Saturday, February 21, 2009

No, I haven't fallen off the face of the earth ...

... but it sure feels like it!

We are updating our house. Our living room, dining room and entry way, along with the landing at the turn of the stairs AND the landing at the top of the stairs which is almost a room to itself, are all getting new floors and new paint. The ceilings in the living/dining/entry areas also are having the popcorn texture scraped off!

Ugh. I have been living in a construction zone for almost a month.

I do have pictures, but I don't know where I put my camera. Nor do I know where I put the cord to attach the camera to the computer. Come to think of it, I don't know where ANYTHING is. We even lost a cat for a couple of days.

The numbnuts who flipped this house back in '95 (from what I understand, this house was foreclosed by the VA and was left empty for a while so the neighborhood kids used it as a flop house!) decided to glue down the vinyl floor as if it were being tiled. This means every square inch of the vinyl in our entry way was glued. It took two solid days to remove the floor ... it was only about 50 square feet. I so dread pulling up my kitchen floor. My wrists still hurt and it's been more than a week.

Eventually we will get to the rest of the house ... 4 bedrooms, two baths and a kitchen/family room are that is open to each other. I am hoping that the updating process is like labor for childbirth. It's agony while in process, but after it's over, one is happy and content enough to do it again.

But for now, all I can say is "UGH!"

The jewelry business is basically on hold during the updating, but the economy sorta knocked it on its rear end anyway. I do have a home show next Saturday, however, and looking forward to it!

Anyone in the D/FW area who would like an invite, drop me a line.

9 comments:

storybeader said...

wondered what happened to you! I'm close by (Lawton, OK), but not that close! I'll remember you when I go to a Mavs game, or visit the museums!

Sounds like you should just cover the vinyl, but what do I know...

Designing Hilary said...

Oh, I would have covered over the vinyl if it was the only part we were replacing. But there was carpet on part of the floor so if we left the vinyl, the floor would have been uneven.

I am thinking, however, that when we tackle the kitchen/family room, it may be easier to pull up the carpet from the family room and lay vinyl to match the level of the kitchen, then tile over the entire floor (the rooms are open to each other). It may be easier AND cheaper in the long run, but I'll cross the bridge when I get to it ... a couple of years from now! *lol*

Athena's Armoury said...

I'm so sorry to hear about the house drama! We wound up having to literally rebuild part of our house that was never built correctly to begin with. That took all of last summer and we still have stuff to do to finish it. That said, I'm so happy that we're structurally sound again and, even though it's not finished, it looks so much nicer than it did before. It will all be worth it, you'll see. Hang in there!

Rayne said...

So lovely to see you posting again!! :D It's agony now but it will be breathtaking in the end!! :D Can't wait to see pictures... putting out an A.P.B. on the camera ;)

Hugs,

Rayne (Thoughts)

Designing Hilary said...

I found the camera! But the battery is almost gone and I can't find the charger or the back up. *lol*

Thank you, Athena ... you give me hope!

Alexia said...

Good luck with the home show (and the home!!)

Heather said...

I feel for you. I redid my basement a while back, took me over a month!

Carol said...

I hope your house problems are better by now. I did a post about your blog on my blog today.

Lynne said...

Oh Hilary! I had no idea you were doing so much work! UGH is right!

I hope it all goes well and you're soon seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and I'm sure you will enjoy the fruits of all your hard work.