What a difference a couple of coats of paint can make! I hired my new neighbor and he got one room done -- although it took a couple of days since that "one coat" paint and primer really required two coats.
Here's Before and After:
Now I just need to remember which tables went where ... and start lugging down machines from the second floor to the basement. The television needs a wall mount and cable so it can go over the corner desk on the wall.
The dehumidifier works great. I haven't set up the hose yet, but dumping the bucket once or twice a day doesn't bother me. At least that way I can see what's in the air - and that is startling.
The wire shelves are almost full as is the wonderful closet with all the shelves ... and those are just with veils and lace! No fabric yet!!! Yikes!
And now I can almost see the back wall of the inner room ... where my little treasure is hiding ...
She's a little beaten up, but I just love the New Home treadle! I lost my gorgeous Singer treadle in the storm which was in perfect condition down to the leather belt. When we first looked at this house and wandered into the basement I spotted this one and took the "New Home" as a sign that this was the place for us. The old owner was upstairs and wondered what all the squealing was about. When I told her, she said she would give it to me if we bought the house. So ... a project for the future ...
The old owner also left a Singer 401. There was a cabinet but it was in bad shape so I tossed it. This will go on my hubby's desk so he can work on it for me. (He doesn't know that yet! ) There's a big old pile of attachments, too.
When we bought all of the tables at a tag sale (for $150!) I told the owners that I intended to use them as sewing tables. She asked me if I'd be interested in a sewing machine her daughter gave her, but she literally never used. How could I resist? A Pfaff Hobby 1032 for $25. I'm happy. Don't need it, but how could I leave it there?
I haven't spent a lot of time so far in getting everything in place because we wanted to have a little house warming party -- lots of people couldn't come for one reason or another so we'll have another one at the end of the summer. But it was still wonderful with only about 30 guests.