MASTER BEDROOM: Hardware (and some Road Blocks!)

The first time I checked out Vintage Hardware Manila we went all the way to their office in old Makati.  And it was a trek, indeed, from our place.  This time around, for the hardware, I did everything online/via email and I could not be any happier with VHManila’s service!  So prompt, and efficient.  Any delay to actually getting and installing the hardware was all entirely on me – took me a while to pick out what I wanted, and to finally have them installed.  But the whole ordering and delivery process was just a breeze!

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Elton for the closet doors (they’re actually door knobs), and Alice knobs for the overhead cabinets

Here they are, above, finally installed in the ante-room.  Part of delay was my waiting for the H to put them up, but he’s been so busy lately.  I finally got around to asking one of the carpenters who were still working at our utility area renovations to do it.  This is practice.  I want a similar look for our kitchen cabinets someday when we redo our kitchen.

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Also had Mang Roland install the same Elton handles for the doors to the walk-in closet

I know they seem a bit bulky, but they have no sharp edges or corners so I don’t have to worry about little boys bumping into them.   In person, I love that they’re so substantial looking and the black plays off the clean whiteness of the doors/closets, so overall, I’m happy and ready to move on to the last few things we still need to finish up the master bedroom.

One major road block has been getting the window repaired.  It’s been raining hard a lot recently, and it’s gotten me antsy.  Our contractor keeps saying they have the materials, but no matter how many times I’ve followed up, they still haven’t tackled that window, for reasons unknown.  I’ve tried calling a third party contractor, but the one I found got back to me saying their welder hasn’t shown up.  I am back to square one.

Apart from getting the window repaired, I still have 2 more things in the 1st Priority portion of my master bedroom checklist – cleaning supplies, and stool or step stool.  Re: cleaning supplies, I’m also encountering some stumbling blocks – I’ve been to 3 Muji branches (and I believe there are now only 4 branches in the Philippines) – and the mop head is out of stock.  I’m still saving for my Dyson cordless vacuum, so I don’t think I’ll be able to check that off for a while.  As for the step stool, I have my eye set on an, er, rather expensive one, but I really need a step stool badly so I’m going to settle for a placeholder – something from Furniture Source; I intend to give it to Laz afterwards (once I get around to buying/building the display case for his gundam models).  I figured step stools, inexpensive or otherwise, I’ll always find a use for at home.

So that’s where I am right now, with the master bedroom checklist.  While I save for my vacuum/step stool/etc. and try to find a welder, I’m going to tackle some other mini projects at home – like finishing up my paper and linen organization, and completing other tasks for the utility room renovations.

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MASTER BEDROOM: Small Strides

More updates on our Master Bedroom – we are slowly but surely chipping away on our Checklist.  We skipped ahead to our second priorities because we ended up really needing a floor fan for the ante-room where the boys sleep.   They don’t get any air circulation there when I switch off the air-con, and we don’t open our windows at this part of the house, sadly.   So last weekend we finally got our white floor fan from the Vornado booth in Trinoma.

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This is the Vornado 633

We actually had another model, but I gave it away because it was grey and white and, while I was happy with the performance, I finally admitted to myself that I really didn’t like the color scheme.  Should have gone with all white, though this model is the smaller one.  More than sufficient for that itty bitty ante-room though.

So that’s another electric fan checked off my list.  I have these electric fan sagas, I know!  Hee.

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Found the perfect container in Tokyu Hands during our recent trip to Osaka.  Got it specifically for battery organization in mind, haha.

I also finally got around to organizing all the spare batteries I am always buying when I do our grocery shopping – after I buy them, they get lost in the clutter at home.  I got so sick and tired of hunting for our extra batteries – and we seem to go through batteries a lot, unfortunately.  For some appliances, remotes, even some of the boys’ toys.  There’s always some kid asking, “Mamu, where are the batteries?”.  I also found the packet of tiny screwdrivers we bought ages ago, and they now sit in a toolbox under my side of the bed.  

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I store the battery case right behind our Wildwood pencil jar on one of the corner shelves in our bedroom.  Out of sight but still easily accessible.

I have to say, the above-mentioned corner shelves are the only storage system in our bedroom right now – save for the ledge behind our bed, and the ante-room closets do not count!  So I have to be really, really careful about what I put there – focusing on immediate, day to day items that not just I, but my whole family, needs or looks for or reaches out for.

I still don’t have a place for our extra toiletries – everything is jammed into our wardrobes in our walk-in, and it’s starting to become frustrating (this is also why I could not find our extra batteries before, hah!).   I’m thinking I’ll put the extra toiletries and other supplies in the media console once we get around to buying one.

Oh, and I’ve decided against getting a trolley/cart for the baby’s night time essentials because all we really need now is his milk, which I put on my bedside table in a little plastic container.  (We always keep 1 big bottle and 2 small ones, plus a milk powder dispenser, on hand.  Most nights he only finishes 2 bottles, but there are some nights when he goes through 3).  We don’t change his diapers at night anymore (yay for Drypers), and don’t use a burp cloth or anything else because we don’t get a lot of drool or spills either.  The only other thing I usually need to grab quickly are extra blankets, which I keep in a basket nearby.  I have extra clothes in one of the closets in the ante-room for emergencies (but nothing so far, praise God).

I also realized I need a stool or step stool in this room.  The very tall tolix bar stool I’ve been using is hard on my middle age knees (ang hirap umakyat!).  I’ve been using a cracked plastic stool I borrowed from the helpers.  I need something I can (easily) climb on to water my plants and for my dusting!  So, at this point, the trolley/cart has become unnecessary, and a step stool or stool has become a priority – making the corresponding revisions to my Checklist!