Andy, the painter, was here yesterday. Saturday. He is making slow but steady progress on the fresh paint going into my house. Every day I am excited to see a new color appear in one room or another or gleaming white woodwork where it was dull and cruddy before. The living room painting is done except the closet door needs to be hung and it is the best place for Andy to keep his tools etc.
The furniture we are going to continue to use is back in the living room. It’s not much. 2 recliners and a couple small tables. We have been without a couch for almost a year now. I gave the one we had to my son and his family when they moved out last March. I haven’t found the right one at the right price yet. We (actually just Hubby) will be hanging the TV over the fireplace today. It’s a flat screen kind. Rather small by today’s standards, but it works for us. I don’t know much about electronics. It doesn’t matter. I can watch my few shows, documentaries and ball games just fine. Since we took the corner TV armoire out, the room looks huge. I love the idea of having the TV over the fireplace so that either/or can be the focus.
I have been looking into the cost of honeycomb blinds for our windows. In the past we have had curtain panels on plain rods. We (actually just Hubby) find them very irritating to open and close. Well our windows are huge. On one side of the room the window is 144″. On the other side it is 96″. Blinds are just too out of our budget. I considered making drapes. The kind with the pleats and hooks and draw cord on the rod. Hubby would love that. I’ve done this before and just the thought brought back nightmares. It is expensive to buy decorator fabric by the bolt. No, I needed a more budget friendly alternative. While browsing last night I found some panels with large grommets at Overstock.com
They are white with a subtle pattern of beige circles. I ordered white rods so they are not noticeable. The panels are washable and hopefully easy to open and close for Hubby.
While I was at Overstock.com I ordered a small area rug for at the foot of my chair. This happens to be where the hole in the carpet is. (Stanley is very anxious when home alone and not in the safety of his crate). It is off white with beige circles. Perfect! I am going to have the carpeting professionally shampooed and then we will live with it for as long as we can. Dogs are hard on carpeting. I’d like to put hardwood in there someday. I’ll start a fund!
Other painting progress includes the kitchen ceiling (which needed a good patch done where there had been a leak long ago), the guest room is done being painted but is still overflowing with stuff to be put away or sent to Goodwill, Hubby’s dressing room is done as well. Again, stuff waiting to be sorted etc. A lot of the trim down the hall is done, some of the doors are back on, the bathroom is half done. The closet in our room is done but nothing else yet. The trim in the dining room hasn’t been touched yet. Again, sorting and moving stuff. I would not have said that I had too much stuff until I pulled it out of every closet and heaped it into the main rooms. It’s scary but exhilarating to stir it up and move it out or remember, “oh that’s where that is!” I can’t help but think of George Carlin’s routine about stuff! Cracks me up every time. (caution! Rated R!)
A funny thing about paint colors… I picked a blue-y aqua for the guest room and a pale peach for our room. The first time I walked down the hall to see the blue I realized that I had picked the same bedroom colors that Grandma Gilly had in her house. Weird. More weird… when looking at the light switches in these two rooms without their covers I could see that sometime ago, the guest room was pale peach and what is our room was a blue-y aqua. Hmmm.
Overall, I am still excited, but tired of living in the half done phase. It’s difficult to get any real cooking done, so we order take-out a lot. I’ll be thrilled when we have a bathroom door again. My prediction, another 2 weeks. We will probably end up spending a few nights in the guest room. That’s okay. I love fresh paint!