Among the many projects awaiting completion are a few I'm hoping to knock off before one of my best friends comes all the way from New Mexico to visit me in early June. There's nothing like an impending house guest to make you start seeing all the things about your house that could stand for a little improvement!
The really big project we're hoping to complete by then is a major room reshuffling on the second and third floors. I have mentioned our plan before, but in case you missed it, we are planning to turn what is currently my 15 year old son's bedroom into a den/TV room. The other second-floor bedroom, which is now my 13 year old son's, will be taken over by hubby and me (it *is* technically the master bedroom of the house). Joe and I have been using the third floor attic as our bedroom since we moved in; the boys will both be moving up here in this room reassignment plan (they are actually really excited about this as it's quite a big space and they can totally turn it into a major "teenage boy hangout" :)
It's going to be quite an intricate dance to get everything refinished, reshuffled and reorganized. I've got the whole thing planned out in a (too long) series of steps. The first step is to deal with this closet in the now-bedroom, future den:
Once that step is complete, we'll be taking the remaining furniture out of this room and hopefully selling it (except for the bed!) on Kijiji (it won't fit up in the attic because of the slanted ceilings). Then the real fun of ripping out the old carpet, cleaning up the wood floor underneath and repairing and painting the walls can start! Not to mention figuring out where my son's going to sleep during this overhaul...
As if that wasn't enough to have on our DIY plate, there's another project awaiting us: overhauling some furniture for our future den.
One of my favourite things about being a frugalista is giving things that might have ended up in the landfill a new lease on life. We were very fortunate to have a nice solid wooden chair and couch passed on to us by a fellow homeschooling family (they were apparently locally made, too!).
Here's the chair:
And its buddy the couch:
Yes, I know they're nothing to write home about at the moment, but they have major potential! They are both solid wood pieces, which I love, having a family that can be very hard on furniture. Pieces like this are much easier to repair than traditionally upholstered furniture (which in most cases is darn near impossible to fix once it sustains some damage). Plus, these types of cushions can be easily replaced once they are too dated or worn out (in this case, true on both counts).
What's interesting is that although the frame's very solid, the part that you actually sit on is not - it has some weird strap system that's supposed to hold it in place, and it's not very effective. Joe's going to build some solid wooden supports for the seat, then we're going to paint both pieces and get new cushions (I am hoping that a large piece of upholstery fabric I bought years ago for another purpose might be enough to cover cushions for the couch). I think they are going to look great when they're finished, but this is definitely another large, multi-step project that feels a bit daunting!
The thought of tackling all these big, ambitious projects is making me tired...so I'm adding a quicker and easier project to my "to-do" list, one that can be completed in an afternoon:
The pocket door to our (one and only) bathroom. I tend to forget how bad it looks, because unless someone's in the bathroom with the door closed, it's tucked away inside its pocket and you can't see it! I don't think we've painted this door in the nearly ten years that we've been here. It's a slightly different colour than the surrounding trim (which is painted in Benjamin Moore's Cloud White, like all the trim in our house). You can also see that it has a couple of big scuffs; what doesn't really show in the picture is how ragged parts of it look aroound the inset panels where the paint's started to peel slightly. It needs a good sanding down and a coat or two of fresh paint, which should be interesting to achieve given that it *is* our only bathroom! I'm also going to remove the little metal door handles on both sides and take some steel wool to them to see if I can clean them up a bit as they're looking a bit worse for wear.
I'm hoping to get to the bathroom door in the near future; what I really need to do is just schedule an afternoon to do it and GET IT DONE! Hopefully that will help restore some of our DIY momentum and we'll be off and running again making some major progress on all of these projects. And then I will have plenty of updates to share with you :)
What are *you* DIYing these days?
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