Friday Finds #3

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Friday finds are here again!

  • Best explanation of what it’s like to live with a chronic illness or disability, “The Spoon Theory”, click here.
  • Literary Tourism: Oxford, England from BookRiot, click the picture for more.

Radcliffe Camera Oxford England

  • I’m always amazed by the creativity of Mandi at Vintage Revivals and she has a way with words that always leaves me smiling.  Her project of turning an old leather sofa into a bench just blew me away.  Check it out here.
  • Found this great idea for DIY Mason Jar Solar Lights by Thriftdee, click here.
  • Love this piece by Lindsey Stirling, “Beyond the Veil”    

Happy Weekend!

Blessings,

Mimi

“Shout with joy to God, all the earth!”  Psalm 66:1  NIV Bible

 

Bonus Room Update and Move In Day

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Last week was a blur filled with packing up our daughter’s apartment and finishing the flooring in the bonus room upstairs.  My husband was literally installing the last of the baseboards in the room as Catie, Devin, and I arrived with all of their things from the apartment this past weekend.

This remodel began because their initial plans fell through and they needed a place to stay for a short period of time.  Although unexpected, we’re glad that we had a space for them.

A reminder of the room when we bought the house in 1997.

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And a reminder of where we started with this renovation — turquoise walls and pink floors and no real closet.  If you’d like more details on this remodel, click here.

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And how the room looked moments prior to their arrival with all of their stuff.

upstairs room

This picture of the closet doors shows a truer color of the flooring.  We went with a bamboo flooring that we found at Lumber Liquidators.  I like the sustainable quality to using bamboo and I think the flooring is pretty.  Plus, bamboo is much cheaper than hardwood and since bamboo thrives in a damp environment, the product is also water resistant.

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And the room 3 hours later —  I’m so glad that Jack took the above two pictures so I could share the finished room before all of the boxes and furniture were brought in.

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Catie and Devin love animals.  So, we also have a few additional pets living at our house.    I’ve forbidden her to add to the mix while they’re here.  They can visit the local animal shelter but NO TOTING the pets home!

Zara, my ‘grand sugar flyer’.  She doesn’t appear in the open often.  Not my favorite.  She loves blueberries and mangoes to eat.

zara

Opie, my ‘grandbunny’.  Opie is a Velveteen rabbit and is very, very soft.  I like him — might be because he is quiet.   He loves spinach, carrots, bananas, apples, and blueberries.

opie

Bella, my ‘grandcat’.  She is a Maine Coon mix.  This breed gets quite large and she is still growing.  Currently, she weighs 12 pounds, likes to perch, play in water, and chirps like a bird instead of meows.

bella

Catie and Devin have fish too.  Thank goodness, she doesn’t like birds or reptiles!

This week has been filled with unpacking and letting our bodies recover from the move and the work on the room.  The bathroom still needs work and the railing at the stairs needs to be finished but for now, Catie and Devin have a space to call their own.
Blessings,

Mimi

“He brought me out into a spacious place”  Psalm 18:19a  NIV Bible

Messes and Mishaps

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Renovating makes a mess everywhere.  Its not only about the drywall dust, the sawdust, the nails dropped everywhere, or the paint splatters on parts that shouldn’t get them or even, the dust being tracked down the stairs and into the rest of the house.  Most of that can be vac’d up.  The bulk of the chaos is all over the house in the form of boxes, bags and stacks from one end of the house to the other because the contents of this 400 square foot room had to be removed and go somewhere else.  Constant rearranging is required to get the one item you need behind the huge stack in front.  Here’s a view of our garage.  I parked my car in here a month ago.

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Our daughter keeps bringing boxes home as she unloads her apartment to move in with us.  Boxes are everywhere.  My patience… well… its hanging in there too.  I see the end in sight. This time the renovation won’t be calculated in years or months.  This time is different.  We will be done in weeks and we only have a week and a half left on our deadline schedule.  If you missed out on the beginnings of this renovation and you’re curious about it, click here.

The room is taking shape.  Most of the plywood underlayment has gone down and hopefully, the rest will go down this week and the flooring can be installed.

upstairs pic 1

Honey Do says DIY is stress reducing.

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I’ve learned over the years through our various renovations to always be prepared for it to cost more and take longer than expected. Mishaps happen.

Case in point: My husband dropped the edge of a sheet of plywood on his baby toe.  Doctor said he has multiple fractures in the tip of his toe.  Ouch!  He wouldn’t let me take a picture to show.  He said he has man toes.

Then, as he was nailing the subfloor tighter, he accidentally shot a nail through the wiring.  The power went out downstairs to our living room.  We had to call the electrician to come and fix it.   Between the electrician and my husband, they managed to drill five holes into the subfloor.  I’m sure a joke is in there somewhere about how many it takes.  While the electrician was working, he, also, accidentally cut a wire.  I didn’t have to pay for that one.

