Monday, January 26, 2015

I'm baaaacckkk...

Phew ...not having use of the computer was tough. I still need to do a few tweaks on the computer but I am pretty sure everything is up and operational.  I will say I was shocked that I had to back up over 8000 pictures. Which I do frequently but I realized there are deficiencies with the frequency and quality of back up. I believe it is time to get a tiered hard drive system. Can you imagine if I lost ALL 8000 photos? Or all of my hundreds of documents? That is kinda scary...

Now to return to my house DIY dilemma. I have Twiggy sized dining room in a Mama Cass sized world..and if you don't don't know who Twiggy and Mamma Cass are I now hate you because on top of being fat, pleasantly plump, fluffy--yes fluffy-- I am now adding old to that list...

Speaking of old...Sunday was my birthday. The hubbs and I didn't do much of anything because of the icky weather. We stayed  home made a pot of chili (which became chili mac tonight), watched movies and dug out the old board games to while away some time. Yes, some of these games are really old! We actually had fun and plan to spend more time "unplugging" from our techie-gadget  habits then spend time on the more simple type entertainment--like board games and cards.

My dining room has gone through several incarnations in the last 15 years. Some, some not so much. In 2012 my dining room look cute for about a minute 

Case in point, this is the current state of the dining room in all it's unfinished, looking a wee downtrodden un-glory.

It really took a beating over the past year and half acting as a temporary kitchen and storage during construction. We have been making a point to eat our dinner together several times week in the dining room. The more time we spend in there, the more depressing it becomes. We need to spruce this room up--stat!

I really need to think but the function of this room. It is--of course-- where we take our meals, houses a fair amount of storage --including the overflow kitchen/ canning supplies-- it is the main entry into the house (first impressions!), is a pass through to the living room, kitchen and access to the upstairs and also acts as a makeshift office. That is a lot to consider.

Hopefully this room won't take long, since we are NOT doing a gut job on the room.
1. Paint the walls, no cost since I am using the leftover paint from the kitchen remodel.
2. Paint the ceiling, I will need to buy paint.
3. Repair the sloping floor, install underlayment and install vinyl flooring. Cost to be determined
4. Install new baseboards. Cost to be determined
5. Install new light fixture (which was FREE!)
6. Closet doors-custom build. I don't even want to think about this cost.
7. Creative storage and organize the closet for more efficient storage
8. Repurposed furniture project.
9. Re-upholster the 2 arm chairs and make/ purchase slipcovers for the parson's chairs.
10. Paint the table base or as much as I love this table, I think I need to revert to a more narrow table that better fits the space.
11. Accessorize--no cost since I will shop what is already in the house

What quickie makeover projects are on your list to do?

Monday, January 19, 2015

Technical Difficulties

So I know enough about computers to be myself. In my efforts to "secure" my laptop, I accidently did some things to make it so secure I can't access my internet. Or connect my camera. Or download things. And apparently I am not the administrator to my laptop-which I bought and paid for several years ago- to UNDO all these things. Soooo, I am not sure when I will be back to blogging. 

I am going through all my files/ pictures and backing them up --thank goodness I can still burn CD's on my computer. Once this is complete I am going to take it to a computer guru in hopes we can undo what I did. If not, we will wipe out the hard drive and start over.

Yes--I did try a system restore point--No Go. I followed instructions for the program I installed (which is Spy Bot, btw) and the problem is the administrator thing. I truly have no clue as to why I am not my own administrator. Not sure if it was due to when it was repaired several years ago and the tech changed something but then didn't change it back. Siiiggghh.

In the interim, I will be lurking about reading everyone else's blogs on a tiny 3 x 5 inch tablet screen.  Maybe this will be a good thing. Maybe being "unplugged" will force me to work on more projects. Right?

Thursday, December 25, 2014

The last of the shiny stuff and other random things

Or what I like to call the oopsie edition.

