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Progress… I Guess

the living room in all of it's glory this morning

Making progress on this room has been SO SLOW! I’m not even going to show you the dining room. I know it’s my own fault, but that doesn’t seem to help me move any faster. Here is what I need to accomplish for the room to be “finished”.

1. fix cracked mirror
2. find an alarm company to install window breaks
3. decide on curtain fabric
4. decide if and when to do shutters
5. frame photos
6. hang all pictures
7. put glass shelves back in display cabinets
8. arrange display cabinet
9. have slip covers made for cushions of the black chairs
10. pick up new coffee table and end table
11. wait for new fire screen to arrive
12. have new pillows made for couch once drapery selection is made
13. wait for new ottoman/stools to arrive
14. I don’t know, I just didn’t want to have 13 as the # on my to do list 🙂

Does it take you forever to decorate a room? Or are you one of those people who plans and plans, and then pouf, it’s all done in a week? Right now, I could really go for a little Samantha Stephens nose wiggling. 😉

The Wall Of Mary Project


This project to fill the wall along our front stairway has finally commenced. The picture above is slightly inaccurate, because I have removed three of those images and replaced them with better ones. I dropped them off at the framers on Tuesday to have custom mats cut. I am not doing custom frames, as that would make the project cost prohibitive. I managed to get 20 frames at Joann for $100 late last year. Quite the bargain. Even with that bargain, this project will cost $47.00 per picture. That includes a custom cut mat, non-glare glass and the cost of the frame. This cost break down does not include the cost of the book I destroyed for most of the images, nor the three pieces I purchased on Etsy. I can’t quite remember how much I spent on either thing, but I think the book was around $20 and the total on Etsy was around $60.

Here is what the foyer currently looks like:

wall of blankness

The next challenge will be the hanging process. I’m fairly certain the husband is not going to be too pleased about this job, and much cussing will occur. We might actually need to buy a different type of ladder to get this done. Crap! Do I have to include that in the cost of the project?

I hope that these pictures end up looking as good as I had originally pictured. I actually went against the advice of my framing lady, who wanted to mat them all differently. I hope I did the right thing. She and I usually agree, so this concerns me.

What projects are you working on right now? Does it always shock you how expensive framing is? It still does me sometimes. But I always like the end result.