Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
All three bedrooms are Kilz'd - give me a big cheer! Some of the trim around the windows is going to need another coat or two. Also, trying to get Colton out of the way (bless his heart), I sent him to the living room with a roller. Can I just say? That paneling looked mighty trendy and cute with just the white Kilz on it - it is going to be so super slick when it's finished. Even though I know that some of you will have me shoveling coal for painting it...sorry, it's completely dated to say the least and just not worth any money. If it ever does come back into style, I can always sand and restain it since alot of the varnish is coming off anyways.
Gotta scrub some of this paint off...later!
Monday, June 28, 2010
I spray painted a second coat on a project I'm working on and went home feeling like we had made real progress!
Gonna try to jump in bed early tonight...nighty night!
PS - Left the plumber a message tonight to see where the heck he is!
Sunday, June 27, 2010
The only good thing I can say about today is the the paint roller stick that extends and retracts is awesome. Papaw Gil referred to it as 'his baby' and boy, was he right. It is a handy-dandy little tool! After about 99 hours, I finished "Kilzing" my bedroom. When I painted the last stroke, I'm pretty sure the clouds parted and angels sang or maybe that was the paint fumes. Boy, was I glad to be done. One bedroom down, two to go....
I'm also grumbley because the plumber STILL has not called. I am going to call him tomorrow and see what's up with that.
I am incredibly tired tonight and after painting the ceiling, I'm pretty sure I could spin my head around like that chick in 'The Exorcist' movie. Whiney, whiney little baby I am tonight, so come join me as I wallow in self-pity at my pity party.
Ms. Evil Eyes
Miss Lazy Bones
Friday, June 25, 2010
I had planned on painting on the Kilz in the three bedrooms, but my Mom's friend kindly showed up to mow my yard this evening - he is a sweetheart. He used to mow our yard when Mama was taking her chemo. The yard really doesn't look that bad, but the grass is deceivingly much taller than it appears. Bless his heart - he didn't know what he signed up for.
I pulled Colton's wagon around the yard along with a couple of trash cans trying to pick up all of the limbs so he could mow. OMG...I was so freakin' super hot and not in a good supermodel kind of way! In my head, I was
The bottom line is, as pretty as all of those trees in my yard are, I've decided to chop them all down and have a giant bonfire on Friday night. See you there...BYOB!
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Secondly, you have to vote for my friend, Cathy's beloved dog, Izzy. I haven't been online to vote for Izzy until tonight, so I'm trying to pay for my sins by asking everyone to vote. Go to the PetCo website and click on the Healthy Smiles contest. Izzy's story is "The Bunny Chaser". Go vote right now or you can't read my blog again....ever. Just kidding.
Third, I obviously did not die from drinking the wood putty last night, so you can move that to the non-toxic list.
Last, after seeing my handiwork from last night, I'm pretty sure I will never get a job finishing drywall. I sanded it down and tried again tonight. I'll look at it tomorrow and see if I made any improvements. If it still looks like crap, I may let Colton have a shot at it - he certainly could not do worse than me.
Speaking of Colton, he just called and wants to come home. He had said he was going to spend the night with Mom tonight, but he's changed his mind so I'm off to go get him.
PS - I just posted Day 31, also...sorry for being late. I was so sleepy when I got home last night (must have been the wood putty).
After work, I picked up some wood putty and filled the holes in the trim work in the bedrooms. Then, I took some other white stuff (can't remember the name of it) and filled the holes in the plaster. I had planned on doing some spray painting, but my finger was so sore from pressing the button (haha), that I skipped it.
In between the puttying and sanding, I played Monopoly with Colton and Mom. I tell ya...Colton is a little racketeer! He buys up all of the properties, adds the hotels and Mom and I ended up bankrupted. Not to mention, the little devil is just lucky. He would draw some Chance card that gave him a zillion dollars while Mom and I would draw one that made us pay oodles of money. He kicked booty on the game!
My friend Becky came by to check out my house and the flowers (she loves flowers). We oohh'd and aaahhh'd around the yard even though it was just butt-kicking hot, I was so glad she stopped by. After she left, I poured myself (another) big glass of Dr Pepper and went back to work. I do remember at some point a big glop of wood putty falling off of the spatula-thingie, but I was up on the ladder and forgot about it by the time I got down. I kept gulping the Dr Pepper down and it did seem a little gritty; however, I swear everything in the house is covered in plaster dust and it seems like I can still taste it when I go to bed at night so I didn't think much about it. When I went to finish the glass off, I found the glop - in the bottom of my glass. I hope I didn't drink too much of it. I guess I was tireder than I realized - we'll see if I'm alive on Tuesday.
