December 9, 2013 § Leave a Comment
I’m making a “get it done by the end of the year” list of things to buy (if the bonus comes through) and stuff I want to get done when husband takes his week off between Christmas and New Years.
Projects to start/finish:
Kitchen shelf unit to be built from scratch
Cabinet lights in Kitchen cabinets (where I put the glass)
Baseboard throughout the entry, formal living, formal dining, and kitchen
Family Room ceiling with new lighting, ceiling fan, molding and paint
Mounting television over fireplace
Remodeling items to buy:
kitchen cabinet lights 1-36″ light strip, 2-24″ light strips
11 recessed ceiling lights family room (we’ve bought one at Lowes already)
downstairs baseboard, and under windows boards, living and dining room
Trim for windowsills in bay window, kitchen
molding for family room ceiling
family room ceiling fan
3 dimmer light switches
15 regular light switches
Rewire for television mount over fireplace
November 29, 2013 Comments Off
I did limited Black Friday shopping. First, I don’t do any camping, overnights, or doorbusters. Most folks don’t get the doorbusters anyway or those offered are cheap end items (like the tablets offered this year).
Walgreens – had 25% off your entire purchase (not including sales items). Not crowded at all and I just bought regular items I needed off my grocery list.
Bed Bath and Beyond – you can pick up a 20% off your entire purchase if you come by before noon. This coupon is really great if you need to buy a lot of kitchen cooking stuff or bed linens, if not I just use their single $5 off or 20% off one item coupons on another day.
Office Depot – to buy a wireless mouse, wireless keyboard and mouse, and some office supplies. Not a huge savings except on the keyboard. If you are looking for a wireless printer/scanner, I look here or Target on Black Friday. Not very crowded – easy to get in an out.
Radio Shack – A new Bluetooth speaker for my MP3 player to replace my old stereo was heavily discounted. New SB card and thumbdrive for husband. Got a few gadgets for niece on sale. Cable for television on sale. Got a coupon when checking out for a future purchase. They didn’t have the good sale on phones like last year, so I’ll wait to see what is offered on the 15th and afterwards. Easy in and out.
Kohls – I generally buy husbands or sons winter clothes at this time. Yeah, there would be better discounts after Christmas but by November they are really skimpy on wardrobe. I use the Kohl cash ($45) I received to go back a few days later and buy myself or daughter stuff. On clothes I probably saved between $100-$200.
Michaels – Daughters’ art pens with a 40% off entire purchase coupon. I don’t shop Michaels much any more and actually prefer Hobby Lobby on selection, return policy and offerings. However, these art pens are expensive and this Michaels location is right next door to Kohls and Office Depot.
Barnes and Noble – I had a 20% off one item coupon (2) and daughter wanted to go by. Otherwise I would have just gone by during a regular time.
Lowes – If you miss this sale, try Father’s Day. Easy in and out.
For me I don’t go crazy on holiday shopping. I have a budget, keep an eye on what I have vs. what I need, do my research on electronics beforehand (is it a good buy?) and I’m not willing to fight huge crowds. I think I did okay this year, but would have done better if I had some big kitchen purchases to make (Bed Bath and Beyond).
November 24, 2013 Comments Off
Husband did make me some new cabinet doors for the overjohn cabinet and the sink base cabinets for the kids bathroom as part of the major remodel (we had installed a new ceramic tile floor, new lighting, new counter, new board and batten walls, and a new toilet. If you search here, you can see the entire blog posts list for bathrooms). Those were painted and mounted this weekend. One of those – long dragging out projects that no one wants to do but needs to get done….
I wanted them replaced because I didn’t like the builders standard arch cabinets and wanted something that better matched the theme of the bathroom which was rectangular. I was going to buy them but the shipping alone was more than the doors! I talked to someone building them, but again thought it was rather high. Husband came to the rescue and just made them.
The overjohn cabinet went from arched wooden doors to painted white rectangular frames with frosted glass inserts. The frosted glass echoes the new mosaic backsplash tile which has a combination of frosted glass and marble squares.
No construction pics as I wasn’t in town when he built them.
