Floors get a facelift

This past weekend was my mom’s birthday weekend.  What better way to celebrate another year than spending two very long, very exhausting days sanding floors???  Okay, I can think of better ways to celebrate…but the floors now look great!  Mom says next year she will be in Maui for her birthday.  Alone.  Continue reading

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I’m on the downhill slide…I think.

It’s been a busy few weeks since I finished up my painting stay-cation.  Things really seem to be starting to move fast, and the progress is getting more and more visible.  Remember how we had just gotten my cabinets when I last left you?  Well, the last few that were out of stock came in, and my parents brought them out to my house.  Since we haven’t done the floors yet, (which is starting to give me anxiety), dad took his belt sander to the floor where the cabinets would sit so we don’t have to worry about getting some big professional sander right up to the foot of the cabinets when we get to that step.  Then the first of the cabinets were set in place.  In the kitchen reconfiguration, I’m torn between feeling like I’ve lost cabinet/counter space by having a dead wall and feeling like I’m 100% fine because there will be plenty of continuous countertop and I have an entire pantry for extra storage.  In all honesty, I probably have way more cabinet space than I could even possibly fill right now. Continue reading

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50 Shades of White…One Shade of Pink

For the past week I have been on vacation.  Well…staycation I guess.  As the title of this blog suggests, there was not, in fact, a vacation for me this year.  Instead I spent the better part of 10 days priming and painting all my new drywall.  I finally solved the dust issue with the vacuum bags from Menards.  Using the newer shop-vac really helped me power through the rest of the wall dust.  I never thought I’d be vacuuming my walls…but I did.  And it worked.  And then it was on to the primer. 
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My love-hate relationship with all my new drywall

Don’t get me wrong, I love it.  I love, love, LOVE it.  I love having it, I love looking at it, I love how it echos.  I do not love the dust.  Not at all.  In fact, I hate it.  Yes, I know, hate is a strong word, but I do.  I really do.  I hate every speck of that horrendous dust.  Having had most of the downstairs done, the dust is literally everywhere.  It’s on all of my dishes, my coffee maker, and my dry food.  It’s in my fridge and under my covers.  It’s disgusting.  BUT!  It means I’m that much closer to paint.  Which means I’m that much closer to floors.  Therefore, I practically have my trim put back up.  And if that’s true, then I basically have my kitchen, too.   Continue reading

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A long-awaited update: Horses! Drywall! I live here!

Since my last update, when I revealed my finished upstairs bathroom, things have happened – go figure, right?  First, maybe most importantly, and definitely most exciting, I moved in.  I’m living in what I call the “apartment” – aka the bonus used-to-be-a-store room.  It’s not ideal.   I don’t have a real kitchen yet, and I have to go upstairs to use the bathroom, but I live here.
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It’s all in the details

Hello readers!  No, I didn’t abandon you, this blog, or my house.  Rather, I’ve been working on a special surprise to share with you.  Over the past few silent weeks we’ve been diligently plugging away at my second floor bathroom – a required room for me to move in.  I was going to share the updates and progress as we neared completion, but I decided it’d be more fun to hold off and give a big reveal.  Today’s the day for that reveal!  Be prepared to weep at the beauty and seethe with jealousy at my wonderful, magnificent bathroom.  The first complete room in my house.  Continue reading

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The results of a productive weekend!

This holiday weekend allowed us to make leaps and bounds on the house!  I finally had a Saturday off from work, Dad took Friday off for a four day weekend, and Mom came out Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, too.  One of the biggest things that’s been happening but I haven’t been blogging about is electrical work.  The house was full of a mish-mash of cotton-clad aluminum wire and romex.  We suspect that the cloth-covered wiring in the house was from when it was first electrified — perhaps in the late 40s or early 50s.  The connections were soldered and covered in cloth electrical tape. Continue reading

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