A few weeks ago I picked up these nightstands from Goodwill. Total cost? $12.00.
After visiting Volunteer Park with our out of town guests last week, we made the trek through Capitol Hill and downtown Seattle to take a ferry to Bainbridge Island. The walk took about an hour, and it flew by as we sipped on iced coffee and people watched.
Here’s a view from the ferry terminal of the new ferris wheel on the Seattle water front.
The Tiger’s Wife is a story about a young woman and her grandfather, and his fascination with a tiger. It was written by Tea Obreht and published when she was only 26 years old. Twenty six!
In a nutshell I’d say that it was a beautifully written book with descriptions so magical and seemingly real, I found it hard to believe that the settings were fictionalized. I found myself getting lost in the world she created – I was daydreaming about what it would be like to be a doctor in a developing country, to see a tiger up close outside of a zoo, and to meet a man who couldn’t die.
The master bedroom curtains that came with the house were just too special not to share.
The curtains are from Ikea. I hemmed them a lot shorter than the original curtains so that they don’t look quite so formal. Plus the bottom portion I cut off was big enough that I was able to make two additional curtains for smaller windows we have in the basement.
That little guy below is my brother’s cat Hazel who we’re cat-sitting for a little while. I’m jealous of his pod.
I don’t want to say that these are before and “after” photos, because I’ve learned already that there will always be something I want to update or change. But I feel comfortable saying that we’ve very much improved the bathroom from where it started.
If you notice in the photos below, the wood mirror, toilet seat and toilet paper holder/magazine rack all matched each other, and the green window frame matched the green mirror that was above the sink. Nice, right?
We painted the walls, added some curtains, and replaced a few items. In this case, a small amount of effort went a long way.
Last week I googled, “How to get paint off door hinges”, and expected the requirement to be some toxic combination of paint thinner, rubbing alcohol and goof off. It turns out all you need is baking soda and water. I had no idea.
To give you a visual of how thick the paint was, this is what it looked life after we tore the hinge from the shellacked door jamb: