Archive for the 'rehab' Category

Skip to the end (Beach house 81)

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

I did it! I made it to the end (almost) of the Beach House chronicles before post 100!! Of course, I mostly did it by being so busy that I forgot to write blog posts altogether…. whoops. Anyway, long story short: I finished! (Mostly. Except for a few details.) Josh took a bunch of gorgeous photos. […]

Glamming it up (Beach house #80)

Thursday, April 12th, 2018

I got around to putting up the kitchen backsplash this past week. This project was fun because it was all from leftover mosaic and repurposed materials, plus the marble tiles from Habitat for Humanity that I got for $10. Recognize that herringbone? I was mad at myself – I accidentally cut the herringbone inset a whole inch shorter […]

Trimmed out (Beach house #79)

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

The trim is on, the nail holes are puttied, the joints are caulked, we are ready to paint!!! And somehow, this baby seems so much closer to finished. So close. The windows actually look like windows! Apparently I accidentally set the bathroom window back too far when I installed it, but that ends up being […]

All is not terrible (Beach house #78)

Sunday, April 8th, 2018

I know the last few posts were gloom and doom, but not everything is awful. Progress is being made, to the point where I’m now down to dealing with only the millions of small detail-loose-ends type of things. Doorknobs. Trim. Shelves. Coat hooks. Screwing in the dishwasher. The biggest change lately: new countertops! Suddenly the […]

Progress in the back (Beach House #77)

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

Got another day’s worth of work done on the back porch today, in between putting coats of poly on the disappointing, despised Devil Floors. Got two out of three walls insulated and drywalled – put in a couple of electrical outlets while I was at it, too, that’ll be hooked up after the electricians come for […]

Floors, sweat, and tears (Beach house #76)

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

So you know how sometimes, you should just leave things the hell alone? Yeah….. So the footprints all over the floor were like little ugly blemishes everywhere. They were annoying, especially given the week of backbreaking work it took to get there, and took the whole look down a level. You could totally tell they were […]

Floor hubris, or the beginning of the end (Beach house #75)

Monday, March 26th, 2018

So you know how I left the floors gorgeously sanded? Well, overnight it snowed about 7 inches. I came in the next morning with snow on my boots, as did the HVAC guy. At this point, if you’ve done woodworking you are  totally groaning right now. If not…. just enjoy the photos. And call me […]

Naked floors (Beach house #74)

Sunday, March 25th, 2018

Started refinishing the floors this week – and BOY was that a harder job than I had thought it ever would be. I mean I knew the floors were pretty effed up from about 60 years of abuse – stained all over and in one room, the old owner said the tenants had just left […]

Working downstairs (Beach House #73)

Sunday, March 18th, 2018

Because the upper half of the house is coming so close to completion, it’s freeing me up to start working in other areas. I’ve still got to finish up the basement and the back porch before I can consider my job close to done. Remember how the basement used to look? It was a dungeon […]

Working upstairs (Beach House #72)

Friday, March 16th, 2018

The upper half of the house is getting so close to being finished. I got the vanity cabinets installed yesterday, and the recycled medicine cabinets screwed in. And it’s been painted, for the most part! Still haven’t done the closets though, and there’s a lot of edging yet to do. I chose this sort of warm, light-grey paint […]