Once upon a time there was a magical little elf who turned this: Into this while I was on vacation! Yay!! The most important function of this room is the neighborhood watch command station. Freckles would sit on the back of the leather chair and look out the window to keep an eye on miscreants [...]
Tag Archive 'renovation'
The kitchen cabinets in this house are god-awful hideous. That’s a major understatement. I’ve hated them since I first saw them. The SO defended them until he saw Mad Men and realized that the Drapers have the exact same kitchen cabinets as us. We have put a lot of money into new stone flooring and [...]
Remember my stairs? That is mid-way through the destruction phase. And the upstairs hall? Look what they’ve turned into so far! The ugly blue carpet is gone. The 10 bajillion staples were removed and the staple holes filled. The stains were banished with linseed oil and steel wool. When we go away in November the [...]
Renovation isn’t only tough on the humans in the house. My poor old Ozzie bird is having much trauma. Every time there is a possibility of painting he has to evacuate since birds are so sensitive to fumes. The worker guy doesn’t come until after I leave for work so I don’t know if there [...]
In the fine tradition of old house renovation everywhere our simple little project has grown exponentially. It started with let’s fix the walls and paint. It morphed to “ok, scrape off all the old wallpaper under the paint, fix the walls, and then paint”. Now the front door looks dingy and needs painted. Then there [...]
I finally have a dishwasher! It was being held hostage. One was delivered but it was the wrong one. The right one was schedule to be delivered the next Thursday. That day came and went with no dishwasher. We called and were told that they meant that they were going to deliver the NEXT Thursday. [...]
I’m so proud of my front flower bed. I bought some creeping phlox last fall on sale and planted it. It is Candytuft, a pink and white striped variety. They were just itty bitty little plants all winter but in the last week they exploded! They have more than doubled in size and put out [...]
Work on the hallway started this morning. I was downstairs for sewing day and not paying attention to what was going on upstairs. Riley kept coming over and giving me looks though. He naps upstairs at this time of day and obviously he was being disturbed. (Poor Riley has a traumatic 24 hours. Riley, scourge [...]
I joined the Secret Post Club, which is like a Secret Santa exchange every month, and I just got my first package. (I was going to post a link but they’ve closed it to new members for right now so I must have been lucky to get in.) Mine came from Betty in the UK. [...]
We’ve started a new renovation project. We are going to be adding a low stone wall around the porch. Of course since there is a male, non-blogger, non-scrapbooker involved he started the project without doing the most important part of the prep work – the before photo. He said that the before was ugly so [...]
This is the family room with the previous cheap blue carpeting (and Riley wondering where the furniture went): Here’s the new wood floor and Powder still pondering the lack of furniture: Here’s what happens when a guy gets bored with watching his brother work on the floor. “I think I’ll make a raised bed” turns [...]
Drum roll please! The finished kitchen before all the appliances go back.
Remember today’s to do list from a few posts back? Ok, get new water heater – check. Get washing machine fixed -check Have water heater connections explode taking several years off the life of the washing machine guy standing in the basement at the time? Not part of the plan We cut the water to [...]
I think I got all my electronic stuff talking to each other again so I can post pictures. Here’s the local wildlife. And in renovation news: Here’s a reminder of the new sink and counter with the old backsplash. Here’s the new stone backsplash (before grout) On the schedule today Finish up the backsplash Get [...]