Stocking the Clothing Department

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Now that the closet is painted and mostly ready to be stocked, we have to decide on racks or whatever we’re going to use to hold clothes. Since we’ve just filled and painted all the walls and rebuilt the floor, I’m not wanting to use anything that will damage what we’ve done. And even though I found a scuff mark today, I’m not going to make things worse.

My lovely roommate happens to have a clothing rack that I really like. The aesthetics of it are just dreamy, and match the room really well. That and a cute little stool thing that Shadow has been using as a pedestal. Plus a massive mirror, this room is going to be easily the prettiest room in my place.

So I’ve decided to buy another of those racks. We have three of them now. With those and a couple mirrors, we almost have a full closet! I’m going to look a couple rugs possibly, and we need some more fairy lights. You can never have too many fairy lights.

One day I’ll finish the baseboards. Promise
Weird to think Walmart makes cute things. Don’t mind the bare wall
Slowly filling the hangers
Shadow doing his judgmental rounds

I want to find a little table for a makeup tray, not that I ever wear makeup, but because I have too much of it and need a place to put it all. And because I want to invest into learning makeup, I’m thinking of building a spot for it all if I have to. the bathroom is just down the hall, so I could just suck it up and put shit away like a normal person.

Mostly in there is clothing we don’t wear one a regular basis, like party dresses and large heeled shoes. I have a blazer and matching dress pants that I’ve hung in there and I need an excuse to wear that somewhere. I also have a few full length dresses coming in that I’m going to put on display in there.

Now that the room is basically empty and usable, we’ve been putting stuff in it again, and I’m going to spend some of my free time cleaning that today. Mirror placement is going to be a big deal for the future of that room, and with stuff everywhere, it just needs to be organized. And hopefully once my packages come in, it’ll be extra clean and decorated. There are probably a million different things I could do in that room, let’s see what I pick!

Once I start my Fabulous Fridays I’ll make sure to show off the closet in it’s finished state. But for now that’s all I’ve got. Thank you all so much! Be safe out there, and have a good day!
— Deryn

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Late Night Paints

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More renovations on my closet are happening, which is super freaking exciting! You can tell my trailer is… unique, by some of its quirks. The walls in the closet are paneling, and that paneling is starting to almost pull apart in a sense from one another. To fix this I’m using drywall mud and just patching these spots. Two layers should be enough right?

Apparently not. I’ve done like four layers now and it’s just so UGH! There’s one wall that has like, one stud. Every time I accidentally push on the wall, or the nice mirror gets moved, it cracks and splits. I swear I’m going to snap if I do anymore this week!

It’s like, day six of just applying drywall mud and sanding the walls, and I think I’m finally okay enough to wash the walls one final time, and then start prepping for painting. Impatience is something I totally suffer from. This room has five walls just due to where the furnace for the house lives, and because of this, there are not as many supports in the walls as there should be. I’ve dubbed each wall by the colour they currently are; blue, brown and white. The blue wall is just dirty, pop stains and double sided sticky tape all over it has made prep work difficult. The white wall was the wall I painted like, last year. And then the brown wall, it has never had paint on it. Literally just a sheet of paneling is what is giving me so much dang trouble. And yes, there are two other walls, but they’re fine so I don’t care.
This wall, I have spent a good couple hours of my life just swearing at it. The wall is about six or seven feet in length, and has a stud on each end, and one right in the middle of it. I leaned up against the wall too hard while sanding the drywall and it cracked all the way down.

Finally started painting! Painting is super boring though, I hate having to wait. Good thing the roommate is here to keep me company. I’ve put her on paintbrush duty, while I have the paint roller.

Layer one looks so nice! We’ve done a pretty okay job at not getting paint on the floor too. I’ve definitely got a decent amount of paint of the plastic covering my floor… I’ve stepped in too much paint. The best part is that I’m finally doing something with this room. I’ve been wanting to for a couple years now. Painting everything has been a good bonding experience too. My two (human) roommates are the best!

Layer two is really bringing this room together. You almost can’t tell what colour the walls used to be. The paint also fills in the lines in the paneling. I’m starting to struggle having to wait for the paint to dry. I can already imagine where we’re going to put different tables and clothing racks. The bits that look like cracks are just where each piece of paneling connects to each other and locks into place. Some of those spots I filled with drywall mud, others are just being painted. That’s why the roommate is on paintbrush duty.

