The painter called last month and said he had some time to paint the hubby's office.
Little did I know what that can of paint would lead to.
After he finished painting the office I lead him up to the third floor to get some advice on the wallpapered boys spaces.
You guessed it. He's coming back to help me with that redo.
After twelve years we knew it was time for an update in that part of the house too.
We have made very limited progress up here.
It's true. Things will look worse before they look better.
The plumber has been here and disconnected everything so that the new floor can be installed.
I need to get that ordered.
That is project #1.
2. remove wallpaper
3. replace lighting
5. The verdict was terminal regarding the sink so number five is finding a replacement for my original one.
6. replace or add the BeColorful touch to the mirror/ medicine cabinet
7. paint the outside of the tub
8. order new faucet for tub
9 add new towels and accessories
That should be enough for starters but it doesn't end there.
In the meantime we began switching some beds around on the second floor.
This used to be Lizzie's room.
and she isn't moving back home. :)
So.... add this space to the to do list.
We redid this room when she was a sophomore in college - not that long ago but it is time to let go of the pink and think of it more as a guest room and less as a young girl's retreat.
So sad. Why do they all have to go and grow up on me?
Someone is coming to pick up her bed today and I will be moving this bed from the real guest room into Liz's old room.
The projects in my head are really starting to add up.
How much will it all cost?
I would like that designer look but on a big box budget .
I really have my work cut out for me this time around.
we will be bringing a king size bed into this room.
I have the bed already but the bedding will not work so -
1. Find new bedding for this room.
2. That God awful light fixture ( and yes I picked it out, but twelve years ago) needs to go. This is an old house and the windows in this room are painted shut. Argh. So I know the practical thing would be a ceiling fan. I want to make my guests comfortable right?
I think I do.
Yes, I do.
Is it wrong, though, that my bigger concern is what will it look like?
I could really see a pendant fixture here.
So comfort or looks?
Do not even suggest the fan with the ceiling light. It won't be happening. I have never seen one that I like.
3. We also bought a flatscreen TV several months ago to replace this one that I think came over on the Mayflower and now will no longer work without a cable box.
so project number three is to get the new bad boy out of the box and on the wall.
4. Now back to Liz's room. I think I am ready for a new wall color here. but what?
I will be reusing the white bedding with the black piping that was in the guest room so really all options are open. Repainting this room will be project number four.
I'm not sure what is up with this photo but I don't have time to edit today.
The ceiling is not pink but it might have been pretty if I had thought to do that.
5. All the accessories in this room have passed their prime. So new lamps and tchotchkies will be in order. Number five will be fun and easy.
Five projects here plus the nine in the boys bathroom equals fourteen.
Then there is this jack and jill bathroom between the two rooms.
This will be projects 15 - 21at least.
We can cut some corners on that third floor boys bath but this one sees a lot more use and needs to be throughly gutted. I can't even let my mind go there quite yet.
Let me give you a hint.
We painted over the tile here - twelve years ago.
One bathroom at a time though.
Whose idea was it buy this money pit?
It is never really done.
By the time I had worked my way through the whole house twelve years had gone by.
So now that we have been through the whole house once it is time to start over.
Some spaces were just kind of glossed over - like this bathroom and they are in need of some serious attention on round two.
It is so true that one project really does lead to another.
Last month I pretended that I was walking into my own home for the first time.
I imagined I was a prospective buyer.
Funny, how I had walked by some things so many times I didn't even see them anymore.
It was a rude awakening for me.
With my eyes opened I realized it is past time to get back to work here.
We had been busy living life and I don't regret that one bit and I don't intend to stop now but I will have to direct some of my energies back in to this big old albatross that we call home.
Yes, it all started with that can of gray paint.
Was it really paint or a can of worms?
I'm thinking there won't be very many new shoes or handbags in my spring and summer. :0
Oh well, in the end I can only hope it will all be worth it.