Wednesday, December 28, 2016


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WEEK 11 / December 19-25

This week was a bit interrupted by Christmas shenanigans but we still managed to get some work done. The drywall finishing began! He estimated it to be a 10-day job.

The drywall in the kids bathroom is done....ready for paint!
Kitchen is taped and ready to go

Another view of the kitchen

Laundry room

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evening I painted after the kids went to bed until late, still working on the vanities, vanity doors & drawers, closet shelves, spackling and sanding, taking off outlet covers, cutting in the master green paint, etc. 

Painting the kids bathroom closet shelves--primer + paint, multiple coats on each side.

Make-shift painting stations in the bedrooms

The ceiling is all cut in

Spackle spots still needed to be sanded--they must have had a massive valance over the window.

Bryce assembled the kitchen cabinets in the basement since there is drywall stuff happening pretty much everywhere upstairs. The first one took awhile (yay for directions from China) but they came together more smoothly after that and only took another day or so to finish.

Clay and Tom helped a couple of times that week, and Ian was there another night. They worked on cabinets, put together the "box" for the laundry room plumbing, and gutted the half bath. Blogger fail: I didn't get a good "before" picture of the half bath. Just imagine an avocado green toilet with a "wood grain" seat, an avocado green sink on a small, beat-up vanity with a tile top, a mirror that had fallen off the wall, and a 70's light and linoleum. Oh yes, it was sight to behold. 

A little glimpse of the half bath

Dry fit of the new toilet and pedestal sink

Tuesday, December 27, 2016


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WEEK 10 // December 12 - 18

Barn wood! Bryce and his brother Grant tore off barn wood for a wall in the kitchen.

Bryce spent most of this week hanging up drywall. A gentleman came to give an estimate for the finishing part of the project but he wasn't able to start until the next week.

Drywall is hung in the library/great room
New drywall on the dining room ceiling

Kitchen drywall done and ready for finishing!
For perspective: here's the same view just a few weeks ago!

The fireplace insert is not usable and the chimney needs some work (the same project Bryce did at our last house a year ago!). So Bryce took out the insert and cleaned out the firebox in preparation for a new one. Can't wait to sit in our home with a fire in the wood-burning stove!


What a mess behind it!

Insert is gone and the firebox cleaned out

I started painting the vanity in the kids room using leftover exterior blue paint from our last house. It will be a fun pop of color in a room that desperately needs refinished. Might as well make it fun in the meantime! Also continued to paint trim--forgot that I needed to paint the stairway trim. And painted more coats on the kids bathroom shelves and linen closet shelves. 

Painting trim in the stairway.

We tried a bunch of different greens for the master bedroom--7 of them, to be exact. We have never painted a room such a saturated color--it's hard to match the one you picture in your head with a swatch and then a sample! Since I already bought two gallons of "Billiard Room" green (see below: the one on the trim and the top left sample spot), we're going to try that for the first coat and see if we want to adjust for the second coat. It's growing on us so we just might stick with it.

SNOW! First big snow at the new house. The kids and I visited Bryce while he was working at the house, and the van got stuck on the driveway. Proof it did indeed need new tires (don't worry, we got them later that afternoon and no getting stuck since). The kids weren't dressed for playing but we let them run around for a little bit. It was beautiful!

Friday, December 16, 2016


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WEEK 9 // December 5 - 11

Bryce drove to Louisville to pick up our new kitchen cabinets. Wow--it feels like a splurge to even write that. I can't believe we have new cabinets coming. They're unassembled, in boxes in the living room right now. Bryce also drove to pick up a microwave and vintage doors that I found on Craigslist. Guess he was running around a lot this week! Oh, I also completed the final two water tests and took them downtown.

Bryce completed the dryer vent and plumbing in the laundry room. 

You can see the plumbing for the washer on the far wall and the utility sink under the window. Also there's the "box" Bryce built to hold all of the new pipes.

Here's the laundry room with new drywall and the dryer vent ready for the stacked dryer.

The kitchen design changed a little bit so they built out the pantry to give us a little more storage and move it in line with the fridge.

Here's the framing for the fridge cubby. Right here you can see through to the old hallway/library...
And here's the opposite view with the drywall in place! The hallway is now closed off.

Here's a view of the kitchen with the pantry framed + drywall and also drywall in the rest of the kitchen.

Most of the week Bryce worked so hard on all of the drywall: kitchen, eat-in, laundry room, library/great room, kids bathroom ceiling, and dining room ceiling. Whew. Someone is coming next week to finish the drywall for us.

Another view of the kitchen, this is looking from the dining room toward the laundry room.

Here's the spot in the kids bathroom that had a leak from the old roof.

Ta-da! New drywall ready for finishing.

The boys and I met Bryce at Lowes before dinner one day. We made a decision on tile for the kitchen/eat-in/laundry/half bath and placed an order. Yay! We also ordered the freezerless refrigerator, set to arrive in early January. Bryce also needed more 2x4's, of course.

The new gutters arrived! They are bright white, which currently looks a little off, but it will work with our eventual color scheme, once the siding, trim and shutters are painted, garage door is replaced, and the windows are replaced. 
Wendy, my mother-in-law, spent Saturday afternoon painting for us, while Tom, my father-in-law, was working with Bryce. She finished up the white paint cutting-in, so now all of the closets and bathrooms are ready for rolling! She also completed most of the master bedroom green paint cutting in. I just haven't been able to get over there and paint very much, so that was greatly encouraging to me. What have I been working on? Oh you know. Just folding massive piles of laundry, among other things.

A new friend from church, who is an interior designer, helped us layout plans for the kitchen. And she is also helping me visualize plans for the fireplace wall in the library. (Or great room? I don't know what to call that room!) Thanks to are a few of our ideas. We'll probably land somewhere in between the two. Thank you, Beth, for making it come to life and helping to ease my decision-making!

The listing picture

1st round of changes: white cabinets with green accent, darker mantle with no corbels, full hearth.

2nd round of changes: teal accent, white mantle, darker hearth.