|A picture of our dining room the day we moved in 6 years ago -- ha!|
And I couldn't even bribe the kids with Sonic drinks to get them to go into town with me get more.
Sigh. We'll finish up today.
I sent Tom pictures of my "planning":
Then I decided to roughly paint in my thoughts. . .
Anyway, I'm still too nervous to do anything so I took this table that the kids have had for probably 12 years (I didn't know I was going to show this so didn't take a "before" -- I found a snipit of the table in a picture from earlier this week), sanded it down quickly, and tried out my stain color/technique on it:
You know, I really like it! There's a lot of variation in the stain but I attribute that to a very, very quick sand and wipe-down job. . .like I brought the table in the garage from the dining room at 8 p.m. and this picture was snapped at 9 p.m. Anyway. . .encouraged but still nervous, I had Tom help me turn our "real" table over so I could test a patch on that.
Sanded part of it down, applied the same walnut stain:
And after 7-10 minutes or so wiped it down. Not exactly in love.
This picture was taken this morning. . .I actually re-applied the left side and still not what I'm looking for. I love how the wood grain "pops". My camera isn't showing how "light" it is compared to what I was hoping for. And the top may have two different types of woods, as it appears the bottom has.
The edges/frame looks to be solid all the way through but the middle is a veneer as evidenced by the split I accidentally put in it yesterday (you can see where I had to glue it in the bottom-left quadrant of the picture.) So. . .????
The table will probably continue to sit for a few more days.
The window is going to happen -- woohoo!!!
We'll wait until that is installed before deciding on a paint color. I *might* even get to paint the ceiling something other than white :)
The board & batten was the compromise. I was talking Tom into it and he just never really liked the idea. I'm o.k. with that because. . . .
He agreed to re-do the baseboards to something chunkier and PUT IN CROWN MOLDING!!! So. . .although I'll have those plain, blank walls to deal with. . .they will be easier to "deal with" when there is beautiful, thick molding in the room. So. . .all in all. . .I love knowing the direction in which we are moving (read: decisions have been made) and more then that, I like working together.
*Thomas will be home Saturday. Can't wait to see him.
*Marie & Frederick finish up their local soccer camp today. And it is HOT. Temps are expected to reach 100 degrees.
*Margaret finished her cheer/choreography camp yesterday and now will have two weeks off. She's excited to get fitted for her uniform/costume today.
*We got two new 1-person tubes for the boat yesterday -- excited to try those out!!!