As Fall will officially arrive tomorrow, I thought I should do a re-cap of Summer since I have been absent from here for most of it! It seemed to pass in a blur.
We re-carpeted the entire main floor of our house except for the laminate and tile floor areas. This was quite the undertaking due to emptying rooms of all furniture and putting all that furniture WHERE? In spite of splitting this job into three different areas: living areas, master bedroom and walk-in closet and two spare rooms, it was major upheaval. There were just little paths in the kitchen and bedrooms for navigation when we did the main part of the house.
All the furniture was piled into the kitchen and bedrooms for three days. One day for moving, one for installation, and one for cleaning and re-moving.
This did not go over well in the world of Frank and Vanessa.
Not only do you have to move everything, you have to empty everything you move such as hutches and bookcases.
And once there is a blank slate, the installer can come and work his magic.
Frank and Vanessa did there best to help. As soon as the new carpet was somewhat installed, they were like two kids let our for recess. There was new and un-roamed places to tame and race through. Never a dull moment with these two.
I am sure the installer would love to know that his back side is up for all to see on the world wide web.
Of course re-carpeting leads to re-painting and new curtains and such so as curtains are made, I will try to remember to take y’all on a little tour of “the castle”.
On July 10, we received a phone call from our son that our daughter-in-law was on her way via ambulance to a hospital an hour away where a specialist was awaiting her arrival as she was in labor and ready to deliver at 7 weeks early. Our granddaughter arrived way before we were all ready at the fighting weight of 3 lbs. 6 oz. And fight she did! She came home one month later at 5 and a-half pounds and of course has been monopolizing the lives of all of us. She visits us several nights per week while her nurse mommy and policeman daddy save the world.
This is one of several walls outside of the NICU. Little footprints are placed on the wall when each babies day of going home arrives. I love the Dr. Suess saying at the top, “Congratulations! Today’s your day. You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away!”
She loves my antique baby basket. As soon as she is put down in it she is OUT!
In a few weeks she will have outgrown it. Her little shirt says, “absolutely perfect”.
Her arrival made for Grandma making some fast tracks in finding a crib since she is coming here for sleepovers. I located one that needed to be refinished and a new mattress purchased. Easy Peasey I thought to myself. HA!
I disassembled the crib in the basement. I scraped it, sanded it and then repainted it Ivory White with chalk paint. This was my first use of chalk paint which seems to be all the craze right now. I have repainted a lot of furniture in the past using latex paint and that is what I will stick to. I do like the fact that the chalk paint coats in one coat but do not care for the finish itself. I have always waxed my finished products in the past which is something you need to do with the chalk paint. Latex is cheaper and I prefer the finished product better so I will save myself some $ next time and be happier in the end. Next came the purchase of a new mattress. They do not make this size anymore. OF COURSE! The crib is about 7 inches shorter that today’s standard crib. I called a local mattress company and had a piece of foam cut for it. Then I made a mattress cover out of an old mattress pad cover I had kept (obviously for this reason ☺). Then I realized I was going to need to make the fitted sheets for it! I had a vintage looking flat sheet that I used and was able to get two sheets out of it. I found an easy tutorial for fitted crib sheets on Pinterest. Why do I make things so hard for myself?! In the end though, we have a lightweight crib that can easily be moved from room to room.
We have been keeping it in our room at the end of the bed when not in use. We can easily roll it into the other room when she is here. If we keep it in our room, I don’t sleep well. She is a real squeaker! This photo gives you a good look at the new carpet we put in. It is the same throughout the house except for the sewing room which is the same color but a much shorter depth for the easy removal of dropped pins and needles.
That is all for installment #1. I will post installment #2 shortly with some more summer highlights. It is time to go walk the dogs.