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Eating room

Ha! My phone auto mis-corrected “dining room” for the title. Still appropriate, so it stays.

Before the dining room, aka eating room sees any changes from the work on the deck, namely switching out the windows for patio doors, I wanted to grab some “before” pictures.

The plan is to paint, replace the uuugly ceiling fan, trim room with arch way, doorway, and crown moldings, and add wainscotting. And maybe a picture rail. The husband only knows of some of these plans. 😉 The budget, or lack there of, will determine how much if this gets done soon. And the husband’s level of excitement. Me thinks we may just paint.

So guess what costs Five THOUSAND DOLLARS? French doors. Seriously. Our windows are huge, so getting 8′ doors or shorter ones+ transom in anything other than vinyl is insanely expensive. Thank goodness for craigslist! We found a set of solid wood 8′ tall inswing French doors with no center post (exactly what we were looking for) for $300. Much better.

The Cargo desk was a $40 score at one of my favorite thrift stores a few months ago. Not sure where it will live long term, but for now it’s in here. The table was Joe’s. The chairs are mis matched free ones we’ve been lucky to find or were given. Matching, or at least coordinating ones, might eventually happen. The door is beautiful and I want to refinish it as art, but I don’t think I’ll ever get around to it, so it’ll likely get craigslisted. The table against it is just there to keep anyone from knocking the door down and being hurt since it weighs a ton.




Hanging art also gets tacked onto the to do list.


When one window closes…

Another door opens. Or something like that. Very long (5 months worth) story short: We’re replacing the worn out, craptastic, code? what code?, ugly deck off the laundry room. We’re also extending it to the dining room, adding a wheel chair lift to it, screening part of it in, and replacing the dining room windows with new (to us) french doors.

We have a sweet family friend who can’t get into our house due to mobility issues. Century old houses and accessibility? Not so much. I’m really excited, and I must admit, quite happy to have a project a contractor will tackle for once. DIY is fun and all, and we all know I’m queen cheapskate, but with 3 small kids and so much complexity involved with this project, it’s just way out of our skill set. And time set. I just brushed my teeth and am still in pajamas. It’s 1pm. Definitely short on time.

Best part of it all is that the elevator comes with a keychain remote. That should provide for some excitement!

I’ll update as they get started, hopefully next week!, about more details. I’m really excited to discuss the material we chose, the design, our deal on French doors (no project is complete without a bargain somewhere), the actual lift, the process, all of it! And with pictures. Cell phone crappy ones as always, but pictures none the less!

(I like calling it a lift instead of an elevator because it makes me feel fancy pants. And Patsy Lou announced I’m the queen this morning, so I think that now makes me British. I’m going to get the kids to start calling me “mum.”)