As you can see, I skipped week two! We went to West Virginia to see my mom over the long weekend. My son had Friday and Monday off. I thought I would do a blog post when I was down there, but we were SO BUSY! So this is week two and week three. Not that we made that much progress – more like a week or less! My husband did surprise me by cleaning out the refrigerator! You might have noticed I did not have a before picture of THAT!! So here are the pictures. . . (We lost the camera charger again!) so that was one of the reasons I’m late again posting this week!
You’ve probably already checked out the other one room challenge participants, but if not, here’s the link:
I have decided to (re)organize my kitchen. I really want to make better use of my space so I can clear off my countertops. I want to re-decorate my hearth and brick wall. I also want to take the lace curtains off the doors of the original (1889) built-in cabinet and get my husband to help me with the inside. There is contact paper stuck on the shelves and there are gaps in the back of the cabinet.
Here are some before pictures of the inside of my cabinets. These are supposed to be bad, right?!! That way the after pictures look even better!!
Whoops!! The brick wall and hearth, and the built-in cabinet are first in the line-up!
You’ve probably already seen the other ORC participants’ projects, but if you haven’t, here’s the link: www.callingithome.com/
All the beadboard is up in the pantry! We just need to paint the other three walls. Painting the pieces before installation didn’t work out so well. Maybe I can get some painting done this weekend if my husband doesn’t before that!
Thanksgiving slowed things down! I fixed a turkey with herb butter and apple cider. I used an old recipe from Bon Appetit that includes directions on how to make a gravy base. This is the only gravy I’ve ever made that turns out perfect! All the herbs and apple cider really give the gravy a great flavor. I made cranberry sauce with hibiscus tea, but I didn’t really notice any difference in the taste with the hibiscus! I made a dressing with portobella, shiitake and cremini mushrooms, but I think all the mushrooms made the dish mushy. I should just stick to oyster dressing. We really like that, but oysters are SO expensive! I had sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, and green beans, too. My mom brought a pecan pie from Cracker Barrel. I think that was the best pecan pie I ever ate! The crust was perfect. I looked at the ingredients – they used lard! I’m sure that’s why the crust was so good. My dad made a lot of pies and he always used lard in the crust, and they were so good (except the custard!) if I liked the filling! I don’t really like pumpkin pie. Does that sound unamerican??!! I do like apple pie! (Our nephew only likes apple pie made with a can of apple pie filling!! He doesn’t like fresh apples in his pie!) I finally made a pumpkin pie AFTER Thanksgiving!!
Well, enough about Thanksgiving! Here are some pictures of the pantry!
Well! What can I say?? I missed last week. I kept thinking I’d get a little more done, but I don’t think I did! Then I had to go to the ER last Sunday night, and on the way I ran into a deer! My car was still drivable so we got to the ER without any delay. My son has been sick for almost all of the last two weeks, but seems to be getting better now. He needed a breathing treatment and they did a chest x-ray and checked to see if he had the flu. So he didn’t have pneumonia or the flu – just bronchitis. Now he has a nebulizer.
EXCUSES! EXCUSES! I think this pantry project was just a little too ambitious for me (and my husband!) to do in real time. I’ll know better next time! Thanks again to Linda for all her hard work at calling it home.
Here’s the link to all the other bloggers’ ORC reveals:
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!
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:
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:
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.
My 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.
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!