Pantry ORC – Fall 2016 – Week 4

 

I wonder if I’ve made any progress.  I have made some decisions if that counts!  I decided to use a huge shelf that was hanging in the kitchen for the microwave.  My original plan was to use a metal shelf, but I couldn’t find the right size.  My husband took down the shelf.  I think he really likes my idea to put it in the pantry because he hated that shelf!

The shelf was here on the wall. I think the wallpaper actually faded because of the shelf, but we’re getting rid of that anyhow.
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Here’s our sub-zero refrigerator (circa 1991). The pantry door is to the left.
Here's another picture of the pantry door. This door bugs me a little because of the colonial style. I just don't think this looks good in a Victorian house.
Here’s another picture of the pantry door. This door bugs me a little because of the colonial style. I just don’t think this looks good in a Victorian house.
This is the wall to the left. My husband took off the trim and the baseboard.
This is the wall to the left (in the pantry).   My husband took off the trim and the baseboard.
THis is the old vinyl floor we're going to tear out of here. I can't wait!
This is the old vinyl floor we’re going to tear out of here. I can’t wait!

I hope we can get a lot done this Saturday.  We’re both off so that should help!!

Now I’m going to see what’s happening with the other bloggers after I link up here:

www.callingithome.com/blog/2016/10/one-room-challenge-guest-participants-week-4

 

Pantry ORC – Fall 2016 – Week 3

We talked about what kind of primer to use on the beadboard, but we didn’t buy any yet.  I haven’t done much of anything except take some pictures, and some of them didn’t even turn out.

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I’m going to keep this light in the pantry (and add a lightbulb!) because I really like it. I saw a light just like this in someone else’s kitchen!
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I’m going to use this cubby hole for storage. I wonder why this wood doesn’t match the trim in the rest of the room!  That’s really odd.
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We will be putting a new floor in the pantry. My husband put a new floor in the kitchen with much larger matching tile. We’re just both wondering when he’s going to add the grout! (I’ve said enough about that already, though!)

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Here are some jars I got for the pantry. I still need to decide what to put in them!
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More jars. These are from Italy, but the freezer jam isn’t! The Amish made the strawberry jam.

Be sure to check out the other bloggers participating in the one room challenge at  www.callingithome.com/blog/2016/10/one-room-challenge-guest-participants-week-3

ORC- Fall 2016 – Week 2

I actually have some “during” pictures.  I started to peel off the wallpaper in the half bath.  The top half came off pretty easily.  My husband had to use the steamer on the bottom half.  Before he got too far, he asked me what I was going to do with the walls.  Then I remembered I wanted to put up beadboard.  I had forgotten all about that!  So he decided we didn’t need to take off the wallpaper.  I thought maybe taking off the wallpaper was the right thing to do, but he doesn’t think this is necessary.  Nothing seems moldy so I guess that’s okay.  I want wooden shelves and brackets.  The beadboard will be painted white and the shelves and brackets will be painted yellow.

I wish I had room for another sink, but I don’t.  I want to put the microwave in the pantry where the sink is.  I need more counter space in the kitchen.  Before and during pictures are supposed to be bad, right?!  These are absolutely terrible.  (I really need to find my camera charger!)

Thanks to Linda for hosting the ORC.  You can see the other participants’ ORC projects by using this link:

www.callingithome.com/blog/2016/10/one-room-challenge-guest-participants-week-2

I never did like this sink. Too modern! This pedestal sink is also the cheapest one there is.
I never did like this sink. Too modern! This pedestal sink is also the cheapest one there is.

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One Room Challenge – Fall 2016 – Week 1

I’ve decided to change a half bath into a pantry!  We have a powder room off the kitchen under some stairs.  I want to use the space for a pantry.  We have another bathroom on the first floor with a shower.  I asked the appraiser about this when we refinanced, and she said since we have three other bathrooms, getting rid of one would not decrease the value of our home.  Besides, who wants to clean four toilets?  That’s what I say!  Here are a few before photos of the half bath.  I’ll take some more for Week 2.

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The NEW Front Parlor

img_4836My husband painted the parlor.  The walls are now pumpkin patch.  That’s Benjamin Moore’s terracotta, I guess.  Here are a few pictures taken at night.  I’ll take some during the daytime and post them later.

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This is the bay window that juts out at an odd angle.  Just another example of Queen Anne Victorians’ asymmetry.  I don’t think there’s any symmetry to the parlor at all!  There’s my great-grandfather on the right.  (He’s in the picture!)  His doctor in Ireland told him to move to America because he had asthma.  He moved to Pittsburgh around 1921 and worked in the steel mills.  He never had any more trouble with asthma!