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October Pin It and Do It Challenge

Subtitled: Get Shit Done.


In some ways a book blog can be limiting. Yes, I read a lot of books. Yes, I work in a library. My life, to put it literally, is surrounded by books. Now by virtue of my open nature, I manage to squeeze in quite a bit of inane personal information (the actual personal stuff stays personal, mostly). But I have quite a few interests other than reading. Right now, aside from family and friends, my big interest (read: necessary obligation) outside of books is my house. There are so many things wrong with it that I feel a bit like I’m drowning. I’ve taken to working on little projects in a variety of rooms, but this means nothing is being finished. So when I saw that Trish over at Love, Laughter, and Insanity (who has two of the cutest little girls ever – it almost makes me want to have one) is hosting an October Pin It and Do It Challenge, I decided to sign up. Given how organized I am (e.g. even my DVDs are alphabetized and my closet is arranged perfectly), it’s amazing that the cluttered and disorganized space that serves as my furniture graveyard – also known as my library – has not been finished. So with the #pinitdoit challenge, I’m going to finish my library. Because this is a multi-step project, I’m choosing the pin obsessed level (meaning 8+ pin completions). Now I’m doing this, dear readers, because you all refused to help when I asked for volunteers last time (no worries, I forgive you, I wouldn’t help me either). I’ll try to keep this as entertaining as possible. So if I say I’m going to share it, it will get done on time and on budget – right? RIGHT? Probably not, but it’s good to have goals.

Here’s what needs to happen (full disclosure, this project will not be documented in real time, e.g. I’ve technically already chosen a paint…I hope):

1. Pick a paint color (finding the perfect grey). For those of you who think renovation isn’t boring, you haven’t watched me choose between shades of grey. It is exactly as exciting as watching paint dry.

2. Restore wood floors.

3. Find and purchase: Curtains, rug, lamp, and various other things that will inevitably waste what little disposable income I have (but the room will look nice).

4. Frame my vintage print of The Smiths. It’s from the 1985 Meat is Murder tour.

6. Prinstagram some of my favorite Instagram photos.

7. Spray paint the surround of my fireplace. This should be fun. It’s a shame sarcasm doesn’t come across online. Although, to quote Fifty Shades of Grey, sarcasm is the lowest form of wit, but – and this is unverified trivia for you – it’s makes you smarter and more creative. So.

8. This number is reserved for all non-renovation related work – like reading, cooking, and the thing that makes this all possible…working. I badly need to update my CV (I’m making this an October requirement), I want to finish season three of The Walking Dead, and I would like to finish Doctor Sleep (Storm Front and Dirty Love come first, unfortunately).

I created a board with all of my inspiration pins.

I am very sensitive to my surroundings, which explains why this matters so much to me. My mood is heavily influenced by my physical environment, so I do my best to work with what I have to make it a nice place to live. I haven’t always lived in nice places. When I was flat broke in college, I rented a room in a fraternity house full of guys (naturally) and it was, without a doubt, the most disgusting place I’ve ever lived. In all fairness it was also a good time, but it was not someplace that you walked around barefoot. Fun fact: aside from my freshman roommate in college, I’ve never had a female roommate.

Let’s get this done. Any chance the finished product will look like this?



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  • Allison @ The Book Wheel

    If that is your library then I am on my way over.

    • Rory

      Maybe someday. Currently it is the black hole of detritus.

      Stay tuned…

  • cleopatralovesbooks

    I want that library – hope you achieve your dream ( or at least get close) 😉

    • Rory

      If it looks half as good as the picture above, I will be satisfied. I’m not holding out a lot of hope, but we’ll see.

  • Trish

    Well if your finished product looks like that I’ll hire you to come do my house next. Glad you’re participating in the challenge!! Good luck and thanks for joining.

    • Rory

      You’re welcome, it as good of an excuse as any and I’m hoping it will give me that extra bit of motivation I need to shut off The Walking Dead and get off the couch.

      I’ll be searching thirft stores/craigslist/ebay for most of the stuff, so the final product will be interesting to say the least.

  • picturemereading

    Okay that looks amazing..can’t wait to see the results!

    • Rory

      I figure it’s better to aim high, right? It might make the end results better… (or that much more disappointing). As long as I don’t end up on PinterestFail, I’m okay.

  • Heather

    We have SO MANY things we need to do to our house, too. So many. If we ever come into a large amount of money, maybe it’ll all get done. Haha! :/

    I can’t wait to see what your finished library looks like. Maybe it’ll inspire me to get to work on mine. 🙂

    • Rory

      My house is very much an effort of how much I can do myself and how cheap I can find it on craigslist/ebay. Over the years I’ve become very handy (this is the second house I’ve renovated, though the first one was much easier), but I’ve become equally as tired of home improvement. Actually, my world view has become quite skewed…how do people live with a fully functional bathroom/kitchen/office/etc? I haven’t had one of those in years. 😉

      You know, I’ve always wanted to be inspirational, so here’s hoping! It might work best if you like black, white, and mid-century modern…

  • Sarah Says Read

    Ooooo I’ve always wanted to do the Pin It and Do It Challenge. I even signed up once… but never completed anything, except some cupcakes I think. I’m either really lazy, or really stubborn, or both.

