TV Time

Now that all the holiday excitement is over, we have another piece of furniture to assemble! Woo!

This is one of the last big things we have for the house, aside from a few non-essential corner trims and the closet drawers. It makes our rather large TV screen look small though!

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The spacing is just right too, the bed and the cubbys play nice so we have storage right near the bed.

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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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A Long Expected Installation

Do you know how in the way a toilet in a box can be? Well, just take my word for the fact that it can be VERY in the way! You can almost play Where’s Waldo with my pics over the months, spotting the toilet in many of them!

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But, now that the wall panel is up in the bathroom, we can install the toilet!


Unboxing it was actually fairly exciting, who knew there were that many pieces of cardboard in there!


Getting the wax ring squished in well required a little bit different approach then the directions showed in our case. But it worked well!


After attaching the tank and seat, we could hook up water and do some test flushes!


After a rather damp adventure that proved that the tank bolts were tricky to tighten correctly, it was all set to go! This meant that I could finally put up the beautiful shower curtain that I had picked out weeks before.


We both love how it turned out! The bathroom is now officially the most finished part of the house, as well as being the prettiest! Once the last bit of trim painting is done, then it truly will be done 🙂

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!