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Display Name: GoldenSkies
Member Since: 3/26/14

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For me, move-in ready means that it is liveable. Can I go to the bathroom? Can I shower? Can I cook food? Can my daughter live in one of the rooms? If a lot of the problems are cosmetic (paint, flooring, ugly countertops), then I have no problem waiting to fix them when I'm living there.

When Do You Consider A Place Move-In Ready?
7/28/14 03:23 PM

I almost always buy things a couple weeks in advance. I wait until inspiration comes to me so that I'm not just throwing stuff together last minute. My favorite kind of gift is something that fits into the receiver's style, but is a little different and not something they would normally buy. I love to receive gifts like this because it adds to the diversity of my home/wardrobe and always makes me think of the giver when I look at it.

How To Be the Best Gift-Giver Ever
7/28/14 10:40 AM

WOW! This looks so great! I love the blue, the curtain pattern, and the bold outline of the skylights.

Before & After: A Breakfast Nook Gets a Bold Blue Look Under $600 Professional Project
7/28/14 09:11 AM

If you're that worried about the baby, I would rather cosleep or bedshare so that I could wake up, check on the baby and fall back asleep without having to run into a different room. I agree with getting something like this for a premie or baby with special needs, but it seems unnecessary for babies that don't fit into those categories.

Baby Monitoring: How Much Is Too Much?
7/24/14 09:43 AM

Normally I'm in the go-ahead-and-paint-it-it's-your-furniture camp. It seems like it is in great condition and you're not that into all the work, so I would say go ahead and sell it. you should get a great amount from a piece like this that is in good condition and you'll have money to buy a piece that you like and truly fits in with your decor.

19th Century Style Cabinet: Should We Paint It Green? Good Questions
7/24/14 09:40 AM

Get a large basket or something to go up there. Even if you don't put anything in there, it would still look better.

What Should I Do with Awkward Space above Fridge? Good Questions
7/23/14 10:58 AM

I painted over velvet fabric. It became a little rough and crackled over time. I did not dampen my fabric nearly enough during the process, but the parts of the chair that it worked on felt like canvas. It is worth doing on things like stools or pieces of furniture that aren't in constant use (the headboard is probably the best and most effective use of this treatment), but I would not recommend doing to chairs or couches unless you are planning to reupholster in the near future. I'm in the process of reupholstering my painted chair and don't regret the decision to do this project, but I like to warn people to think twice before they do this project. An alternative I have seen around would be to dye the fabric. It seems to work and the fabric feels the same after the treatment (see here:

Can You Paint a Fabric Chair? Yes. And You Should.
7/21/14 04:04 PM

These look great! I love the blue!

Before & After: Nightstand Nightmare No More
7/21/14 03:56 PM

@feasoron I painted a chair about two years ago. I just used fabric medium with acrylic paint and bought about two bottles of medium and didn't even use it all.

@CSTR The paint doesn't wear off once it's dry (kind of like painting on a canvas, it doesn't come off once it's dry) It does change the feel of the fabric thought

Can You Paint a Fabric Chair? Yes. And You Should.
7/21/14 10:55 AM

Hang some curtains. I bought some rods and curtains from IKEA for pretty cheap and it is surprising how much it makes a room feel more finished. Help pull together the chairs by getting some pillows that coordinate. It looks like if you just add some accessories to make the room feel more finished, everything won't feel so mismatchy.

Creating a Balanced Live-Work Space in Small Carriage House? Good Questions
7/18/14 10:01 AM

I agree with developing a noncomplaint relationship first. I am very friendly to my neightbors when I see them so they know I'm not a complete B****. I have knocked on the walls if they are playing loud music past midnight because who wants to get out of bed, put pants on, and knock on someone's door to complain to their face.

The Neighbors are Noisy as S#*!: How to Cope When You Love Your Home But Hate Your Neighbors Renters Solutions
7/16/14 11:25 AM

The worst thing about renting is sharing a wall with someone. I hate hearing my neighbors listening to music and talking loudly at 3 in the morning... or arguing for hours every weekend.

The 10 Worst Things About Renting (And How to Deal with Them) Renters Solutions
7/15/14 02:51 PM

I actually like to let the laundry build up so I only have to go to the laundromat once every couple weeks instead of once a week. I've started putting all of my stuff (including a laundry basket) into a large suitcase so I only have to deal with one giant bag that wheels instead of lugging around a bunch of smaller bags. I always load up the washers (they lock) and head for a quick errand then sit and watch my laundry while it is drying. NEVER leave laundry unattended. I live in a safe neighborhood and have witnessed someone coming back and finding their clothes missing.

Our Best Tips for Living Without a Washing Machine
7/15/14 10:18 AM

I would be afraid to fold it because it might fade unequally. Maybe you could do something like this lucite frame ( and that seems a little more modern.

Way To Display Antique Pram Cover in Modern Nursery? Good Questions
7/15/14 08:43 AM

I love this post! #1 totally speaks to me. We (two adults, one year old, and a medium dog) live in a one bedroom apartment and my parent's and sister are always asking me when we're going to move to a bigger place. Living in a smaller (aka cheaper) apartment allows us to have a stay at home parent while still saving money to buy a house. After finding creative ways to live in such a small place, I'm starting to love having everything I need within 100 steps and less space for the baby to roam and get into trouble.

Your Home, Your Choice: 10 Home Explanations You Don't Owe
6/30/14 03:15 PM

I was just saying today how much I hate when people play music at the beach. It is so rude to inflict your music on other people when they're trying to enjoy their time at the beach. Unless you're at a party beach or the only people there, please refrain from playing your music on the beach

The Best Bluetooth Speakers for Beach Summer Jams
6/19/14 11:05 PM

My boyfriend used to be a mover and is extremely strong so he pretty much takes care of all of the heavy stuff. If he wasn't able to do it, I would hire movers to help load or unload the truck. Some companies are willing to negotiate if you catch them during non busy times (middle of the month and mid week).

Heavy Lifting: How Did You Move The Big Stuff?
6/12/14 02:58 PM

I think you just learn to adapt/get used to the smell. My neighbor's apartment smells like dog poop and general stink so it seems out into the hallway. I usually leave the main door open once or twice a week so I don't have to suffer the smell when entering my place.

Unwelcome Neighbors: Manure Slurry and Other Stinky Stuff
5/6/14 02:03 PM

I thought this was going to be something creepy like ashes of cremated people or pets... so glad it wasn't. I'm obsessed with this product and think these look awesome AND it's recycled material!

Can You Guess What This Tile Is Made From? The Answer Will Surprise You
4/18/14 10:12 AM

I live in a four family and I definitely do this. Sometimes I do it because the neighbors dog might run into our apartment, but mostly I do it because I'm really awkward and don't want to get stuck in a conversation... or I spent all evening being able to hear a heated argument go down and it would make me uncomfortable to run into them.

Do You Avoid Your Neighbors?
4/15/14 11:13 AM