Before and After Projects

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This week was definitely the busiest week of our summer.  Nadine was at camp, and we decided to tackle the project of painting the girls’ room to surprise her when she got back.  On top of that,  with school approaching very quickly, it has become vital to have a working, organized school space.  Last year that was lacking, and the inability to find scissors, tape, paper, etc. became increasingly annoying and burdensome.  In addition, the mess build-up was constant and growing.  When no one, including mommy, knows where something goes, it inadvertently gets stuck on… the table.  Or some random shelf. Or gets lost in the abyss of unknown, only to show up when it’s not needed anymore.  Enter: my amazing carpenter husband, whom I hired not only for his skill, but also for his handsome physique.  Below is the before and after photos of my “school space” in our dining room.  The finished shelves have seven more shelves to be added.  Matthew needs a special tool to drill the holes for the removable shelves, and since he lent that tool to someone, we have to wait to get it back until it’s entirely finished.  But, at least my table is cleared, and to think that there is even more space to be had, makes me just giddy.

The simultaneous project going on this week was painting the attic.  It was time to cover the patched, heavily foot-printed and hand-printed yellow walls with some fresh paint.  I scanned our basement shelves and opened what I thought was white paint (and remains a mystery as to what color it actually is) to find a greyish blue.  It brightens the room considerably, without making it glow.  My handsome carpenter also hung a wire so I could attach some lace curtains to separate the playing side from the sleeping side.

We will be moving Betty up to the attic soon, so Matthew set up the crib in anticipation of that.  Her room will become our office and sewing room.  For now though, we’ve had enough for one week!  We’ll prepare and adjust to this next transition all in good time.

Have a happy day!


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