Theres nothing quite like having an 8 pound cat sit on your chest for hours as you surf the net while home sick. I best make use of this time (stuck under Jade) and post an update at to the state of the living room. So, here we go!!
The wallpaper in the living room is one of the least crazy of the whole house being that it’s just a cream textured wall covering that kinda resembles wood grain, but it was old and yellowed and peeling off in some spots, so while it wasn’t about to drive my batty like the paper in The Yellow Wallpaper.
This is my attempt at capturing the design of the wallpaper. ^_^;;
Pulling the paper off was the easy part then I had to remove the backing (the part that glues to the wall). For that I had to soak the backing with warm water, wait for it to soak up and then use a scrapper to remove it. At this point I was working around the furniture in the living room, pulling the room apart while I worked then putting it back together again after I had cleaned up all the bits.
But I knew that I didn’t want to leave all the furniture in there to get covered with dust from the eventual sanding that was to come from fixing the walls and then sanding the trim (since the previous home owners shellacked the hell out them) so that would require me to essentially move out of the living room until it was finished! Anywhere from a few weeks to a month since work only really happens on the weekends. In a perfect world I would have a bunch of willing friends that would get the job done in two weekends and life would resume without any bother, but…my world is not so perfect and so, here I am.
Where, you might ask, am I? My new temporary living room has become the sunroom/future library. But first a couple of before shots:
This little table I’m using as a coffee table is in fact the previous home owner’s TV stand, hence the cut out for wires through the middle of it. The wicker chairs I scored off of Kijiji.ca for $40 for the pair \o/
The table was another Kijiji.ca find. It makes a great place to eat breakfast in the mornings while looking out the window at the garden or to do homework.
My gateway leg table. It folds down into buffet sized table when not in use. The chairs were handmade by my Uncle John on my grandfather’s side.
And lo! The Great Move began!
A daddy photobomb! tee hee
Man, it was tough getting the couch into the sunroom. Dad is notorious for being all gun-ho sometimes. I had to keep reminding him, all the way until the couch was in place to communicate what he wanted me to do in order to help him move the couch. What really happened was a serious of grunts, some short barked orders and all the frustration on my father’s part because I didn’t spontaneously develop ESP and read what he wanted me to do… O_o But really, I paint a bleak picture of my father sometimes, but he’s a great help. It’s just funny to me, that he does this…
All the extra furniture that didn’t have a home after the move went downstairs to await the living room’s finish.
It’s actually very, very cozy as a living room back here in the sunroom but if I did that, the “Formal Living room” would stand mostly empty, because what do I need a formal living room for. Better that the sunroom becomes a library than a TV room. But I would like to eventually have a daybed for a chaise in the sunroom for extra sleeping and lounge space for reading.