Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Day 6.4. The Road to the Expedit.

To refresh your memories (though no one seems to have any trouble remembering the RED) This is what we started with:

This is the colour scheme I wanted. As you may or may not remember, I decided to forgo the blue.

That's a bit of white bristol board in the front to "show" the "yellow" in the French Vanilla, but I think the flash washed it out.

Down came the west wall (lower right above) and this was the result:
With this as infrastructure, who wouldn't want a bunch of cubbies?
And when these were removed this was left:

Ouch. (Sorry about the hotspot).

On the wall over the desk, we had this:

Where did it all go?


This is the Living Room's pile of books from the shelves. (And Maxwell says to "put the books on the couch." Um. No.)

This is the start of the pile of Scrapping Stuff in the hallway. It would eventually go all the way to the end of the box (yes, that's the Expedit) and go all the way up and over the little alcove. There was about one foot of space between the cabinet (yellow in lower left corner) and the pile. Yes, you had to move sideways to get through.

And here be the contents of the China Cabinet. This is just around the corner from the hallway. (You can see the stuff piled in the background.)

Remember I said the spackle was "good to go" on October 6th? It wasn't. As we were washing the walls, I called the husband over to look at the paint standing about 1/4" away from the wall in the corner by the window. He decided it would be best to remove it and spackle over the plaster. I agreed. And so we had this for a few days:

We have no eaves. We really need to build some. The same thing happens in the outside corner of the living room.


Washing the walls was an absolute nightmare. The soap from the cloth I was using seemed to permeate the walls. We took to squirting on vinegar and water and going over a section at least four times to remove all traces of soap. I'd thought it was the cloth I was using. I eventually realised, that, no, it was because of the red. You could see the soap, that's all. And so the painting went on. And on. When we were done we realised the ceiling had to be done too. What a wonderful difference! And then, of course, the Expedit. Here it is:


I'm teasing you of course. What you really want to see is this:

I've tweaked the top a bit since I took this, but it's essentially the same. Let's look at that wall again, shall we?

Today, I actually went and found a darning needle that's now housed in there. I got the bookcase assembled and the books and binders put back on today and I unpacked the boxes and filled up the China Cabinet instead of making supper.

Maxwell allocates one week for painting. I started packing the dining room up on Sept. 25th. We finished painting and assembled the Expedit on Oct. 15th. That's 20 days. And the room still isn't reassembled yet. But I'm happy. Truly. And I'm anxious to share the finished result with you--so tomorrow, we drill holes in my beautiful walls.

12 comments :

zooza said...

Boom dada boom! The end result looks truly fantastic - can't wait to see the rest of it. And I think 20 days is pretty good going for all that work. Well done!

sarah said...

great job... you have done a ton of work!! i will be purchasing 2 expedit cabinets next week... (one of the smaller ones and the half size one). i will post pics too!

CQ in DC said...

absolutely fabulous looking transformation! the new room is gorgeous- I can't wait to see more pictures...

Anne said...

Oh it looks so good! I'm so happy for you! Now how many of the boxes left from the previous pictures still have to come back in here? Is this most of them?

Mella DelPantano said...

Wow!!! Fantastic job, and so much work done. Just thinking about all that work would leave me exhausted, if I weren't exhausted already. I hope you're loving the improvements.

Alana in Canada said...

Anne: believe it or not, there's only three boxes of books left to unpack. They'll go on the shelves above the desk which I will be drilling holes for in just a moment!

Thanks everyone! I am happy--and you're all making me happier!

smallcitybeth said...

What an incredible boom dada boom!!! It looks so wonderful! I'm so impressed I can't even begin to express it. It's all going to be fabulous. Wow.

curing what ails me said...

breathtakingly organized! breathlessly waiting to see the rest!

curing what ails me said...

i never told you, but i have expedit in the dining room also....3 small ones and 1 lack used as a window seat (the dark brown)....i'll post pics someday

Jessica said...

Yay Alana!!! I know I tried to talk you out of the expedit earlier in the cure, but it looks great...what a change...I'm very excited for you...

Jessica said...

and also I loved your illustrated narrative...

sparklerawk said...

Hooray! The new room looks excellent! Good job! I like that you were actually able to fill the majority of the Expedit, it looks more purposeful that way.

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