I am down to the last 3 totes of kitchen stuff, so... hooray for that! But I do have some perplexing things that I just can't explain. When unpacking my brand new dishes that I had purchased in July last year-which had been unpacked, wrapped in towels and stored in a rubbermaid tote--you know, to keep them safe--I noticed I didn't have any broken dishes. I had a missing dessert plate! How does that happen? I have no ideal. I have gone through all the remaining totes at this point and it is not to be found. I am also missing 1 area area rug, a box of my miscellaneous coffee mugs (or muglies as my kid would call them), and 2 of my cast iron skillets.  It isn't like I have a ginormous house or garage but this stuff is just...gone. Weird, huh?

So all the shiny stuff has been installed...all the cabinet hardware and the light fixture. Yay!!

There was a MAJOR oopsie when the hubbs was installing a cabinet knob. He began drilling in the wrong spot. I damn near had an apoplectic fit. The door had to be flipped upside down and hinges moved to the opposite side...Siiighhh.

Fortunately a little wood putty and some matching paint will take care of it. We still need to adjust the door a little bit, or I should say the hubbs needs to because I have absolutely NO patience for it.

Unlike my waistline, my kitchen remodel list is shrinking, yahoo! The majority on the list is either on hold due to budget or waiting for Spring weather. My window treatment had to be redone because I didn't like the fabric I had selected after all. No worries the fabric I purchased  can be repurposed for quilting. My DIY art project is coming along nicely. It is not difficult or time consuming but I have only had a few minutes intermittently to work on it.  It is mostly all about the pretty stuff and accessorizing. The good thing is I can shop my hoard stash chatchkes and bric-a-brac-- so no additional cost  is involved.

To see the original list  click here 
  • REPAIR THE EXTERIOR WALL FROM INSTALLING A SMALLER WINDOW--IN PROGRESS On hold due to budget and weather. This is now moved to Spring.
  • Install sink (part of the counter top fabrication) DONE!!
  • Plumbing! DONE!!
  • Install garbage disposal DONE!!
  • Paint and install the new entry door On hold due to weather. This is now moved to Spring.
  • Purchase door hardware--DONE!!
  • Install door hardware, including kick plate On hold due to weather. This is now moved to Spring.
  • Add a peephole to the door since it is windowless On hold due to weather. This is now moved to Spring.
  • Trim work (doors, the window, baseboards, crown molding and cabinet toe moldingOn hold due to budget
  • Purchase  additional tile for back splash--expanded project (aka scope creep), now need to tile sink aside and food prep/ cook side On hold due to budget
  • Install tile back splash On hold due to budget
  • Purchase shelves for open shelving storage between wall cabinet and pantry, as well as, above the sink. DONE!
  • Install shelves DONE!
  • Install the refrigerator DONE!
  • Install the stove DONE!
  • Purchase end panel for dishwasher installation--DONE!!
  • Purchase and install a dishwasher--DONE!
  • Purchase and install cabinet hardware----DONE!
  • Purchase ceiling medallion--DONE!
  • Install the ceiling medallion and chandelier--DONE!
  • Decide on window treatment--DONE!!
  • Order and SEW fabric for window valance/ curtains/ shade--IN PROGRESS
  • Paint  mobile island/ cart and purchase/ DIY 1 or 2 kitchen stools Sadly there will be no island or bar stools due to space constraints
  • DIY some wall art --IN PROGRESS
  • Accessorize--IN PROGRESS
  • Cook, bake and ENJOY the finished kitchen!
So...what is next??

The next project on the list is the dining room. I know I said we were gonna wait  but there will be (hopefully) minimal cost. The biggest cost will be leveling the floor and installing the vinyl flooring. I know it isn't a typical choice for a dining room but it is also the main entry to my house and there is a lot of traffic, so I want something easy to clean. I am going to repaint the entire room. I have a new light fixture which was FREE and it is GORGEOUS!  There is a repurposed furniture project planned for the dining room, I may try to make slipcovers for my 2 parson's chairs and I need to reupholster the 2 arm chairs. Oh and paint the table base. And organize the storage closet in the dining room. HAHA--so lots of things to keep me busy.

What is on your to-do list?