Getting Giddy

Today it really hit us that in just 5 short days, we will be moving into the rental house.  I woke up so excited at 7:45 am that I could not resist waking Mike up early.  Unfortunately, it didn’t work.  2 hours later, he was up and ready for the shopping extravaganza I had planned (okay, fine… he could only handle two stores).

First stop was to Lowe’s.  I had a coupon for a free 8 ounce Valspar paint sample, and after much deliberation on my part (Mike “helped” by proclaiming several times that all of the colors looked fine and I should just wing it), I settled on Pine Green from the Spring 2013 collection.

Valspar Pine Green

I’d prefer for the paint to have low or zero VOC, but it was free, and beggars can’t be choosers!  (ML note: You might notice that I have yellow spray paint on my fingers… That’s another project I’ll be sharing later this week in anticipation of the move!)

While we were at Lowe’s, I figured I needed to check out the clearance sections… and found these three steals:


Each Valspar paint sample (Dylan Velvet and Redstone Dining Room Gold, both from the Fall/Winter 2012 collection) was on sale for $1, which made them well below half-off.  I was especially excited by the Valspar Ultra Kitchen & Bath paint, as it happens to be in one of my favorite colors (dark teal), and has zero VOC.  It made me nervous that the can was only about half full, and that we don’t technically know what color it is, so purchasing more would be tricky.  But I was instantly sold after seeing the price tag.  Or rather, the paint was sold (terrible pun alert…)!

Valspar Price Tag

Is that an amazing deal or what?!  On my newly induced shopper’s high, I was ready to head to the next store.  But not before discovering this gorgeous metal sheet:

Laura & Metal Sheet Love

I couldn’t stop thinking up new projects to incorporate this gorgeous beaut, and promised I’d come back for her as soon as we were settled in the new house.  And then it was time to head to (AKA drag Mike to) Goodwill, where I fell in love with some burlap-looking curtains called “Tan Chesapeake,” originally from Target.  Each of the two gorgeous window panels was still in its packaging, and marked at only $3.99!  Phoebe gave her stamp of approval and decided to repurpose them as her new doggie bed.

Phoebe and curtains

Yes, I realize that Phoebe, the curtains, and the carpet are all the same color…  Beige overload.  Try and ignore the ugly carpeting, and just keep chanting “5 more days until the new place!”

I also snagged this amazing oversized picnic-looking basket for $6, which I plan on placing atop a luggage rack or table for a mini-laundry basket.

Laundry basket

Our laundry situation right now is not ideal, since we basically just wait until one of us runs out of underwear.  By that point, we’ve usually accumulated about 6 loads of laundry.  We’re hoping that using a smaller basket will force us to do at least one load of laundry every other day, making it a much more manageable task.  (ML note: You’ll notice Phoebe’s tush and Mike’s feet in the above photo… It ended up being a nearly impossible task to photograph the basket without one of them jumping in the photo.  Perhaps they’re drawn to the basket’s amazing energy?)

We have close to a dozen projects in the hopper, but since we currently have no outdoor space for painting besides a tiny balcony, you’ll just have to wait 5 more days for anything to be completed.  One of the first projects will be to paint our lazy Susan, snagged for a mere 1 smackeroo.

Lazy Susan

Please ignore how much is crammed on there at the moment… Space is at a premium right now in this teeny apartment.  And in case you’re wondering, the yellow pot (originally terracotta, but I painted it with Valspar’s Appletini) holds a tiny succulent I snatched up for $1.  The blue and white plate is a 25 cent find that holds our heart-shaped rock collection, the free beer bottle is currently being repurposed as a vase for free hydrangeas that grow in the apartment complex,  and that green lump is actually 4 leaf coasters that I knit over the winter.  All of these items belong to other posts, which I promise will come shortly.  In the meantime, would you be so kind as to help me pick which color to paint the lazy Susan?  Keep in mind that none of the above items will necessarily be living on this lazy Susan for much longer, and I hope to use it for non-food purposes only.  Now, get to voting below (please!)!