When I finished the last ORC in the Spring, I knew I wanted to do it again--and I knew I wanted to tackle my living room.
So, to get a jump on things, I painted it.
I also hung two drop cloths I bleached a few years ago.
And then I tossed the teal carpet.
So, really this is where we began.
This week, I took care of a few things I could do in short spurts.
I sealed the knots in the faux fireplace and painted it. It is, actually, the exact same colour of the walls, but in a semi-gloss. (Glass of Milk by Martha Stewart) I love it.
No, your screen did not suddenly sprout spots. That's what happens to knots when they are not sealed with a shellac based primer.
I also stained the shelf above the television.
sorry about the blur, but it is probably for the best. That's one nasty reflection happening there.
(In our living room the best place for the TV is the corner, even with a flat screen.)
I have several cans of stain. I know I mixed two or three--or maybe more of them together when I stained the first shelf. I'd wanted it to match the ikea unit.
Top row, left to right: Cherry, English Chestnut; Bottom row, left to right, Red Oak, English Chestnut, Golden Oak.
So I measured and experimented until I had exactly what I wanted. I wrote everything down as I went so I'd have a recipe.
I decided not to worry too much about it. I simply adjusted a bit here and there. Stains can be custom mixed, just like paint. I enjoy messing around with them. Things were humming along nicely when I went to bed.
The next morning, I made a disastrous decision. I decided to give the top a second coat in red oak. It was awful. So awful, I took it down to the workshop in the basement and sanded off as much as I could--and started over.
Back to Square One. Or is it Trapezoid One?
Now, that's all right.
The Recipe (for my own future referance):
5 1/2 tsp Cherry
1 tsp English Chestnut
1 tsp Red Oak
I have been seriously contemplating hacking the Ikea Vittsjo, but I just checked and there are none in town.
Updated punch list:
The Punch List:
Put up moulding on fireplace chimney breast
Put up moulding on window wall
Top bookcases with wood and or/thick shelf.
Declutter dvds, cds, etc.
Make sure the TV is set up properly for devices to attach properly.
Cut, Peel and flatten top of log for a table
sew a couch cover from indigo denim
sew or buy a cushion cover for the poang chair
buy a rug
buy and install window blinds
sew either vertical trim or band the bottom of the dropcloth drapes
*sew pleats into drop cloth drapes
recover ottoman...zebra stripes?
buy low light plants
bring back long rustic lunch bench?
stain floor w/multiple shades of blue?