December 4, 2016: Hola everyone! Winter has arrived in Milwaukee and there are snow flurries today. Despite several hard freezes remarkably my "spikes" in two of my patio planters have absolutely refused to die. The rosemary and thyme plants I nursed inside the house through last winter spent the summer in their pot outside next to the side stoop off the driveway, where they get plenty of sunshine all day long. I transplanted them into a cozy sheltered spot right next to the stoop in October and they are still green and growing, too! With the delay in getting the drywall patching done in the relatively minor "reconstruction" work I had done in my kitchen, I am way behind my time in getting the house decorated. But yesterday I got my wreath decked out with extra lights and dressed the front door of the house, and my battery-operated traditional candles were put up on the window sills all around the house Friday evening. It becomes a ritual to go around at dusk and turn the tops to the right to turn the candles "on" and at bedtime to go around and turn the tops to the left to turn the candles "off." Today I put some "glittery" throw pillow covers purchased new last month from H&M on three of my sofa pillows to glam things up a bit in the living room and add some sparkle. Later on, after I sufficiently fuel myself up with wine and snacks and probably to distract myself while I listen to the Packers game on the radio, I will huff and puff and pull my artificial tree up from storage in the basement. I will decorate it simply this year. Every year I say that, and every year I end up throwing just about everything except the kitchen sink on the tree. I am very proud of myself this year, though. I did not buy a single new ornament or Christmas doo-dad for the house (throw pillow covers don't count!!!) Happy Holidays to all, with hope and fervent prayers for 2017. I've a feeling we're all going to need a lot of help from Goddess in the coming year. Jan

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Family Room Re-do: Chair Rail

I started shopping this morning for textured paintable wallpaper border after deciding that putting up a REAL chair rail was beyond my skill set.
Wasted hours looking (no, I decided I would not bore you with posting endless samples of the borders I looked at and decided not to buy).  I decided that the available borders (for the price I was willing to pay) just were not appealing.  I would end up hating how it looked, and I sure don't want that after all the work I know I'm going to be putting into redoing these rooms -- all the HOURS it's taken already.  YECH.  I hate spending this much time on what should be a straightforward redecorating project.  I mean, come on!  I'm not changing out furniture or tearing down walls, adding fancy crap to the ceiling or rewiring, putting down different carpeting or hardwood flooring.  Geez!  Pisses me off big time, all this time that I could be working on my chess blog, the family tree, and doing yard work (not to mention laundry).
Sooooo, after reluctantly, most reluctantly, coming to the conclusion that I would be better off to put up a REAL chair rail after all, I started looked for foam chair rails.  I wanted something I could GLUE on -- no fricking nail guns or hammers for me.  I've said it before and it's worth saying again - I can't hammer a nail in straight to save my life, darlings, and that's Goddess truth! 
After what seemed forever looking at various websites and "foam" products, I finally settled on "Creative Crown Moldings" -- they really have some neat stuff and their corner blocks make it possible to install crown molding (and chair rail) with straight cuts - no compounded cuts, funky angles or coved cuts needed!  But for the present I'm not interesting in putting up crown moldings in this family room.  Maybe later, but not now. 

Sooo, I ended up buying the chair rail profile on the far right - too lazy to crop the image.  It's the classic chair rail profile and about 2 inches wide.  I thought the price was great and I was very happy until I got to checkout and saw that they were ripping me off for $41 in shipping charges!  WHAT THE F?  That is just RIDICULOUS.  This stuff doesn't weigh a ton, after all - it's glued onto walls, which should give you a clue as to how much is DOES NOT WEIGH.  I was upset enough about the extemely high shipping charges to cancel the order - but I did not.  I just want to get this fricking project over with and did not want to invest another second looking for foam chair rail.  So - buyers beware -

The chair rail will be more than enough for me to tackle - I'm going to have to buy a hot glue gun and glue sticks.  Never thought I'd EVAH own one of those suckers.

The hot glue is used to join together intermediate cuts because each piece of chair rail is only 8 feet long.  That means if I want to space things out evenly on my long south wall (about 18.5 feet), I will need 2 joints to join together three pieces of rail each approximately 6' 2" long.  I'm thinking that would look better (and be easier to install) than putting up two 8 foot long rails and then one short section of 2.5 feet!

Right now, I seriously need to take a nap...

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