Friday, March 14, 2014

The Misadventures of Jane

My mother always wanted to be an interior decorator.  She was forever rearranging furniture and redesigned her kitchen herself which included raising the roof, moving a doorway, deciding where the cupboards should go and how many, where the appliances should go for maximum efficiency etc. She made the blueprints and a builder did the work for her. If only I  had half her skills I'd be in a better position than I am today.

You'd think though, after five children she could have done a better job on my droopy drawers!!

Speaking of drawers...

Last night I was going to sit down and write a post and it would have been a lot funnier than this one as I was giddy as a schoolgirl as Ebeneezer Scrooge once said. Every bone and muscle in my body ached, my knees were especially crunchy and things kept falling on my head!! But I got sidetracked (when do I not get sidetracked) and instead of sitting down with my laptop I decided to put cute paper in my kitchen drawers!! Lookee!!

I am in LOVE with it!! I got a HUGE roll of the sticky-backed stuff for half price at Winners - I think I paid $5.00. I didn't want to put the stuff back in the drawers it's so pretty! But I did...but I got rid of so much stuff (that'll count as my decluttering for this week Carla!)

You know that drawer(s) you call a JUNK drawer?? Well, as it turns out most of the stuff IS JUNK!! That's right, you heard me!
My junk drawer is now less than half full - I can see everything that's in there so I won't have to go digging anymore. My daughter wants to buy me a new mixer to replace the one I've had for almost 40 years - I said NO WAY sugarplum - it still works just fine!

I'm sick of paint. There's paint everywhere - in my hair, on my clothes, even on the....
kitchen scissors...don't ask me how that happened.

However, I have accomplished a lot. The dining room is done, the powder room is done, the hallway on the main floor is done and I have primed the living room. Today it gets a coat of paint but I thought I'd slowly work my way up to it. I need to be gentle with my old bones today. I've also painted the bathroom vanity and will put the new handles on today and reinstall...

The paint colour is called "Silver Screen" I think though this picture doesn't really do it justice. Along with the walls I've been painting trim and doors in white - the front door is done and the bathroom door and I'll be doing the 2nd coat of the closet and door to the basement today. I hope. I may not be able to get out of my chair!!
First I have to decide what shade of white or beige to use in the living room!! There are several more cans of paint on the floor and 5 more to tint. I still have the basement and the 2nd floor to do, but that will be for another!

My "plan" is to keep working my way down my chore list til the end of June, RETIRE, spend a few months in PEI, come back and finish up the house over the winter, list it for sale in early 2015 and then move east. I am also mulling over buying a trailer in the Bayfield area but that remains on the "wish list" for now.

My Inspiration

And there you have it.


livingrichonthecheap said...

You are a force to be reckoned with! I really like that pattern of paper in your drawers. The plan sounds great. Have you ever thought about buying a motorhome? Maybe an older one so that you could drive out each summer and park it and then drive back in the fall? No property taxes/upkeep that way. Not an expensive one but a tiny slightly older Jane sized one?

Cindy Masterson-Roth said...

Boy oh boy Jane you are certainly on a mission ! I wish I could get on with some major stuff around here, but time is a commodity I don't have enough of it seems. Cute photo, droopy pants and all *smile*

Eboo said...

We really need to talk about getting some yarn from PEI while you're there. ;)
Email me please. :)

Sonya Ann said...

Your poor knees!
You are amazing! Fight the good fight woman and keep on painting!!!

Tanner said...

I think the kitchen scissors was during a snack attack mid brush... I really like the paper on the cabinet!

barb said...

LOVE the drawer paper 11/10!
Sell the house May /June before your Retirement date to a new teacher who maybe your replacement. Live your life large in PEI for one yr, thinking.
You are not a shrinking violet.
When life hands you lemons...add tequila!

Annie said...

Wow! Well done, Jane! What a huge accomplishment. It looks great and even though it's a lot of work, it must feel great to cross things off the to-do list and put them on the done list. YAY!

Lena said...

You've been busy! I love how the drawers now look. Brilliant!

Holly Nelson said...

I love love love the roll of sticky back paper...I have just been mod podging tissue paper to mine! It looks very home made!