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Elspeth 
Posted: 16-Mar-2004, 08:32 AM
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We probably have four inches and it's still coming down. So get ready for more... rolleyes.gif

My son just trecked off to the doughnut store so we'll see what he says when he comes back. laugh.gif

The kids are wanting to forge ahead, so we may go ahead and paint the diningroom and prep the hall/stairwell. More goop for them to squash into the holes in the wall. Too much fun. smile.gif


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Posted: 16-Mar-2004, 10:44 AM
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Elspeth, you are so brave letting your kids help like that. I'd be a nervous wreck if I let my boys around something like that. I try to let loose sometimes and let them help, but it kills my nerves every time... laugh.gif

Right now we're getting ready to move, and it's so cute because all they want to do is put stuff in boxes. My hubby keeps chasing them away. They don't understand that you can't just stack glasses and breakables into a box and call it a day. biggrin.gif rolleyes.gif


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Posted: 17-Mar-2004, 06:42 AM
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The walls in the dining room are painted!! WooHoo!!!!! The kids had a snow day yesterday so we did it then.

I'm calling the color raspberry mauve, regardless of the paint company's inadaquate name, and I LOVE it. Our house has the old, thick oak floorboards and woodwork around the doorways and windows. This color frames the wood, puts it on display. I really love it. Now I have got to clean the woodwork and get a border up so the furniture can go back in.

But - oh decorating dilemna divas - what color carpeting to get??????
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Posted: 17-Mar-2004, 07:03 AM
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Good for you Elspeth ! notworthy.gif
That got done Godspeed !

I would love to see the colour..
make it a lot easier to help with the carpet..
But with way I am seeing the wood..
I still think a burber look is the way to go..
and they are known for their ease in maintance , and wear..
http://www.dbestcarpet.com/Burber-Close.asp

This is what came to mind when you discribed the one you liked..
it comes in all sorts of designs..

I hope you take it easy today .. and enjoy the "fruits" get it *nudge nudge*
of you labor !

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Posted: 17-Mar-2004, 07:52 AM
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I wish I could enjoy the "fruits" but my family is annoyingly wanting to actually be able to sit in the living room again and reach the plates. Oh and they want food in the house and want me to go to their school event, doctor's apt., dance lessons and jazz band concert. But I need to buy a border, put it up and clean the woodword and windows!

They really need to get their priorities straight. biggrin.gif Whio needs food when we have raspberry walls?
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Posted: 18-Mar-2004, 06:58 AM
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Elspeth..
After all the Mothering ... when they are all asleep...
Enjoy !

Sounds like you love the colour ..
I'm glad of that smile.gif

Windows and baseboards..
I need to do them both..
but, I need to get this carpet up first..
and I would love a day ,
when I can open all the windows to do that chore..
they will get covered in dust ..
I am going to cover the furniture, and take down the curtains, rods and all,
and hang them up stairs, over the bedroom ones, till the job is done..
it really is'nt all that hard to do..
It is what I have to do after that I dread..
Re painting all the baseboards..*shudders*

THEN ... wallpaper the kitchen !
dun dun DUN!!!!!!

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Posted: 18-Mar-2004, 10:11 AM
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I put up the border this morning. WooHoo!!! I love it. I'm so glad I do. rolleyes.gif

Wallpapering the kitchen. Have a blast! I'll wallpaper the kitchen if you clean my windows. biggrin.gif

Anyone got any suggestions as to a good place for curtains?
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Posted: 18-Mar-2004, 10:54 AM
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You have a deal !
for some odd reason..
I LIKE to wash windows, and iron..

Curtains...
I try the deep discount places first...
Value City being my favorite..
I can not belive the selection of House stuff !

I wanted these velvet curtains from the Pottery Barn..
they opened right across the Street from where I work..
HELLO like 100 bucks a PANEL.. no way ....
Found the EXACT same thing, same colours .. at Value City ..
19.99 a panel on sale ! they are so pretty..and in the winter..
really keep any draft from blowing in !

