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My Iowa beach house…

If you know me, you know how indecisive I am.  This house has not improved my decision making skills even one little bit.  Sometimes I know exactly what I want, but more often than not, I have no idea.  And it takes me f o r e v e r to decide.  Example: I had an idea of what I wanted for a dining room light fixture.  I even found the perfect one.  But I refused to commit to it.  So my mom just ordered it for me and when it got here I liked it.  Putting that up is a post for another day.  This is a(nother) post about colors.  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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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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Celebrating the last window – with a How-To!

I pulled the trim off of the last window tonight!  And I figured I should probably show you people I’ve learned something, even if it’s just how to take trim off of a window.  I mean, after 18 of these suckers, I’m pretty much the authority on the subject.  So I’m passing my knowledge on to all of you with a how-to.  I was an education major, sharing knowledge is what I do.

1. Find a fully trimmed window you’d like to dismantle.  It doesn’t matter why.  Continue reading

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Windows, Windows, Windows

Oh, and some more windows.  18 of them.  Or 19, I can’t remember, and they all start to blur together after a while.  The windows are getting replaced soonish, so my job has been taking the trim off of them.  My goal is to save as much trim as I possibly can to refinish and reuse, but it hasn’t been 100% possible due to some rotting and water damage.  Especially on the sills. Continue reading

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Basement Update

Quick update on the basement progress – I deem it boogyman-free!  The new. high efficiency boiler is *almost* done being installed and there are three new windows that let in all sorts of natural light.  It is definitely no longer a scary basement.  Unless you look up, then the mess of cobwebs, plumbing, and wires is still pretty terrifying.

New high-efficiency boiler.

New high-efficiency boiler.



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