Counter Tops and Tubs are in Place

Today is the day when things are starting to really come together.  There was a flurry of activity going on at the house.  Counter-top installers, soffit going up on the back porch, plumbers moving the two claw-foot tubs into place and the stairs are looking better and better.

What a fantastic way to end the year.  Not moved in, but darn near close.  Tomorrow the heating contractor is coming out to check the heat pumps and see what is making the bills so high.  Then on Monday the flooring contractor will be coming and putting in the laminate flooring in the utility room and small 1/2 bath and finish up the master shower.  Plumbers and electricians will be in after that to install the water heater, cook top, oven, sinks and tubs and a bunch of other stuff.

How am I going to spend my New Years Day?  I will be staining stairs.  Now that aught to be a sight.  Lets hope I remember some of the stuff I learned watching This Old House, Norm Abrams, and various other DIY shows.  Plus if I reach way back to the late 70’s when I worked in a cabinet shop, I might remember a thing or two from then.

Now for some pictures.

Looking from the pantry toward the kitchen.  Waiting on the dishwasher & trash compactor
Looking from the pantry toward the kitchen. Waiting on the dishwasher & trash compactor
Looking toward the breakfast nook.  New counter tops and my cast iron sink
Looking toward the breakfast nook. New counter tops and my cast iron sink
Looking toward the soon to be oven and microwave
Looking toward the soon to be oven and microwave
This is our little sandwich board
This is our little sandwich board

Now for the baths.  Oh, and the faucets and chrome lines were just delivered by the UPS guy today.  Wahoo!!!!

The long tub in the main bath upstairs
The long tub in the main bath upstairs
The shorter tub in the guest suite
The shorter tub in the guest suite

This last picture is just for Jodi, my sweet co-worker that will be viewing this tomorrow.  My Christmas cactus still lives 🙂

This is for Jodi.  My Christmas Cactus finally bloomed after a year.  Lucky it thrives on neglect.
This is for Jodi. My Christmas Cactus finally bloomed after a year. Lucky it thrives on neglect.

More blog to come as this project gets closer and closer to completion.  I will have a hard time sleeping tonight.

Annie, the excited stair stainer 🙂

 

2 Claw-Foot Tubs Done

This is kind of a new thing for me, posting in the middle of the week.  I usually save my updates for the weekend, but I was so excited to show you my refurbished claw-foot tubs.  I got the recommendation of a company called Mid-Columbia Dura Glaze out of the Tri-Cities, Kennewick WA.  It’s important to get referrals when contacting a company to do things like refinishing claw-foot tubs.  The referral turned out beautiful as the pictures will show.

A little history about these tubs.  When my husband first moved up to Waitsburg WA in 1985 or 86, he bought a little house with a shed on it.  Inside that shed there was an old claw-foot tub.  Being the hoarder that he is, he couldn’t throw it away.  Later when we purchased a different house in 1999 there was this looong claw-foot tub that we removed when we remodeled it.  It was a tad bit longer than your traditional tub.  Well we decided that we would put these tubs in our dream home, which we had been building for about 4 years at this time.  That is exactly what we did.

In about 2000 we had the first floor built and was getting ready to add the second floor.  So at this time we took some chains/straps and lifted the tubs up to the second floor with a big bucket truck that we purchased for the sole task of helping us build this two-story dream house.  The tubs were lifted onto the second floor where we proceeded to build walls around them.

That was about 14 years ago and yesterday and today they received the tender-loving-care from Mid-Columbia Dura Glaze and were restored to the beauty they used to be.

One of the claw foot tubs in the main upstairs bath
One of the claw foot tubs in the main upstairs bath
The shorter tub
The shorter tub

Now for the before and after of the longer tub:

The long tub before the walls were sheet rocked.
The long tub before the walls were sheet rocked.

Now for the after picture:

This is the long tub.
This is the long tub.
Another picture of the long tub.
Another picture of the long tub.

Now I just need to find the plumbing fittings to go with them.  Oh how much fun this is going to be.  Thank You Dura Glaze 🙂

Annie, the bathing, uh, beauty….

 

 

 

 

Puncture Vine & Posts

Not a very exciting day, pulling puncture vine and scraping down posts.  But I can do boring, and enjoy it.  The weather was beautiful, in the upper 70’s or low 80’s with a 10 mph breeze.  Decided to pull puncture vine and try out my new big wheel trimmer.  It worked great.  I pull the vine and try to clean up as many seeds as I can so it won’t be tracked all over the yard.  That is a nasty weed.  If anyone knows how to get rid of it, I am open to suggestions.  Oh, and the trimmer works great on everything else.

Managed to get two of the posts apart and have one almost glued-up.  The other one I will be gluing up tomorrow.  One of the things I enjoy doing, but it eats up a lot of productive time, is scrape the paint off the posts.  To me that is about as much fun as popping bubbles on bubble wrap, doesn’t take a lot of mental work and allows you a bunch of time to just be cathartic and let your mind wander.

