Making Laundry Fun Again!

Okay, first off: Laundry will never be fun. Unless you’re a weirdo. Laundry is a necessity. I embrace it. It’s not so bad. But fun? Eating ice cream is fun. Regardless. I asked you all a while ago what project we should tackle next. And it was halvsies between the laundry area and the shutters/ window boxes. (Nobody cared about our poor little linen closet. Including me.) Our laundry area typically looked like this: Laundry Before_HouseofGoldAlmost every day. Something was being painted, dogs running rampant, laundry, attic stairs, bad lighting, etc etc etc. But then Mom and Dad were all… “hey! we’re going to make you stands to put the washer and dryer on!” And they did it out of scrap wood. So the area seemed a thousand times better.Laundry Before Two_HouseofGold But it was still a mess. The shelf wasn’t super-functional for a short person like me, the plaster met up with drywall in a weird way, and I never cleaned it. Aka: gross. So. While J was out doin his Real Estate thing, Dad used his muscles and took the shelf down. (He moved it to a different wall!) Such work, very muscle.Shelf Removal_HouseofGoldAnd then I grabbed this stack of burlap I had sitting around for approximately 2 years. And I thought it would be perfect. Btw, do you remember the burlap Christmas garland? Same stuff. I started off with a staple gun to tack the burlap up (I didn’t worry so much about it being perfect, since I was going to finish off the edges.), but then I quickly realized that staple guns and plaster walls are not amigos. So I graduated to large-headed nails. Tacking Burlap_HouseofGoldBurlap Hung_HouseofGoldAnd then I grabbed extra pieces of lattice we had laying around (apparently, it’s a staple in our home), and started painting it. (Ringo helped.) Mom stepped in and finished that job, though. Painting Lattice_HouseofGoldThen I mitre-cut the corners and tacked it up. (This is my… “Dad, my arms. Hurry, please” picture-face.)Lattice Frame_HouseofGold

Lennon also decided to assist by holding the floor down.Lennon Helping_HouseofGold

So once the backdrop was up, J came home! YAY! He decided to vacuum out the dryer, because fire hazard. J Cleaning_HouseofGoldAnd then he took crates that I had laying around (some are craft crates, some are free crates we got from ordering veggies), and hung them up. A couple of them required anchors, and a few we got lucky and hit some studs. Hanging Crates_HouseofGoldAnd then everyone looked at me like I was a complete weirdo because I decorated the shelves all up. Laundry Area Redo_HouseofGoldLaundry Crate Complete_HouseofGold

And hung a wreath.

Laundry Detail_HouseofGold

Officially, this project was completely free. And here’s a before/after, in case you desperately needed it: Before After Laundry_HouseofGold


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Hide yo trash.

Remember when I was all… Hey! J is going to make this awessommmeee thing that hides our ugly trash cans! Because it looked all like this:

Screen Marking_HouseofGoldAnd so he did manly things and then there was this:

Yard Screen Lattice_HouseofGoldAnd then I said… we just have to finish trimming it out and then paint it! Woo! Yay! Exclamation mark! And then that was FOUR MONTHS AGO?

Well. J trimmed it out about two months ago. But then it sat some more. Oh but then I planted this little daisy thing that is supposed to grow big and strong and become the President one day. And then I painted 1/4 of it before we had to go somewhere for the day. (Probably the beach.) And then I went to HAVEN and met new people and got overwhelmed and then danced and it was okay?

Well. Then we came home from the ATL and Mom didn’t even say anything about it. But she did this.

Yard Screen Again_HouseofGold Yard Screen Detail_HouseofGold Yard Screen Complete_HouseofGoldBut then I got sad again because we are still lacking in the whole “grass” thing, so I photoshopped some in. And now it’s finished.

Yard Screen with Grass_HouseofGoldLet’s just check that one off as “forever done.” I hope.

A Home for An Egg.

If you follow along on Instagram, you may have noticed some talk of an investment we made last December. I got a bonus at work, and decided that this bonus would go straight into an investment for my future. You see, my gift was purely selfish. I gave J a Big Green Egg. That I could eat things off of. And he’s perfectly content to cook on it almost every day, especially now that we bought a giant deck to put it on. We planned a spot specifically for the egg. See?

