Don’t think I forgot about Erin’s bedroom project, believe me, I could never do that. I just got a little sidetracked with my Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter issues, along with trying to get myself ready for Blissdom. Well, actually, I haven’t done much to get ready for that….but I will!
After all, I’ve got 9 more days to get some business cards designed and printed, my suitcase packed, and lose about 15 pounds. What’s that you say? I can’t lose 15 pounds in 9 days? Drat, guess I’ll drop that one off the list and focus on the first 2. (and maybe add clothes shopping for a larger size to the list instead).
Who says you can’t procrastinate and get away with it? ;-)
Ok, enough of that, let’s get back to Erin. I think she’s been bitten by the DIY bug. Why? Well, first of all she commandeered my tool belt, made her own kneepads, and actually seemed to be enjoying herself while working on this project!
See? She was really getting into installing the floor!
Actually, she was dying to be done with it as she had a big party planned for Saturday night and needed to have this room ready.
While not advised by most experts, we procrastinators find it a great incentive to have a specific goal, like a party, to get something done in a hurry.
Why, we’ll even work around the clock to meet a lofty goal like that.
But sometimes it backfires, just a little.
That’s when you realize that everything is taking longer than you think and there is no way it can all get done. So you start modifying the plan, changing up the expectations and eventually, well, just going with it.
Our mantra soon became “well if we can just get this end of the room done for now”……then it became “if we prop the doors up against the closet at least people can get an idea of what it will look like when it’s done….” yeah, I know, weak, but it is what it is.
Let’s see, where did we leave off? I believe we had just finished laying the floor down. Once that was done Steve (Erin’s boyfriend) went on to install the baseboards and shoe molding. His brother came over to help out and they got it all done in one night!
Meanwhile, I was busy making a bed for the room.
Yes, a bed. See, Erin was using a mattress on top of 2 box springs for her bed.
For this room we wanted to get fancy and make a modified platform bed.
She decided to stain it to blend in with the flooring.
It also made a great spot to dump all the tools and stuff……
Then the closet needed to be finished. First the spackle, then the trim, then the painting.
Very tedious work!
Meanwhile I had to install the hanging rod and some shelving on the inside.
Then there were the closet doors to deal with….
I found some 24 inch hollow core doors for $5 each at Bargain Outlet. I had to cut them down quite a bit to fit the height of the door frames.
Can you believe how hollow these are?
I used some 2x4’s cut to size to fill the top and bottom where I had cut off the original ends.
Here they are, testing out the fit.
Erin painted them her favorite green. It’s called Safari Green. She loves it!
Next I needed to install the hinges. Alas, this is where we ran out of time so I just leaned the doors in the opening.
On the other end we used a pair of Shutter Dogs I had in my stash of hardware.
On party day we quickly got the bed made up with a new quilt and arranged the furniture.
After moving the furniture up it was decided that there were too many desks. No time now, but we’ll fix that problem later.
The last bit of arranging was done just as the first guests pulled in.
“Whew! That was close”, I said to myself as I quietly slipped out the back door.
This is Steve. Wish him a Happy Birthday!
He had no idea he was helping to get the house ready for his very own surprise birthday party!
Happy 30th birthday Steve!