Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Barn Raising

It's finished! We needed a guest room for my parents when they came for Christmas. Danny wanted a barn-theme. It's nothing you would find on HGTV or BH&G, but it's our quirky personality and fun.

It originally had white walls and dark army-green carpet. The carpet was actually repeatedly marked/stained by our sick cat, Daisy, 16, who was put to sleep last month. Couldn't remove the stench. We tore out the carpet and put in new flooring. Now it just looks like a barn instead of smelling like one.

The "Lamb of God" print is by Liz Lemon Swindle (it's of Christ at age 12 making the pilgrimage for passover and carrying the sacrificial lamb...a lamb which he probably raised and loved). I am so touched by the symbolism. (I made the frame).

We also made the bed's platform and lamp shade for my grandma's antique lamp.

The room was a pleasure to work on, but I completely neglected myself. I'm actually tired of junk food. I even ordered a salad (or reasonable facsimile) at McDonalds. I went grocery shopping yesterday, bought lots of veggies and fruit, and may start cooking, again.

I didn't watch any tv and typically don't. I don't even know when Oprah is on, or for that matter, what channel she's on (I used to watch her a couple of states ago...we move a lot). The only thing I did watch during the barn-raising was Prison Break. My husband bought the season 3 dvd, and at the end of the long day we'd get our PB fix (and no commercials).

I haven't even decorated for Christmas, yet. The tree has been up for weeks, but the ornaments are still in the garage. But, my parents are here now and have a comfy place to sleep.

I worked hard on that guest room. Imagine how I'd feel and look if I put that much effort into my health. I better get crackin' before I become the size of a barn.


  1. The room looks great! I love the boards you put on the wall, it's no mistaking the barn theme there ;). I'm sure it was a lot of work measuring and cutting, I don't know that I'd have the patience with all the angles etc. Love the new floors too!

    I hope you have a great time with your parents this holiday! Does Dan have off?

    Merry Christmas!

  2. Thank you!

    Danny is on call...it's looking like he may go. :(

    BUT! He has a job, which is more than we could say two years ago.

  3. WOW, I am so bad at anything to do with home stuff.... I am best at the gym stuff:-)You did good!

    YES, put that effort into yourself! Once our health is gone, it is hard to get it back! You obviously have tons on energy! More than me for that home stuff!

  4. That room looks so inviting - I definitely need to visit! (Just kidding!) I love the wood floors - we totally need to get rid of our family room carpet and start fresh.

  5. Awesome floors-- love that red. Psyched we got to see!