Jenny: Cottage Saturday: Workroom Storage and JKitts’ Loggia

I am making progress on the house, but nothing is finished. Story of my life. So I’ll give you a work in progress photo and then turn you over to jkitts and her loggia.

The dark brown bookcase at the bottom came with the house; I just moved it from the other end of the porch.  Then I cut a smaller board so the curved ends matched the old case and put it under the window.  Because you can never have enough shelves.

The dark brown bookcase at the bottom came with the house; I just moved it from the other end of the porch. Then I cut a smaller board so the curved ends matched the old case and put it under the window. Because you can never have enough shelves.

Part Two was painting it all white except for the walls on each side of the window which will be cork board.  Now I have to finish the bookcases at the end, put up the cork board, paint everything again, cover the cork board with fabric, put up woodwork . . .

Part Two was painting it all white except for the walls on each side of the window which will be cork board. Now I have to finish the bookcases at the end, put up the cork board, paint everything again, cover the cork board with fabric, put up woodwork . . .

This is my loggia and the start of my relandscaped backyard.  Due to the fact that we just had unusually cold weather (@ 15 degrees F) I will be doing even more work since I plant assuming that my area is getting warmer and I don't have to worry about cold winters.  jkitts

This is my loggia and the start of my relandscaped backyard.  Due to the fact that we just had unusually cold weather (@ 15 degrees F) I will be doing even more work since I plant assuming that my area is getting warmer and I don’t have to worry about cold winters.  jkitts

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13 thoughts on “Jenny: Cottage Saturday: Workroom Storage and JKitts’ Loggia

  1. I love the bookcase and extra shelf. You are mostly right about never too many shelves, except that we do need room for cork boards and artwork. 😉 (And it would kill my BFF to see that you had painted lovely stained wood … so I might show this to him. heh heh heh. I, personally, am all in favor of painting wood. Some I leave unpainted, but a lot I am willing to paint.

    The loggia is beautiful! I look forward to seeing more!

    • Most of the wood was already painted, and the bookcase was so beat up it would have had to have been refinished anyway. So no loss, the wood’s still under there.

    • It was ugly wood with an ugly stain. Painting our wood walls (maple with oak trim, most of which Richie milled) would be a tragedy.
      Some wood needs to be painted.

    • Jessie says:

      Oregon. And it only took us 26 years! We replaced the foundation and build the upper deck at that time and expect we would get to work on the lower patio immediately. Instead I have had a spot where I stored compost and my husband stored lumber and our canoe (well, as you can see the canoe is still there temporarily – we haven’t figured out where to put it inside).The challenge always has been that the back slopes both from east to west and south to north and it was clear that the ground would have to be terraced the the patio built up and some steps installed. We always had a general idea what we wanted and planned to do it ourselves. Somewhere in there reality hit and we decided we did not have the technical expertise to do it without spending another 26 years.

      My life this summer was distributing about 10 yards of top soil in a very small back yard, cleaning out junk so they could work and having hysterics about once a week.

      Thank you for all the nice comments.

  2. Yes, where is that loggia? It’s lovely.

    Jenny, you are the building and painting queen. I need to learn how to put shelves up. Though I’m afraid the cats will claim them and then I won’t be able to put anything on them. Sort of like I can’t put anything on my coffee table or end tables. Or the top shelf of any bookcase.

  3. Micki says:

    (-: Bookshelves are on my to-do list — I want them finished by the end of the year, which isn’t that far away. But, I priced cut wood for the extra shelves I want, and it’s going to be nearly $60. (And they are two very cheap bookshelves.) I think I might be ahead of the game to toss one of the bookshelves, salvage the shelves and put them in the other one, and buy a whole new bookshelf. IDK. tick-tock, I’ve got to decide soon.

    The loggia is gorgeous! I have a porch off my garage that I started doing good things with, but last summer, I didn’t accomplish anything. I should spend some sunny winter weekends clearing it out so I can start anew this spring.

  4. Kelly S says:

    Progress is still progress and it is looking very nice.

    The loggia also looks very relaxing!

    A question: I put some photos in the Saturday folder about 2 weeks ago. Should I have put them in the Tuesday folder instead or are you parcing the photos out?

  5. Susanne says:

    Okay, I got confused here. It’s been a full day.

    I missed the part about JKitt’s Loggia on the header, and thought this whole post was about Jenny’s cottage. So, I’m thinking wow, Jenny is so creative. She matches curved wood and everything…

    And then I’m thinking, wow, she really did a fabulous job on the outside, but it doesn’t seem to match the cottage…and really, the outside looks so different, and I’m trying to figure out what on earth a loggia is (will goggle it in a minute), and then the penny dropped.

    It’s clearly time for bed.

    Jenny, your work in progress is coming along nicely. One day you’ll look around and it’ll all be exactly as you want it.

    Jessie, great shots. You can rent out your loggia for weddings 🙂

    • Jessie says:

      Thank you. What the photos don’t show is my studio which opens out onto the loggia. There is no sheetrock on the walls. The ceiling is only half there, I have my gardening shelves piled with junk and I have piles of old paint tubes, half finished paintings, my sculpting stand with – you guessed it – a half finished sculpture. And the other room that opens onto it is my husband’s workshop which makes my studio look elegant and tasteful. So the wedding rentals may be a while.

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