Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Room Remodel

I overcame my technical challenges, without my children or my husband.
WooHOO!
Here's a few in progress shots of the living room.
Many things were no longer working in here...
The oak trim around the room
The white ceiling
The Henry David Thoreau quote poorly sharpies over the windows
(yes I used a sharpie on a whim....I know)
The beams...no longer easily cleanable, and the ceiling to beam line was a mess.
The painter suggested painting them.
His thought?
He could get a clean line that way.
They'd be cleanable again.
I frantically called Mark.
I thought he said to go head and have them painted.
He didn't.
Bad connection on the train.
Whoops!
They can always be painted again, but I admit to crying quite a bit.
They had been stained before and were quite dark.


Here's the uncovered canoe.
This was the canoe my dad made in High School.
He and his buddies used to take regular canoe trips together...
in High School.
How cool is that?
Yes, he did give us permission to saw it in half and make a window seat.
One of my treasures I will never part with.


This wall posed a few challenges.
Note the paint color.
We removed a bookshelf 10 years ago...and never painted it to match the walls.
Whoops.
The chalkboard was covering it up.
We had long discussions about this corner.

See the table?
Mark built it about 16 years ago.
It's sagging.
It was constantly covered in Carl's schoolwork or Sofi's teaching stuff.
It was a constant eyesore in the corner.
For me anyway.
It's in the garage now waiting for Mark to part with it.


I'm not good at rearranging furniture.
I don't do it often.
This project really challenged me.
I flip flopped quite a few pieces, and discarded quite a bit.

Here's a sneak peek into the room.
I don't know that the colors are captured completely here.

I grabbed one of the Benjamin Moore Historical Color palettes.
The lightest color is on the living room walls and the beams.
The mid tone is on the living room ceiling.
The darkest color is on the library walls.
In person I think the library looks darker.
I'll try to capture that.

Yes the books are in rainbow order.
Love them that way.
The little ceramic vase in the corner was made by Linnea in sixth grade.
The piano keyboard was a curbside find.
Mark said he'd never take it off the wall.
Thankfully he did for the paint job.

I love the flow of colors.
They color looks different all day long.
I need to find smaller speakers.
I'm still looking for a clock.
Found one, but it was 15 inches too big.
Oy.

More pics next time.
Off to dig in the yard and organize the kitchen cabinets.
-Julie

5 comments:

  1. I WANT TO SEE THE FINISHED ROOM. LOVE THE WAY THE KEYBOARD LOOKS ON THE WALL. NEVER SAW THAT BEFORE.
    GOD BLESS YOU. HUGS FROM PUERTO RICO.

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  2. That canoe is pure genius! Seriously. Where did that come from? LOVE IT!
    Can't wait to see more!

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  3. Everything looks so nice. You have been hard at work, but it is all so worth it!

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  4. Can't tell you how nice it is to see you posting again! The room has some good bones and lots of potential! Can't wait to see more. I do I love that canoe. And the rainbow books.

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