As if I don’t get enough web stats and analytics during the work day (I’m a marketer by day and blogger by night), we’re gonna nerd out on you on the blog this evening with a little statistical analysis. Wait…don’t go…these are fun stats! So instead of marketing stats like average time on site, click through percentage and average cost per impression, we’re bringing you average beer consumption, total number of posts, average post word count, and number of cookies Goose has consumed. See…we’re having fun over here.
557 – Number of posts we’ve amassed in our three years of blogging, not bad for a couple of part timers (wowsers! And you’re still with us?! We haven’t scared you off yet?!)
367,255 – Total number of words written to date
659 – Average number of words per post
3,408 – Lovely comments from all of you dear readers (warning….sappy alert…if it wasn’t for all of you we probably still wouldn’t be here chronicling our DIY journey)
1,761 – Number of comments caught in our spam filter (here’s to you Akismet…if it wasn’t for you I would be single handedly taking taking out all those spammers John McClain style, baseball bat in hand cuz “someone gonna get hurt a real bad” and by someone I really mean the spammer computers…Office Space style)
16 – Number of plants I’ve killed
2 – Number of plants that are currently on the verge of death (have I mentioned that my thumb is black?!)
41 – Trips to the lumber yard
12 – Trips to the lumber yard since opening up the Etsy shop a few weeks ago
1 – Lamps broken
13,871 – Goose cookies tossed and consumed (Goose is a machine and tracks down every…single…cookie that I hide or toss for Goose cookie loving fun)
3 – Sheets eaten by our old washing machine in two and a half years
0 – Sheets eaten by our new washing machine in (almost) a year
3 – Times I have actually sat down and used the craft room, but it sure is pretty! (this is changing…I’ve been using it alot more lately as I’ve been converting it into Etsy base camp)
4 – Rank of the word “Colby” in post popularity (just behind “just”, “room” and “like”…I’ve used the word “Colby” approximately 698 times)
17 – Where Goose ranks in word usage popularity
2 – Days the blog was down all day because I “tried something” in html code
16 – House guests we’ve housed without a proper guest room
1 – House guests we’ve housed from across the pond
1 – Glossy magazine that has contacted us about doing a feature (I can’t wait to spill the beans on this one…it was supposed to happen in June but didn’t make it…fingers crossed for July!)
1 – Reporter who has contacted us to write an article about one of our projects and submit it to the “wire” (essentially the AP for magazines)
112 – Blogs I subscribe to (And finding new favorites regularly…I may have a problem)
29 – Cases of Sam Summer (our project beer of choice) we’ve drank
13 – Cases of Sam Summer we drank in just the first summer of house project madness
2,369 – Words in our wordiest post “What We Did In Puerto Rico”
122 – Words in our shortest post “Merry Christmas From Angie’s Roost”
51.5 – Pounds that Goose weighs
8 – Pounds that the average human head weighs (according to the knowledgeable little boy on Jerry Maguire)
3 – Number of blog themes I’ve been through, and I’m already getting the itch for a new one with a responsive theme (one that conforms to smart phones and tablets)
So there you have it, a little breakdown of where we’ve been, numbers wise, with the blog and house projects over the last three years. I still can’t believe we’ve kept up with this for three years! I tend to be the person who gets bored with something and ditches it for something new and exciting (Except you Colby, baby…no worries….I’m not ditching you…just thought I should clarify for you). Although I haven’t been terribly serious about blogging until the last year or two. I consider the first year a wash since I was working full time and working on my MBA. Needless to say…I was busy. But blogging and house projects have always been a fun hobby of ours so here’s to lots more to come in the next year! Maybe next year I’ll do another post like this and make one of those cool “by the numbers” word art graphics to visually display all our stats (cough cough…nerd…cough cough).
Pssst…How about you guys? Do you count things? Or find great pleasure in nerding out with stats? Or enjoy random fun facts (like how much the human head weighs)?
Pssst…And we’re logging in slightly above average with this post clocking in at 769 words.
