Sunday, May 10, 2015

In which....ouch, this place is killing us.

Seems all we do these days is work on the apartment and then recoup in bed, feeding sore muscles and backs with Doane's back pills.  It is Sunday and we are sick of the apartment and of working on it.  It will be great when we are done, but it feels like that will be never.  We are getting into the land of being busy again in our other lives, and every day or several days that I have to take off to go look at a painting or a high chest feels like a day wasted at the building, but we do have to continue on our paths of making paychecks!

We spent much of the week procuring things for the apartment, which is my favorite part, naturally.  We hit Marden's which was selling the last pieces of furniture from a salvage operation at Scandinavian Designs warehouse in Chicago. To date we have procured a side board, a side table and a few chairs. All in all about $3000 worth of furniture (if SD's website is to be believed) for the low, low price of $420.00.  The chairs are all leather and the sideboard and side table are elmwood veneer with nickel plated steel

We also found a wood mill on Craigslist that was advertising 12' long x 24-26" wide pine slabs that we could potentially use for a bar top.  We borrowed Dan Waldron's trailer and drove 250 miles, hitting the saw mill first and then a record three Marden's in one day.  
We thought it would be a good idea, since we had the trailer, to go pick up the five rolls of carpeting, and padding that we'd purchased several months before in Brewer.  

The wood mill was the best part of the day.  The guy does this as a hobby and had taken out three slabs that he thought we might like.  

Upon reentry into Belfast some eight hours later...we had the foresight to text our man with a new toy, David Carlson, and asked him if he and his new bobcat could meet us at the building.  I think David should start driving the thing around town, like the guy in the John Deere tractor who drives up and down Main Street in the mornings!

Thank the gods for David and his crew!  The slab, which weighs probably around 175 to 200 lbs (its still green) fit beautifully on the forks of the lift and all the carpet rolls went right on top!  David expertly placed the goods right up on the second floor porch.  

Thank you David, Jared, and Davey for all your help.  These tired boys and their bulldog are mighty grateful!

One can never have enough practice and David guided his bobcat like a pro!

Here is the $800, swivel,leather chair on which Greg talked the guy at Marden's down to $125.00 because it was wobbly.  I wanted to protect the leather...its a gorgeous chair.  Going up!

Once we got all this in the apartment, Greg and I moved it upstairs to the master bedroom.  Each roll of carpeting is 13' long.  

I really like this carpeting, but I did realize yesterday after moving the 1000 square feet of it that will line the upstairs, how very hotel like it is.  Crossing my fingers that I didn't make a mistake

Our new breakfast bar top.  The grain is beautiful.  I am thinking a hand rubbed waterlox finish would be gorgeous on here.  We have enough left over from the first floor bathroom floor.  We are supposed to let it sit flat for 6 weeks and turn it to slowly dry....

Needs a nice sanding and the grain will pop.  

The padding rolls waiting to go up the stairs with the stair felt.  We bought the rest of the roll of carpeting to finish the main stairs to the apartment...they gave us a great deal and loaded all the carpet onto the trailer.  

Our haul so far.  We just bought another load of stuff from a friend's sister this morning, The elm tables are totally not my taste, but they are cool.  

I picked the sign up at a local flea market directly from the artist.  Perfect for the stairwell.  

Got the appliances and hooked the fridge up.  A major accomplishment.  

We realize we are one countertop short if we want to have as much seamlessness as possible.  We are looking for a 6 x 2' piece of black or gray stone for cheap if anyone can think of something...otherwise we will pick one up when we go back to IKEA in a few weeks to return stuff, and pick up a trundle day bed for the upstairs living room.  Still waiting for those 8 freakin' drawer fronts to arrive!

I spent yesterday on a ladder, on this staging, not looking down, painting the cathedral ceiling-ed stairwell.  Whose idea was that??   

Finally, the second floor painting is finished.  Carpeting could go down, but casing windows first is probably a better idea.  

I spent a bit of time the other day down at Saturday Cove beach looking for pebbles and interesting small treasures for Greg to glue into the cracks and creases of the downstairs vanity top.  It looks so great..I was doubtful after the first crack appeared in the wood, but now I am a believer.  The vanity looks great, love it.  

Today is our day off, and we started out shopping for the apartment.  Greg found the lights for the master bath and we bought some furniture.  Now off to start getting the boat ready for the season and to open up Sunny Side for our first renters on Tuesday....thanks to Bonnie Pierce for doing all the hard work there!

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