I don't think that we are alone in undertaking renovations to prepare for such an event, but it does seem a little silly.
The front door we never use.
On the one hand, you have this feeling that everything must be perfect for this big event, as if it is some kind of D-day for which every detail must be in place.
On the other hand, the futility of changing one's life from what can at best be described as a work in progress to a finished product looms over one, mocking one's every effort. Add to that the knowledge that no one will notice or care, and you have a powerful reason to just skip it.
But no! We forged ahead! And it's a little hard to show you pictures, because I lack the $20,000 lens I guess I really need for this kind of thing, and also because the spaces in question are somewhat enclosed. So bear with me.
A glimpse into the Chief's study. The front door is on the right.
We moved into this house ten years ago, and about one year later little 12-year old Deirdre insisted that we remove the dreadful "country" wallpaper (you know, the kind with pastel little sprigged motifs) from the hallway.
What lurks beneath bad wallpaper...
I begged her not to, but let her anyway -- such was my lack of energy for projects -- I couldn't even muster the energy to deter them!
The issue really was that this is an endless hallway -- the part of our house that just keeps going with no possible stopping place -- no where to take a bite out of a project and say, "We'll do just this much."Old plaster, high ceilings, nowhere to stop. Ugh.
In addition, we never use the front door, for reasons that I'll explain to you someday when I, God willing, post pictures of the renovation of the true front of the house and its landscape.
She took that wallpaper down, all right. And now what?
No, if you were going to do it, you were going to start in the entrance, go down the hall, up the stairs, and down the other hall.
This area we call the nook -- it's above the front door below. But -- what to do with it??
And this doesn't even take into account the other other hall I told you about before, which the kids actually did get done a few years ago. Yes, they repaired and painted it! They are great. You can get a peek at it beyond the doorway in the picture below:
So the entry way and hallway remained in this semi-stripped down state for all that time.
At some point, "We've just moved and are getting things into shape" just doesn't cut it as a decorating stance.
I counted my pennies and decided it was worth it to hire a (stunningly reasonably priced) company to repair and paint here. I'm really past dangling on a ladder in a stairway, and the kids were busy either preparing the wedding (while in school) or actually working at real jobs of their own.
One flabbergasting fact of the entry was that there was no light fixture (another reason to ignore it). It was in near total darkness, with the windows facing north. I'm not sure what people did back in the day. It seems like quite an oversight, to have nothing in the way of lighting there!And what do you think of these louvered doors, which are placed here for no discernible reason other than to warp the proportions of the space, making them even more cramped than they already are? Oh, and to catch dust -- they were really good at that!
It does look a lot better with the doors removed -- even before the Chief puts on new trim -- don't you think?
In the next post I will show you the chandelier I found on Craigslist and almost instantly regretted buying, as well as the after pictures.
Do you think that anything can be made of this desperate place? Can we do anything with this?