A Clearing in the Living Room

We have been living with 16-foot piles of trim in the living room for over 5 months. No one has actually been in the living room since that day.

When it was first carried in the trim lumber filled the space between the living room rug and fireplace.
When it was first carried in the trim lumber filled the space between the living room rug and fireplace.

This spot is the only place in the house that is long enough for the long pieces of lumber so we’ve just let it sit there until it is needed for baseboard and window/door casement.

We've been avoiding the living room as much as possible since it's blocked by piles of lumber.
We’ve been avoiding the living room as much as possible since it’s blocked by piles of lumber.

After I painted the 1 by 10s for the bedroom shelving those large boards were making the passageway between the front door and the dining room even narrower.

Most of the lumber for the shelves have been cut and the men are taking an almond break.
Most of the lumber for the shelves have been cut and the men are taking an almond break.

So when our carpenter came over last Saturday to continue with the trimming I asked him to start the bookshelves instead.

A tidy pile of shelves.
A tidy pile of shelves.

We still have the same amount of wood but it has been cut into stackable piles and can be stored out of the way.

Before
Before
A clearing has been achieved.
A clearing has been achieved.

Ta-dah!

I can see my chore list just became longer.
My chore list just became longer.

I can guarantee the living room needs to be dusted.  Maybe I’ll be able to get to that this week.

Does your logic seem logical only to you? How do you verbalize your vision?

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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.

5 thoughts on “A Clearing in the Living Room”

  1. My renovation strategy mimicks what I learned on the SAT’s. When something trips you up, drop it, move on to the next problem, and come back to it if you have time left over at the end. This hasn’t helped make me look sane.

    1. I’m a person who sees the forest while Charlie sees the trees; big picture vision vs. detailed reality. We’re often talking at crossed purposes. Jo

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