April 6, 2010
I need an intervention.
I have found the perfect floor for the living room… and it’s about 3 times what I should pay for it.
Somebody talk me out of it!
April 17, 2010
In other news, we found the paint colour for the living room. It rained so we couldn’t go to the zoo and we looked at paint samples instead.
Paint effect that 80s, Eliz, Emily and I all agree will look very nice if lightly done:
So- who wants to see the living room now for contrast when I get it done?
April 18, 2010
The Before Pictures
Better stuff coming!
April 24, 2010
I got the paint for the living room (25% off coupon in the paper last week- wOOt!) so we will probably spend the day taking movies down and sorting them and maybe get some of the shelves down. I’ve decided that I’m going to paint the hall in a light colour on the top (my gallery) and then have a chair rail and the lower half painted in the same manner as the living room. I’d love to panel it… but that’s not in my budget and probably never could be. Paneling would have to be cherry to match the floor- even cherry beadboard is very expensive
May 1, 2010
Since Emily is sick, it’s a 90% chance of rain and I have nothing planned, we will not be going out today. Or tomorrow, if I can help it. She will be cleaning her room and I will be working on the living room. I’m still taking stuff down and out to get preped for painting- today I intend to finish taking down the shelves (80s spent part of his visit last night helping me with that) clean out the coat closet (which has to be painted and floored at the same time) moving furniture and possibly pulling up baseboards. Then the walls have to be spackled and repaired and sanded.
And then I’ll be ready to paint!
I do notice, as the shelves come down, that this room is looking larger than it did- I think that the shelves, although a necessary storage solution at the time, have really contributed to the cooped up feeling of the house.
Something else I want to do- I want a new entry door eventually. One with leaded glass or maybe even stained glass in it. Expensive- but I can’t see out of this one to see who is on the porch when someone comes over. Meh- maybe next year- that’s going to run into a LOT of money. I also want new kitchen chairs (or these refinished) and a replacement for the ‘world’s ugliest couch’. There is no help for this couch- it’s just- well.
Man, I have a lot to do! Better get busy….
Besides working on the living room this weekend, I also had to have our occasional handyman come and replace the kitchen faucet. It’s been dripping for a long time unless you put it in one very specific place- and then it started dripping even in that place. He had to come over here yesterday to fix my mom’s waterline into her house and I asked him to just replace the faucet while he was here and had his plumbing hat on.
For the ceiling and the hall, I had white paint that I tinted with a bit of the copper paint- just to keep it from being too glaringly white and to make it mesh better. Problem is, I ran out and had to go get more white paint and then try to tint it to match. I hadn’t measured and how I managed to get exactly the same colour again, I’ll never know… but I did!
It’s also a good thing that I got two gallons of the copper paint- I’ve finished the first one and I still have cutting in to do and lots of places need a second coat. Plus there’s still the coat closet to do- I haven’t even started on it.
May 9, 2010
I did get the second coat of paint on the living room and hope to be glazing today. Pics tonight if I get far enough along!
Edit: We glazed two walls and quit- I’m not loving it- I like the flat colour better. So we’ll get another sample and cover over the glaze we’ve already done.
May 16, 2010
I ordered the floor yesterday. It has to be sent from the warehouse to the local store before I can pick it up which takes about a week, or so I’m told. So yeah, moving right along.
Yesterday I got the chair rail in the hall finished. I’m mostly very happy with it except I’m having a difficult time with this stain- it’s going on thicker in some places than others and I can NOT get it to even out. Mucho thanks to 80s for helping me get the long pieces installed on the level.
May 19, 2010
Today at work I was so tired that I kept trying to figure out how to afford to do what I want (at least partly) about the doors to cover the shelves I am going to be building in the living room as a supernumerary pantry. What I want to do is have 8 doors with punched copper insets in an oakleaf pattern. (If any of you is into tin punching, we need to talk…) Since that is prohibitively expensive, I am trying to figure out the dimensions to have ten doors, long ones in the middle with the copper inset and two above and two below on each side of the doorway. To aide in my rather fuzzy thinking, I was sketching a couple of different ideas on a napkin and one of my managers saw it. He asked me “What do you want to do with this room?”
