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Progress on Bedroom Project

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 I work really fast... sometimes I have to force myself to slow down so I don't A. spend too much $ B. Don't make mistakes or C. don't make a mess. (B and C are not mutually exclusive).  Some bloggers manage to project a calm and serene work pattern and beautifully update their story as they go.  I'm trying here.   First big part of the bedroom project was papering the ceiling!  Yes, I am addicted.  No, recovery is not progressing well.  There are 12 steps and NONE of them involved wallpaper!?  How did they think that would work? I kid, I kid. I'm not intentionally being insensitive to addiction issues.  Here's the paper I used, which i bought from Wallpaper Direct because they had a nicer price than amazon (where prices fluctuate)...  https://www.wallpaperdirect.com/us/products/anaglypta/deco-paradiso/110174  I love this paper, not only is it beautiful, it's a nice heavy paper so it's easy to get it smooth, compared to a papery paper (like what I used i
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 Next Project! I'm turning over a new leaf in pretending-to-be-a-house-blogger thing: I'm posting about a room project BEFORE I do it.  This is going to be fun!  I've now moved on to my own sleeping chamber... aka my bedroom.   Here's where we're starting:   My room faces east so it has fantastic light in the morning and actually most of the day. That's why i selected this as my sleeping chamber when I moved in despite it being the smaller of the extant bedrooms.  It's about 12x13.  The wall paint is Behr Nobility blue, and I love it. love. it's not going to change.  This is a very very saturated cobalt blue, with a lot of red in it, actually.  (i'm such a color snob. I'm very selective.) Here's a cool shot of pinterest using this exact color.  Notice how it responds to the two different light bulbs with completely different effects. Definitely, I will have to make sure that the lights in the room are cool colored.   Back to the room. I want
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 Progressive Dining! The center of tanglewood… the room with the most problems…. Is the dining room.   This is an update, but not at all a finished project. Why is this room the one with all the issues?   Because of the way the house was renovated, it is: the largest space, with sightlines into 5 other rooms (if the doors are opened, which they aren’t often because puppy). The wood floor had significant damages and scars from rennovations.  An open plan (not my favorite thing) room that flows right into the kitchen A large room with no exterior walls or windows…. i.e. it’s DARK, ·          So in this post, I’ll share some of the recent changes, but also mention some things I did before I started blogging.  The biggest recent and ongoing project has been the floor.  I have been doing the vinyl plank floor over the wood section by section as time and budget has allowed.  This month… I finished it!  I’ve gotten better at this, but it still has some challenges.  Because I’m
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  The story of the living room floor! Man, I am developing a deep relationship to this house... especially since I have adopted my dog, Bentley.  Not only am I systematically redecorating, thanks to Bentley....I have cleaned more of it more often than I have ever done before. Today, he *(note, not me... HE) tracked in dog poo and got it on the couch and floor. Just enough that i kept getting wiffs of it, until I found the paw prints.  So i laundered the couch cushions, and thoroughly swept, vacuumed, and mopped the room.  Which task was oddly satisfying.  And, it allowed me to play my favorite game: "House detective!" This is almost certainly the original floor from 1940. This area has been low income & blue collar for decades, only now are flippers and single white collar folks moving in with the money and interest to replace floors... and I haven’t. At some point, the living room was carpeted, you can see they left a clear spot by the door (now a window) and the old gas
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 A Hall Upgrade And so our tale of a house reborn continues.   The next “room” I targeted was the hall.   It’s not really a room, or a hall… but it’s kind of both.  Here it is marked on the "Master plan" It’s the space between the foyer, the east bedroom, the bathroom, and the dining room. It’s its own space.  This used to be the actual center of the house before the kitchen and west bedroom were added. So  let’s look at the before: This whole section of the house was covered with paneling and painted, YEARS ago.   I’m not sure why, but there are some places the drywall is damaged, so maybe this was just cheaper than repair. When they put the paneling in, they removed the door casings, and finished it with polystyrene edging. The floor is painted and patched where the old floor heater was… the ceiling is gross popcorn. Popcorn applied OVERTOP of an old “whole house fan”.    A Whole house fan was a popular way to keep houses cool in the days before central air was common.