One of my big projects to finish by the end of the year was the “music room” aka the odd extra room on the back of our house that we’ve made home to our piano and record collection. It was a mess before, and I have plenty of pictures to prove it. Since November I have been slowly pounding away at it and I’ve finally made it to the final stretch.
Here’s a little recap of the changes I’ve made and the finishing touches I have yet to do. Just in case you forgot, or don’t read the blog, or whatever, here is the mood board I made way back in September when I was dreaming up this room. It’s changed, as all projects do but the overall feel has remained the same.
The biggest thing of course is getting down the really bad 80’s country floral wallpaper, it was a mess and took me weeks of on-again off-again work to get it done. As the wallpaper came down it became more and more apparent that the plaster below was a total goner. Luckily I know a guy, who knows a guy, and I was able to have Ken, the handiest of handy men, come over and fix it all for me and make it beautiful again.
The next step was paint and wallpaper. Jeff and I were able to kill it during nap times and all-night-wallpapering shifts over our Christmas break. Thankfully, we were able to drink a few beers and listen to some records and it made for happy work (believe it or not.)
As you can see in the above picture, I highlighted some of the things left to be done. First and foremost being to get some show posters and other memorabilia on the wall from back in the days when Jeff was in the “legendary touring band,” The Plastic Constellations, and if you believe that one…
Here’s this angle, Santa brought Jeff some much needed guitar stands for Christmas. We hung up a drawing that we’ve been hauling around with us over the last few years made by our talented and super good friend, Matt Scharenbroich. As you can see in the notes above, I would like to paint that piano bench. It was an alley find and I was supposed to fix it up a LONG time ago. Pictured above is a piece of fabric I ordered online thinking it would be more of an orangey-red, I like the pattern but am not convinced that the color will work.
Here’s this old piano that Jeff likes to play. Matt’s drawing helps to anchor the space and finally gives this piano a home, thank god. My original plan was to have a vintage brass floor lamp in the room, I still haven’t come across the perfect fixture but when I find it I’ll get rid of the one that is there now. My good friend Cam had a pair of awesome teak and brass swag hanging lamps and was kind enough to give me one. It still needs to be hung in the corner and the inner shade needs to be replaced as it’s super yellowed when the light is on. I love the look of it though and can’t wait to get it hung up.
Here is the biggest space saver of them all, mounted wall shelves!!! Hooray, and I did it almost all by myself. There was a point where I forgot that I had left the drill and 2 hammers on top of the ladder before I moved it. Pretty sure I received a concussion from that rookie move. Never again. I’m still not convinced that the paintings will stay, but for now they are welcome. I also need to paint that ugly radiator. Anyone ever done this? I still haven’t done any research on it but it seriously NEEDS to be done. All that melted ice cream color is making my grey walls look violet. Yuck. And I’m still waiting for those 2 fine Eames chairs in white to arrive in the mail that I won during my winning streak it November.
Lastly, I couldn’t do this post without sharing my favorite view. At just the right angle you can see the wallpaper from the living room. It’s just the best. I know I have a thing for the blue, but it works and I love it, so I can’t hate it or feel bad about it. I’ll do one final post when I get it all figured out, for my sake, let’s hope it won’t be long. Cool, that’s all, thanks for listening!
I flippin' love your house! I wish I could live there! I can't wait to be an owner rather than a renter . . .
Thanks! Enjoy renting while you can, dot forget not having to shovel and mow a lawn is kinda awesome.