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Enterprise 2.0 Social Meet-up

There will be a meetup at Enterprise 2.0:

  • Date: June 18
  • Time: 7:00 PM
  • Location: Boston Marriott Copley Place
  • Limited Spaces:Register now

Do it yourself king headboard

Hubs and I just moved to a quaint new home in Charlestown, Massachusetts. We love the place and the location. However, homeowner annoyance #1 happened when we moved in and found that some of our furniture wasn’t fitting down the inside stairs to our bedroom. We did a little shopping for a king bed, but nothing struck our fancy that would actually fit down our stairs. Until we saw this DIY couple’s creative king headboard solution. We decided to give this a go, with some modifications. Of course, when did we decide to start this project? Early in the weekend, say Friday? No. Surely Saturday afternoon? Nope. Sunday afternoon? Try again. We left our home at 7pm on Sunday night and headed to the fabric store.

We decided to go with a chocolate brown faux leather, and we purchased queen sized quilt batting as the McKevitts suggested. In total, we spent $120 on 2.5 yards by 54″ of leatherette and we sprung for the extra thick batting. Five minutes before it closed, we scampered away and headed to Home Depot. We purchased an MDF board, which was 90″ x 48″ and had it cut to 82″ x 35″. We thought about going 40″ but realized we wouldn’t be able to fit that in the car. We’re happy with the 35″, as you’ll see later. Our total, including a 100 lb max french cleat, a staple gun, staples, 200 decorative furniture tacks (which we didn’t use), spray adhesive (which we didn’t use) and the board was $80.

Once we got everything home, we staple gunned one layer of the batting to the board and folded the other batting over it to form 3 layers. Then we stretched it around the sides to secure there with the gun. Next, we added the leatherette cover and stapled down tightly across the top and bottom. Next, I created corners I liked and stapled down the sides. Finally, Mike precisely measured where to place the cleat, screwed it in, and then we measured and attached it to the wall. Voila! We were done by 10:30, including a 20 minute call with Mike’s Mom, and Mike’s precision job with the end “table” hanging sconces we used (we don’t have enough room there for actual end tables).

Here is the result of our handiwork!

Our DIY Headboard


Changing your name after marriage

If you are planning to change your name after marriage, there are a number of good resources out there that can help you get through the process. I’ve posted a few of the places I used online and my checklist here.


Make sure you order extra certified copies of your marriage certificate. I so far have needed 4 copies. Photocopies are not acceptable to most name change processes.

Social Security: Request a new Social Security card or cards reflecting the name change. You may need this to get a new license. Here is the form and instructions. http://www.socialsecurity.gov/online/ss-5.html. You will need to send in an original certified marriage certificate. Within 10 days of filing your name change form, the Social Security Administration will notify the Internal Revenue Service. This is important because if you file a tax return with your new name without the IRS being notified, your return will be rejected.

Passport name change can be expensive. An expedited passport name with overnight delivery (which they recommend) is about $150 and comes in about 2 – 3 weeks. Regular delivery service is $60 but can take up to 6 weeks. http://travel.state.gov/passport/fri/ChangeName/ChangeName_851.html

Order replacements for checks, business cards, credit cards and other documents that contain your old name.

Change your name at your place of employment / school.

License / Car: You will likely need to go to the department of motor vehicles for a new driver’s license. You will also likely need a new social security card first.

Change your name on your car registration, car insurance and car title. This site was very helpful: http://www.dmv.org/changing-your-name.php


Mortgage companies
Frequent-flier program
Post office
Utility companies and anyone you get bills from.
Place of Employment
Credit Card Companies
Insurance Companies (Health, Home, Fire, Flood, Vehicle, Renters, Life, etc.)
Doctors (GP, OB/GYN, Dentist, etc.)
Utility Companies (Cable, Phone, Internet, Gas, Electric, etc.)
Cell Phone Company
School, if you are actively enrolled
Student Loans
Alumni Associations
Club Memberships (Costco, gym, grocery store cards, etc.)

2009 in review

While 2009 isn’t quite over yet, I have been thinking about the year in review and have determined that it is one of the best years of my life 🙂 Click the pics for more pics.

Lotusphere 2009

I started the year working on the Lotus collaborative technology conference, Lotusphere. I worked as part of a great team who built the demonstrations that we showed in the opening general session of Lotusphere 2009. It is an exciting event, and I was honored to help build them demos and present the Lotus portfolio on stage in front of 1000s of attendees!

Running of the Brides, Boston

My best friend and her mother and aunt joined me on a freezing cold February 20th to help me find a dress for my upcoming wedding. We had such a blast and were successful!

Big Dual Birthdays!

Mike and I both hit decade years this year and celebrated with our family and friends!

Mike Graduates – Perfectly!

Mike finished his degree from Boston University’s Metropolitan College Summa Cum Laude!

We got married!!

Yes, we did it! On the 4th of July we got hitched! It was a beautiful day, and we went on a cruise to Bermuda afterward. Click on the picture to see our album, which I custom designed!

An exciting year! What will 2010 bring for us?!

Coca-Cola Cooler Restoration

I bought a vintage cooler for my brother for the holidays and will be doing some restoration on it. Since I’m pretty sure he doesn’t know I have a blog let alone read it, I think it’s safe to discuss the process and get feedback from anyone who has experience with this.

Someone in Greece is selling a similar but smaller model on Craiglist (CL is in Greece now?). I borrowed the general stats and photos from their posting and changed them to fit the model I bought. Vintage Vending also has an image of an old advertisement with the cooler listed as one of the items.

1940’s “Six Pack” Acton Picnic Coolers
High-16.5″ – wide approx. 17″- deep- 12 ”
Made by the Acton Mfg. Co. Inc.; Arkansas City, Kansas

US Pat.No 86 Folio D-152580
2570300 2576874

Can Pat No. 86 Folio 15064
other patents pending

The Restoration Plan

1. Unscrew and take the cooler apart into pieces

2. Stencil the letters on the side for paint later. Will need to purchase templating film from art store, pencil in the outline of the letters, and cut them out with an Xacto knife.

3. Remove paint. First try to remove paint with a wire brush and sandpaper. If that doesn’t remove enough, use chemical paint stripper. Sand with 80 grit sandpaper and then again with 120 grit sandpaper. Will need proper gloves & ventilation.

4. Clean galvanized metal with soap and water.

5. Repaint. Recommended by ColaMachines.com: Dupont Centari Acrylic enamel, paint code for red 60807-A. For the white, paint code 6731-A. Use stencil to do white lettering after red paint dries.

6. Polish corners and handles with Noxon metal polish.

7. Put it all back together.

Any other suggestions or recommendations?