Welp, last week was a bust in terms of “vacation”. I took the whole week off from work and I busted my butt from sun-up to sun-down for 7 whole days and, MAN, is my body ticked because of it. I don’t remember hurting this badly since my freshman year of Band Camp at Ohio University. And Homecoming every year after, but who’s counting?
I’d love to provide some pictures but my camera battery is dead and I can’t find the cord. Office, maybe? In a box? Likely at the bottom of the pile…?
Needless to say, everything went about as smoothly as it could go if things like this CAN go smoothly (that’s arguable). Moving is always a stressful time, especially when you are moving across state lines. Now that we’re here, it’s a sprint to get our cars registered, new IDs, etc, etc. I’m just hoping that the written driver test here is easier than it was in Oregon. Dr. J failed it the first time around and I barely passed. Awesome. Let’s just schedule that ahead of time as an entirely lost afternoon when I get around to it. Maybe I can drive out of the city and find a really quiet DMV? My other biggest concern was around voting. We’ve decided to absentee vote in Oregon this year and we’ll register in California after the election. That way I can say I’ve voted in three states! And not illegally either! As a total legit resident! Beat that!
I’ll be back soon to give you some “empty” shots of the house in Oregon. That seriously pulled at my heartstrings, lemme tell ya. But that’s another story for another day. We’ll also be giving shots of the new pad with a rundown of “plans” that we have including painting and maybe a few minor changes – with our landlady’s permission, of course :-).
Other than that, we’re all doing well. Maggie is probably doing the best since she was able to finally catch up on sleep this weekend while Dr. J and I busted ass to get the kitchen, office and bedroom mostly functional. The house is still a box graveyard but at least we can get up and down stairs now.
More to come! Stay tuned!
We’re on an exterior mission to fix up the house’s curb appeal before we lease the house. Here is step one!
It’s pretty sad and pitiful, isn’t it? We heard from several of our neighbors that this door had been “knocked in” by the previous owners. Something about being a foreclosure and them trying to get in and “steal” things from the bank (like the kitchen sink and all of the appliances). Pretty sure they won “Homeowner of the Year” award in a parallel universe. Oh, and we still haven’t traded out the Sheriff’s Locks on this bad boy. We’ve been rocking the two toned handles since 2009! Pretty sure we win “Homeowner of the Year” in this universe – haha!
But as if all of that weren’t bad enough, the door also faces west and gets all of the prevailing winds and moisture from our rainy Pacific Northwest winters. Once it’s wet, the sun comes out and bakes it so up close it’s looking a little more like this:
…in other words, kind of warped, damaged and dried out from the sun. We kind of hemmed and hawed around repairing this door for awhile for God knows why. First it was because we thought we would need a handyman or carpenter to repair it because it looked like it was “out of true” and we wanted to try and salvage it. The door looked crooked in the frame but after breaking out our level and straight edges we realized it was the casement that was crooked and not the door – haha! Classic. Reminded me of that Shel Silverstein poem about the kid who has wavy hair and eventually shaves it all off only to discover he just has a wavy head. Well, we definitely weren’t going to tackle repairing the casements (that takes a calibre of skill that neither of us have and a can of worms that we didn’t have handy). So that kind of gave way to the fact that we could go ahead and try refinishing the door and then seeing what happens. After all, replacing this door is not an option. It’s a full 8′ tall and as expensive as they come so may as well try to give it some spit polish…
So we removed the door:
…which gave Maggie a perfect perch to monitor all of the goings on:
…and then Dr. J got to sanding it down so it was smooth as a baby’s behind – literally took like 20 minutes:
…then it was into our secret stash of stains and paints and we found a leftover stain from….mystery project? It may have been leftover from when we finished the Ikea Countertops for our desk in the office but we really don’t remember. In other words – it was free.
Then we let it dry, sanded, poly-ed, sanded, poly-ed, replaced the door hardware and VOILA!
How’s that for some updated curb appeal? Not bad for a quick weekend project that only cost us the cash to replace the locks. Is it perfect? No. But we’re renting this house from here on out so it doesn’t have to be perfect for us. It just has to look good! And since we’ve purchased a nice storm door to protect it, we’re hoping that this finish will be nice and protected from the elements – fingers crossed.
The last time I did a video house tour, it was back before we renovated the bathroom and finished up the Room of Requirement – i.e. it was well over a year and a half ago! And since we’re planning a pretty massive move down to California, I thought now would be a good time to update the latest video tour. Because…le sigh…it might be the last time to really photograph the house before it gets all “torn up” before we move. So here goes nothin’!
Oh, and if you’re curious what the last house tour was like, then you can click here for the one we took in January 2011. It’s kind of funny to watch them one after the other just to spot the changes. Dr. J and I recently watched the one from 2011 and it’s amazing to see the old master bathroom and how much of an upgrade we gave that sucker.
