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Psssst!

I don’t have a secret.  I finally spent the day spray painting.

Here are the frames separated into individual pieces of our vintage patio set.

Here are the frames separated into individual pieces of our vintage patio set.

The weather was warm (above 50) and although it was a bit breezy I worked my way through 5 cans of Rust Inhibitor and Metallic Charcoal to cover my vintage patio set.

Coat after coat of Rustoleum Metallic Charcoal -- until it gleamed in the sun.

Coat after coat of Rustoleum Metallic Charcoal — until it gleamed in the sun.

I also used my rug cleaner recipe to clean the cushions. I squirted it on, brushed it in, and rinsed it off.

Most of the stains (see photo) came out after a good scrub and rinse.

Most of the stains (see before photo) came out after a good scrub and rinse.

The cushions are much cleaner.

I stood on the back steps and threw the pillows up to the roof.  One flew over the other side and landed n the mud.

I stood on the back steps and threw the pillows up to the roof. One flew over the other side and landed n the mud.

I was able to toss the cushions up to the bedroom porch from the conservatory steps.

After on the left, before on the right.

After on the left, before on the right.

I still need to get the last two chair frames up to the porch but at point everything is painted.

The cushions are drying but I plan to make this porch my 3-season headquarters.

The cushions are drying but I plan to make this porch my 3-season headquarters.

Everything aught to be dry enough to sit on tomorrow.

Two more pieces are waiting to be handed up to the master bedroom private porch.

Two more pieces are waiting to be handed up to the master bedroom private porch.

Woo hoo! I thought it would never get finished.

Inside — outside, where are you working (playing) this weekend?

Don’t Look in the Dining Room

Once upon a time all our clutter was relegated to the living room.

This is not the worst the living room had been over the course of the renovation.

This is not the worst the living room had been over the course of the renovation.

Then we tackled it and set it up with a new sofa.

The Living Room with most of the clutter gone.

The Living Room with most of the clutter gone.

Everything was warm and cozy.

The only change is a white sofa cover.

The only change is a white sofa cover.

I even went to the trouble of changing the slip cover on the sofa with the season.

There are always a few items that are not in their proper place.

There are always a few items that are not in their proper place.

Although I never quite finished sewing the curtains even those don’t look too bad.

The dining room can be seen just beyond the living room.

The dining room can be seen just beyond the living room.

The dining room, however, is my sewing room and it’s not cleared up enough to lay out my sewing regalia.

Even the bathroom sink is on the floor in the dining room .

Even the bathroom sink is on the floor in the dining room .

We’re still not finished the conservatory so until I’m sure I won’t need some touch up paint or a special tool and all the new electrical and plumbing fixtures are installed, the staging area is our dining room.

The dining room (with the oval table) is open to all the other rooms.

The dining room (with the oval table) is open to all the other rooms.

Unfortunately our dining room is the central pass-through for all the first floor rooms.

The conservatory bathroom floor is the project which has been holding us up.

The conservatory bathroom floor is the project which has been holding us up.

This afternoon our knows-everything (in a good way) buddy is coming to assess how he can help us finish the bathroom floors which is the next step.

We had a party on New Year's Eve and we'll plan another one soon (soon as the dining room is presentable).

We had a party on New Year’s Eve and we’ll plan another one soon (soon as the dining room is presentable).

Until then if we party I’ll have to ask you not to look under the dining room table.

Do you move piles of stuff from one room to another? How do you get rid of it?

I Forgot to Mention

On our way back from Richmond, Virginia, a few weeks ago we stopped at Ikea to buy a sink and faucet for the conservatory bathroom.

The faucet fits on the Ikea sink and faucet.

The faucet fits on the Ikea sink and faucet.

I forgot to mention that I bought something else.

Our Ektorp works well in the living room.

Our grey Ektorp works well in the living room.

When we bought our Ektorp sofa I chose the grey (Svanby Gray) cover.  It’s been a sophisticated yet cozy look all winter. (My son came over the other night and swore the sofa was blue until he actually looked at it.)

Blekinge white

Blekinge white

Now I’m ready for something lighter since the south-facing living room actually gets more sunlight in winter than in summer.

A corner against the still-unfinished curtains.

A corner against the still-unfinished curtains.

I almost didn’t buy this creamy white cover because at the Ikea store it is lit with lighting that makes it appear bright, stark white.  But actually it works very well in our warm grey living room.

It looks good with the blue pillows, too.

It looks good with the blue pillows, too.

I might have other summer changes in store if I can just find the time.

Do you make seasonal changes in your house? Big changes? Small changes?

In a Shoe Box

A while ago I showed you my pathetic shoe collection and decided to take control of the disarray.

