Monday, June 1, 2020

House Reno- Week 5

Happy June!

While we have only been living in our new house a week and a half, we are on week 5 of renovations.  Five very long weeks!

Thankfully, now that we are waking up and going to bed in the house rather than going back and forth from the rental, things have felt a little more manageable.  Don't get me wrong though, we are still falling into bed every night exhausted.  Restrictions due to Corona virus may have been lifted in the city, but honestly this family has been too tired to do much more than take long walks at night exploring our neighborhood.


These sunsets make may heart happy, as does meeting our neighbors while on horseback!  Them, not us!  We may only be 15 minutes from town, but this slower "country" life has been such a blessing.  It is easy to leave the "worldly" stuff behind and just rest in God's peace out here.  Much needed, especially in the times of unrest we are in!

So what have we gotten done this week?  Let's see if I can even remember!

  • Replaced shower heads in the master.  Still waiting for the glass door for this shower.  Apparently the first was damaged in transit, and now the second is "lost" in transit.
Hello, silver, goodbye gold!

  • Finished hanging the remaining lights and ceiling fans.  That is 10 fans total that Clarke has replaced!  I have lost count of the lights!

  •  Removed last of old lighting.  Yes, that really hung in a bathroom!

  • Hung the mirrors and lighting in the master bathroom!

  • Replaced the outside house numbers.



  • Finished the remaining outside door hinges and locks.

  • Cleaned two rugs.

  • Changed out faucets in three bathrooms.

  • Hung towel bars finally!

  • Moved the lighting and added a mirror in the hall bathroom. 

  • Finished decorating a few rooms completely!  I will show before and after shots in a few weeks, promise.

Whew, I don't know about you, but I am exhausted! ;)  Now, seven ikea bookshelves to put together for Clarke's office.  Who wants to help?


Monday, May 25, 2020

House Reno- Week 4

Just in case you were wondering, four weeks is a long time to work on a house.  A very long time.  But we are starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel. 

At least of phase one. 

I have to admit, there were days this past week I did not feel like we were making much progress.  It seemed like I spent a lot of time putting things one place and then moving them, but looking back I can see more was done than I realized- thankfully!

So what was done?

  • After three weeks of daily back and forth trips between the rental and here, we finally got moved over on Wednesday!  It felt so good to stay in place after the long day and wake up in our house!

Super thankful for all those totes!

  • Movers brought over two loads of the final furniture that we felt we just could not do by ourselves.  They were a God- send!  

  • Kitchen cabinets and bathroom cabinets painted!  The doors were taken back to their shop to be completed and should be returned in a few weeks.  Until then, they told us to pretend it was the "European style" open cabinet idea.

  • Installed Colby's bathroom shower door.  That "1 1/2 hour" project, was NOT!  Just for the record.  Still waiting on the master shower door to arrive.

Yes, still waiting for faucets to be installed!

  • Installed more ceiling fans.  Three more to go!

  • Installed closet system for master bedroom.  Also, not a quick project!  Let's just say my sweet husband is amazing.  And sporting a huge bruise and scrape on his back that makes it look like he got in a fight with a velociraptor.   

One of 16 boxes!

  • Unpacked all the picture boxes.  Haven't hung one picture yet, but thinking about it.

Ashton is my decorator and was supposed to come up this weekend to help hang pictures and settle things in.  Unfortunately on her way up here, she was rear ended on the highway by a pickup truck hauling a construction trailer.  Praise the Lord she is OK, but she did have to turn around and go back to her place to have the car looked at.  So for now, I am at a standstill with decorating.  Not to worry, there are enough final projects to keep us busy this week. 

My hope is that by the end of next week we will be done.

With phase one! ;)


Monday, May 18, 2020

House Reno- Week 3

This is the post that almost didn't happen.  Guys, I am so tired!  I mean like I am pretty sure I could lay down in the floor and not get up for a week.  We have had many 9-5 days, carting tons of furniture and things over to the new house.  Clarke and I are both bruise covered and stiff.  Old age and moves do not go well together.  Believe it or not, I used to love the move process.  Not so much anymore.

And don't even get me started about painting!

So what got done this week?

  • Interior hinges and door knobs done!- All 105 and 35 of them, respectively!  Praise the Lord Salem and Colby became pros at them and took over that process.

  •   Finished out Salem's closet.

  •  Door stops installed.  Colby rocks at those as well.

  • 5 more ceiling fans taken down and three installed.  

  • Lighting for two bathrooms put in.

  • Painting of the top floor complete.  OK, we had nothing to do with that part, but boy am I thankful it was done.  By someone else!!  

Goodbye peach laundry room
Goodbye lavender master bedroom
Yay- a neutral color all over!
  • Ceiling painted in the kitchen and remaining lights installed. 

Cabinets get painted this week!  I can't wait!

  • Salem's bathroom painted.  This I did.  In the same amount of time the professional painters did the whole main floor.  Don't even ask.  I am here to tell you- we DO NOT pay painters enough!

Mirror and cabinets to be painted this week!
  • Most of the pantry and freezer contents moved over.

  • Garage boxes opened and emptied.  Things are just put into cabinets for now and will have to be better organized at a later time, but at least it freed up some work space for us.  Plus, when we move in officially on Wednesday there are no boxes to unpack except the boxes of books that go in the library.  

  • Unpacked the closet unit pieces.  And realized four boxes are missing.  So still waiting to put the master closet together.  

2 of the 16 boxes!

  • Started placing furniture and setting up bed frames. The movers will move mattresses on Wednesday, so we wanted to have these up and ready to be slept in.

  • Garage doors were painted.  We still have to change out the glass in them and replace outdoor lights to match the black.

One set of doors.

Oh, and did I mention we also surprised Salem with a family graduation party?  That's a post for later this week.  Off to a hot bath and bed.  Two more days to get things done- the movers come on Wednesday!

I pray you are having a blessed month- I hear things are slowly opening up in many states.  Of course, who would know here- too busy moving to care at the moment.  For those out and about- be safe and enjoy the freedom!