After that, the work began in earnest. We tore out all the carpet. All of it! The floors in the master bed and what became our homeschool room, as well as the living room, were really nice oak. However, they were a mess. Some of the carpet had been glued down, other parts were splattered with paint. So I hired a handyman to sand them for us, and I refinished them.
We knew we wanted laminate flooring in the rest of the house, so that was ordered and installed. But that process took several weeks from start to finish. We painted probably 90% of the house, including trim, doors, walls, closets, and ceilings. The parts left that weren't painted were a few ceilings, some of which will yet be painted! It may sound like overkill, but really, the place hadn't had new paint in a very long time and things just looked 'dirty' - and not our style at all. You'd be amazed at what a new coat of paint can do to liven up a ceiling!
The kitchen was another big project. It needed a new window (and subsequently new plywood below it to replace the weather rotted wood under the siding because of poor caulking). This little project revealed that the original door to the kitchen was where the sink now sits. We thought the cabinets were ok at first, but then we decided that paint (GASP, paint the cabinets?!? NO!!.... YES!) and new hardware would do nicely. The bulkhead over the cabinets was a mess and needed to be replaced, so we decided on bead-board for the bulkhead and back splash. Oh, and the wife wanted a new sink and counter top. The house didn't have a dishwasher, and frankly, I have too many other things to do without washing dishes by hand. We had to have a dish washer. First-world problems, I know. That was going to require a bit of rearranging of the kitchen. We thought and thought and thought. There was no way to leave the refrigerator where it was and have a dishwasher too, there just wasn't room to open a dishwasher door. So we move the refrigerator over to another area and were able to put in the dishwasher.
The new counter top... well, that was a HUGE headache. The handyman took the measurements and placed the order. We had to wait a month for it to be made and shipped. He showed up on installation day with the counter top on a trailer pulled by his truck. He began to take out the old counter top, but something made him stop and decide to measure the new one. Glad he did. It was too big. They had applied the outside measurements to the inside, which made the outside edge just that much longer. How frustrating. By this time we were in the house. It took us a month, a week, and two days just to get the house livable for us. Now our new counter top was wrong and we'd have to wait longer. The company gave our handyman quite the runaround but eventually, a boss agreed that they had made a mistake. They decided to make a new counter top for us. It would actually be cheaper for them to do that, than ship the first one back and fix it! So we wait another few weeks. Finally, it arrives. Sigh. It's still wrong! the measurements are short by about a half an inch on one end, and are still too long on another! More phone calls, more stress and headache (for the handyman, not me - I was just frustrated). The company we ordered from agreed to take the second counter back and refund our money. Ok, that works. Then our handyman, since we still had the first counter, called around and found a company that agreed to cut it down to the right dimensions for a fraction of what the counter top actually cost us. That still took several days. I have to credit our handyman, though. He did a great job for us and worked very hard to get it right. We got our new counter top in just about a week before Christmas!
I ended up remodeling the bathroom next to the master bedroom. It had some really old tile on the wall and a very large, outdated vanity. Wife wanted a pedestal sink. Boy, was that a challenge. I won't even go into that. What should have been a pretty simple install, turned into a several week project that I worked on as I had time. But the bathroom looks really nice now, even if it's still not done. It needs some trim and touch up paint. Plus, SIL was talking about putting a stencil on the walls. Wife wants a spa look.
During this process, I had ordered a 20 yard dumpster. We FILLED it! Remodel stuff, old carpet, scraps of wood, trash from the barn, bits of metal/screws, etc. from a burn pile.... we filled it full. But once it was done, we had what we feel is a beautiful home. Sort of 'Modern Country Farmhouse.' And so, here are some pics of the finished product:
|One end of the living room. See the pedestal sink back there? Notice the floors!|
|It was Christmas. This is the other end of the living room.|
|Kitchen. Pardon the mess!|
|Sunset at Providence Farm. One of the many beautiful ones we're blessed to enjoy.|
Keep reading. I'll soon be posting about my new chicks and chicken coop. I've got to show you our wood pellet stove, too.
Thanks for reading!