Thursday, October 11, 2012

No pictures, just ideas

I've misplaced the cord that gets pictures out of my camera and onto my computer. This isn't the first time it's happened. I have no clue where to look, and have a very fussy baby who isn't tolerant of sitting in the middle of the floor while his mommy crawls around looking under things and muttering to herself.

Eh.

Not too much is going on around here with the boys right now. We're in a bit of a rhythm, except for Cheese Puff. He's fussy and wants to be held by me all the time. As is usually the case with me, I blame all baby fussies on teeth.

So, thought I'd write about what the adults in our little home have been up to.

This summer, Bob dug french drains and installed gutters. Our 57-year-old house was suddenly having water problems. It was a super wet winter/spring, and we discovered that there wasn't a vapor barrier under most of our house. Bob took care of all of it during the early summer. The mold ruined several of his suits, several pairs of my shoes, several pairs of Baby Plum's old shoes, and lots of baby toys. But it was fairly easy to clean it off of the furniture.

I still smell mold in Cheese Puff's closet, and sometimes get a whiff in our bedroom. I'm trying to find the source.

Once the water issues were handled, I decided that Bob and I needed a bedroom furniture upgrade. We've been using the furniture set that I had as a little girl. Time to grow up. I thought I liked 60s modern, and wanted to find pieces that weren't part of a set.

We already had the big 1930s radio that I refinished and Bob made into a jewelry cabinet shortly before I got pregnant with Little Elvis.

The first piece we got was a beautiful wood veneer high boy. My mom took one look at it, and said it was from the 50s. It needed some attention, and even though I had never worked with veneer, it turned out beautifully.

It's got a similar shape to the radio, which is nice.

My mom had a small wooden secretary that she got at an estate sale a while back. She offered it to me, so I decided to replace our Ikea desk with it. It needed refinishing as well. I went with a much lighter and redder hue. It's on Bob's side of the bed, and has enough drawers to hold our paperwork.

We put an old desk chair that used to be in my dad's office when I was a little girl in front of it.

I've been searching for a dresser and nightstand for me. Last month I found an old painted nightstand from the 1960s. It's got a similar shape to the high boy and the radio. It's painted an aqua blue color. I like the color, and don't plan on changing it. At least not yet.

So, I'm still searching for a dresser. I'd like a big one. I like Danish mid-century modern. The high boy appears to be more of a 1930s art deco style. But it's not ornate like many of the ones I've seen.

While working on getting our bedroom in a better order, we also upgraded our living room TV. My grandfather's television in the nursing home wasn't working well. The sound was off, and he mainly listens. We decided to give him our playroom TV, move the living room TV into the playroom, and upgrade to a flat screen TV.

Bob mounted the TV over our fireplace, and we really like it there.

Along with looking for a new dresser, I've also been searching for a better sofa for the playroom. I'm going to pick one up tomorrow. It's brown, and hopefully won't show stains as much as the light blue one does.

Once the sofa is replaced, I plan to try and paint our sissal rug in the living room. Sissal may be green, but I can't get stains out of it. It doesn't exactly have a grain. I'm going to attempt to do a chevron stripe pattern on it.

After that, I'm going to attempt making a pouf.

We'll see how these projects go. Hopefully they will turn out ok. Maybe I will have found my camera cord by then.

3 Comments:

Blogger mpotter said...

oh my WOW.
first of all..... such fun plans for you guys.
second of all.... omg i knew of none of which you spoke.
i'm glad i'm not helping you!

good luck piecing it all together. so fun.

3:42 PM  
Blogger Ann Wyse said...

You've been busy! But it does sound like fun (okay, except the mold, very sweet of Bob to do so much of the work!) - at least, I always enjoy doing these things.

I've been thinking about making poufs lately, too, although I haven't quite got it figured out in my head. I'd love to hear more as the project progresses!

9:00 PM  
Blogger Ann Wyse said...

You've been busy! But it does sound like fun (okay, except the mold, very sweet of Bob to do so much of the work!) - at least, I always enjoy doing these things.

I've been thinking about making poufs lately, too, although I haven't quite got it figured out in my head. I'd love to hear more as the project progresses!

9:00 PM  

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