Layer three guys! We’re here! It looks so good! I’m honestly happy with where we’re at with the walls. I’ve just got the odd touch up here and there, then we should be good to go. I’m starting to not want to do baseboards now. I may just cut them and add them later since you just hammer them into place. I’m so eager to have the closet functioning and stocked.And if I lean on the wall, it doesn’t ruin everything anymore!

Final touch ups are done! We painting another room! Over half of my trailer has been rebuilt now, and that’s really exciting! I’m so pumped to be making real progress! This is going to look so good when it’s full of stuff. I know we want to put in a cat tree because the window has a decent view for the cats. I say that, but they’re going to be in there when one of us are in there. Our boys are the best.

I don’t have a wide angle shot of the room since it’s built funny, but I’ll be filling it with stuff soon. I’ll make sure to update everyone with a finished product when I get to it. So in the mean time, here’s a picture of Shadow.

Thanks as always for being awesome! Stay safe, and I’ll see you all again soon!
— Deryn

Building a Closet

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I am the best handyman ever. Straight up, godlike powers. My ego is so large, I don’t fit through doors! I’m also so full of shit, but at the same time, I’m getting good at these renovation things. Now, I have one bonus room in my place and it used to be my brothers room. It’s not the smallest room ever, but it’s definitely not big enough for much. The roommate had a brilliant idea of making a walk in closet. We can share a lot of clothes, and my boyfriend has a lot of coats and such so why not optimize the space I have available, right?

This room started off an absolute mess, bits of the floor were rotted and I have a wall and a half painted. First thing I had to do was rip out baseboards that were half missing or so damaged they dissolved when I pulled them off.
At the time, we had stuff just piled in there for storage too, so trying to maneuver boxes and ripping out boards was unnecessarily difficult.

Look at this mess!
Like, gross!

Step two, flooring. Now we couldn’t just move boxes around, we had actually cut and lay boards down. I am by no means an expert, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to pay someone to do it for me. I’m new to this, but I’m also a broke human so…

Cutting boards became a huge mess. Guess who forgot sawdust is a thing? And we made a few mistakes while cutting boards. The boyfriend was helping for awhile, then the roommate chipped in, so we got a lot done on day one!

We spent most of day on just cutting and laying boards. Not sticking anything to the floor, we were making sure all of our measurements lined up and did our best to have no gaps between them.
Spoiler, that didn’t work.
About halfway through we started getting a tad lazy and more just trying to have fun while doing a chore. Worked our way all down to having to make a couple more cuts, and it got late. Trying to be considerate of the neighbours, we quit for the night.

I got to use the saw too, but he made it look easy
Check out the gaps!
No one was harmed in the capture of this shot
Day two!

Day two came around and I was not willing to leave the floor alone. After placing all of our boards and making them look at least almost okay, I noticed some massive gaps.
Off to Home Depot!
Now, when I’m by myself, I hate the place. People always ask if I’m lost, or pretend that since I’m female, I have zero idea on what I’m doing. I make sure going into a project I know at least like twenty percent of what I need. I was there for specific things.
Number one, grout. Before I get into why, please remember I am not a professional and I literally just tried something and hoped it worked. Okay, with that out of the way, I got grout for putting between the boards. My logic, it holds tile together, why not hold laminate too? So far, it’s working. I’m just going to let it do it’s thing.
Number two, baseboards! I bought thick white boards to match the new ones in my bedroom too.
Installing them is for another day.

Day three
Swept and sorted

Day three, the roommate finished filling the final gaps in the laminate while I was at work. So now I have to do the baseboards and then paint! We’re so close! Well, actual order of events, lay plastic down, paint, and then put baseboards in. Today I’m going to get some plastic to cover my floor, then paint. I have like two and a half cans of paint which should be enough friggen paint. Paint and grout need maybe a couple full weeks to dry completely. After all of that, up go the standing closet bits and that’s really it. We’re so close!!

In three days I was more productive than I have been in a long time, and it’s turned out FANTASTIC! Painting, decorating and filling the closet will also be a post. I’ll keep y’all updated on what I’m doing with that room. But that’s it for today, so thanks for reading! Catch ya next time!
— Deryn

April Showers

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It’s day two of April, and day twelve of not working a proper amount of hours. The sun is absolutely beaming into my room giving the illusion of warmth from the outside. In all reality, it’s just above freezing and I’m still exhausted from trying to stay awake way too late last night. Excessive amounts of blankets are my only safety from lingering shivers.