The bulk of my shoes.

The bulk of my shoes.

I’m not the only one organizing shoes check out D’Arcy at Our Bungalow’s 2nd Century and Jessica at Cape of Dreams.

A box of 20 clear plastic shoe boxes and lids.

A box of 20 clear plastic shoe boxes and lids.

Last Saturday we took a trip to The Container Store specifically so I could see how my shoes fit in their shoes boxes.

Plastic shoe boxes from The Container Store.

Plastic shoe boxes from The Container Store could be handy for more than just shoes.

Their shoe boxes have some good points — they’re less than $2 each ($1.51 on sale), they’re sturdy, the tops are totally removable, they’re see-through, they’re stackable.

One of the easiest projects I've ever attempted.

One of the easiest projects I’ve ever attempted.

After getting rid of a few pairs to the trash and the church free table I put them pair by pair into the new shoe boxes and stacked them in the back bedroom awaiting the organization of the new master closet.

I was not perked nor paid for this post.

How do you organize your shoes?

Master List: 2015

You can read about the Master List we’ve been working on for the past couple of years and our progress here. Now it’s time to declutter the list itself.  I’ve removed anything that has been accomplished before 2014, retaining things that still need work, and adding projects that require finishing or are just plain FUN. (Our room by room to-do list is here.)

Projects to Do:

  • 1. Paint green vanity

    I'd like a more neutral color on the green dressing table.

    I’d like a more neutral color on the green dressing table.

  • 2.  Pump up curb appeal with landscaping upgrades
  • 3. Make a cushion for the piano bench.

    Charlie has positioned his childhood pad on the piano bench.  Something better is needed.

    Charlie has positioned his childhood pad on the piano bench. Something better is needed.

  • 4. Move former back door to laundry
  • 5.  Clean closet in Treetops room

    The Treetops Room.

    The Treetops Room.

  • 6. Clean and paint side porch door.

    I haven't decided if this door should be painted white or another color.  Maybe I'll wait until the shingles are painted.

    I haven’t decided if this door should be painted white or another color. Maybe I’ll wait until the shingles are painted.

  • 7. Paint master bedroom door.
  • 8. Strip and repaint front door.

    Yes, the front door needs to be painted since we switched sides with the doorknob.

    Yes, the front door needs to be painted since we switched sides with the doorknob.

  • 9. Scrape, sand and paint back bedroom door. Repair jamb.
  • 10. Lighting for walk-in closet

    A small fixture we found at the salvage yard for $10 might work in the master closet.

    A small fixture we found at the salvage yard for $10 might work in the master closet.

  • 11. Clean floor in cottage
  • 12. Paint trim in pink bedroom

    The trim and this closet door need a fresh coat of white.

    The trim and this closet door need a fresh coat of white.

  • 13. Refinish floor in laundry and cottage
  • 14. Replace trim in laundry
  • 15. Finish closet in laundry

    The laundry closet has been on the back burner since the renovation began.

    The laundry closet has been on the back burner since the renovation began.

  • 16. Lighting for master bath
  • 17. Vanity and sink for master bath (choose style)
  • 18. Refinish my tall dresser
  • 19. Check interior shutters for size
  • 20. Think about bedroom curtains
  • 21. Make living room curtains

    Working on it.

    Working on it.

  • 22. Paint bedroom
  • 23. Paint new closet

    With the ceilings finished, walls are next.

    With the ceilings finished, walls are next.

  • 24. Paint living room
  • 25. Think about dining room décor
  • 26. Finish cushions in DR

    One cushion remains to be sewn.

    One cushion remains to be sewn.

  • 27. Paint all the trim in the house
  • 28. Paint wood trim on exterior of house

    The old fascia boards are in bad need of primer and paint.

    The old fascia boards are in bad need of primer and paint.

  • 29. Paint dining room table and chairs to use in the kitchen or Craigslist current set and buy something more size appropriate (Go to Red Hen’s blog for great inspiration)
  • √ 30. Choose cabinets for kitchen – price, finish, design

    The kitchen cabinets are tuxedo style -- dark on the bottom and white on the top.

    The kitchen cabinets are tuxedo style — dark on the bottom and white on the top.

  • 31.  Choose countertop material for kitchen
  • 32. Check out overstock.com, Lumber Liquidator, and wood place for flooring
  • 33. Pick tile for bathroom

    Conservatory bathroom shower tile -- Snow Frost glass subway tile

    Conservatory bathroom shower tile — Snow Frost glass subway tile

  • 34. Get rid of rubble pile
  • 35. Decide where every lamp goes

    Limoges lamps - for the bedroom?

    Limoges lamps – for the bedroom?