Brandon from O’Conner’s Carpet One came out this morning to get on-site measurements to confirm his estimate which was taken off the plans.  There wasn’t much change and we discussed when the flooring would go in.  Gabe from  S & K Mountain Construction said we would be looking at about mid October for that to happen.  I believe the floor will go down then the doors and trim and cabinets.  Then electrical fixtures and plumbing fixtures.  It is getting a little more real every day.  I’m glad I took the week off to work on my part.

We had a couple of runs to the Dr. for Lynn, but the rest I have spent outside doing one thing or another.

Now for some pictures.

This is the new home of the washer and dryer
This is the new home of the washer and dryer
The downstairs furnace
The downstairs furnace
Another view of the reading balcony.  What can I say this will probably be one of my favorite spots.
Another view of the reading balcony. What can I say this will probably be one of my favorite spots.
The bonus room windows looking out over the back pasture
The bonus room windows looking out over the back pasture
One of the claw foot tubs in the main upstairs bath
One of the claw foot tubs in the main upstairs bath

I am really excited to get the claw-foot tubs refinished as that will add a lot to the Victorian look of the house.

The bonus room will house Lynn’s pool table (or billiard table) which has been crated up for more than 29 years.  I guess he will get his exercise climbing the stairs to play pool.  That’s one way to get him to exercise!  He thinks he will be spending a lot of time sitting on the back upstairs deck watching the deer and other wildlife in the back acres.  To tell you the truth, that is one of the things I am looking forward to.  It faces North and really doesn’t get much sun so it is a little shady and comfortable.

Well, I guess I need to go and spend some quality time with Lynn.  The crew is working on more of the drywall so I will be posting more pictures this weekend.

Annie, The daydreaming post-scraper.  🙂

 

Reflections of 1998 and earlier, continuing.

Well the work on the house has come to a complete stand still, but still foremost in my mind.

This was a busy week, back to work and went to a Wellness Conference in Lynnwood. Got a chance to visit briefly with my son and 3 of my Grandkids. It was fast and busy and exhausting. Anna, my granddaughter made a pumpkin bundt cake and I got to watch Leon’s soccer practice and make Sierra into a mermaid. Doesn’t get much better than that.

This weekend sailed by. Boy they go by fast. Finished proofing my favorite author’s book. Shanna Hatfield. She writes these wonderful romance novels. Very “feel good” books, so if you get the chance look her up.

Back to the weekend. Picked grapes from my back yard and put them in the dehydrator to make raisins. Bagged up some black walnuts for a friend of mine, and raked leaves and then put up storm windows.  When I look back at that, I did accomplish a lot, just not on the house.

Now for reflections.

In about 1997 I worked as a City Clerk and got a listing from other cities that had surplus equipment they were taking bids on. This was open to the public, but advertised in the City’s pamphlet to get word out. Lynn had been talking about how much easier it would be to work on the house if we had a bucket truck. Men and their toys. Anyway, the City of Deer Park had one they were taking bids on. Well, Lynn got so excited and put a bid in on it for $600. He won the bid to my chagrin. Though, I did think it would help with the siding and windows. He had to pay some one to bring it down from about 160 miles. Taken “as is”, it wouldn’t run and had 2 thrown rods. (Don’t know what that is but Lynn did). Anyway, it had to be fixed before we could use it. So with their heads under the hood, Lynn and his son Troy both had this gleam in their eyes. A man thing, I think. His son helped him to break it down and fix it. Lynn said it was a 1970 International. First owned by the Air Force then Deer Park, then lucky us.

I can’t really grumble to much, as through the next 10 or so years we used it for a number of things dealing with the house.  It was used numerous times as a hoist to set lumber, flooring and 2 claw foot bath tubs on the second floor.  You heard that right.  Claw-foot cast iron bath tubs, that we built the walls around.  We didn’t have the steps in yet so that was the best way to get them up there, before the walls went up.  They weighed at least 400 pounds.

We also used it to install windows.  The entire house has 44 windows and many of them on the second floor.  Now in about 2010, Lynn was moving it to start installing some siding on the upper levels of the house and when he was checking the hydraulics and moving the bucket up and down somehow it got in the wrong position (he was operating the hydraulics from the ground) and he heard a crack and the darn boom broke.  I am not sure what is underneath the fiber glass exterior, but it was a big ouch.

Lynn started checking to see what it would cost to fix it or get another boom.  $18,000. and then you had to get it somewhere in the midwest to get it fixed.  His thoughts, it needs to be fixed, it’s his bucket truck.  My thoughts, you can rent a boom lift for a lot less.  We don’t have $18,000 + to fix an old truck.  I know the guys reading this won’t agree, but that’s where we are.  Unless I win the lottery, we will be renting a boom lift in the spring/summer.

Now we have an old bucket truck that my husband is extremely attached to.  The subject is just kinda on hold for now.  I am attaching photos of the broken truck.  I think I may have a few photos we took before it broke, I will see if I can find them to attach also.

Annie, the hibernating novice carpenter

Ouch, What a mess

Taken a couple of weeks ago. Broken and just waiting to be fixed.

Lynn in front of the shop. Probably about 2005

Lynn putting up the second floor windows in the back of the house. Not sure of the date, but prior to 2010