Saturday night, Colby I went to Target. And by Saturday “night” I mean 7:00 pm, after which we promptly went home where I fell asleep on the couch by 8:00 pm. I lead an exciting life. On our walk back to the car, loaded down with toilet paper, paper towels and the all important Goose cookies it dawned on me…Saturday was our blogiversary. The blog officially turned three and I almost forgot (phew…I could of wound up sleeping on the couch after that mishap…of wait…I did that anyway). Of course I had to make Colby sweat it out during our Target parking lot walk and guess what day it was. #ThatsHowIRoll
Anyway…happy blogiversary! And with Blogiversary III upon us, it means that we also celebrated Home Anniversary III. So I thought it would be fun to do a little series of blogiversary posts this week (with a few crafty/DIY projects mixed in there for good measure). First up, a little progress report on where we currently stand with the house and what’s left on the big ol’ to-do list.
Entryway: 97% Complete
After a couple different versions of the entryway, we absolutely love the way it’s currently looking and thus don’t foresee much changing in the near future. Maybe…MAYBE…a few accessory tweaks here and there.
- Install/trim a new entry door, maybe something craftsman style (we probably won’t do this until we tackle the complete kitchen remodel). We’re even considering building our own front door.
Kitchen: 20% Complete
We’ve stopped the bleeding…the ugly bleeding that was going on in our kitchen/laundry room. But we’ve known all along that our kitchen deserves a massive gut job/reorganization.
- Completely gut our kitchen and start over (minus the coat closet & entry space)
- Insulate (we’ve found mattress pads in some spots of the kitchen in lieu of insulation), re-wire (every time we open the microwave door the outlet trips…hmmm…not good), and sheet rock the new kitchen with a different layout
- Replace the windows (oneof the current windows has a broken pane and many of the other windows don’t work well…and they’re ugly, small and don’t match)
- Paint the kitchen
- Build a walk-in pantry
- Create a hidden laundry zone
- Build and paint all new kitchen cabinetry
- Tile a backsplash
- Add some open shelves
- Install new countertops (we’re thinking either butcher block or maybe trying our hands at a concrete counter top)
- Install new light fixtures
- Build or find a ginormous kitchen island
- Lay new wide pine flooring
- Replace the stove with a stainless steel one
Dining Room: 90% Complete
- Install wide pine flooring over the old sub-floor boards that we temporarily stained and stenciled (we probably will tackle this along with the kitchen remodel)
- Hang the wedding hayknife (that’s a doozy of a story…I really should consider tackling this project soon)
Parlor: 60% Complete
Our parlor (doesn’t every house deserve a “parlor”?!) is one of the most hardworking spaces in our home since it houses both Colby’s “work from home” office and my “blogging” office. It’s looking decent these days but could use some fine tuning. The whole space seems busy, kind of like us, but I haven’t yet figured out how to calm it down.
- Gut out the room? We’re still on the fence about whether or not we want to take down the old plaster and lathe and re-insulate, re-wire, and re-sheet rock.
- Take down the old ceiling and replace it with sheet rock (it’s currently one of those ugly looking, tile like drop ceilings)
- Come up with a better wall to wall storage/shelf system for above the desk. We like our current system but don’t love it.
- Replace the flooring with wide pine for a consistent first floor (will do this when we reno the kitchen)
- Sew new wide stripe curtains
- Slip cover the pink chair
- Maybe replace the window with a wood window like what we added to the dining room
Living Room: 60% Complete
- Gut out the room? Like the parlor, we’re still on the fence about whether or not we want to do this.
- Replace the floor with wide pine flooring for a consistent first floor flooring scheme (will tackle this when we renovate the kitchen)
- Replace the old, too small rug with something a little more fun/interesting
- Build wall to wall built in bookcase around the window overlooking the porch
- Sew new curtains to match the curtains in the parlor
- Find some new, more colorful pillows
- Maybe replace the windows…but probably just the one behind the couch since it’s a vinyl replacement window and the other one overlooking the porch is old and original to the house
Front Porch: 10% Complete
Our poor, sad porch. What’s even sadder is that the porch was one of the selling features for us on the house yet the least worked on/used space in our home. But I’ve got big plans for the porch.
- Refinish the floor and replace the broken floor boards
- Paint the house siding, windows, trim, walls, etc.
