Thursday, 10/27 – A Garage Door and a Sewing Room Floor

Not much time to post tonight — we need to clear the family room floor by 7 AM so the rug can be pulled up and the floors can be sanded. There weren’t a ton of things on the floor, but the type of thing presented difficulty: a computer and various things that went with it and the TV table with a lot of electronic equipment. I realized at the last minute I should probably clear out the craft cupboard, too, because it has a hardwood floor…there are things in there I haven’t seen in years!

The garage door was installed today in the new garage bay. It looks great. The other two garages look awful in comparison, but we will paint them when we can to make them look a bit better.

The sewing room floor has been installed. At one point the guy called me up to explain that he couldn’t run the boards the long way because that’s the way the joists were running. Apparently, people often want the boards the long way (and that’s the way it is in most of the house), but it looked good this way. Also, the sewing room is off the bedroom and the boards in that room run the same way. It would have been weird to step from one room to the other and have the boards change direction!

We have had rain today (and snow tonight) and I’m happy to say that the gutters are fantastic. Now I need to finish clearing that floor and packing to get out of here (away from the refinishing smell). I won’t be updating until Sunday now, probably.


Sunday 10/23 – Painting

I’m typing with Ultra Pure White paint on my fingers. I know it will all wash/rub off, but I just haven’t quite gotten around to doing that yet. I asked Chris for one of his older shirts and that’s a little bit paint-y too. It feels good to see things with a coat of paint, though!

We have a coat of “ceiling white” on all the new ceilings – dining room, family room, and sewing room. This is just in time; the electricians come for the final time tomorrow and it’s nice to have the ceilings done before they put the last pieces of the light fixtures in.

Steve was, of course, paint boss, instructor, and master painter. He did the entire ceiling of the back room (12′ X 50′, sloped); Chris did the sewing room ceiling. Thomas and I did some painting where the brush was needed.

Mom sanded the windows in the family room and dining room; Thomas and I did some as well, particularly the higher parts. Three of the four double windows in the back section now have their first coat of primer/paint; they were pre-primed so they already look pretty good, but of course another coat will be needed. We will keep working on windows — maybe by next weekend all the windows in that section will have at least their first coat.

Now we need to clear both new areas — the hardwood floors will be going in tomorrow and nothing can be in the way!

A new approach, plus painting (October 22)

A new approach — I’m obviously not doing well at getting a detailed blog post up with pictures every day. The sticking point is the pictures — unloading, selecting, fixing if needed, and getting them into the right place/format to get them into the blog takes way too much time! I still intend to catch up at some point, but I think to keep things going I need to not worry about sticking to the current format and at least writing a bit every day about the progress. The pictures will be here when they’re here.

So much of this project is done. In the new areas, everything is wired and just waiting for the electrician’s final work on Monday. All the windows are in (the final two we were waiting on were installed Friday) and most windows have trim. The septic pipes no longer go through the new basement, but around the edges. We have blueboard and plaster. The hardwood flooring has arrived and will be installed this week. One built-in is being worked on and we’ve almost nailed down the design for the other two. Everything looks really good. It’s amazing to see pictures from 8/22 when they started; we’ve come so far.

Yesterday, 10/22, was our first day of painting. My brother Steve and nephew Campbell came. Way back when we were planning this, Steve said not to have the builders paint. He would come, teach us all to paint, and help get it done. And now we’re at that point in the project!

We had sanded the ceiling before he came. By day’s end, the ceilings were primed! Also, the nail holes in the pre-primed window trim had been filled with wood filler, most of the excess wood filler had been scraped off, and some of the window trim had been sanded. Steve will be back today, and my mother is coming as well, for more work. I’ll report at the end of the day what we’ve done.

One of my focuses lately has been trying to choose colors for the rooms. Ceilings are easy; they’re “ceiling white.” For the trim in the new section, we’re going with “Ultra Pure White.” All the paint except the ceiling paint will be Behr’s Ultra paint & prime in one in the hopes that we can get away with just two coats rather than a priming coat and probably two coats of color anyway. All of the old window trim is an off white that we had matched.

My sewing room is going to be a little funky. I’m the only one who has to like it, so I’m going to have fun with it. For the walls, I’ve chosen “Celtic Gray” which really is a dusty green/blue color.

Behr™ 490E-3 Celtic Gray

For the trim, I’m choosing between “Stained Glass” and “Corsican Purple.” Yep, purple trim.

When it comes to the family room, I’m a little bit like Myrna Loy (Mrs. Blandings) in this scene from Mr. Blandings Builds his Dream House. I want it to be yellow, bright and sunshiny and the color of butter. I’ve held up a stick of butter to my samples. I think the most likely winner for the family room is “Whisper Yellow.”

The kitchen wallpaper will eventually be stripped and the wall will be painted a deeper yellow. So far, “Spiced Butternut” is the front-runner.

The dining room is going to be blue, but every blue I’ve brought home in sample size so far has been a disaster. Now I have almost every blue sample card the store has for Behr and I have to rethink it all and find something, hopefully by next weekend.

And now I need to be off — more painting to do today, and Steve has just arrived! Sorry for the lack of pictures, but hopefully a picture-free blog post is better than no blog post at all.

Another Sneak Peek

Apologies for not getting the day-to-day updates in here. At the moment, my big push (beyond ferrying the kids places and doing whatever needs to be done for the house project) is working on a quilt that’s due on 10/14.

But I thought I’d stop in and give you a few interior pictures. Following is a picture of the back area from what will be some added-on family room space looking toward the dining room at the end. This was when the bay window was still there; it’s gone now with a plastic wall in the same place, but my pictures aren’t in the right place to show you. Someone in a hazmat suit is actually doing the insulation even as I type, and the wiring and housing for the electrical plugs and lights is done as well the plumbing for the baseboard heating.

Day 19, DR at end

From the dining room end looking down at the family room add-on. The end there will have some built-ins; I met with the designer this morning to discuss those. It’s exciting to be able to design all this rather than just making do with whatever came with the house. Again, that bay window is out of there now and a lot more has been done with this space.

Following are a few pictures of the sewing room. It’s not a huge room (the exterior is10′ X 15′) but for a dedicated sewing room it’s huge and I think the tall ceiling makes it seem more spacious. This room has changed now also; the door has been cut through, it’s wired for plugs and lighting, and we no longer have a pipe in that space!

Day 18 Sewing Room, looking at front window

Day 18 Sewing Room, side of house

I do intend to go back and systematically detail the project day by day, but until that happens, the occasional sneak peek will have to do! Life is a bit crazy here but we’re thrilled at how quickly things are moving along. The builders are estimating they’ll be done around the first week of November. Even if it takes a bit longer than that, we only started on August 22, so it’s going very well.

Sneak Peek

I last updated on Day 9 and we’ve now finished Day 19 — crazy! My sister-in-law has a blog she’s updated every day for 2 – 3 years  — how does she do that? By forgoing sleep, maybe?

Anyway, I’ve selected the possible pictures for all those days and made any changes to them needed. I will get to the updates day by day as soon as I can. In the meantime, a few peeks at how the house looked at the end of Day 19:

Day 19 - Back left - yep, the roof is done.

Day 19 - Front right - new sewing room above, dining room in back

Day 19 - Back right.

Can you believe it? Believe it.