As many of you already know, my husband and I purchased a new “old” home about a month ago. This house is 40 years old and was lived in by only one couple! From the moment I stepped inside I felt welcome. Does that happen to you when you enter certain spaces?
Well, this house was like that for me ( and really “us”, because that same afternoon that we first saw it, we put in an offer!). This house is older than all of the other houses we have ever owned combined ! And so it has some funny little quirks and definitely needs some updating! For example, there is wallpaper everywhere….I kid you not. ( Funnily enough, there are cable outlets everywhere too, even on the sun porch and in the unfinished attic….I guess that the previous owners really wanted to make sure they could watch TV in every room!). Some of the wallpaper in the house is really charming and cute and totally goes with the cottagey feel of the home, but others simply had to go! What will be my new quilt space has adorable wallpaper which I’ll happily adopt!But the dark family room, without any windows, had to have that wallpaper removed! It might have looked good in a brighter room, but in this room it just wasn’t working for us!So we ( mostly hubby!) have been happily working away at removing wallpaper and repainting walls and ceilings! So far we have removed the wallpaper in all the downstairs rooms where it was a priority, and many of those rooms have also been giving a coat of paint already.
Looks so much better already! That dark brick just had to go because this room is a dungeon! We also picked out a new laminate that will go throughout the downstairs rooms:
Isn’t that much better than that old carpet?! Luckily we ( and mostly my hubby 😉 ) are pretty handy and so we will tackle the installation of the flooring when it arrives. It’s nice when you can do a lot of the work yourself because it saves you some money. Our oldest son was a real trooper and tackled the downstairs bathroom on the weekend…this room was wallpapered from TOP to BOTTOM, including the ceiling! It made it feel incredible small and cramped. But our son went in there with the wallpaper steamer and came out several long hours later having removed it all! Now we just have to figure out how to remove the vanity and mirror ( which seems to be glued on the wall, I kid you not!), and then we can start making it pretty in there ( chiefly my job…yay!). I have been having a ton of fun “shopping” for possible vanities and such and I really feel like one of those famous TV designers ( except I am missing that BIG budget that they always seem to have ;). No matter, we are going to replace things as time and budget allows, but we are of course trying to get as much of it done before we move the family in!
So amid house renos, I came to the realization that middle son’s graduation was sneaking up fast ( as in in 2 weeks time!). I had started a quilt for him months ago, and then put it aside thinking I had tons of time to finish it up….oopsie! So last week I pulled out the blocks and finished up the last 3 that I needed and then started putting the top together. My intention was to just sew the blocks, quilt it, and add a binding, but when I laid out the blocks, the quilt seemed to be missing something. It was really a smidge too small to cuddle with, and those blocks seemed to be asking for a border….hmmmm. With all my blue fabric packed away I faced a dilemma, but I finally decided the quilt HAD to have borders so off I went to buy some fabric. Luckily I found something that I really like so here is the final look:Now it’s all layered and ready to be quilted and I think I can pull it off in the next 2 weeks….any volunteers out there that want to help sew on the binding?! Ha! Don’t be like me and procrastinate on your projects, okay? Quilting is more fun and relaxing when you are not in a time crunch;)
Until next time~ Happy creating!