Deuce Cities Henhouse

Cleaning Out My Closet

Does this ever happen to you? I went up to my room to find a new shirt because Gus’ diaper decided to not work while I was holding him (major boo). Then, as I was searching for a new top to wear something came over me. I started ripping my closet apart.

I’ve been wanting to go through my closet and purge for awhile, but was just putting it off. I guess I just couldn’t stand it anymore. All those old maternity clothes were starting to get on my nerves. In less than ten minutes I filled four bags of clothes to donate, two bags of ratty old clothes to throw away and the rest was what I kept. Now it’s time for the hard part… putting it all away.

This is what it looked like after I went through it. Ugh.

I decided that since I had everything out of my closet that it probably needed a little love. I don’t know about you, but Jeff and I are the type of people that don’t know how to close our closet door no matter how dirty. Unless company is coming over it’s always open. It was time to pretty it up, especially if the rest of the room was getting a makeover. I grabbed a left over roll of feather wallpaper that I had used in the music room and went to town on the closet shelving. I lined each shelf with the paper. It was super easy but just in case you need to know this is what I did.

Step 1. Before you even do anything you should probably be klutzy like me and spill wallpaper paste all over the floor.

Step 2. Clean up your mess and re-take the photo of your supplies. Get your wallpaper, wallpaper paste, paint brush, pencil and scissors or razor.

Step 3. Dip your brush in the wallpaper paste and spread it on the shelf.

Step 4. Cover your shelf with wallpaper and trim the edges with your scissors. Yay!

After I finished with the wallpaper I decided that maybe my closet could use some paint. I went and grabbed the can of black paint I had used on the far wall in our bedroom and went to town on the interior wall of the closet. Because the black looks so good on the bedroom wall, (I LOVE the way it sets off all the books on my bookshelf), I figured maybe it could work the same way in the closet against all of my clothes and scarves.

Ta-da! Now for the step that is most easy to avoid, organizing and folding. I actually folded all my clothes and hung up my hangables (except for a few, Get on that Scoops!). I totally colored coded my duds because I can’t resist. Trust me, it won’t last long.

I also finally hung up this knock off Eames style hang-it-all that I’ve been holding onto for the last few months. I think I found the perfect place for it!

So now, I only have a few things to do before the bedroom is fresh and ready to go.
Paint the window sashes
Add new sash locks and handles to the windows
▼ Furnish with a few more accessories
▼ Paint behind the radiators
▼ Clean


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Happy Monday everyone! Hope you all had a good relaxing weekend. Ours was crazy busy. However, we did manage to get in a small sliver of porch time.

I know I’ve mentioned before that our front porch is pretty much the greatest place in the whole world. It’s been open for business for a few weeks and I wanted to take a sec and share with you all of its awesomeness.

Once the weather decides to be nice and warm all the time we will spend every evening, morning and weekend out on that porch. Anyone else have an awesome little get-away like this or just a love for all things porches?

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Eggcellent Eggs

Me and the kid folk made Easter Eggs yesterday. “Wahoo!” as Finn would say.

For me, it was more stressful than fun. After the kids quickly spilt two dye cups I was about to lose my mind. But, it happens, and I tried to stay cool.

We did try some awesome new techniques this year including tie dye and masking off patterns. Martha has about 101 different ways to dye eggs on her site, and I also found a cool resource via Small for Big. You should check them out if you haven’t got your Easter egg on yet.

Anybody else know of any super cool egg dying techniques or, better yet, amazing deviled egg recipes?

I’m not super huge on Easter, but decorating eggs is pretty fun. Finn asked about hiding the eggs this year because he had remembered searching for them last year. I started going on about how the Easter bunny was going to come and hide them, but he just looked at me all confused. I couldn’t go on with the ridiculous story anymore it so I just told him: “Actually Dad and I just hide them. It’s a fun game. It’s like hide and seek but with eggs.” I’ll never give up Santa but I guess I can’t pull off the Easter bunny.

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Tutorial : Knob Stew

This ain’t my first rodeo. Before last week I had only attempted stripping 1 set of door hardware in my upstairs bedroom. The first time I stripped the hardware it was H-A-R-D. I have no idea why it was so difficult, maybe it was because it was my first time, but I wasn’t very successful with it.

Last week I went ahead and removed the other two sets of painted hardware from my bedroom. The paint came off easily this time, no problemo. All I did was add the hardware to a pot of simmering water and a little dish soap. I let the soak for two hours. E-A-S-Y!

Once I removed the hardware from their luxurious make-shift-hot-tub I ran them under hot water, and guess what? 3 layers of paint just slid right off. Last time I had to scrub and scrub and scrub, and this time it was no problem. I had to do a little digging in the grooves but that was it. By mid-afternoon they were back on my doors and looking fine. It was no thang.

Someday, I will do the knobs in the kids bedrooms too, but for now I’m pretty happy with myself for restoring these guys in an afternoon.

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Building A Raised Bed Vegetable Garden

Building a Raised Bed Garden
I was so excited when my Burpee Aluminum Corners finally made an appearance in the mail earlier this week. We had been waiting patiently for them for almost two weeks.

Last weekend Jeff and I ran over to the Home Depot to pick up some cedar boards so we were all set and ready to go when we started constructing our garden Tuesday night. The whole process was really easy. I’m a little handy but not super handy, so using a saw is kind of a big deal for me, and if you haven’t noticed Jeff’s talents lie elsewhere. Let me put it this way, he makes a real good babysitter while I get down to business.

I can’t give myself all the credit though, I did have a few helpers this time. Finn and a few neighborhood kids where great assembly assistance.

Building a Raised Bed Garden
I can’t tell you how easy this was to build using the corners. All you have to do is measure your wood, cut and then attach the corners with screws. Once the 2×6 boards are screwed into place you just slide the pivot corner into the adjoining corner and blamo! The pivot corners are so simple to use, I highly recommend them if you’re at all hesitant about undertaking this project.

The main reason I chose these Burpee Aluminum corners is because they pivot. They are not locked in at a 90º angle like so many other styles of garden corners. I wanted the garden to hug the shape of my house and look custom, plus I am totally not a math wizard, having pivoting corners took out all the guess work.

Building a Raised Bed Garden
There are a few other benefits of these corners too. In the future if I need to replace any boards all I will need to do is slide out the garden wall, unscrew any damaged or rotted boards and replace. Another great benefit is that these corners will allow me to easily add on if next summer I decide to make the garden larger.

Building a Raised Bed Garden
It’s still a work in progress so be prepared for a few more garden updates.

Thanks to Meg from, she gave me a lot of advice when I first posted about undertaking the raised bed garden project. I since have bought my own copy of Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew and plan on using the suggested formula for dirt mix. Approxmiately 1 part compost, 1 part peat moss, and 1 part vermiculite or a substitute as it seems vermiculite could potentially be dangerous and or hard to come by.

Anyway, I am beginning to collect dirt and will keep you updated on our future progress!

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