- Fix the broken bead board ceiling and re-paint the whole thing
- Install a new overhead light fixture
- Add exterior lighting beside the front porch door
- Bring in some porch furniture to create a relaxing zone
- Add plants to the space…lots and lots of plants (fingers crossed I don’t kill them)
- Hang some breezy curtains
- Add art, throw pillows and accessories to soften up the space
Hallways & Staircase: 85% Complete
While the downstairs hallway/staircase area is pretty much 100% complete, the upstairs hallway is still in need of a tiny bit of fine tuning.
- Replace the dark stained floor on the first floor with wide pine for a consistent, whole house look (will tackle this when we re-do the kitchen)
- Install a light fixture in the second floor hallway
- Maybe replace the stair treads with stained treads instead of their current painted treads
- Refinish the banister (it’s looking a little rough these days)
- Fix the newel post cap (it’s not really attached…just sitting there looking pretty)
- Add a family picture gallery to the staircase landing area
- Hang & trim out a full length mirror in the upstairs hallway
Bathroom: 90% Complete
We’ve made some SERIOUS progress on the bathroom in the last couple of weeks and we are oh so close to done with just a few more tasks on the to-do list.
- Switch out the boob light with something a little more colorful and interesting
- Install bead board above the open shelves and paint the whole nook, shelves included
- Makeover our builder grade mirror
Guest Bedroom: 70% Complete
This space is one we plan on finishing up STAT! We’ve dragged it out too long.
- Install switch plate covers
- Build a wall to wall day bed for the space underneath the window, bonus points if it has drawers for extra storage in this small space
- Trim out the attic stair case adding some bead board to it
- Install bead board on the slanty ceiling part (it’s gonna be a bead board bonanza in this space)
- Install a new curtain rod and sew new curtains (I already have the fabric for this project)
- Find a rug for the space, most likely a runner for in front of the day bed
- Sew pillow covers to create a pillow oasis on the day bed
- Create a round, caster-ized bedside table for guests to stash their nighttime necessities
- Add art, a mirror for above the bookcase, and generally accessorize the space
Craft Room: 95% Complete
If I was writing this post a few weeks ago, I would have said this space is done…100% done. But since opening up the Etsy shop, I’m tweaking it just a bit (progress underway).
- Turn the craft room into Etsy shop workspace, adding some extra organization
Master Bedroom: 75% Complete
While our master bedroom looks finished, it’s still missing a few major pieces.
- Continue the wide pine flooring from the rest of the second floor into the master bedroom
- Switch out our metal, meant for a garage, storage shelves that we’re using in our closet with something a little more built-in and permanent like
- Stencil the wall behind the dressers
- Maybe refinish our Ikea Malm dressers in a bit more interesting finish (grass cloth? overlays? wall paper?)
Yard: 15% Complete
While we have made some SERIOUS progress on our yard (like building a deck, making raised beds, jacking the shed, and replacing the basement walkout door) we still have a long….looooooong way to go. And sadly we’ve always found ourselves busy during summers (crazy renovations inside our house the first summer, grad school craziness during the second summer, and wedding madness last summer). But this summer is the year of the yard. We even worked on one MAJOR yard project today!
- Replace the front walk with a stone version including stone stairs
- Maybe paint the house (we’re one of three white houses in a row and I’m dying to paint our house a light gray)
- Paint the exterior doors an aqua color (that’s if I end up painting the house gray)
- Add new exterior lighting
- Create a more organized (and easier on the eyes) storage solution for trash and recyclables
- Re-pave the driveway
- Stain and seal the deck
- Replace or fix the gutters
- Install a rain barrel (preferably a wooden one)
- Re-do the exterior basement stairs and garden around the space
- Add a fence around the entire yard for Goose including a half fence to split the yard from chill/relax zone and garden zone
- Build a few more raised beds for our ever expanding veggie garden
- Plant some other berry plants (we already have tons of raspberry plants) like maybe blueberries and strawberries
- Trim the bushes along the front of the house
- Drop some trees in the back backyard
- Build a patio with a pergola above it
- Build a sturdy fire pit since ours seems to get washed out in the springtime flood every year
- Garden, garden, garden, and more gardening!