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When the wire had a nail shot through it, the spark was so hot it left scorch marks.  Fortunately, we knew quickly that the power was out so the problem was noticed immediately.  If it had been a less used area, we might not have discovered the issue and moved ahead with the flooring and had a potential fire waiting to happen.

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On a general note, we have an excellent site manager.  She is dutiful to cautiously and carefully inspect the room and its progress every day.  She is a hard task master.

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I’m hoping after this weekend, I can dazzle you with flooring and a functioning bathroom.  I sure hope the toilet doesn’t get a crack in it.

Blessings,

Mimi

“And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience,”  Colossians 1:10,11  NIV Bible

Progress on the Bonus Room Renovation

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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.

Blessings,

Mimi

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

The Unexpected Remodel: Part 2

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In my last post, I shared about our renovation of the upstairs bonus room for my daughter and her husband.  Today, the bathroom is the topic of conversation.

The half bath had a dark brown linoleum floor that was peeling up and a 1970s vanity complete with cultured marble sink when we purchased the house.   Serviceable, but nothing special.

upstairs bath 4After we moved in, I painted the walls black and wallpapered with National Geographic covers and this room quickly became the room my family loved the most and couldn’t wait to show their friends… wonders will never cease…

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This bathroom, though, needs a much larger countertop and storage capacity for my daughter and son-in-law.  Bye- bye vanity.  Bye-bye peel and stick tile. Thank you, son-in-law!

upstairs bath

The stairwell, when we bought the house, fortunately, did not have orange shag carpet like the upstairs room.  However, it did have this mottled brown shag that was well worn and looked like a mangy dog’s coat.  Nasty, too.  We ripped it up a long time ago and painted the stairs black.

stairs area

Progress is moving forward.  The ceiling fan is in and the closet is being framed up this week by my sweet husband.  The kids will be here this weekend to paint.  Only 3 more weeks to go before it must be move in ready!

Blessings,

Mimi

“Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved —-you and your household.”  Acts 16:31 NIV Bible

An Unexpected Remodel

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We didn’t invest much into the room because we knew someday we would renovate.  Someday is here.  Over the weekend, we began an unexpected remodel of our upstairs bonus room over the garage. Plans for my daughter and her husband to move into their apartment didn’t work out as expected so they’re going to live with us for a little while.

Chosen for a number of reasons, the room has a half bath attached, is removed from the rest of the house and is about 400 square feet of space.  The bonus room looked like this when we bought our home 17 years ago.  I think the original homeowners used it as a party room.

upstairs 1

Groovy, isn’t it?  I think the orange shag carpet is really something.  The corner rock fireplace was loads of fun for my husband to remove.

And here’s the matching bar …

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The contractor made sure when he built the home to center the doorway to the half bath at the peak of the room so that the toilet serves as a glorious focal point.

upstairs 2

We { my husband} removed the bar, fireplace, carpet, and the beams coming down the slanted wall years ago.  The room has served multiple purposes as an office, a craft room, a den, and a storage facility.

During high school, my daughter used this room as her own.  She wanted an explosion of color.  We painted the walls turquoise, painted the sub floor pink, and added a canopy with lime green fabric. The room didn’t have a closet so we created one with curtains.

catie room 2

After my daughter went to college and moved to her apartment, my husband used the room for his office, music room, and extra storage.  The colorful room really suited his tastes … bless his heart.

We have a month of weekends to renovate this room and the adjoining bathroom which I’ll be sharing later.   This room needs to go from whoa to wow with a modest budget.

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I love Before and Afters.  How about you?  Stay tuned.

Blessings,

Mimi

“In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you.  I am going there to prepare a place for you.”  John 14:2  NIV Bible

A Whole New Meaning to the word, “Thumb Drive”

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We had an interesting Monday.  Honey Do had time off for Martin Luther King Day and spent the day working on our living room.  If you recall, we ripped out our fireplace wall, built that wall back, and we have painted the beams and installed new lighting on the old fireplace wall.  The current project is building and installing the bookshelves and cabinets that will surround our new fireplace.

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living room cabinet1

Honey Do had completed most of the cabinet components over the 3-day weekend when I heard him asking me to come and help. I, naturally assumed, he wanted my help to carry in a cabinet from the garage.  He was so calm.  Boy, was I wrong!   He had shot a nail straight through his thumb with the nail gun!

jack's thumb

Fortunately, he was able to get a doctor’s appointment that day for an x-ray and tetanus shot.  He did not shoot the nail through the bone, only a possible grazing.  His thumb is healing nicely and no signs of a bone infection at the present.   Thank the Lord!

Renovation, truly, can require a person’s blood, sweat, and tears, even all in one day.

Blessings,

Mimi

“See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands;”  Isaiah 49:16 NIV Bible