To wrap it up we need to get two towel rings, one for each sink and a towel bar in the bath area. I want to get some bath mats but that pretty much wraps it up with a hamper. This is were builders and architects don’t think things through – this bathroom is really too narrow for a hamper, but a hamper we must have so it will go in the main area and be a bit of an eyesore. When designing rooms PLEASE think of function! Where will furniture, lamps, needed accessories go??
October 21, 2013 Comments Off
For some time we’ve been wanting to replace the flooring in three rooms: the entry, the front formal living room, and the dining room. Total square foot (Dining, Living, Entry) = 410
Originally we were going to go with the natural Bruce engineered wood, flooring product we bought from Lowes to do the upstairs hallway. It has proven durable and it is priced very reasonably. However we were put on hold with the project due to money and while time past we re-thought this and wanted to go with a darker wood floor. My only concern is in a dark room the dark floor would suck in light.
BTW before picking out a wood floor you have to realize that it’s the substrate that determines the type of floor you can install. Whether it is concrete (which needs a vapor test before proceeding) or plywood, does decide what type of wood flooring (i.e laminate, engineered hardwood etc…) you can install.
So the money is here, the floor materials (Lumber Liquidators, Bamboo flooring) bought and held for two weeks indoors to acclimate, and the project is now underway… Let’s follow along shall we?
Out with the old – the flooring and it’s plywood substrate is pulled out with a crowbar, revealing the cement foundation. Our kids jumped in for the money and got it all pulled out. It’s now boxed or wrapped in bundles and awaiting tomorrow’s garbage collection. Wow! I am getting way excited to see this new floor in! It’s only taken two years!!
October 21, 2013 Comments Off
Originally, we had built cornice boards that had a shelf that ran connected over the top of all the windows in the breakfast nook area. I actually really liked these upholstered cornice boards however, at the time we were thinking of putting the house on the market and wanted this area simplified.
To make it match the rest of the kitchen, we went with a wood, on the wall, cornice of crown molding. I’ve already gone into quite a bit of detail of how to make one over on this blog post, so here I’ll just show some before and after photos.
Crown molding 24′ (2 pieces of 12)
Base edge trim 20′ (2 pieces of 10)
1×8 boards 16′
We still need to put in some molding under the window sill, finish the base moulding and replace the chandelier but this is a big step forward! Yeah!
October 6, 2013 Comments Off
I had some money AND the wall sconces I’ve been looking at for a year, went on sale! Wow! half price! yeah! This made a $400 purchase, $200 so good deal for me.
For some reason, wall sconces and lighting in general is ridiculously expensive. Considering it was made and assembled in China or Thailand, and the materials aren’t all that expensive to begin with, it’s a rip off to say the least. So if you are re-doing a room and working on a budget I would definitely really, really make sure you consider the cost of your lighting – it may come as an unpleasant surprise!
We also installed the sliding dimmers on the over the dining table lights and the wall sconces. The silly builder put the switch for one on another wall because he and his electrical crew were morons. We were morons on putting in so much light as it isn’t really necessary, however, what is done is done and I’m not ripping out walls to re-do a small lighting design faux paus.
I’m glad to get this area wrapped up. It was one of those little expensive projects that I kept telling myself I’d get the money for – later – and later never happened. It’s also good to get this done as I wanted these public areas wrapped up before Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Okay to explain where we are – so to speak – in the blog narrative. Husband got a job out of state two years ago. A year later I followed with daughter (I stayed to get our son through his senior year of high school). Son stayed in our house and we got him a roommate. The “plan” had been to come back and wrap up most of the remodeling and than sell.
However, in May 2013, we decided husbands’ work wasn’t going the way we planned, and daughter wasn’t too happy at her school, so we all trickled back to the house you see profiled on this blog. Daughter and I came first, and two weeks ago, husband got here with a new job. Still we have been busy moving animals and possessions, as well as dealing with some personal things so nothing has been done on the house.
So I’m kickstarting back the entries as we zoom through a few remodeling chores and updates before the end of the year.
December 8, 2012 Comments Off
More progress on the kitchen. The glass doors have been installed. Eventually the appliances will be replaced with stainless steel. I also have some cabinet pulls ordered for the tall doors (still to arrive). We’ll also be putting in lights in the glass door cabinets and the open cabinet over the fridge.