a 1890s Victorian don't you agree?!?

I get a headache everytime I walk in there. Both of the ceiling sides are slanted due to the roof slope; but there is more then enough room for a bed next to the knee-wall (I think it's called).

There are two of those closet-y things, the one you see above and one just to the left of the photo. They will remain closets; although my Dad and I are in the process of repairing them, since some of the drywall is missing and he'll be adding a 3 1/2" raised floor in those areas. It will make them look more like built-ins.

Since my sister is moving in, she is going to help me KILZ this entire room and then paint it something that isn't so "Alien". Honestly anything is better then neon green and blue. Oh and the carpet is going too. We have pulled it back and while the original hardwood floor looked in decent condition, just covered in paint splatter, after a closer inspection, we have noticed some major problems and will probably end up putting a Pergo floor on top of it. I know it's sinful to cover up an original hardwood floor; but in cases like this, it can't be saved.

Next month, when my sister is in town to help me paint, I'll take some more photos and share them with you. For now, just be thankful that you don't have an "Alien Room" in your house.

My Studio

I don't show enough love to my studio, so here is a shout-out. During the walkthrough, I fell in love with this space right at the top of the staircase. It was begging for some love and attention. As some may recall, this was how it looked during the walkthrough.


The floor was a mess of broken (but still glued down) crappy tiles, obviously someone thought it was a good idea to try and get rid of the floor and when it didn't work so smoothly, they just gave up.


Next is the same space, minus the tiny and unusable side closets and plywood windowbox...plus of course a brand new Pergo floor. Doesn't she shine!!!

Here is my studio back in January. She is still in need of some attention, for starters a finished window casing and a coat of paint; but I can tell she is already so much happier then before. I swear I own stock in stainless metal shelving, I have 3 pieces in the studio (you can only see 2 in this shot) not to mention 4 more pieces downstairs in other rooms.


At least I have a place to quilt, sew, stash my supplies and of course use the computer (although you can't see it in this shot; because it's against the half-wall next to the staircase).

So, you see dear studio...here is your 15 minutes of fame.

Snow Day

For those that have ever lived in St. Louis, you know that the weather can be crazy. Here is what has happened over the past few days...
Thursday-about 40 degrees with snow showers arriving midday
Friday-snowshowers end with about 8-10 inches throughout the area
Saturday-high 40s with snow beginning to melt
Sunday-high 50s with snow melting
Monday-high 60s with all snow gone
Tuesday (yesterday)-about 30s with thunderstorms prevelant during the evening rush and throughout the night

This is typical of St. Louis weather and that doesn't even take into effect that earlier last week we hit a record. The temperature dropped 50 degrees in a single day...50 degrees, that's unbelievable.

Nevertheless, I took a Snow Day on Friday and worked from home, since I don't go anywhere near my car when the weather gets bad. Here are some photos from around my place.

This is one of the larger trees in my backyard, all snowcovered and pretty !

Here is the bench and table that those of you, who have read my blog will probably remember, now look at it.

Here is the corner of my garage taken from my backporch. Suprisingly there is a reddish-brown roof under those 8 inches of snow.

And finally, here is a shot of the front of my house. It's at a weird angle because I wasn't about ready to try and walk up those crookedy stairs or get to close to the road, since it was a mushy-mess.