Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Ready to Re-Stock - One Last "During"

Will I fit everything back in the treehouse? We'll soon know - the room is ready to re-stock, at last. The guest room is ready to receive final touches and house guests, as well. My Oldtimer did an amazing job of persevering through all the allen wrenches and MDF that is Ikea. My treehouse now has storage and work surfaces galore. One last look before I fill it up again with fabric, paint, thread, beads, glitter, and patterns:

Above - the west end, the former wall of shame.

Above, the east wall, the former inspiration wall. Note the large L-shaped desk, the credenza on the right, and the two floating shelves above the credenza.

Above - one end of the desk, showing the extra storage drawers and the window. I love that little wire drawer set.

Above - storage cubes all the way into the corner, with added drawers, bins, and doors.

Above - dining room sideboard or credenza, to be used as additional work surface and storage. The black boxes will store patterns.

Here are a few shots of the guest room as it looks right now. It's also ready to be re-populated, though the bed, blanket chest, and wardrobe have already been put into place. I hope to uncover the pillows for the bed soon.

Here's that same view I posted a couple days ago - no more Ikea boxes on the bed, and it DID all fit into the treehouse! If you look closely, you can see the difference between the two shades of green. The guest room is cooler, kind of a pale sage-y green, while the treehouse is warmer and brighter.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Upstairs Re-Do; Still in the During Phase

Friday evening, in front of the threatened winter storm, we made the "quick" run to Ikea in Pittsburgh for the rest of the things needed to put together the sewing room (my treehouse). Here's a look at what was in the back of the Edge, now stacked up in the guest room:
See that little room across the hall with the bins? It's all going in there!
Another view of the guest room (also in a "during" phase) and the boxes of stuff from Ikea:
Here's a during shot of what will be my new work surface for sewing machine, embellisher, serger, etc:
Storage bins!
This little treetop room is just 6 1/2 feet wide, but 15 feet long.
Here's my poor lone window - but the view is good:
We left Ikea at 8:40. Normally, the drive home is about 2 hours, and we had high hopes of beating the approaching snow storm. About one hour into the drive, traffic came to a complete standstill on the Turnpike. When we finally started moving again, this was the dreadful scene:
Another view - a tractor trailer on its side, and that happened before the snow started. After we cleared this accident, we saw four other accidents and people off the road.
We made it home intact, thanks to my Oldtimer's beloved Daisy (the Ford Edge). She really hauled a lot of stuff home the past few weekends!

Friday, February 17, 2012

We Interrupt our Re-do...

...for an important message.
Having just achieved my 61st birthday, I was delighted and inspired by this presentation by Jane Fonda:

Forget your politics and your movie reviews for a while. If you are jealous that Jane can afford a facelift and you can't, put it behind you. This is such a worthwhile message, not just for women my age, but those coming up behind us.

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Upstairs Re-do - Getting Closer

The carpet was installed yesterday! Now we get to do a few touch-ups, and then begin the repopulation of the rooms. Hopefully, we'll (I'll!) be able to edit what returns to the rooms. The first thing we bought last night to help with the look was a new window shade for each room. They are nice, white slatted blinds, and will tie in well with what we have in the rest of the house.

Here's a view of the guest room, complete with empty closet:

Another view of the guest room, including the empty wardrobe that needs to move back into place and return to its storage duties:(Please notice the carpet is Molly-approved.)

A view of the treehouse wall, formerly labeled the wall of shame:

And the end of the Treehouse that had the overloaded bulletin/inspiration board:A view down the steps:
The metal handrail in the stairwell had been painted the same flat white-beige as the walls. It seemed very strange. When we took it off the wall to paint, we could tell that it had been black metal originally. We used the leftover copper metallic paint and glaze from the front door, and turned the handrail to copper.