|Current state of the LR coffee table|
|Where I spend a lot of time reading|
I started the week with a hard workout at the Y -- always a great start for me -- it is so energizing! When I arrived at home, I found sweet Hubs diligently dismantling that Frenchy-styled hutch cabinet that was the subject of quite an adventure a few weeks ago. I pitched in, and soon we had all the hardware off. We ditched all that glass which was dangerously thin, but not before we both managed to cut ourselves on that cotton-pickin' chicken wire. We got rid of that, too. We removed the door, and disposed of that piece of glass as well.
|Remember, this is how the hutch looked at the sale.|
You can't see how cheap and thin the glass was.
|Door frame and drawers|
|Hutch without glass, chicken wire or door|
The game plan is to (1) glue the door frame back onto the main frame so that it looks balanced from a design standpoint (see "before" photo); (2) replace the thin glass shelf inserts with wood inserts which will be glued in and painted out; and (3) stabilize a couple of places on the underside of the lower buffet section of the cabinet.
The whole piece will be painted with chalk paint, and the interior is going to be a contrasting color -- yet to be decided upon. I am hoping that this re-jiggering of the shelves will make it stable enough to accommodate lots of books or dishes, etc. It looks plain-ish without the hardware, but I will put back the pieces that are decorative. I am debating about adding some of those Effex moldings which the chalk paint dealer sells to doll it up, but I guess it really doesn't matter one way or the other. Another option is that stencil/joint compound thing which also gives a raised design. There is always decorative painting, too. We'll see how I feel about it when we get that far.
I have considered using some wallpaper on the backboard, but the shelf structure does not come out, which would make it very tedious to put in wallpaper. I am not interested tedious.
|Rehanging some artwork|
ON THE HOMEFRONT:
Our landline phone died this week, so we went in search of another. I had a $30 store credit at Best Buy, so we started there, and we found just what we wanted. It only cost $20 after applying the store credit. We made a decision to remove the landline phone from the bedroom since it is really annoying, even with the ringer turned off. We are regularly awakened by the occasional drunk in a honky-tonk or juke-joint attempting to leave a message that somebody is going to get their a$$ whupped at 2 a.m. sometimes. No more! We moved it to the kitchen. I always have my iPhone in the bedroom if we need a phone there, anyway. Many people have gotten rid of a landline altogether -- what about you? Do you still have one? Sweet Hubs says that he doesn't want the hassle of changing a gazillion account contact infos, so landline it is. (He has spent most of the afternoon playing with it. He is easily amused.)
We also looked at some very nice gas ranges while in there. I didn't even realize Best Buy sold kitchen appliances, did you? I usually think of electronics when I go there. I came home with some more brochures for fancy gas stoves. These are more reasonably priced than the ones in that high-end showroom where we looked before.
We then cruised through Tar-zhay and World Market while we were out and about. The first is always like a tomb -- I don't know how they stay in business, here, honestly I don't. I always see all this cool stuff people on the blogs find in there, and I have yet to see any of it. They must order online. I did finally find two cotton camisoles, one in grey and one in aubergine.
On to World Market -- and this is another place I always see their cool stuff all over the blogs and websites. When I go in there, mostly, I see junk. What really was irritating was when we picked up two bottles of wine which said 20% off. We get to the register to pay, and lo and behold, you have to buy FOUR bottles to get that price! Otherwise, it is full price. What a ripoff. Speaking of ripoffs, I located Miraval Rosé in there, which I think is the best rosé I have ever had. You know the one -- it comes from the French Brangelina chateau of the same name. I can't find it at Costco anymore. Guess what WM is selling it for? Almost $30!!! I think it was about $12 when I found it at Costco. I didn't buy any at WM, that's for sure. We walked out with one bottle of Cabernet, and if I had been the one paying, I would have not bought any. I thought they had some nerve, with that fine print nobody but a beady-eyed eagle could see!!!
CONSIGNMENT UPDATE: We popped into Trader Bob's to see where they had parked our stuff which we left on consignment. Finally, after walking all the aisles, we located it. The Victorian chair is all the way in the very back, near a very ugly gold and white "ho-house"-looking psuedo-Victorian sofa. The bargello chair was parked in a space full of total junk, also very near the back. The yellow desk and chair were out in the middle of the far right aisle near some kiddie things. I was not a happy camper when we left. The ladies who work there were not nearly as friendly as they were when I was bringing my stuff in the other day! I didn't say anything, but if I don't see some action pretty soon, I may go back and get it and try Craig's List. Sweet Hubs is fairly paranoid about CL, but I am very put off at what TB's have done with my things. That boatload of fancy stuff they got in last week when I was trying to bring my items in has totally preempted most of their space! Mine gets put with other consignment items, and I guess they don't matter much to the owner since I am not actually paying on the front end to rent space.
PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE:
I was grousing the other day about all the moving boxes still in our attic. We have only been here nine years this past May 7! Why do we still have our moving boxes??? We didn't move after three years, which was the plan, since the economy tanked and we would have lost too much money if we sold at that point, assuming we even could have sold. We are now apparently planted Forever and Ever Amen (sorry Randy Travis), for better or worse, for richer or poorer, so after
|Yes, I am still looking at this ugly carpet.|
One battle at a time...
Do you ever track your blog page views, look to see who's looking at you? I admit I do, especially since I used to get a lot of pornographic spam. I am no longer on Facebook, but recently I got a gazillion lookyloos from FB again. How can that be? I have a three years-old post that periodically seems to get a ton of views, and they all come from FB. None of the photos on that post are even mine! I did that before I knew you that weren't really supposed to use photos off Pinterest, etc.
|The Reading Room|
Midweek, I attended the Greystone Book Club meeting where my contribution was ham biscuits and RJ's was some totally delicious artichoke dip. Our hostess had her house done up for Halloween top to bottom -- too cute! Later in the week -- an estate sale! Yay! I always check out the photos on the online gallery first. Two sales looked promising, so we went to check out the first one. Let's just say I got lucky on a couple of the items I had my eye on! I wound up blowing off all the other sales after that because I had also blown my spending money.
|agent's photo of étagère at the sale|
|missed out on this one|
|but I got the bigger one of these!|
|Here is where the orange vase wound up--|
in the bedroom.
Here are some photos of my styling efforts once the piece was in place. This is a work in progress, and it will probably change every time the wind blows. My game plan has obviously flip-flopped back to the first idea I had, which was adding an étagère to the LR in this spot, which would give me a place to put unread books as well as
|Work in progress|
At some point soon, I will move these peacock chairs to the attic, but I am in no great hurry. I have some green and white fabric found in the last days of Hancock Fabrics to slipcover those Queen Anne chairs I painted fuchsia a couple of years ago, so I guess I need to get cracking with the sewing machine -- on those as well as that red slipcover on the camelback which is still put together with quilting tacks. Oh well, I'll get to it when I get to it. Rome wasn't built in a day, as my Mama used to say with great regularity.
|This is where I left it.|
The remaining shelf got filled in with two bins of magazines.
Probably this whole thing will change regularly.
Mercifully, the last presidential debate is over, although it is hard to use the term "presidential" at this point. I didn't watch that one either. I have noticed that a lot of bloggers say they are doing what I have done: tune it out! Read some good books, cook some good food, get out and do fun things. Many of the shops will be having their Christmas open house events over the next couple of weekends after Halloween. Really, I just can't stand the ugliness of the whole thing, and it is just mind-boggling to me how this state of affairs has come to be in our country. It is impossible not to hear about it peripherally, but it is not necessary to follow it 24 hours a day.
|The Hat Lady in her new spot.|