Yesterday I paid Nathan to spray paint my two black and glass end tables, that typically you saw in front of my sewing machine tables.
Since the glass coffee table is rimmed in gold, I thought it would look better to paint the end tables gold.
I typically do this kind of thing myself. But my hands are in rough shape and it’s all I can do to use a fork or pick up a glass. So I had him do it.
I’m rearranging things a bit to accommodate Miss Ivy’s cat condo/tree, though it won’t be here till about the 20th.
So when I was looking at my living room furniture and what I could put where or move into another room, this all came about. You know how you start one thing and other things end up getting switched too.
I like really the end tables painted gold. First of all gold is a lighter color than the heavier black. And in this space I need to lighten things up with my dark furniture.
Also I’m trying to scale down a bit on what I have to clean with this hand problem. And Charlie does not need dust around him either. So I need to minimize objects that collect dust.
The more you have, the more you have to dust. I swear there must be a dust fairy that comes in at night and sprinkles it on the furniture while I sleep. Because I can dust one day and it’s already dusty by the next day.
Below is how they looked black. I ordered them years ago.
They’re kind of small. Since I work at home, I need several surfaces next to where I sit on the couch to place things I use every day. Therefore I typically have something next to the smaller tables.
When I get up I set my laptop to the side. I need a lamp nearby and my camera to download photos. So I usually have more than one surface next to where I sit to accommodate everything.
Of course I have to have a spot for a cup of coffee too.
You can see the round coffee table color below.
I already had a shiny gold can of spray paint I was going to have him use so I wouldn’t have to buy more spray paint. But apparently it was too old and nothing would come out.
So I headed around the corner to Ace Hardware and picked up two cans of metallic gold spray paint. This paint color looks better than the shinier color would have anyway. And he needed more than one can to finish the job.
He also put a fitted piece of leftover trim underneath the washing machine to keep Ivy’s toys from getting underneath. I am tired of pulling that heavy washing machine out over and over again to get her toys for her.
Then he took another piece of trim and actually screwed it into the bottom of the refrigerator so I won’t have to pull that out to retrieve them.
Boy, I sure don’t recall doing all of this stuff when I had cats in Texas. Either Ivy is high maintenance or they just didn’t play much with this type of toy. It’s been awhile so I don’t really recall.
Ivy spends a good part of her day playing hockey with her balls and spring toys. She races around here like a dare devil and often slides into furniture. Thump, I’ll hear. But she just keeps on going.
Until she gets her toys underneath a piece of furniture or appliance she can’t get it out of. Then Mama has to get the yard stick to retrieve it.
Hopefully I won’t have to pull out the washer or refrigerator anymore.
Nathan has three cats, so I asked him if he thought Ivy was big for a seven month old cat.
“Well,” he said. “She’s already pretty big.”
I know she’s getting heavier to pick up. Of course she’s a big eater. (Except for now being finicky about canned food. Which is unfortunate, since I just ordered and received two cases of canned food for her. She was eating it before.)
I know when she sprawls out to sleep, she is a good two feet long.
Every time a bird chirps she runs over to the patio door. Then Charlie perks up because he thinks she has sounded the alarm about an outdoor critter.
Little does he know it is actually a bird that she’s reacting to. Charlie doesn’t get excited about birds. And Ivy doesn’t seem to get excited about squirrels.
Anyway back to the cat condo/tree. I’ve moved one sewing machine table over next to the window in the corner of the living room. I plan to put the cat condo/tree on top of that.
The cat condo/tree is only 32 inches high, so I thought it could use more height. Then she will be close to the window.
The other sewing machine table I had at the end of the couch I ended up putting in the bedroom.
Since I don’t ever sit on that end of the couch, I’ll probably just leave the gold end table at that end. That gives me enough space for the sewing machine table against the wall by the window.
I don’t know if you can make sense out of this convoluted explanation, but I’ll be showing photos once the cat condo/tree gets here.
I told Nathan, who loves cats and likes to build things, that he should start building cat trees and condos and scratching posts.
Last week I spent several days looking up and comparing cat trees. And I thought many of them were made of inferior materials. For instance, the cat scratching post I purchased has cardboard inside.
While I was reading up on this topic at the company I ordered Ivy’s cat condo/tree from, they wrote on their website that they only use a certain type of carpet and good wood.
Nathan is young and would eventually like to build log cabins. So I told him this would give him experience on a smaller scale. And possibly good side money. I told him I’d help him with a website, etc. Things more under my purview.
I hope he does this. With three kids he needs the money and this would be a creative outlet for him as well.
If he builds pet products I’ll be the first to show them off.
The apartment complex office purchased heaters for the maintenance shed, so I guess I’ll be keeping this Duraflame stove/heater in my living room. It sure does help heat up the place.
Someone asked what it looked like, and that’s why I added a photo of it on yesterday’s post.
I’ve got it up on a table due to little Miss Ivy Lou and her eternal nosiness.