All posts tagged: home renovation

The Living Room Bookcases are Almost Done

Hi! ūüėÄ I hit 366 days straight of blogging on April 11 and then I decided to break my streak to avoid accidentally starting to aim for¬†two years straight. I had to¬†really¬†break it by not posting for the last several days so I would get over it, and you have no idea how many times I almost blogged. But it’s broken for good, so I’m back now. Hello. So, I think I’ve shared this photo here before, but this is what my living room looked like when I bought my house and the wood floor was waiting to be installed before we moved in. It was mostly¬†original to 1960, except that inset carpet had been replaced I guess, but that didn’t make it any less horrifying. When we first moved in, I filled the shelves with as many brightly colored and pretty things I could find around the house to bright up the very brown room and hide those mirrored backs while I waited for the chance to update the room. Then we covered the …

Life Update, late March

I ate another sandwich today: Chicken salad made with rotisserie chicken, mayo, mustard, relish, celery, grapes, salt and pepper, with lettuce and tomato on a ciabatta roll. And my bathroom passed the first plumbing inspection! Phew. The window install meant for today had to be postponed due to thunderstorms, but they’ll be going in Monday, so no big deal. Tomorrow the electrician is coming to¬†update the wiring in the master bedroom and bathroom (and add a light over my table in our new dining room). There will be lights in better spots and more outlets! (Also, zero scary wires from 1960, so that’s a great thing too.) Once the wiring is done, it’ll be time for two more inspections: electrical and framing, for the room/walls/foundation in general, before the sheetrock¬†can go up. My painter stopped by today to check things out and work up a quote for installing/repairing/updating/painting the walls in the bedroom, bathroom, and hallway, and I’m working on scheduling the tiling for the shower walls and bathroom floor. The new bed is being …

Master Bathroom: Progress!

Last Friday: Cast iron shower base arrived! Also, floor tile. Wall tile on the way. Plumbers on Monday! BATHROOM IS HAPPENING. pic.twitter.com/2fPcSC9xgU — Sarah Blackstock (@sarahblackstock) March 25, 2016 Today: This week‚Äôs schedule: plumbing, plumbing, windows, electrical. (I hope Friday is a day of rest, because I don‚Äôt want to hate my bathroom.) — Sarah Blackstock (@sarahblackstock) March 28, 2016 Some plumbing progress: By the end of today, the plumbing rough-in was done and the cast iron shower pan was installed. They’ll be back to do the water test tomorrow and the City Inspector is expected sometime too. (First inspection! Eek!) Next: windows (Wednesday) & electric (Thursday)! Scheduling walls & tiling soon. OMG, Y’ALL. THIS IS GOING TO BE A BATHROOM.

Master Bathroom: Deadline April 19

You may have noticed I’m in the middle of a bathroom remodel. Well, “middle” in the sense that it’s ongoing, but not quite “middle” as in we’re halfway done… unless it being fully demolished counts as halfway, since now we just have to put it all back together. ūüėČ I mentioned my remodeling anxiety earlier in the month and sadly, it’s still here. It bugged me so much last night that I accidentally passed it over to the husband too. He was out of bed measuring to verify we hadn’t forgotten to leave enough space for the toilet paper holder at midnight. Oops. (Although, I’m fully willing to admit it was nice to have someone else worrying with me, instead of just me agonizing over all of the details while¬†overseeing the appointment scheduling and estimate getting.) Speaking of plans and details,¬†in a possibly surprising turn of events, we’ve decided to go with 2″ matte black hex tile for the floor. (Sort of like this, but not penny rounds.) So, it’s happening! The demo is done …

Remodeling Anxiety

I’ve woken up shortly after 3am the past two nights, unable to get back into a comfortable sleep, because my mind is racing with worries about our bathroom remodel. It sounds pretty dumb when I mention it, and I’m glad the rest of my life is mostly anxiety-free now, but I’m tired and my jaw hurts from clenching my teeth and I hope I can figure out how to relax about this. Other than general worry over the actual work and the amount of money being spent, I’m sleeping in a strange room on a different bed. The master bedroom is storing random bathroom parts and too dusty to live in, so we’re in the guest room, which gets more noise and light and from the road because it faces the corner of two streets. (Note to self: Get some blackout curtains for your future guests’ comfort!)¬† I’m not sure there’s a solution for this other than the bathroom being done, but maybe it’ll start feeling better when something big is done and the first …

Fireplace Peek

The living room re-do is progressing nicely. We’re still finishing up a few things, but even not completely done, it’s already much improved and we love hanging out in there. So that you can fully appreciate the changes, here’s a side-by-side of the before & after: So much better!  More soon! We had bookcases built in around each side of it, so once we finish those up I’ll share a more zoomed out pic. 

Living Room Update Plans

Back in January, I shared some notes on planned updates to the house my husband and I bought last year and a few pictures of our white walls and lovely new floors. (See: Sarah’s House: Welcome!) It was built in 1960 and has been left mostly un-updated… UNTIL NOW! So far we’ve installed wood floors throughout the house, and spent several thousand dollars on other mostly boring updates (like garage doors, chimney repairs, and electrical upgrades). Our next project is a full living room re-do.¬†We’ve got our big TV, TiVo, and gaming consoles in this room, and it’s the one that can be made darkest for movie nights, so comfort¬†is key. Right now it has 60’s den-style brown wood paneled walls, brown built-in shelves & cabinets, wood beams starting to detach from the ceiling, and a brick fireplace complete with shiny brass trim on the doors.¬†Basically: It’s not a good look. Here’s what I’m thinking will be going on in the new room to get us started: We already own the TV stand, coffee table, …