Half-finished is better than not-started

In the new Ken Burns documentary, The Roosevelts, which aired last week, there was a quote from Teddy Roosevelt about how he viewed his time: “Get action. Do things; be sane, don’t fritter away your time; create, act, take a place wherever you are and be somebody; get action.”

When it comes to decorating and furnishing a home from scratch while working full-time and mothering a toddler, my motto is similar: get started. It doesn’t — and won’t — have to be finished in a day, or all at once. So, I’m often working on multiple projects for different rooms and spaces, finishing in spurts.

Foyer reveal: Coastal meets country

This weekend was one of those moving-forward, but not yet done, times. We finished painting the inside of the formerly-oak front door, as well as it’s hardware. (See the foyer reveal HERE for before-and-after.) We used Rustoleum’s Metallic spray paint in Satin Nickel, and I can already tell it’s going to hold up well. It covered easily and dried quickly, and didn’t nick or chip when reassembling on the door (unlike the paint on the exterior side, grrr).

Dining room revamp: Silver sage, white and burlap

Just off the foyer, we (read: my dear, sweet husband) finished painting and reupholstering our dining room chairs. (He refinished the table’s top and painted its legs earlier this year.) I chose a lovely linen buffalo check from Calico Corners as the seat fabric, then applied a healthy coat of Scotchgard. These pictures do make our table look darker than it is in person — it’s a much lighter oak in real-life. We inherited this dining set as newlyweds from my husband’s uncle’s neighbors and don’t know much more about it than it was built in Kentucky — and you’ll find the same set (although in much better condition!) over at Bless Our Nest. (We also have the same china pattern — what are the odds?? And the Lenox website says it’s now the number one fine china pattern in America. I think I started the revolution. You can see how I styled our china cabinets HERE.)

Dining room revamp: Silver sage, white and burlap

Next up? We need to add vinyl house numbers to the front door, along with a wreath — I’m trying my hand at a burlap one next weekend. The dining room still has a long list of to-do’s: wall art (for the life of me, I am undecided/can’t make up my mind what I want to do there), refinishing/painting the sideboard, and replacing the god-awful 1980s-fabulous carpet with hardwood. Plus: removing the door between the dining room and the kitchen — WHY did everyone love doors so much in the 1950s? — and replacing the hanging light fixture with something more shabby-chic-vintage-country-like.

Dining room revamp: Silver sage, white and burlap

It’s not all of it, but it’s enough action for now.


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