Monday, July 18, 2011


Yesterday, my mother-in-law called as usual on Sundays. Well, she offered to come up to help us out with the painting! Now, some of you may shudder at the thought of your mother-in-law coming to visit. I, on the other hand, am ecstatic! I get along great with my in-laws. She will arrive on Wednesday. I'm a little nervous about driving to the airport by myself, but I think I'll be

We didn't get a lot accomplished yesterday. I did get laundry finished (but that's every Sunday) and grocery shopping completed, but all Jeff was able to do was to move the electrical outlet up behind the tv. This is no easy task so I'm not saying that I can't believe he didn't do a lot. It just took a lot longer than we thought. So, we still need to prep the walls in our bedroom to get ready to paint. I'm not sure if Jeff is wanting to wait until his mom arrives or if we're going to get it done tonight and tomorrow night.

I am going to be busy with cleaning house and getting it ready for the visit. I also have a floor guy coming for an estimate today, and then calling the other floor girl to change that appointment since it will be at the same time that I need to head to the airport on Wednesday. Fun fun!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Holy Cow!

Well, today we had a guy come in to give us an estimate of the refinishing of our hardwood floors. It was a bit more expensive than we thought, but we still have 2 other companies coming over next week (Monday and Wednesday). We really liked the guy, though, he was really nice. I hate that Jeff is going to be at work during the other 2 estimates, though. Before the guy arrived, I was busy cleaning off the shower doors and other odd chores around the house while Jeff was putting wall putty up and sanding. Then he took off the baseboards while I took out 90% of our clothes out of the closet....It's so weird having an almost empty closet. I even had to pack up most of our shoes as well (kept a few flip flops nearby though). We then moved to the basement after dinner to clean out Jeff's music room so that we can have room to store everything from upstairs down there. Luckily, we will only stay down there for 24-36 hours before we can walk and start moving furniture back upstairs. Oh, we finally received our Roku player (it was suppose to arrive yesterday). It's pretty neat. We received a movie from Netflix, though so we didn't play with the Roku player too much. We got Rango. I'm sorry if this post is boring, I'm just way too tired to be interesting at the moment. This blog is really to let things off my chest so that I can get some decent sleep at night. This way I can get most of my thoughts of the day on here and not think about it too much later. Very therapeutic (sp?). So, once again, so sorry that this post is awful.

Thursday, July 14, 2011


We have finally entered the world of having a flat screen tv. We could have received one for Christmas a few years ago, but decided to get a new mattress instead (which we love!). We weren't really anxious to get one at all, but now that I have one....amazing! I can't believe we didn't get one sooner. We're hoping once this renovation is done that maybe we could get one for the living room as well. I'm thinking a Black Friday sale is in my future :). Anyways, today I am cleaning the shower (after UPS arrives with our wall mount and roku player) and calling around for hardwood flooring refinishing. My life as a housewife right now is borderline boring. When I don't have anything to do (or I am just taking a break), I am watching Grey's Atanomy on Netflix instant play. I had no idea how awesome that show is! I am definitely becoming a fan. Okay, well, time to make some calls.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Renovations have begun!

So, with my baby fever at an all time high, last Friday, July 8, Jeff decided that we should start renovating the bedrooms. Seems simple, right? Wrong. The list Jeff has is a mile long of what we need to do! He has a weekly plan that will have us completing roughly around September 10th.

