Deuce Cities Henhouse

Updating Electrical Components

Hello pals, welcome back to the slowest makeover project in the world: our bedroom. It has been no blink-of-an-eye endeavor; it’s more like a slow-mo replay. Over winter break I had to turn off the power a lot. My kids hate me now, as I cause the interruption of their shows and vid games and whatnots. I thought everything was battery powered these days, but apparently I was wrong. Whateves: these fans, sockets, switches and sconces weren’t going to update themselves, so those kids just had to learn how to deal. First, something not super electrical but it has power going to it from a cord I plug into the wall, so it counts. I installed two new sconces over the side table on either side of the bed. Do you see? They are the Isaac sconces from School House Electric and they are perfect. Schoolhouse reached out and hooked me up with a bit of a discount after I soullessly begged them on the internet for a deal – they fit right into the budget so I nabbed them up along with a covered cloth cord to run all the new electrical together. Can’t thank those guys enough for making awesome things and giving pitiful bloggers a helping hand. Then, I did the thing that I’ve wanted to do for so long: I replaced the ceiling fans. It took me a lot of debate to pick a fan, mainly because there wasn’t one specific fan that I loved. I ended up going with these Futura Eco fans by Hampton Bay because the price was good and they look simple. Now that they're installed, I think they’re pretty great and I'm really happy with Get the Scoop [...]
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Guys. Confession time: I think stripping paint off antique hardware is fun. It also comes with the added bonus of being one of the easiest ways to sponge every last bit of character out of your home - you know character, that thing that we all want our old homes and apartments to have? Forget fancy moldings and un-painted wood work. There's lots of it hiding in all those badly painted and chipped door knobs, hinges, window pulls, (and locks) and other painted metal objects you might be finding all around yer house. This is one of the most oddly satisfying quick home improvements you can do if you're living in an old space. So come get weird with me, and try stripping the paint off those suckers just to see how it feels. I swear, you're gonna like it. Step 1: Remove Hardware A long time ago I stripped our bedroom door hardware, I've actually stripped everything in the house minus the stuff in the kids bedroom. I've also stripped all the hardware on the kitchen cabinets and now I'm moving on to the hinges in our master bedroom. The hardest part of this whole project might be getting the hardware removed from whatever sort of thing its attached to. Imma give you some tips to make this as simple as possible. Since I'm removing hinges it only seems right that I mention that you'll want to take remove the pin from the hinge first, then remove the door before actually removing the hardware from the door. Also since I'm giving out tips here's another one. Buy a husky reversible screwdriver. I love these things, Get the Scoop [...]
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Corner Shelf!

Twelve years ago on a cold November night I lay slumbering peacefully in my twin bed in my tiny college bedroom (Jeff may have been there too, but don’t tell my folks). I had decorated my room after seeing an episode of Trading Spaces wherein Doug painted a room a shade of blue that was nearly grey and hung glass icicles around the top of a four-poster bed. Side note – I tried to Google a picture of it to show you guys, but Trading Spaces was practically on TV before the internet even knew how to poop on the toilet. Get it? The internet was like slightly older than a baby. Anyway people didn’t put photos on the internet back then because it took up too many KB’s and whatever. Trading Spaces inspired me to take my first decorating baby steps. I basically painted my room blue, had a vintage table as a desk and hung some bookshelves from my wall because I had no space to put books anywhere else – there was definitely no icicles. Back to when I was sleeping. So, I was sleeping in my bed…and then I wasn’t, because all of the books and all of the boards and all of the brackets that I had expertly hung on my wall (without anchors, ha) came tumbling down on top of me (and Jeff) in the middle of the night. Who knew that I was supposed to use anchors? I mean who knew? I was like 19. 19 year olds don’t know that stuff. However, twelve years later and I think I finally figured it out. Booyahchaweagle! Here’s a before shot in case you didn’t remember what it used to look like just a few short Get the Scoop [...]
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I’ve Got Two Side Tables and A Microphone

Who doesn't like an excuse to look at gratuitous photos of pretty nightstands? Good, glad I'm not alone. It goes without saying, but I'm gonna say it anyway. I wasn't going to take the time to make our bedroom all pretty without doing something about the bed side tables. We were getting new nightstands. Of course this girls working within a budget, so the world is not my oyster. It is in fact more like some sort of mussel or clam. With my budget in mind my original plan was to purchase two of these Stockholm tables from Ikea, paint them white and add some pretty hardware. I needed something petit in size, capable of storage and low in cost. These Ikea tables would have run me a hair under $200 bones, and would have done the trick. Then a sale happened and I couldn't resist the Penelope nighstand from West Elm. I was able to get these tables for the same price as the Ikea tables! Here is how I reasoned this into being. These side tables retail for $199 each for a total of $398. My buddies over at WE were having a 20% off sale a few weeks ago, which if you do your math is a savings of $40 per table. Now I'm down to a cost of $318 for two tables, I also had a West Elm "Design Dollars" from my bed purchase a few months ago, this save me an additional $100 bucks. Now these tables are down to $218, which was good enough for me to go ahead and pull the trigger on. However, West Elm charged me incorrectly and I called to straighten it out, in doing so they took care of the tax and shipping which put me well under Get the Scoop [...]
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Attic Finds

Hey Guys, long time no see. I was just in Vegas for a long weekend with my lady friends. Have you ever been there before? It was my first time, basically it was what I expected it to be, a shit show, but way more expensive. Anyway, that's what I've been doing. Before I left last week I did some hunting up in my attic. My attic appears to have literally nothing in it. There are no awesome long lost secrets to find up there, just old rafters, 4 windows and emptiness. I still find myself going up there on occasion in hopes of finding some sort of long lost relic. Then, last week when I was up there snooping around I realized that what I thought to be a couple of boards leaning up against the wall were actually old beveled mirrors! I was so excited to find something old and original to the house, and best of all it was something that I could potentially make useful again! Then right next to the chimney, I kicked around what I thought was an old brick and realized it was lightweight and hollow, not a brick at all! It was totally a box. Oh my god, was this it, the key to the mystery of my house, some long lost time capsule? Alas, it was just a melamine box with some old keys, some pins and a pay stub. But the pay stub has some dudes name on it, so I'm thinking I might start up my subscription again to do some ancestral stalking of people who may or may not have ever lived in my house. Someday I seriously just need to cut to the chase and go down to the Hennepin History Museum to see if I can find Get the Scoop [...]
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