Still with me on our journey to
love a worn out cottage back to life?
This was one of those weeks where we plugged away
but have precious little visible progress to show
for it…yet inner beauty (i.e. updated plumbing)
matters big time!
So, remember when we were at this stage of
the main bathroom’s reno?
We thought we were on our way and soon added
beadboard to the walls. Then I began an endless
pursuit of painting coat after coat of our favorite
shade of white…but then 2 things happened
that brought everything to a halt:
(1)When it came time to install
the shower fixtures, my husband discovered
outdated hookups and had to open up the wall
in order to make updates.
A couple of NONfun evenings where
welding occurred in here, and a smoke detector’s
awful squeak became the soundtrack of our week.
(2) The beadboard is real wood (oak),
and since wood swells, guess what the walls did?
So more painted boards were ripped down.
But success was sweet!
Shower fixtures went in, sconces went up,
and I went back to painting my life away.
We knew we wanted to do something to the
ugly textured ceiling in here and explored
several options before deciding on
simply adding a skim coat of drywall mud.
My husband installed the faucet on the vanity,
and very soon it will travel to its ultimate destination.
Taking a cue from the grey in the marble top,
I painted an existing slatted bench which
we’ll probably place across from the WC.
This week, my paintbrush was permanently attached
to my hand, and I put more snowy coats on staircase parts.
(I don’t think our budget will stretch to allow us to do
wood stairs yet so we’ll start with carpeted steps.)
I also put another coat of porch paint on this bedroom
floor…you may remember the flooring in here is a bit
of a mystery…not sure if it is a laminate or engineered wood,
only that it was destroyed by large dogs who inhabited this room.
AND I refinished a few craigslist finds I plan to incorporate.
The small walnut secretary got polished, and the chest
was chalkpainted and waxed.
This is one of my favorite Shabby Chic Couture fabrics
designed by Rachel Ashwell* (Wisteria), and this week
I referred to it as I envisioned a decor plan.
The men demo’d this half of the kitchen wood floor
a couple of weeks ago, and today my son and I
carried the salvaged planks down to the basement.
Not sure how we will recycle them, but I’m
sure we will be able to get creative.
Remember my shopping trip for vintage last week?
Well, we selected a few vintage doors we hope
to use in the cottage as well as some old barn wood
which will become shelves.
I thought we would get to demo the kitchen this week,
but no time! It will happen soon as the wood floors
will be installed within a couple of weeks.
soon and very soon, our attention will turn to this space.
Lessons Learned in Week 5:
*Renovating? Does not always translate into tight abs.
I’m weary like a lot, and the McDonald’s drive-thru keeps
promising tender love (frappes, hot fudge sundaes,
comforting gorgeously fried nuggets of glory).
*While one remains busy McDoubling one’s McCalories
and searching for warm weather spanx & fat sweats,
one’s husband will declare SAAA-WEEET,
he has not been in such fantastic shape in years
(we will forgive him because he is a superstar
and now looks like one as well).
*Even when you are certain you are tackling projects
in the correct order, drama will come knockin’…
it’s not just for ratings on ‘Love it or List it’,
the struggle is real, kittycats.
(Closer inspection of the bath/shower fixtures
when walls were open may have revealed trouble
at a better juncture.)
*Though it slows progress, getting the inner guts
of a house functioning perfectly and making updates
to an older home are THE SMART WAY TO GO
(we could have lamely left the plumbing as-is,
slapped on cheap fixtures, and called it a day).
*I kind of hated daily decisions in week 5:
>hot fudge AND caramel on the sundae?
>shall I paint that, that, that, or that?
>puncture wounds and impalement
schlepping nail spiky floor planks OR
vertigo city, painting 2-story walls?
*Spending so much money in a short period of time
is not my favorite…the employees at the big box
stores know me by name and embrace me
when I enter (knowing I alone am responsible
for their record breaking sales month).
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GOODNESS GRACIOUS, PLEASE LET US FINISH THE BATH
Peace to you right where you are.