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Bookish (And Not So Bookish Thoughts): Personal Library Edition

1. Remember how I signed up for #PinItDoIt? So do I.

Well, #PinItDoIt fail. I was supposed wrap up my projects by Halloween. That didn’t happen. It was a planned failure, so that took a bit of the sting out of it – as in I knew there was about a 3% chance of finishing the room on schedule. But it’s done…ish. I don’t know that anything is ever done, but I’m calling this room good for now.

Let’s start at the beginning. I wish I’d remembered to take a true before picture (and that someone had told me to take better pictures because someday I might actually want to share them with people). This was shortly after move in – maybe a week? The previous owners weren’t exactly interested in dusting and they left me their really old speaker set.DSC_0179

2. I would like to take this moment to point out that the previous owners wallpapered the fucking ceiling. With graph paper. That they didn’t even properly align. I still get irritable when I think about it.DSC_0180

3.Wallpaper’s gone. Walls have been primed. Mantle has been painted. I lived with the brick for months before I finally decided to paint it. You can’t tell in the picture but both of the windows in the room were cracked and broken – winter was fun.DSC_0217

4. Finally started painting the cabinet doors. I tried to break outside of my comfort zone and chose to paint the walls mint green. I didn’t realize breaking out of my comfort zone also meant going outside of the colors I actually enjoy looking at. I hated this color every single day I looked at it. And the blue striped rug….very nautical?DSC_0350

5. I stripped the wallpaper on the ceiling. In regards to house tasks, there might not be anything I hate more than painting ceilings (or ceiling beams, for that matter). Sincerely.DSC_0599

6. The darker side of thrifting (and the new windows are in, the only picture I can find of them being replaced is this tweet): It’s hard to come by exactly what you want, so sometimes you keep buying furniture until you get it right. The good news: I typically at least break even on the things I relist on craigslist/ebay. The bad news: the house occasionally resembles the early stages of hoarding. This was the beige paint stage. By this point, I had also broken down and painted the brick fireplace.DSC_1240

7. Now for the after pictures – because this is as “done” as the room will get for a while. Right half of the room.

. Left half of the room
Left Half
I tried to squeeze in the full view (with the card catalog) to mixed results. To see the card catalog in its original state, go here.Right Half

10. The left side of the left side.

So what’s been accomplished (though not necessarily in the last month – i.e. window replacement had to be done in August because it’s far too cold to be doing it now)?

  • Moldy Carpet Removal
  • Hardwood Floor Restoration
  • Wallpaper Removal
  • Window Removal/Window Replacement
  • Paint/Fill Brick Fireplace
  • Paint Mantle
  • Prime Wood Paneling
  • Paint Wood Paneling (time #1)
  • Paint Wood Paneling (time #2)
  • Paint Wood Paneling (time #3*)
  • Paint Ceiling
  • Pain Wood Beams
  • Install Angular Shelves
  • Prime/Paint Bookcases
  • Paint Cabinets
  • Replace Cabinet Hardware
  • Search for Furniture (if you thrift/Craigslist all of your furniture, this can take a while)
  • Hem Drapes
  • Refinish Card Catalog (Sand/Clean/Degloss/Paint)
  • Frame Stuff

So that’s where I am. Is there more that could be done? ALWAYS. But time and patience do not exist at this moment for such things. I’ve mentioned that I’m sensitive to my surroundings and that still stands, but so does my need for sleep. So the room is good enough for now. Did I achieve my goal? Not quite, but that’s to be expected in the expectations vs. reality equation. Essentially this room only needed a lot of paint and caulk to look better (and a good floor sander), so there were no major structural changes. You wouldn’t know that by the amount of time it took me to complete it to even get here.

For  a few more bookish thoughts and to get an actual tour of the room, you can watch this (for the life of me, I don’t know why I’m including this – it’s not very good, though you do get my sub-par narrative skills – so for fun, maybe?):

If you’d like to confirm that the previous owners enjoyed the cheap hunting lodge look, you can see the renovations to my bedroom. And yes, obviously I like the color grey (I’m also very fond of pink and yellow, they just don’t pop up in my decor choices very often).

*Yeah, well, some of us are indecisive (and make the occasional bad paint selection.)

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