Saturday, October 12, 2013

Plum Cottage happenings


Good morning Friends ~ It is Saturday, I hope you all have a great weekend.

I had a light bulb moment yesterday. Cut a hole in the living room’s west wall, where the painting is below.  (I am tired of the painting for now.) I wanted to open this tiny space a bit more and cutting the hole in the wall would allow me to look out the bedroom window on the west wall in there. Well, in theory anyway, when you are standing or walking by this wall in the living room.


View out into part of the main garden.


Then, I thought of this old stained glass window that needs some work, re-glazing, out in the workshop. It would work.  I think I would leave the two center spaces open with no glass, just the center piece of wood being there, so that there would be more air-flow between the liv. room and bedroom.



Then I did a double check and the electric wire for the outlet runs right down that space. Dang. I’ll have to run this by my B-I-L the next time he comes here.

Yesterday I was given two huge 12’long by about 6’ wide fully lined curtains made of this material. My plan is curtains for the bedroom, for the summer months, and a bed skirt as our antique bed, (curbside shopped in Spain). is high and this will be just great as I can cut it the right length I need. I may make pillow shams too and maybe a spread.  I’ve certainly enough of this lovely material to work with.


My B-I-L will be coming down in a month or so and we’ll put up sheets of the ‘cheaper’ beadboard paneling on the west wall of the bedroom.  I am so looking forward to that.

This is the paneling on the east wall, backside of bathroom wall. It’s around $19 a sheet.  I can’t afford the real beadboard paneling, but this will work for FlowerLady. I love the look.



I’ve got to move a dresser, my storage units on wheels, and a big metal shelf unit (shown below), away from the wall so that we can work there. Smile



Well, that’s it from Plum Cottage. I’ve got work to do inside moving these things in the next few weeks.

Outside the weather is much nicer and I was able to work in and around main garden for an hour before I left for work yesterday.  Really NICE.

Be well and enjoy each day.

Time to close this ~ FlowerLady


Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

Lorraine, you are so creative! I am amazed! Enjoy your weekend and thank you for the updates. They inspire me to look around my own room and find the ways to get it cozier. Thank you!

L. D. said...

It really is fun to rework areas in a house. Sometimes it is the creativity and the changing that makes you feel more alive. I am a re-arranger because it is like problem solving to make the best of any space. Have a good weekend.

Betty W said...

I like your ideas about the window and that fabric is so pretty. We think alike. I am going to make a post on Monday about the same paneling you have. We were thinking about what to put up in the new laundry room and I saw this beadboard panel at Lowes and fell in love with it. Right price too.

Jane said...

Please be careful with all your moving stuff, Rainey! I love using salvaged pieces. The stained glass would make for a very unique wall. Hope it works!

Annie said...

All these plans sound so exciting...the hard part will be waiting.

Rebecca said...

That fabric is beautiful - what a great idea (and skill to sew it up)!

We used to have a dresser like that. HEAVY!

And I can't wait to see the stained glass window hanging in that space. ANOTHER great idea!

Kit said...

I love all your plans! Fun to come up with new ideas. Kit

Dayle Allen Shockley @ A Collection of Days said...

Well aren't you just clever? I would be shaking in my boots if I even thought about making a hole in a wall. LOL!

Bernie H said...

You do come up with such great ideas. I hope you can figure out how to do the hole in the wall. That old stained glass window would look fantastic there.

The fabric in those curtains is quite lovely. It will make a gorgeous addition to your bedroom.

Soon your bedroom will be looking so very special, with the panelling up on both the east and west walls.

Ilene said...

Rainey, you have so many pretty things. They just don't make anything well anymore. I much prefer "the old stuff". It has character.

We have that happen all the time, finding things going on behind walls we didn't expect. Usually we make the hole BEFORE finding that out. Heh.

Beadboard is so versatile, I've seen it used for the space between counters and cabinets in the kitchen and even on ceilings. Remember when we redid our kitchen? We used beadboard on the back and sides of that cabinet that we reworked into an island "coffee bar", as the cabinet had been made to be built in and had no back, and the sides were ugly. It has held up really well. We had a choice between several grades and did not choose the cheapest, as the corners were all "floppy ears" and I didn't want that happening after we'd finished the job. If it had been for installation in a place where we wouldn't be banging around with our feet the less expensive grade might've worked just fine, though.

What a lucky girl you were to get those pretty draperies! Lovely material. Is that what they call "damask"? I don't like curtains, generally, but I think even I would use those somewhere.

