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A Year Later

Surprise!  It’s a New Year’s miracle!  I’m writing a blog post!

It’s been a year now since I’ve been moved in to the main part of the house.  There have been lots of little ongoing projects, but since we’re not knocking down walls anymore, it’s seemed like a pretty mellow year.  Here’s an update on what’s been going on – PLUS – a bonus DIY on the floating mantel shelf. Continue reading

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Tile and Trim

Oh goodness… It’s really been a month since my last blog post? Jeez…sorry about that.  Time flies when you’re having fun, I guess, or at least when you’re insanely busy.  So many things have changed since the sanding of the floors.  First off, my countertops finally arrived and were installed.  They’re absolutely perfect and look very high-end for laminate.  If you don’t look too closely (there’s no getting around the dark lines on the edges or the seam in the corner) you could be initially convinced they’re granite!
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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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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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Tile and toilets and twisters, oh my!

I know it’s been a while since I gave you all an update.  Does anyone really read this anyway?  Okay, so lots of things have been happening and I’ll do my best to give a quick summary update.  First off, I finally have hot water.  For the first time in what seems like months.

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