Biggest Finish Ever!

Well, I’ve been promising to show you all the work we have done in our house.  It has been a major undertaking, has involved many man hours, sweat, tears, and a little (or a lot of) blood.

Our house was born in 1968.  Not too terribly old, right (after all, I was also born in 1968)?  And it certainly was built to be more open and more modern than most other houses built during that time and I always loved that about the house.  But parts of it was stuck in the mid-20th century and needed an overhaul.

The bathrooms were the worst!  Everything in the bathrooms were original to the house, and even though they were in good shape, they were still very dated.  You’ll notice the pea green soap dish and toothbrush holder, the awful laminate, and the frameless mirror that covers the wall in the picture below.  This is the single sink vanity in the master suite.  They hall bath was identical but larger and with two sinks.  Also, I didn’t get a picture of the shower/tub enclosures before they were ripped out, but imagine pea green tile that had been painted white by the previous owners and the white paint was either dull and dingy or peeling off.  IMG_0984

The tub/shower enclosures have been completely redone. We deconstructed down to the studs, and rebuilt with new piping, insulation, concrete board and waterproofing, and other stuff.  Yes, “stuff” is about as technical as I can get when it comes to the construction items that are very necessary but not visible once completed.  That was not my department.

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My department was to tile which I was able to learn thanks to a wonderful thing called YouTube.  Learning this probably wouldn’t have been possible prior to the internet age, so this is one of the many benefits to having information at the tips of your fingers. It was somewhat fun to begin with, but by the time I finished tiling and grouting around two tubs, I was ready to be done with it.  It’s very time consuming, and needs to be precise in order to look good.  Good thing, I am used to precision cuts and seams when quilting.  I have been told by a contractor that I did a  good job and should start a tiling business.  I’ll keep that in the back of my mind should one of my current career plans fall through.  (I hope it doesn’t come to that though.  LOL)

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New faucets, new counter tops, new sinks, new mirrors, new lighting, new flooring, new hardware, and fresh paint rounded out the renovations made to the bathrooms.

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Bathroom Faucet

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We painted the kitchen (including the cabinets), installed a glass/metal tile backsplash, installed new sink and faucet, and installed new appliances.  Although the glass tiles look amazing, they are much harder to work with than the ceramic tiles.  And fussy cutting around all the outlets and switches.  Ugh!  I hope I never have to do that again.

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The hardwood floors upstairs have been refinished, and new floors installed downstairs.

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We installed a new fence around the backyard, had dead trees cut down, painted the entire house (inside and out), installed crown molding in the living and dining rooms, landscaped (some), and just made general repairs throughout.  Because of all the renovations and the months it took up to pack all our personal belongings, this has been a major project spanning about 16 months.  And still we wouldn’t be done if we hadn’t of had help from our amazing family and friends.

But now that it is finished, I can say that “IT IS BEAUTIFUL & I LOVE IT!”  It went on the market about 36 hours ago.  I hope there is a buyer out there that loves it as much as I do.  I am ready to start a new phase of my life — one with a smaller house and some farm animals.

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Happy Independence Day!!

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Linking up with Finish it Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts, Link a Finish Friday at Richard and Tanya, and Can I Get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

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Missing QuiltCon

So, it seems as if the entire modern quilting community left today (without me) for Austin to attend QuiltCon.  I so wish I could be there, but I can’t leave work during busy season.  I’m going to miss hanging with old friends, meeting new friends, and learning from the top names in the quilting world.  One day, one year, I will get there.

The good news is that I have all 8 points of the Lone Star put together.  After the first panel, the next 7 panels went together almost effortlessly. I made sure not to make the same mistakes twice as I blogged about here.  I did have to rip out a lot of seams due to points not matching, but I basted all seams until I was happy with everything, and then I went over it again with a smaller stitch.  So even ripping all those seams wasn’t too bad.

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And it’s huge.  Of course, I planned it to be this big, but it is still a surprise to see it so large.  Point to point measures 79″-80″.  My design wall is way too small for it but I think you get the idea from the picture.

I also finished filing the shower in the master bath.  I threw my back out doing it, but thankfully it is done.  I still have to grout it — and that by itself will take a full day — but it is closer to being finished and that is worth celebrating.

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And I’m working on a new paper piecing pattern.  Hope to be able to share soon.

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I believe a pair of red shouldered hawks have adopted our yard.  They were hanging around most of the day.  I was able to get a picture of one of them, although he took off flying right when I was about to click the shutter.

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Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday.

Nowhere Fast

I posted a blog.  Don’t freak out!

It seems as if everything I do these days takes longer than expected.  We’ve been working on the two bathrooms in our house for months on end.  Both were deconstructed in April last year. (Wow!  I can’t believe it’s been that long).  Imagine 1960’s pea green tile, a 4′ x 6′ frameless mirror, and beige linoleum.  Overall, nothing to write home about.  We don’t live in a high-end neighborhood so we haven’t planned a million dollar restyle, but we thought something more current would be nice.  We plan to redo the tile around the bath surround, reglaze the tub, put in new sinks, counter tops, faucets, and floors.

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Total time we expected this to take — about 4-6 weeks.  We are doing this ourselves and we both work full-time jobs, so this will be just an evening and weekend project.  It was a great plan!

As it turns out, we don’t want to work on it every spare moment, and it seems as if nothing in this house is standard size.  Things have to be fitted and refitted, leveled and re-leveled.  And then sometimes, things just have to be fudged a little bit.

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Good news is we’re getting closer.  We have one shower/tub completely done, and another one close to being done.  I love how the tile work looks.  And it’s so nice to take a shower in something bigger than a broom closet finally.

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On the quilting side, I’m working on a lone star quilt for my middle son.  I sewed the first panel together and it was WRONG.  The blue diamonds are supposed to be going horizontally throughout the panel, not vertically.

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So, I ripped it all out and sewed it back together.  And… it’s wrong AGAIN!

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Can you tell?  The blue triangles are going the right way this time, but there are two green triangles that are opposite where they should be.  Even though it’s only two seams, I still have to rip it out and sew it again.  Ugh!  And matching up the seams properly are a bear.  This is definitely not a slap it together quilting project.

So, yes, we are steadily working on the bathrooms, and I’m working on several quilting projects.  But, it seems as if we get nowhere fast.  Hopefully, one day soon, it will all start coming together and we can mark something complete and off the list.  I’ll be sure to share it with you when we do.  Until  then, we’ll keep plugging along.

Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday.