Thursday, February 25, 2010
The big ones were:
1. Put up pebble board in the upstairs bathroom
2. Build a cabinet for the upstairs bathroom
3. Take down the dropped ceiling
4. Paint Sydney’s room
5. Paint Elijah’s room
I posted this one ‘last’ so that you will read it ‘first’ on the blog. The posts below detail each project.
We really had no idea how to do a lot of the projects we set out to do. However, we felt confident that we would be able to power through the various tasks. I mean, how hard could it be? I’ve watched HGTV…I’ve seen remodel work…we can figure it out.
You’ll see how it went in the following posts.
so...the pattern goes. mud, mud, kilz, paint, paint. :)
And in the end, you get a lovely...I mean, MANLY room. the walls are a great great.
see, i even painted sydney's orange onto elijah's orange to show how different they are.
(sydney's orange is on the left)
i'm serious, sydney's orange is painted on elijah's wall!
the oranges were literally the same color...just a different finish!!! I picked out the perfect orange for sydney, was so sure it was so very very different...and it was the same.
oh well, elijah's room still rocks.
Basically, Sydney’s room was an easy fix. I picked out a yellowy-orange color for the big walls and ceiling and a bright pink for the short walls and a window nook.
Nice bright colors. As if Sydney needs anymore stimuli.
Of course, it was easy in theory, but took quite a bit of work from my mom and me. Before my parents came, I mud-ed over several cracks in the plaster. The mud takes 24 hours to dry. Then I had to kilz (prime) the whole room, including the ceiling. Of course, while priming the walls, I found a few more cracks in the wall. Mud, paint the walls around the mud, let the mud dry…kilz and paint the next day.
Her room is so brightly colored. You can see the glow from her room out in the hallway.
To go with her great colored walls, Sydney has several bedspread options.
She also has several options for window coverings. I love this flower on yellow stripe fabric. Wayne’s cousin’s wife, (I know, complicated) Lisa gave me the great fabric and flower to match the quilt she made for Sydney. Super cute. I gotta finish embroidering the leaves and flower…sorry, Lisa, haven’t finished them yet…I know, I am so bad! :-)
Anyway, there are a few more decor items that still need to be put out…but her room is well on it’s way. It looks so great.
this is my favorite part of Sydney's room...this great little cut out window. it is such a beautiful bit of architecture.
Well, the old paneling came down fairly easily…revealing the walls which were in terrible condition. The glue that was used was placed right onto the walls in a gloppy coat that did not adhere to the paneling very well at all…which explained the huge screws all over the paneling holding it to the wall. I had thought that we could just sand down any residual glue, but this stuff was bad news. There were also several large holes and old grout lines from tile that used to be on the wall.
Hmm…challenge number one was what to do about the walls. The texture was too rough to put the pebble board directly onto the walls. So, my dad called a good friend of his in the construction business…and once he was done laughing at our attempt to remodel (just kidding) he told us the right way to do it was to bust the walls down to the studs and put up fresh drywall.
We don’t know how to put up drywall and we probably don’t have the time to do a complete tear down and build up.
We were then informed that there was a way to cheat. We were good with cheating, so we went with that option. We bought drywall and that went right over part the old wall near the tub. (I know, I know…anyone who does construction is probably cringing right now. But, we are doing this project for us, so it is all good).
So, we thought cheating was supposed to be the easy option…it wasn’t! At least not for us. ;-) We incorrectly assumed that taking two measurements was all you needed (how long to cut the piece and how wide to cut the piece). Wrong. Our walls are not square or level and apparently our tub wasn’t either. So, poor Wayne and my dad had a lot of measuring and cutting to do.
Then when they went to put the pebble board up, we were not sure how to keep appropriate pressure on it so that it would adhere properly and tightly. Well, we are geniuses! A few 2x4’s, a couple gallons of paint and a tension rod…and voila! Pressure. We were pretty sure this was how the professionals do it. :-P
Of course, we didn’t get that put up until evening, which meant no using the tub (the adhesive takes four hours to dry), which meant that only left …that’s right… the dungeon basement shower. I confess, I was freaked out to use it, but it was just fine. It was actually really nice because I could actually stand all the way up. (our tub is beneath the angled roofline, so there is little standing room in the tub.)
We also had an electrician come in and move an outlet that was dangerously close to the tub, remove a useless outlet, cut a new hole for a ceiling mounted light (the previous light was in the dropped ceiling, but the wires ran from the side wall, not the ceiling, so we had that fixed) put up a new vanity light, and run new wires for the main switch. The main switch wiring was scary. I was worried I would get shocked using it after seeing the inside. Behind a piece of wallpaper we found live wiring just stuffed into an old electric box in the wall. Exciting.
Lets see…what else in the bathroom. Oh, because the glue was so stubborn and lumpy on our wall, I decided to ‘simply’ mud over the messy areas. But, because the messy areas consisted of half the bathroom and there was no way to make it super smooth, I textured the wall.
