Tuesday, April 13, 2010

What Have We Been Up To?

Well, I'll tell you. Amidst all the Easter excitement (stay tuned for a later post on all that), me turning a year older (poo!), and grandma coming to visit, we have also been doing some home improvement work.

It all started several (and, yes, I do mean several) months ago, when my dear husband and I decided that it was finally time, after nearly 9 years, to take down the awful border in our living room and PAINT!

When we bought it, this house had border in EVERY. SINGLE. ROOM, so by the time we finished taking it down and repainting all the other rooms, the living room was just too much. We decided we would "just live with it" for a year and then fix it. Well, 9 years later. We finally got our act together.

And even then, it was a very slow process.

I took a few before photos to give you an idea of the hated ivy boarder and how big of a job it was to take down.

And finally the process began. I won't tell you how long ago this picture was taken. Let's just say that it was around "the holidays." Which "holidays" you ask? Well, um.......

Shawn is so totally going to kill me when he finds out I posted these pictures.

Hey honey! heh, heh.

And then, when the boarder was FINALLY down, we quickly painted the trim and started the great wall paint color debate. You may remember me talking about it here. You will also note just how long ago the great debate started. To say that we take our time in making paint decisions is an understatement. Really, it's all about self-preservation. Just ask Shawn about the "Electric Yellow" paint choice of 2001. Scary, I tell you. Simply scary.

We decided to go with the top color on the left - Stonington.

In progress . . .

Shawn's getting pretty good at this painting thing. And, yes, that is paint on the top of his head. Not altogether sure how that one happened, but I just keep my mouth shut during this process. If keeping my mouth shut means he does the painting, then the mouth is shut I tell you!

Once the painting was finished, I began the curtain hunt. Getting curtains to frame the huge front window was another thing on the "will do it eventually" list. But, I was ready for it to finally happen. Thanks to some helpful ideas via The Nester, I came up with these.

Need a closer look?

Okay -

Impressed? You should be, and if not, just pretend.

Since I didn't have a spare vital organ lying around that I could sell to purchase drapes, we needed to find an economically viable option. For less than $25 bucks I made these things. Did I sew one stitch to make them? Nope. Are they perfect? No way. Are they exactly what I wanted? Not really. But it looks better than it did before, and when I get tired of the fabric, I can easily switch it out.

While I was in the mood, I decided to bring up a desk that has been in our garage for over a year now. It used to belong to my grandfather, and I've always wanted to find a place for it to work in our house. This is what I came up with.

It's currently right at the top of our stairs. I like it there. I LOVE all the drawers that it has. When you live in a converted cracker box like we do, drawer space/storage is like finding the golden ticket in a Wonka Bar.

I'm still tweaking the arrangement on the desk, but I'm a little concerned that it's not really working. For one thing, the placement of the desk there meant we had to move another piece of furniture somewhere to make room for it.

So, now the rest of our living room looks like this:

See that bookshelf thingy right next to the fireplace mantel? That used to be where the desk now is, and we can't figure out where to put it. Obviously it doesn't really fit where it is, but there really is no other place for it. The couch takes up the entire opposite wall, and there are 2 chairs in front of the window on the right. Any ideas?

I'm afraid the desk may need to return to the depths of the dark basement for no other reason than this:

I'm not sure what happened to the bottom half of this picture, but what I'm attempting to show you here is the very small space between the edge of the desk and the wall. This is all the room there is to enter the hallway. It's plenty of room. No need to turn sideways or anything, but it is a little awkward.

So, anyway, I'm still trying to figure out what to do. None of the pictures are hung yet because that will depend on the furniture placement. I'm so very ill-equipped for all this. It's sad really.

Maybe by "the holidays" I'll have figured it all out.

Here's hoping.


Bonecrusher said...

Do *not* put that desk back into purgatory! From the 1/16th of it I can see, it looks classy. Dig your writing style too.

Naomi said...

Ah yes, my photography skills leave much to be desired. Can you tell I'm left-brained? :-)

The Fab 4 said...

I think you have a great start--love the paint color. I'm trying to remember your living room layout, but its been a long time. Do you have something between the kitchen and living room area? You could use the two chair to separate those spaces and put the desk by the window?? Maybe this was a rhetorical post and you don't want suggestions. Just thinking aloud.

Rachel said...

Way to go on the painting and window treatments project!