I scrubbed a dried-on cat barf off the varnished floor with a magic eraser and now I have a big un-shiny patch in the middle of the floor. Short of revarnishing (not going to happen) or buying a rug, is there a fix for this?

Addendum: the floor is already peeling/flaking off in plasticky feeling pieces, so I'm guessing it's a polyurethane finish? Thanks everyone!
05 April 2014 @ 12:33 pm
We're looking into buying a house, but I'm not sure we're going to qualify for a mortgage. I mean, we probably will, but I'm not sure. I'm calling a mortgage broker on Monday. But in the meantime I'm overthinking things and looking at options. Does anyone have experience with rent to own? The house we're thinking we'd put an offer on has been a rental in the past, and it's been on the market for quite some time. The current renters are moving out, though, and I'm wondering if this would be a good opprotunity for us. Mostly I'm just scared of buying a house, even though I really like this one.
Current Mood: nervousnervous
26 March 2014 @ 01:26 pm
Welp! My baby was due on January 9th and on that day the final piece of furniture came for her room (the crib). Luckily I went into labor that evening but it delayed me in posting here all the work I had done!

I wanted a room that could last into adult hood and wasn't overly girly. Something that would evolve with her over time and didn't look SO "baby". I wanted very minimal pink too and purple is my most favorite color. I'm thrilled with how this room turned out and I'm currently spending a LOT of time starring at the walls in the basement for my next project! :D

We bought this house last September and I've done a few other add ons since then that I'll get to later. No longer in that nasty place I posted about last time! :)

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14 March 2014 @ 07:55 pm
Last summer I got a new shed with attached greenhouse.  There is one overhead door that is secured from the inside and unopenable from the outside.  There is another door to get into it, which is secured by a deadbolt and a regular lock.  They both use the same key.

When I tried to open the shed after some very very cold temps this winter, both locks were frozen.  I did not force it because I figured it would open when everything thawed.  Now things are thawing, but there's an entirely different problem.  The deadbolt unlocks normally, but it's stiff.  The other lock (no idea what type this is) is clearly still locked since the handle doesn't move, but the place where I put the key just spins around.  There's no resistance at all and it's not locking or unlocking everything.

The door opens inward so the hinges are on the inside.  I would assume that attempts to jimmy it would fail because it opens inward, but I'm certainly open to suggestions.  Also, I can't get in through the greenhouse without ruining the window screen on my new windows.

If no one has any suggestions, I'll probably just call a locksmith, but is there anything I can try in the meantime?  I don't want to make things worse.  My yard is a lake right now so it wouldn't be great to make anyone trudge through it to get to the shed.   
14 March 2014 @ 01:45 am
Spring will eventually be upon us, and that means opening windows to let in the fresh air! Except my next-door neighbors smoke on their porch quite often. This results in cigarette or cigar smoke wafting into the closest windows, which happen to be in my living room. The duplexes in this neighborhood are a driveway apart from each other, so we're talking less than 15 feet away. Heck, sometimes the wind will be just right so that the smoke flies down the driveway and into my bedroom window.

My first course of action is to buy furnace air filters and put them in the windows, but I'm not sure there would be adequate air flow through to the living room -- which can become incredibly hot in the summer -- since furnaces force air through those filters. I don't know if that would work.

My second idea is to buy two or three two-directional little window fans to fill each window, put them on the same power strip, and run them whenever the smokers are on their porch, or whenever the room gets too hot.

My third option is to measure the openings of my strangely-sized living room windows and hope I can find a box fan that isn't a half-inch too tall to fit under the moving part of the window, as are the two box fans I already own. If I find such fans, I can put those in the windows facing out and have a fan blowing in at the other end of the house and hope for the best.

Over all, I'd really like to keep costs down for this, both in materials and in electric bills. Has anyone here used furnace filters for this purpose, or found a similar yet better solution to keep cigarette smoke from coming into his or her house through the windows?

Thanks for your help!
07 March 2014 @ 07:46 pm
Hello everyone!

Can anyone give recommendations on how to declutter or or organize a home? Basically any tips or favorite websites that can help would be greatly appreciated. I'm asking for a friend who has terrible anxiety that stems from messes. She does have small children which of course makes this much more difficult.

We live in Stockholm, Sweden in the off chance anyone has any local company recommendations that can help with this.

Thanks a bunch!
06 March 2014 @ 01:38 pm
Hi, everyone!  I recently moved.  My former apartment was in a neighborhood where the houses was built in the 1880s but there had been a lot of upgrades and remodeling done to convert it into a triplex.  My bathroom, in particular, had been remodeled, literally, days before I moved in.  We moved into an apartment complex into a neighborhood that turned old Victorian era houses and turned them into 2-3 story apartment buildings or duplexes.  I don't believe ours is that old though, I would say between the mid 1930s to mid 1950s.

My two questions are this: Our bathroom is done in powder pink ceramic tile on the walls.  There is a matching towel rack, but the rod itself is gone.  I'm not caring if it matches the pink, I'll settle for black, chrome or the crystal look, but the only problem is this, we couldn't find any at Lowe's.  I'm not sure if I'm just stupid and didn't know where to look, or if they just don't carry it.  Home Depot is an option but Home Depot is about 30 minutes away, and I'm not even sure what to call it, as I googled it and it gave me the whole rack and not the center piece.  I'd really like to find something just for the extra towel space.

Also, any suggestions for a valance?  My old bathroom was hot pink, zebra print and black.  Mostly black, but I worked in the zebra print via containers and a valance, and the pink via decorative towels, accessories and a deco mesh wreath my mom made for me.  I figured out how to work the towels back in without having a place to put them on display, but I'm not sure if there's a way I can use the valance without it looking weird.  There's no windows in this room at all.  Facebook friends suggested putting it over the medicine cabinet, or putting up a mirror and then hanging it over the mirror.  I was thinking maybe putting it on the back of the door.  Any other suggestions or even seconding one of the ones I just listed would be great,  =)

26 February 2014 @ 12:40 pm
I'm in the market for a new washer/dryer.  I've been doing a bit of researching into the steam washer/dryers but have seen a lot of varying opinions.  Some say it's super awesome, energy efficient to the max, gentle on the clothing etc. Others say it's not worth the hassle because it takes 2 + hours to do one load of laundry and that the "cold water sanitation" is a bunch of hooey (I usually wash everything in cold that I can).  Any advice?

Other than the steam question, what are your favourite brands? top load/front load for washers? Any features you love?

On a side-note, has anyone had any experience with cloth diapers and a steam washer? My little one is quickly approaching potty learning, but if I have another child I'll definitely be cloth diapering again and don't want to have a washer/dryer that don't work with cloth diapers.

Thanks :)
22 February 2014 @ 05:08 pm

Is there any brick-and-mortar options to find a good teacup storage box? I have found a lot made in canvas but I am looking for wood if possible. It's actually for some tiny Chinese-style pots so teabag storage boxes might work size-wise but I would need to see them in person so online stores don't work.

I live in the Minneapolis metro area so I have a lot of chain options but I'm not sure where to start.

18 February 2014 @ 03:22 pm
Has anyone ever hand a chunk of carpet bound off to make an area rug?
Was it worth it? Was it a pain in the ass?

Just has my place recarpeted and a chunk of carpet was left over. We are moving and I was thinking of having the piece bound off instead of spending even more $$ on an area rug.

OR - good places for inexpensive LARGE area rugs (8x10?)