Whew, I think that is everything that we accomplished in the bathroom. Oh, the cabinet is painted black and I have yet to paint the walls, so I will post a picture when I get there.
Friday, February 5, 2010
(ok, this is a long post...there are pictures in other posts below...this one is just lots of words)
so, we bought our first home back on Dec. 18th. (homeownership is great...we were even excited to get our first bills in the mail, just to see what our total monthly cost was going to be and so on.) our first montly payment was due Feb. 1st, and as the month of January rolled on, we debated how early to send out our first mortgage payment. not too soon, not too late
we had our mortage through 'company A,' but even before our first payment was due, our mortgage was sold to 'complany B.' no big deal, aparently that happens fairly often. we were pretty excited (about paying a bill!?! i know, what is wrong with us :P ) and we wanted everything to go well, so we sent the check out to Van Ives, CA as indicated by the paperwork we had received.
That was Jan 18th.
On Jan 19th we received paperworks from 'company B' again informing us of the address we were to send our check to...somewhere in TEXAS! umm...what happened to Van Ives, CA!?!
So, we were not quite sure what to do. We decided to wait a few days...surely the check would get forwarded to the correct address...how fast can an address go bad?
Wayne checked our account online daily, and the check was not clearing. hmm...
After a week, he began calling 'company B' trying to figure out what happened/what to do about the check.
do we wait a little longer? do we send another check? do we stop payment on the first check and send different check? did the check ever arrive anywhere? is it just sitting on someone's desk? what to do!
we started to get just a little frustrated with not knowing what to do. our check was sent on time, to the place we were told to send it.
the payment was due Feb 1. well, that came and went, and the check did not clear. we are still ok because there is a 15 day grace period...but that is the whole reason we sent out the check early, so that it would arrive on time and we would not look like schmucks sending in our very first mortgage payment late!
again, we called company B...what do we do? where is our check? why did we recieve the wrong address?
we had looked into putting a stop on the check...but that cost 20 bucks. looks like that is what we are going to have to do.
Feb. 4th - yesterday - we have to put a stop payment on check...which we have to do in person...back in hartford an hour and a half away. yeah, we sent our first payment using a check from our old account which we still had some money in. i think we left it open because it was a verified account and address for our downpayment.
anyway, we had no way to recieve a scan/fax or way to send one back, so we decided that i would buzz down for the day, stop payment on the check and visit with my parents.
we also sent out a new check to the new address. overnight, delivery confirmation - $18.25...nice
Feb. 5 - today - so, i go to the bank..."hi, i have to stop payment on a check." the paperwork was already (we had called the day before) and so all they needed was a signiture...literally 5 seconds of work...after driving for 1 1/2 hours. oh well, at least we know that everything is going to be ok...
minus $20 to stop payment, $18.25 to send a new check, and $25 in gas
and then wayne calls me in hartford..........the check, the first one we sent out to California, is back at our house.
apparently the check went to Van Ives, as it was supposed to, and the office was no longer there! it had relocated to Los Angeles...so the check goes to LA. For some reason, they did not know whose mortgage the check was supposed to go to. (i wouldn't have thought there were that many wayne and naomi anderson combos inthe world, but what do i know). We had info with it indicating the house's address, our names, even the mortgage account number...but apparently that was not enough.
so, after sitting there for an indeterminant amount of days, they tried to return our check...but it went to our old address in hartford because that was the address on the check from our old bank account. so, then the post office had to re-route it to our current address...hence arriving today after a two and a half week tour of the country.
what a way to run a railroad........or mortgage company
Grandma had the great idea to give each kid a toy to occupy the hands, otherwise, Elijah grabs Sydney’s hair, Sydney pushes Elijah away, and Kaemi tries to touch Elijah’s eyes. Good times.
The girls got board with pictures and left Elijah behind.
He and his frog didn't seem to mind.
I’ve had a several people ask me about the diapers, so here is a little information. It is from a pattern I found online. It is called the Quick Snap Flap Wrap (QSFW). http://jayejaye.freeyellow.com/diapers/sns/QSFWpatt.pdf.
I had a pretty good stash of diapers, but I wanted a little more. So, I bought some flannel sheets at a thrift store (6.50 for two flat sheets, one fitted sheet, one pillowcase, and two t-shirts) and have cut out 24 diapers so far.
These diapers rock!
The Boy Wonder just continues to grow and grow!
The Boy Wonder’s powers include:
Sitting up, semi-assisted
Eatin’ baby cereal like there is no tomorrow
Grabbing Sydney’s hair and
Desperately reaching for toys just out of reach on the floor…he so wants to crawl, but can’t get his legs and arms to work together
I believe I can fly!
Sydney wanted to get in on the pictures…she kept telling Elijah to ‘wook ober dere’ (look over there), but he didn’t seem to get the idea.
This is the best pic of them together that day…oh well.