Monday, January 21, 2013

The Holy Grail of House Projects

So Friday I couldn't blog.  Believe me, I tried.  I even started it Thursday night.  However, all I could do was whine about paint colors for the hallway.  And trying to find the right floor.  And then I just gave up on all of it.  It was one of those weeks where you feel like everything you touch turns to crap.  And believe me, it was.  So, I didn't even post.  I walked away.  And I just need to go delete that whiny business from my drafts.  Ug.

Friday night things changed.  Like a complete 180.  I had given up on finding the perfect floor.  It didn't exist.  But I stopped at Sutherlands on my way home, sure that it would be pointless, that they would have nothing. Oh boy, I was wrong.  They had at least four different flooring selections I loved and all of them were in our price range.  In my price range enough that we could even afford to do the living room and hallway too.  So I called my dad.  My husband was at work, so my dad was the next logical person since he's our installing expert.  He agreed that he would help do all the floors and I promised not to make him do them all in one weekend.  When my husband got home from work, I dragged him back to Sutherlands.  And we made our final floor selection.  Shaw something Hickory.  I forget the actual name, but I love it.  It has lots of variation. Is light-ish but not unattractively so.

Surely picking out good flooring was enough.  Not so though.  Saturday had no house projects at all, totally fine.  Well, actually I cleaned.  I already need to vacuum again (this is why I hate plants inside) but I did clean.  But yesterday, yesterday was the truly magical day.  Remember how I said I wanted to find a Craigslist dresser and refinish it to put a new TV on in our living room.  Remember how we're dealing with this ridiculous TV situation right now?
And it still looks like this.  Minus all the dust and Crown Royal boxes.  It's pretty ridiculous.  But, since we have new floors coming I declared that I wanted to have the TV situation under control and ready to be fixed by the time the floors were done.  So that means before the day of living room floor installation, the old dead TV has to go to electronics recycling and the tiny TV cabinet and big honking 32" TV has to go back to our bedroom.  That way when the new floors are down, we can bring in the new TV cabinet and new TV.  It's a good dream, right?  Pretty reasonable, I think.

So I've been trolling Craigslist, looking for the right thing at the right price.  I wanted to spend less than $100.  Really I wanted to spend less than that in my ideal world.  So yesterday while we were watching playoff games, I was searching Craigslist. And then I found it.  I wish I'd taken a screenshot of the ad because now it's gone.  But, I found a solid wood dresser for $30.  I called and yes they still had it.  I dragged my poor husband away from football to go check it out.  An hour away.  Have I mentioned I have the best husband in the world?  I do.  We got there and it was perfect.  I still can't figure out why the guy was selling it so cheaply other than just wanting to get rid of it.  I'm so unbelievably excited about it.
For right now it's in the spare bedroom in the basement, waiting to be worked on.  Those drawer pulls are coming off.  The whole thing is getting painted (a color still to be determined).  And the inside of the drawers are getting painted turquoise.  Oh, and the top drawers are coming out to be turned into a shelf for the satellite box, XBox, and Blu Ray player.  I could not be more excited.  And I still can't get over the fact that it was $30.  I think I may be able to get this whole project done for under $50.  Here's hoping.

So, how was your weekend?  Anyone else wishing that hadn't made MLK day plans so they could be home refinishing furniture?  Did you score any sweet furniture finds over the weekend?  What color do you think I could paint my newly acquired dresser?


  1. Wow! What a lucky weekend - I love that dresser! I've been so lazy and going to bed super early. I didn't even care about blogging last night (I usually post on Sunday nights). You do have a nice hubby!

    1. He is pretty amazing!

      I know, I couldn't believe my find! I made my husband grab his shoes and go as soon as I got off the phone about the dresser. The tradeoff, listening to the 49ers/Atlanta game on the way. Totally worth it!