It’s been a works-in-progress weekend at Guin’s Yard!
For 25 year old wallpaper, it came off pretty well, and I’m pretty psyched to offer that anyone who wants my wallpaper steamer, let me know – because we now have a wallpaper-free house!
At least in person, it looks strangely larger without the dark wallpaper. There will be some wall repair; in a number of places the wallpaper took the underlying primer with it, but not too terribly much sheetrock damage. It should be ready to prime and paint in a week or so’s time.
Speaking of painting, we’re making progress on settling the colors for the dining and living rooms. We have big squares of test colors on the walls to help us decide:
From here, we narrowed things down: the green in the upper right (SW Willow Tree) is out; the pale blue gray in the upper left (SW Sea Salt) is in for the living room and top of the dining room. One of the two bottom colors (SW Silvermist, right; SW Oyster Bay, left) will go below the chair rail in the dining room. But which one?
I couldn’t decide, so I painted more squares. (Silvermist is on the left; Oyster Bay on the right.) Guess what? Still can’t decide… so I guess I can’t make a bad decision.
That little fabric square in the middle is the curtain swatch. I ordered the curtains for the living & dining room, plus a fabric-bordered bamboo roman shade for over the kitchen sink on Saturday. They should be here in 10 days or so!
Since I haven’t shown off the fabric draped on the back of the couch yet, I’ll do that now:
Three cheers for Joann Fabrics sales. These four coordinating fabrics will be used to re-cover the seats on the dining chairs (set of 4 and set of 3), cover throw pillows for the couch (living room? family room? both?), and re-cover the stools that tuck under the sofa table (in the family room). I’m excited to see them redone!
I also got the first coat of black paint on the legs of my end table project. After six coats of polyurethane, I deemed the tops done:
and set up shop in the basement with primer and then black paint:
Finally, since the weekend wasn’t full enough (!?), we went to look at carpet for the living & dining rooms. We’re finally getting around to doing that — although maybe just these two rooms for now. We brought one of the sample boards home to stew over. We’re still thinking berber, to hide traffic patterns (read: Puppyapolis 500 loops) a little better than plush.
Since we want to use the same carpet throughout the carpeted rooms in the house, that knocks a lot of the colors out of the running. “Golden retriever neutral” is the plan.
I’m thinking “Ecru,” 2nd from left in the top row. Maybe. (Since I’m doing so well with decisionmaking this weekend.) I need to stare at it in a couple of different light situations to be sure.
At any rate, I didn’t finish a darn thing this weekend, which can sometimes be frustrating. The house looks worse now than when I started, because the living room is piled with dining room furniture, the lamps are on the floor (because the end tables are belly up in the basement), and things are generally running amok. But it still feels nice to be making measurable progress toward the rooms that I see in my imagination. It also feels nice, when the world gets a little crazy, to be able to pick up a paint brush and just go change something. I like having the space (and the to do list!) to do that.