Standing Lamps

We have 4 standing lamps.

Standing lamps are useful in dark corners.
Standing lamps are useful in dark corners.

I’m going to get rid of half of them even though it will be difficult to decide which ones.

1. Traditional standing lamp which I have painted silver.

The lamp just after it was painted satin nickel.
The lamp just after it was painted satin nickel.

It used to be brass.

The standing lamp with French script lamp shade.
The standing lamp with French script lamp shade.

I really started appreciating if after I added the Paris lampshade.

2. Inherited standing lamp with vellum shade.

I think this lamp has been painted gold. I would change the color to a darker metallic.
I think this lamp has been painted gold. I would change the color to a darker metallic.

3. Brass shell lamp.

I'm sure I'll keep this lamp but I want to change its brass color.
I’m sure I’ll keep this lamp but I want to change its brass color.

4.  My beloved drafting lamp. I’ve had it since college.

The drafting lamp has a heavy base and works well.
The drafting lamp has a heavy base and works well.

I’m going to part with it but first I’m going to sing its praises.

The drafting lamp has 2 types of lighting.
The drafting lamp has 2 types of lighting.

The lamp has both a round fluorescent tube and a traditional incandescent screw-in bulb. The tube minimizes shadows while the bulb warms the tone. And, if both types of bulbs are installed, the head of the lamp is counterweighted so it can be stationary in any position.

Have you saved any items since college?

Preparing for a Shopping Spree

Our new tenant is taking a day off from work to buy furniture and appliances for Glade Cottage.

Glade Cottage
Glade Cottage

I have taken the liberty of photographing the walls as straight on as possible considering all the clutter still in there.

The ladder/stairs to the attic in the Cottage have been folded up to the ceiling. (See last photo in the post.)
The ladder/stairs to the attic in the Cottage have been folded up to the ceiling. (See last photo in the post.)

Then I measured the various areas and marked the photos so when we are shopping (yes, I’m going, too) we’ll have an idea if a piece of furniture will fit or not.

When the front window is not blocked there is a beautiful view.
When the front window is not blocked there is a beautiful view.
This window has a stunning view.
This window has a stunning view.

The front wall is definitely a focal point with a triptych picture window.

I don't have a clear vision for the kitchen but we'll also be shopping for cabinets.
I don’t have a clear vision for the kitchen but we’ll also be shopping for cabinets.

The back wall is more zigzaggy since the bathroom is set at the back of the Cottage on the right-hand side. The bathroom is behind the kitchen wall.

This area is plumbed and vented for a washer/dryer. A water heater is in the closet on the right.
This area is plumbed and vented for a washer/dryer. A water heater is in the closet on the right.

The rest of the back wall is the laundry and storage.

The floating wall is not yet in position and so hides the 2nd window.
The floating wall is not yet in position and so hides the 2nd window.

The left side wall is broken up with 2 windows and a propane furnace mounted on the wall.

This wall is the only long unbroken wall in the Cottage.
This wall is the only long unbroken wall in the Cottage.

And the right wall, which will form the living room and kitchen, has only one window and so can take a long piece of furniture.

The fire safe is extremely heavy but worth keeping to preserve important papers.
The fire safe is extremely heavy but worth keeping to preserve important papers.
The safe is moved and I was not much help.
The safe is moved and I was not much help. (Note the steps to the attic in it storage position on the ceiling.)

Over the weekend we did move the extremely heavy fire safe out of the middle of the left wall.

Do you go on shopping sprees or shop a little at a time?

Ikea Greige

The garage apartment is directly behind the large truck built above a 5 bay garage.
The garage apartment is directly behind the large truck built above a 5 bay garage.

In addition to upgrading the kitchen and painting a garage apartment it needed to be partially furnished.

The bedroom is spacious.
The bedroom is spacious.

I ordered a queen-sized bed which was delivered and set up in the large bedroom after the painting was complete.

There is a pair of these lounge chairs which tilt back to expose a footrest.
There is a pair of these lounge chairs which tilt back to expose a footrest.

We already had two upholstered loungers which had been in the apartment previously. I needed to get a sofa that would complement both the new wall color and the old chairs.

Ikea Ektorp sofa in Nordvalla dark beige.
Ikea Ektorp sofa in Nordvalla dark beige.

Fortunately Ikea’s Ektorpe sofa comes in a color called Nordvalla dark beige which I would characterize as greige.

Harmonious colors.
Harmonious colors.

It goes very well with “Revere Pewter” which is the trim and door color.  I might have to buy the same color for my living room Ektorp since my room is painted “Revere Pewter”.

A large rug is available for this room.
A large rug is available for this room.
The very large rug will fill almost the entire great room in the apartment.
The very large rug will fill almost the entire great room in the apartment.

I also ordered a new rug pad for the 11′-6″ by 17′-0″ rug which needs to be shampooed.

The louvered doors and the regular doors are painted "Revere Pewter".
The louvered doors and the regular doors are painted “Revere Pewter”.

Things are progressing.

Are your projects progressing?

Reflecting

I have a collection of mirrors.

Charlie constantly complains about the too-small mirror in the conservatory bathroom.
Charlie constantly complains about the too-small mirror in the conservatory bathroom.

Unfortunately I don’t have a place for all of them and yet in some of the spots that need a mirror I haven’t found the right one.

