Club Living Room Improvement Contest
Winners in Living Room Contest
County Home Demonstration Clubs announce winners
in Living Improvement contest: Mrs. T. A. Harris, Class l, Mrs. E.
C. Lacy Class 2. Mrs. E. C. Lacy tells us the story of her improvement.
MY LIVING ROOM
Fourteen years ago our home and almost everything
we had was destroyed by fire. When we rebuilt, our finances gave
out and we had to quit without any inside finish at all. The room
I am going to describe is 16x20 feet and has served as both living and
bedroom. As there were seven children. Nine of us to live in
it. We had to occupy the largest room.
Two years after the house was built, we papered
all the rooms. Did the work ourselves with very cheap paper.
So with dormer windows to leak and constant use, the room looked anything
else but inviting to live in. The paper canvas had become so rotten,
it was falling off.
I entered the living room contest in real
earnest for I really wanted a better living room. Sometimes I would
almost give up as I could not save enough from my cream checks to get the
material to fix it. Some of our cows are not giving milk and that
is what I was depending on. When the time came that I just had to
start, I went to Mr. Granberry, president of First National Bank of Celeste
and told him what I wanted and he loaned me $25.00. I took my note
for it and I am to pay him out of my cream checks. The rest of the
expense has come out of the cream checks. I had help from all the
family or I could not have done the work. They all helped so there
was no expense for the labor.
We first tore down all the paper, also the canvas
over head for it was too rotten to use. For the over head, we have
wall board put on over the ship lap and finished with finishing strips
and painted cream. The wall is papered in darker shade with flowers
tinted with silver and rose. The woodwork is finished in dark oak.
The floor is also finished around the rug in dark oak. The linoleum
rug is of tan and gray small blocks splotched with a little colors of red,
green, and blue. The rug is 12x16 feet so covers all the floor except
two feet all around. The piano and davenport bed were moved from
the front or best room. The day bed is made of the springs of an
old davenport bed with ends and legs of iron piping. The mattress
is made of an old mattress and covered with heavy drapery cloth.
The radio cabinet and writing desk combined is made of an old discard wash
stand. The chair of the writing desk is an old high back stool chair
that had a cane seat in it and ha! s served for all purposes for years
with a tin seat has a new finish of dark oak and rest of brocaded denim.
An other chair, an old rocker, that was wood and very uncomfortable has
rollers and a seat and back of brocaded denim and has to match it a foot
stool made of legs of an old stove and upholstered in same material as
chairs. The bookcase, also homemade and served fourteen years in
a coat of dark varnish, has a nice finish of mandarin red. Four new
pongee color window shades take the place of some dark green ones.
Two of them had been worn out and cut off until they just did reach half
of the window. The window draperies are green and rose linen and
are hung with curtain rods and take the place of some very cheap ones worn
out and hung with binder twine. The mirror and table, wall pockets,
baskets, pillows, and hand-painted wall banner or tapestry picture, a braided
wool rug, fuel box, and waste basket describes my living room.
Expenditures--Rug, $19.85; window shades, $4.80;
wall paper, $6.00; wall board $12.00; curtain rods, $.60; window draperies,
$7.80; mirror, $.98; end table, $1.70; making a mattress $.75; denim for
chairs and footstool, $1.00; Total: $55.88
Mrs. E. C. Lacy
(See later paper for Mrs. Harris story.)
29, 1929, The Greenville Messenger
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