Mid-Century Modern(ization)

Redefining modern for a family-friendly home

10 Things


There is this “tell me 6 random things about you” thing going around Facebook these days.  I love lists and I love random facts so I did the Facebook survey and then I thought, “What the hay?  Why not make a blog post in the spirit of random lists?”  It’s perfect timing actually because I have a million balls up in the air right now, but not one of them is ready to be blogged about.  So without further ado:

1) We had two estimates for interior house painting performed last week.  We have no intention of actually having our house professionally painted right now (can’t afford it), but we have conceded that this is a larger project than we care to take on and we needed to know how many pennies we would need to save.  One estimate is still being drafted but the other came in at $5k.  Ouch.  Now, this fee was for them to paint all the doors, frames, baseboards, moldings, closets, ceilings, walls, and brick so it’s a pretty extensive scope of work.  But holy heck, that’s a lot of money!  I asked them what it would be if I painted the walls myself and left them just the detail work at that knocked about $2k off the price.  But they do offer financing which is nice, although we don’t want to keep financing everything.  Which leads us to…

2) We bought a couch!  Or financed it rather.  It’s a 6 piece modular unit with a chaise that can be arranged in a variety of ways.  Our living room is long and narrow so we knew we would need a pretty substantial sectional in the room to balance the space and we fell in love with the flexibility of this one right away.  The 6 pieces we purchased can be arranged to be as long as 13′ which is both how it’s set up in this photo and how we are planning to place it in the room.  It should be delivered it a week or so (hopefully by Thanksgiving, but I’m not holding my breath).


3) We replaced the curtain hardware in the living room.  Remember when I mentioned my plan for using electrical conduit?  Well, I’m happy to report that it worked like a charm!  We bought five 10′ pieces for $2.24 each and even had some length left over.  Kirk removed the old track and reinstalled the brackets so that they faced up to hold our new rod (they curled down toward the floor before).  Now our curtains can open where we want them to (along the beams for a cleaner look) without being confined to the parameters of the old track system that was in place before.  And bonus:  they don’t get all jammed up anymore!

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Still need to be lined and hemmed though.  Speaking of…

4) Yesterday I purchased 37 yards of thermal drapery lining fabric!  It should also be here next week.  I got it at the OnlineFabricStore.net because they have free shipping on orders over $50.  I also used a coupon code and scored everything for $97. Woot woot!  My mom and aunt are going to help me hem and line all 14 curtain panels.  Bless their hearts.


5) It took me a couple months, but last week I looked down and realized that the pattern on my beloved chevron rug was defective!  What?!   Did any of you guys notice this??

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It was waaay past Overstock’s return window but I reached out to them anyway and asked them what my options were. They were super helpful!  After a couple calls, emails, and pictures of the issue they said they could either give me a $30 credit or replace the rug.  I went for the new rug.  It arrived yesterday it somewhat rough shape (as did the first by the way) but I know from experience that hot water and soap should get the grime out.  At least that’s what I’m hoping.


6) Remember when I reached out to the daughter of my homes builder/architect?  I was so excited to possibly learn something new about the house, but I’m sad to report that she’s not responded to my queries.  So bummed.

7) Leaves.  This is the first autumn that we’ve had to contend with leaves and you know what?  It hasn’t been so bad.  In fact, it’s been pretty fun! We spent a Saturday afternoon raking and playing in the leaves a few weeks back.  And last weekend, after all the leaves had fallen, Kirk got up on our flat roof to check out the situation.  He spent an hour or so up there clearing debris and filled three more yard refuse bags.  Small price to pay to ensure we don’t have any water intrusion issues this winter.

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8)  I’ve had a few folks ask me about the ghost lately.  I’m happy to report that things have been very quiet on that front.  The stereo hasn’t turned on by itself in months, nothing appears to have gone missing, and with one exception, items haven’t been moved without explanation.  That one exception happened a few months ago.  The bride and groom cake topper from our wedding now stands atop the bookshelf in the living room.  It has always faced into the room, but a month or so ago we noticed that the figures had turned 180 degrees and were now looking out the window.  Neither one of us, nor any of our family members, have owned up to moving it and it is well out of Logan’s reach.  If Charlie is still around, he’s being playing it pretty low key.

9) The wallpaper removal in the kitchen is continuing to progress at a snail’s pace.  But it IS progressing!!  All the paper has been removed with the exception of the paper on the two closet doors near the door to the garage.  However, I got rushed and didn’t do the best job at getting the glue off the walls in the kitchenette or that back hallway.  The kitchen itself is good though and ready for paint.  I’d say I have another hour of prep work to do before painting can commence. I’m waffling on paint colors though.  I had originally thought a very soft aqua would play well with the cabinet color, but then I saw this photo and I’m thinking neutral walls may be the way to go.  I absolutely love this kitchen!


10) Mental note:  keep and eye out for colorful mismatched chairs for our kitchenette.  So fun!


Author: Olivia @ Mid-Century Modern(ization)

I am a wife, mother, and writer. I am also a crafting, furniture-refinishing, home-designing nut.

2 thoughts on “10 Things

  1. Can you please tell me more about your sectional? It looks like the size and style that we are looking for! Thank you!

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