Sometimes I have trouble sitting back and enjoying what I’ve accomplished in the light of the size of my to-do list! I’m sure many of you can relate! I realized as I was putting this post together that there is a to-do list a mile long made up of all the little and big projects I want to do in the house. Some of them are as simple as repairing a tear in a cushion or slipcover (I have a few of those) or as involved as installing wainscoting and crown molding.
But, I just need to remember that #1 – it’s not a race and #2 – that list will shrink one project at a time. Little steps to get big things done.
So, one thing that I want to do is change out the fabric on the backs of the French chairs. The fabric worked great in my last living room, but it’s not quite right with the new buffalo check. Thankfully, it doesn’t look bad in the whole of the room, so I can take my time getting to it, but I do want to change it out. I’ll also fix that popped seam on the cushion.
Next, this ottoman slipcover is getting threadbare! I used an old quilt top and some antique fabric to make it and it is threadbare in some places! You can hardly see the patchwork design anymore.
Since the sides are in good shape, I’m just going to replace the top and I’ll show how I do that.
And the fireplace… I’ve been wanting to change that since the day we moved in, but I’ve felt a little stumped by it. I’ve looked into all sorts of stick tiles, paint options, etc. and haven’t found anything I really love. So, I’m moving forward with sanding the granite tile. I imagine it’ll look much better with a honed finish, since it’s the shine, not the color, that is bothering me. So, we’ll see how that goes!
The biggest project I want to do in this room is installed box beams and crown molding on the ceiling. I think it’ll add some great architectural interest and I can’t wait until we’re ready to tackle that. I definitely need a strong and fully-mobile shoulder for that job, though! I can envision it and I know it’ll look amazing.
Here are just a few more pictures from around the space…
I know some of you might point it out, so I’ll address it. Yes, the carpet… I would love, love, love to replace the carpet with hardwoods. With just a few exceptions, I am not a fan of wall-to-wall carpet. It’s very comfortable and warm underfoot, but I feel like it’s never really clean. Anyway, I am the only one in the house who wants hardwood and everyone else is insistent that we keep the carpet. I’ve thought about burning a hole in the middle of it or spilling a gallon of red paint all over it, but my better nature prevails. I’m just kidding, but maybe the 15-year-old carpet will wear out enough and I’ll win that decorating debate one day.
Until then, it’s just going to stay carpeted and I need to gracefully concede that I get my way on many things related to the house, but not everything…
I have a PT appointment today, so I’m going to take advantage of being out of the house and I’m going to stay out of the house for awhile! I’m going to hit some thrift stores and local second-hand shops to see if I find any goodies. It’ll just be nice to be out and about. I’ll also pick up wood for the studio shelf.
Oh! And Calvin, my youngest, has finally shown some interest in working on his room, so we found a dresser on craigslist that we’re picking up on Thursday, ordered a simple upholstered bedframe from Amazon (wee downsized to a twin and I’ll share about that later), and will be designing a “climbing room” for him together. He’s a tough client because he likes modern stuff, but I’ll do my best to make my client happy!
And, one last thing. I’ve had a great time looking through your Decorating Dilemmas. Man, some of you really have some head-scratchers! Anyway, I picked a kitchen to “work on” and I’ll be sharing my ideas for that space soon.