Walls

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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More progress on the house!

The tile was grouted and some of the trim put up in that room.  Doors were hung – is that like hanging a person and it should be hanged?  No, probably just hung.  Anyway, drywall was patched around the windows where there were gaping ugly holes.  The ceiling was patched where it needed it and the fireplace was mended where the mantle was trying to run away from the wall!  Plus, some finishing touches were made to the step from the dining room to the den whereas before the hardwood just stopped and fell off into the next room and the doorway there was finished off.  Just a lot of stuff for a Friday!

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Shh – don’t tell the guys that the toy poodle pranced around on the tile while it is drying!  Certainly a 12 pound dog won’t ruin it!  If so, I suppose I assumed that risk, huh?

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I just can’t even wait until next week!

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Ack! (And someone might need more work to do!)

I stopped by the house yesterday after picking up the niece and nephew.  The nephew refused to get out of the car but the niece agreed to come in.  I have to force the nephew to come in and I don’t understand what the big deal is.  He also refused to go inside my friend’s new house this afternoon and just sits in the car, in the heat, like an idiot.  God I hate pre-teens and teenagers!

Anyway, when we walked in, I noticed there was a lot of light coming in from around the bathroom door – it’s easy to see that since the molding has been removed from the door – and heard a saw going so I opened the door and saw:

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Ack! The wall is gone! That smaller-than-a-jail-cell bathroom will soon be a same-size-as-a-jail-cell bathroom!!! Yay! You might be able to breathe in there at some unspecified point in the future!

I think F is using my wall as a to-do list for the workers he hired off of “the list” – you know – that one online.

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Oh, and for a job to have so much work to be done, somehow someone has found time to doodle on my walls:

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Get back to work!

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There was a slight lull early in the week but we are back up and running again!

F moved this week so there was a halt in construction or at least a major slow down for a day or so.  I did make it by there to take a picture after the first tearing off the aluminum siding day.

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Now all of the siding is gone – here’s a picture from today:

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Wow!

Inside the house, some more electrical improvements that you can’t see, and most of the drywall is up now. Some lights are up in the living room but still bare. Also all of the windows are in except for the bathroom which is still just sitting there gutted.

Note – these aren’t the greatest pictures. I didn’t take my camera down there and had to use my iPod camera, but they’ll do.

Here is the living room earlier this week – at least the ceiling:

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Here is the dining room into the back den:

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Here is the kitchen – also earlier this week:

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Before I post the picture of the kitchen from today, I have to say that I did receive a couple of calls today from F that I couldn’t answer but called him back and he says, “Now don’t freak out but…” This had to do with putting up drywall in the kitchen without my specifications of the size and place of the doorway into the back den and with no cutout for the fridge to be inset a little bit. Freak out? Me?

Here is the dining room/kitchen with a little view of the doorway into the den:

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The new kitchen window:

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And the old window that has been closed in:

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Den and its new windows:

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New den windows and closed up hole where AC unit used to be:

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Laundry room/pantry:

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Whew! Hopefully tomorrow I will get some more information on the timeline for the projects. And write another check.

Categories: "Before", Ceilings, Den, Dining room, Electrical, Exterior, Kitchen, Living room, Repairs, Uncategorized, Walls, Windows | 1 Comment

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