Sunday, August 26, 2012

Battle with Venetian plaster

It may have taken me like 8 hours, but coat #1 of the plaster is on the walls!!!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Happy 1 year anniversary, Turnberry Love :)

Today marks our 1 year anniversary in Turnberry.  One year ago today, we were tearing out carpet and pulling out particle board.  Wow.  Time flies.  So I thought it was time for before and afters...  starting with the patio:

Before, a little dated and overgrown:

After, some new plants, a lot of pruning, some grass for Winston, and my attempts at keeping plants alive:

The powder room!  Before, sad little built in, carpeting, and loud (but admittedly fun) wallpaper:

After, soft grey, Bill Gramley's artwork, a larger mirror, a new light fixture, tile flooring, and new vanity!

The front bedroom.  Before, mint green (with cool but disintegrating drapes):

After, soft, creamy yellow, handmade curtains, hardwood floors, and purpose = office!

Guest bedroom before, floral drapes, while walls, and, you guessed it!  Carpet.

 Guest bedroom after - soft green walls, hardwood floors, and our original bed quilt!

The master bedroom before, white walls again (I think so they didn't compete with the drapes), and that lovely carpet continuing!

After, light blue-grey walls, hardwoods, and our new and hugely awesome king-sized bed!

Before, the master bath, with it's loud wallpaper that is happy to wake you up first thing... oh, and a floor to match.

After, same lovely floor, but new curtains and a much nicer color on the wall...

Before, the large great room, empty, carpeted, and... peachy?

 After, light and two-toned, a fixed and flat ceiling, and cabinets ready to highlight all our "stuff"... oh, and hardwood floors!

On to the kitchen!  Before, really... yellow.

After, sunny, modern, and hopefully welcoming!

The dining room, before, wallpaper only Travis liked:

After, grand, sparkly, and royal!

The entry, before... carpeted, slightly dark, and peach.

After, bright, welcoming, and neutral... with hardwood floors, of course!

And now for a few of my favorite little vignettes that have evolved over the year!

The entryway - one of my favorite pictures from our wedding and street artist sketches from Vienna!

The hallway to the bedrooms... lots of artwork around here!

The shelves in the great room, "edited" by mom.

And my beautiful, beautiful baby grand :)

There are still a lot of projects to tackle.  The Jack and Jill bathroom is still torn down to its studs.  The Master bath needs help.  The house is in major need of a major organization overhaul.  Hubby is already talking about re-painting the bedroom.  We're discussing a carport, and we're considering building another closet for the master suite.  We shall see what year 2 will bring!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

A soggy situation

You may remember my delight in the installation of the dryer vent.  It's working lovely, and now that hubby has fixed the way it looks on the outside of the house, the neighbor is happy again (he called very concerned that our yard people had messed with the crawl space vent).  Fortunately (or unfortunately, if you believe ignorance is bliss...), he discovered that both showers have leaks while under the house.  So, the Jack and Jill bathroom remodel got moved to high priority.  Over the carport.  Sad.
So, one Friday night, there was lots of noise... and lots of fiberglass dust... as hubby ripped the stall out of the bathroom.

We picked up the bro's car, and I helped him load it all in to take to the dump.  We had to ride with the windows down so as to avoid breathing in any leftover fiberglass =)  

The next day, Dad was enlisted for assistance with pluming.  We wanted to take out the silly footbath thing (do I need to tell you how many bruises I have from that?) and put in a new faucet.  Thankfully, they started just in time to realize they needed stuff from the plumbing place that closed in 45 minutes!

So, they got it all ready for testing - all the joints were sautered (sawtered?  whatever, you know what I mean).  Dad was standing in the stall of the shower, ready to check for leaks, hubby in the closet at the water shutoff, and me at the ready to detect water just outside the stall.  Well, folks, they installed the faucet in the "on" position.  So, the water came flying out of the copper pipe at the top, where the shower head will be eventually.  Dad was so shocked, he didn't turn it off.  I was laughing too hard.  I think hubby shut off water at the sound of massive amounts flowing all over Dad.  He's such a good sport.  I gave him the biggest dry t-shirt I had.

Eh... right, so it was a little small.  Anywho, we then headed to find ourselves some tile.  I actually love the tile we got.  We were looking for something... reasonable, and we found it!  Like it so much, it's going on the floor and the shower walls!  It is HEAVY... and it hung out in the foyer until our neighborhood party Sunday.

So, here's where we are... the base is set in place for a dry fitting, you can see a piece of the tile we're going to use... and a generally big mess.  I'm getting myself pumped up for Venetian Plastering this weekend.  Woo.  Hoo.