I have an identical 2' by 3' mirror that might work in the tiny pink-tiled bathroom in the house when we change the wallpaper.
I have an identical 2′ by 3′ mirror that might work in the tiny pink-tiled bathroom in the house when we change the wallpaper. (This one is in the Cottage bathroom.)

Yesterday I decided to put some of the extraneous mirrors on Craigslist but first I asked my friend in the Cottage if she wanted one of 3 full-length mirrors I have.  She took one, I have one, and my son took the third one. Yea! They’re all accounted for.

This mid-century modern mirror is very plain and weighs a ton.
This Danish mid-century modern mirror is very plain and weighs a ton — approximately 24″ by 30″.

And there’s a mid-century modern mirror in the Cottage that my friend also said she liked. So that mirror will just stay in the Cottage although it might get moved to another wall.

I was hoping my son wasn't referring to this mirror that hangs over my bathroom sink.
I was hoping my son wasn’t referring to this mirror that hangs over my bathroom sink.

As I was asking my son if he would like any mirrors, he remembered an etched mirror that we had when he was a child.  I can’t even believe he noticed something like that.

My vintage etched mirror tray.
My vintage etched mirror tray.

In fact we still have it and I’m glad to pass it on to him.

I chose the mirror holder on the left for its simple style.
Mirror clips come is a variety of styles.

I also gave him mirror hanging clips from my box of miscellaneous hardware.

I would like this French gilt mirror centered in the doorway.
I would like to find a spot for this French gilt mirror. It’s over 4-feet tall and fairly ornate.

I have some others which I am going to try to get rid of and still others I’d like to hang in the house.

Do you keep old hardware just-in-case?

Over and Over

I know (from reading many organization articles) that organizing is impossible before getting rid of the clutter.

I collapsed and moved the drafting table to make room for kitchen items.
I collapsed and moved the drafting table to make room for kitchen items.
I moved everything out of the corner to store the counter.
I moved everything out of the corner to store the counter.

I have some large furniture items listed on Craigslist in the interest of paring down our myriad belongings which came to be ours through inheritance and other people’s downsizing.

Tucked behind all that stuff is the mid-century dresser.
Tucked behind all that stuff is the mid-century dresser.

Now that a friend wants to live in the Cottage I have been trying to get our stuff out of there. We have moved everything back and forth at least four times.

The dresser is sitting in the middle of the room.
The dresser is sitting in the middle of the room.

The latest was to pull out the mid-century dresser listed on Craigslist when I received a text from an interested party. I rubbed it with some red oil to clean and nourish the wood.

The bedframe on the left is now behind the dresser across the room.
The bedframe on the left is now behind the dresser across the room.
Bedframe against the wall.
Bedframe against the wall.

And my friend muscled my king-size headboard into the space I cleared.

I have a grander plan.
I have a grander plan.

I know it doesn’t look like it but we are making progress.

Do you have a great organizing tip?

Kitchen Table Inspirations

As I have already posted I want to make a kitchen table that fits in our bump-out.

A rectangular table might give us more room to maneuver.
A rectangular table might give us more room to maneuver.

The round table that’s there now is kind of awkward.

Four white table legs can be seen in the pile of scrap wood in the Cottage.
Four white table legs can be seen in the pile of scrap wood in the Cottage.

I already have four perfectly good table legs to start the project.

Rogue Engineer made this with a Kreg jig which I have.
Rogue Engineer made this with a Kreg jig which I have.

Rogue Engineer has a cute table with plans.  I like the support board at each end to keep the table square.

I like a table with character.
I like a table with character.

The above table was found at “thankful sage farm school.”

I'm planning to build a smallish table that fits into our bump-out.
I’m planning to build a smallish table that fits into our bump-out.

I’d like a table that can take rough usage and doesn’t always need a tablecloth. This one was found on Cottage and Vine.

This looks very close to the table I'm planning to build.
This looks very close to the table I’m planning to build.

Ana White always has great plans for doable projects.

All of these items can be found on my Kitchen Pinterest board.

Do you have a building project?

Moving Tables

I’m thinking about rearranging our tables.

We really have little use for a 120-inch table.
We really have little use for a 120-inch table.

I bought our Scan light wood dining table in about 1984. It’s wonderful for large sit-down meals and book swaps. At its largest the table is 120 inches long and 48 inches wide.

Usually the dining room table is 72 inches long.
Usually the dining room table is 72 inches long.

I had planned to refinish it in some way by painting or staining it.

The damaged veneer can be seen just above the leg.
The damaged veneer can be seen to the right of the leg.

It has some minor veneer damage on the skirt but otherwise it is in very good shape.  It’s just not my style anymore. So I think I’ll list it on Craigslist.

The current kitchen table is a 44-inch round.
The current kitchen table is a 44-inch round.

The we’ll move the kitchen table into the dining room.

Kitchen table
Kitchen table

We found this table with 2 leaves as a curb pick-up at the end of our street.  We’ve been using it in its round form in the kitchen bump-out.

A rectangular table would work better in the kitchen.
A rectangular table would work better in the kitchen.

Moving it to the dining room would mean we need a table in the kitchen.

The table is gone but I still have the legs.
The table is gone but I still have the legs.

My plan is to use four white table legs we’ve been storing in the Cottage to make a rectangular table that will fit in the bump-out better than the round table.

Are you holding on to furniture you should let go of?