Sug has a large, handy rolling cabinet in the Cottage kitchen that’s just too useful to get rid of.
Unfortunately this cabinet doesn’t really go with the fresh look of the rest of the kitchen space.
And after the installation of the butcher block countertop we had a piece left over.
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.
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.
So I primed the cabinet which took very little time using a sprayer. And the sprayer gives a nice smooth finish.
Sug used the leftover, custom-mixed cabinet paint to finish the transformation. Then she glued the woodblock countertop to the cabinet.
A dark corner brightened.
What piece of furniture is your best storage piece?
We’ve been working on our French sleigh bed frame for 3 consecutive Saturdays.
Day 1: We cut down the sleigh bed, sanded it, and wiped it down with mineral spirits.
Day 2: I gave the bed two coats of tinted primer.
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.
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.
Meanwhile Charlie cut and attached trim to the long bedroom wall with Sug’s help.
Sug and I put the heavy bed together in the bedroom. I’ll show that transformation soon.
Have you planned a risky project? Or dangerous outing?
Last Saturday we had diverse goals which we completed. This week all eyes are on the master bedroom and bed.
I’m planning to get the bed frame we cut down and primed totally finished. All painting done and dry.
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.
So far October has been a beautiful month to work on monster projects.
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Today is going to be busy.
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.
Primed and painted would be even better.
Then at noon the 3 of us are heading to The Stone Store for a demonstration in making a fire pit.
If we get all these things done it will be a successful Saturday with a little fun thrown in.
Do you have plans?
Traditionally the last weekend of summer, Labor Day weekend is also a chance to switch up some décor.
We have rain all day today. I won’t be heading outside to paint; maybe tomorrow.
In the mean time I can concentrate on readying the living room, dining, room and conservatory for a cooler season.
To be sure, we’ll still have scorching days but I also want to start thinking about fall and winter entertaining.
For instance, Christmas is on a Monday this year which means New Year’s Day is also on a Monday. Perhaps I can get a New Year’s morning get-together on the calendar.
I can’t wait to look through my closets for decorative items and projects to keep me busy this fall.
What’s your fall color?
The new rug arrived yesterday.
Charlie and Sug lugged it into the living room while I was at my bank trying to expose and get retribution for a fraudulent transaction.
As soon as we rolled it out I liked it.
The cream, navy, ochre, and aqua rug brightened up the room.
Charlie’s comment was that it looks worn out. It’s supposed to have a vintage look but is also soft and fully piled.
While Sug and I sat and admired it Charlie brought in a piece of pizza and ate it over the rug. I was cringing.
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All of a sudden I was tired of the rug in the dining room.
It had served its purpose when I needed something on the floor but it just wasn’t right.
So I took up the dining room rug and offered it to my son who was only too happy to get a 9′ by 12′ rug.
I moved the 8′ by 10.5′ living room rug into the dining room with its rug pad.
The ochre color blends better with the wood tones and upholstery colors in the dining room than the blues and greys of the living room.
I moved the larger rug pad into the living room and left the furniture splayed on the perimeter.
Then I ordered the exact rug that I had considered for the dining room but rejected. It’s still not an expensive rug and I can always return it if it just doesn’t work.
Are you fickle about your furniture?