HOUSE: Newburgh + Scavenging

Tiny progressions.

The windows in the unused back room have been repaired and repainted. I decided to paint the sashes black (BM Toucan Black) in this room, as the floors will eventually be painted white.

(I feel the need to note that what might look like a sloppy paint job on the sash is actually someone elses sloppy old paint job on the outside of the sash showing through the glass and giving my paint job a bad name. Someday we will have the woodwork on the outside of the house scraped and repainted by someone with scaffolding, but that day is not coming in the near future. Alas.)

Also, remember that $25 Danish sofa I rescued a year ago, with thoughts of refinishing the wood and having it reupholstered? Yeah, it’s still sitting there, doing nothing. Eventually it will be moved down to the basement, where it will sit and sit and sit while I try to wade my way through the list of projects I have lined up to carry me through retirement and into old age. Hey, you have to keep those aging brains active! I think of things like the sofa and the back room as being a sort of health insurance.

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  • Reply Jessica November 21, 2008 at 10:41 am

    I love watching your house get transformed.

    I would love for you to be apart of the Truant Magazine blog if you were interested. We are looking for guest contributors starting at the beginning of the year..let me know

  • Reply Adam November 21, 2008 at 10:54 am

    I want that sofa!!! How are you thinking of reupholstering it?

  • Reply mommy November 21, 2008 at 10:58 am

    I love the black window sash.

    Has Fritz seen this sofa? The piping looks so challenging and delicious!

  • Reply Anna at D16 November 21, 2008 at 11:04 am

    Jessica: Thanks for asking, but I barely have time to brush my teeth at night!

    Adam: Ask me again in about 6 or 7 years, because I have a feeling that’s when I’ll get around to buying fabric for the sofa! I’m actually hoping that by then science will have progressed human life to the brain-in-jar stage that we fantasize about, and I will have no need for silly things like furniture and hair dye.

    Mommy: Unfortunately, as of last night, it looks like Fritz’s pallette has moved beyond piping and into the satisfying realm of exposed flat seams. SIGH. I may as well just put the sofa on the curb at this point.

  • Reply erin@designcrisis November 21, 2008 at 11:18 am

    I think I’m going to steal your defense of excess furniture storage as “health insurance.”

    Maybe my husband will buy that one…

  • Reply Shashi November 21, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    Don’t put it on the curb! Ahhhh….I’ll come and get it!!!!

  • Reply Anna at D16 November 21, 2008 at 12:24 pm

    I wasn’t talking about putting sofa in the picture on the curb, Shashi, I meant the one in my living room…which now has two large holes in it and no piping so speak of, thanks to a certain Chihuahua who shall remain nameless!

    I’ve given up the idea of having a “nice” sofa forever. I resign myself to a lifetime of IKEA sofas with replaceable slipcovers!

  • Reply ahj November 21, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    Aw, that’s sad about your sofa. The things we do for our pets. Good thing they’re cute!

  • Reply Cassie November 21, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    Oh, bad dog Fritz! Does he only do his dirty work when you’re out, or will he do it right in front of you?

    He is cute though!

  • Reply rebecca November 21, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    Great job on the window sash! Do you have any tips? I am going to repaint the windows in our 70 year old house soon.

    Love your house and your style 🙂

  • Reply heather November 21, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    I love the black. I can sympathize with the outside sloppy window paint job… I have the same issue. It makes all of my windows look crappy. That and I can’t reach outside to clean them! I keep telling myself that’s what next summer’s for…
    Smile because your windows are clean!

  • Reply chrispito November 22, 2008 at 5:15 am

    Having a nice sofa ain’t as important as having a wee army of gorgeous industrious it? hee!

  • Reply Anna at D16 November 22, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    Rebecca: If you’re doing a full restoration job, there’s great info here.

  • Reply Emma November 23, 2008 at 1:39 pm

    That sofa is a great find! Even here in Denmark you can’t find that kind of sofas for a reasonable price! Save it for when you have the energy to renovate it, it will probably never go out of style. Congratulations! 🙂

  • Reply rebecca November 23, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    Thanks for the link! That’s a great resource 🙂

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