Thursday, January 9, 2014

Happy 2014, already in progress!

I've been quiet for almost a month! Actually I wasn't quiet at all, I was growling at the weather that kept me iced in for almost 3 weeks. I tried to write new posts but they always sounded like variations of "Day 11 of My Incarceration." Pathetic.

Mr. Bad scheduled his trips around my appointments so he could give me a ride. The problem was I had worn summer tires on my car and we have a 14.5% grade. His truck has Manly Tires. They look at ice and laugh.

So, I finished my custom orders. I carried things from room to room to see if they worked better. Then I looked around and thought hmmmm. And I painted my Made-In-China-Reproduction-Mora-Clock white. I like it a lot better.

Then New Years Day came and I was able to replace our old, too-soft sectional. Yippee! Finally, all that brown was going out the door.

Take a look:

That's a heck of a lot of brown.

From the above to this in one afternoon:

I've started prettying up the bookcase. It's funny how a photo makes you sit up and take notice. That bookshelf is a mess! It's become jammed with stuff we don't know where else to put. Or are just too lazy to take the extra 10 steps into the office.

I was able to wave 'buh bye" to the huge ottoman and I created a new coffee table with some of my old trunks. Now there is storage galore with the three trunks, a new bench ottoman and a vintage leather suitcase by my chair.

I'm still working on the details, such as which little table goes where, and where do my plants go? Which lamps and where do they go? All that will be PHASE TWO. 

I remembered something I meant to do years ago, which is make a floor lamp from a spot light and wooden tripod. Down to the barn I when for my old tripod and I dug around in my lamp parts box and found a 'stand-in' light. (I know, it's a pretty sad little stand-in).

A friend said my cool old wood stove would make a great end table so I had Mr. Bad wrestle that bad boy into the house. I'll get both the lamp and stove cleaned up before I make a final decision because right now they look like someone should take them back outside quickly.
Here's a closer picture of the side of the stove - the reason I bought it:

I don't know what I'm going to do with it after I take off the rust - paint it? Glaze it? Just put poly on it? Leave it the heck alone? Put it back outside? We'll see.

PHASE TWO has started. More on that later.

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  1. Wow! I love the new digs. Those are some huge changes, like the rug, love that. Love the new sofas too. Hope that precious kitty got to stay though. Where did you find the sofas? are they new? Love the coffee table/ottoman you created out of things you already had around the house. It's awesome and really looks perfect for that area.

    1. Thank you so much! The couches came from a woman downsizing to a home half the size of her current one. My husband and a friend helped her get a couple heavy things downstairs and she gave us the couches. Sweet.