“As much as I converse with sages and heroes, they have very little of my love and admiration.
I long for rural and domestic scene, for the warbling of birds and the prattling of my children.”
After grueling weeks of preparation, frantic packing, and countless glassy-eyed trips from city house to country home with vehicles stuffed full of our belongings, we have finally done it. We have moved! Windows open, fall breeze drifting through, welcome sunlight pouring in, birds chirping outside, the sound of our children running, laughing, exploring, playing…..these all contribute to our current bliss. The unpacked boxes, bulging containers, and stray items that temporarily occupy the space around us are not so very bad considering that we have survived the dreaded move and landed safely in our smaller but cozy home.
Much has been accomplished since last I wrote. Of course, many more projects beg our attention and will for several months to come. However, here is one thing that David and I did together which came out even better than we had dreamed. Remember these little beauties?
We wanted them set into a wall. The purpose of the wall is to keep the children from tumbling down into the basement, so we knew we needed it in the small living room. However, we wanted to build a wall that wouldn’t block light from the window behind it. These are doors from a built-in china cabinet in an old house. We picked them because they have 8 panes, and we have 8 children. Sentimental and sappy? Probably so.
We started by framing the wall with the dimensions of the windows in mind. (**ATTENTION, KIDS: math class is important! You will use this skill in real life!**) After framing, we attached wood beaded board and set the windows in it. Finally, we gave it a coat of primer and Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray paint, which is the color on the walls as well. As we continue to try project after project that we’ve only imagined, I don’t think I will ever get over the feeling of elation I get when they actually turn out well!
I’m going to leave the old paint on the window frame, as well as the original hardware. I think the rustic charm makes it feel like that wall has always been there. Baseboard and corner trim will finish it. What do you think?
As a little teaser, you get a sneak peek at the floors in that last photo. More to come on that later….