Monday, July 14, 2008

Remodeling-Day 1

At 9:00 on the dot, Bob and his son, Brandon, pulled up in front with a trailer. After some discussion, and moving our car, they moved the trailer to the back yard where it will stay until the end. Ron showed Brandon through the house and told him what needed to be done. They were going to put the windows in the barn today but apparently Ron's significant other had a death in the family so he had to spend time with her. Brandon stayed and patched the cracks in the living room, laundry room, and computer room ceiling. This, of course, entailed moving furniture in the living room so I had to empty my cabinets of my Hummel collection so they could be moved away from the walls. Right now, everything is in the other half of the living room stuffed in corners, under a cabinet etc. Of course all that will have to be moved when they start painting. Arrrggg!

This is the wall behind the entertaiment center. These weren't wide cracks but did stretch across the whole wall.

This is the fireplace crack. Brandon found that the whole wall behind the plaster was made of brick. Apparently those bricks are settling a bit and that is what is probably causing the cracks. I just hope that this patch job will work!

This is some of the stuff we hauled from one side of the room to the other.

This is the rest of the stuff. Behind the speakers and under the cabinet are about half of my Hummels. As I said, when they begin painting, those will all have to be moved again.

While Brandon was patching, Mr. Snowbird and I went out to Lowes to pick up some paint samples. I had no idea how hard this was going to be!! I know what I would like but it seems ridiculous to have to pick out paint for someone who may or may not like it 3 or 4 years from now!! So, we came home with what seemed like hundreds of paint chips. My two favorite names were "Sand Between Your Toes" and "Sanibel Grey". Can you believe it?? And guess what, Mr. Snowbird chose Sand Between Your Toes for his bedroom. It is a beige but a tad darker. Next I had to pick something for the living room walls and trim and for the laundry room. I love the yellow in the laundry room but it is a bit bright. So, after looking and looking and looking, I chose "Homestead Resort Parlor Sage", a big name for a greenish color. It is light, airy and I think will go good in there. Then on the the living room. Ugh!. I finally decided on Coastal Dune Grass. It is kind of a greenish, greyish, beige. I think what won us over what that this chip had a couple of accent colors on it and one was the same red that is in the wallpaper. I think it will look ok. I hope!!

Sand Between Your Toes and Sanibel Grey. Would I like about a thing like that??

We will leave the carpet in for now and will decide later what to do. More carpet or hardwood floors. We also have to deal with the kitchen but will wait until we get back from San Diego. Bob said they hoped to be done by Friday but I don't see how. So we gave them a key to the house and they can work while we are gone. Meaning it may be a big surprise when we get back.

Somewhere in this pile of colors are the three we picked.

Brandon said he would come back tomorrow and put another coat of patch on the cracks. Wednesday, a crew is coming in to put plaster board on the bedroom ceiling. Where we go from there, I don't know. All I know is that there is NO WAY they will be done before we head to San Diego. But--at least they have started. More tomorrow.


Shama-Lama Mama said...

Three things...

For those viewing, the carpet IS red but it isn't quite the fuscia red it looks in the pictures. Yikes.

Also, when did you get that awesome flat screen?? Yowza!

And third... BEIGE!!!! AAAARRRRGGH!!!!! (At least the laundry room is sage green...)

Shama-Lama Mama said...

Hey Dad... how about a brown bedroom wall (or four). It gives you a pop of manly color and looks great with beige carpet (which most carpets are...)

Check these out:

or even a swiss mocha like this:

Of course, beige is lovely....

Gayle said...

I must be way too untrusting...a trailer, couldn't work the first day, going to be done by Friday, you are out-of-town? I am immediately suspious of a rip-off. I am sure I am wrong, but I sat and watched my carpet layers every move years ago...gosh, I wish I could let go as you are. Beautiful house, by-the-way. Like the yellow's my favorite color and makes a person feel good...they are wrong about that one. Yes, the orange has to go. Nice house, you are very fortunate.

MariBy said...

I haven't seen
"buy lots more adult beverages"
when you list things that you still need to do.

Remember you are remodelling...

Tink *~*~* said...

Hey for Ruby Tuesday, just post photos of the carpet! :D

Tink *~*~*