    Choosing the right shade is VERY IMPORTANT. Even if it takes forever to decide. Cause painting is a bitch, and it sucks to have to start all over if you realize you hate the shade you picked.

    I love Printstagram! I ordered mini pics from them a while ago and I love them. I don’t know what I’m going to do with them yet, but I’m still excited. I should order more soon.

    • Rory

      Painting. Groan. I will shamefully admit this is the third time I’ve painted the room (fourth is you count the primer). The first time was the awful shade of mint green which turned out to be a major case of WTF was I thinking. Next, I went light and airy, but I’ve determined there is not a lot light and airy about my personality, nor is it a color scheme I’m attracted to. So, after studying numerous shades of gray samples and photos, I think I’ve finally found “the one”…in a paint chip. I would marry Benjamin Moore Iron Mountain, but I’ve always been monogamous with Farrow and Ball’s Down Pipe.

      (I can’t believe I just compared to relationship, DIY is a pervasive sickness.)

      I don’t actually know what I’ll do with mine yet either. Still thinking on it.

  • Christine @ BookishlyB

    Ambitious! While I know your projects are daunting, I’m super jealous that you at least have the know-how to do so much. I get nervous when my husband and I are putting up shelves. So much swearing….

    • Rory

      Hahaha. The language in my house is atrocious when it comes to home improvement – like make a sailor blush, invent new curse words kind of language. On a side note, it makes me a little sad that slang like ‘fuck a duck’ has not made it’s way (to common usage) outside of New England. The worst had to have been when the shower faucet (not the head) was removed without turning off the water. It was epic. And wet – think fire hydrant.

      As for hanging shelves…a stud finder, yard stick, and level will solve all of your problems. And inappropriate language, when used to describe seemingly insurmountable problems, is just a sign of a creative mind.

  • RebeccaScaglione – Love at First Book

    What is Printstagram?????? Good luck getting all of your stuff done!

    • Rory

      It prints your instagram photos. The package I plan on buying will print 48 polaroid size photos for $12.

      (it’s seems to early in the game to admit defeat, but I will be a lucky, lucky girl to get all this stuff done).

      • RebeccaScaglione – Love at First Book

        Cool! I am going to look right now.

  • DrFrood

    Would you say you have to choose between 50-odd shades of grey?

    I’m very sorry for typing that (but less sorry about posting it, apparently).

    Sensible to give yourself a deadline, and I’m sure you’ll get it done in time. But even so I just want to tell you both good luck. We’re all counting on you.

    • Rory

      Um, I would, embarrassingly enough, say almost exactly that (see here). I was quite sorry when I captioned that particular photo, though not enough to resist doing so.

      It is about as likely I’ll finish on time as it is that the zombie apocalypse will happen tomorrow. But since you think I’ll get it done by October 31, I’m sure I will. I wouldn’t want to disappoint.

      (Don’t hold me to that, as I’m on pace to finish November 11 – if I stick to my schedule).

  • Acid Free Pulp

    Much luck. I am definitely not the handy type but I know what you mean about having your surroundings to your liking. I feel totally unfocused and unproductive if I know something has to be reorganized or cleaned. A few days ago, I totally reorganized an entire bookcase.

    Looking forward to photos. I’m sure your library will look just like that photo!

    • Rory

      Thanks, you have far more faith in the finished product than I do. That is probably a good thing though, as I have a rather pessimistic outlook on life (typically). If something is cluttered or needs to be finished and it’s anywhere within my peripheral vision, I can’t concentrate until it’s corrected/finished/cleaned.

  • Charleen

    Good luck! I’m not a DIY’er at all… I’m having enough trouble putting together a Halloween costume, there’s no way I’d be able to tackle something like this.

    • Rory

      It’s come down to doing it myself or it doesn’t get done. It makes me feel semi-independent and capable to be able to do some of this stuff myself (although family and friends help sometimes too – especially with really heavy stuff like moving furniture up the stairs – if I agree to feed them or provide beer.

    • Rory

      As for Halloween, I’m the same thing every year – a witch – because I have the hat and tights. I live by an elementary school, so there’s about a million kids to hand candy out to.

      • Charleen

        I’ve never really been into Halloween (and we’ve never gotten trick or treaters at any of the apartments we’ve lived in, even when we had neighbors with kids). Before last year, I hadn’t dressed up since one year in college… and that was probably the first time since grade school. People here get really into it, though, and my one friend throws a costume party every year. So last year, I dug out my old store-bought costume (Renaissance princess) and almost felt as out of place as if I’d not worn a costume at all. This year I’m actually putting a bit more effort in and going as Robin Sparkles (from How I Met Your Mother).

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