Furniture: Keep or Toss

I have been lax about my plan to get rid of 101 things. (#15)

My grandmother’s secretary: I’m not sure if I should paint it or pitch it.

For months I’ve been stuck at forty items.

Authentic mid-century tall dresser which had a mate that was sold. My son’s grandmother would be happy if he could use it.

I have some furniture that I really do not need but have kept for sentimental reasons.

Charlie’s mother’s cedar chest which should go to her granddaughter.

Some came from my family and some from Charlie’s.

A little demilune chest (next to the bed) belonged to Charlie’s grandmother. It fits almost anywhere.

In the next few weeks I am planning to make a decision on these pieces and either plan to keep them or give them away or sell them.

Perhaps Charlie will be willing to give up this vintage dresser owned by his grandparents. Our new closet might take its place.

Hoping someone else can use this furniture that has served multiple generations so well.

What would you “never part” with?

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The Conservatory Bathroom — Let’s Get ‘Er Done

Last year at this time we had a few projects remaining in the conservatory bathroom. The remaining items are written in orange.

The shower will be enclosed something like this.
The shower glass design.
The shower glass makes the room seems spacious.
The shower glass makes the room seems spacious.
  1. The shower glass was installed in January, 2016.
  2. We trimmed the sink vanity with vintage wood.
    The conservatory vanity will be face with more old wood and a shelf built on the bottom area.
    The conservatory vanity needed to be faced with more old wood and a shelf built on the bottom area.

    The completed vanity.
    The completed vanity.
  3. We used the same wood to close the plumbing access behind the shower head near the toilet.
    The area to the left of the toilet will be covered with shallow shelves made from vintage wood.
    The area to the left of the toilet will be covered with shallow shelves made from vintage wood.
    Charlie and I built the shelves in the conservatory bathroom.

    4.  The plumber returned to clear gunk out of the showerhead which prevented the water from freely flowing.

    This showerhead has limited water pressure but the rest of the fixtures in the bathroom are fine. We think some pipe shavings got stuck in the showerhead.
    This showerhead had limited water pressure but the rest of the fixtures in the bathroom are fine. We think some pipe shavings got stuck in the showerhead.
    This showerhead is now working great.
    This showerhead is now working great.

    5.  We added towel bars and a robe hook.

    Towel bars have been hung near the sink.

    Towel bars have been hung near the sink.

    The hook is very functional.

    6.  Touch up paint that’s been nicked. We have  a few spackle repairs and touch-ups. Baseboard, door, and window trim has been painted.

    The paint color in the conservatory bathroom is "Seed" by Valspar.
    The paint color in the conservatory bathroom is “Seed” by Valspar.

    7.  Hang a mirror over sink.

    This mirror is a good size but I prefer to use it in the master bathroom.
    This mirror is a good size but I prefer to use it in the master bathroom.
    The over-sink mirror co-ordinates with the rustic look in the bathroom.
    The over-sink mirror co-ordinates with the rustic look in the bathroom.

    8.  Hang a cabinet over toilet.

    The walls over the toilet need a small cabinet.
    The walls over the toilet need a small cabinet.
    This painting hangs there now.

    9.  Hang photos of the rustic wood source used for the bathroom details.

    This diagonal sheathing which we removed from the house is being repurposed in the conservatory bathroom.

    This diagonal sheathing which we removed from the house is being repurposed in the conservatory bathroom.

    The house during demolition photos are hung in the bathroom because we used that wood to finish the vanity and shelves.
    The house during demolition photos are hung in the bathroom because we used that wood to finish the vanity and shelves.

    10.  Find a rug for in front of the sink.

11. Install tile backsplash behind sink.

The conservatory sink NEEDS a tile backsplash.
The conservatory sink NEEDS a tile backsplash.
The tile backsplash adds some dash.

12.  Paint the door and trim.

The bathroom door along with other new doors needs to be painted.
The bathroom door along with other new doors needs to be painted.
The door has been painted “Secret” by Benjamin Moore.

13.  Install the round window trim in the shower stall.  

The bathroom before shower glass and window trim.
The window trim is in place and painted.

We’ve come a long way.

Have you bought something recently for your home?

My Style Profile

I took a quiz about my style and here are the results.

This survey really describes my style.

I am a traditionalist at heart with an eye towards more eclectic looks.

I have furniture including two Bergère chairs from the 1950s that have been passed down in my family.

