Thursday, September 27, 2012
Right this very minute, Chris is in PEI and is painting the entire interior of the house. He flew down yesterday, has rented a paint sprayer, and he and his mom are there the whole day today. Hopefully they have enough paint (well, actually it's just primer at this point) and can get the whole damn thing done in a day.
I made him take the camera, so we'll see if he remembers to take some pictures.
Friday, August 17, 2012
There are still plenty of details to finish in here, like:
* Install baseboard trim
* Install a new window
* Install window trim
* Hang a shower curtain
* Hang a towel bar and some sort of storage on the wall
* Put a door on the room (there was a crappy old hollow-core door there originally, which is now gone; the space issues demand an outward-opening centre-split door)
* Install a baseboard heater (in the more distant future)
|The tub, as found originally (note the bucket catching drips where the roof leaked)|
|The tub again|
|Self-explanatory, but not the gross moldy insulation that was falling through the ceiling|
|At the beginning of the demo process|
|The ceiling as we found it|
|The plumbing gets replaced|
|New subfloor and insulation, and the new tub in place|
|Floor awaiting grout|
|Tub and tiles in place, floor tile laid but not grouted|
|Ta da! A toilet and sink! And they work! Oh, and I primed the walls (this pic also shows why a shallow vanity was important)|
|Finished shower tiles and installed faucets (might have to do something about that rather sad showerhead in the future)|
|Look! Clean running water!|
|The cute vanity|
Friday, August 3, 2012
|via desireempire.com here|
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
In a nutshell, the drywalling is all done and the walls and ceilings await paint. Seems simple enough, right? We can do the painting ourselves! It's easy, and relatively cheap to paint a house. In reality, the thought of rolling on a coat of primer and likely two coats of paint in every single room is going to be a lot of work.
|Walking in the back door, looking at the open dining/kitchen area|
|Standing in the dining area, looking towards doors to basement and front hall|
|Mudroom/laundry (see appliance hookup to the right)|
|Kitchen nook that will make up the bulk of the prep area. (Don't mind the appliances floating in the middle of the space. They mostly worked when we had the inspection done three years ago, so we hope they'll still work when the time comes.)|
|Standing in the doorway to the front hall, looking back towards the dining area. Doorway to mudroom/laundry is on the right. I had the electrician put a junction box centred over where I think we'll want the dining table.|
|The living room, still full of piles of trim that we hope to salvage|
|Standing at the top of the stairs, looking down towards the front door|
|Looking into the master bedroom (with funny little nook to the right at the end)|
|Another view of the master bedroom|
|The boys' bedroom|
|The spare room|
|The "rainbow" room (named for the old rainbow wallpaper that used to grace its walls)|
|One side of the bathroom|
|The other side of the bathroom, with the toilet on the left and the sink connection on the right |
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
The other day we dropped off the rest of the bathroom-building supplies (tile, grout, light fixture, etc.), and the plumber had finished getting all the pipes ready to start finishing the room. The new bigger stack was also in place, now properly vented up through the roof. Thrilling stuff, I tell ya.
The drywall was almost complete (installed, but not taped and mudded yet) upstairs, and they'd just started the first few sheets downstairs.
One of the bedrooms, fully drywalled. We'll be sanding down those old plank floors. Tempted to paint them white, but we'll see.
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Here's the living room (above), all insulated and awaiting drywall. Note the giant pile of salvaged trim, which we hope to reuse. If we can use it, it'll be quite the jigsaw puzzle trying to get it all back in place.
The boys in "their" shared bedroom, checking out the view.
And then there's the bathroom. It's still only insulated, but the plumber had been over to move some pipes around, and was due to return any day to get more done. Apparently the vent stack wasn't actually vented up through the roof, and was also only about three inches thick. To be up to code, it's supposed to be at least four inches and he was going to replace the whole thing (not cheap, I'm sure).
Since the bathroom is the first room we're officially finishing, I did get to go shopping for fixtures, tiles, toilet, sink, tub and faucets. At Kent in Summerside, I picked up a very basic white toilet and tub, and decided to go with a small vanity, rather than a pedestal sink, to try and squeeze a bit of storage into the room. It's extremely simple (read: cheap), plain white with an all-in-one white counter/sink combination. I'll probably swap out the basic chrome knobs for some colourful glass ones. I bought a basic faucet with white cross-style taps for a tiny hit of vintage. Here's what it looks like:
The floor will be white hexagonal tile, which we brought from a tile shop in Ottawa. The tub surround will be white subway tile, picked up just this morning from Home Depot in Charlottetown. All classic, simple, white. Nothing fancy. Since it risks being extremely boring, I have my eye on some really colourful shower curtains, like this one from Urban Outfitters for around $40:
When I showed this shower curtain to my mother-in-law, she thought it was pretty, but said "but...you have three boys." I gave her a puzzled look. I thought she was worried about the white background getting dirty? No, she was concerned about it being very flowery and feminine. I laughed out loud. I think, as a mother to three boys, I've certainly earned the right to a few flowers in my life. I said as much, and she agreed.