Sunday, March 30, 2014

Another Craft Room Update (Finish The Thing Already!)

This is taking a while.  I know.  Everything I do seems to.  BUT, it really is getting closer.  I finished putting the furniture together.  And if I ever see another cam bolt and lock again I'll scream!  

One of the drawer faces was damaged so I have a new one on order.  Oh joy.  More to put together.

The end table is getting a tablecloth.  I thought about painting it and then said nah.  It's going to be for sewing.  I may get something else in the future, but I had it so for now I'm calling it good...with a table cloth.  And notice the rug?  Cheapy McCheap from Amazon, but oh so soft and cozy underfoot.  I really wanted to keep the flooring neutral.  There's enough going on with the walls.  And, the ceiling is finally getting repaired in a few days and then this is going up.

from Amazon

I really wanted a semi flush mount with a lot of wattage and this is the only one that I could find that had a little bit of balls.  It takes 3 100 W bulbs.  I won't need sunglasses, but it's better than the 40 or 60 watters that I found.  I haven't gotten it yet but it's on order.  I really hope I like it in person.

I also have chairs in mind.  I think I'm going with some simple ghost side chairs and a head chair.  I'd like to keep things looking open which is why I think I'll go with them.  I'm picturing draping the desk one in a little sheepskin for a little extra something and maybe adding seat cushions to the other two.

I'm also going to order some of these for a bit of color and extra organization, which I obviously need.

from Amazon
I still need some shelves, a few pieces of art, and curtains (which I'm totally procrastinating about) and I think the room will be about done.  I feel like I'm missing something.  Hmm.  This is getting to be a regular phenomenon.  It really does suck getting old!

Monday, March 17, 2014

A Painting Fool

My post title basically describes yours truly.  I didn't get to the curtains.  Partly because the thought of making them intimidates me so I'm kind of putting it off.  What I did do is paint.  And then paint some more.  And in between breaks from painting, I painted.  Seriously I feel like I should get paid for this.  I'd show you pictures but they'd bore you to tears.  I painted the closet in the craft room and the middle room, the middle room walls and ceiling and all the door molding and window trim.  It doesn't sound like that much but there was a lot of prep and priming involved.  My husband was able to replace the glass in the craft room window which took a while since that needed to be painted also.  Sensing a theme? Besides that  I did order some furniture for the craft room.  I was going to try to piece it together but that may have involved more hunting (and painting) than I really wanted.  Plus we saved a ton of money doing this work ourselves so I decided to reward all of our hard work by just buying what I think will work well.

via Home Decorators
 I ordered some furniture from the Martha Stewart craft space line from Home Decorators.  They were having a St Patrick's day sale which pretty much sealed the deal.  The irony is that I know what I'm in for.  Lots of long detailed instructions that may as well be in Chinese.  So I'll get what I a price.  More labor.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

The Pink Desk Continued

I have to say, this past week has been glorious.  We went on our first vacation since 2005.  Yes, you read that right.  Between my school and having kids and this house it just seemed that there was never a right time for it.  Finally we were able to get away for a few amazing days of snow tubing, ice skating, skiing and general relaxation...kind of.  I mean, the kids did go with us so it wasn't totally relaxing, but as good as it's gonna get for a while.  This is a great thing since the rest of the week consisted of slaving away in the craft room.  Don't get your hopes up.  It's still not done.  We're dealing with a room that would make a fun house seem perfectly square.  It took a lot of work to make the molding not look totally ridiculous.

The ceiling molding is straight but there was a gap between the ceiling and the molding that we had to fill in so it looks wavy.  I told you.  Nothing is square or level in this house.  Just gotta go with the flow.

The desk is another story.  It's mostly finished but I didn't realize that one of the drawers broke when my husband was attempting to take the hardware off.  So there's that.  And the pink.  I don't know.  I love it in my inspiration picture, but I'm not sure I love it on this desk.  I may abort and paint it boring white.

One thing I am loving is the little nook.

I just need to touch up caulk/paint and add a pull and maybe a pillow and this is done.  It's shaping up.  Next up?

-Replace window which has a crack in it (of course it does).
-Shoe molding
-Light fixture..still looking
-Make curtains
-Buy rug
-Buy furniture
-Hang shelves

I'm hoping to have this done in 2014;-0

Sunday, March 2, 2014

My Ebay Chinoiserie Wallpaper

I'm switching gears here a bit since I haven't done anything to the craft room.  I had some stomach bug all last week and thought for sure I was dying (or at least I felt like I was).  Now that that's over I'm going to take a different kind of break, of the spring variety. So it would appear that work on the house will be delayed yet again.  At least it's for good this time instead of evil.  Seriously,  the rotavirus can suck it.

Instead of craft room progress, I'll share with you something I bought on ebay that I'm pretty excited about.

This is going in that middle room where the desk is being painted.  It was $19.99 a double roll!!  I couldn't resist.  My mind is already going crazy with what to do in that room and I haven't even finished the craft room.  Oh design ADD.  How you vex me!