Time to check up on readers and their projects. Over at Adventures in Retro Renovating, Lilynumph and her husband threw out the wall-to-wall carpet and refinished the beautiful wood floors underneath. They also retiled their entrance way, and added a midcentury door with six triangular inserts (go look). Read on for readers hard at work on their homes (and posting on their home blogs):
- Eric builds small storage into the wall cavity at Our Modern Mess.
- John and Diane at Rancho Tostado complete a sunny Alexander Girard-inspired office remodel.
- Mr. Betty Crafter also is making progress on his office — carved out of space in the barn.
- More from the Crafters: Betty gets the pretty apple green VCT floor polished.
- And Eartha Kitsch of Ranch Dressing is restoring vintage 1963 film — “The Pam Films” onto video. OMG, so heartbreakingly/warmingly sweet.
Over at Our Modern Mess, Eric has been building some additional shelving right into a wall cavity in the kitchen. I think I read it was a special present project for Susan. A good one! Using wall cavities to create additional storage space is a great idea, especially if you have the walls gutted. In particular, be on the look for wall cavities are even deeper — all the more space for extra storage. Note, it takes fussiness to finish off the the openings in these kinds of spaces, though.
John and Diane at Rancho Tostado completed a sunny Mondrian- / Girard-influenced office remodel for John. They added blocks of yellow, orange and red throughout the room, using Marmoleum click tiles and painting the back of Ikea Billy bookcases. They also show their key inspiration — the Miller House with interiors by Alexander Girard. What a great space.
Betty Crafter’s Mr. has been working to convert space in the barn into an office. Crikey (as BC says) don’t we all want a barn to be able to decorate, too? My favorite part of the room so far is how they used a vintage pull-down school map for a window treatment. Brilliant. See more of the barn office transformation-in-progress over on Betty Crafter’s blog.
Remember Betty Crafter’s fantabulous knotty pine kitchen? She recently had the floor professionally polished – read more on her blog. We’ve talked about this issue before — YES, polish your VCT floors or have them polished and buffed — it’s well worth the shining glory.