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Friday, September 14, 2007
More House Work!!
No, I'm not referring to the normal dusting, sweeping, scrubbing of toilets (altho that all still needs doing on a regular basis). Instead I am referring to a *make-over* for my upstairs here in Michigan. Now, I really wish I could get someone from HGTV to come and do this but, realistically, I'm on my own. This condo was one of the original "models" for the development and hasn't been changed since it was built in 2001. Well, ok, I had the basement finished but that is my son's domain.

So....Monday, Empire is coming in to tear out all my dirty, stained off-white carpet and the cheap laminate in the kitchen and replace it ALL with a red oak laminate....that's kitchen, foyer, dining room, living room, hall, sewing studio, 2 bedrooms and 2 closets. Whew. So I have to pack up all my small stuff and find a place to put it. They will take care of moving the big stuff. Thankfully I have found someone to take the couch, 2 chairs and ottoman in the living room (that all came with the place- they were the model furniture- pretty but NOT comfortable). So that's a big chunk we won't have to find space for. Once the front half of the house is done the back half has to be cleared out. My new couch, ottoman and two recliners are coming Tuesday and the front part of the house should be done by then.

While all this is going on I am *decluttering* by packing up all the stuff I can live without and taking it to the new Goodwill Donation Center just down the street. How's THAT for serendipity??

It will be a big hassle but it will sure be nice to get rid of this dirty, ugly old, allergen-filled carpet and have a nice floor. I found having all hardwood in the Nova Scotia home to be so much easier to keep clean. And, bonus! I will be able to roll my chair much easier in the studio.

Next challenge, paint. I cannot stand these "contractor beige" walls. Since my kitchen/dining room/living room are all open to each other but I do not want them all the same color, I am getting the help of a friend's sister-in-law who is a designer (college degree and all). I want this done right!! I want it cozy in the living room and that is a challenge with the very high ceilings but I also want my art collection to be well showcased. The sewing studio will be easy; I am going with the very, very pale gray I used in the basement sans the silver dry-brush overlay. I think that color will be cool enough to work in this west-facing room and neutral enough to allow me to view WIPs without undue color effects from the walls.

Still unsure of what I am going to do with the bedrooms tho. Again, I want something cozy and restful but that will make my art collection look great. I have three very special pieces, a painting by Melody Johnson, a quilt by Carol Taylor and another one by Michele Hardy, that I want to be stars in that room...my sanctuary. All pieces share a color scheme so I am hoping Deb and I can find a color that meets my need for cozy and restful but that will still set off these fabulous works.....

Oh, and my new camera just came; a Canon EOS D40. I went back and forth between this and the Nikon but, since I already have a Canon Rebel and the lenses can be used on the D40 (and I have a couple of really expensive lenses) it was kind of a no brainer.....so, I will get pictures of the current situation (oncluding the kitchen with no fridge- the old one and the new one are both in the garage at the moment) and of the work as it progresses.

Now, to go unpack that camera and check it out!!

teri
posted by Teri Springer @ 8:26 AM  
4 Comments:
  • At 3:12 AM, Blogger Shirley Goodwin said…

    Well done for decluttering, and hope the redecorating goes well - we want photos!

     
  • At 5:09 AM, Blogger English Rose said…

    good luck, and please give us plenty of photos and ongoing choices on colours etc, actually it sounds good fun.

     
  • At 6:00 AM, Blogger margaret said…

    A big project! and a great motivator for decluttering. My similar experience last year took much more time and energy than I imagined -- but boy was it worth it!

     
  • At 10:30 AM, Blogger :-D eirdre said…

    I can't wait to see photos of your redo and home makeover! Have you had a chance to play with your new camera yet? WHERE ARE YOUR PHOTOS?

    I would LOVE LOVE LOVE it if the Goodwill was closer - the problem isn't that it is very far away, but trying to get into their parking and drop-off lot is a royal pain in the butt! Still this seems like the perfect season to organize and lessen the clutter. Good luck!

    :-D eirdre

     
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