Tuesday, August 22, 2006

It's not a jungle anymore!

I don't know how much you'll be able to tell from the pictures, but this past week, A. has done a lot of work on the yard. The front hedges are now neatly trimmed. The weeds are gone, the Rose of Sharon trees (or are they bushes) have been trimmed. Things are looking good. On the inside, the floors are done and the carpet is in. It looks great. Moving day is Thursday. We can't wait!

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Getting There!

I've been out of town, so I haven't posted any updates. Last weekend was busy. The rooms are all painted. Most of the trim is done. We focused on getting the low trim done as that had the greatest risk of getting paint on the floors. Any of the upper trim that was not finished will be done very carefully. The work on the floors being finished up today, so soon I'll have pics of that too! Then carpet in the attic on Monday and we're almost all set. Wednesday they come to put in some new phone jacks - hopefully that will be possible. I can't believe there was only one jack in the whole house. So - these are pictures of the living room and stairs. The living room is all taped off so we can do the trim. The last is a picture of the master bedroom. I really like the color we chose. It's soft and calming, but not too girly.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Coloring my world

For 12 years, I have lived with white or off-white walls. I miss color. I have really enjoyed being able to pick out the colors for our new house. I can't wait to be living life in color once more! The living room is done except for the trim, after my several day obsession with the walls. I couldn't decide if 2 coats had been enough to cover the yellow, so I finally just painted a 3rd coat. The guest bedroom walls are done. I have one coat on the master bedroom walls - ran out of light today - and I am loving the color. So - some before and after shots!

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Goodbye Stripes!

Well - sort of - some of them. The dining room walls are done. All that's left to do there is the trim. When looking at the walls from certain angles, you can see where the stripes were. That's a result of the different kinds of paint that was used to create the stripes. Rather than do the kind of work necessary to get rid of them, we decided to live with that. It doesn't hurt the look of the room at all.

I also regrouted the tub yesterday. In cleaning it - it was kind of gross - some of the grout came out. It looks so much better now. I'm going to look into sealing it - but I think I have to wait a few days.

Next project? Paint the living room.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Slowly but surely....

We're getting there. The pictures don't show it, but the ceiling in the dining room is done. They do show the bottom of the wall being done. Who knew that it would take so many coats to cover yellow with red!
A. did a lot of yard work today. It is such an improvement over what it had looked like. One before and two afters....

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

The first small steps

So - this is our house. We won't make any changes to the outside for a while - except in terms of landscaping. So far, we've prepped almost all the walls for painting - washed them down, filled in cracks, etc. I was washing them down in the middle of this heat wave with no a/c in the upstairs. I was wiped out last night. We got the a/c going upstairs, so it's much better now. Today, we put the first bit of paint on the dining room walls! Here are some before and during pictures. No afters yet.