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Party Prep Part 1… and what I’ve been up to this week

Always something going on at the new house. Sometimes I’m overwhelmed by the huge to-do list I have every single day. Although there’s not much to talk about, I did accomplish a lot. I’m super excited about TOMORROW, St. Patrick’s Day, because I’m finally having my HOUSEWARMING PARTY!

This week I was able to accomplish the following:

  1. This is the completed "Bat Room" -- after the new toilet, painted wall, painted floor, and shower curtain

    After the basement dried, I was able to hang a shower curtain in the “Bat Room”

  2. I was also able to put everything away that was piled up in the corner of the basement, because of the wet floor
  3. I touched up the messy spots on the stripes in the dining room (read more about the stripes). I actually did the stripes before I moved in (Early February), so this was a nice item to get off my list!
  4. I painted 3 floating shelves I had in my old apartment pear green to match my kitchen. I used Valspar Satin Interior/Exterior spray paint in New Avocado, which matched my “Anjou Pear” wall color pretty well.
  5. My parents helped me hang the shelves and wine rack in the kitchen.
  6. I painted the stairwell leading from the main floor to the basement. We originally painted it, but before the basement lights were installed it was really really dark, and we missed a lot of spots (actually a ridiculously funny amount of spots). It’s easy to let things like this go, as you get so used to them that they stop bothering you, but I’m glad I finally bit the bullet and finished it up.
  7. I finished putting switch plates on all of the walls I touched up.
  8. I hung curtains and some artwork  in the office (finally)… pics to come.
  9. I also did tons of organizing up there (office), including buying a bookshelf, putting it together, and filling it with crap.
  10. Shawn came over and put in a new optical cable behind the wall of the tv. We had a problem with the old one, so I’ve had wires hanging since we originally installed the tv wall mount. Now it’s perfect, just in time for my party!!
  11. I set up a lot of the outdoor furniture I had. Still have to get the tables put together, but all the chairs are set up and the cushions are cleaned and put on!
  12. I primed the exterior of the front and back door. What a chore this was. I got some great tips on what materials to use over at Centsational Girl’s blog and pointers over at DIYNetwork.  Don’t forget to check out forums like this one for some advice about your particular type of door. It’s better to do a lot of research FIRST, and learn from their mistakes, before you make your own.

Tomorrow is the big housewarming party, so there won’t be much DIY’ing going on this weekend — unless you consider making food and jungle juice a DIY project?  I found an awesome recipe for green candied popcorn that I’m going to make. I’m also planning to make some baked ziti, meatballs, sloppy joes, and “Leprechaun Juice” — aka green jungle juice. I can’t wait to have my friends over and celebrate the purchase of my new home.

Just remember, buying a house is TONS of work, but don’t forget to take a break and enjoy your life. I think it’s really important to get away from all the projects (you will never be done… ever), and do something that YOU want to do… even if it’s just relaxing and watching tv one night. Burn out is not fun, and neither is hiding in a renovated house that no one has ever seen. Share it with those you love… it’s fun to show off all the work you’ve put into it, right??

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