Sunday, March 29, 2020

Almost finished basement!

While Mike has taken on most of our home improvement projects to date, including finishing the basement in our previous house, we hired a basement finishing company back in the late fall to install the electrical and lighting, build our walls, and spray our ceiling black during the early winter. We had a budget to put toward the basement, Mike wasn't particularly excited about those initial tasks, and we were grateful to have had more time together around the holidays as a result.

Painting the walls (Repose Gray by Valspar), installing and painting trim, and laying down our flooring (engineered bamboo in a herringbone pattern) were tasks Mike did take on, and he checked the final touch-ups off that to-do list over this weekend. Take a look!

Upgrading the staircase and building and installing a barn door for the workshop are next on his project list.

This week we'll start getting this space up and running as a retreat primarily for the kids. They turn ten in a couple of weeks, and we know this space will grow with them into their tween and teen years. A wall of toy storage, a couch and TV area for gaming and movie watching, and a table and chairs for crafts and puzzles are on the way. The couch will eventually sit against the wall of the staircase. I'm considering a bold blue one. We'll see!

We have always been terrible about remembering to take before pictures, eager to just get improving. What you see below is representative of the state of the whole basement initially--cement walls and floor, bare light bulbs, generally depressing.

During (around Halloween)
After (except the stairs)
The bumped out walls in the far corner of the two photos above this one surround the water heater and furnace in the storage room, accessible from the workshop (functional but in progress) to the left of the stairs.

I can't wait to get this space up and running! Stay tuned.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Dreams of My Liquor Cabinet

I had an odd dream last night that the high school where I teach had lined the halls with vintage furniture.  I loved the laid back, creative vibe it created! Outside my own classroom door I recognized a cabinet with glass doors and realized the school wasn't decorating the space, they were getting rid of some of my favorite treasures.  It felt like a shame to me, and I was compelled to let folks know how these pieces could be repurposed!

Yep, my subconscious is doing back-flips with the leave of absence I am taking from teaching this year.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

To display or not to display?

I recently came into possession of some old copies of six of Shakespeare's plays.  

These are from 1961.  Aren't they pretty?

As a high school ELA teacher with a cat named Oberon (partly for the fairy king, partly for a good wheat beer) whose address and subdivision are also Shakespearean, I believe these should be on display around here.  I'm thinking of our walls.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Finished Kitchen

It's done!

It's been a slow burning project, this kitchen.

It didn't strike Mike and me as a room in need of a full reno back in 2013 when we moved in, but as these things tend to go, one "little" update just led to another and another.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Shaker Style Soffits

One of the aspects of our kitchen that I grew to dislike over our first few years in this house is the space over our kitchen cabinets.  By no means was that space a major issue--we bought the house perfectly happy with that look, but I'm just not one for displaying knick-knacks and whatnot, so the open area felt empty.

 Instead of watching the open space fill with dust, Mike and I decided to find a way to customize it.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Gift Wrap Station

If you've ever gotten lost in the beauteous organizational haven that is searching "craft room" on Pinterest, you've likely been hypnotized by one gift wrap station or another.

It's not just me, right?  Rolls of paper and ribbon on rods neatly hung among other supplies has a soothing effect on everyone, I'm sure.

With the reconfiguration that our craft room underwent recently, space for such an area opened up!  Yes, that made me a little giddy.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Crafting a Craft Room

There was a moment over this winter break when I was sitting on our craft room floor surrounded by sorted piles of sewing notions, fuse beads, and office supplies when Mike sent Michael in to deliver a grilled cheese sandwich.  I was in the zone, and he just knew that I would prefer not to go downstairs for lunch.

These weeks off of work have given me that rare luxury of time.  I could sit and stare like lunatic at the piles of supplies and furniture leftovers to envision the form and function that I want for the crafting space, not just what could work.

Living in During Craft Room

Prior to this break we had done the following: