When I look back at posts from years past, it’s always the same thing. SPRING IS HARD. I often think that spring is worse on me as a band director than marching season. There is so much happening, from concerts to recruitment to testing and exams…. there is just so much. I LOVE it, it’s not a complaint. But I do find that I miss my house – both having time to be in it, but also, time to work on it. So right now, I find myself in my yearly moment of thinking about what’s next. Because I can let myself daydream on the way to school, or in the few minutes before I fall asleep.

Here’s what’s next, to finish out the spring and for the summer.

Finishing the Bathroom.

The first floor bathroom needs the apothecary cabinet finished, and final touches, like artwork. It’s SO CLOSE. I’m hoping to get some prep done this week, because I think I have an entire day on Saturday to work on the dyeing of the wood. And I need a good solid day to work on that.

An Outbuilding.

We have no garage, and one thing we desperately need, is to make the basement functional as a shop, and to move some of the rarely used construction materials out of the house. We want to add a shed, and get a few things done in the backyard (because it’s not pretty).

The Basement.

We want to organize and re-vamp the basement, to be used as a shop and to help make everything that we’re doing with the renovation more efficient. I’m sure we’re not the only ones that look for a tool or something, knowing that we own at least four, and can’t find them, so we have to buy another. So while this isn’t a glamorous job, it’s long overdue, and it’ll make future jobs go easier!

The Study.

The room off the first floor bath will be Doug’s Study. Right now, it’s just construction storage and space. Hypothetically, this room should be easier than the last couple, because we aren’t taking anything down or digging into walls. I’m hoping to do much of the work on this room myself, while Doug works on getting the shop in the basement the way he wants it!

That’s what I can’t get out of my brain. I’m super excited about all of it! We’ll see how much can be accomplished.

Week 16 : Seating!

Inglenooks, Chairs, Sofas, Window Seats, Benches….wherever you sit. 

This was hard, because we have about a million chairs and couches. People love to gift and give us chairs. “Hey, we found this old chair, and you have a lot of rooms….” and I love to take them all. I think our house in some ways has become an orphanage for discarded furniture. I’m okay with that.

So, I decided to show just one – an antique recliner that I’m hoping to reupholster and use in Doug’s Study when I start working on it.

We found this at our local salvage store several years ago. I’m not sure if the fabric is original, but it’s definitely very old. It looks a bit better on the photograph than it does in real life, and while I’d like to find a fabric that will work for the room (and help to build a better shape), I’m going to preserve this underneath, as long as I can make it work.

The back.

The mechanism at the bottom allows the chair to recline.

Recline mode!

The wood is in good shape – it just needs a little love.

The Feet!

Summer project? We’ll see!


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