I think we’ve got our work cut out for us! At least most of the remaining projects are all fun. They’re “character and charm” projects (for the most part) and not “replace the sewer pipe” type projects. And I’m so happy with how our house has come together the last three years. It’s come a LONG way. Just check out some of the before photos on our house tour page.
Pssst…For a little recap of all the projects we’ve tackled in each space, check out our house tour page.
Happy Blogiversary! Can you believe it?! The blog baby is two already! They grow up so fast (she says as a glistening tear rolls down her cheek). And like any good mama, I made cake for the birthday blog:
And yes that’s one of Martha’s domed cake stands from Macy’s. I love, love, LOVE it! And not just because it’s from the Martha line (I may have an ever so slight crush on that old broad), but also because it keeps the Goose from getting into the cake. Mmm…cake.
It’s the layered, pink lemonade cake that was featured on the cover of the May Better Homes and Gardens magazine.
You can get the recipe for both the cake and the lemonade butter cream frosting here. And FYI…it’s amazingly delicious!
So as I cut a little slice for the birthday blog, complete with two candles and a frosty glass of lemonade, let’s talk about the blog a little bit and reminisce.
Although the blog is two, I didn’t really get into blogging or hit my stride until recently, probably around October/November. That’s when I moved the blog over to it’s own self hosted domain, branded Angie’s Roost (my old domain used to be www.wordpress.com/angiebohovich, not so good), and started to work on blog design and some features (still a huge work in progress). So even though the “new” blog is only about seven months old, I still consider it’s birth date to be May 18, 2010, just 18 days after closing on our home. And for anyone going back and reading many of the early posts…we’re talking the pre-Russia posts…I’m so sorry. They’re a bit…well…rough. Not my best work. But I was finishing up my MBA during that first year and was a little time strapped. Sadly, the first thing to go most days was blogging…hence the sporadic posts. But I learned alot in that first year. Mmmm…this cake is yum to the eeee.
Occasionally I get asked, “why do you blog?”. It’s not my job like some full time bloggers. I’m a full time marketer by day and a blogger/DIYer by night. Kind of like Batman…okay…not the same thing. But anyway, it’s just a hobby of mine that I absolutely love! It’s like my own little dear diary of all the blood, sweat and tears that we’ve put into our old home. I blog for me first and foremost, and then secondly for my mom. She’s my biggest fan and has referred to my posts as her “chicken soup for the soul”. My grandma also is an avid reader of my “bog” as she affectionately calls it…she’s so cute! Love you Mom and Grandma! I don’t get to see them as often as I like so it’s one way they can live vicariously through our daily shenanigans. I also blog for all of you. I love your comments, they energize me and get me all geeked up like a tuba player in the Rose Bowl parade. You all are so sweet and so much fun to interact with! There would be no Angie’s Roost without you. I probably would have given it up a long, long time ago!
And as for the future for my blog? I have so many goals and visions for it, just like our home, and just like our home, I have limited time to work on it. But I have every intention in the world to keep plugging along, posting daily (well…Sunday through Thursday evenings), and adding a few features here and there. And in true Angie fashion, I thought I would share my to-do list for blog enhancements:
- Come up with a system to visually organize the archives
- Add an “Our Paint Colors” section
- Start a page for “$%^& My Boyfriend Says” (Colby says some seriously random things just about every day and it’s about time I started sharing those with you…he cracks me up.)
- Write a big post about our wedding (only about 80 days to go)
- Fix the header (it drives me nuts that there are essentially two headers…I can’t figure out for the life of me how to get rid of the second one)
- Start a Facebook page
- Add blog buttons for “Blogs I Stalk”, “To-Do List” (and actually update it), “Videos”, and “Favorite Posts”
- And much more I’m sure
So thank you all for sticking around, reading my ramblings, and whispering sweet nothings…I mean…sending me comments and emails! Here’s to year number three being the best blog year ever! So now I’m off to enjoy my second piece of cake today. But I justified it by taking the pup for a nice, long four mile jog.
Pssst…So last year for Blogiversary numero uno, we did a little before/after series. You can check those out here. And again…thank you all for your readership! You rock too hard for one hand!