Final Deck Plan_HouseofGoldBGE’s are crazy things. They are basically like little grill-ovens that weigh about 4,000 pounds. J had me, at one point, helping him carry this egg around the yard to prep for the deck. He is loco. I am loco for saying yes. (It took 4 of the deck mens to carry that up the stairs, btw.) Regardless, there are all kinds of attachments and funny things that you can buy for the egg. Of course. You can buy a rolling metal stand thing like this (an egg, if you will):

Or you can build a table. Like a man. J got together with his buddy, who also received an egg, and while it snowed (in February), they built their tables together. (Man-bonding, is what you call that.) I think they found the plans somewhere online, and modified a bit to suit their desires. Table Build_HouseofGoldThe egg “nests” in the table, right in this little hole:Egg Hole_HouseofGold

*At the time, we didn’t have a router. But now we do. This would have been a good project for a router.

But, you see, the table was pressure-treated wood, and needed some finishing touches. And it got a little burned. You can kinda see it here, as it is doing its magical thing. #AMERICA.Chiefing_HouseofGold

Ergo, the table needed some kind of sealer. We had a ton of leftover sealer-paint from the window boxes and shutters, so J decided to just use that. So he took last Sunday morning and slapped some paint on the table. (The egg is sad, looking at its empty nest. It’s an empry-nester.)Egg Stained_HouseofGold

Bada-bam-bada-bing, it’s done.Egg Nest Complete_HouseofGold

So, as I mentioned, the Egg has a multitude of attachments and accessories. Here are a few of J’s favorites. (Affiliate links, coming at you!)

J has a tendency to burn himself. On just about anything. So this guy helps out with that.

He uses this guy every single time, to start up the charcoals.

He also uses a similar thermometer to this guy, to make sure everything is A-Okay.

Dad got J this cookbook for his birthday. I’m pretty sure you can’t go wrong with anything in here. ESPECIALLY the bacon-avocado-salsa. It will change your life.

This guy is next on the “to-buy” list. Burgers can get pretty greasy and it’s just not good to have grease on your shirt.

The story of a new door.

Noooow this here’s a story all about how I…  watched other people install a door. And how I slept through the majority of it also. NAPS, people. We showed you the original back door guy when the deck happened. And we also told you that it would be replaced. I loved the style of it (you know, character and all), but it definitely didn’t seal out any of the weather, it had some pre-holes from where our Carpenter-Bee friends bored in, and it basically just reached the end of its useful life. So Dad and J came back from Home Depot one afternoon with a door. They said they were going to install it “real quick”. Before people came over to watch the World Cup. RIGHT. #onenationoneteam

Back Door_HouseofGoldThey popped the old door off real quick, and then started to remove the trim. This required many people. J, to make sure Dad didn’t fall. Mom, to hand Dad some refreshments. And myself, to take photos. Phew. That’s some hard work. Trim Removal_HouseofGold

So with old houses, things get pretty gross. See? Removal_HouseofGoldYears of dirt hanging out inside our house. Door to Ground_HouseofGoldThey then cut a new threshold out of a leftover piece of 1×12 from the deck man. (Pressure treated and such.) They had to notch out the edges and cut one side at an angle, and basically did this step perfectly.

Threshold_HouseofGoldThen they dry-fit the new door. Just to make sure. Door in Place_HouseofGoldThen I fell asleep. Like Rusty, the Narcoleptic Dog. never_get_tired_of_rusty_the_narcoleptic_dog-5473When I woke up, they were still at it. They needed lots of shims and wiggling and long screws. BTW, most of the screws stripped. Entonces, I have no progress shots. But basically, it was soccer time, the door wasn’t exactly correct, and, well… it at least closed with the deadbolt. So we left it at that.

BTW, we bought a new knob/ deadbolt set a few weeks prior from Amazon. (It matches our front door knob, and we can re-key it ourselves to match the front!) Affiliate link here: Kwikset Juno Entry Knob and Deadbolt Combo Pack featuring SmartKey in Venetian Bronze

Later in the week, Mom and Dad came back and re-jiggered it, so now it works. Then Mom sealed everything up with caulk and trim. And viola! A door! Back Door Complete_HouseofGold

Lennon thinks it’s particularly fun.     Lennon Door_HouseofGold