I have toyed with the idea of a shelf over the master bedroom door for a while now. Like all my projects…this one also required much thought before the actual labor. Our master bedroom door has a small “inlet” of about 14 inches where the hall linen closet protrudes. This seemed like a perfect place to put more shit…..and I have tons of shit to put.
It was really a quick install…a white laminate board cut to fit, a few 1X2s…nail gun…Zap – Zap.. Done.
The part that took time was painting, and this is what I have been loathing. Let me explain. For some reason…the previous owner had painted this room , trim and walls, one solid mocha color. It’s not a bad color….just different from every other room in the house with gleaming white trim.
That scallop over the closet was removed on day 1
We painted our “Martha Stewart Fawn” in here before we even had furniture. And of course you remember that Jamie scrapped the popcorn off the ceiling for 3 days….. See picture below….
This meant that we had to also skim coat, sand, skim coat again, sand some more, paint and then paint again…all over our heads. After all this we just didn’t have the energy to also paint the trim…so it has waited a year and a half. Did I mention the lack of quarter round here as well? Ohh, when the previous owner replaced the floors, he neglected to put quarter round back down to hide the floor board gap around the entire edge of the room. See? This simple project just keeps getting bigger….
Back to the shelf…
See the white trim in the hallway?
And the after…
Now I have a place to put travel books and a few globes….
As for the trim…….I have been slowly working my way away from the shelf with painters tape, white semi-gloss paint, and on the floor – quarter round trim pieces… So far a third of the room has white trim, and the two-thirds behind furniture…has flat mocha trim.
How unusual…a half finished project
After much delay……the company we found had trouble giving us an exact install date, then postponed after they finally did commit to a date……we now have a sprinklers system in the front yard. This Texas summer was the longest heat wave in recorded history, this past July was the hottest July on record, and we went 70 consecutive days with temps over 100. We haven’t had any measurable rain in Dallas since about May, and even the governor has declared a “Weekend of Prayer for Rain”. We are sooo ready to stop worrying about watering our little patch of lawn; Let the green grass begin!
Isn't this a menacing looking tool?
And here is what it does...
After a few slices with the ditch-witch...
Installing the main controls in the garage
Awesome, right? So much destruction just to make things pretty…
On a side note, the plumber finally came a full week after we called American Home Shield and snaked the drainage for the right side of the house. Now we can wash clothes and dishes without nasty back-up in the garage….”yeah”….Of course we are still waiting for the “right part” so the TV repairman can fix the TV in the living room. ” 7 to 10 days “, they tell us …hhhhmmmm, one crisis at a time right now.
So the past few weeks have been a traveling blur……We both made it home for the holiday weekend to find the almost brand new TV in the den losing the picture and the plumbing backing up into the garage. There is also a huge bite mark taken out of the guest room bed frame….pretty sure we know who is responsible for that. Haven’t been able to do laundry all weekend…or run the dishwasher. The TV is under warranty, so the store is sending a technician thursday. Jamie called American Home Shield friday and someone should be here tomorrow to snake the drains. Speaking of tomorrow….the sprinkler system is scheduled to be installed ( front yard only…until we make more of a decision about the backyard ).
This company also does patios, and the rep suggested a concrete patio for the backyard…..my vision is a walk-out from the den directly onto the deck, Not quite sure if they can build a 3 foot high concrete deck without trashing the backyard and removing a section or two of fence. We will see….
Anyhoo, pretty excited about the sprinkler install. It will be awesome to have a lush, green lawn for a change. So far, there is a chalk line on the side of the house marking the gas line. I will keep y’all posted on the progress….should only take a day……. (holds breath)……should only (sigh)