IKEA has nice curtains too , and great hardware for hanging them
Kmart has good hardware.. I never really looked at the curtains there..
Tuesday Morning has good deals.. and some of the stuff at Big Lots !
I can't get over what they have sometimes..
I made my last set of curtains ! yay.. the first thing I ever made !
pretty darn easy too.. there are two great discount fabric stores here..
Calico Corner, I haunt the remnant bin,
Textile Studio, nothing over ten dollars a yard.. awesome fabrics too

The way your goin girl, by the time I get this typed..
The curtians will be up wink.gif

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Posted: 18-Mar-2004, 11:08 AM
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biggrin.gif I have to move this along. All the diningroom furniture is in the living room. And with 6 people in the house, it is darn cramped. laugh.gif
I can't get the curtains until we decide on carpeting. We have a Value City and Big Lots here I'll have to check out. I probably will go again with cape cod valances with pannels on the long windows. I thought of something heavier to keep out the cold, but I don't want to cover the woodword or block out the light.

It's a deal on the wallpaper for window washing. biggrin.gif But, what I didn't tell you was I have the old rope and pulley windows. So in order to wash them you have to take out the trim pieces, take out the window - without letting the rope slip back into the wall - and then wash 2 windows and 2 storm windows per window. Each window takes about a 1/2 hour, or more, start to finish. A royal pain you know where. So you can guess, they don't get washed often. Still want to trade? rolleyes.gif
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Posted: 18-Mar-2004, 11:40 AM
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I find the greatest stuff at Value City..
thats where I got the chair covers for 9.99
well one was 12.99 smile.gif

I don't keep the velvet ones up all year..
I took them down all ready...

I grew up with those sorts of windows.. we just washed them in the frames..
then used to sit on the sill to do the outside, I think I'd have to use a ladder today .. I guess the storms stay in all year, so that ideas out ! dang !

BUT.. for doing the kitchen wall paper,, I still think its a good trade wink.gif
I KNOW how to wash windows,, I have never wall papered a thing ..

They just did a show on those windows on.........
you guessed it,
This Old House,,
Ok ok , so I sorta have a crush on the landscapping guy!
there , bearing my soul !
They replaced the ropes.. and they were saying, how wondeful the windows were,
The lady of the house said, "Oh yeah, wanna wash them "

Curtains up yet?

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Posted: 18-Mar-2004, 12:00 PM
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Yeah, when we bought the house I loved the windows, all the wood, the unique perspective of the world seen through 80 year old warped glass. People suggested getting new ones and I gasped in horror. Replace these quaint old things? That was before I had to wash one. cool.gif

I'm tellin' ya. I'd make the trade in a heartbeat. wink.gif
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Posted: 18-Mar-2004, 12:20 PM
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I would not change them either..
Older glass just in it self is charming..

Is there NO other way to do them?
if the storm windows were taken down,
I guess the outside would be easier to do..

I'm calling Bob Vila.. let's see what he says..

http://www.bobvila.com/

He isnt home, but there is a place to ask questions on his web site..
wanna try ?

http://www.rejuvenation.com/catalog/window.html
cool replacement stuff here, Id look at flea markets first .. but nice to see..

http://www.jeffgreefwoodworking.com/pnc/hmimp/DblHng/
and a repair site..

How bout we split the diff, I'll come HELP you and you come HELP me !
Whatcha say ??

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Posted: 08-Aug-2004, 01:27 PM
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I finally got the pictures of my dining room back. I have to say I really love how it turned out.

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Posted: 08-Aug-2004, 01:34 PM
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I also took a picture of my Hoosier cabinet. It was my grandmothers and, for as long as I can remember, it lived in the basement under her kitchen. It was broken down, painted white, filty dirty, sitting crooked and was filled with odds and ends of rusty tools. When her house had to be sold, I brought it home and refinished it. It was missing a wheel, which was why it sat crooked. I just took off the other three and it solved the problem perfectly. wink.gif It is a real lovely piece. One of my favorites. smile.gif

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Posted: 08-Aug-2004, 11:14 PM
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Am so glad to see this section. Since it was my first visit here I started from the first post. I am also an amateur designer. I am a believer in using whatever I like, whether it is new, old or someone's castoff. I get a great deal of enjoyment seeing the room come together. Last year I redid my dining room, kitchen and laundry room from ceiling to floor. I love both of your dining rooms, Arianhod and Elspeth.

Arianhod, I also collect pewter, tho I mostly look for bicentennial pieces. smile.gif And Elspeth, you Hoosier is a gem. When living in a centennial farmhouse in Michigan I looked and looked for one to put in my country kitchen. Never could find one that would suit.
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