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Shopping on a GreenString!

February 17th, 2011 | Uncategorized | 0 Comments

Really successful trip to the Habitat for Humanty’s ReStore this weekend!

All this for $13.75 -

5 – 3M Sandblaster Sanding Papers (2@120 grit + 3@220)

1 – Toilet Fixing Kit

1- Lutron Dimmer

1 – 1-Gang Switch Box

If I had bought all of this at Home Depot or even online I would have spent:

29.96+9.63+6.99(2)+(3)6.39 +4.85 =47.63

That’s $33.88 that I saved! That’s also a lot of high quality stuff that would have been sent to the landfill!

Oooh! I’m not done!

And then at the ReBuilding Center I received 12 of these for $1.00 each! That’s a total of $12.00

I was so excited – I might have gone straight to Home Depot to see what my find was worth……

At Home Depot – I would have spent: $88.32. Since I only spent $12.00 – that means I saved $76.32.

Not a bad shopping day today. Spent $25.75 and saved $110.20 with no coupons.

That’s shopping on a GreenString!!

What color should you paint a room with yellow bamboo?

February 16th, 2011 | Uncategorized | 0 Comments

This lucky girl is going to have a lot of friends & family come to the house (for their first time) to help me! Before I could put them to work though- I had to find a paint color! What to do with bright yellow bamboo flooring? I turned to my trusty blogs and wasn’t able to find any answers. So for my birthday, my fabulous parents paid for me to have an interior designer come to my house for an hour Todd!  He gave me lots of advice – but I will only mention three in this post.

1) Divide the house into “zones”  so the colors helps to add flow to a smaller house like mine.

2) In order to tone down the bright yellows in the flooring, make sure there is green in the color.

3) When you find the paint color – buy paint that is 1/4th of the original color to paint the ceiling to give the room the impression of being larger.

Here are the defined zones in my house thanks to Todd!:

Given that I needed to have some green in the paint, but I wanted gray walls. I had a lot of work to do in finding my color.

After many hours of stress and driving around Portland my mom and I went to Home Depot only to find an amazing colorist! Ruby at the Beaverton Home Depot saved my day.  She was able to mix a gray that had a hint of green that would offset the bright yellow in the floor but still look neutral and grayish. Here are the numbers for the color so that if you have bamboo floors – you can try it out!

Zone 1: OnAGreenString Special (B:  C: 100 I:20)

Zone 2: Miller Paint’s Tobacco Road (B: 176 C: 64  I:32)

Remember to get your ceiling paint as 1/4 the color of the wall paint!

I went with the low voc BEHR paint that was so highly rated by Consumer Reports.

Flooring the Closet

February 15th, 2011 | Uncategorized | 0 Comments

What you will need:

  • One tube of Alex Fast Dry Acrylic Caulking
  • Flooring + 10% for overage
  • Table Saw
  • Finish Nailer
  • Hammer


Here is where I started. If you read yesterday’s post then you know I insulated under all this closet space because there were some serious holes and gaps between the closet and the garage.

First thing to do it to take off the moulding. I loosened the moulding with this hammer.

And pulled the moulding off completely manually but with gloves on.

Here is the corner without the moulding.

Then cover the space with resin paper – or Quiet Walk. I wish I had thought to use the quiet walk so it would double as a vapor barrier. But I didn’t think of it until the project was done.

Then use a razor knife to cut the paper to fit perfectly in the space.

Here is what it looks like with the resin paper complete.

When I bought the flooring downstairs – the same company had these 8 6′ sections of flooring on the same roller cart. I asked the guy if he would include these for free and he agreed. So all the below flooring was free!

Next: Measure and cut.

Make sure you have the blade lined up with where you want to cut the flooring. The blade has a little thickness to it, so before you turn the saw on – bring the blade down to ensure it lines up where you want it.

Once the flooring piece is cut to the correct size. Link the tongue side of the flooring into the groove of the board next to it. In order to make sure the board is tucked away in together securely, take an excess piece of the flooring and cut off the tongue side – then use it to hammer the board into place.

Once the board is in place, use a nail gun to nail the board into place. Make sure the the nail gun is straight up and down so the nail goes in straight.

If, for some reason, the nail doesn’t go in all the way. Then you can take a hammer and a tapper tool and tap the nail all the way into the floor.

Then – one board after another……

This is a caulking gun:

Since our closet is basically a bump out into the garage – and we spent so much time spray foaming it – I wanted to make sure that their was a complete air seal. So as a double safety air sealing measure – I caulked all around the flooring under where the moulding will be. I didn’t use spray foam because when it expands – I was worried that the spray foam would expand over the flooring.

Use gloves to spread out the caulk so it is one smooth line with no little air bubbles or bumps.

When you take the gloves off – take them off from the wrist up.

and over your fingers

and Violé! no messy fingers.

And here is our finished closet floor!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

February 14th, 2011 | Uncategorized | 0 Comments

I know that it’s easy to get wrapped up in the hype of Valentines Day. but there are some really easy things to do have a lighter impact during your celebrations!

1. Wrapping paper & ribbons with foil & some glitters, can’t be recycled. Try buying wrapping papers made with recycled content or, if you want to save money too, use a paper sack or a newspaper.

2. Buy cards that are made with recycled content. You can always see a treet or recycled symbol on the back of the card. (Or send an e-card)

3. If your going out to dinner – choose a locally owned restaurant.

4. Buy your flowers from a local flower shop instead of the supermarket. It may cost a little bit more – and the flowers may not be organic or locally sourced, but at the very least you can know you are doing something good for your local economy.

5. Reduce your impact even lower by making dinner at home & saving energy by turning down the lights, using candlelight to see and enjoying each others company.

….or you can be totally lame and join me at a Steering Committee for your local U.S. Green Building Council Chapter.