Monday, August 27, 2012

House Progress III

(Sorry - the light makes it almost impossible for my limited photography skills to get a good picture in this room!)

Managed to scrub down and polish the sideboard we bought and my oh my - it came up beautifully. You couldn't see any of this lovely grain when we bought it, and it had waterstains and marks on the top. I followed Morgan's excellent restoration guide to the letter, and it honestly looks like new. I have been oiling it every few days and the old wood is drinking it in. Feel like a beneficent motherly figure when I do. Go figure.

Not much else to report on the progress front this week. Work is getting busier and house things are invariably pushed aside for things like "earning money". Lame. Promise to get on it this week.

To-do list: (I'll be posting this weekly as a personal reminder of where we're up to - please feel free to ignore or to play along). Obviously much of this will cost a lot, so we'll do it over time, starting with the most urgent.

-Get a new plug for the sink
-Line cupboards with non-adhesive mats
-Possibly get an eat-in table and chair or a centre butcher's block/workspace. (Going to wait a bit on this one)

Butler's Pantry
-Line shelves with non-adhesive mats
-Maybe get curtain to block the pantry from the kitchen? (or go crazy with a beaded curtain?) (Mixed responses to this last time! I'm leaving it in just for the record.)

-Put up shower curtain cotton liners
-Think about towel warmer/dryer? (Arrived! Toasty, toasty bathroom with dry towels).

-Get extension cord for towel dryer

-Buy a sideboard to house linen and to use as more bench space for the bathroom.
-Buy a washing basket
-Buy a clothes rack

-Maybe buy a plant for the sideboard when we have it. (Got one for my birthday! Thanks AB!)

-Buy a mirror for the sideboard
-Polish up sideboard (pictures soon)

-Buy a mattress
-Buy a bed base
-Buy new, darker curtains
-Buy wall hooks for the picture rails

-Buy a mirror for the back of the door
-Buy a rug

-Line drawers with paper liners

Dining Room/2nd Bedroom
-Research and buy an airbed and linen and guest towels
-Buy dining table (more on this later this week!)
-Buy dining chairs
-Buy rug (this is a lease condition)

-Placemats for hot things on dining table
-Polish up dining table
-Buy thicker curtains for the front windows

Lounge room
-Buy couch (ordered but not arrived)
-Buy coffee table
-Buy rug
-Buy a large plant - maybe a Fiddle Fig?

-Buy a lamp

Study nook/Entraceway
-Buy small desk for this space
-Buy a chair/stool, too

-Buy a desk lamp

-Buy a rug (runner style) - this is a lease condition

-Vacuum cleaner/Mop + bucket
-Sewing machine (eventually!)
-Braun kitchen blender/chopper

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