Monday, July 14, 2008

next up

Things seem to have been a little slow around here lately. We have been working on small projects (painting doors and trim, etc) but nothing major. So, I am feeling the need to work on a room. We are trying to take this house one room at a time. So the front room is next up. The front room (as we call it, for lack of a better term) is not well documented on this blog. For good reason. It is an unfinished, rarely used room, however it offers a lot of space and potential. Currently, the room is being used as a formal dining room of sorts. We received a big, beautiful table as a wedding present from Peter's grandparents and we are so happy we have room to use it, but the room right now is not conducive to being used.

For one, it is bare. Except for some curtains on the window(that I love and will stay) there is no paint, pictures, or personality on the walls. And there is a lot of empty wall space. We have some things that need to be hung (and need to acquire more) but I need to paint first. Which brings me to another dilemma....paint. Lets not even go there.

We have an antique buffet that was purchased at an estate sale that needs to be redone, but its a great piece to work with and will look fabulous in the room. There is also the matter of the built-in bookshelves. They are original wood, but not really my favorite shade and currently house nothing. Why no books? Well somehow along the way, we have misplaced most of our books. We sold most of our college books, I usually read novels in a series (not exactly shelf-worthy), and Peter reads ESPN magazines. Call us what you will, but I am not ashamed by our lack of books. It just means I need to search harder on Ebay. I am also planing on filling the shelves with pictures and accessories of course.

So here are some pics of the next project. It will probably be a long process, but I am up for the challenge.




**the carpet is a thorn in my side. but it will be dealt with. later.

5 comments:

Katie said...

I know this may be a bad thing to say, but...I think you should paint the bookshelves, or at least stain them darker. You will be so much happier. And, I'm imagining a fun color behind the shelves, or dare I say it, some wallpaper. That room is ripe with potential, and the curtains are lovely.

Toni said...

Thanks Katie! I have thought about staining them, but it is a daunting task to say the least. Painting might be hard to negotiate, but I love the idea of doing a color panel behind the shelves. Maybe even some sort of fabric.

Katie said...

Love your ideas. I also noticed that the doors are magnetic. Could you somehow fenagle putting door handles of some sort on them. That might make a difference too, even if you didn't stain or paint right away. And, do the shelves come out? If they do, you could put up a piece of fabric like you were talking about behind the shelves with minimal effort and change the look as well. This might make you happy until you decide what to do with the wood color. Just some thoughts...

Toni said...

That is funny Katie! I JUST sent an email to Peter discussing removing the magnetic strip and putting on hardware right before I saw your comment! Definitely something I am looking in to....

CeCe said...

I think they would be so cute painted too... but understandable if you are wanting to keep the original look.

Check out yardsales and funky stores downtown for some cheap "fun" books... you know, old fashioned ones that are fun to look at (or not) but that bring some color and a different look to the unit.

You could always find a circa 1979 set of Encyclopedias if you are wanting to take up a lot of space. :)