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Harp Here, Harp There

May 14, 2014 — 1 Comment

Have I ever told you about my harp? You know, this one?


The harp is very old, like 1800s old. My Grandfather owned it and he gave it to me right before he died. He was a hoarder collector and I like having this as a reminder of him. It needs a lot of work though. The number one comment I get about the harp is, “Hey, your harp is missing the strings!” Yes, I’m aware, thank you. I suppose I could have it strung up but there is no way this harp will ever be able to play music because of all the other damage too it. So I mostly think of it as a sculptural piece. Anyway, the point of all this is that I moved it.

I liked it next to the TV/chairs, but I’m in a very change-it-up mood lately. Stuffs gettin’ shifted around here. So last weekend at like 1:00 am on Saturday (when I do my best work, naturally) I picked this sucker up and moved it to my dining room.

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I moved it in here for a few reasons. 1) The corner it’s in now is total dead space. There is a huge, like 2’x3′ ft huge, air return there and nothing heavy can go on it. Harps, surprisingly, aren’t that heavy (well, at least this one isn’t). 2) I have a corners problem. Corners are everywhere (you’re welcome for that very obvious bit of wisdom), and I have no idea what to do with several of mine. The harp worked in the living room corner but I think it’s better here.

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As you can see from the photo above view, the harp doesn’t interfere with the walking path, but still makes the corner interesting. The good news is my dining room is now finally coming together. I actually like the direction it’s going in, yay! Here’s other views of it for a refresher.

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You may notice the wall color looks sometimes blue, green, or grey. It’s a very nice light grey, I’m just a terrible photographer.

As for the now empty living room corner? Ah, well, I’ll leave that for another post. But I’ve got plans!

And the winning color is: Classic Silver by Behr

Little House Design: Dining room makeover with Classic Silver by Behr Little House Design: Dining room makeover with Classic Silver by Behr Little House Design: Dining room makeover with Classic Silver by Behr Little House Design: Dining room makeover with Classic Silver by Behr While I can’t say this is my favorite paint color ever (that would be a tie between my black kitchen and my blue bedroom), I do really like it… I think. Why my hesitation? Well, first of all it is weird to see the same stuff against a different background.

Little House Design: Dining room makeover with Classic Silver by Behr When I was redoing the postcard art I moved them all down a little bit so that now they are level with the door frame.

It looks weird, right? I liked the dark green for being unique, so I’m struggling with the loss of uniqueness. BUT there is a plan beyond just lightening up the room.


First of all, I wanted to loose all the pictures on the right side of the room (it was looking cluttery in that area) and since there were so many holes it made sense to fill them in and paint again. So do I have plan for that area? Of course! But you’ll have to be patient (as will I) because some plans take time and this is one of those plans. Intrigued?

While we are at the side by sides, here is one more:

Little House Design: Dining room makeover with Classic Silver by Behr In that corner, I definitely prefer the green, but oh well. It also doesn’t help that I’m comparing my crappy photo to Ashley’s professional one haha.

Honestly though I am just super super glad this paint job is over. Painting, I’M OVER YOU. This was the 11th time I’ve painted a room in this house and I haven’t even lived here two years yet. Oh, and there are only six rooms, make sense of that math. The old idiom is true though, my painting skills have vastly improved with all that practice.

It hasn’t been very sunny here lately, you know, winter and such, which is why these pictures aren’t super bright even though they were taken during the day. All that to say, that it actually is much brighter in there now compared to the dark green. Goal one, to lighten the room, is a success. I think once I do my secret thing (I’m only keeping it secret for dignities sake, if it looks terrible I’ll take it down and no one will be the wiser) on the big blank wall it will feel different in there.

Everyone who has seen it so far has really liked it, but I’m still on the fence. I think it boils down to this: I like crazily painted rooms so even though this is a good visual break from the dark colors in the adjoining rooms, I still want it to be navy blue or hot pink or something.