The never-ending list (in my head)

Maybe this post should be titled “My out of control compulsion with starting new projects before any project is ever completed!”

Lets go through the list of unfinished projects:

The other house: tile, electric, exterior painting and some finish items

Front porch and house siding (waiting on money that will be available once the other house is finished and can be financed)

Front walkway: cut bricks around edges and landscape

side walkway to shed that I had the boys dig up but I never finished

The interior of our house (its only been 2 years now since I painted) trim around windows and doors and base molding

Hmm that’s quite an impressive list. I think this is a sickness the inability to actually finish a project!

So what do I have planned for the near future, well it seems over the next month Dan has 3 trips planned, NY for salmon fishing, FL for business, then FL again for some other charter fishing trip. Which creates 2 scenarios, first any of the jobs that need his attention or I need his help for can not be finished. Second I am able to start a new project without coming under his wrath! And there has been one project hanging over my head for a few years that has hit its breaking point.

OUR BEDROOM!

It is disgusting, embarrassing, stressful, gross, dirty and about 100 other negative adjectives. We redid it about about 15 years ago, tearing down all the walls and the ceiling, to make the whole upstairs 1 big bedroom. We painted it purple and put in purple carpet. As you can imagine 15 or so years later I am really tired of purple. And the carpet is just dirty and gross. Plus tearing down all those walls eliminated any little alcove that could have been used for a closet. The clutter of Dan’s clothes being EVERWHERE (and I do mean everywhere, it’s like sharing a bedroom with a super messy teenage girl) and all the other crap (fishing lures, tools, office stuff…) that gets dumped up there is just too much!

Here are a few of my dream rooms, you’ll notice how light and airy and empty they are.

Day 9 – Clean Bedroom, Better Sleep 5 Calming Bedroom Design Ideas. I love the colors and that mirror. Bedroom Design. Soothing bedroom color palette. Paint Color is Farrow & Ball Cornforth White 228. Finish is Estate Emulsion. #Bedroom #ColorPalette #GrayBedroom love!!

in contrast to my actual bedroom… (I did not clean anything up for these pics, obviously. This is really how my bedroom looks all the time.)

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But no more, once Dan leaves at 5am Fri morning for NY I will be emptying out that pigsty of a bedroom, tearing up the carpet, and starting to paint. I have also talked to our contractors about coming in and building a wall (wait didn’t we tear those all down?) so that I can have a proper closet to hide all the clothes.Still waiting to hear on that estimate, normally Dan would do all our building but he’s a little too busy fishing to do such mundane work.

I will be doing another blog after this weekend to update on my progress, in the meantime don’t expect any fun girly get-togethers this weekend, I’ve got way to much work to do for any of that.

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Almost done with the Kitchen

I’ve finished up a few more things in the kitchen with help from Thomas and Dan and it is very close to being done. We still need to build the butcher block and add a few little specialty items but it is so close. We have now hit a point that I will NOT be going to the house every day. We will go over on the weekends to finish up the remaining items on the inside of the house then we’ll drop down to about once a month going over to work on the exterior painting. I don’t think it’s quite hit me yet that my more than a full time job from the past 4 months has just ended. As Thomas said to me recently, what am I going to do with all my time now? I am really looking forward to working on some furniture for my booth!

Remember I said mom and Beth did all the shoe molding around the house. Well I had to do the base molding in the kitchen and it caused a minor breakdown when I tried to use this antiquated saw for all my cuts. Virtually impossible to hold a 14 foot piece of trim and make the cuts! Thankfully Thomas rode his bike over to lend me a hand. I really felt like Dan was punishing me for some past sin by making me use this saw.

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Much happier looking with a turquoise pegboard hanging over them and a spice rack off to the side. It would be even more awesome with all of my vintage kitchenware hanging on it. But since this isn’t actually my kitchen the kids non-vintage kitchenware will have to do.

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So that hole above the pegboard…There are actually 2 holes and they were the original vents for some type of massive vent fan. We kept the holes with the hope that we can use the vent for an exhaust fan that some day we plan on purchasing and installing. In the mean time maybe we should cover the holes with something.

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The next thing that was hung with much help from Dan was this upper cabinet, it had been saved from the demo but I had decided to take the doors off, paint the inside turquoise and leave it as an open cabinet. I love the way it looks and I can envision all my vintage Pyrex dishes filling it up. But as Beth said, “What are we supposed to put in a cabinet like this?” I won’t share her wildly inappropriate ideas. I suggested mixing bowls or possibly all the snacks that are lined up on the fridge. Or lots of cereal rather Seinfeld-esque. The space under the cabinet is where the chopping block counter will be added as soon as we get home from our trip to Nashville.

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It is really fun to have a second space that I can design so whimsically. I have a different vision for my kitchen remodel but I’m glad I got to do this kitchen with so many fun colors. I think it is perfect for Beth, and Daniel doesn’t even notice.