I would post some pictures of my sanding, but they are too boring, so that's all for Monday!
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Colton's grandparents came up to see the house this morning. Papaw Gil went over the breaker box in detail to make sure it was nice and safe. My Mom walked Mamaw Linda around showing her the 90,000 flowers that are in the yard. I was tickled that they made the trip...love those folks!
After that, I went on a vanity search and just kept coming up empty-handed. About 4:00, I got a phone call and a wild hair and took off to Knoxville. My heart just wasn't into working on the house today and I was due some R&R. I went and met my long lost twin and did things that made me happy and took my mind off unhappy things and came home with happy things. Thank you for everything, LP and thank you, MP for being so patient and courteous while I traipsed around like a kid in a candy store.
It's way late for this old gal, so g'night.
Friday, June 18, 2010
For obvious reasons, I didn't work on the house at all today, but I'll be wearing my tool belt again tomorrow with updates. :-)
Thursday, June 17, 2010
I measured the bathroom and I'm trying to decide on where to put the door, vanity & toilet since the shower is a given. Daddy called this morning & I asked him to widen the closet door to use as the bathroom door and he shockingly agreed. Then he called back 2 hours later and said he wants to take out the front door (of the house) and widen the whole bathroom. I said no way, so he left and no progress happened. I called the plumber, but he is out of town until next week. I was hoping he would come in, help me pick the best layout and get it done this weekend; however, it gives me a little more time to look at things - and pick up a toilet and vanity.
I'm really pooped tonight. My ankles have turned into cankles. I don't know if it's the heat (which usually doesn't affect me) or all the crawling around in the floor I've done for the last two days.
PS - I can't find my camera cord anywhere! I thought I must have laid it out last night when I took pictures, but it wasn't at the house. :-(
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
On to the good stuff. Sit down...after twelve days of repeating myself that the only thing that needed to be done was the wall moved and framed up in order for the plumber to come, I came home and TA-DA!!! It was moved!
I can finally call the plumber; however, as I was measuring the bathroom, another layout popped into my head. It would require one of three things:
1. Moving the existing 36" door
2. Using the smaller 30" closet door and walling over the existing 36" door
3. Widening the 30" closet door to be used as the main 36" door and walling over the existing 36" door.
I'm thinking choice three. Of course, I'm really thinking do I dare put myself through more of this crap? I'm going to sleep on it and run it by the plumber to get his thoughts.
I actually finished taping up all of the windows tonight (patting myself on the back). I also taped down the dropcloth on the floor in the guest room. Boy, that's a pain - crawling around on hands and knees - seemed to take forever. Mom removed the remaining carpet nails that had been left behind in the bedrooms.
PS - I took pictures tonight, but I must have laid my camera cord out at my house, so I'll get it and update this post on Thursday.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
I also came home to a house full of family, so I grilled out (finally), then cleaned up and left. Yep...I did absolutely nothing this evening as far as house projects. Colton and I ran a couple of errands working on projects for Father's Day (sssshhh - top secret) and then came home. I've had him up too late too much and it's catching up with him, so we're calling it an early night.
On a side note, my friend called with a couple of good finds at GoodWill in Knoxville, so I'm very excited about those (and so appreciative for her sharp eye on these items). I can't tell you what they are because I'm going to act like they cost a million bucks after I "pretty" them up and you come visit. She also mentioned her GoodWill has coupons? What?! I am green with envy - you know what a bargain shopper I am.
Off to nighty-night....
Monday, June 14, 2010
Daddy called today and said he had been working at the house. I met him at Lowe's tonight to get some sheetrock; however, he took me straight over to some weird stuff - including wood paneling. After about thirty minutes of arguing, I did get sheetrock, but I'll probably never hear the end of why I didn't want paneling in my bathroom (what's wrong with me?)! On top of that, he can be the crankiest old man...imagine 'Grumpy Old Man' times ten. I know Lowe's was probably ready to ban him - I know I was! At some point, he decided to confess that he can't finish sheetrock - would have been nice to know that earlier.