And we finally come to the end of the great blogiversary tour of 2011 (minus the porch but we’ll get to that shortly…amazing things are happening out there). I’m a little sad to come to the close of the tour but very excited to get back to work on the house. I’ve spent more time cleaning it up for all these pictures than actually renovating it.
First up on today’s tour is the entryway. Here’s the old version:
Ick…seriously ick. This was just water damaged sheet rock that had yellowed over the years. It had never been finished. After we got our hands on it:
Much improved. It actually looks prettier in the picture than in real life! Colby constructed it (floor, trim, etc.) one day when he was supposed to be fishing (check that post out here). Then the decorator (me) went to work. I took many things from other parts of the house and refinished a mirror from Colby’s mom to create the space. While the entry looks done, it’s really not. Is any room ever done?! Eventually we’ll be replacing the entry door and when we do that we’re going to put in a different floor. Because the entry is so small we used it as a test space for the wide pine floors that we wanted to install throughout the house. We’re finding the pine doesn’t hold up terribly well for an entry so someday it will turn to stone. Like when Medusa stares you down.
Next up some before and afters of the kitchen. I tried to take pictures from the same angles so it should look somewhat similar. And I’m just going to go for before/after rapid fire so hold on to your seats, it’s gonna be a wild ride!
This is looking from the entry into the kitchen. That’s the laundry room to the left and the closet towards the right. And the progress:
And another before:
That’s the coat closet on the left and the windows look out over the driveway. And the progress:
That’s Goose’s new bed/fold up crate under the window. Cute, huh?! It’s his home in our home. And you can also see the carpet near the table where Goose “helped” us do a little demo! He loves eating carpet. Silly Goose…carpets are for humans.
And another before:
This picture is looking back at the entryway and the nook where the refrigerator is stored. That’s the old hutch that “came with” the house which has now been moved to the basement for extra storage.
And the progress:
Not quite the same angle but close enough. Do you like the faux beam that Colby built to balance out the real supporting beam?!
And another before shot (I’m feeling the photos tonight):
This is the fridge/hutch nook. The doorway towards the right leads into the dining room and down the hallway. And the progress shot:
You see the red china hutch? Colby built that for me back when we lived in our old apartment. It was also BT (before tools). He made the whole thing using a circular saw and a sawzall. He’s amazing! It’s also amazing that he survived building it with all arms, legs, fingers and toes still attached.
And another before shot:
And the progress:
As you can see, we made some major changes to the kitchen and without spending much money at all. It was mostly about paneling removal and paint. And a little old appliance removal (green dishwasher) and hood painting (it used to be green too). And this whole remodel-in-progress was on a complete whim. We had no intentions of touching the kitchen (at least for a few years) until Jen and Eric (Colby’s cousins) came to visit and began ripping down wallpaper. You can read about that here. But we’re sure glad we did begin this project because it looks soooo much better!
What’s in store for the future of the kitchen? Finishing the kitchen cabinet makeover by painting the lower cabinets is priority numero uno in the kitchen. I also want to try painting the laminate flooring. That should be interesting. I’m a little nervous about how it’s going to turn out but anything has to be better than this:
Eventually, like every other room in the house, the kitchen will get a major overhaul starting with a complete gut. The cabinets aren’t in great condition and they’re inefficient space savers. But this major project will be the last one so until we get to that point, I’m going to make pretty with what we’ve got.
So this concludes our first annual blogiversary house tour. So now that you’ve had the cribs tour, Angie style, it’s time for you to get out. I kid, I kid! You’re always welcome back at my crib. Later y’all!
Next up on the great blogiversary tour…the living quarters, minus the kitchen. The kitchen is slightly more spectacular, ever so slightly, so we’ll save that one for its own blog post. Here’s what composes our living quarters tour: the dining room, the living room, the grand staircase, and the parlor. The parlor is actually an extension of our living room but we just like to call it the parlor and make us sound fancy.
