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Beveled glass and nickel hardware.

Watch the margins.

This week was pretty busy, We got a new front door, a screen door, found the tiles we need for the bathroom, moved more kitchen cabinets, fixed more walls, and threw some more paint.

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I came home from work to start an evening’s project, and noticed this giant hole in the house.

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Ron got started early and picked up the door and tore the old one out

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We had to widen the hole as the old door was only a 32 inch door, this one is 36 inch to meet code.

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It’s in, but still needs some trim work.

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Here is a little bit of detail on the glass.

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Ron built a few cabinets out of salvaged ones for this side of the kitchen.

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Ella and Scooby Doo came to visit today!

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“Zoinks Scoob! It’s pretty hot, you should stay on the porch where it’s shady!”

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Ella helped by washing a small section of the side of the house, for like 40 minutes.

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Scooby is a very white dog, to be in such a dirty project.

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I managed to finish priming the rest of the 3rd floor, so these fine ladies could toss on a layer of ultra white paint.

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Sandy rolls paint on the ceiling of the third floor.

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Hey! The third floor is white now!

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A visitor came to check out the paint, but he was a troublemaker and was escorted out by security.

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Time for a break, this is hard work.

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Karin primed the bathroom today

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Jessie paints the trim around the door

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…and the closet door…

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Who dripped white paint on the yellow wall???

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Amy and Sandy removed the masking after they finished the final coat on the purple room.

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Sandy collected all the tape so we could reuse it as a fun game.

We are all so tired.

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A splash of color.

This week was fairly busy!

I missed a day or so because I was too sick to move. Mom, Dad, and Laura came for a visit on Tuesday to see the project. Then we had dinner with Ron and Sandy.

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This was the best we could do for a painting light for Sandy to work as the flood lamp was on another floor.

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Ron and I started to remodel the kitchen this weekend. We started by tearing out the cabinets.

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We’re re-using the cabinets, just redesigning the layout. The stove will go here, and a cabinet needs to be built for above the hood.

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I learned how to texture walls this weekend.

So bumpy.

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Ella came to help Jessica paint.

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The third floor walls are almost completely primed now. Jess, Ella, and Aunt Karin painted like crazy up there.

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Jess paints up high, Ella paints down low…

Don’t go in that hole. Ella, there be dragons.

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…and Karin paints the details.

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The bedroom is now ready to be mudded and sanded, finally progress in this room. It’s been a staging area for the second floor’s projects.

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Jessie’s Dressing room will have white shelving/rack units built on the walls, this rich purple is the background color.

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It needs several coats because its so thick!

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I like the contrast of the white trim and ceiling with the crazy purple. We ran out of this color and it needs another coat, off to home depot on Monday!

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The girls coated the guest room in this sunny yellow, it looks so bright and cheery in there, much better than the dingy brownish yellow that it was.

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Even those lonely flowers thought it was time for some color.

 

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A hole of a whole different sort.

I bet it was loud.

Today’s work was minimal, Jess and I stopped at the house today to pick up the camera, and to paint the ceilings in 2 rooms before coming back to get some dinner.

Saturday, however, we got a ton of stuff done! Jessie’s aunt, uncle, and cousins came for the holiday and brought their work clothes!

The biggest discovery happened on Friday when Ron and I were preparing for a vacuum test of the heating system…

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We had a wet spot on the foyer ceiling, after removing a few floorboards in the master bedroom we located this…

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This is schedule 80 black iron pipe. This elbow was blown apart upstairs, most likely at the same time as the iron radiator in the dining room exploded. Ice is a powerful thing.

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We replaced the elbow and broken pipe with L copper.

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Uncle Gary and Ron put up blueboard (which is purple) which is a water/mold/mildew resistant drywall.

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Here, Gary demonstrates the proper way to screw up drywall. (pun)

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The tub surround is installed and walls are up around it. Also a linen closet has been built to the right.

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LOOK! A tub has appeared!

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Aunt Kim, Sandy, Matt and Ben tackled the primer in the guest room and the dressing room.

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The awful yellow filth is gone, now covered with a nice clean chalky white. Hooray!

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Matt and Ben are a serious force when it comes to painting closets and the lower halves of walls.

 

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Drywall and downlights.

Put it back together.

This weekend was busy as usual. Finally we’ve reached a stage that things are going back together instead of being destroyed.

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Remember those niches? The glass is gone… and wires are now poking through the top archway.

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I installed 3 inch Xenon gimbal downlights into the top of the archway, Now when we put artwork in the niches we can control the lighting more accurately.

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Mike and I framed this window in and cut drywall to match

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After some fiberglass mesh and some drywall tape and mud, these are really starting to shape up.

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Here are the lights with them angled at 90 degrees (straight down) they can swivel to 30 degrees and stay recessed. The right one is out for patching around the trim.

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Ron and Mike patched the hole where the soil pipe was removed.

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The fireplace was opened and cleaned out this week, it seems solid and safe, just needs some love. Also, if anyone has an extra gas burner, we need that too!

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The dressing room is getting smoother and less cracked!

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The new tub is in the guest room, this week it goes to its home in the new wall.

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Ron gets ready to put in the housing for the recessed shower light.

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The destruction on today’s episode of This Old House were brought to you by Milwaukee SawZall. It cuts through anything.

 

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Here is where the mirror and sink will sit, 2 wall lights go where these boxes are.

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It must be springtime, the trampled, poorly maintained flower-bed in the back of the house shows signs of life.

Well, this week we get measured for carpet, and the plumber comes to finish the pipes and water lines. The wiring should be just about done, and the dressing room and guest room should be ready to be primed!

Moving along at a great pace.

Steady as she goes.