When I got to the house, I got to see what he had done today. He cut the back out of Colton's closet. Why you ask? "Because the plumber doesn't know what he's talking about". I was just sick. Instead of letting the plumber use the exposed wall inside the bathroom, he said he should just go through the closet. So once Daddy hangs the sheetrock, the plumber will pull everything through the new piece into the bathroom and probably have to cut up the new sheetrock. I swear...I think he's just been dying to take out that closet from the beginning. Mom was there, so she loaded up the debris and we carried it all out. I had planned on taping up the floors, but didn't make it that far (as usual).
Colton is very taken with all of the lightning bugs around the house and it does my heart good to watch him chasing them in our yard. He left one in the house as our "watchdog" and one rode home with us.
I've got a million things to do and my list just keeps growing.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Friday, June 11, 2010
Now let me jump on my vanity soap box for just a second. I'm postponing buying the 42" countertop/sink and 36" vanity for the weekend. I'm waiting for another source to check on their end to see what they can come up with. I would reveal my source, but then I would have to silence you - just kidding! It's actually my boss - he has all the good contacts!
Can I just say? That taping off takes for FREAKIN' EVER!!! I think I'm still seeing blue spots from all of that blue painter's tape....
I'll look at the 42" top and 36" vanity I'm eyeing at the ReStore on Friday to see if I can pull that trick off.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
I spent the rest of my free time today searching for the vanity cabinet - I haven't even been to the house to start taping up. Daddy hasn't been over yet, either. With the rain forecasted for the next few days, he should be freed up since he won't be able to be working - or at least that's what I'm hoping for.
Short & sweet today, but that's all!
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
I let Colton be "boss" for the evening (he loves that), so he picked where to eat & what to do. We even tried some cannoli since Curious George loves it, but it was not for us. We're home now with his favorite dessert - a quart of blue sherbet from 'store 31'. Life is good with my little fella.
Monday, June 7, 2010
I've got to get started on taping up everything tomorrow and get it ready for the paint sprayer. Taping up takes alot longer than you think!
On a positive note, Colton went back home with his Daddy last night and stayed the night. He's been going through this phase of not staying the night with anyone for the last year or two, so this was a huge step for him. In fact, he's staying the night again tonight. I'm proud of my "big boy", but I am missing him in an unbelievably aching kind of way. It's just too quiet and I miss his little motor mouth going 90 miles an hour.
Sunday, June 6, 2010
I couldn't go back to sleep, so I got on up. While in the shower, I noticed my feet looked funny. Upon closer inspection, I could see spray paint all over them. I guess I should have known better than to spray paint in flip-flops, but lesson learned. Okay, this next part gets a little personal, but looking back, it's too funny not to share. When I ran into Wal-Mart yesterday, I grabbed a couple of packages of new undies. After showering, I went to put a pair on and they wouldn't go over my fat thighs. Now I'm not a gal who obssesses over my weight (even though I would love to be skinny), but this was ridiculous. I've ate lots of take-out in the last couple of weeks, but COME ON! I tried on a second pair with the same result and started feeling kinda weepy (it's the nicotine I tell ya). I double-checked the package and they were marked my size - which is 9 (yes - my booty is huge). After another moment or two of freaking out, I came to my senses and decided to check the label in the undies - it read 6. Well, hellfire and brimstone, some punk had taken the sticker on the package and turned it upside down. I hope their behind grows 6 inches just for giving me that scare! Anyway, Colton got up about 10:30 and I took him to Baskin Robbins for breakfast and then dropped him at his Dad's.
I headed to Dalton with a couple of places in mind to check their vanity selection; however, I had forgotten that many businesses are not allowed to be open on Sundays (is that called the Blue Law)? I was
Mom met me at my house and brought me back a plate of home-cooked food. Our annual family reunion was today and she was nice enough to think of me and I ate it up!
I checked my spray-paint projects - both turned out good! I'll try to post pictures tomorrow. I dragged a bunch more trash out to the road for pick-up tomorrow and that's about it.
Colton's dad brought him home and took a look at the house. He's been sweet enough to offer to run a paint sprayer, so I can get everything done waaaaay quicker! He also looked at the floors and is going to help me on those. I've got to get everything taped off by Thursday and hopefully we can get it sprayed then. Man, that would shave some time off my schedule!
I've also got to get Daddy started on moving the wall, so I can get the plumber back in.
So much to do!
Saturday, June 5, 2010
The guy I'm buying the lawn mower from wanted to use it one last time today since he hasn't purchased a new one yet; however, the rain has been crazy - off and on all day so he hasn't got to mow his yard yet; however, I know I will get it eventually, so that's in the works.
