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Carpet decision

1 May

I was dithering about what to do for carpeting in the dining room for weeks (or months really). I originally wanted leopard wall-to-wall. It turned out to be very expensive (around $2500). I then thought I’d get an area rug, but none of the ones I looked at really worked. But one of the rugs I brought home to try out was very light and that made me think of light colored (not leopard) wall-to-wall.

So I returned the light colored area rug to the home depot and picked up about a million carpet samples. The guy at the checkout noted that if I got a few more samples, I’d have enough to carpet the whole room. They were all in the beige and ivory family, and I finally decided on one (after a lot of to-ing and fro-ing) and it has been ordered. Hurrah!

Now I’m awaiting my install date, but before they come to install it, I need to fix the cracks in the marble hearth (and give the whole mantle a good polish) and paint the pocket door floor track (white).

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Ordering white carpet for the dining room may have been ill-advised, but I’m planning to serve only cauliflower, butter, and cream of wheat for the first few years.

I think I’ll satisfy my leopard craving by finding some nice fabric and making leopard drapes to replace the old and tattered ones that are there. I wonder if the person I bought them from on eBay would like to buy them back from me?

Fence: Finished (finally!). Phew! (File under “eff”)

1 May

Ha! The fence painting is FINALLY finished. Here are a few final photos.

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Okay, I’ll stop with the fs. And for all you members of Flaw Pointers International, the inside fence shots with the one brown and unpainted plank were taken before I painted the outside part of the fence and it’s all nice and blue now. So zip it.

I used Behr exterior satin paint and primer in one and it took 2.5 gallons. That was some thirsty wood! I had it mixed up in the Martha Stewart “Kerry Blue Terrier” color. Home Depot is no longer carrying her paint — why?? — but my local store had the display with her colors still up, so I swiped a couple of color charts for future reference. They’re such good colors. I wonder why they don’t carry her paint anymore. Oh well, I really like the Behr paint + primer for awful surfaces like brick walls and fences.

Next up in my adventures in outdoor sprucing up is the little hosta garden behind the fence. I have it piled up with broken crockery and accordian hose and am hoping someone will respond to my free ad on CL for all of that. If not, it goes in the trash on Thursday. The goal is to have the hosta area all clean and tidy this weekend.