I’ve still been busily working on my house. It’s been so therapeutic for me. I’m even getting on top of the laundry and keeping my counters cleaned. I’ve been specifically working on my office (again, I know) and my bedroom. I’ve reorganized my office a lot and I have gotten rid of a lot of stuff, but I was still trying to fit 10 lbs of flour into a 5 lb sack. I needed to get rid of a lot more. So, I was ruthless and got rid of things I might need to use, but probably never would and things that were really nice, but I didn’t need. I passed the entire lot along to a fellow blogger for $20. I see it as a way to get rid of things and also to pass something along to someone else who can use it.
So, here’s how things are shaping up…
The banner is canvas painted in my Milk Paint colors. I have more pennants and I just need to make one more banner. I found the large frame at a barn sale and plan to paint it and make a chalkboard insert for it.
I’ve had this chair for months, but I think I’m finally going to take the time to slipcover it.
The gold isn’t bad and actually works with my Dash & Albert rug, but it’s a little tired and stained. I have some white cotton twill just waiting for a date with me and the chair.
I brought one of my French chairs in and a drop leaf table from the basement to use as a work surface until I find something better.
My dad fixed up the tole chandelier I bought from Kristen when I was in Raleigh. $55, ladies. I actually said, “Oh, give me that!” when I saw the price.
It needed to be rewired and a few parts needed to be replaced, so I gave it to my dad and he tinkered around with it. He made sure I knew that he would not be a part of a chandelier refurbishing business, in case I was thinking of that. I assured him this wouldn’t be a regular thing.
Here are some shots of my organizational efforts…
There are still some piles of things, but it’s mostly stuff for HGTV.com tutorials that I need to use and clear out. I suppose there are always going to be piles of some sort, but I am trying to minimize that.
In addition to working on my house, I’m stepping things up with the Milk Paint business. The workshops have been very successful and I’d like to start working on more education, more support for my customers and retailers and more products. I’ve had conversations over the past couple of weeks about brushes, stencils, how-to booklets and more. It’s exciting.
I am working on four new colors for the line, which involves a lot of measuring, stirring and high-tech tools like paper plates.
Lastly, here’s a look at the fabric I just ordered for my bedroom. I love it! It reminds me so much of a fabric that would be on a feather duvet in a German Gasthaus. I put together the look in Photoshop, so I could see how they worked together…
I can’t wait to start working with it. This does mean, though, that I will most likely be returning the rug to HomeGoods and I’ll look for another. I love that rug, but it’s been hard to work around and I know I want the room to be blue and white. I’m afraid the greens and rusts in the rug will overwhelm that. Hopefully I can find another one that’s a bit quieter.
Oh! And I did get permission to take down the bedroom ceiling fan!! Can I get an AMEN from all of the ladies who have fought the ceiling fan battle? We will have a standing fan in the room, but I can get my chandelier. Victory!
It occurred to me yesterday that I didn’t share my goals and plans for 2013, so I will do that this week. It’s already looking like an exciting year…