Here are some fun things to point out in the 2012 tour:
- Maggie, the Mascot Mutt – she kept following me around upstairs (as she always does) and made some cute cameos :-).
- My “technical difficulties” with the camera – I just couldn’t win (story below)
- The completed office, Room of Requirement and Master Bath!
- I was still wearing my Pajamas when I made this tour so notice how I slyly avoid looking in mirrors throughout the tour – haha! there are a few peeks, though – don’t worry, it wasn’t anything too risque!
- Apparently I say “Love it! Love it! Love it!” a few times throughout. I don’t notice it, but Dr. J did…haha!
So that’s the video house tour 2012. Hopefully it should come in handy for our future renters-to-be?? Who knows? Also, I just couldn’t seem to “win” the day I shot this. I went to use the Flip cam, realized it was out of battery and switched to my point-and-shoot camera which has video capability. I shot the downstairs with no problems, then when I went upstairs I accidentally shot myself directly in the mirror wearing my pajamas and my hair all a wreck (classy!). So I had to do another take and then my camera ran out of battery (gah!), so I had to do a quick charge and rush through the last half of the tour – hah! It was funny :-). Like I said, I just couldn’t seem to win!
Let me know what you think. You’ll have to head on over to YouTube to watch the video but it should give you a pretty good idea of the layout of our house and all the changes we’ve made since the last tour. Enjoy!
I am. I truly am BAD at blogging. I don’t blog every day. I don’t “Pinterest” like it’s my job – ’cause I’ve got a regular 9 to 5 and it keeps me PLENTY busy. I don’t have giveaways once/week. I don’t really craft. I read other peoples’ blogs but then I always forget to comment and say, “Good job!” I don’t go to blogging events and/or conferences. Hell, I just frankly S-U-C-K at keeping up with this here blog at times…
However, I feel I have a very good excuse for being a “bad blogger”. Let me show you some numbers. We started our bathroom renovation 22 weeks ago this past Saturday, July 30. In that timeframe, we more-or-less finished an entire bathroom gut job (it’s 90% there and holding for reasons that I’m explaining in this post) and hosted out-of-town guests and/or were out of town for (wait for it) a total of 16 times (17 if you count this past weekend and Dr. J was out of town while I stayed home)!!!! Some of those were during the weeks, but generally they were on the weekends. There was one week where we had to change the guest room sheets three times! Some of those guests were repeats, but for the most part we got to introduce more than a dozen friends and family to new experiences in the Pacific Northwest! It was a lot of fun and I’m so glad we have that dedicated guest space for everybody to use! But daaaaaaamn…..was it tiring. And having to share shower and bath space with most of those guests for that timeframe got a little old, to say the least. So things have been a wee bit quiet on the blog and I *still* haven’t revealed the bathroom in all of its glory, so let’s get a little update goin’ for all the
So here’s a quick update on the bathroom….ya ain’t missin’ much. The last time we worked on the bathroom was back here when we got the shower door installed. I think since that time we’ve purchased a couple of shelves (that are still only halfway installed), bought a couple of accessories and that’s about it. We still have to finish up the baseboards, hang crown molding and do a TON of touch up painting, caulking and sealing. Needless to say we’re kind of crossing over the finish line by way of the Horn of Africa – i.e. we’re taking our sweet @$$ time, piracy not included. Rather, we’ve been a little busy (see paragraph above). My point? We definitely have a lot of finishing up to do in there and hope to get it ALL wrapped up officially in August. At that point I’ll definitely be sharing the full makeover (video and all) with pics, budget rundowns, the whole effin’ she-bang!!!
Which brings me to everybody’s favorite question – ok, mostly my Mom who is greedy for me to do more makeovers like an Extreme Makeover junkie – seriously, somebody has GOT to control that woman. The big question is, “What’s next?!?!” Since I’m not really in the habit of starting a project without finishing the first, I thought I’d break up that trend a little bit since the bathroom was a bit of a doozy and there’s only so much caulking, tiling, drywalling and grouting that a gal can do before she starts to go a little stir crazy! Basically, our next project is going to be….
