PROJECT DARKSTONE: Day 365

Without any ado whatsoever I would like to announce that we have moved back into our house!  And I can say without any reservations that we jumped the gun a little bit.  At this point we don't have a kitchen, or electricity, but our neighbor let us run an extension cord to her house so we can turn on the heater and a few a lights.  That was very nice of her.  The only reason I am even able to write this is that I am back in Fae's basement for the moment.  My computer is still here, and I have come to pack up the rest of our stuff and do some cleaning.  So I have no time to chat.  I will just post some pictures of my house in all of its resplendent glory now that it is full of most of our belongings,  There is nothing quite like stuff to make a home feel homey.


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We are a little afraid to pull up the paper on the floors.

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I didn't paint where the cabinets will go.  I am efficient/lazy that way.

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Other things to mention.  

One Saturday a couple weeks ago we convinced a bunch of our family to come and help us install outlets, light switches and light fixtures.  They are nice people.

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Lights are a big deal!

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And this happened yesterday.  The power people came out to inspect and hook up our power, only to tell us that we needed to run another wire.  So holes were cut in drywall.  Fists were shaken in general frustration.

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And while that fun stuff was going on, I put on some doorknobs.  

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And now I really gotta go.  Over and Out!

PROJECT DARKSTONE: Day 350

First of all, I must show you some carpet pictures.  It simply would not be fair to you, reader, for me, the writer, to be remiss in my carpet exhibition for one moment longer.  You have been more patient that anyone expected you to be.

Let's get down to business!

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CARPET!  That is what it is! Fully installed around all the edges and everything.  What carpet can do to a room is magical.

Here are more carpet pics:

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As you can see, the second the carpet was down we started cluttering the room up with stuff.  Classic us!

And here is the Master Bedroom, filled with Businessmen, large and small:

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 Moving On.

They have finished painting downstairs.  Which means finished ceiling and trim, and primed walls.  So everything looks very white.

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But here is the mudroom, where you can actually see the floor.

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Despite what they say, it is actually FLOORING that makes a house a home.  Well, flooring and cute little businessmen.

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With the professionals finished and out of the way, it was time for ME to step in and wreak a little havoc of my own.  Here is my wall of test colors.

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I know.  They all look the same in that picture.   My builder recommended Sherwin Williams, and I am nothing if not obedient.  The colors I was choosing between were, from left to right:

Mindful Gray, Alpaca, Essential Gray, and Requisite Gray.  

And I, I chose Requisite Gray.  But now, looking at this picture, it seems like the paint color I chose was the same color as the drywall itself.  I should have just left it bare and saved myself WEEKS.  Live and learn.

So here is the Kitchen/Great Room, fully painted.

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That is the lovely Fae you see in the picture there.  It was her handiwork that gave us such nice clean lines along the ceiling.  My sisters Fae and Faralee were so nice to come and help me paint and now my kitchen is ready for cabinets.  This picture really doesn't do the color justice.  It is lovely.  To me.  I lovely it.  

But speaking of cabinets, the cabinet maker, Armand, hurt his back.  Poor Guy. He is ok, just down for the count.  Or something.  I don't know yet if that is going to set him back days, or weeks, or months, but it is safe to say, that the cabinets won't be going in this week like I hoped.
Say Lah-vee.

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All the carpeting is done upstairs and I could not be happier with it.  I really think the color is lovely, which is so nice, considering the price.  It isn't very often that things work out like that.  I haven't taken a picture apparently, so you will just have to take my word for it.

So now they are just finishing up with the trim downstairs.



I think it will take them a day or two to finish all the base boards and then they can paint.  I think it very possible they will finish painting this week.  Do you know what comes next?

Kitchen cabinets!

PROJECT DARKSTONE: Day 333

Wow, I didn't realize it had been so long since I had written.  You probably also did not realize it had been so long since I had written, and that is why I am reminding you.  But no time for words!

All the hardwood flooring downstairs is done.  Done, you hear me?  Wanna see some pictures?


Ha!  That is right.  As soon as they finish a room they cover the floor up with paper to protect it so I have never seen it either.  Want to see some more pictures of what it doesn't look like?




Ok.  Sorry.  Turns out there is ONE room they haven't covered with paper yet.


Yep.  Dusty.

Ok, what else.  The painting is done upstairs.



The beam on the ceiling is all stained and ready to go in the following picture.  I picked out the stain and the painters stained it and it kind of looks awful.  I know they need to touch up the paint all around the edges, but Richard pointed out that 2x4's just don't stain that well and I think he is right.  I think we will leave the beam in our bedroom alone and stare at it for a few months before we decide what to do with it.


Did you know this is how they paint doors? They nailed them all together with little strips of wood at the top and then painted them all at once.


And here we have a closet, and painted and finished and stacked with various tools.


All the tile is finished.  Here is the laundry room


Downstairs bathroom


Master bathroom


and master bathroom shower.


Last but not least, today they are laying carpet!!

The carpet guy had a job cancel just recently, which left him with a huge amount of carpet in stock he wanted to get rid of.  So he gave it to us for half price.  I was ok with it, though Richard really wasn't in love with it, but the other carpet we wanted would have taken another week or two to be in stock, and would have cost us $1000 more.

We went by the house this morning to see how it was going, and when we saw the master closet all carpeted up, we all did a very happy dance.


Even better, once we actually got to see it installed in a room, I think Richard decided he was ok with it.  Hooray!  More dancing!

The next thing they carpeted was the loft in the 3rd bedroom


And after that the boys didn't want to leave.  Lofts are fun!



Richard wanted to move our bed over tonight but we have decided to wait just a tiny bit longer.  Not too much more left to do on the inside.  Hot Diggity!

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Lots of exciting stuff going on, so lets not stand around shootin' the breeze.  Lets get down to business!

They have finished patching all of the plaster.



I know that picture doesn't look like much, but do you remember what that wall used to look like?


Here is another before and after.



It really is pretty amazing.

Speaking of amazing, look at this!


That is the downstairs bathroom.  It only took the the tile guy, Salvador, an afternoon to do all that.  I actually toyed with the idea of doing the tile myself to save money, but THANK GOODNESS I didn't.  It would have taken me a month.

Here is the laundry room.


We spent some time at our house on Friday, working and cleaning, and this was there when we pulled up.


That says Sunset Painting Co, in case you can't read.  The painters were there caulking and taping off windows and such.  And THEN a truck pulled up delivering our front doors, this time in all the right sizes.  Here is the one they have installed so far.


Woohoo!  And THEN to finish things off, the painters actually STARTED painting upstairs if you can believe it.  It is a big deal!



It is pretty hard to get a picture of white walls.  In case you are curious, this bedroom in the picture above and the master bedroom required great big huge wood beams to support the vaulted ceilings, and we decided to leave the beams exposed.  That is why it is covered in paper.

To save money we are having the painters paint the ceilings, trim and doors, but only prime the walls. I figure I can paint, especially if I don't have to worry about the ceiling, but most rooms probably won't get painted until we move in.  My favorite thing about doing it this way is it means we don't have to pick paint colors yet.  We just chose 6 different kinds of tile, the carpet, and the hardwood.  Choosing paint colors is seriously beyond our mental capacity at this point.  

So things were pretty exciting when we left on Friday.  And then I stopped by my house this morning to pick something up.  I expected to maybe find the tile man there (he wasn't), but I certainly did not expect this:


That is hard wood flooring, being installed on the main floor.  Hot Diggity!  Heaven only knows what it will look like when we stop by tomorrow!