August 28, 2007

90% Done

I patched...
I sanded...
I primed and painted...
And here it is so far!

This little room has taken up so much of our time, but the end is finally in sight! The last 10% on the to do list is finishing touches. Curtains, pictures on the doors. Maybe it should be more like 80% done.

Everything came from IKEA, and these magazine organizers are my favorite thing in the whole room. It manages my huge addiction to Real Simple. I love how neat and orderly everything looks now.
Speaking of IKEA, we had such a good experience shopping there. It was an all-day event, but we ended up getting exactly what we needed for this room. Even putting everything together wasn't as painful as we had anticipated.

Soon it will be 100% done, and then it's on to finish my sad looking bedroom. (after a well-deserved break!)

August 07, 2007


I love demolition. It's fun, and it means that there's a BIG change coming.

Yesterday, I tore part the ancient built-ins in the office. The previous owners had them installed in the early 80's as sewing room furniture. They weren't worth keeping, as they were not made with the best materials in the first place, and they were pulling away from the walls. The pieces were built on site, and consited of large, deep shelves on one end, a laminate run of countertop in the center that was entirely to low, with shallow drawers. On the other end was a tall closet that was used for various sewing projects and ironing.

I got to work bright and early in the morning, and even that early it was exceptionally hot and muggy, but there was no turning back- when the inspiration hits, I have to do it all the way!

Tearing out the old stuff was harder than I thought. Even though it appeared to be falling down on its own, it was was all held together pretty well.

I sawed:
I pulled:
I found these fabulous 70's artifacts: After about 300 trips up and down the cellar stairs, and out to the garage with all the debris, the room is clear, and looks huge!
I have a few ideas about what this room will look like. It will still be an office, but it needs to do double duty as a guest room, so we may do a daybed, or window seat/bed thing. I am having enough trouble deciding on colors roght now, buit I will try to sketch out a few things and see what works.
That's it for now, I will post pictures as we go!