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:
Here I am! Late again! I’m glad we have some extra time to do our posts and links.
I put a book I already had under the lamp on the wicker stand so the other lamp on the table wouldn’t be so much higher. I got the candle and the little glass vase at Ross Stores. The flowers are from a tree you can see right outside the guest room window.
We got the dresser at a flea market some time ago. I like the painted flowers on the top drawer and the ribbon trim on each side. The flowering branch in the pink vase on the dresser is from the same tree outside the window. (I didn’t climb out the window to get the branch! I acted like a lady! I went downstairs and out on the porch.) The framed photo is one I took when we were in the Colorado Rockies for the first time in 2012. The flower in the purple bowl is from another tree in our back yard. The crystal pitcher was my grandmother’s. The floral branch is from another tree in our back yard. (If anyone knows the names of these trees, please let me know. I’ll take pictures of the trees for a future post.)
I found the tea set at an estate sale. There are more cups and matching dishes. There was a note that said the dishes were sent from Sweden by the lady’s niece. What was so very interesting was the name at the top of the note. Mor Mor (and then my maiden name which is Swedish and will remain anonymous!) means grandmother in Swedish, I think. Then there is another name after that on the next line – Esther Clara Victoria. Then a last name that isn’t Swedish on the next line! Esther was probably Swedish because they usually had three names. I thought that meant they had two middle names, but I think someone told me they are two first names and a middle name(?) I thought the Swedish tea set should go in the Swedish (guest) suite! The room doesn’t really look very Swedish to me. I think at some point we will paint the walls a softer (Swedish) green. The yellow door and trim is a Swedish color. (The other room in the suite looks more Swedish.) The white chair beside the dresser is a Swedish (style) chair made in China!
My mom got the large picture of the girl at an estate sale. I think the colors in the picture look nice with the quilt. I think I got the quilt at Penney’s. I probably got the comforter at Bon-Ton. The round table with the long pink cloth and the short white cloth was from my mom. The wicker stand was from some of our friends in New Jersey. We used to see them quite a bit when we lived in Philadelphia. I think I maybe got the mirror over the bed from T. J. Maxx. I got the dark aqua pillows at Ross Stores and the light aqua pillow shams at Walmart. Almost everything else came from an estate sale (or a yard sale). If you have any questions, please ask. My husband was very helpful last night. He really did a lot of work on the guest room. I painted the door, but he painted the trim yesterday. Last night we went to Lowe’s to get a white faux wood blind. I wanted one without faux grain! Home Depot didn’t have one. The mini-blind still needs to be ripped out so we (or he!) can hang the new blind. We’re not totally finished, but close. Thanks to everyone for their comments and suggestions. I’ve really enjoyed looking at and reading about the other participants’ progress and seeing their beautiful finished rooms. Thanks to Linda for hosting the exciting, fun, and interesting ORC of Spring 2016!
I kept reading that week 4 was hard, and I wondered why. Now I know. The question for this week was “how’s it going?” I’d have to say, “Not so good!” I spent a lot more time looking at all the other participants’ posts and didn’t spend much time working on my own ORC! I’ve always been a last-minute person, but now I’m too old to be! We didn’t get the missing brass headboard moved in from the garage because it was raining today. I wondered where the headboard was. I was glad my husband hadn’t thrown it out. (an old family joke I better not bring up again!) There was no hanging today. I’m referring to pictures and mirrors! Here are some photos of the wall décor I’m thinking about for the guest room:
My grandfather asked me this one time (Ha!): What time is it when two model T’s pass each other on the road in Ireland? Tin past tin. My grandmother was Irish so he liked telling Irish jokes!
Too bad the photos of the pictures didn’t turn out better. They’re pretty hard to see. I think I need a photographer. The first picture is of a teapot and some flowers. It came with a stand. I think I’ll leave it on the dresser. The second picture is a bunch of roses that I might hang over the bed horizontally. The third picture is of a girl with some sheep. All the pictures have pink and green colors that should look good in the room. The shapes of the pictures are rather distorted in the photos. I’m thinking about hanging the mirror across from the window. I’m wondering about what to do with that wall. I want to take the sewing machine out because there’s hardly enough room for it there. I’m thinking about bringing my grandmother’s cedar chest in there from the master bedroom. So many decisions. I want to paint the trim yellow and get rid of that ugly mini-blind. I still have to buy lamps! Time is running out!