Monday, March 30, 2015

In which we soldier on....

Just for fun, I looked back in my archive of photos to see where we were on the 30th of March 2014.  

The moldings hadn't even been ripped off the building yet.  The windows had just been installed. and the boys were about ready to start the front porch.

The rest of the building was still considered "big Blue" around our house.  

Time travel back to today and we are still tiling!  What we thought would be a couple of weeks of tiling and grouting three bathrooms has taken a bit longer, but it is worth it.  Below are the photos of the Master bath shower.  The tiles are 5" x 24" and Greg says they are all a bit twisted at both ends so that it has taken him much longer to install these tiles.  The pattern on the tiles make it seem like they are all wavy tiles, but it is just the photo.

This may be the first time that the front hall has been cleaned of all debris and building materials.  Took me 5 hours to either move piles to where they needed to go or dispose of them.  Then I painted.  The whole downstairs gets painted this grey color.  It has a bit of pink and really changes colors throughout the apartment.   The left wall in the photo below is still white, I was too sore on Saturday to paint it, having moved about 300 square feet of pine flooring from here to downstairs among other things.  The kitchen floor gets tiled next, and then the floor where I am standing, which is the mud room entrance.  The hall will get carpeting.

We went out for a drink last Thursday and happened upon this big old slab of pine tree sitting outside of 3Tides (where else??).  Seth, the bartender told us that we would have to either steal the slab or plead with David to sell it to us...which we were prepared to do (Greg wanted to take the felonious path, but I convinced him to call David about it.  David's first comment was "do you need help lifting it into your truck?"  Et Voila, a vanity top was born! 

The slab is resting in the downstairs bath as we speak.  I left the heater on in the bathroom to help dry out the edges of the slab.  We will peel off the bark as much of it has already come off and shape the back so that it fits tight to the wall.  The darn thing measures 4 feet by 3 feet, so it is kind of huge! We may put copper legs on it, or simply go the metal pipe route with a shelf underneath for storage.  Can't wait to seal it up and make it water tight!

Sunday remains relatively work free for us, save what we might be able to do at home.  We spent the  beautiful morning yesterday on a nice walk that included the top of Ducktrap Mountain, where Greg and I celebrated our marriage with tons of friends and family almost two years ago.  We had the reception right on this lawn, on the night of the blue moon. 

Winters here are worth it when you can just travel down the road and hike with these views!

When we got home yesterday, we started up work again on the kitchen planner.  Three hours later and we think we have a plan that will work for us at a price that we can afford.  I wish I could copy and paste what we have chosen here, but you will all just have to be surprised.

That's all for today.  Happy Monday all!

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