Friday, August 6, 2010

Missing in Action

Sorry I've been missing in action lately. A lot of stuff has been going on, but the biggest reason I've been AWOL is that my computer got a nasty virus (which ended up being about 15 nasty viruses), and I just got it back today.

We also were on vacation last week. We camped at beautiful Higgens Lake in Michigan. It was a very relaxing week, which I needed, although I did play three games of volleyball (parents against our kids). I felt every dive and twist for several days afterward. Getting old is not for wimps!

Of course when we got home, I had a mountain of laundry, cleaning, and gardening chores to catch up on. Now that all that is caught up, I am diving back into projects.

My son's room is at a standstill until Mr. Greenwillow can skim coat one wall that was badly damaged while taking off the wallpaper (hopefully he will be doing that tomorrow). I couldn't figure out why only that wall was so bad, then my hubby said that it was the only wall he didn't drywall a few years ago when we split one huge, long room into two for our boys. It was old drywall. The rest of the walls were fine.

You can see the damage in this picture.  All his furniture is pulled to the center of the room.

Moving clock-wise around the room.  We have these low knee-walls in all the rooms upstairs, which makes for limited furniture arrangements. This is where his bed will go in order to leave the most open floor space.  All that stuff on the floor is legos, and you are only seeing a fraction of it!  It's the only toys he has played with for years. 

A very messy closet.  Everything that wasn't shoved to the center of the room, was shoved in here.  Notice no trim or closet doors.  The closets upstairs are all built under the eaves, so they are much shorter than standard closets, hence no  doors yet.  We will have to custom make them.  I have an idea, but will have to see if it will work. 

Swinging a little further right, you can see this is a very small room with those knee-walls.  The door is behind that wall, and it has to open into the hallway because of the sloped ceiling. 

Finally this is the only long wall in his room.  I plan to line up 3 shelving units to house all his Legos and other junk stuff.  You can see I had just started to paint.  Right now I have half his room and the ceiling painted a light gray called Silver Cliff by Ace Royal Paint.  Because of the sloped ceilings and odd angles, I painted the ceiling to match.  I think it helps make the room look larger too.

This picture gives a better idea of the color as you can see it against the primed walls.

Other than that little project, I also sanded a nightstand for my daughter to take to college.  A dining table and desk are waiting in line to be sanded next.  Then all three will get painted.  She leaves in 3 weeks...yikes!!  I will be cranking out the projects this month.  I have to get her stuff ready and get Jared's room back in order stat!  Get out the paddles...I may need a jump start!


  1. Glad to see you are back and had a good vacation!

  2. Welcome back! I'm glad you had a nice vacation. Sounds like the family had a great time.
    Looks like you have a lot of projects on your plate. My son will be leaving for college in two weeks. Since this is his first year I feel like we are going a little unprepared. We went shopping this week and got things for his dorm room but until we actually get there and see the room I'm not really sure what "extras" the room is going to need. I'm sure we'll be doing more shopping when we get there.
    Have a great weekend.

  3. Let the good times roll! I can't wait to see it finished!

  4. Welcome back! Sometimes it seems life reminds us that we need to slow down. That is how I look at it when those things happen! Looks like you have a lot work ahead of you in your son's room! Can't wait to see the reveal!

  5. Sounds (and looks) like you've got a lot on your plate.

  6. Thanks so much for visiting my blog -- that way I was able to find yours!

    I like the paint color in the boys room. Looks like you just about have it licked...


  7. I am so glad you came over and left such a nice comment!

    It looks like you are in the middle of a big make over too!
    It looks like a challenging room. Your plans sound great...I hope they all come together easily. It is going to be great.

  8. Those shorter closet opening can be a challenge. You can actually cut down hollow core doors. It's cheaper than special ordering them. That is a lot of work in the room but it will look so nice when it's finished.


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