12.30.2010

The post about 2010.

My little blog has not yet celebrated its 1st birthday, nor even its half birthday, but I thought I'd participate in Southern Hospitality's 2010 round-up just for fun anyway. So without further ado: The Top 5 Things Erin Learned about Decorating in 2010. I was going to take on a Top 10, but David Letterman must have more list-making stamina than I.


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5. Reupholstering is not a one-day gig. A mildly "duh" epiphany, I know, but we have always been overly ambitious/impractical, whichever way you want to look at it. The makeover of this hideously gold velour chair was mostly accomplished in one day, but slid to a grinding halt when a mildly serious battle with the sewing machine impeded our progress. Not to mention that it was past midnight when we finally looked up from our tack strips and fabric.


4. Flat paint is a bad idea on furniture, unless you never plan to clean and/or dust said furniture. I never wrote about this desk that Rick repainted as a display for our wedding photos and mementos (I think it occurred BB--Before Blog) but the nasty gray streaks ground into the formerly white finish (which I couldn't, sadly, adequately capture on camera) will haunt me forever. Or at least until we repaint it. Whichever comes first.


3. It's perfectly acceptable to hang garbage on the wall.  Not that you should take your packed Hefty bags, however, and mount them above your fireplace. I do, in all seriousness, love this perfectly weathered ladder that I Rick dragged off the curb. I'm pretty sure it is going to join us at our soon-to-be new house (!) as long as I can smuggle it into the moving truck without Rick noticing.


And those bottles were dragged off the curb, as well, before being coated with some fun aqua and pear spray paint.

2. My Cricut can be used for more than just cards and scrapbooking. I made this die-cut frame...


...these silhouettes...


...and the accents for this basket collage that I hung on the wall...


 ...all with my Cricut. Who knew?

And the number one thing I learned about decorating in 2010:

1. I couldn't do any of it without my wonderfully patient partner in crime. I think he's even learned a few things himself, like what I mean when I say "good lines" and "trust me." He may have also learned that you shouldn't attempt to reconstruct a couch unless you know what you're doing.


Fortunately, this particular couch was a freebie hand-me-down that A) we didn't want and B) had already been loved a lot, so we didn't feel too bad about putting its sad dismantled skeleton out for garbage day after completing taking it apart and realizing we were about as clueless as the student who asked me, with utmost seriousness, how to spell TV. No, that is not a joke. Yes, I teach ninth grade, aka 14 year-olds who have seen TV spelled for approximately, well, 14 years. Yes, I did have to refrain from laughing and/or fleeing from the room in despair.

Anyway, back to a less disturbing topic: Rick sporting his super stylish safety goggles and gloating about how he had just used his brawn and sweat to remove the rusty springs from the couch. When I consider how triumphant he looks in this picture, I figure that all was not lost.


See what I mean? Couldn't function without him. They didn't teach me how to remove springs from couches in Girl Scouts.
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So, that wraps up a sampling of our experience in 2010. Happy New Year, and here's to another year of learning and laughing!

15 comments:

Cindy said...

Hi! You did some fabulous projects! I especially love the chair and the silhouettes on the music sheets! Beautiful, all of them.
Happy New Year!
Hugs, Cindy

Mary Ellen said...

Great projects! Love the ladder and bet you have something up your sleeve for those couch springs!

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

Erin, I'm so glad you dropped by my blog so that I had a chance to find yours. You are unbelievably creative! Your #5 made me smile because we used to have a set of 6 hideous gold velvet chairs, hand-me-downs from my in-laws. Your reupholstering went much better than my attempt though!

Happy New Year!

Rachel said...

This reminded me of our Top Ten Things Learned in **** lists we used to do every year and post in our AIM profile :-p You know...last year (meaning 2009) was the first year I didn't do one....

I will never forget the year we both "learned" that Pinches played recorders....hahaha

I hope you and Rick have a wonderful 2011 and I hope I can get home sometime soon and see you guys.

Amy @ Journey Mum said...

You did tons of amazing stuff in 2010. Looking forward to seeing the next year! :)

Kelly said...

You're making me think I need a cricut machine! This is dangerous.

PS - My husband teaches 9th graders too! Can we be BFFs? :)

Erin @ My Rented House said...

Kelly, sure, haha! 9th grade is an interesting age....I like them 94.361% of the time. :)

The Cricut is great--mine was a birthday gift from my wonderful in-laws; I don't think I'd have one otherwise (they're kinda pricey!)

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