Saturday, May 20, 2017

Kitchen and Baths...the End is Near!

The end REALLY is in sight.
Except for some trim paint,
the kitchen and baths are complete.
The refrigerator in this picture is not 
sitting flush against the wall,
waiting for a bit of paint above it,
so it will not stick out this much 
once it's in place.

Remember when I posted about
a few weeks ago?
I was mistaken.
Happiness is having a cleared living room...

 and having all your kitchen appliances
in place...IN the kitchen!

Missing one drawer pull in this picture.
This drawer had to be reordered, 
so it's a little late getting its handle.

My first ever gas stove!

Both bathrooms are pretty complete also.

This is the upstairs bath.
Both bathrooms have the same color way,
sinks, bead board, and flooring.
Their personalities will 
define themselves once I start decorating,
and they "tell" me 
how they want to look!

This is the downstairs bath.
Note the mirror.
It was my grandmother's 
and I used it in my present house.
It got a new coat of paint
and reoriented to hang 
differently for this space.
I'm very happy to be able to 
continue using it.

Move date:  June 6...continuing to count down!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Move Mode

Nancy was back for a visit last week.
She came to organize and pack her personal things,
which we then moved to my new house,
where they will be stored.
It was three days of visiting,
eating at favorite restaurants,
(what to keep,what to let go),
trips to Goodwill,
and back breaking trips to my new house
to stow boxes and boxes of her personal things.

At the end of her visit,
her charming apartment upstairs,
her and what made 
the space hers.

A local charity picked up the couch and chair this morning,
so it's looking even more empty.

This is what moving looks like.
I have been packing for the past several weeks
and feel a total lack of order in my life.
This is my kitchen all packed.
Look at all this stuff!
You're not even seeing
what was let go!
I realize there is NO WAY
all these things are going to fit
into my new little kitchen!!!
I'm taking the Scarlett O'Hara line,
and "I'll think about it tomorrow."

Taking a break from packing,
and on to other projects,
I have been applying paint to a few items
I'll be using at the new house.
The wicker rocking chair belongs to Nancy. 
It was our grandmother's.
It cannot be parted with
and will find a home with me for a while.

Move date: June 6, counting down...

Friday, May 12, 2017

Renovations Continue...

Major steps forward this week!

The washer and dryer were installed,
in the newly created laundry space
(previously the pantry).
Ignore the wooden door pull.
I'm looking for a cuter one.

Getting the kitchen granite installed
had become a benchmark for progress
in my mind.
This was a great surprise
to arrive and have the installers
working on it.

I have the makings of a really sweet kitchen here!

And, the subway tile back splash 
is getting placed.

Is the end in sight???
I believe it might be!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Progress Report

The stairs have now been scraped
of the cement like
waffle padding,
which appeared glued to the steps.

Remember how they looked last time?

The missing cabinet arrived
and now all the kitchen cabinets are in place.
The granite people came last week
and created a template for the counter top.

All the pulls have been installed.

And, as of yesterday
the dishwasher is in place!

The mounting brackets for the microwave
have also been installed.

Part of my weekend project is to clean up 
some of the metal door knob plates
which had been painted.
After soaking all night in
mineral spirits, although not perfect,
quite an improvement and they will
certainly make a charming statement
to the doors!

Fiber person that I am,
guess what I discovered makes
an excellent tool for scraping paint
out of all those little etchings.
A large tapestry needle is perfect!
Because of the blunt tip
it didn't scratch the metal.

Here's my morning's work,
with their glass knobs in place.
Reminds me of
"...little flowers in a row."

I scheduled movers this week,
so I now have an official move in date of June 6.
That's one month from today!
Fingers crossed everything gets
finished before then!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Wood Floors under all that Carpet!

I've been quiet for the past couple of weeks.
The kitchen work has been held up
for the past several days
because one cabinet had to be replaced.
It has now arrived and
hopefully in the next couple of days
we'll all see some real progress
in the kitchen.

In the meantime,
the carpet has been pulled up
and we've got oak floors underneath!

They are not in pristine condition,
but with a thorough cleaning
and some minor repairs,
they will be just fine for
my little cottage!

The stairs are going to be the most 
labor intensive.

The "waffle" padding underneath has disintegrated 
to a hard, clay-like material
that is having to be scraped away.

"My"bedroom upstairs.

The guest bedroom.

I had originally planned to do the painting,
but because my current house sold so quickly
(closing is scheduled for June 12!!!)
I am overwhelmed with packing up.
So, Shannon, my contractor,
has agreed to add that task to his list.
We're all working toward a "finish" date
on the renovations by the end of May.
I am in countdown mode now!

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