Around The House: Fall 2018
It’s been a hot minute since I gave you all a tour of our frugal, minimalist apartment, hasn’t it?!
Time sure does fly when you’re constantly either working, sleeping, or watching Big Mouth Season 2 (I… have mixed feelings on it so far, guys. Just being honest. Post to come.)
However! We are hosting Thanksgiving this year for a total of 8 people (maybe a few more), and Nick and I are using this as an excuse to spruce up the place.
Here’s a recap of what we’ve done so far, and what we still need to do before the Big Day:
Holy Amazon boxes, Batman! I Craigslist-ed this bench for $40 so people can have a place to sit down and take their shoes off. (Originally it was on Wayfair for $80!) I also bought this not-so-subtle sign because I hate vacuuming, thankyouverymuch. Oh, and we got a cute homemade wreath for our front door to make our unit look friendly in case we get any trick-or-treaters! I am SOOO not crafty enough to make my own wreath, guys.
New Gaming Cabinet
Hooray, no more stepping on pointy models and paint brushes! Seriously, Nick is an avid Warhammer / 40K gamer and he definitely deserves this cabinet to organize everything after years of shoving his hobby supplies into random Ster-a-lite drawers. We bought this secondhand via NextDoor for $70 (original ask: $100.) Next we want to replace that weird rope with something a little more polished.
I bought us these cute AF homemade curtains from this shop on Etsy. The yellow and blue match our yellow bakeware and blue tea kettle & salt crock and I think gives the room a nice vintage-y vibe. We also re-arranged the kitchen table to leave more room between the table and our new…
We bought a hamper, moved an old Ikea side-table there, and installed a new dryer rack. We still want to install these curtains from Target to separate the laundry area from the eating area… once they arrive in the mail!
I got some Laura Ashley bath mats from Marshall’s a few months back, and recently replaced our gross toilet brush with this new oil rubbed bronze one that matches the hooks for our shower curtains.
Not sure I ever gave an original tour... but we used to have some shaky Goodwill deck chairs on the porch and a random clearance target patio table. Well, we found THESE wicker bad boys next to our apartment’s dumpster a few months ago. (Apologies for only having this photo where bae caught me slippin.) After a nice wipe-down and buying some on-sale cushions from Target, these chairs are sooo comfy and make a great place to relax in the evenings! Here’s another photo that might do more justice:
Even with the thrifting and the sales, home makeovers sure are expensive! Once we save a bit more money, we have plans to buy a NEW SECTIONAL and a big round coffee table that will balance out all of the squares. Then we can ditch the current coffee table and right-hand side table. Finally, we’ll move the left-hand side table next to the entryway bench for a place to put bags and such.
I also have a lot of mini-projects to tackle, such as ….
De-pot dead plants, replace with living plants
Add a cool mid-century looking round mirror for the entryway wall
Place a work order for some broken closet doors
Frame & hang a few pictures we got in Seattle
Hire professional house cleaners to give a good scrub-down before the big day.
And that’s it! Well, I will need to learn how to cook a turkey… uhh… any tips???