I have had a bunch of odd-time conference calls for work (like 5am!) so it’s been hard to keep my regular writing schedule up. I have another one tomorrow morning so today is kind of a drive-by posting of randomness.
Random bit #1:
A new washer and dryer were procured this weekend so I am back in the clean clothes business! My big change for my washer/dryer nook was to move from a side-by-side set to a stacking set and make the other half of the nook a pantry. I’ve been extremely pleased with this change. It has worked out beautifully. Even the delivery guy who was setting up the washer looked at the nook and said, “that makes a lot more sense than a side-by-side and no storage.” Thank you, I thought so too.
Random bit #2:
I bought the washer/dryer at a place that has really good prices on appliances but I haven’t had good luck with their installation services. The first time they delivered my new refrigerator, they came up with a bunch of excuses for why they couldn’t install it. As I discussed it with them, their excuses fell flat (I hadn’t intended to argue with them, they just ended up having no logic behind their reasons so they couldn’t explain anything and realized they were caught). They didn’t do a great job though, the refrigerator door has never hung right and when I asked if they could switch the side the door opened, they told me that couldn’t be done. I knew they weren’t being truthful with me but when someone lies flat-out to your face like that, you have to decide if you are going to confront them. I had just won the battle of even getting them to install it so I let it go (I shouldn’t have because I’m still mad about that lie).
It’s been 6 years so I tried the same company hoping it would be different (they really have good prices!) and as soon as the guy walked in he started finding reasons why he couldn’t install the washer/dryer. He said he was concerned about the dryer venting where it was (where it has always vented, where his company vented the last set). He felt like the dryer vent could ignite the insulation in the floor. They wanted to just drop the washer and dryer off in the garage but I asked them to please install them anyway and I would follow-up on the venting. As soon as they were gone I went to Home Depot, grabbed someone who had a background in this kind of thing and explained the situation. His immediate response was, “Someone didn’t want to install them, these weren’t our guys, were they?”
So the end result was I was able to do the work the delivery guys didn’t want to do and I’ll never go back there. So disappointing.
Random bit #3:
There was plenty of space for the washer/dryer. In fact, I keep looking at this bit above them and thinking I should be doing something with it. I’m addicted to utilizing space! And I’m creating a home that is really unfair to someone under 6′.
Random bit #4:
I’m changing the handles on the bi-fold doors to the nook. The one on the top is the old one. It seemed really dated until I took it off and looked at it carefully. It’s actually really cute. I’ll put it somewhere else where it can show off a little. The one on the bottom is what I got to replace the old ones. The scale is much more appropriate to the door and the style is updated and clean. I’m still considering picking up some cute, fun ones when I see them just for a tiny little pop of interest.
Random bit #5:
I’m going to paint the bit of trim and the bi-fold doors gray so they just blend in with the walls. I was going to paint them white because they are already white but then I realized there really wasn’t any reason to make them pop and feature them. The room will flow and put the focus on more interesting things than a washer/dryer nook.
Random bit #6:
I need to do something about the furniture situation in the living room. I got rid of one chair, moved the other to the family room, and don’t want to use the wood chest I was using as a coffee table before. This means the living room looks quite bare and I’m wondering if I shouldn’t just put back the chest and chair until I have replacements. For me, this isn’t an easy decision so I frequently stand here and stare, waiting for inspiration.
Random bit #7:
I’ve gotten some Halloween decorating done. I at least got out my hags which are some of my favorite Halloween things. I swear, every year I get the best Halloween stuff at Big Lots.
Random bit #8:
I desperately need to get back to the linen closet project that was abandoned when work on the kitchen finally started. It not only looks terrible, I can’t find anything I need.
Random bit #9:
By accident, I found that some of my trim was not actually attached to the wall. I’ve told the contractors (who want me to sign a certificate of completion) because I think they should do it but I’m so sick of dealing with them I’m tempted to finish this myself just so I won’t have to deal with them anymore. What do you think?