To premise, I have not gone to my day job since mid Jan. The contract ended in Dec. We traveled a bit to here and here. I did set up a schedule with myself, walking to work and spending a few hours there doing admin stuff. And then returning home to do some sort of home thing. But going in 5 days a week has turned to 3 days a week. Temperature drops. Forget it, Ill get job status from home. For all my "free" time, I need to be accountable for it. I need to accomplish house updates, purging and organizing.
I was able to make good progress on the kitchen. Besides putting up brackets for the reclaimed wood shelves I have done all that I can do until I make a 4 hour drive to Ikea for the pantry. Then I'll
So I started to paint. Tried the stairway hallway, and I'm on the fence about that. Tried some samples in the dining room. Blah on all of them. Found a colour for my bedroom so made that a priority.(Again, this colour keeps changing. I only like it sometimes; when it looks nude & ballet slipper pink. But when it looks mauve, I wonder what the f' is wrong with my paint colour picking skills. I don't like mauve. )
Painting music: Sounds of Yo-Yo ma. So dramatic. Perfect!
My tunnel vision is painting and by the time I realize I should have chiseled away 30 years of other paint, I've got my wet brush stroking over the old stuff. I accept this and realize my cutting in skills are not as atrocious as I thought and claimed. Its my foresight and preparation skills that are lacking. With a bumpy baseboard and wall like this, cutting in is as good as it can get. (this is the stairway, but the entire house has layers of paint and cracks)
While I continue to paint (sorry for all the boring paint posts, but really, it keeps me accountable) I reconcile my lack of preparation work with the fact that I don't LOVE these colours, so when I decide to paint again, I NOW know I should do a little bit more planning and scrapping.
I have to wait for the two walls, corner and baseboards to dry before I get to the other side. While waiting I finally found the gumption to pull off the mirror on the closet door. This thing has always bugged me and the one time I lamely tried, I feared 7 years bad luck. But with more time on my side and the discovery of the nail through the door I figured out how it was mounted, and not a few minutes later, down it came.
The main door requires a trip to the restore. Or some plywood. The previous owner must have had a dog and wanted it to have in and out access. On the left you can see the opening in the door and partial wall and opening into the next room. Look closer (on the right) and you can see where the door meets the wall and how uneven the wall is, the 1/4 inch gap closes in the closer to the bottom of the door frame. A job for my contractor, when I commit to the wall build up.
The beginnings of my room update and the to do list:
paint trim WIP
paint baseboards WIP
Paint walls. WIP
paint blue splotch on closet door.
Remove two shelves on other walls (which hold pictures, just because the shelves were already there, but they have to go.). Make a gallery wall instead.
Remove hardware (door handles and plates) in order to remove years of white paint.
Find a new OLD door or fix hole in door.
Create some kind of headboard.
Or insert french doors.
Revamp closet - either open up middle section to expose window. Or....
Mount a tv on the wall w/ a wooden console thing under it. Wow did I just write that, Im so anti tv in the bedroom. But I love a hotel room with TV. Small house means I may need this, my getaway place.
Paint ceiling. BUT first remove that bubble popcorn ceiling paint. Yuck (Will probably never get around to do this, but it should be done)
Install ceiling light - electrical work (probably wont get around to that either)
And once all the bedroom stuff is done then purchase these washed linen gray sheets by Eileen Fisher. Swoon. And a darker gray textured linen duvet cover @ Restoration hardware. See how my coping skills work ... motivate myself to finish a project w/ some pretty final touches.