While many people fought off traffic on beach trips for the extended weekend, the Mister and I took advantage of our extra long weekend for some much needed catching up on our to-do list and some serious R&R. Friday, we headed back up to my old apartment to repaint several of the rooms back to their stark white (and totally drab if I say so myself) state. It was a little sad to cover up all those memories, but also exciting to say goodbye to that place as we make our own home together.
A few things I learned:
- If a light fixture replacement is intended to be temporary, take pictures of how the original fixture was installed so you don’t waste 15 minutes up on a ladder trying all the wrong ways before going “Oh yeah.”
- Don’t set the lid of a paint can on the floor. Even if it’s in another room. It WILL get stepped on.
- Have paint thinner ready.
- Buy paint samples. Paint samples are about $3 each and save you from spending around $30 on a can of paint you decide halfway through you don’t actually like.
Something else we discovered this weekend – Fort McHenry is a short walk from our front door. You may have to pay to go into the fort itself, but the entire park including the gorgeous harbor view walkway is FREE (cha-ching!). It’s unbelievably gorgeous out there by the water.
Me and the Mister at Fort McHenry – Memorial Day Weekend 2012
Fun Baltimore Fact – for about 50 years (since the 50s), every Monday at around 1pm they would test the city air raid sirens. This stopped several years ago before we moved up here, but we were lucky enough on Monday to learn this little piece of our city’s history when we heard the siren going off. Apparently, they do this on Memorial Day in remembrance rather than the weekly test.
US Navy cargo ships in the Baltimore Harbor
In other news, we FINALLY picked up the wood to build the frame for the kitchen island project. At first, we attempted to dig through the “white wood” at Lowes, but quickly discovered that the quality was just not up to the standards for this particular project. Unless we were going for a “distressed” look with horribly cut wood and warped boards. Instead we opted for Pine boards which were a huge improvement in quality and cost only slightly more. Lesson learned. For $25 we managed to great quality wood for the entire frame AND a candy bar. Hey… all that wasting time digging around in the wood piles warranted a Twix. The legs came in a few weeks ago and have been moved around from room to room as I continue to complain about them being in the way. It’ll be good to get a frame together for these guys. I’ll post more as I start working on it.
My posts will be a little sporadic over the next couple of weeks, so I apologize. It’s going to be pretty busy around here. We’ve got the US vs. Brazil soccer game tomorrow night, a concert this weekend followed by a friend’s engagement shoot (yeah… people actually trust me with this now), and then renovations on the master bathroom start the following weekend. Yeah that came out of nowhere for us too. We’d emailed the landlord describing the various damages caused by the half-ass work of the previous owners (I’ll post about all of that soon) offering to make some improvements and she’s agreed to let us re-do the floors and tile the entire tub/shower area and is even going to help us out! So we’re really excited about the next few weeks and will have tons of updates and before and after pictures for you, but since my weekends used to be my opportunity to stockpile posts from the week before, things might be a little more random.
Hope everyone had a great holiday weekend! 🙂