Mirror Mirror On The Wall

Its Sunday evening after a productive but tiring weekend.  Needed to put up the medicine cabinets and the mirrors and get the vanities ready for the plumber to install.

We decided to tackle the biggest tasks first.  Moving the 370 pound vanity.  That actually was the easiest thing we did.  Hanging the corner medicine cabinets and mirrors turned out to be a challenge.  But the biggest challenge was the small medicine cabinet in the upstairs main bath which eluded all easy ways to hang-it in drywall.  Went through a couple of toggle and molly bolts before we finally just decided to drill a hole and toggle it through the nailer in the back.  Sometimes 3 heads are just too many to try to do something simple.  We all over-thought it.  But we had muscle with my baby boy Steven.  He also became the gopher making several trips to the hardware store.  He’s learning a lot from Lynn as long as one is the teacher and one is the student.

Unfortunately, Steven is seeing our limitations.  But it definitely helped having some help, I couldn’t have done it myself.  Lynn is very hesitant to take any help so that is one obstacle I have a hard time working around.  He also saw his limitations this weekend.  He got really tired after about 3 hours in the house yesterday.  Today he just spent a little time when Steven and I needed a third set of eyes to figure out what we were doing wrong.

In the meantime I found time to stain some of the upstairs bottom railings and top railings.  The masking and protecting the walls and climbing up and down the ladders really did this poor-old-body in.  It will definitely be an Excedrin night.

Now for the pictures.

The stairs are progressing.  Forgot to take pictures of the railings.  Next time.

The stairs are progressing. Forgot to take pictures of the railings. Next time.

Chandelier in the master bath.  Who has those?  Lynn insisted so we have 2.
Chandelier in the master bath. Who has those? Lynn insisted so we have 2.
Here is one near the shower.
Here is one near the shower.
Vanity with corner medicine cabinets and mirrors.
Vanity with corner medicine cabinets and mirrors.
another shot that is a little dark
another shot that is a little dark
Another shot.  Not exactly how I visualized it.  I order the corner medicine cabinets by mistake and decided to get creative.
Another shot. Not exactly how I visualized it. I order the corner medicine cabinets by mistake and decided to get creative.
That little baby medicine cabinet was tone we spent 3 hours trying to hang.
That little baby medicine cabinet was tone we spent 3 hours trying to hang.
Vanity in the guest suite.
Vanity in the guest suite.
Another shot with the lights off.
Another shot with the lights off.

Mirror mirror on the wall, whose the tiredest of the them all.

Annie, the mirror hanger.

Midevial / Victorian / Eclectic

This is what I call my approach to decorating our new/old house.  Definitely Victorian outside, but my husband tends toward the Midevial.  We have had a few conflicting words over this and I have lost, at least in his man-cave bonus room.  Compromise, that is what I call it.

But with the decorations and vanities and lights, it is definitely Eclectic.  I believe that a house is just a structure until you add your personal touches and move in, then it comes alive.  Have you ever noticed that when a house sits empty it falls into disrepair quicker?  Houses definitely have a feel in them.  Such is the little house that we live in now.  When we bought it, it was in bad shape on the inside and outside too.  But when I stepped inside it felt warm to the heart.  I could see past the holes in the walls and the rundown condition into what it was before and could be again.  At the time we purchased it, our intent was to fix it up and sell it.  Instead we fixed it up on the inside and then moved in and have been living here about 12 years.  It is a very comfortable little house, but we were still building our dream house next door.  So temporally, our attention was diverted to this house.  We are now focused on the Dream Home again and it is getting closer to being finished.  So this little gem will go on the market or be rented out.

It still needs a little TLC on the outside and the yards are in need of a sprinkler system and sod.

Back to the Dream House.

Well they have been installing the vinyl planking in the bathrooms and laminate flooring in the kitchen; breakfast nook; and family room.  The dining room and entry will also get laminate flooring.  The rest will be carpeted after the doors and trim are installed.

The electrician has been tenacious in getting all the light installed.  He will be returning when we get the cabinets.

It is really getting exciting.  I have to get my trusty little paint brush out and get ready to paint all that trim.  I am really excited with how far it has come.  We may possibly get it completed just shy of 20 years, so I can be patient for another few months.  Now for the pictures.  I took most of these tonight.

Light in the upstairs main bath.

Light in the upstairs main bath.

 

Entry Chandelier.  This is one that we bought years ago and it was still in the box.  I don't like it as much now as I did then.  But with the budget dwindling, it will do.
Entry Chandelier. This is one that we bought years ago and it was still in the box. I don’t like it as much now as I did then. But with the budget dwindling, it will do.

The chandelier will look much better when the stair railings are installed.  The space is starting to breathe.  You see the windows?  Well we have 44 of them.  Love lots of light.

Family room closet, laminate flooring
Family room closet, laminate flooring
Family Room, Laminate flooring
Family Room, Laminate flooring
Dear hubby insisted on chandeliers in the master bath.
Dear hubby insisted on chandeliers in the master bath.
Lights in the main bath over the vanity when we finally get it in the house
Lights in the master bath over the vanity when we finally get it in the house
Front door with side carriage lights.
Front door with side carriage lights.
Main upstairs bath.  Vinyl planking
Main upstairs bath. Vinyl planking
Small bath room in the guest suite.  Vinyl planking
Small bath room in the guest suite. Vinyl planking

Well that’s all folks for now.  More updates posted this coming weekend.

Annie, pinching the penny’s to stay on budget 🙂

 

 

A Busy Week so Far

Decided to hit the ground running this week.  Had a lot of stops for estimates and passed out a few sets of plans.  Have gone to 2 flooring companies.  Asked for a revised cabinet estimate.  Sent an email to the contractor that we are interested in working with, asking to expand the initial estimate to include more work that I know Lynn is not well enough to do.

This has been a difficult decision for Lynn and myself.  It has brought to the forefront Lynn’s limitations.  That is something that is very hard for a proud man, like Lynn, to face.  I’m hoping that he can look past that and see that in going this route, he will get to actually live in our Dream Home.

I tasked him with gathering all the documentations that will be needed by the bank.  He had gathered it all together and gave it to me last night.  Wahoo that is one thing I can check off the list.

Decisions, decisions.  I have seen so many styles of doors, cabinets, laminate flooring, carpeting, faucets, tubs, toilets, smoke alarms and a multitude of other little things that I can’t imagine.

The thing that is scaring me to death is whether I will qualify for the mortgage through the bank.  Cross your fingers and say some little prayers for us.

As much as I want to get this project done, taking on a large mortgage is a little daunting.  I will be smart about it and if it is out of our planned budget, we will continue as we have been doing.

In the meantime I will continue to do clean-up work inside, cut and paint more cedar shakes, work on the posts and do a little painting.  Oh, and there are fences to be mended, a dog to groom, not to mention all the domestic duties (I hate doing) and flower beds to be weeded.  Ho hum, stay tuned for another update later this week.

Annie, the General Contractor 🙂