Another Friday, another bouquet from the cutting garden. It’s bringing me so much joy and I’m learning a lot about what I want to do next year, too.
It’s August first and, as Kym reminded us the other day, it’s the last full month of summer. Thinking about that makes me feel a little wistful but I’m determined to not give in to the summer blues. Instead, I’m going to make the most of this last month and today I am sharing Three Things I’m Saying YES To Right Now that will help me make the most of August.
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I finally finished my current sock project, the Disco Superfly Socks.
I’ve been working on these since March and I am so glad to be done with them. I mean, I love them – just look at those stripes! And there’s glitter, too, which I failed to capture in these photos.
Matching a 12 color stripe repeat? Not for the faint of heart but I pulled it off. Mostly because no one does stripes like my pal Julia of Knitterly Things.
These will now go into the drawer and at some point (hopefully many, many weeks from now) I will pull them out and put them on and remember finishing them at the campground last weekend.
Happy memories all ’round.
I bet you forgot all about our bedroom redo but today I’m bringing you up to date – finally! I will say, this project seemed to drag on and on and on. And not for any particular reason although I think the installation of the closet door nearly killed Dale. One thing I want to point out: because I’m a bad blogger there aren’t great before photos. That’s partially my fault as I didn’t make the time to take any myself. It’s mostly, though, because Dale’s iPhone died earlier last spring and he lost all his photos. I’m pretty sure the ones of the bedroom weren’t the ones he was truly upset about (goodbye, thousands of photos) but it’s a bummer that all his progress shots of the work he did in the bedroom were part of the Great Photo Loss of 2019.
And the chest on chest, again, before we had it painted.
Now, before all you wood lovers come at me, I want to point out that this furniture is from 1987. The oak is lovely but I was looking for something fresh and updated. We actually went furniture shopping but let me tell you, all we saw were these really big pieces and those just don’t work in a house like ours that’s somewhere around 150 years old. And also, the bedroom sets we saw were pretty expensive and I just didn’t like anything all that much.
Here’s the bedroom after the wallpaper had been stripped. Goodbye outdated blue and yellow flowered wallpaper. Those curtains went, too.
And here we are with a fresh coat of primer. I was already happier! We didn’t change the rug as we had just replaced that a few years ago so Dale covered it carefully when he started painting. I should point out that during this project we moved to our upstairs guest bedroom. At first it was fun – almost like being on vacation and the slanted ceilings up there made it cozy and like being in a tent. But after a while that double bed got smaller and smaller and I sure was glad to move back into our room when we came back from New York City after our trip in April. I think all told we lived in the upstairs room for about 3 weeks.
Okay, are you ready for the big reveal? Let’s start with the furniture. Here’s the triple dresser:
And here’s the chest on chest:
I contacted Jen, of ReJenerated Finds, a local woman who paints and refinishes furniture, and she did a wonderful job with our furniture. Both pieces have white chalk paint with espresso stained tops. All the hardware is new and updated and I’m totally in love with how they came out.
And here’s the shot of the bed with it’s new neutral bedding – it’s gray and white ticking although I don’t know if you can see that very well. You might try clickety bigety to see the stripes better. You can also see the closet door, painted black to match all of our other interior doors, and to say that I’m excited to have a door on our closet would be a pretty huge understatement. (Prior to this we’ve always just had a curtain there.)
The lights are new, too, and you can also see a new nightstand for me (on the right) and a table for Dale (on the left) that we moved from another room in the house temporarily. The nightstand for me was one I found at the ReStore and it was refinished and painted to match the other two pieces by Jen. We’re still on the look out for something for Dale but I know we’ll find something perfect eventually. I’ll be adding more throw pillows (Dale is probably not excited at all to hear that news) but for now these work. The yellow one was on the bed before and the love one was in the living room. I really enjoy “shopping” my house to move pillows and curtains and artwork around.
Speaking of artwork, you may notice that there isn’t any up on the walls yet. We’re still debating what we want to hang and, much to Dale’s annoyance, I have not given the go ahead to hang anything.
Here’s a slightly closer shot of the bed with the lights and closet door in the background. That mirror over the dresser is one we got ages ago at a yard sale – no need to change it at all as it went perfectly with our new look.
We had a new TV put on the wall (Dale thinks it’s too high and I tend to agree but I’m not in favor of making more wholes in the wall to fix it) and the curtains I got you’ve seen before. They are like dotted swiss on steroids and they are perfect for summer as they let in loads of light and I can see the window boxes through them but I’ll be swapping them out for something heavier when the fall and winter arrives.
The paint is Urban Sunrise by Valspar and it’s a gloriously neutral gray. It doesn’t look blue or green or lavender, it’s just truly gray. And I love how neutral everything is, it’s exactly what I wanted because it means I can swap out curtains and bedding, pillows and more. I plan to have loads of red in here when Christmas comes and I’m really excited about that prospect!
And there you have it. Our multi-month bedroom redo!
I continue to be happily amazed at the difference in my macro photos now that I’m using the tripod consistently.
Here is a photo of the yarn I am using for a new pair of socks. The aperture is wide open and it’s still sharply in focus, a photographic miracle for me. Also, since this started as a knitting blog, it’s good to actually share a photo of yarn now and again. This is Knitterly Things in the color Falling Water and I think it’s perfect for summer sock knitting at the beach.
No beach today, though, it’s a work day for me. Happy Monday, friends.