Thursday, March 31, 2011

Where Were We??

.....The part where the author reaches the end of her wits in the remodeling project due to grey ceiling paint.

First, before I get to the grey ceiling paint I want to take a moment and thank all of my great readers for being so loyal, patient and supportive. My goodness, I've received e-mails (the abilitie to read/retrieve severely limited), postcards (Lyda and Kat - thanks) and my surfer girlfriend Leslie even took me to the beach in California. It was a cyber trip but refreshing nonetheless.

I thought you might like to see a few photos of the work in progress.

Here's the wood laid out for installation. When the worker is arranging the pieces it sounds like someone is playing a very enthusiastic game of Jenga.


The wood is unstained red oak. That's our office/library and yes, the walls are painted red.

Here's the floor in the family room. The border was original. We had carpet in the center but after 10 years it was looking pathetic so we yanked it out and filled in with red oak. In order to accent we added a one plank insert of walnut. This is it's unfinished state.


Another view.


After 10 years the original border was looking orange.


So we had them sand it down, restain and finish so everything matched and wasn't orange.


Another view - anotated.


But, since we have new furniture coming we needed to also paint the walls a different color. This is the Farmer up on an 8 or 10 foot ladder painting the trim. The earthquake last year left a crack in this corner so he also fixed that. You will note that he's wearing his Arkansas Razorback pajama bottoms as his painting wardrobe. Go Hogs!!!


The Farmer and I have always done our own painting and did this room the last time. We've decided, however, that we are getting too old for this.

The mess..... I'm weary of the mess involved.


New paint color.


Clean up continues.


As I mentioned in my last post we realized that we'd to have the orginal floors (that extend into the other part of the family room and the hall) resanded, restained and finished so that everything matches. We thought we could avoid that. What were we thinking?

So anyway, that's our vacation. Instead of a vacation we opted to do these upgrades.

Just thought you might want to take a peek.

OOOPS... I forgot to tell you about the grey ceiling paint. Come back tomorrow for that tale.


Thoughts on Life and Millinery. said...

Oh gee...this brought back memories of two years ago when we did the exact same thing as you are doing now. Yes, I ager, we are now much to old to repaint the entire interior of a house by ourselves...we sucked down anvil like handfuls of peanuts when we painted, and I went into anxiety/depression as the construction crews presence continued sporadically for six months instead of the promised six weeks.
You have my every sympathy for how unsettling it all is, and my encouragement that it WILL be done and wonderful in the end.

Tess said...

Contractors are still at Casa de Tess and the mess is unbelievable. Week 3 starts tomorrow. I'm thinking we both need some mental health therapy.

Yours at the Menger.

Vee said...

Everything from the floor to the paint color looks great. I can NOT imagine the process, though I'd better start because it appears that we're going to try and finish up a few projects around here.

Continued wishes for all the best...

Millicent said...

So glad to see your post! Missed hearing about the progress. Glad you may be seeing a little light at the end of your tunnel. I know when it's said and done, you will enjoy it.

Leslie T said...

Wow, you guys have been working hard! It looks great! We've been through a lot of the same type of stuff, and it's SO nice when it's done.
I'm sure you'll be loving it all when it's all complete. It's looking great!

Mary Rex said...


MelissaD said...

Being married to someone in construction I can empathize with your weariness of the mess. There are very many almost done projects around here: hardwood floor in the hallway - except for the edges along the wall where it needs to be cut to fit; new siding on MOST of the barn - except the very top of 1 wall; new trim around new windows in the family room - but not painted is never ending! Yours looks gorgeous however and I am jealous that it will actually be COMPLETE.

Anonymous said...

it looks great! and I am sure you are happy that it is almost over.
we put down ash in our kitchen a few years ago, we are thinking of extending it to our living room and bath room, but I am not looking forward to having the original stripped/sanded as we do this ourselves. and we only have one bathroom, so a lot of thought needs to go in to when and just how to do it.
thanks for the sharing with pics.

Terri said...

Ah,yes, the mess. When we were newly married the hubby was always taking out a wall or putting in one. We are way old for that now, and I'm glad for that. Your floor with the walnut insert is gorgeous. You will be so pleased when it is finished. Nice color paint, too.

Pamela said...

Your home is looking great! Wood floors are a mess in the making but sure are beautiful once they are done! Hang in there, looks like the end is in sight!

lifeinredshoes said...

Lookin good!

Silvia said...

I like the way you did the floors, very nice! And for the bad paint, it sounds like the gave you the wrong base paint, since it came out grey-ish.And I am so glad that I am not the only one who dislikes 19-year olds manning store counters...