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The Kitchen

Also not quite finished, but the kids have started moving in and all their clutter is really taking away from the cuteness of my design, so here are a few pics before they ruin everything. This kitchen is very retro inspired. Beth loves it, of course and Daniel is completely uninterested. What is up with these boys not getting all goo-goo over my fabulous design decisions, they’re all so indifferent, like they don’t even notice?

I still have a butcher block work area to build and a upper cabinet to hang, along with installing the trim, lights, pegboard and tiling the backsplash, argh more tile.. I’m really excited to see the lights get installed I made them myself using 2 vintage metal colanders. The light should make a cool design on the ceiling when lit up.

Here’s the kitchen before:

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And here’s what it looks like now:

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before:

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We actually removed that wall and the dead space up above. That upper cabinet has been painted and will be hung on a different wall. WE wanted to keep that awesome little cubby on the right, it’s a pop through to the hallway, that originally was where a telephone and phonebook would be. Now its just a fun little window you can pop your head through.

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This tall cabinet was a custom built in in our other house. I had saved it hoping I could use it somewhere and it seemed like the perfect pantry cabinet for this house. A little paint and distressing and it looks way better thank it did before.

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I’m putting white subway tiles up for the backsplash. I kept the awesome vintage yellow formica countertop with stainless steel edging. I love it! It is so cheery.

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There are quite a few PInterest inspirations in the house, I joking called it the house that Pinterest built. The painted interior on the cabinets was Pinterest inspired as was the chalkboard paint on the inside of the cupboard doors.

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After a thorough cleaning of the cabinets and even painting them we still felt like we wanted to put down shelf liner, I found a really pretty pattern that pretty much followed the blue theme. I really hate installing contact paper!

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I love this metal drawer that we just discovered inside this cabinet, it’s the perfect place for potatoes or onions. I was originally planning on putting this cabinet in the basement for the laundry area, but we really needed more kitchen cabinets so I don’t know why I was thinking that.

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I love the colors in this kitchen and the best part all the paints were mistints. The yellow on the walls was a diluted version of the dining room. We got a 5 gallon mistint of yellow at Menards for $25, we still have so much yellow even after the dining room and kitchen. The turquoise from the interior of the cabinets and the pale blue on the exterior were also both mistints that were only $5 each! Trying to save money where ever I can.

Basements and attics

I have always loved attics, when we were looking for houses years ago I dreamed of finding one with a drop stair and a usable attic. Sadly our bungalow/ cottage/ cape cod style house has no attic just slanted walls in our upstairs bedroom. We did, however, have a crawl space that we were able to make into a pretty awesome fort that the kids spend many years playing in with their friends.

The new house has what could be an awesome attic if it was going to be my home and the kids were still little enough to enjoy a secluded fort. I would totally spend my weekends tearing down plywood to fit through the small attic access so we could lay a floor. My kids would have loved having all this space to play in. But the kids are now 23, 21 and 16 and while they do still share my love of secret forts its up them to create those spaces now.

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So on to the basement, since this 1400 sqft house is a ranch it has a pretty good size basement. You can access it through the kitchen or through an exterior door in the backyard. Perfect for small parties they may have.

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I envision getting a ping pong table and a dart board for this area. Along with some couches and a stereo. Instant party!

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This corner could some day be framed out for another bedroom if needed, but in the mean time I thought we could gather up all the weights that I find lying around my yard (this is a complete mystery to me, if you search around all of our outbuildings, gardens and yard spaces you will find a never ending supply of workout weights. I don’t know why.) and set up a workout area. It might not get much use until BJ and Thomas are in residence but who knows.

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That sink will come out during the demo and that area will become the laundry area. It will be nice that the kids won’t have to drag their laundry over to my house anymore. I love those built in cabinets to the left. A little paint and they will be awesome.

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More built in cabinets under the stairs.

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And the basement even came with a 3 piece bathroom. Well kinda… there is a shower and a sink and a toilet, but it’s definitely not a traditional bathroom.

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Those old shower tiles are awesome and they all seem to be in good shape, no broken tiles!

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I love the little nook with the toilet and I love that toilet seat. How cute is that flower on the lid? The funny thing about the toilet nook is the door and wall don’t go all the way to the ceiling or floor, much like a public restroom. A little awkward if you’re having guests over. 🙂

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This door goes into the workshop.

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This is a great workshop with custom made workbenches and shelves. It will be a great place for the kids to work on small projects. Hmm I wonder if that will ever happen?

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And look another door on the other side of the workshop.

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Which goes into a cold storage room. This house has everything!

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The basement also needs some work, all the loose floor tiles need to be removed and all the ceiling tiles need to come down. I’m sure there is asbestos in both of those so that is a job that needs to be done very carefully. Next I am going to power wash everything. and finally I’ll get out my paint sprayer and paint all the walls then paint the floors. When I’m done it should be a clean, bright and very usable space.

I wonder if my vision of the basement space matches up to what the kids have planned?