Slow ‘n Steady

Originally I’d hoped to finish renovations be the end of the year…well…maybe end of January? We shall see! The To Do list is still pretty lengthy, but I’m whittling away one weekend at at time.

This past weekend I’ve been putting on the second coat of paint on ceilings & walls…I’m gradually getting there – lost daylight yesterday, but only another hour or so of painting in the bedroom. Next on the list is redoing the countertops…why yes, I did hire someone! Why no, they did not complete the job! Oh well, just another opportunity to learn something new – going with Daisch Coatings Spreadstone countertop refinishing kit – seems straightforward enough and they include everything – stay tuned…

Yesterday I had a sweet surprise – my daughter gave Lucille a little holiday flare 🙂


Actually, there was a cute little rug & a few accessories for Lucille: a wall piece to hang keys, two beautiful crosses, a yummy turquoise throw & a frame….so sweet!

Oh! And my faucets came in! Below you can see the sink & faucet dry-fitted. If you’re in need of hardware, check out Signature Hardware – great selection & prices to fit any budget



Hooray for Paint & Flooring

Busy busy bees! The past few weeks have been focused on getting walls primed & painted…although I rarely use oil-based anything, I read somewhere a primer with a bonding agent would work best; no idea if that’s true, but I decided to err on the side of caution

It’s still surprising to me how everything takes MUCH longer than you’d think – it must be all the nooks & crannies and the simple fact there’s very little use for a full size roller. Those little edge painters are great – I’m just a messy painter! We (that means my daughter) decided the ceiling should be painted after all…so I spent loads of time removing a/c vents, lights, etc. – why a fixture that weighs all of 2 ounces requires 8 screws is beyond me!

All in all I’m loving the colors – it’s a relaxing palette – just what I was looking for!

Walls/Ceiling: Valspar Lyndhurst Stone

Cabinet: Valspar Shoreline Haze
Kitchen cabinets: Valspar April Thicket

I was hoping to finish all the painting before we started flooring, but the best I could do was prime & one full coat (walls & ceiling) throughout. Oh well, I will add it to the “after flooring” to-do list

The flooring is going great (check out the Flooring page for pics)…with the help of a great friend we’ve just about completed everything except the bedside area, by the shower/vanity & toilet area…. lots of tight spaces remaining, but hopefully we’ll finish with one more day. I need to head back to Lowes, but hoping to find a wood finished shoe moulding for the trim.  I went with TrafficMaster Allure Vinyl Flooring (Barnwood) from Home Depot