Thursday, June 25, 2015

Reno Update


Disclaimer - sorry for this ragtag thrown together post. I have limited time on another computer, but I wanted to get in an update. Hope all is well in your worlds :)

After the initial demolition phase the progress at the house has not been quite so dramatic. At least, not until we finally broke out the paint. The following pictures are from day one of the painting. We did a second coat, so the colors look a little nicer now, but this will give you an idea what is going on in our world.

Getting started. Notice all my sample swatches around the room - every wall made the paints look like a different color.

My husband picked out a new color for his command center. We have always loved the orange, but it didn't really go well with our new desk and wood floor - too much of the same tones. I will say, when we started the edge paint it was a pretty hideous look :)
 
 Much prettier now. 
Choosing a color for the living/dining room was agonizing, but we are both very happy with the end result. Once all the madness dies down I will need to adjust our decor. The pictures I previously had on the walls don't really work now. I have some ideas using some of the gazillion pictures I have taken.

We took a little break from our labors to go to a Survivor Luau held by some of my husband's co-workers. The hats our attempt at a little island flair - thanks Dollar Tree - two dollars well spent :)

 The best part of the day was being rowed around the pond by this handsome guy. It was a kinda romantic.
The hosts divided us into teams to play a few Survivor type games. We drew "buffs" - the fabric for my team was an Elvis Blue Hawaii print. I tied my buff on my wrist and ended up with this slightly creepy look.
I made Coconut Lime Macaroons and took a couple of coconuts to share. The idea was to represent Survivor with the plain coconuts and to show gratitude for not really being on Survivor with the macaroons. When the coconuts were sitting on the counter I noticed this crazy face.

There was a very scary moment on Saturday. My husband and I were getting ready to head to Home Depot for the 800th time. I switched off the light and it broke in half. It started sparking and sizzling. I felt total panic that our house was going to burn down. Thankfully, my husband threw the main breaker and removed the switch. All the drama was contained in the metal box around the switch - and that is why all switches should be in metal boxes! At Home Depot I insisted on buying all new outlets and switches, which have been now been safely installed :)  Crisis averted!

Have you ever seen a Komondor? They are a Hungarian breed of dog used for guarding livestock.
Picture courtesy of www.ibitimes.co.uk
This is more or less what my husband and I would look like if we were Komondors.  New mops and home improvement projects can have some pretty crazy affects on your sense of dignity :)

I confess we have been eating horribly. I keep telling myself we have to do better. This is one of the moments when I did eat better. I added a couple of handfuls of snap peas to my frozen Smart Ones Tuna Gratin and added a side of delicious watermelon.
After all the prep I think we are finally ready to actually start the flooring. 38 boxes of laminate flooring have been received. That is 1200 pounds of flooring!  Thank goodness for forklifts, pick up trucks and a super strong nephew (and husband, of course).


We (minus me - will be at work) plan to start laying floor tomorrow. Fingers crossed that the Command Center will be finished and reopened this weekend. I have missed being able to blog more regularly. And of course, I miss keeping up on all the other great blogs I follow.

Until next time....

16 comments:

  1. Wow y'all are really getting a lot accomplished! Glad y'all were able to get that switch fixed with no damage. How scary!

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    1. It was scary - so glad my husband was there :)

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  2. I love everything about the randomness of this post. And what a fun theme for a party! I may have to steal this. Can't wait to see what the final product looks like after you're done!

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    1. I can't wait to see the final product too :)

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  3. AHHH! Can't wait to see the new command center!!! :)

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    1. My husband laughed when he saw your comment - he loved that you also called it the command center :)

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  4. Everything is looking so good!! I love your paint choices!

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    1. Thanks - choosing paint is intense. I think we are painting our bedroom too so I have one more paint to choose....

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  5. I love the blue you went with for the living room. It seemed like a very Anna color to me, the Paint Whisperer. ;)

    Glad you are finding some humor in your renovations. I feel like DIY things are make it or break it for some couples. I've watched some DIY Network shows where the couples got into huge fights and I thought, yeesh.

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    1. I am very happy with the blue. My one concern is it looks almost two ton on one wall in certain light. We have had a couple dust-ups over the renovation, but we always come around :)

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  6. House is lookin' good! Looks like a fun party, and I'm thrilled to hear that your house didn't burn down--that would have sucked after all the work you've been doing ;)

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    1. I told my husband that would have really made me mad after our work. But something tells me I would be upset about losing many other things.

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  7. That party sounds like a blast. Your house looks fabulous. :)

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  8. I love that you break up a million trips to Home Depot with a little mop play time :)

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    1. I think I was going stir crazy :)

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