Saturday, May 29, 2010

unfinished business

Please tell me you all do this too.  I bring things home.  I find a place for them.  Things looks good but I'm not loving it.  So, I move things around.  I move things from room to room.  Then, I start thinking about other things I could move around.  I'll say to myself (or maybe outloud) "I could put that there and then move that over here and oh, then I could move that from this room to that room and what about if then I put this with that?  Wouldn't that look great?"  I do this all the time. I also forget what I have until I'm out and about.  I'll see something great and say "I think I have one of those...but I don't know where."  The result:  I never have a finished room.  Since I move things around, I always have rooms in progress.  It's becoming frustrating.  So, I need to start finishing rooms...with all the stuff I already have.  (When my husband reads this, he's going to faint.  Somebody catch him.)

This is a long weekend for Americans so I have 3 days to get something done.  Next week is the last week of work since I work for the school system.  I will then have June, July and a couple of weeks in August off.  So, there is no excuse not to complete things.  I have a loooooong wish list of projects I would love to complete.  I'm starting with the dining room. 

Here it is, the before pic:

I've worked on this room bit by bit off and on.  It's simple and cute but boring.  Here's what I like about it and won't change: I love the cherry red walls, white beadboard and my big white chippy barn star.  I like the table and chairs.This table has a lot of history in my family so I really wanted to use it.   It's an antique oak table.  I'm not a fan of oak so I painted the bottom of the table and the chairs.  I stained the top of the table with a dark stain.  I love it.   I also like the dark brown concrete floors.  Of course I also love my industrial funnel light I posted about here. 

Hopefully, tomorrow I'll post the new dining room, completely finished.  I will be spending 0 buckaroos to finish it.  I'm using what I have; just moving things around.  Until then, here are a few 'sneak peak pics' (say that 3 times real fast. I even had trouble typing it.)

crates and wooden boxes
(If you see dog hair/dust bunnies in this picture, just pretend they're not there.  We have two of these shedding machines...
Anyway, here are a couple more sneak peak pictures:

Stay tuned....


  1. Looking forward to the finished room. Love those crates and your pooch is a cutie!

  2. Well now you've got my curiosity piqued. I'm looking forward to see what you do over the weekend. I love your table and chairs - so classic.

  3. Yes I do that very same thing and yes my husband would faint if I could finish all of the projects for the house that are rambling around in my head! I love your cherry red walls with the white and the funnel lamp is wonderful! I will be on the search for a huge funnel now, thanks! That was from me not my hubby! :) Can't wait to see it all finished, Theresa

  4. Oh I change things all the time, just drives my husband nuts. He never knows what the house is going to look like when he walks in. I can't wait to see your finished dining room. Hugs, Marty

  5. I'm curious and anxious to see what you do!
    I love your table, too.

  6. I am always moving stuff around, I drive everyone around here crazy. Can't wait to see what you have in store for us. I am LOVING that funnel light! Have a great weekend, Lori

  7. Throw me in the bunch, too... Gina! I rarely finish a room because of this active mind of mine!! It's hard to stay focused and in one room for a long period of time when you have these creative minds like we do!! LOL!

  8. OMG, you really know how to build the suspense! I love your red walls, table, and that gorgeous star too! Can't wait to see the big reveal! I have one mini shedding machine too... I think she produced as much as a big size though! LOL!


  9. I am constantly moving things around and then the leftovers as I call them end up in storage in the bonus room or they are taken to sell at a consignment shop.

  10. Good luck with your latest endeavor. It is quite intriguing and I am very interested in seeing how it turns out.

    Also, I'll just a couple rooms down if you need me.

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  12. I love this room, Gina! I love what you've done to the table. . . the contrast between the white beadboard and the walls. . . gorgeous! Okay so I need to know some more about your stained concrete flooring. Do you love it? Did you do it?

  13. Looks like I picked a good day to find your blog! Looking forward to seeing what you have in store.

  14. Gina, YOU are a big tease! I can't wait to see what you do to finish this room. Love all the pieces you have in it to start with too.
    I have a couple shedding machines too, and hate it when I notice furbunnies in my pictures. Oh well, it is what it is, right?
    And last of all...finished? What's finished? That concept doesn't compute in this

  15. Oh, I do exactly the same thing!

    It's looking great though, can't wait to see the whole thing! :-)

    Have a wonderful Sunday!

  16. As I've gotten older and weaker, I have also gotten smarter...I try to make sure all my furniture is light-weight enough to do numerous shiftings without anyone else's help (or approval ;) ).

  17. Girl, your kitchen has charm, charm ,charm! It is sooo cute. C'mon and help me with mine, pleeese! Its sooo boring! Found you via Meridian Road. Love your blog!!


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