Closets are the bane of my existence (here). They're so hard to work in. Mine are especially petite.
Friday, October 07, 2022
Tuesday, August 30, 2022
The worst part of this job was removing three layers, plus the backing of the original layer, of wallpaper. The original layer had been painted a deep rose color, and the backing was stuck. I wasn't sure about how the crummy surface would take paint, so the paint guy recommended a special (very expensive) primer. It worked!
The second worst part was removing the smelly carpeting. The backing stuck and I didn't think I'd ever get it clean. I did the best I could with what I had. Surprisingly removing nails, staples and the tack strips was relatively easy. We decided to move the desk across the room to disguise all the stains. Oh, and painting the baseboard near the paneling with a little, teeny tiny paintbrush. I initially wasn't sure that the color (Benjamin Moore Salisbury Green, from the historical collection) was dark enough, but I love it now. I think it's perfect with the paneling. I also think painting the paneling white would have been a mistake. I thought of trying to remove the paint off the baseboards and staining them but that would have been an enormous project, plus there's white trim around the window. It's all kind of mismatched, but it is what it is. What's left is to get a ceiling fixture from my brother and have my brother-in-law install it and replace two electrical receptacles. I also need to replace a white switchplate with a brown one.
These curtains were made by my mother with Waverly fabric for my condo years ago.
|This was the worst part of the floor.
|What I ended up with before painting.
Friday, July 22, 2022
Well the roses did quite well this year. I’m about to ditch Abraham Darby and Crimson Bouquet because they barely bloom anymore. They’re 16 years old.
|Red Double Knockout
|Zephirine Drouhin (Bourbon)
|Crimson Bouquet (Grandiflora)
|Harlow Carr (David Austen)
|Lady Elsie May
The hydrangeas were OK. Better than expected.
The back garden is just about perfect, except that I cut the smokebush way down and it didn't come back too well. When will I learn? The Invincibelle Spirit never recovered. About the only thing left to do is plant more phlox and switch around the daylilies by color when I figure out what color they all are.
We're in a drought so this condition is sort of surprising.