  • 36. Consider terrace or deck
  • 37. Decide where mirrors go
  • 38. Decide where art work goes
  • 39. Get rid of art that does not suit
  • 40. Paint hallway

    The upstairs hall is painted "Moonshine".

    The upstairs hall is painted “Moonshine”.

  • 41. Paint stair risers

    A small job that makes a big difference -- painted stair risers.

    A small job that makes a big difference — painted stair risers.

  • 42. Paint design on stair walls
  • 43. Paint railings
  • 44. Hang photo gallery in upstairs hall
  • 45. Put shelves in pink room and paint stunning color at back of shelves
  • 46. Fix the front door knob so it works and you can open and use front door
  • 47. Clean basement and add utility shelves under the steps.
  • 48. Design garden plan for back of yard behind the cottage.
  • 49. Set up the iron headboard in the treetops rooms.
  • 50. Open an Etsy shop.
  • 51. Paint house exterior
  • 52. Paint exterior shutters

    Shutters on the house are Duron's "Thunder Grey"

    Shutters on the house are Duron’s “Thunder Grey”

I’d better print off this list so I can get started.

Do you have a long list for spring?

I Never Has Seen Snow

Oh, yes, I have. (“I Never Has Seen Snow” is a song from the musical, House of Flowers.) I’ve seen lots of snow this winter and I’m usually unmoved by it.

A month ago Charlie weeded the vegetable garden to get it ready for early spring planting.

In early February Charlie weeded the vegetable garden to get it ready for early spring planting.

From approximately the same viewpoint, the garden is covered with an early March snow which predicts another weekend of indoor projects.

From approximately the same viewpoint, the garden is covered with an early March snow which predicts another weekend of indoor projects.

The morning sunlight in the tops of the trees promised a sunny, if cold, day.

I joined 3 photos to get one view of the back yard.

I joined 3 photos to get one view of the back yard. (Click to enlarge.)

The entire back yard can be viewed from the small porch just off the conservatory French doors.

West yard reference.

West yard reference.

The various outbuildings at The Glade and their proximity to each other can be seen although the snow camouflages each element.

The shed has looked like a little house in the woods during the recent snow events.

The shed has looked like a little house in the woods during the recent snow events.

I don’t want to leave out our shed which we call the “wee little house”. (We used to call the Cottage the “little house” then the shed was rebuilt after an oak tree fell on it so we renamed it , too.)

The morning light warms the corner of the cottage seen from the kitchen bump-out.

The morning light warms the corner of the cottage seen from the kitchen bump-out.

Don’t forget to turn your clocks ahead tonight. We’ll all be tired tomorrow morning.

What’s your favorite season?

Yesterday Was My Anniversary

Not my wedding anniversary, but my blog anniversary.  WordPress reminded me it’s been 4 years since I started Let’s Face the Music.

One of the first photos I posted was this groundplan of the first floor..

One of the first photos I posted was this groundplan of the first floor..

 

Now the first floor has a kitchen addition to the left of the dining room, a conservatory with full bathroom the right, and a covered porch outside the mudroom that used to be the kitchen.

Now the first floor has a kitchen addition to the left of the dining room, a conservatory with full bathroom the right, and a covered porch outside the mudroom that used to be the kitchen.

There’s been a lot of nonsense during that time and things have really changed at The Glade which is the name of our house.

The living room before the renovation.

The living room before the renovation.

Before the renovation the front door opened into the living room.  We had a lot of furniture in there including the 2 love seats which are now in the conservatory.

The blue chairs French style wing chairs from the 1950s (when my mother and grandmother each bought one) are still in the living room.

The blue chairs French style wing chairs from the 1950s (when my mother and grandmother each bought one) are still in the living room.

The blues chairs are still in the living room.

Secretary and Windsor chair inherited from my grandmother.

Secretary and Windsor chair inherited from my grandmother.

The window behind the child's rocker used to be the front door.

The window behind the child’s rocker used to be the front door.

Although the coffee table is the same, the new sofa is from Ikea.

I love the fireplace mirror so I'm keeping it there just as it has always been.

The secretary and its Windsor chair have moved but the fireplace mirror is just as it has always been.

We also moved the secretary to the wall between the living room and dining room.

The fireplace wall before the renovation.

The fireplace wall before the renovation.

The living room used to be painted a creamy yellow something like the Waterbury Cream of the current kitchen but now it’s Revere Pewter.

Please ignore the clutter on the floor.

Please ignore the clutter on the floor.

Earlier this week it looked like this.

Earlier this week it looked like this.

We’re really delighted with the new rooms, the new colors, the old furniture at The Glade

Do you mix old and new?