Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Encouragement helps

Thank you so much! I knew that if I put out a call for help, it would come!

As a result, I got a lot done yesterday.

First, I tackled the hats, scarves, and gloves drawer. I just cleared out what we won't use, the chewed hats and the one-off gloves.



Like scb, I didn't want to tempt fate and actually pack it away.

Then, I tackled the coat closet proper. I took everything out and washed down the floor and walls. I went through the pockets of all the coats and discovered the family prefers to keep its gloves stored in its pockets! I removed two coats for my husband to decide whether to keep or toss (both filthy, one leather and one suede, both require professional cleaning) and he decided to keep just one of them. Hooray!

before:


after:


I didn't tackle the shelf with all the games and picnic items except to take one game down and give it to a friend of my daughters who was visiting.

The big job, though, was the back door entry way.

This is it.

The floor is usually covered with a large black mat.

Not terribly large, is it? I'm taking the photo from the door to the kitchen. To the left is the stairway to the basement.

I decided to rip out that old crumbling linoleum.

Here's a close-up of the pattern. It's almost contemporary again, isn't it? I like it.


It wasn't all that hard except where someone had nailed it down in several places: getting those out was a challenge.



I've asked my husband to sand it--and then I think I'll paint it.

Today, I haven't a lot of time to spend, my son and I are going to see a theatre production of The Three Musketeers today. That will be a welcome break.

5 comments :

scb said...

Well done! I knew you could do it! (I keep my gloves in my pockets, too. When I went through the pockets of Mum's & Dad's old coats, I just found old kleenex. I was hoping for loose change!)

Can you get the vacuum fixed, or is it destined for the Outbox eventually? I know you're looking for a replacement...

Good plan to just paint the back entry floor. Are you going to go with black, to match the tiles?

Alana in Canada said...

Hmmm, I had thought to go with white--but that seems a bit impractical. I just painted the door yellow, so I'm not sure about black (though the carpet is black.) Hmmm, obviously, I have to give it some thought!

Anne (no longer in Reno) said...

Wow, it's going to look so much better once you get that floor painted! Good idea, taking the linoleum out. Alternatively, would you consider replacing it? It seems like a small area and some new linoleum would probably be inexpensive and might be easier to clean than a painted floor.

And you have inspired me to go clean out my closet.

onshore said...

Or if you would have more of those black and white slabs, those could look good there.

Well done with the closets and drawers!

Lucy Andrews said...

This was quite thorough, at the very least. You managed to get a lot of cleaning and organizing done. This blog entry should serve not only as a testament to that concentrated achievement, but also as a reminder that you can a lot of things, once you set your mind to it. As long as you've got the tools to finish the job, then you've got no worries. Cheers!

Lucy Andrews @ Safeclean Westminster UK

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