Dining Room, Steady but Very, Very Slow
I have been on a whirlind of cleaning and purging and organizing around here. I've been so driven just to get all the junk outta here that I haven't really stopped to take pictures, either. Well, plus, they're kind of embarrassing. I mean, the "before" pictures are, "Yowza!" and the after pictures are "Meh," so I haven't been feeling inspired to share them.
But then, on the other hand, that is what's really going on here, and I do want to share. I wish I could bring you all over and point out all the good stuff, so you could see the progress, instead of posting pictures where it's kind of hard to tell that it's SO much better than it was before. It doesn't seem like it shows that well in pictures. In real life it's a huge difference.
Anyway. I did manage to get one before/after-some-progress shots of the buffet in the dining room, so I thought I'd at least show that. The dining room is central to the house, and the buffet is a serious, grade 3 crud collector. (Just in the sake of full disclosure, I call it the cr*p collector here at home.) Add to that a really complicated summer, a bunch of stuff without homes and unfinished paint jobs, and this is what you get:
Yep, that's pretty much what that area looked like all summer.
It's kind of amazing to look back at those pictures now and realize how oppressive it is to live with all that junk piled up like that. Ugh.
A few weeks ago, a lovely friend came over and spent all afternoon just helping me sort and organize everything on the top half of the buffet since we were starting the school year and I hadn't had a chance to even breathe let alone organize things. About a week after that another dear friend came and helped me do the bottom half. I then got a wild hair and started working on the paint job for it.
There's still a LOT to do, mostly painting at this point, and then I want to tackle the table and chairs, but for now, this is how it's looking:
I know it's not a spectacular after, and there's lots to do, but can you see how much better it is than it was before?
All the doors need to be painted so they can go back on, and I'd love to get some cute glass knobs or something. I may have to make do with something scrounged for now. I would love to cover or replace that laminate countertop, and do something fun inside the cabinet. Plus I want to refinish the table and chairs.... at the pace I'm going, I could be working on this room for a decade!
Here's the funny part. Baby Girl was given a lamp with attached stuffed racoon, and I didn't realize she'd snuck in and put it on the table until I was looking at the pictures later. See?
She's so funny.
What about you? Do you have a room that you're working on? Slowly? Or fast?