Progress on the Bonus Room Renovation


Progress.  Oh, how I love progress in a renovation!  We had managed a sizable dent into the project at the end of last weekend. The framing for the closet was beginning, the nail holes in the wall were puttied, and the bamboo flooring was acclimatizing as the work ended.  Some of the wall also got painted to see if the color was the right choice.

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During the week, my husband  roughed in the closet and started preparing it for paint.

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A week ago, my son-in-law ripped out the flooring in the bathroom.  We discovered that the underlayment needed to be taken out because the previous owners had used the wrong kind.  They had used particle board.  Poor Devin, he was back at ripping flooring out this weekend too.  We have to put down plywood as an underlayment for the new floor.  They had also installed the particle board under the sheetrock.  Messy job.

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A lovely place to sit and contemplate … NOT!

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At the end of Easter weekend:

Ceiling fan: √
Closet: √
Closet Doors Installed: √
Walls painted: √
Flooring stacked and ready to go: √


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The end is in sight.   To see the renovation from the beginning, click here.



“Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done.”  1 Chronicles 16:8  NIV Bible

Living Room Update Part 2


My house is surrounded by woods and sometimes, taking a picture inside can be problematic.  This morning, the sunshine peeked through the clouds and I took this picture quick while the getting was good. : )


The painted beams really make the ceiling soar.  The room feels so spacious.  We’re very pleased with the results.  What do you think?  I’m still contemplating the ceiling fan.  Living in the South, ceiling fans are beneficial on our warm days and truly help lower a power bill but aesthetically, they’re not pretty as a light fixture.

While the paint can, ladder, and drop cloths were still out, Honey Do kept painting and did the kitchen sitting area, too.


I’m also showing off my latest addition and purchase for the living room.  I bought it at a store in town.  Many of you have probably bought their products through West Elm and other retail centers.  They’ve been a wholesale store only for years but this fall, they opened their very first retail store.  Check out At West End.


What else have I been doing?  Sewing slipcovers.  I’m beginning to see the end.  I only have the sofa left to finish.   My target for completion is Thanksgiving.  I’ll share more in days to come.

Are you scratching your head and wondering where I’m going style wise with my house?  Or, are you thinking, ‘wow, that’s colorful’ with eyebrows raised and skewed?



“…may they who love you be like the sun when it rises in its strength.”  Judges 5:31 NIV Bible

Beams: To Paint or Not To Paint


Beams: to paint or not to paint.  Not to steal Shakespeare’s thunder, but, that has seriously been my question in regard to the ceiling beams in my living room. 

I’ve been contemplating painting them for a long time.  The picture actually makes them look better than they do in person.  The beams aren’t even solid.  They’re made to look like solid beams but are really made out of rough hewn boards nailed into place over 2x4s.  If I had real beams, I don’t think I’d paint them.  This weekend, Honey Do will be installing a long beam to connect the ones coming down from the peaked ceiling. The time is now; I need to make a decision. 

I may not have a choice depending on what happens when he starts installing the long beam.  Old stain is really hard to match but not impossible.
Here’s two pictures that I found online from Better Homes and Gardens showing both looks.  You can click on the pictures to go to the original site. 

Expose a Post-and-Beam Frame
 (Better Homes and Gardens)

Lighten a Living Room's Heavy Beams with Paint
 (Better Homes and Gardens)

What do you think? Paint? Don’t paint?



“The beams of our house are cedars; our rafters are firs.”  
Song of Songs 1:17 NIV Bible