Jan 19, 2016


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!


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:


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:


 Moving On.

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



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


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


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.


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.


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.

Jan 11, 2016


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!

Jan 2, 2016


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.

All the tile is finished.  Here is the laundry room

and Downstairs bathroom

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!