Saturday, March 20, 2010

Bedroom 3 Progress

I was looking through some recent posts tonight, and was surprised to find that our last real "progress" post was the chalkboard door... in early December! Yikes. I knew that we had been laying low for a little while in terms of projects, but I didn't realize it had been quite that long. Really, though, Sam continued to work on the trim from then until mid-January or thereabouts, so he took a smaller project vacation than I did. Still!

I think it's been good to take a break, though... in lots of ways. We had been going like crazy since March 2009, and we knew we'd be gearing up for some significant projects here in a few weeks, so I think we subconsciously called a halt. The fridge sucking up all of our money was a definite factor, too. Really, our wintertime breather was helpful in getting us rested up and ready to get back at it this spring. I'm not sure if we'll plan on doing the same thing after the holidays this coming winter or not - sure seems like a nice way to prevent burnout, though.

Besides giving us time to rest up, our few months of little-to-no-projects also gave us a renewed perspective. We had parts of the house all torn up, trim still missing for weeks, piles waiting to be returned to their proper homes as to-do lists went undone, and - guess what. We were still happy. The children still smiled. They still slept soundly. We were just fine. Revelation. We tore through our first year living here at breakneck speed with a loooong list of goals and hopes. It really was encouraging to see something change, and to realize that our ideas were going to be more than ideas. But, it has also been encouraging to see that things don't have to happen at that pace in order to get done. We still have goals and plans, of course, but we're not afraid now to call it quits for a little while when more important things need our time. The lists will get done... but sometimes they have to give way to bigger priorities.

So, enough of all that. What you really care about is seeing what we've been up to housewise, right? Well, if you've paid attention to my newly revamped sidebar, you would've seen that we've been working in Bedroom 3...

You might remember from waaaaay back in the day, that we had started putting in the baseboards in this room. A search for the proper basecap ensued, and months later, it finally went in. At first, we started to prime and paint the baseboards before we (Sam) installed them, but when we realized that we'd be caulking everything and filling nail holes after installation, we decided to prime and paint after they were on the wall. Here's a peek.

And here is a shot of the baseboard and basecap all painted :) I just looooove the way these look once they're finished. I thought I had a pretty good visual of what they would wind up looking like painted, but they turned out even better than I had imagined. Yay!

Sam and I decided to put curtains on the closet door in this bedroom instead of replacing the sliding doors. The layout of the room pretty much requires sliding doors on this closet, but neither of us liked that option much. So, we hung these curtains up last August. (They don't usually have tiebacks - that was for the photo). The closet system, although useful for a time, was of cheap quality and not what we were needing most in this closet, so it had to go.

You know me well enough by now to know that I ripped it out one Friday afternoon during naptime :)

Tah dah! The closet system is removed. But, wait. What's that?

Navy. Blue. Carpet.

Or should I say... Navy? Blue? Carpet?

Didn't see that one coming. Apparently, the closet system was installed when the room had navy carpet. Oh, well. No harm done, really. Next month's project has an answer for this little snafoo.

I had a few more photos for you, but Blogger is taking a small eternity to load photos tonight, so I'll show them to you in the next post. See you soon :)


Grace said...

Too funny that you found a little square of navy carpet. I love the baseboards - great idea to build them up like that.

Deb said...

Glad you're back! Your baseboards look great.

Lisa said...

Great to have you back! Looks great.


Welcome back. I really liked what you had to say in your "back from break post". It's nice to see a Christian perspective in the decor world. I'm not blogging (have two inactive ones that need to be revamped) but when I get overwhelmed with the "surfaceness" of the blogs I read, I take a break from reading! This Saturday is the one-year anniversary of our own first home, and like you we made up a list of first year goals. We did pretty well, actually, completing about 11/16 of them. But we're going to have a baby in the next three weeks (hopefully sooner!) so we will finish painting our bedroom this weekend, then be DONE with projects for a good long while!