Radio Silence

by statia on August 23, 2011

This has been a really crazy summer for us.   I’ve wanted to get a lot of stuff done around the house, and we’ve managed to tackle some stuff, but not everything panned out.  We also managed to squeeze in quite a few trips to the beach (A.K.A “down the shore” as the locals like to call it).

And I feel like I’ve been rushing against the clock all summer.  The surgery clock.

In a few weeks, I’ll be having surgery to fix my busted vagine.  I’ve spent the entire summer burying myself in one project after another.  Half of the time having more than one project going on at a time.  An idea pops into my brain and I feel compelled to act on it.  It’s escapism at its finest.  But its been a learning experience, and plan on working on anything I can get my hands on up until my surgery date, as I’ll be down for the count for a good month.   Currently I’m working on making my basement into a craft space.  This makes me laugh, because never in my life have I ever felt the need to do anything crafty, let alone create an entire space dedicated to such a thing.   The progress is slow, but so far, here’s what I’ve accomplished:

This is the before before.  The previous owners were really into wallpaper and primitive furniture.  Also?  Hotel carpeting.

This is what we sort of started out with.   When we first moved in, we made it our adult entertainment area, where we could watch TV at loud decibels with surround sound, and eat chinese takeout, and not have to worry about waking up the Mini.   We eventually moved the TV into the family room, and the basement basically sat unused, so we turned it into the playroom, where it still sat largely unused.

I decided I had to go all agro on the poorly assembled faux built in that the previous owners had built.  It really opened up the space.

Then I decided that my ugly old (but very comfortable) office chair just wasn’t going to fit in with my style.  Rather than fork over the money for a new one,  I painted it, and recovered it with some more attractive fabric:

cute no?

There’s still a lot I want to do.  Like replace the curtains, build a reading bench, add some lighting, among other ideas.   So far it’s a great space, but it just feels like it’s lacking pizazz.   Ideas?


Shelly August 24, 2011 at 7:41 am

Who are you and what have you done with Statia??!

Looks great! & truly, I’m a little jealous even if I have not one crafty bone in my body. You’re a goddess, busted ‘gina and all!

jesser August 24, 2011 at 8:24 am

Looking good! You definitely need some fun accessories though … art … twinkly lights … rug … one of those heads from Easter Island … something like that.

Wombat Central August 24, 2011 at 10:00 pm

Wow. Where does one even go to purchase that hotel carpeting? You did a fab job! And that chair! Bravo! Happy crafting. And vagine remodeling. Seriously.

Betsy August 25, 2011 at 4:19 am

I love your chair. Any chance of a tutorial on how to cover one like that? The one I’m currently sitting on could use an update!

electriclady August 27, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Love the chair redo–so pretty. Since you’re seriously into crafting (sewing machine???) you’re definitely going to need LOTS of storage to hold all your supplies–thread, scraps, bobbins, trimmings, doodads, paper, paints, fabric, ribbons, etc etc etc. Mini chests of drawers that roll under the tables when you’re not using them, or a big shelving unit with lots of cubbyholes, or more of those snazzy magnetic strips or hanging bar storage things I see you’ve got.

And definitely new curtains!

Old School/New School Mom August 30, 2011 at 9:20 pm

I love the new office chair! It’s amazing. Yay for a new crafting space!

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