Let’s start today’s tour with the staircase. Here’s the before:
And here’s the progress:
It’s no longer a paradise of paneling and ugly brown carpet, but it’s still pretty much a disaster. We’re in the middle of a massive mudding/sanding adventure. And by “in the middle”, I mean, we absolutely hate sanding and we put it off for as long as possible. I believe the sheet rock went up around October, maybe November, so we’re going on eight months here. Here’s to month number nine being the magic month! The game plan for the staircase: finish mudding/sanding (sigh….), paint (tan walls, white ceiling), and then it’s staircase overhaul time. We love the box newel posts on the staircase but hate the rest of it. The balusters snap like twigs if you even look at them the wrong way (I believe we’ve broken six of them since moving in), and the treads/risers are in horrible condition so out they must come. The posts will get refinished and the rest of the staircase will be redone, we’re just not sure what we want to do yet. So if you have suggestions, please let us know!!!
Here’s a before shot looking down the hall from the staircase, through the dining room to the kitchen:
And a progress shot:
Sigh…more sanding. Sanding wouldn’t be so bad if it wasn’t for the dust boogers. If you’ve done it before, you know what I mean. They just make for an uncomfortable situation hours after you’ve showered and cleaned yourself up. Oh…and small tip…avoid mirrors after drywall sanding. Looking at “future self” with white hair is just a little too scary.
Now that you’ve had a glimpse at our dining room, here is the before:
Another paneling/brown carpeting disaster. The old owners really loved brown. And here is the progress shot:
This was Colby’s pet project while I was away in Russia. I give the man serious kudos for his speed and skill with renovations. I was only gone two weeks and he managed to gut an entire room, rewire it, fix the wiring in the kitchen, widen the doorway, sheet rock, mud, rip up the old floor, and trim out all the doorways (there are four in this room) while taking care of the dog (believe me…he is a HANDFUL). Mini wave in celebration of Colby….Wooooooo! So what’s up for the dining room? We still need to find a replacement window, something slightly larger to help brighten the otherwise dark room. Then there’s sanding (sigh…), painting, etc. We’ve also got a few tricks up our sleeve for this room including building a rustic dining room table, turning found chairs into something pretty amazing, and even creating a super secret storage compartment (so James Bond style) in the old closet. Stay tuned for many more details of these projects to come!
Our next before is the parlor/living room:
And here’s the after (these are from the parlor looking into the living room):
This was my dedicated project back in the day (can you say back in the day if it’s only been a year?). The first month before we moved in, it was my mission to make one room in the house livable and comfortable and also cute. This was that room. I spent a month removing wallpaper, skim coating the plaster walls (I think I went through about five 15-gallon buckets of mud), sanding (sigh…), and painting. We even removed the old carpeting and were very surprised to find gorgeous hard wood floors underneath. They need some sprucing but they’re still great! The only thing we’ve done since has been the building of our Maine Cottage knock off media cabinet. Oh…and we also replaced the old not so well wired 70s style light fixture with a boob light…you know…the cheap $10 lights from Home Depot that are flush to the ceiling, dome like, and look like they have a nipple? Yeah, not one of my finest light fixture choices but it inexpensively gets the job done until I can find “the one”.
And here is the before of the parlor:
And the progress picture:
This room is slightly disastrous in it’s serving-many-functions state. It’s anchored by Colby’s makeshift desk/office which used to be in the dining room but has since been relocated. After I finish my last MBA class this summer (woohoo) I’m moving out of the upstairs office and Colby will be moving in, freeing up this space. While we have no plans in the near future for either of these rooms, they will be gutted and redone like the rest of the house. Especially since we’re trying to rewire all the old knob and tube wiring and re-insulate. I’m thinking where Colby’s desk is above that some gorgeous, hand crafted built-in shelves can go, replacing all the smaller, hodge-podge shelving in the space. Maybe even something with hidden guitar amp/cord storage. Bonus points for me as I’m gunning for that girlfriend of the year award!
This concludes today’s tour. We’re left with one more tour, the kitchen. Technically we still need to show you the porch, but it’s undergoing a mini, impromptu makeover due to an awesome stumble upon we had today while amidst a house project A-D-D moment. Thus, the porch will star in a few blog posts as we make some headway. Besides, nothing much had changed on the porch…until today.
Blog post done. Y’all come back now y’hear!