Friday, September 25, 2015
In honor of the first day of Fall, I rummaged through some of the moving boxes upstairs and found the Japanese lanterns, which I have saved for several years. They have gradually been losing a few lanterns and fading--this may be their last year. I saw the blue-green glass bottle at the thrift store and thought it would make a perfect vase.
The house is moving along well and it now has all its exterior and interior walls. It's so satisfying to see the three-dimensional as opposed to a plan on paper. Now we have a much better sense of the space and have made some changes as we realize certain ideas just aren't going to work as we thought.
This is an old pocket door we found on Craigslist--it's quite large and requires at least two men to move it. I have been scraping, sanding, and scrubbing this side, and I just finished painting it today. When I can get someone to flip it around, I will get started on sanding the other side, which I think I will just sand and wax as there is no paint on it. It will hang barn-door-style in our hallway.
The Eastlake chair is progressing slowly; I realized that the old burlap, springs, and stuffing had to go, so I removed it all, patched the wood as best I could, and am ready to start rebuilding. I'm following the instructions in my old Popular Science book, How to Repair, Reupholster, and Refinish Furniture . The seat will be remade with plywood and layers of foam padding, and muslin.
Happy Autumn everyone--I hope your weekend is a good one!