Sunday, November 16, 2008

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Endless Projects

So I have no pictures. Mostly because my home computer is acting up SO badly, that I can't seem to send them to myself at work for blogging purposes. I desperately need a new computer, which I think I just might order a new one this week. After all the warcraft expansion is released today, and I'm jonesing for some Wrath of the Lich King. Unfortunately with the way my computer is behaving I'm concerned that it won't be able to even run the new program. This is a serious issue that needs to be addressed! I'm thinking of going through Dell again.

Hopefully the Lich King will not keep me too occupied to keep working on my endless projects! The bedroom trim is painted. I pulled the tape off this morning and it looks lovely. There are some touchups I need to do on the baseboards etc. Then I need to install some curtain rods to hang my makeshift curtains from until the fabric arrives for the new curtains. I'm thinking some type of roman shade or plantation blinds for under the curtains....but the windows seem to be an odd size and I'm getting concerned they may require a special order. The door replacements are outstanding, as are some questions about bedside lighting (i want sconces, but we need to think about a new bed)...but those things are small and can be done anytime. I'm just excited to have our clothes and furniture back in the bedroom again!!

Bathrooms are next. I've decided that rather then getting totally hung up on doing everything at once I'm just gonna paint shit. Our tiny master bath will take a day or two to paint but I'd been putting it off thinking that we should do a new floor and toilet at the same time. But those are things DH must do and he has lots of things on his list aside from these. So why should that stop me from painting??? I have the paint for the master bath already - using the same paint I've been using on all the trim in the house. It will be white. I do plan on scrubbing the shit out of the floor, and making a curtain to hit the underside of the corner sink, and I think I'll replace the medicine cabinet as well. Then when DH has time we'll go ahead and do tile, a new toilet and some more lighting.

The main hallway bathroom we are going to get into pretty quick. I have talked DH into removing the yucky shower doors and I have ordered a shower curtain ring from a Vintage Tub company online. It should be here in a week or so. We are going to pull out the crooked tile baseboard, install new baseboard, install wainscotting to the level of the sink's tile (chair level) with a little trim on top. The trim, vanity cabinet and wainscotting will all be painted white. The walls and ceiling will be painted a very light yellow-ish green. This was at DH's insistance. I wanted a vanilla cream color or something else. But he put his foot down on this one....he wants green dammit! New towel racks, toilet paper holder, lighting and a low flush toilet are also in order. Not sure about the medicine cabinet. I'm considering adding trim to the existing mirror instead. It's still quite serviceable otherwise. We also need to regrout everything...ugh. I've ordered some new shower curtains that I think will possible go with the new color scheme *fingers crossed*. And I need new bath rugs desperately, mine are getting funky.

Soooo much fun! I'm really on a mission to have the rest of the interior of the house painted by new years. I want it all off my to-do list!!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Progress in the bedroom

What's that?? Oh, honestly. You guys really do have one track minds!!! The progress I speak of is in regards to painting, silly!

Here is a "before picture of the bedroom - after I've removed most of the furniture. Please forgive the unmade state of the bed:

Here is a picture of the contrast of the primer against the dinginess of the 1958 paint job:

Here is what it looks like after the ceiling has been painted off white, and the walls a light grey color called "Portland Whitebed". The result is quite subtle. I almost wish I'd gone with the next darker color on the paint chip. But it's pleasant and cooling and DH really likes it. Regardless it is a huge improvement:

I still need to touch up the line where the walls meet the ceiling, and paint the trim. DH started installing new baseboard last night. YAY! I will be making new curtains for the windows, and the closet doors will be replaced either with curtains, or new doors. I really want Japanese style doors, but I've been pricing them and they are incrediblly expensive. I got one quote for....$1700!!! I don't think so! So it will probably be curtains.

Just to the right of the closet out of the picture is our teeny tiny "master bath". That will get a new door as well. But I'll get into that more in a seperate thread when I finally start on that room (which will be next).

One nice thing about the color of the walls is that its very neutral, it will be most conducive to a change in decor/linens should I desire one. I imagine Joe will be done with the baseboard by the weekend. I have extensive family plans over the weekend, so I figure over the next week the baseboard and trim will get painted and then we can finally move our furniture back in. It will be nice to have all our dressers etc. in one place again.

The pumpkin party at DH's parents was fun. I simply must show you a picture of their amazing garden. This is but a small snapshot. They are retired so have plenty of time to tend to it. Plus they get full sun allllllll day, and they've been working on their soil for 15 years. Amazing.

Well that's all for me today. This week is eternally slow. I should have pictures of baseboard for you next week.