No, not on the blog (though as you can see I’ve switched stylesheets), but in my apartment. This is what happens when you sit and watch HGTV obsessively. Hey, there was nothing else on my tiny attention span can handle. Anyway, despite the fact that I have about fourteen dollars total to last on for the next two weeks I’ve decided to at least straighten up my place, so if I should ever be able to buy the furniture pieces I need at least I’ll have a place to put them and have the things I want to put in them all ready to be put. Basically, the tentative list of furniture pieces I am going to buy is as follows:
- A china cabinet of some sort. This will be something from one of the thrift stores, since new cabinets are way out of my budget. I need a place to put my dishes — the ricketty kitchen cabinets just aren’t big enough. I already have a cabinet-shelf thing I bought at a second-hand furniture store a few weeks ago, but I’ve already filled it up.
- I am thinking of getting two or three longish planks of wood and some bricks or cinder blocks and making a low book shelf. This will go along the far wall of the living room area, which right now is kind of under-utilized. (I have a small desk/cabinet and my old Chinese screen there, but I am thinking of moving both pieces.)
- I have decided to get an entertainment unit for the tv, one of those big things with shelves and cabinets etc. Walmart has some cheap units of fakewood that look okay.
- A four-plus seater dining room set or at least a table to replace the two-person cafe set that is too small for the apartment. Ideally I want a round table, but if I have to settle for an oblong I guess I will.
- A sideboard for the dining room area, as well as the china cabinet.
- A round, wooden coffee table to match the side table. I’ve pretty much decided I’m going to have to build it myself; I have yet to check Home Depot or other lumber yards for kits or wood pieces, though. (I doubt I’ll get what I want for fourteen dollars, so this will have to wait until the next free payday.)
- I want a chest of drawers for the bedroom. Again, Walmart has cheap units (I prefer to put my undies in something new that won’t smell like mothballs).
- I have already mentioned my desire to replace my desk. I am now thinking of getting a corner unit instead of simply a smaller desk. I guess I still haven’t gotten over my trauma of living in a studio apartment about four years ago that simply had no corners — really, there were no corners, either the window or the front door or the built in cabinets or the closet took up all the available space. Everything else had to either huddle in the center of the walls or I was always tugging and pulling and moving furniture out of the way. (I did a sketch of the place for art class, maybe I should scan it and upload it one of these days.)
That’s all I can think of for now. Anyway, I am starting things off by moving the two remaining ugly white bookcases — two-shelfers — to the bedroom, because they won’t match the wood look of everything I want in the other two rooms. Oh they aren’t ugly, just kind of plain. I also moved the futon, which I am using as a bed, on its side against the wall in the bedroom in case I ever want to fold it up into a couch. I’m not entirely sure I like it that way but I’m going to try it out that way for now. And now I have to tackle the desk. Straightening the desk up, that is — I can no longer stand the clutter.
More on this fascinating subject later. I may even put up a sketch of my plans! I know you can’t wait!
Update on the stylesheet: well okay, that stylesheet didn’t show the list code at all properly. So it’s back to the blue-green one for now, until I figure out how to fix the other — or until I get off my duff and actually make up my own dern theme. I’ve gotten so lazy.
Floor plan update: if you click on the picture below, you’ll see a really sucky thing I scribbled in Photoshop that sort of describes how my place looks now (minus the clutter), and how I want it to look.
Where I’ve overwritten in red are furniture pieces I plan to get rid of (the L-shaped desk in the bedroom, the oblong coffee table in the living room, the dinette set — where it says “sideboard”) or else move or transform or something.