I like classic looks and coordinated pieces in my home but like to add some energy and personality with a few more eclectic pieces. I may like a more antique look or gilded accents or just tailored lines, but I prefer a look that is mostly uniform and balanced.

I .  .  .

  • want my home to be stylish and that is a reflection of me and my overall tastes.
  • like to include pieces with a classic look such as antiques or items with a sense of history to them.

    The kitchen island was made from my mother’s antique breakfront.
  • want my home to be comfortable and inviting and that is a reflection of me and my lifestyle.
  • want my home to have a bright, cheerful look.
  • I love the brightness of the conservatory.
  • see my home as an expression of my personal style.
  • like classic modern pieces.

    I like the cleans lines of a glass coffee table.
  • like ethnic accents and a “worldly” look.
  • like your space to look somewhat dramatic.
  • like cool colors.

    The master bedroom is the coolest of blues.
  • like bright pops of color or colorful accents.

    I like bright pops of color in the usually cool rooms.
  • like to use some traditional gilded or wood accents in my  home to give it a sense of timelessness.
  • like the look of natural materials in my home.

    Rattan bench adds a casual touch to the more conservative furniture.

This is definitely my style.

What’s yours?

Rolling Cabinet Update

Sug has a large, handy rolling cabinet in the Cottage kitchen that’s just too useful to get rid of.

The Cottage kitchen has wood-tone cabinet that is useful but not too attractive.

Unfortunately this cabinet doesn’t really go with the fresh look of the rest of the kitchen space.

There was an extra piece of countertop.

And after the installation of the butcher block countertop we had a piece left over.

The kitchen cabinet began with a medium wood finish.

Happily the piece of countertop was an exact fit for the brown cabinet so Sug decided to paint the cabinet to match the others which she had painted previously.

It takes many light layers of paint to change a cabinet to a lighter color.

While I was using the paint sprayer on her door shutters I asked if she would like me to prime the cabinet with a sprayer.

The beadboard front would have been difficult to paint smoothly with a brush or roller.

So I primed the cabinet which took very little time using a sprayer. And the sprayer gives a nice smooth finish.

Very cottagey.

Sug used the leftover, custom-mixed cabinet paint to finish the transformation. Then she glued the woodblock countertop to the cabinet.

Before
After – The only item remaining is to change the knobs and handles to match the other ones in the kitchen.

A dark corner brightened.

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Finishing the Bed Makeover

We’ve been working on our French sleigh bed frame for 3 consecutive Saturdays.

Construction work was completed the first day.

Day 1: We cut down the sleigh bed, sanded it, and wiped it down with mineral spirits.

I primed with a small fuzzy roller.

Day 2: I gave the bed two coats of tinted primer.

The custom grey paint was paint on with a brush and roller.

Day 3: The entire bed was given a base coat of a dark grey paint mixed from two grey paints I had in my stash — one warm and one cool.

The dark grey wash was ragged on and dry brushed off.

I added some black paint to the base paint and thinned it with water so I could wipe it on with a rag and dry brush off with a 4-inch brush.

The baseboard behind the headboard has been installed.

Meanwhile Charlie cut and attached trim to the long bedroom wall with Sug’s help.

The finish needs to cure before I wax it.

Sug and I put the heavy bed together in the bedroom.  I’ll show that transformation soon.

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One Focus

Last Saturday we had diverse goals which we completed.  This week all eyes are on the master bedroom and bed.

I primed with a small fuzzy roller.

I’m planning to get the bed frame we cut down and primed totally finished.  All painting done and dry.

I’m planning to wax the painted bed either with BriWax either in clear or golden oak finish.

Meanwhile I’m hoping Charlie will cut and apply trim to the long bedroom wall so when we assemble the bed and push it into place we won’t have to pull it out for a long time.

The master bedroom still needs baseboard trim.

So far October has been a beautiful month to work on monster projects.

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Diverse Saturday Goals

Today is going to be busy.

Ready for primer.

First I’m trying to get the bed frame we cut down last week at least primed. I have to tint some primer as a base coat.

Waterbury Cream, my kitchen paint, should warm up the cool white primer.

Primed and painted would be even better.

We’re inspired by this stone patio with fire pit.

Then at noon the 3 of us are heading to The Stone Store for a demonstration in making a fire pit.

I might have time to wax the bed after the fire pit class.

If we get all these things done it will be a successful Saturday with a little fun thrown in.

Do you have plans?