And this is our weekly plan:
7/9 - 7/10 WEEK1 (weekend)
-fix toilet
 need plumber's putty
-measure other rooms so we know how much paint to buy
-buy stuff
 fabric softner
 -wallpaper roller
 -6 rollers (3/8" to 1/2")
 primer (4 gallons)
 paint for walls (3 gallons)
 paint for ceilings (1 gallon)
 paint for trim (1 gallon)
 -pick out closets doors
 -pick out fan (21" ?)
 -price crown molding
 -price miter saw
 price nail gun
 -price caulk (we have one tube)
 -price door hardware
 -price outlets
 -price switches
 -plastic for floors
-remove wallpaper in guest room
-remove cheap crown molding in guest room
-prep walls and ceiling (fill holes, sand, remove switch and outlet covers) in guest room
-price tvs, mounts, bluray, hd antenna
-pull toilet up to see what's under
-buy new toilet
-install toilet
7/11 - 7/14 (during the week)
-prep walls and ceiling in guest room since we didn't get it done over the weekend
-cleanup/packup/whatever any stray clothing/shoes/junk/whatever in master bedroom
-move furniture from master to guest room (bed is moved last on friday morning)
-throughly clean master bath
-buy tv and wall mount and hd antenna and bluray
7/15 - 7/17 WEEK2 (weekend)
-remove carpeting in master
-remove cheap crown molding in master
-remove vanity and toilet tank
-install wall mount and remove it for painting
 cut any necessary holes in drywall to hide cableing
-prep walls and ceiling (fill holes, sand, remove switch and outlet covers) in master
-remove calk around windows, shower, sink, baseboards
-blue tape master
-buy paint
7/22 - 7/24 WEEK3 (weekend)
-paint ceiling in master bedroom and bath
-paint walls in master bedroom and bath
-move furniture from office to kitchen
-remove wallpaper in office
-remove cheap crown molding in office
-prep walls and ceiling (fill holes, sand, remmove switch and outlet covers) in office
-blue tape office
7/29 - 7/31 WEEK4 (weekend)
-paint office ceiling
-paint office walls
-caulk sides and top of windows, shower, sink
-install toilet tank and vanity
-move furniture from guest to master, move dressers to dining room
-paint ceiling in guest
-paint walls in guest
-note: ready for floor refinish in one week starting monday 8/8/2011
8/5 - 8/7 WEEK5 (weekend)
-thouroughly clean downstairs bathroom
-thouroughly clean theater room
-move master furniture downstairs
-move all other bedroom furniture downstairs, kitchen, living room
8/8 - 8/12 (during the week)
-Refinish hardwood floors
 cost per square ft?
 cost to replace damaged planks?
 dust containment system?
 600 sq ft
8/12 - 8/14 WEEK6 (weekend)
-while refinishing floors (2-3 weeks)
 clean out basement
 pick out pictures
 order pictures
8/19 - 8/21 WEEK7 (weekend)
 buy frames
 buy lamps
 buy fan
 buy crown molding, miter saw, nail gun (can i use a miter box and circular saw?)
 buy closet doors and rollers and track (4 of 24x80 6 panel doors)
 during the last week, buy bed frame, night stands, bench
8/22 - 8/25 (during the week)
 during the last week, paint trim and doors
 during the last week, caulk bottom of windows
 during the last week, install new door hardware
 during the last week, install new outlets and switches
8/26 - 8/28 WEEK8 (weekend)
-put furniture back in office
-put furniture back in guest
 sleep here until bedroom furniture is
-put together bed frame in master
-put together night stands, bench
-mount tv
9/1 - 9/4 WEEK9 (weekend - labor day)
-paint closet doors
-hang closet doors
-measure and cut crown molding for all bedrooms
-paint crown molding
9/8 - 9/10 WEEK10 (weekend)
-install crown molding
-hang pictures

While cleaning the shower; I missed our tv being shipped! So, I can go up to retrieve it around 8-9pm tonight. Luckily Jeff will be going with me so I won't have to do any heavy lifting. For those of you who don't know, I have degenerate disc disease (aka: bulging disc) on my L5-S1 disc and it hurts like crazy. There's nothing I can do to hurt it worse (except more pain of course) and surgery could fix it, but it might not. It seems like I'm stuck with back pain. So anywho, now my baby fever has been set back and I'm busy with getting things accomplished around the house for the renovations. Now if only we could have cooler weather.

Looks like I need to box up some shoes that I won't need for awhile.....lately, my footwear has only been consisted of flip flops....oh how I love flipflops :).