Saturday, September 20, 2014

"Patience is the art of concealing your impatience." ~ Guy Kawasak

Another short post, with a few updated shots of the condo. I realize that things still look a total mess, but it really is coming together. This evening we will finish the painting, with the exception of the woodwork that will be installed once we head home. We have painted every paintable inch of this place and we are tired of it! Tomorrow we will do the woodwork, but it is just long pieces of unattached wood, and we hope that we will make fairly short order of it. There have been some kind of funny painting stories, and some not so funny ones - like the gallon of ceiling paint that tipped over in the trunk of my car this morning. Yes - a disaster, but not the end of the world (I seem to remember using that phrase not too long ago with my new stove mishap - I hope this doesn't become a habit!)

We plan to head back to NY on Tuesday, and what is done is done - with a few things to be completed in our absence. By Friday, we will be in Vermont for a family weekend. From southern Florida to northern Vermont in a matter of days - I'm going to need a serious nap by the time we are done!

So - here are a few photos. I do promise a more comprehensive and knowledgeable post down the road - for now please excuse the mishmash!

Kitchen hardware - I like it very much - sleek and simple.

My mini escape from painting and a condo full of men - I couldn't take it any longer!

Notice the paint atop Bruce's head - we have both had enough!

Apricot Mousse - the color for the bedroom - not a great depiction of the actual color!
Wish us safe travels!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

"If there is no struggle, there is no progress." ~ Frederick Douglass

A short but sweet post. We have been busy, busy, busy. Between paint, sheetrock dust and grout, everything is gritty, and a mess! As you can see however, the kitchen is well on its way to completion. The handles and knobs went on cabinet doors today (pictures at a later date), and yesterday someone was here to make a template for the counter-top, which should be installed on Monday. Our new stove has a cracked ceramic top, so Lowes will be here in the morning to take care of that. Yikes - we have a list a mile long of things to be done, but it does seem to be getting a bit shorter.

In the meantime, Bruce has said that he never wants to watch another HGTV renovation show!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

"Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet." ~ Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Yes, I do have some updated renovation shots for you today. Things have been moving rather slowly, but there have been no major obstructions. Last night we stayed in the condo for the first time since work has begun. Today, the kitchen cabinets are being installed! Psychologically, that seems like a major step, even though a lot of work has taken place prior to this. I think that it just makes things seem so visually real.

I am writing from the library again. We do have WiFi at the condo now, but there is no place for me to "set up shop" so to speak. Plus, the sound of saws and drills, while music to my ears, is not exactly conducive to focusing on what I'm doing.

I will try to provide a little information to what is happening! Below - new half wall between the kitchen and the dining/living area (where full wall was taken down).
 New sheet-rock in kitchen.

Bruce priming ceiling.

Sheet-rocker sanding.

From inside the kitchen.

Appliances and a chair shoved into a little hall.

The arrival of the kitchen cabinets.

Freshly tiled kitchen floor.

Boxes of cabinets in the kitchen.

Installation begins!

Our bed covered in plastic to protect it from all of the "stuff"!

They are here!

By the time I return, I expect that many of the upper cabinets will be hung. We know he won't finish today, but it's exciting! Even more exciting is that I hope to have a refrigerator plugged in and running by the end of the day. Cold water!!!