Bedroom 2

No updates for a while but we are getting there.

Last week, I went to the tile store where they have my leftover countertop and gave them the dimensions to cut and polish the piece for the hearth of the fireplace.  I got a call back that it was one inch shorter than the depth I requested.  Crap.  I went back and remeasured – that one inch was extra so the shorter width will be fine!  Whew!  That piece should be ready next week.

The guys started on the backsplash Friday – well, they did the wiring for the undercabinet lighting, anyway, and cut out the drywall back there to (I am assuming) (1) install the wires and (2) because it was so lumpy and crappy looking they needed a flat surface so the tile would lay flat. Not sure what OF was planning to do with that lumpy mess of shit, but hey, I’m sure he would have rigged up something shitty that would have worked. I am also not sure how OF was planning on installing any of the undercounter lighting since the new guys have had to remove all of the insulation that I had put in the entire house, but saved it to replace it, I suppose.

The painter is coming back in the a.m. to tell me how much paint and primer I need to get for the bathroom. He will get that knocked out in a couple of days, maybe three, I hope, and then they can install the toilet and vanity! I am trying to decide on a color for the bathroom and put up a couple of shades from some samples but haven’t decided and forgot to take a picture.

I did take a picture of the fireplace – I want to go with a color other than white for the mantel – these are both gray, but one is a lot darker. I’m just going to have to wait until the hearth and tile are in to make a decision, I think.

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I put the guest bed together this weekend. The instructions from Ikea made a sad face on the cartoon trying to put it together by himself and a happy face when he/it had a friend. I did it by myself so suck it, Ikea! Again, no picture – not yet!

P.S.  Guess who is skipping town?  It’s not me!

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Painters are finished – for now!

So our favorite painter and his helper finished caulking and spackling and painting all of the molding, touching up around the windows and doors, finishing up the walls where there were spots and then putting another coat on the ceiling where it needed it – especially in the kitchen where it just looked like crap no matter the fact that DB had already charged me for 3 coats on it.

I will have to call the painter back when the bathroom and floors are done – and I think, from what he was saying, that I will get a deal if I also make him a batch of my double chocolate chunk cookies that he liked so much when he painted Mom’s house! 😉

We are almost there! I swear we are!

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The tile is in the house, in boxes, but it’s in the house (for the bathroom):

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I have also ordered tile for the backsplash and fireplace but the backsplash tile is backordered until next Friday. I decided against my idea to really wait until I’m in – after spending all of that money on ordering samples and staring at them, I decided to just wing it. I went to two local tile stores, the first of which was a definite no. Don’t get me wrong – they had a decent selection, prices were not bad, but they were, on average, $2.00 more a square foot than the second store, which is the same place I bought the tile for the den/laundry floors. Store No. 1’s biggest downfall was that I showed the sales lady the samples I had ordered, described to her what I was leaning towards and she then took that info (short list – marble, or a glass/stone blend, or a glass subway tile with a hint of blue/green) and said, “I really think this would be what you’re looking for” – and it was a 1/2″ by 2″ staggered pattern of a textured glass tile, tinted like a purple with a mica effect causing it to emit a rainbow of fruit flavors when the light hit it right.

And I said, “That’s not anything like what I was describing.”

And she said, “Well maybe it’s a bit much for a kitchen.”

And I was thinking, “You think? And where would you think it wasn’t too much?”

After that obvious clash in taste or whatever you want to call it, I went back to the place where I bought the floor tiles for the den and laundry rooms. Coincidentally or maybe it was a sign or fate or whatever – but I had, in my head, kind of settled on a marbley backsplash and had seen a pattern I liked that I saved on the iPad – but I thought it was too white. Store 2 had the exact pattern in a different marble that has more gray in it and it was slightly under $15/sf which is what I had decided I would be willing to pay for the backsplash. They also had a different pattern out of the same stone that I chose for the fireplace. I hope this ends up looking wonderful! I’m just SOOOOOOO happy that I am pretty much done making big decisions!

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Someone’s vacation week is coming to an end – let’s review what we’ve accomplished…

What have we accomplished while DB was on vacation? We’ve painted the entire house, less some touch ups that need to be done. “We’ve” meaning Alan has put up 4 ceiling fans and two light fixtures on his birthday, no less, so kudos to my brother. And if you’re wondering if I paid him anything, I did buy the niece $60 worth of shorts for the summer so we are counting that as payment. We all win. Oh, also kudos to the s-nephew who was an awesome helper today – aside from his constant practical jokes, he was a trooper and didn’t complain unlike the nephew who would have bitched the entire day about having to do work. Plus, kudos to the s-niece who helped paint today.  I’m a-scared to tell the niece that all the painting is done since she threatened her grandmaw with violence if we didn’t let her paint.  Sorry!

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omg, omg, omg! Kitchen cabinets!!!

DB went on vacation for the week.  Before he left, we had our second “come to Jesus” meeting.  The first one took place the day I had to pay the mf’ing IRS and SC Dept of Revenue way more money than I had expected PLUS estimated quarterlies for this year which, of course, eats into my house budget.  If you know me, you know that I will usually only afford people one of these “meetings”.  Some people I don’t even allow the one.  Occasionally I will allow two.

I now have NF installing the kitchen cabinets while DB is vacationing. Apparently you really can accomplish a lot in one day. ONE DAY.

(Plus Mom and I painted the two bedrooms and hall the other day and painted the den today!)

To draw out the excitement of the cabinets, I’ll post the painting pics first:

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And here’s the kitchen!

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Exciting!!!!!!!!!!!!

If all works out, we’ll knock out some more painting tomorrow and this weekend and may be finished (except for the bathroom and impending touchups)!

