Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Getting There

29 plastic bins, 4 baskets, and 1 box later and Min's stuff is organized, packed, labeled and stored in the basement. We've tossed out about 4 bags of garbage (mostly catalogs).
Okay, so here's where the bed was and below it where it will be moved to the other side of the room to get more floor space.

The lovely green carpeting will be ripped out tonight. Since the bed will now be up against the far wall, that frees up floor space for half the room.

Over here in this corner is where I plan to put a reading chair. Still not sure if the chair and ottoman I want will fit here. Right next to it I plan to put a bookcase. Tomorrow I will begin the sanding and painting. Wish me luck!


So, having been a lifelong viewer of PBS's "This Old House" and "The New Yankee Workshop," it is firmly ingrained in me to "measure twice, cut once." So I decided, maybe I should put the furniture in the room to make sure everything is going to fit well before I start painting and before I order the chair. Good thing I did. It turns out the blanket rack looks too crowded up against the bed. Even though you can still open the wardrobe doors all the way, it's still too close. I'll probably have to scrap the blanket rack and continue to let Min use it as a saddle horse.

So the little end table fits nicely next to the bed. But then I got the measurements for the chair from the IKEA website and laid tape lines for the outline of where the chair would sit. The measuring tape is coming out at the depth the ottoman would. So the chair and ottoman I wanted to put in there will be too big and stick out too far, taking up all the free floor space in the room and blocking the walkway to the bed. Hmmmm, I'm going to have to rethink the chair/ottoman combo. Darn.

The good news is that the new bookcase is low profile enough that it fits in there nicely without sticking out too far or taking up too much room. Now that I've moved all the furniture up there, I think I might just throw down a drop cloth and paint it up there as well. It beats moving it all back and forth a few times. Now to find my paint slips so I can go pick up bright red paint, and pale blue and pale yellow paint.

Hey, Michele, what do you think of this Jennylund chair instead of the bigger Ektorp? It's about 11 inches narrower in width, and about 5 inches less deep.


Knock knock - it's cancer! said...

Brad would love you! I never measure anything, I look at it and go 'it looks like it'll fit' and then I order it. (That is not the right way to do things!)

I am surprised you still find time to blog during such a major reno project, can't wait to see how this room turns out :)

Vancouver Voyeur said...

I'm also working on cleaning up my university office (filled 2 bookcases yesterday) and getting my syllabus ready for the Fall and reading a couple of the new books I've assigned. Today I have to do child counsel visits in the afternoon and evening. I'm surprised I get anything done!

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Checking things twice is always a good rule---especially where furniture is going to go....Good For You!!
Much luck with the beginning of the painting...!

michele (maryland) said...

Hey, I know the chair and ottoman you wanted is Ektorp. We have 2 sets of it, as you know. I think Ikea has a smaller version of the same chair. At least they used to. It was not in the catalog, however, as alot of their items, we saw it at the store in Annapolis. love what you are doing up there. Need any paint chips??
Just wanted to let you know, is all.

Vancouver Voyeur said...

Thanks Naomi!

Hi Michele, yes, I looked at the smaller version and it would be a better fit, it just doesn't have the roominess and look I wanted. I'm still pondering over this dilemma. I think I may either eliminate the ottoman and still go with the same chair, or go for a recliner. Still thinking.

michele (maryland) said...

The Jennylund is PERFECT! Great for you. Off to Canada in an hour.

nbrsspot.blogspot.com said...

I didnt leave a comment earlier??I swore I had.. Oh well. I like the chair and love what you did with the bedroom..

Now with me putting carpeting the bedroom is the perfect thing to do because I hate sweeping and mopping..

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