RBJ Empire

I bought a little garden home in Northport, Alabama, on April 29, 2011 - 2 days following one of the worst natural disasters (a EF4 tornado) in Alabama's history. Needless to say, I am very thankful to have a home and hope to evolve it so it not only reflects my style and tastes but, more important serves as a positive, amniotic environment where I can "charge my batteries" and thereby continue investing myself in my career and efforts to contribute to my community. I'm a Cancer. The nest is important!

The bones of what will be my master bedroom.
July 13, 2011

(Note: I wish I could post entries under this page, but it doesn't appear that's possible, so I'm just updating.)

I completed the popcorn ceiling scrape, retextured (with a bloody putty knife ... I logged at least 14 hours just spackling) the ceiling, and have installed a new ceiling fan. Lots of elements are missing, including a headboard I'm refinishing, end tables I've purchased, and a rug I'm shopping for that will anchor the bed. Obviously I need to clip off "do not remove" tags too! I'll try to post a "before" pic as well.

Back when it was popcorn and Starship Enterprise.

September 20, 2011

It has been awhile since I've updated The Empire's page. It seems slow-going, but I've actually made quite a few improvements since July. I will chronicle them below, but do know this list is ever-growing:

Concrete pad poured for hot tub. Need to update pic ... It's all fab now! In fact, I'm posting at 6 a.m. but as soon as it's "light enough," I'm going to update ASAP. I swear it's not as Sanford & Son as it looks here.

Refinished headboard my friend Nathan gave me, it's from the 1950's.

Refinished dresser and mirror also given to me by Nathan. The Mirror doesn't lie: I need to address the closet doors!

Decided to spray paint the black refrigerator silver to match dishwasher.  Have edited countertop and am contemplating new backsplash involving mirrors, and eventually new countertops in a much lighter color. My ultimate goal/dream is a glass-front commercial grade refrigerator, but only if it's eco-friendly. Otherwise, I might join the minions in the stainless steel arena.

Stay out of my Empire, trespassers! The ADT sign is mandatory. But I have removed/relocated all of the "English Garden" elements and have potted the clumping bamboo as a focal point. I inherited the concrete landscape edging which I'm going to repurpose elsewhere in the yard as a small system of baffles to aid in erosion control, and think I'm going to plant a ground cover in the bed.