Week 5: Getting Into The Thick Of It

Week 5: Getting Into The Thick Of It

Sarah Rae Smith
Apr 17, 2009


This bedroom has come a long way from it's pre-Cure state! Great Job renngrrl!

Cure Clock: 3.25 weeks remaining
Assignment: Read Chapter 8, Pages 154-184
   • Finalizing Color
   • Sunday Night 101

Curees: 870 and counting...
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Boy oh boy, it's been a week full of progress! Thank you to all of our Cure participants who have so graciously shared the steps you are taking along this journey with us. You've sent us emails and uploaded photos of all your hard work and I've felt terribly inspired myself, from just watching the flood of renovations and organization that's happening! The Spring Cure is contagious like a yawn in a crowded room and we're taking over beautifying the world one room at a time. So who's ready for a little Show & Tell?

041709-sp1.jpg turk182 has been patiently waiting 9 months for the board and the city to approve the purchase of their home. Because of this, living has felt more like the life of a renter instead of an owner. Finally gaining the approvals needed, The Spring Cure has transitioned this space into one that feels like a place you can truly hang your hat. Nice work!

041709-sc2.jpg We featured the before shot of this space earlier this week, from San Francisco based Apartment Therapy reader Kiki Clark, in our Week 5: Tips & Tricks post. Take a look at the progress that was made to tidy things up and get the chaos under control. Great organization and congrats on a job well done!

041709-sc3.jpg Lynne from New York is tackling her 4th Cure with us. Hard work in the spaces we live in always pays off and feels rewarding. Here's what she has to say about it...

"I love that I do not have to spend too much to make a beautiful home. The best part of doing the cure for the fourth time is that I do not have to organize too much, I mainly focused on deep cleaning and fun decorating projects."

Lynne picked up a new bedspread this time around (for less than $25 from Overstock) that matched the makeover she did on her side table perfectly. Great job, keep up the hard work!

041709-sc4.jpg You remember Adam from Denver don't you? He shared with us the assembly process of the desk he ordered back in Week 4 (and the packing materials that were taking over his living space!). Well here it is all put together and it is the perfect size for the space intended. There's nothing more gratifying than knowing the research you did on an item was correct (especially after the hours it takes to assemble!) and all the hard work pays off! Enjoy your new office area Adam!

041709-sc5.jpg krpm1 from our Apartment Therapy Flickr Pool has been aquiring a green thumb over the last few weeks. After finding seeds and containers (although we love what you ended up using for containers instead!) at Target for $1, she gave window sill gardening a try! Things are sprouting and you're sure to have an arsenal of fresh herbs in no time. Nothing makes eating at home more special than herbs picked from your own garden (no matter if it's located inside or out).

041709-sc6.jpg chottomotto has done a great job making over the pantry, which makes cooking a snap. We especially love her idea of using old Spaghetti jars to hold stray noodles. She flips them upside down so she can see at a glance what's roaming around in her pantry. It's a great way to store the tail ends of bags and boxes without the pantry pile up that can occur. She also avoids one large pot taking over the refrigerator by portioning leftovers into single servings immediately after dinner. Check out the Flickr pool to get the recipe used to make the organic meatballs and sauce pictured above.

041709-sc7.jpg jendavid1000 has made over her kitchen. From paint to shelf liners, from hardware to resurfacing the dishwasher, the elbow grease applied looks fantastic! She ordered silver appliance film from Ebay and gave her dishwasher new life for $26. What a great idea! In her cabinets there's cork liner put down on each shelf, but in contrast with the paint used, the cork appeared too orange so she painted the cork white. Now form meets function and blends seamlessly. Get all the details on her renovation here.

041709-sc8.jpg One of the hardest things to do is organize media. For anyone who is a collector of any kind when it comes to entertainment (magazines, dvds, records and so forth), there is a fine line that creates organization amidst the chaos. Erin has been hard at work and has let us see the half way point of the massive organization she's been under taking. So far so good! You can take a closer look at the before and half way pictures in the Spring Cure Flick Pool.

041709-sc9.jpg Jim from Redwood City, Ca has been spending time outdoors lately. After some work on a sewage line left the rock bed uneven and damaged a couple years ago, the Spring Cure has given him the motivation needed to tackle the leveling process. The finished work looks fantastic and is a job well done. Although it might seem simple, moving rock is no easy chore, but it creates for an almost maintenance free effect down the road. Great work! Check out more of Jim's outdoor renovations and step by step photos over at Flickr.

Thanks to all those who remember to take pictures along the way so we can keep up with all your hard work! You're doing great and thanks for making it a fantastic week for Show and Tell!

Do you have any plans for the weekend? Farmer's Markets? Landscaping? Painting?
Tell us what you'll be up to below!

Week 5 - Tips & Tricks
Week 5 - Intro
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Week 4 - Tips & Tricks
Week 4 - Intro
Week 3 - Show and Tell
Week 3 - Tips & Tricks
Week 3 - Intro
Week 2 - Show and Tell
Week 2 - Tips & Tricks
Week 2 - Intro
Week 1 - Show and Tell
Week 1 - Tips & Tricks
Week 1 - Intro


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