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Jun. 19th, 2007 @ 02:32 pm Minor renovations
A home renovation company up here is running a commercial that always makes me laugh:

Man and woman are standing in the bathroom getting ready for the day ahead. He looks at her and says 'I really hate this bathroom'. She replies, 'Me too!' He suggests renovating, and she enthusiastically rips the pedestal sink from the wall, then toothbrush still in mouth, looks at him and says, 'Now what?'

That is basically how hubby and I get involved with projects.

A couple of weeks ago we were sitting in our living room which has been untouched since the time we moved in. We initially removed the panelling, painted the walls (Renoir Bisque was very dark to hubby at the time) and left her wallpaper, which matched and was in fairly good shape. We threw in some furniture and called it a day.

Did I mention that was 11 years ago? Anyways, we're sitting in the living room, and hubby reaches up and starts peeling the wallpaper off the wall. (This is the exact same thing I did in the kitchen 2 years ago - wallpaper was meant to be removed). Well, aren't we off and running now. I've been wanting to put bookshelves in the corner for ages. Hubby sees no value in displaying books. But we're getting down to crunch time, in order to free up one of our 3 spare bedrooms (music room, office and craft room) stuff has got to shift. We search the web, and settle on a compromise, rather than a built in unit, Ikea has a fairly nice set of bookshelves that fit perfectly. Just our luck, they are discontinuing it and don't have any more in the store, and they claim they can't order them for us. Hubby is determined, and goes to Ikea online. Sure enough, they are available and promptly ordered.

Now ordering them means we'll really have to take care of the semi-started wall. So last Monday, Tuesday and Saturday hubby did this:

Said old wallpaper:


Nekkid wall:


Decisions, decisions - we narrowed it down from the original 5 cards to this:


Patches? We don't need no stinking...


Cone of silence. He claims he couldn't hear me complain when he was in there:


Miss Ceebee helping out:



Wanna buy a bookshelf?



Final coat of Deerfield:

You can see we hopped over 2 cards and down 4 shades.


Done (for now):


It's funny how putting a huge piece of furniture in the room made it look like we now have more room. I think it's a combination of cleaning up some clutter, and finishing the room.

We have a bit more work to do in the room, but with hubby needing 2 root canals (one today!), working full time, and teaching two classes this summer, it will have to wait until our holidays. In the mean time, I can start shuffling my stuff out of the craft room.
Who does she think she is?
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From:lilcrazy
Date:June 19th, 2007 07:49 pm (UTC)
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Looks great, do you guys want to redo my place? :D
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From:neeroc
Date:June 19th, 2007 08:01 pm (UTC)
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Thanks. Are you sure you want to ask that? Did you notice how slowly we work? *g*
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From:lilcrazy
Date:June 19th, 2007 08:15 pm (UTC)
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I have been saying I'm going to redecorate since I've moved in, and that was 6 years ago..lol. So I'm patient. :P
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From:moo
Date:June 19th, 2007 09:46 pm (UTC)
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Don't feel too bad. We've been in our house for over 10 years and I still don't have curtains on most windows, never mind new paint on the walls! :-)
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From:neeroc
Date:June 20th, 2007 01:57 am (UTC)
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What's up with that? You sew for goodness sakes - it should take you no time at all. (Actually, the only reason we have curtains on 5 of our windows is because the previous owner left them *g*) I have managed to sew 3 sets, with one more in the works. The rest of the time we are thankful for tall hedges.

But really, I know for us, we became comfortable with the level of repairs we did with the house. It was only because we started going over to people's new houses that we realized what we were letting slide.
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From:moo
Date:June 22nd, 2007 08:53 am (UTC)
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Trust me. When you sew for a living, the last thing you want to do when you have some free time is sew more. This is why I laugh whenever people ask me if I make all of my own clothes. :-)

I have lots of grand plans for the house. The hard part is convincing Mr Moo to let me spend the money. He's a total tightwad.
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From:stella0017
Date:June 20th, 2007 12:54 am (UTC)
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wow - that looks great! Can't wait to see it in person.
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From:neeroc
Date:June 20th, 2007 01:58 am (UTC)
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c'mon over!
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From:miss_kat_1968
Date:June 20th, 2007 04:10 am (UTC)
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That looks fantastic, hon! Wow! Yeah, Mr. Ed decided to paint some rooms a few years ago, and they turned out beautifuly. My eldest wants his room repainted, but he has to get his brother's consent, which hasn't happened yet; so, we'll see what happens. :)
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From:aussieteddie
Date:June 20th, 2007 08:06 am (UTC)
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What you have done looks terrific babe. You should be proud.
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From:bad_soup_day
Date:June 20th, 2007 08:28 am (UTC)
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Looks to be a great result...
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