Ten days into this new year, we are still wrapping up the Christmas declutter, and finally purchased the last two storage boxes that we need to get it all packed up. Thanks to Debbie's post, I'm on a mission to prove that I am NOT in fact a hoarder, and have the organizational skills to prove it. Do I sound like I'm convincing myself here??!!
I have spent a good amount of time thinking about how my projects will come together in 2012. This spring, we will have been in this house for 26 years. The poor thing has taken a beating, and after that long, alot of things need to be redone that have already been done. That's sometimes good, and sometimes not. While I don't know if we are ready to pack all 1190 square feet into a POD so we can redo our hardwoods, there will be plenty of other damage control going on.
Here's a photo from years ago of our much-loved slipper chairs in the living room. After years of teens, and dogs, and eating and lounging in these chairs, they have needed to be freshened for a while now. Let's just say that they don't really look this good any more.
I'm dreaming of something a bit more like this
photo found here
This is just the first of what I hope to be a huge transformation in this room! Just like in our Dining Room, I'm really craving a more neutral palette to work with. I will probably keep the yellow walls, maybe?, and recover with fabrics that give me more flexibility with all of our seasonal decorating.
Pillows in this
Would be dreamy for spring! All fabrics, Waverly from JoAnn Fabrics.
We have plenty more fun (and not fun) projects on the list:
Replace draperies. Repaint dated drapery rods, and finials.
Pull out gas logs and repaint firebox interior. Yuck. This would be considered majorly not fun.
Tile the hearth. (This has been on the list since 1986. Maybe this is the year!)
Repaint walls and touch up all woodwork. Not fun stuff, I know. But it's been a good ten years since we last did that, and this poor little room has gotten scuffed and dinged and tattered since then. It will feel so good to give it all a fresh coat of paint.
Update the 1980s armoire, shown above. I'm thinking about removing the moulding, chopping off the bonnet top (not shown in the photo, I always cropped it out because I can't stand it!), re-adding new moulding, and refacing the door fronts. Maybe just with some simple beadboard. Oh and those bun feet have GOT to go! The whole thing might be red when I'm done, too :) I know that sounds like alot of work for one armoire, but it's a nice, solid pine piece, and it fits in this space perfectly. The width of this wall is only 13 feet, and includes the doorway to the tiny hall.
I will not even show you our dog-slobbered, kid-trashed sofa slipcover that we're living with right now. It's blah, boring, dirty, and gross. This fabric was so pretty when I bought it! But multiple washings later, it's past its prime. With a new slipcover, I hope to transform our sofa to something fresh like this gorgeous one
photo found here
Don't you just adore those pleats? And the bun feet are going to be replaced with a style similar to the ones above. It will be so nice to see under the sofa to more easily vacuum up those dust bunnies.
It's been cold, rainy and dreary here, so it's the perfect time to get some projects done inside! While I contemplate those slipcovers, I'll also be scheming up some fun Valentine's projects, for an extra-special Valentine's Day this year. I'll share more soon! Thanks for coming by to hear about my Home Goals.