Friday, August 03, 2007
Slide Show: Project Basement (Almost Done)
Thought I'd share a few photos of the basement project. I'm whipped! Leslie's ready to move back to Texas to escape the endless projects that she keeps getting sucked into. Here's where it's at, for anyone out there who was holding their breath for photos, or needed visual encouragement to tackle a project of your own. Or confirmation to avoid it.
The cord hanging from the phone will be remedied by Don this weekend - we need just a few more outlets installed, and he's good at that. Eventually the phone will sit on the antique radio, all nicely squared up. Plugged into the outlet behind it that doesn't exist yet.

This still needs family photos printed out and framed, an old quilt to snuggle up with, some throw pillows, and a DVD player in the armoire you can't see, but yes it's still unpainted - to be remedied next week when I can stand the sight of a paintbrush again. The door you see just past the sofa leads to my sewing/quilting room. A very fun place to be too.

This end I'm tickled to death with. The antique bleacher chair is perfect for removing snowboots or gardening shoes. (The door leads to the garage.) I need to buy a little lamp for the table under the chalkboard, a perfect place for family messages. The shelf on the wall still needs the family photos inserted in frames. The old red window on the right wall will hold memorabilia, yet to be determined. I'm thinking old yoyos, marbles, jacks, that sort of thing.

Still to be done, other than personal touches, I have to paint the french doors and the other three doors, and the baseboards white. The stairs going to the kitchen were to be painted black, but Don's concerned we may not be able to see them very clearly. Have to think about that.

Overall, it looks so much better, is nice and light and fresh looking, but still cozy. I spent about $100 on paint, $50 on the game table, $50 on antiques/old junk, and still need about $100 more for the DVD player, quilt, and fabric to cover pillows. I think this project will come in between $300 and $400, not bad for a room overhaul. When Don walked in last night from his trip out of town, he thought it looked great, a big improvement. So a project ALMOST done, hip hip hoorah! I also made great progress sorting out my quilting room, and finishing up the quilt I'm making for the Pregnancy Resource Center. Good thing since our sewing group is delivering them next Wednesday. I got a lot done while Don was gone, but am glad to have him home. The rest of this week / weekend? Pay bills, then go hear Josh Groban, and Sunday visit Whole Foods. It's a 45 minute drive from us, and Don has never been there. I swear it's the prettiest grocery store I've ever been in, and believe it or not Don likes grocery stores, so he's going to love this one. Hopefully enough to take me to lunch at some outdoor cafe in downtown Pittsburgh afterwards. A great summer weekend and I am ready for it!

Now the cast of helpers: One was a tremendous help, agreed to wear my awful paint clothes, paint anything I asked, shove furniture all over the place, hang shelves, give decorating opinions, choose colors, and run up and down two flights of stairs to check on the baby.

One tried hard to be content with snacks in the highchair, in the middle of chaos. Sometimes he got a little bored and tossed cheerios, diced canteloupe and puffs onto the floor, but it needed vacuuming anyway. He also was good enough to watch Baby Einstein in the car over and over when we needed to make supply runs.

One agreed to take a sunbath, just to show us what we were missing, staying inside on a beautiful summer day.

Note: several of you asked about how to freeze zucchini. I'll come back tomorrow with easy instructions, and a great Paula Deene recipe for zucchini bread. Right now I'm just too tuckered out to do much of anything!


  posted at 8:09 AM

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