I am now in the process of starting to do some decorating. After seven years of not having a home of my own I am loving every minute of it.
Okay, all the bumps and bruises and a possible broken toe haven't been fun, but they will go away and I will hopefully be left with a space that is all mine.
One of the first things I had to do was fix my old pine cupboard. It had been completely shaken apart in transit. The movers, who unloaded for me at the last minute because the original movers I hired didn't bother to show up, looked at it, shook their collective heads, and pronounced it dead. (no, of course I didn't take a before photo)
I just shooed them on their way and told myself that I never give up. However, in this case I thought I might have to call in a furniture restorer, which I definitely can't afford.
I fixed myself a calming cup of tea, pulled up a chair, and studied it. Thank goodness for my good mechanical skills.
After pulling out all of the shelves, I figured out which peg went into which slot and got them started on their way. Once I had that done I lifted the bottom piece, and with a hammer I lightly tapped it into place. Voila!!! The entire cupboard just slipped back into its rightful place.
Once I had all of the shelves back in it was as sturdy as could be. Time to start decorating.
First thing I did was place the remains of my childhood rocking horse on top. It is over 60 years old and has seen a lot of use, but looking at it makes me smile.
I had originally planned to put the cupboard in my dining area, but it was just too large, so my fall front desk is in there. I'll show you that another day when I have it ready.
For now I am using a combination of pieces, including some of my white vintage china, white ironstone, and some of the blue and white Dalton china that my father gave my mother when I was growing up.
My mom gifted the china to me several years ago and I loved pulling out all of the pieces that I had packed away and stored in my sister's garage.
I am so happy to have my cupboard back. It fits perfectly into my small space living room. 540 square feet is more than adequate for my needs.
Now the only thing I need to do is replace one piece of glass that was broken and I will be done with this project for the time being. Believe me, I have plenty more to do.
It is so much fun being able to decorate again, and I will definitely be sharing it all, so stay tuned.
This also means I will have more time for visiting. Hooray!!