Who Said White Walls Had to be Boring?

In talking about the construction of Avako with friends, family, and acquaintances, I am usually asked “What colors are you painting the walls?” or, “You are so creative, surely you will be decorating this in some fantastical style?”.

The reactions that result when they discover that we are going to paint the walls white range from outrage to dismay.  People don’t seem to understand the influence that furniture and a few colored accents have in such a small space.  One brightly colored object can color the walls of an entire room when there is sunlight streaming in.  After doing some experimenting with color it seemed natural to use white for the walls.

However, there is no need for white walls need to be dull and un-interesting, oh no! Between all of the furniture(you can hardly find the walls in most tiny houses), the bead board walls that add texture and depth, and my fabulous plans for the bathroom, we are well taken care of in the interesting department.

Speaking of the bathroom, we have finally finished painting the drywall, which means my plans can really start to come to life!


Aaron and I decided(well, ok, I came up with the idea and put forth such good arguments that Aaron just had to agree with me) that a patterned paneling covering one wall of the bathroom would break up some of the only perfectly flat white walls we had. This would both create visual interest and protect one of our walls from moisture even more, as the paneling I was looking at was plastic.

To start, we had to cut a small strip off of one piece to make sure that our overlaps were all in the right places(as one piece wouldn’t quite cover the whole wall). This was fairly easy and gluing a small piece like this was quite straightforward.


However, the next piece promised to be a lot of fun due to the fact that it would need a window cut out of it for the ironing board cabinet alcove. This required a bit of creative thinking and measuring to make sure we placed the hole correctly.


I was pleased that once our hole had been marked, scoring and snapping the hole was very easy. Gotta love those simple pleasures!


I really wish there was something we could do with the scrap pieces we cut out, but even though we brainstormed and hung on to them for a while, we couldn’t come up with anything.


After a dry fit to assuage our fears of incorrect measuring, it was time for glue. LOTS of glue!


It was a tense few minutes, but with teamwork and a few errant shouts of “PI-VOT”(admittedly all from me) we got that sucker up on the wall!


I gotta say I simply love how it looks! Once it is fully dry we can get the trim put up and painted, and then the toilet can finally be installed.

Ahh, how nice it is to see the pieces start to fall into place:-)



Shopping Spree!

What did we do today? We went to Ikea!!!!

Saint Louis has just been blessed with the wonderland that is Ikea and my family and I are so excited!


Now, Aaron was a little confused as to why we were so enthusiastic over a store that he associated with cheap furniture and collage dorm jokes. I grew up on the East coast and going to an Ikea was a special treat that included sitting in all the fun chairs, getting a tiny pencil and measuring tape, and eating Swedish meatballs 🙂


We had a very full day picking out lights, some shelving, curtain fabric and hardware, and a TV stand/bookshelf. Oh, and we had meatballs too!


It Was a Light Day

Let there be light! Or, at least some more lights 🙂 This weekend we put up the light in the bathroom, the closet, and the second light in the kitchen.

The light in the bathroom presented a special kind of challenge, as it had to be positioned just right between the air duct, ceiling beam, and the wall!


Luckily we had a light that could bend and flex, so once we found the perfect spot, it was able to fit!


Once all the light bulbs were in, we had to test it out!


We are very happy with the amount of light the fixture gets, but we are planning on switching the halogen bulbs that came with the light for some cooler and longer lasting LED bulbs.

Next came the closet next to the bathroom. We have had a capped wire waiting here for a while, so it will be nice to finish it off.


It even has its own light switch! We have a number of lights that are paired and would have been too much trouble to re-wire separately, so it is a treat to have single-light switches.


And here is the light! It is a LED, so will last for ages and not use a ton of juice. Aaron and I agree that a lighted closet is delightful and suggest it strongly if the chance comes up. 🙂


Last was the second kitchen light, which means we had to take down another florescent light and paint the ceiling underneath.


Once we got the light wrangled up there(which is harder than it sounds, since I am so short and am usually the one holding the light in place!) we could say that the kitchen lights were all done!


Now that we have seen how much light these LEDs give off, we have decided to switch things up and get some different kinds of lights to replace the two remaining lights in this end of the building.

Maybe we will find something at the new IKEA in Saint Louis!

Trim the Halls! Or, at Least the Door

Things are finally starting to look finished, at least in a few places! Today we got started with trim for around the front door. Since we had all that hardwood flooring from the ReStore that we did not end up using as flooring, we thought maybe it could find a new life as trim!


Aaron gets all the credit for this one, he worked out how to cut the tongue off of one side at a 45 degree angle, where to make the cuts for the corners, and how to make everything match up perfectly! It did take a little bit of fiddly work, but we got there.


And man, doesn’t it look great? I am really pleased with how it turned out, not to mention that we can use this lovely flooring!


Here you can see the 45 degree cut from the side. My plan is to eventually put twisted and distressed wire in the space created by the angle for an Unkamen touch 😉


We even got a little bit of floor trim in! I love how perfectly they merge, it creates a very clean, put together look in my opinion.


We will apply similar treatments to the other door and the various windows as the weeks go by, so hopefully everything will be trimmed soon!