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.
In progress . . .
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?
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.