A Little Help

Our son stopped by and I asked him to give Charlie a hand in changing out the furniture in the mud room.

I've used these 2 Ikea stools in many rooms over the last 20 years.
I’ve used these 2 Ikea stools in many rooms over the last 20 years.

Ultimately I plan to make a bench for the mudroom  possibly with an upholstered top.

I'd love to build this bench.
I’d love to build this bench.

For the time being, however, I’m replacing the two small stools with my cedar chest.  We’ve been using it as a filing cabinet so it’s full of paper and very heavy.

This is my smaller hope chest, not the one Charlie refinished.
This is my smaller hope chest, not the one Charlie refinished.

I was grateful for the help but also happy to load him down with a one-cup coffee maker so he can heat water for his nightly tea and an electric blanket.

A coffee maker and an electric blanket.
A coffee maker and an electric blanket.

Two more items out! (I have 3 more single coffee makers to unload bless somebody with.)

What would you like someone to carry out of your house?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

4 thoughts on “A Little Help”

  1. In my last house, a 1902 Foursquare, we had a built-in bench by the door backed with a wainscoting. Furniture that looks (or is) built-in seems a bit more “special” (to me) and a wainscoting behind your bench would do that.

  2. Three more single cup coffee makers! It reminds me of when Douglas moved in. We had two electric coffeemakers, three Italian espresso makers, two French press coffeepots and an espresso machine. I guess we all really like our coffee!

    1. We also have other coffee makers (large drip, 2 Turkish) but I’m dedicated to my morning cappuccino and Charlie likes his French press. As you know, each takes a particular grind so we have a gigantic industrial coffee grinder in the pantry and about 5 containers on the counter with different beans in different grinds. And I wonder where the clutter comes from. Hmmm. Jo

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