I almost wasn’t going to write anything today and just continue to sleep for the next few hours, or even the rest of the day honestly. However, today is Thursday and being tired can make creative juices flow, so here I am.

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When I finally rolled over to grab my phone for the day, I had the most amazing idea, I should build a barn door! I’m overly ambitious sometimes, I know. Hear me out, so roommate’s room doesn’t have a door. The old canning room of the trailer just has never had one for as long as I can remember. Because of this, her pets, and Shadow too honestly, can just be pests to her sanity. I say pests; the cats chirp at each other before sunrise for like two hours, and the dog is our resident burglar alarm. Poor girl I feel like she could use a real door now. And that’s why I want to make a sliding barn door.

My dumbass was watching every video I could find on YouTube about it for hours this morning. I know I could totally build one too. Watching all these tutorials has taught me literally just a pattern since I know how to use a saw and drill. I’m going to lose the ambition real quick I think. A friend of mine installs doors and windows for a living: he’s coming by this weekend to check out what’s going down with the doors for me.

Photo Credits

Other than that, I’m actually writing again, which is super cool. Writing requires research, so I’m learning a lot about random shit too. I’ll have to dedicate a post to things I’d never thought I’d need to know. Maybe a good bonus post?
Being in quarantine is fun…

If I end up deciding I’d rather to something physical, I’ll just pull out my roller blades. I can stand, get up, and roll in them. That’s really all I can do though, so today might be a good time to try and actually practice them.

I feel like there’s so many things to do, but also the idea that I have a long time to do them. It’s refreshing. However, that’s all I’ve got for today. Thank you so much for reading, stay safe!
–Deryn

So, My Roommate

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So, she’s great. Like, 10/10 good time and worth having move in. I forgot she was moving in early too, so she’s already pretty much settled. I was like, oh I totally have another week-ish to have that room built and ready. NOPE! But no, it really has been great so far. I thought my boyfriend and I were okay at being adults, apparently not. In literally a day we’ve leveled up our adult skill to the point we could probably survive two weeks of isolation.

If you remember from my last post on renos, I had a room that needed a new floor, and then it was totally livable. – Link – So I went out and finally bought the flooring for that room. Laminate I know, just like all of the new bits of my trailer. I figured, oh yeah, I can have this done in a day. Got home and was hit with the, you forgot I was moving in today didn’t you load of stuff in my place. Oops…

I was all ready to rebuild that room, but the other “bedroom” in the house that’s empty is technically larger. so we ended up putting her in there. The laminate remains unopened on my deck. I haven’t got a picture of her room properly built as it is her’s and I didn’t ask to do that. The room is homey though. I really like what she did with it. Plus, she has a bunch of art I can hang around the house.

I was running out of room for food that should go in a pantry. So we bought, and built our own! LOOK AT HOW AMAZING THIS LOOKS! I’m sorry but I am so excited to have a pantry thing. As you can see, I have my potatoes <3 All three of us are working together really well and honestly this was, and is, as good idea. And my fridge is full for the first time in a long time. My trailer might be small but we have plans to make it feel larger just with furniture placing and such.

Midna is this cuties name! I don’t have a picture of Percy the cat though. I guess I technically got three new roommates, only one is human. No, I don’t know what kind of dog she is. I’m pretty sure she’s two years old though. Last night I took her for a walk so she’d be tired for bed, and we went running. I forgot dogs run a lot faster than people. I must have run like, 10 feet in full panic mode trying to keep up with this fur ball. My legs are still sore.

Having another person in the house is refreshing. Especially with all of this lock down stuff, being able to talk to another person is helpful on the brain. We have quality roommate time too which consists of sitting on the couch doing shit all, but together. I’m digging having another roommate in my life. We have some more sorting to do and I still have to finish that floor, but otherwise I’m pretty much done all of the hard stuff in the house! She does art and has an absolute heart of gold, so I’ll be talking about her a lot. – Her Insta – Keep your eyes peeled for some fun stuff we may be doing!

But yeah, that’s been my past couple days. Thanks for reading this today! You’re amazing! Be safe and stay healthy out there.
— Deryn