DB gets back from vacation in a few days.  I’m sure he’ll have something to say about NF’s work – but I’m telling you, it looks great!

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Guess what went missing today?????

THAT NASTY CARPET!!!  And the hardwood floors look really good!  There are a few bad spots that will need to be replaced plus extend them into the kitchen, but they look even better than I thought they did when I peeked at them before!  NOW we are getting somewhere!

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Front bedroom:

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Back bedroom – just one spot where the window AC unit leaked:

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The little entry wall that was removed:

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Oh yeah, the old front door was removed so we could put up an energy efficient door that also opens the opposite way since the little wall was taken out – there’s the old one in the kitchen:

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And they wrapped the house in preparation for the vinyl siding which should be here later this week:

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The bathroom is coming along, too:

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Bathroom demo is done and there is a bathtub on the front porch!

Of course Jennifer couldn’t wait to call me to tell me that there is a bathtub on the front porch since I took a picture of her toilet in her front yard back during her bathroom renovation!

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And the bathroom still looks tiny even without the fixtures – well, the toilet is still in there, just for Kayleigh…

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Primer has been sprayed in some rooms which makes them look like, well, rooms.

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Kitchen picture below – the window facing the front has been walled in and we are just waiting on the final cabinet plan to replace the window with the bigger one:

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And the pantry/laundry closet is coming along – the floor wasn’t exactly sturdy so that is being fixed. Kayleigh is convinced this is bad – that someone is going to crawl into the house through the closet and murder someone. She swears she went to see The Lorax yesterday but I’m thinking it was a horror movie.  Just in case, I’m going to tell F to watch his back.

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Windows! And less exciting but just as important – insulation!

Most of the new windows are in!

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Yesterday, fiberglass insulation was blown into the exterior walls where there was nothing. They cut holes in the drywall, blew it in, then F and the crew have been patching up the holes with the puzzle pieces. The picture above is of the new windows – that insulation was surprisingly in those walls. Below are some of the patched-up holes.

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I finally met with the kitchen cabinet lady again today – preliminary results – saving at least $2000 by going with a local company rather than HD or Lowes. I’m going to meet with her again in the a.m. and hopefully place the order.

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More demolition, more discoveries!

Now there’s some old termite damage in a little wall that we had discussed taking out before – the wall at the front door – it did seem uncomfortable that you walk into the house into that tiny cubby – if you want a foyer, do a foyer, not some sad, tiny excuse for a foyer, so maybe this has worked out for the best?  I don’t know – we’ll rule on that later. Either way, more walls have come down. So here are the updated pictures:

Bedroom 2 – bad sheetrock gone, good sheetrock put in to replace it:

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Bedroom 1 – bad sheetrock gone, good sheetrock put in to replace it – plus the closet has lost its awful paneling.

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And yet another kind of wallpaper!

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Let’s go back to the front room/living room/entry way:

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All of the walls are gone plus the ceiling!  I did decide to do away with the little wall, move the supporting beam up into the attic, then just make this one room which does away with my sectioning off the picture window area as either an area for a daybed or an area for a couple of armchairs and a table, but I will just have to adapt.

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Back to the den/old porch/back room – here’s a view from the living room:

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Closer view of the closet:

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Now that they have removed the existing ceiling, we find out that we can raise the ceiling so taller people that may live here in the future could actually do their laundry without kneeling down! That’s a good thing!

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The old AC unit has been taken out and the hole has been patched up:

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I did decide to move the door to the laundry/pantry down and may be able to put the piano in that corner if this all works, which will be great, although with all the changes in the living room, I may have a spot there, but don’t let me get ahead of myself

A lot has been done, but I still can’t manage to decide on a kitchen cabinet door.  Or a kitchen floor.  Or a backsplash.  And I haven’t even talked to the contractor about the bathroom.  Or the deck.  My head hurts.  Wait – what am I doing about the front porch?  Shut up.  I’m going to bed!

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We are hitting the point where I have no idea what’s going on.

I am literally losing sleep and when I do sleep I dream of cabinet choices, kitchen layouts and stabbing kitchen designers from various stores.  Well, maybe that last part was a little exaggerated, but still…

Here are the latest pictures:

Kayleigh says hey!

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There actually is insulation in the former porch/now den walls – surprise, surprise!

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There’s now drywall in the closet and the ceilings!

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And this is what happens when you have a window AC unit that leaks into your walls for 492 years.

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Gross!

And I really don’t know why we have removed all of this drywall from this wall:

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Kayleigh and I biked/walked down there today with Lucy who marked her territory 9 times – NINE times – which is a phrase from Ferris Bueller, right? But Lucy really did – I was impressed. And irritated. But she’s still cute.

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More demolition, more problems/discoveries!

The wall with the fake stained glass windows is down and now what to do with the electrical box that was hiding behind a piece of ugly fake wood paneling? The kitchen subfloor #1 is out and now the old plumbing for a possible old washing machine is being taken out. Plus, the damaged drywall is taken out where it was damaged under a window AC unit and we discover there has never been any insulation put in the exterior walls of the house. I made the mistake of researching this issue on the internet but will reserve judgment and public comment until the contractor weighs in on the matter.

First let’s check out the newly ripped out fake stained glass panel area with the ugly old wallpaper now really coming through.

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Here we are up close and personal with the wallpaper – how is there at the VERY least four different wallpapers in this small area?

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Here’s the electrical box hanging…

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And this is the ceiling after the awful ceiling tiles were removed. 

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What is it with Lucy?  She can eat anything!  Including the fake rocks from the formerly gas fireplace, and any sort of trash from a demo’d wall!Photobucket

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