In fact, it’s already somewhat in progress. New bedding is on order, new furniture has been delivered (more on that later), I got new lamps and I’m eyeing a couple of new nightstands and starting to brainstorm new paint colors…I can’t help it. The room is starting to feel very drab/taupe/dull to me and I need a change. I did a mini-switch about a year and a half ago but that old bedding is just not gonna make it to Christmas (especially since Maggie has made it her mission to jump into bed with us every single morning for her daily cuddle – even if it is only for 5 minutes). Seriously, here are a few pics….and notice how she only gets up on Daddy’s side? Hrmm…
Love that pooch. She’s so damn cute….but back to the bedroom! Basically, I’ve been sporting the same taupe-y style in the bedroom since 2004 when I made my first foray into design while still living at my parents house (which I don’t have a picture of). The same essential paint colors and accessories have been following me around ever since then and the bedding is definitely starting to show its age. You can see several iterations of the same basic design by looking at the pics below:
Starting to look a little tired, eh? I thought so too. I don’t know that we’ll get around to painting the room just yet, but we might tackle that as a somewhat “small” project sometime in the fall/winter. We’ve become such old pros at painting anymore that pulling a room apart really is such a drop in the bucket compared to what we’ve done so far! The hardest part now is painting rooms that are full of furniture. Always a good time. And for a really LONG project down the road…we’re kind of tossing around this sort of idea:
…pretty, huh? The room needs a little pizazz. And it needs glamour and WOW! Right now it’s just saying….*yawn*….which isn’t a bad thing….except for when you’d like to spend time in your room reading or enjoying the view:
…time to get down to it. Oh, and I’ll be showing pics of the new furniture here very soon…
Rather than typing a whole update on the plumbing and electrical, we thought it’d be easier to have Dr. J give you an overview on camera….’cause let’s face it….typing’s hard…
So click here to see the video, which will take you to YouTube. We still can’t do embedded videos yet – that takes money and all of our money is wrapped up in our loo at the moment.
So if you’re at work and can’t watch, here are a few highlights:
- The bathroom is completely torn down to the worst possible place it can be. It’s got to get uglier before it can get prettier…
- Maggie saying hi. Ooohhh….she’s so cute!
- Dr. J explaining the various wires and doodads hanging from the walls.
- Dr. J showing you our new sconce holes – they’ll be prettier once they have actual SCONCES in them. To be determined…
So there ya go. Now the full disclosure part. We shot this video about a week ago and this weekend Dr. J’s dad is in town helping us “button up” the room. We may even get to tiling the floor later today….ooh…..stay tuned….
Woke up Sunday feeling like I’d been hit by a truck. But we still had to remove the toilet, all of the shower tile and the remaining floor tile. Removing the toilet wasn’t so easy….
A shoddy (and crooked) install meant we couldn’t undo the bolts. We didn’t care that much to trouble shoot it, so out came the sledge! So much for trying to recycle that loo to the Habitat for Humanities ReStore (they love low flow toilets!). Moving on, we still have all of that floor tile to pull up which was a downright b$%^&! By the end of the day, though, I was victorious! Seriously, that floor didn’t come up without a fight and Queen B$%^& of the Household (that’d be me, L-blogger) prevailed over that stupid B%^&* of a floor. In the end, it was MY B%^&*! Yea, that’s right. I called it out, I hammered away and that floor was gone, gone, GONE!!!!!! Stupid miserable lil’…..I’m moving on, okay?!
Dr. J worked on the shower while I was wailing away on the floor. We started with the weird arch-y thing and realized that a Sawz-all would probably be pretty damn useful about now. We don’t own one and we’re in no hurry to get it down, so we just hacked away at what we could and moved on to the tile on the sides of the wall:
What’s really funny about that last picture is that as I was taking it, the wall literally fell off and pushed Dr. J back into the corner – oops! Oh, and the bike helmets were a “better than nothing” solution. It was either that or ski helmets and it was too damn warm for that! Anyway, the shower took a *really* long time to demo. We opted to take the full wall approach rather than trying to demo individual tiles (too time consuming). So we hammered away at the edges until we got a little clearance to the studs, stuffed our pry bars in there and yanked. It may or may not have involved us climbing the wall to get the right leverage we needed and it took both of us to get ‘er done! And then we had to carry all of the pieces down the stairs and holy crap!!! MARBLE IS HEAVY!!!!!!!!!!!! I think the neighbors are fully aware that something nuts is going on. We filled up another 4-5 bags of heavy duty trash bags and dragged them down stairs one by one (more on that later!!).
So at this point, the floor was out, the shower was out, the toilet out and our fears were kind of semi-confirmed about the mold issue on the back wall of the shower. Fortunately it wasn’t as bad as we thought it was going to be….but after only 6 years of use it shouldn’t have been bad at all! Luckily the shower tub will also be coming out (eventually) and we’ll be replacing all of that sheathing with brand new here in a few weeks. For now, we’re back to work this week and taking a break from all of the broo-ha-ha. And it couldn’t have come soon enough. I think Maggie was about to have a heart attack from all of the pounding!
So here is where we left the day on Sunday night…
Not to mention the progress we made on Saturday with the vanity completely gone and the tub surround and tile all removed! Overall, I’d call that a pretty sweet demolition! And just remember, things have got to get ugly before they get prettier!!!