Well, that is a question, isn’t it? So.
I want it to feel as though you just stepped over the threshold and into the distilled essence of October. Not just any October- the perfect day-before-Halloween October when the sun is warm but there’s a bit of a nip in the air and the wind crisps your cheeks to the exact shade of the apples suspended pendulant in the orchard.
I want you to almost feel the dry dead leaves crunching underfoot and giving up their dusty perfume, almost smell a ghost of someone baking something spicy, rich and sweet. I want a whisper of bonfire smoke to curl about you and the certainty that in some straw-stubbled field, the pumpkins are preening to celebrate the Oak King’s death and another year’s end and that the attendant trees are all aflame and engoldened before they must don their mourning garb again.
That is what I want to do with this room.
(It also has to be the place where we eat, watch TV, play on the computer and occasionally dance madly in our underwear. I don’t want much, do I?)
As it was certain to, it worked out that the boards did not fall evenly to cover the hall so I had to cut several lengthwise or I might have made more progress.
I’ve still got 4 boxes (and one partial) of flooring but I do think I’m going to have a lot of left overs. Lumber Liquidator’s square foot calculator adds extra for safety and waste and if you know me at all, you know I don’t waste things if I can help it (quilter, yo!). So I think that even with me scaling back to buy only the flooring I thought I would need, I’m still going to have extra.
There are also some small cracks I am going to have to fill- uneven subfloor is the cause of that, not my ability- so does anyone know a good wood filler that can be mopped once it’s applied and dried? I don’t really trust myself to seal it well enough with varnish- especially not in such tight spaces.
PS- Laying floor= full body workout. I hurt everywhere!
June 6, 2010
First, no, I haven’t finished the floor… I ran out of glue. This has taken so long because I am being lazy about it- I need to cut that out.
Emily and I have been trying to find a picture for a spot in the living room. We looked at a couple of Van Goghs, a Wysocki, a Kinkade and nothing was just sending us… and then I looked on Etsy and found this:
It’s by a Tennessee painter and we both agreed it was the one we wanted!
A funny thing about that, I put all the pictures we were considering in a slideshow on the computer for Emily to look at and when one of them came up she said “It’s ok but it looks like Van Gogh and I don’t like Van Gogh.”
It really was a Van Gogh- Autumn in the Garden- but goodness, how did she learn what a Van Gogh looks like?
June 7, 2010
The floor is finished!!!
I’ll have pictures as soon as I mop up all the glue smudges and move everything back into place. I still have some bits of trim work, door facings and baseboards, to put into place and I am having to wait on my thresholds to get here but actually laying the floor? Done.
I still need to stain and nail down a few of the bits of woodwork and refinish the table and chairs and get rid of that ugly couch and make curtains and move what I do want in the living room back in… oh, and build the cabinet… but I thought you might like to see how the floor looks.
I also got the register covers and the inside of the door painted and the door facings stained and up… now I’m going to fold the laundry I already have, wash another load and watch the second season of Leverage. And quilt
July 3, 2010
Well, my plans for the evening changed. So now I’m going to work on my shelves instead of hanging with a friend this evening.
I want you guys to be very very proud of me- instead of buying fabric to make curtains, I actually bought finished curtains. First time in my life, even.
So I may be able to get the bones of the cabinet and the curtains up this weekend 😀
Later: I meant to mention this earlier- I seem to have stumbled on a decorating trend without knowing it. Both the doctor’s office and the sports bar we went to for lunch Thursday were decorated in my living room colours- abet muted as they are businesses. Huh, how about that?
July 4, 2010
I suppose you would all like a progress report on the cabinet?
All that is needed now (after assembling and hanging the doors) is refinish the table and chairs, hang a new TV on the wall and- eventually- buy a new sofa. The cover is only a stop gap measure.
July 19, 2010
I got the quote for the copper panels on the doors of the cabinet today:
SEVEN HUNDRED NINETEEN DOLLARS AND THIRTY CENTS!!!!!!