I love your style. Wish I had you here to help us figure out a project we are going to start soon, there are a couple of design obstacles we just haven't been able to get past.

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

Lots of creative plans and ideas there, It's nice to work on improving things, it lifts ones spirits.

Sunray Gardens said...

Sounds like you have a lot of nice plans to keep you busy over the upcoming Winter months.
Cher Sunray Gardens

Leslie said...

Exciting plans! I always love seeing the inside of your house. It's so interesting and full of treasures. A hub of creativity!

Balisha said...

You have such a clever brain.....I never would have thought of cutting a hole in the wall like you plan to do.
The paneling looks like bead board. I really like the way it looks and that
Please be careful moving things. Aches and pains you know...

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

I'm glad that you found out about the wires in the wall before you started..that would have been a mess if not.

I love bead board, we used it in our kitchen.


Deb said...

Hi Lorraine - I love what you are doing with your cute cottage! You are so creative. Hope you are enjoying the fall where you are! Have a wonderful week!

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Your place looks amazing with all the treasures you have and you continue to make even better displays. We love bead board too. That will really finish off the space nice when your BIL can put that up for you.

Terra said...

Your home has many charming areas in it, including your desk where the computer is and that handsome dark wood bureau. Who is the lady in that painting in the last photo, it is a pretty likeness.

Rose ~ from Oz said...

However I missed this post I don't know Lorraine!
I love sharing in your home journey.
Thankyou for the good wishes and I'll be sure to keep an eye out for your posts whilst I'm away!

Darcie said...

You sure do keep busy with all your little project, and what great ideas you have! Glad you are enjoying some nice weather down south...we finally are too!

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Lorraine, you are creative and have such wonderful ideas.
This is something I have always done in the past. A few changes to this cottage I would like to make and still thinking.
Thank you always for your online friendship and love my gift.
If you have a chance send me the website of the simple prayer shawl pattern. May see this winter if I can figure it out and crochet like I did in the past :)

gld said...

The fabric is beautiful. I love beadboard paneling too and have it on the back porch. I also plan to use it in the bathroom re-do (if we ever get to that project, both walls and ceiling.

Jeri Landers said...

I love, love love the window and the fabric pattern too. What a find! You are such a busy bee, always full of creative ideas and unable to sit still (like me!)

Farida said...

I love the old furniture you have at your home. They certainly have their own character. You remind me so much of my grandmother :)

Andrea said...

Hi Lorraine, you are so very busy! I feel guilty when reading these things because i sit on the computer for long hours not doing the immediate concerns, haha! I can see you have a lot of things or closets/shelves to work on. It is truth that when we stay in a place for a long time, we hoard a lot of things even if we don't intend to. In my case, i don't feel like i buy books, but eventually after a few years there's already a lot and so heavy! Take care. BTW, what is B-I-L?

Karen said...

The window will look amazing there, you have the best ideas, Rainey. I wish I had your creative energy, mine has just gone kaput for now. I'm glad your weather has cooled some, that's got to be encouraging. I am always impressed by what you accomplish; you are truly an inspiration. Love and hugs, Karen

sweetbay said...

A window in that space will look great!

Betsy Adams said...

Nice to start new projects, isn't it???? Change is GOOD --and you have alot of great ideas for your home. Glad your BIL is coming --and I'm sure you have a LIST made for him!!!!!

Good Luck with the projects..

Paul Forster said...

You sure are going to be busy! I admire your artistic creativity...mine is confined to music!


Hi Lorraine Dear, You are sure keeping busy aren't you? You're like me in that you're happiest when you've got a project. That stained glass window is really something. I hope you can make good use of it. How nice of the B-I-L to help out. I'm glad you're getting nice weather. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.
Sending hugs.

Corner Gardener Sue said...

Wow, you sure have been and will be busy! I enjoy seeing your indoor as well as your outdoor photos.

Thanks for your encouraging comment on my gardening across the street post.

Freda Cameron said...

You have such creative talent! Amazed at how you can look at space and conceptualize, then execute a plan.

camp and cottage living said...

Change is always refreshing!
And wonderful you did it with stuff you already had mostly.

Here I Am Carrie said...

I love your little computer space. We have some stainglass similar and just hang them in front of the windows on the inside. But they also need a lot of repairs. Somehow that was never something I got into was repairing old things. Now flowers and gardening I have spent hours at.