Well, the molding went up in the living room this past weekend. All that is left to do is fill some nail holes and do a wee bit of touch-up painting. Yes, yes, yes … I do know that I need to post photos for you “improvement” nuts to see. I’ll get there.
So, what’s up next? Funny you should ask …
Repainting the dining room/kitchen is next on the agenda. There are a few spots that I need to put some mud on and then I will ready to rock. The trim (and probably the ceiling as well) is going to be “Oatmeal.” The walls will be “Powder Blue 4.” Oatmeal is a Ralph Lauren color and Powder Blue 4 is from the Laura Ashley Home Collection. What can I say … Christy has good taste in color.
Yes, yes. It’s been a paint-o-rama at my place. The pictures may not look like much has happened, but it does take a some time when you are painting doors, trim and window casings. Fun!
Here’s painted doors in the kitchen and painted doors re-hung.
The living room before …
And living room in process. I know that the “Mulling Spices” looks pretty stark next to the cream colored walls, but once it’s all put together with the “Burnt Brick” it should be pretty cool (I hope).
So, what else have I been doing beside watching movies and buying expensive televisions? I have started re-painting the living room (walls and trim). I have been super lazy about getting new molding up since drywalling … oh, something like three years ago. When I first painted the room I picked out a cream color but that sure has gotten old. So now I am a total painting maniac … throwing color all over the trim, doors and walls. Pretty soon I will have the molding hung and actually have curtains in the living room. Rock.
Wall Color: Burnt Brick
Trim Color: Mulling Spices
So, I decided the other day to get started taking the super ugly wallpaper border that’s in my bathroom down. It’s been in there for a long time and has started to curl and come loose at the edges anyway … plus the fact that I have never liked it. Frogs and turtles just ain’t my style. Needless to say, removing it has proved to be more of a pain in the ass than it really should be. I really think that if you buy a house that has wallpaper in it that you want to remove, the previous owners that put it up should be required to come back and take it down themselves. Once the hideous stuff is down, I will repaint and redecorate.
It’s blue and has frogs and turtles on it. Ewww!
The room definately looks bigger with the border gone.
And, here is the shape of things to come. It’ll make more sense later.
Yup. Just dawned on me that I never got around to posting photos of the office and bedroom that I redid at the end of last year. I will have to take care of that this weekend. Hopefully I can rustle up some “before” pictures to go along with the “after” ones. Not that any of you really wanna see that sort of thing …
Last year, I bought a swank new mission-style vanity (with a wood counter top and under cabinet sink) and some other stuff to redo the bathroom with. I guess that should be my next project. I don’t look forward to that one as the bathroom would be totally dismantled. I suspect that all the drywall needs to be redone. And I know for sure that I want to get rid of the shower stall and put a bathtub back in. Hmmmm. I think that I’ll have see how much it would cost to have a handyman do all this for me.
Been back in “home improvement” mode. I have finally gotten around to buying new rods and curtains for my office and bedroom. Dang. Those things are way more expensive than I thought they would be. I have gotten paint to start repainting the trim on the house as well. I’ve bought furniture for the front porch. Plus, I am looking at new colors for the kitchen and dining area since it’s gonna be a while before I will have the $$$$ to replace the cabinets and flooring.
Yep. It’s more excitement than you can shake a stick at!
You know, coming up with titles for every post is becoming kinda hard.
Home improvements are back on my plate for now (along with all the other thing shakin’ down). I have been painting doors and mudding a few “trouble” spots. Then it will be time for a second coat of paint in the living room. I have also picked out a color for the outside trim as well. Whee. Changing stuff that you don’t like is fun.
On the Home Front
Last night I moved all the displace “stuff” from my office and bedroom back into the office and bedroom. Wow! What a difference not having piles of books and tapes and cds and my computer desk in the living room makes. It actually looks like a sane person lives there instead of some crazy pack rat. I think we need to have a party on Saturday night.
On the Web
Queerday is hosting the first annual Queeries … and The Man has been nominated in three catagories (Best Gay Weblog, Best American Weblog, Weblog of the Year). So get over there and vote!
In the World
So, the US has finally stopped looking for those pesky WMDs in Iraq. Bill Clinton lied about a blow job and got impeached. George W. Bush lies to the American public, leads us to war based on that lie and nothing happens to him.
So, here is the completed closet featuring the spanking-ly expensive Stanley Closet Organizer System. Mmmmmm. It’s so sweet. I was a weenie and bought some of the pricey add-ons such as the hamper and trouser rack. My closet is now a swank place to store my porno and all the dress clothes that I never wear. Whoo. And, yes. The plan for now is to not put any doors up and see how I like the “open” look.
There’s a special shelf in the closet just for my Homer hat. I heart my Homer hat. He’s drinking a beer. Mmmmmm, beer.
Dear sweet Jebus! The weekends are flying by waaaaay too fast. Maybe they will slow down a little when I don’t spend them working all the time. I started moving all my furniture around yesterday. The bed and such are back in the bedroom. The computer desk is back in the office. Yes! It’s gonna take a few more days to get everything totally back in order (it’s been kinda like moving in for the first time). Plus I still have a few more elements of my closet system to deal with getting installed, but that is nothing major. So, suffice it to say that photos of the “completed” rooms will appear a little later on the week.
Next, I get to fix the flooring in the closet. Man-oh-man is it gonna be fun! As you can see, the former owners made this closet out of two. The ripped up places in the floor are where the original walls were. Unfortunately, I can’t just slap down new hardwood in those spots ’cause it would look weird (and bad). The game plan (at this point) is the take out the hardwood that is in the closet, recut it and extend the flooring from the bedroom into the closet opening. Then, I’ll put new hardwood into the main part of the closet. My boss has suggested putting down tile in the closet which I am not too sure about. Hooray for decisions!