The vanity...aarrrggghhh! I'm beginning to think I will never find a 42" vanity and I'm too cheap and broke to pay for a custom one to be built. I went about nine million places today with zero luck. I've got one more place to look. If I can't find anything there, then I've got to decide if I want to cram in a 48" and only leave about 8" between the vanity and tub or go down to a 36". I'm really leaning on cramming the 48" in.
For a nifty fifty, I came home with the bathtub/shower unit that has minor cosmetic damage to the bottom corner. Ching ching - saving money since these are $399 and up at most home improvement stores. My dad went with me to pick it up in Ooltewah. The seller helped him load it up, but it was up to me and him when we got back to the house. He had some cloth gloves, but the fiberglass came right through those. On top of that, I was stupid enough to lay my face against the outside of the unit as we carried it in. My face is itching and burning from the fiberglass.
On a side note, I felt
Searching for a vanity took up most of the rest of the day. I did stop by the house late last night & spray paint a couple of projects. One was an ugly brass floor lamp and the other was a child's plastic chair (lunchroom type). The plastic paint really seemed to stick - was wondering if that stuff really works. Both seemed to turn out good, but it was late & I'm tired so they could look like crap when I'm awake and in the daylight tomorrow.
Also, I will have to go down from a 48" to a 42" vanity - which is the hardest size to find used. I'll be on the hunt Saturday along with hunting down a shower. I've got a couple of good leads on Craigslist, so wish me luck. I've also got to buy the faucets and shower heads - which are so dang expensive!
I don't have any pictures to post from Friday. The plumber advised that he would put the plumbing on the wall against Colton's closet, so he need the plaster removed on the inside wall of the bathroom. I tore it down (with help from Colton). I also removed the trim from around the bathroom window since I'm opting to cover it up and the bathtub needs to be flush against the wall.
A big storm blew in about 8:30 and we do not have any emergency candles, so we ran to the car in the pouring rain and scooted our butts home.
Wish me luck on my Saturday shopping!
Thursday, June 3, 2010
1. I have two dead corners in the bathroom with no use - one of them being the closet we took out to have more space.
2. Your knees will touch the vanity when you use the toilet.
3. I can only have a 36" vanity (vs a 48") so basically no countertop space.
4. The toilet will set out almost a foot from the wall (from the back) which just looks ridiculous.
5. The toilet is too close to the wall on the left-hand side, so you're kinda squeezed in there.
He's wanting to do all of this because he doesn't want to move the cast iron plumbing which I fully acknowledge will be a pain; however, this means everything up to this point has been pointless. The only thing I gain from this layout is a bathtub instead of a shower and I could have done that without taking out the closet or moving the wall. I love my Dad and I hate to turn down free labor, but this just isn't going to work at all.
Since Daddy is working tomorrow, I'm sneaking in a plumber at noon tomorrow to give me a quote. If it's reasonable and I accept, the guy said he will move the plumbing this weekend. Daddy shouldn't be back until Monday and everything will be in place for him to do the finishing work. He's going to have a fit, but I just had the feeling yesterday that he was going to do something like this.
I just want everything done right instead of "what is easiest" since I'm the one who has to sit on the toilet for the next 30 years or more. Know what I mean?
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Mom and I set to work shoveling all the rubble out. I should have bought contractor bags, but wasn't expecting this to happen today, so we just double-bagged regular trash bags and it worked. They got pretty heavy, so let me show you what the single girl's wheelbarrel looks like. And here is how we left the house tonight...little bit of a mess, but a good mess!
PS - I edited some of the older posts to add some photos (finally).
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
I cut tonight pretty short. I really don't have anything to post - other than trying to set the yard on fire. I decided to put some bulbs in the light fixtures on the porch and they both worked just fine. I've also been dying to see if the little black lamp post worked - it's so cute. You can see it below in the picture. Note: you will also see the "lovely" cows that came with the house.
I was really disappointed when I flipped every switch I could find and it never lit up (boohoo). So, I decided to check the breaker box. There were six panels labeled 'Lights' that were all on. There were also five panels labeled 'Rec'. Now what in the heck could 'Rec' stand for? Two of them were off, so I decided to flip them on. When I flipped the first one, I heard something humming, then the breaker kicked back off showing red. I had to know if it was the lamp post, so I decided to
PS - If anyone knows what 'Rec' means, let me know.