I finished the One Room Challenge last week and rested for a few days before allowing myself to think about what’s next. What can I say? I’m not very good at sitting still for long. We’re almost at our 2 year mark in this house and I feel discouraged by the lack of progress. Lots of rooms are “good”, but few are done.
“Done”, but the striped fabric drives me crazy and the pink walls are not “pink enough” for the girl.
But that leads me to wondering if they will ever be “done”. And would I even want them to be done? I love tweaking each space. It’s fun for me. And if I allowed it to be done, how long would it be before my style changed? I constantly change spaces and furniture. Sometimes I crave insane color combinations and other time, I desire a bit of quiet.
My idea of quiet is apparently different from that of my husband. I changed my sofa up a bit to what I feel is “quiet” and he immediately complained about the clashing patterns. He sees patterns; I see similar colors in the same hues. It doesn’t jar my eye, so it’s quiet to me. Besides, who cares? I don’t touch the basement that is his space. This is my room. (Sidenote, every time I buy new pillows or blankets, I immediately think of all of the various places that it can go and look amazing. If it can’t go in every room, it’s probably not a good thing to buy.)
(Taken in the fall)
So besides simple seasonal refreshes around the house, I need to turn my attention to the next larger projects. Although the weather does not agree with me, it should be warm here soon and we’ll be able to spend more time outside. Last summer was spent building the deck. This year, it needs to be stained. We also want to built a bar height table for the space. We’re discussing a pergola type structure in the corner. The pool is set up, but still mostly empty. Plus the front yard needs flowers and plants still. Maybe the rain will stop soon, so that the yard is not a disgusting mud pit.
I still need to finish my son’s room. We built the bed and bought bedding. We have to buy a new mattress for him because I didn’t realize the bed was for a twin XL. It’s easier to buy a new mattress than fix the bed. I still want to either build or buy a desk for him.
I think I’ve found a good one! This one is from Joss and Main and is $65. The legs alone cost that much. Joss and Main does not allow permanent links, so a search for “Owen” should find it.
In the beginning of the year, I made plans to redo our main floor bathroom and tons of snow caused us to procrastinate that project from getting started. Well, we bought new faucets for most of the house in an effort to fix leaks. A simple project turned into a mini bathroom redo that has left us with a ton of work to finish. We cracked the sink up removing the old faucet, so we installed the vanity and sink that we’ve had in our garage for months. It took a bit of finesse to get it installed without moving plumbing, but it’s mostly done. The bottom drawer is non-functional and being held with 3-M strips until we can move plumbing or build a stationary shelf there. I had planned on doing a quick fix for the floor, but removing the vanity revealed a big gap in the linoleum. For now, a rug is placed over it. I’m still trying to figure out what type of flooring to do.
I fell in love with this vinyl sheet tile, that Kari from Prairie Girl Home is buying for her bathroom. So it’s either this or tile. I think the price will be similar, but the sheet vinyl is obviously much easier and quicker to install.
The previous owner was an artist.
The upstairs hallway is begging to be painted. It’s the one area that I haven’t touched. I bought this stencil and might just do it in the space. My other idea that costs way more is the Woods wallpaper. Every single part of this area needs to be painted: ceiling, trim, doors and walls. Plus it needs that last bit of wallpaper cleaned off. I think I need to remove the chair molding to get it off. This area looks worse in person. That door has a coat of white paint on it that shows how yellow the walls are.
And of course, I still need to get the screens and door built for the treehouse.