Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Progress Report ...

Well, I've been working diligently to get things accomplished prior to the weekend when I'm supposed to be moving furniture into the new space. Working around furniture is SO difficult, that I really want to have the shell of the rooms complete before I move anything in. If you haven't read about the disaster that has set me so far back on this little project, read the post here.

Here's the before: 

Here's the during: 

Here's the terrible painted floors:

And here's where I am with it this morning: 

The living room area is 90% finished, and since the dining room is so much smaller, it won't take long to have that completed (hopefully this evening). What's left before I can get furniture into the space? 

Well ... 

Finishing the flooring, priming the baseboards, painting the baseboard, cleaning the walls - then touching up the walls with paint where needed, vacuum, sweep, mop, etc.. I'd like to hang the curtain rods and curtains in the living room, and the bamboo roman shades, curtain rod and curtains in the dining room. I need to switch out the terrible ceiling fixture in the dining room for one a little more suitable for my "look" and I obviously need to pick up all my weights, I mean design books, and get those into the bedroom. 

You know, just a few things! 
As Artie sings: "It's a hard-knock life ... for us"

I made some decisions and a purchase or two that I am pretty excited about. First, in the dining room, which currently looks like this: 

there's a generous amount of space between where the seagrass ends, and the wall where the window is centered. That'll be the perfect place for this: 

Ballard Designs sells this console table cloth so reasonably! I bought this for less than what it would cost to have my seamstress make one. It'll be the perfect place to style an impromptu bar on a rattan tray, or gather an assortment of my blue and white pieces with some orchids (which will love that window) and it'll cover up the unsightly but necessary radiator grate. 

Here's some beautiful inspiration:  

In his bedroom, William Rankin McLure Has this console table stacked with art, books, and orchids. I just love this. 

I've also decided that I will put my bookcases in my bedroom, across from the bed. This decision comes after some hesitation, but I think that it's the best place for the bookcases in this space, and since I don't have a ton of bedroom furniture anyway, it's a nice way to fill that space. 

So there's your progress report for the day. Hope you're having a good start to your week! I'll be back soon, hopefully with more beautiful photos. 


  1. I have been where you are. Dumb shit tenant pulled up the rug and left the floor in a horrible condition. Paint it, I said and got right to it only to find the paint wouldn't stick. The God took pity on me and I found a beautiful carpet and pad being thrown out, I do mean gorgeous. I cut it to fit and forget those tacky strips. The dumb shit tenant can just pull up the carpet and head out with it. Certainly the price was right on this one. Your place is going to look great. Can hardly wait for the pictures. Wishing you all the luck in the world. Now dry those tears and get to work. Ann

  2. I agree that it is difficult working around furniture. Absolutely love your idea of the console table and that photo is great inspiration! I can hardly wait to see photos of your progress.

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