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for my own benefit…

kitchen photos for inspiration…

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whew!

I’ve been hesitating for over a year now.  I had no clue what would be under the carpet on the stairs.  While cleaning today, I realized the carpeting was a little loose in the one corner.  After crossing my fingers and pulling it back…hardwood!

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Hopefully N. is picking this up right now – an old kitchen sink/cabinet for $15.  It’s not exactly what I want for the kitchen, but for $15, it would work wonderfully (once cleaned and refinished) in a bathroom.  And considering the price, if it doesn’t work out, no big loss.

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three great years!

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When we bought the house, one room I was particularly excited for was the sun room. I had visions of lounging with coffee while reading a book, enjoying the sounds of birds and the gentle breeze off the water.  Fast forward a year and half, and reailty has set in; the windows are inoperable; there’s the jarring sounds of motorcyclists zooming by, and since there’s no screen door, opening the front door results in a number of bees buzzing around the room.  Nonetheless, I’m hoping the room will be more usable once it cools down a bit. It does have a wonderful southern orientation, which is great during cooler weather.  Alas, when it’s 90 out and the central air has been broken for a week, the room turns into an oven. However, at least it’s a slightly better looking oven now.

When we moved in, the room was painted a deep red with beige trim, as seen below.  It was probably the best looking room in the house when we moved in.

I spent hours laboring over the paint color decision, collecting dozen of swatches.  In the end, I got fed up, and went with Benjamin Moore’s Morning Dew.  Why? Because it sounds like N.’s favorite soda, Mountain Dew. We used the basic, off the shelf Bright White semi-glass Valspar paint for the trim.

We put the $99 Ikea sofa sofa in here, as it had nowhere else to go.  I bought the bottom crate with the orange on it for $2 at an auction, and the old suitcase came with it.  The lamp was $30 at a local antique show, and the painting was given to me by an artist who taught protraiture at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria.  I used to model for classes there.  After one sitting, the teacher gave me $80 and the painting.  The coffee table (which isn’t really shown) is a bench that the previous owner left in the basement.  The small round marble-topped end table was my great grandmother’s and the wall shelf was a $7 thrift store find. N. put together the coat hooks for me, using a piece of wood from one of our barns that we tore down.

It’s too bad we never actually use the room!  Oh well, for the time being, it’s a good place to store my sewing machine.

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