Sunday, January 1, 2012

Keeping on keeping on

I have been a bit remiss in blogging, but I guess I haven't much felt like it lately.  Sometimes there just seems to be a bit too much on the plate these days, and I get a little bit grumpy about the situation with the house and everything.  Still, it's not as if I'm just sitting in the corner bemoaning things.

This past week, I built a shelf for the temporary bedroom.  It's the temporary bedroom because the master bedroom is a long way off from being finished, let alone started, really.  So the temporary bedroom is a small, cramped room with limited options due to the sloping ceiling.  It scarcely fits the bed and there's no room for nightstands or other useful furniture.  There is a closet but much of it is blocked by the bed, and the part that isn't blocked is used for Richard's clothes since it's more important for him to use the hanging space since he needs to look nice to go to work.  Can't have him looking like he slept in his clothes!  As a result, I had a small shelf on which all my clothes were going, and it wasn't enough once winter came because winter clothes are bulkier and take up more space.  Thus, I had a large heap on the floor that became my closet.  Not a good option!

I decided to remedy this problem by making a shelf out of any materials I could scrounge up around the house.  There was a bifold door that we didn't like that had been presumably bought for the closet door but it won't work for that closet because the bed would prevent the door from opening, so I took it apart.  I used the two pieces as the sides of my shelf unit.  I then found another bifold door that could be chopped open to make a top and bottom shelf.
I scrounged up some boards to use for shelves but some weren't wide enough so I had to use 2 boards for some shelves.  The shelf wood was pretty nasty all around - splintery and in bad shape.  I considered sanding and painting, but that seemed like a lot of work for what will hopefully be a relatively short-term solution, so I got out the staple gun and covered the nasty boards with scraps of cotton jersey that I'd found in the mouse-infested boxes when I was cleaning out the junk earlier in the summer.  I'd washed the pieces twice, thinking they might come in handy, and sure enough they did.
Anyway, it's not pretty or fancy or anything, but it does the job.  I'm constantly kicking myself for all the furniture I sold and/or gave away in Iowa before I left.  I didn't think I'd need it, but I sure do!

I've also continued working on improving the bathroom and the most recent effort has been putting some tile along the bath edge that I previously showed - the one my Dad designed for me.  I'm waiting for the adhesive to dry fully.  The package says 72 hours but I want to leave it for an extra day because the temperature of the house is quite cool so it may need a little extra time.  Then I'll be grouting.  I like the soft blues and whites of the tiles - it will lend itself to an aquatic-themed room.
I'm also still working on finishing the home-office room.  I've been moving stuff around and painting in sections.  It wasn't practical to move stuff out of the room so I just keep moving it around within the room.  Still, it's getting done and I begin to feel better about it - there's still a way to go on the trim and the wall behind me in the picture.  I love the warmth and the colours and it begins to be the first room that actually feels like a home.  Ignore the bare bulb.  Light fixtures will be forthcoming someday...
So, I'm still here, I'm still working on things, and I'm really going to try to blog a bit more often.  


Cat said...

Don't dis the shelf! I think it looks pretty good from here! Certainly does the job, and looks better than some of the stuff I cobbled together, uh, made in college for such uses! And ya know, blogging is for us to get things out, but sometimes, you just have to do other things...


Anonymous said...

I am constantly amazed by your creativity. You really do know how to make the most of a situation. I hope 2012 starts to see those dreams come true.


Mimi Foxmorton said...

I'm with Cat!
And repurposing is so much fun!
You are most excellent at it and you have a world of treasure at your fingertips!

Lovin' the tub tile.
I dream of one day having a claw foot tub with violets painted around the rim! *sigh*

Keep on keeping on........
your dream is right before you!

Happy 1 Year Anniversary to the Sisterhood!

love you lots-

Pricilla said...

The tile is gorgeous! And I love the colors in your work room.

We sold EVERYTHING when we took off in the trailer thinking we would never live in a house again so I understand. I started my 29th year of marriage with a KitchenAid, some pots and a mattress.

Just keep at it. It's all you can do.

BlueGate said...

Don't you love it when you take up a small project and it makes (even one small part of) your life better? Way to go! Love seeing your beautiful shawl tucked there on top : )
And the tub looks lovely...celebrate every one of those small victories!

Chai Chai said...

"Making due" is life in a nutshell, keep on keeping on!

Marigold said...

How clever are you, to make that shelf? It is awesome! And I love the colors in your work room. 2012 is going to be a great year for you. I can feel it! Onward and upward!

denise f said...

My goodness, when I see all that you do (here and on FB), I am constantly amazed by your productivity. Do you sleep? xoxo

Lin said...

I'm not a big saver, so there have been many things that I have parted with over the years---but I don't feel bad about it, I just wait to see what I get next. :) Looks like the shelves work fine for now.

LOVE the tile!

Kathryn said...

Claire,someday things will be in their proper order and your house will be gorgeous! I love the tile in the bath and the colors in your office. Hang in there!!

V.L. Locey said...

What a lovely LaMancha you have! That shelf looks okay to me.