Curtain Call, Part 2!

What did I do last night? I painted window trim! Why specifically window trim? So I could get the curtains over Aaron’s desk installed today!

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He discovered that a lot of light comes through his window over the course of the day, so working can get rather blinding at times. So, curtains went to the top  of my to do list!

These curtains are much shorter than the ones in the kitchen of course, but I also made these double layered.

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That way we only need three panels to block light and one three slot track to hang them from.(I used six single-layer panels for the kitchen window, in comparison)

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Work may again commence!


A Place to Work

We are getting so close! I am really starting to see Avako as a house versus “the building”, which is very exciting! Today we finally took the paper off of Aaron’s main desk so we could get him set up with a workplace.


It is amazing how finished this end of the building looks now! Add a rug, a chair, and some desk “toppings” and voila 🙂

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Aaron was thrilled to have a full desk again! This means that he has space to set up dual monitors and still have room for text books left over 🙂

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Triangle also approves! He has decided that under Aaron’s desk can be a very good place to sleep when he is not running up and down the length of the building.

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Curtain Call!

Once of the last things between us and moving is are some curtains for our gigantic windows!

While at IKEA last my mom and I saw a really nifty curtain system that utilized flat panels on a sliding track instead of or in addition to the more standard gathering curtain style. We both loved the look and I particularly appreciated the fact that this style made for a slimmer profile, which in a small space means a lot!

Since Aaron was busy on his own project, I jumped right in and pretended to be tall.

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After only a little bit of finagling, I had the curtain track and two curtain panels up!

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Since these are IKEA products, the panels all had to be put together by cutting fabric or panel stock(also sold by IKEA) to your desired length and then attaching the bar hardware to either end. Then, slide into the track and voila! I only have 2 of the panels finished at the moment, but will have the other 4 done soon.


UPDATE! I have the other panels done now, so our window can be fully closed 🙂

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Heading Up?

Now that we have the top walkways of the cat walk done, we need a way for Triangle to get up to them!

After a lot of research and some Pinterest frustration, we settled on a zig zag slanted walkway design.

We used a narrower version of the same pre-made shelf boards that worked so well for the overhead shelves for the tracks. Since no angle bracket we could find had the angle we needed, we went with sturdy door hinges to create whatever angle we needed!


This build was surprisingly easy once we got into a rhythm with measuring, cutting, and fastening. It also looks really cool!


Triangle liked it, but between the steep angle and slippery surface, he couldn’t go up very well and mostly settled for sitting on the turning platforms.

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Despite the challenge, he did manage to get to the top to continue exploring the walkways!


To make climbing easy for him we decided to carpet the zig zag. It took every clamp we had available!

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You can see that we picked a semi-industrial ridged carpet for traction as well as a scratching post-type surface(Triangle is a front foot declaw who likes to scratch his toes on nubby things)


Once the carpet was on, there was no stopping him!


He successfully found Aaron for some much needed ear scratches after his long journey 😉


In the end, I think we all really like this addition to the house!

Keeping Things Clean, Cool, and Dry!

Hand-me-downs can be awesome! Today we installed both the washer/dryer and the refrigerator that had previously belonged to my family. My mom was very happy for the excuse to get a new washing machine that would handle my brothers judo gi  better!

The refrigerator was fairly straightforward to put in place, just had to decide which way the doors should open!


Aaron and I were quite proud of how nice the short wall ended up looking with the fridge in place.


The washer/dryer were a bit trickier to move, since we had to do-si-do to get the washer up and in place before the dryer, which of course was on top of the washer!


We even remembered to drain the line before we brought it inside!


Everything fit! We do sorta wish that we had reversed the positions of the washer/dryer with the water heater, but it is not bad and now there is a magnetic surface available.


I just couldn’t resist letting my creativity loose, what with this big white canvas staring back at me. When we went to Ikea, I snagged two different sets of wall decals to adorn our stacking units with.

Can you blame me for falling in love with the results?


A Cat Friendly House in the Making

I think it is pretty safe to say that we love our cat, Triangle, and that he loves us back!


Our project today is something we think he will also love! Since Triangle is a fan of high places and spying on people we have decided to create a set of walk ways around one side of the building. These will allow him to get to the top of the fridge(where his food will be kept) in a fun way!

Using some standard shelf brackets and pre-made shelf boards, we got started!


We had to cut down some of the brackets, since the headspace needed for our big kitty pushed the shelves down almost to the windows.


In addition to the special cat shelves, we have also allotted the front of our closet shelves to cat traffic and made cut outs for him to pass through. This is so we can have storage bins on the back of the shelves and Triangle can walk or lounge in front of them.

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A cats-eye view!


We brought Triangle up for a little while to make sure that he fit through everything and could walk comfortably. Even though he looks pretty grumpy here, we think he approved of what we have done so far!


A Little Bit of Everything

It seems that days when a number of little things get done feel like a lot more was accomplished, even though a lot of the big, all-day jobs actually complete more! Today was one of those lots of little things days.

We started out by getting the bathroom threshold cut and glued down, so we can make sure out technique works before moving on to the much larger section of threshold that the kitchen is going to need. So far so good!

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You probably also noticed that there seems to be a bathroom door in that picture. That is because we finally found hardware that hangs it properly! We even installed a little latch, which I think mainly helps the door look like a door more than anything else. 🙂

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So now our hall closet or our bathroom can be closed with a simple slide! I am very pleased with our double-duty pocket door, instead of just wasting the space for the pocket.

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We also got another Ikea purchase installed in the form of some metal shelves over the kitchen sink. These ended up looking really fabulous! As always, yay Ikea!