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02 September 2012 @ 05:16 pm
Omg so: http://www.houzz.com/ is the most addicting home decor thing ever. I keep obsessively looking at squillions of pictures of rooms and sorting them into look books. It's like Polyvore for interior design ACK.

On the bright side it's actually giving me some visual ideas of what the hell to do to help out mom's house... and some of our house too. I may or may not already be starting a worksheet to calculate prices for redoing our giant bathroom- not major redo, obviously, but the tile is in need of fixing anyway and I hate the vanity with the passion of a thousand suns now that I've tried to put up with it on a daily basis. Seriously I have never fantasized about taking a sledge hammer to anything until this vanity happened (the drawers stick and I swear the mirrors are not level and it takes up all this space but its interior doesn't work for organizing anything-- I could go on, so I won't). But it's like I said when we bought the house: I'd rather have to redo this bathroom than make this bathroom. So some new tile, maybe a new floor, new vanity, and hell why not paint while we're at it. And then we're good. >.>

My single attempt at Craigslist furniture so far has failed. :( I guess I will continue with thrift store and garage sales.

I'm redoing this one wicker chest of drawers and I'm trying to decide if I should spraypaint it brown maybe... I need to start doing pics, I know. I'm just lazy.
Kay: Peony Pavilionikel89 on September 3rd, 2012 03:46 am (UTC)
Does the research stage of redecoration give you more stress or end up being addictive? We are almost finished rebuilding the kitchen from stress, and most of the time I skipped the look-through-tons-of-website stage in favour of go-and-just-buy-it one *sigh*
the dream girl: huggingsummersdream on September 3rd, 2012 04:00 am (UTC)
I'm pretty visual so in a way it's a bit addictive for me, but also helpful. Plus my mother has 0 ability to imagine anything in place so for her stuff I HAVE to find a picture to show her or she hates everything/picks some random thing that she hates five minutes later... or stares blankly at me while I try to describe something, which then irritates me. But I'm also the kind who takes out graph paper and makes scale drawings and sketches for layouts and possible furniture content/measurements. >.> I blame my grandfather- he taught drafting for ages and inflicted it on me.

I wish I had the bravery to just go buy something, tbh. I'm always afraid I'll get it into the room and freak out that I've made a horrible mistake. But all redecorating/ home ownership things are new and shiny to me right now so maybe eventually I'll be confident enough to just go get something.

How was the kitchen rebuild? Mom's house has stress cracks everywhere and she hates her kitchen so it may end up being early on the list of stuff we attempt, and I am horrified at the idea of redoing a kitchen. o____o
Kay: Peony Pavilionikel89 on September 3rd, 2012 07:46 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm visual too but somehow I just.can't.be.bothered. with all this research on kitchen of all things. I'm not that domestic? too lazy? idk. Buying stuff on the spot has worked so far for us, but there isn't much space in the first place, so not too much opportunities for imagination to go wild and come up with all sorts of crazy ideas. So we're being sensible and moderate. The thing you do with graph paper sounds really cool, though:)

The kitchen rebuild is not finished yet. The walls&floors are ready and shiny new, but the kitchen furniture we bought isn't assembled yet, so the room is clattered with boxes, and stuff like fridge and oven and dishes are somehow sporadically scattered along all the available surfaces. Hopefully, by the weekend most of it will be cleared up, cuz so far I feel like I've been perpetually camping in my own apartment.
the dream girlsummersdream on September 3rd, 2012 11:03 pm (UTC)
lol I love interior decorating/design so that's probably the difference- if I wasn't into the ideas I'd be dead set against looking at all these ridiculous pictures. I also blame Pinterest for showing me how to make pull-out shelves and in-drawer plug-ins and stuff. o___O Ideas I want them all!!

The graph paper thing is a life saver- I've always used it with rearranging my room/apartment etc and it helps me think of the space as a whole instead of the details I tend to fixate on and freak out over ("Oh god the crown molding is so ugly I cannot possibly put anything heeeeere! etc).

Eek I hope you guys get it sorted fast, I hate camping in my own place. I am always guilty of getting stuff stowed away then never quite getting around to organizing it. Oh look it all fits in the cabinets! Quick run away before someone makes us sort it out! >.> But I'm envious because getting it all done and seeing the handiwork must be an awesome relief.
Kay: feminineikel89 on September 4th, 2012 05:19 pm (UTC)
Haha the cabinet logic is soooo damn familiar =D Hopefully, this week will bring about some changes I can maybe even post as a proof that a disaster of a room could, after huge effort, become a passable kitchen.