Monday, August 30, 2010

The Furniture is Done! Off to College!

 Whew! The furniture got finished in the nick of time. We took Jamie and all the furniture we provided for the girls apartment, and all her stuff to college this past weekend. We borrowed a bigger trailer (ours wasn't big enough). We looked something like the Beverly Hillbillies! I so wanted to strap a rocking chair to the top of the pile and get a giant doll to sit in it! But I'm afraid it might have run people off the road laughing. Here's what the trailer looked like:

That tall thing in the back is a loft bed that was my nephew's.  They are lending it to Jamie while she is in college.  That was a blessing.

It was a 5 1/2 hour drive to her school, not counting stops.  We had a funeral visitation to go to on Friday before we left, so we didn't arrive until around 10:00 p.m.    Not wanting to leave a trailer full of her worldly goods overnight, we unpacked it all that night!  We spent the first night at her apartment, as two of the girls didn't come until the next day.

The next day we got up and got to work setting up the apartment.  I didn't get many pictures, because I was too busy cleaning.  The place was quite dirty, which I was not at all happy about.  I did snap a few.  Here's the loft bed getting assembled:

Tyler looks exhausted...he helped carry almost every piece of furniture up two flights of stairs. floor...not our choice!  Next year those girls better pick a main floor apartment, is all I've got to say.

Even Jared helped carry and set up.  I love this picture of him being Daddy's little helper.

I meant to take pictures of all the finished furniture before it got packed onto the trailer, but in all the rush to get it all packed, I forgot.  So I took pictures of the two pieces of furniture I hadn't shown you, after it was at the apartment.  Sorry about the quality of the pictures...not sure why they are so grainy.  I think I had the camera on the wrong setting.

Remember that dirty old bookcase from our barn rafters?  Let me refresh your memory:

Yeah...that's the one.  Disgusting, wasn't it?  Here's a close up shot of it:

You can see I painted it to match the nightstand I posted about earlier

I also painted a desk,  I didn't get very good pictures of it after.  In fact it didn't even have knobs on it yet.  Someday I'll try to get a better picture of it.  Here is the before:

It needed a little repair and some paint, but it is a very solid little desk.  It even has a finished back on it, which I failed to get a shot of.  I'll post more about it later, but here it is finished...except for nobs.

We also found a solid wood futon for $35 to use as a couch.  We had a black futon mattress, so it was perfect.  I didn't get a picture of the mattress on it though...I know...bad blogger, but I was a wee bit busy.

So here is a review of the four pieces I painted for her:

 I blogged about this table here.

It was an exhausting trip...physically and emotionally.  We said our goodbye's Saturday night, after taking Jamie out for dinner,  then stayed the night at our nephew's home about 20 minutes away.  It's so comforting to know he is there if she runs into trouble or needs immediate help.  He and his wife are both wonderful Christian people.  The have an adorable son and another baby due any day.  They even go to the same church as Jamie's friend (who she is rooming with), so she saw him on Sunday.  He delivered a box of food to her, that somehow got packed back into our car...I won't mention any names Tyler!

We drove home Sunday.  The waterworks didn't start until I went to bed.  My first baby has left the nest.  Sniff. Sniff.

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  1. Love the color scheme... that turquoise bookcase is my favorite! It reminds me of the dresser in my master bedroom. Exciting times!


  2. What a fabulous family. Looks like she is good to Mom just has to adjust.

  3. Looks like you gave her a great start! Love the pieces you did for her.
    Oh and about the grainy pictures. Looks like your ISO setting was really high. If you had your camera on automatic, it upped the iso to account for bad lighting conditions. Pro of that is you get clear pictures without a lot of light, con, is that it makes those pictures really grainy. Hope that helps.

  4. I love the bookcase and the drop leaf table. Her apartment is going to look really nice. Ther furniture pieces you painted for her all look great.

  5. Wow, I never had furniture that great when I went off to school. I love the colors you chose, everything looks great!

  6. I love all the furniture. Great colors and great job.

  7. You are my kind of woman - you paint furniture and use color! I love your color choices on your pieces, great work, nice finish!

    Loved it so much, I just had to join your groupies and follow you!


  8. beautiful blog and works!
    Kisses from Croatia.
    Zondra Art


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