We will be having wooden panels for all the doors in the cabinet.
On the up side, when I had all the wood cut Friday, David (my Home Depot hero for two whole hours) told me that there was enough wood for two extra panels of each size (the cabinets are not equal size because the house is uneven) and it wouldn’t cost any more because I had to buy the entire piece. So I told him to go ahead and cut them. Thank you so much, David, for being such a careful precise cutter. Because of him, I have enough panels to do the doors all wood without buying anything else.
I still regret not being able to afford the copper though.
This is the pattern (although not the size) I was planning on:
July 22, 2010
I finished the summer curtain for the back window tonight- I would have had it last night except that I promised one of our regular customers that I would hem his new overalls for him. Somehow the inseam he is used to wearing is too long now.
So- Eliz thinks it looks like a shower curtain. What say you, f-list? You can’t see it in the picture but it has a bit of glitter in the leaves as well as the lame.
It’s also hanging over a register so it moves with the air current and glitters and looks like they are falling.
Aug 30, 2010
The cabinet doors are built. Next weekend, I need to fill in cracks with wood filler (and help Mom move everything in her kitchen to have new flooring put in) and then weekend after that, I need to stain them and then weekend after that, I need to hang them. That’s going to be hard for one person, this is one of those times I wish I had some help- but I’ll muddle through, I guess, since it’s the only option. Then I can turn my attention to the furniture and the possibility of a new TV. I think I am going to have to wait for next year’s tax refund for any of that..
Sept 11, 2010
Well I have made some progress on the cabinet doors- four of them are stained and glued where they need to be- I’m waiting on the stain to cure before I polyurethane them. Only four instead of all 12 because it’s been raining on and off here- that and I don’t have enough stain- this plywood is drinking it up like mad. However, slow and steady wins the race and I’m moving on it- abet slowly.
I also fixed the clock in the living room. It is now silent and keeps good time which is a vast improvement!
Household chores are almost done for the weekend so I’ll have more time to spend on the cabinets and get some quilting in- woodworking and quilting does not mix well as hands have to be carefully cleaned after one before picking up the other!
I think I have found the coffee table I want on Etsy- I found two, as a matter of fact. The choice is now do I want the 17″ table or the 10″ table? I like the 10″ table better but I do wish it was taller!
I’ve also got the stripper to refinish the kitchen table and chairs- I still want the Serenity chairs but it looks like I’ll have to have them custom made and that’s going to run into money which I don’t need to spend just now. And a new sofa… and a new TV mounted on the wall. *sigh* I sometimes feel like this is never ending! I wish I had enough money to just go and get everything done and have it all finished.
Sept 12, 2010
The problem with fitted doors … is that they are fitted.
I measured carefully, cut carefully… but I am working with boards not plastic and there is some variation and warping. This means that, while I hung two of the doors tonight, the rest are going to have to be trimmed. Just a quarter inch here and there- but still. So I’ll be doing one door at a time and fitting it exactly. Slower but I’ll get there in the end all the same. I also meant to get hinges that go on the inside and managed to get ones that go on the outside… but I have them and I’ll use them. Sometimes my mistakes turn out so serendipitous that I have learned to just go with it.
Nov 28, 2010
Progress has been made- the cabinets all have doors now.
Today I need to attack them with a sander, wood filler and touch up the stain (after both of those obviously) and then add the knobs and the cabinet will be finished. Once I borrow the belt sander from my mom, I should be able to finish up pretty quickly and I will try to post pictures tonight.
March 23, 2011
Since the weather has turned out nicely for the weekend, I am also planning on stripping, refinishing and mending the dining room table. If I don’t do it soon, I won’t have a choice of when because one of the legs is getting very loose again and I can’t just keep tightening it- it’s going to fall off if I don’t do something definitive. Gorilla Glue FTW!
Gorilla Glue is becoming my third ‘must-have’ in my toolbox of items no home should be without. #1 is duct tape- for things that move that shouldn’t. #2 is WD-40- for things that don’t move that should.
April 4, 2011
The table, refinished!