Home Improvement

A whirlwind weekend

This weekend was full of work on the house. I won’t go into great detail on everything we did because this blog post would be too long, so I’ll focus on the most exciting part — the family room. The slide show shows the installation of our flooring this  weekend! It is a room again!

First, Glen installed our granite hearth. Of course, nothing in our house is level or straight, so to get the granite to lay right he had to chisel away parts of the brick fireplace.

After he installed the hearth, Glen prepped the room with padding. By the time he was finished, the  hubby came home from work. So, the two of them laid down our laminate flooring. They even started putting up molding around the baseboards and the windows on Saturday!

Today they are both working on a built-in TV cabinet. I can’t wait to see what it looks like when I get home from work!

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Last night my dad, step mom, brother, sister and I saw Bruce Springsteen in Philadelphia on his Wrecking Ball tour. He puts on a fantastic show! My dad and brother had general admission tickets and were in the group of 500 people selected to go into the pit (the area surrounding the stage) — lucky them! Elliott even got to touch The Boss as he crowd surfed!

Bruce played about 25 songs, including some of my favorites: American Skin, Thunder Road, Born to Run, Land of Hope and Dreams, The Rising…. I could go on and on. We had a really good time.

I treated myself to a sweet Springsteen hoodie. It’s my new favorite article of clothing, fo sho. I was pretty excited this morning when the high temperature for West Chester, Pa. was only 56 because it meant I could wear my new hoodie all day. I know, I’m a total dork.

The most exciting news I have to share is that Glen and the hubby are laying our floors right now! They are 65 percent done right now, and I bet they come pretty darn close to finishing up the floors tonight. They look AHMAZING. Oh, and our granite hearth is down, too. So pumped.

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I must be crazy

So after a long weekend of painting, my right hand hurts unbelievably badly. I even woke up in the middle of the night because it hurt so bad. But, that didn’t stop me from doing one final coat on my master bedroom last night at 8 p.m.

Yes, 8 p.m. That was not our original plan last night, but Lowe’s took a little longer to retrieve our flooring from the back of the store than we expected. So the painting began at 8 p.m. Let me just say that I was the most efficient painter last night. I cut in my ceilings and baseboards on a single wall, then painted it with the roller. Repeat for three more walls, and you have a slate gray room painted in an hour and a half! Whew!

I removed the tape and cleaned up the drop cloth, so now all we have left to do is replace the outlet covers.

*Sigh of relief* I’m finished painting until we move in. We have our electrician coming on Thursday, and I don’t want to paint the living and dining rooms in case he has to cut out holes in the wall to move things around. Also, I am just tired of painting.

While I painted, the hubby unloaded our 28 boxes of laminate flooring.

That’s a lot of flooring. It will look a lot better than the yucky tiles down there now. Also, that is one quality iPhone picture haha.

We also taped out a rough idea for a shelving unit behind our bar. The outer columns will be storage for wine bottles, and the inner column will be for liquor. We’ll see what Glen thinks about our design.

Tonight we are actually NOT going to our new house. Instead, we’re checking out Great Gatherings in Annapolis to see if we like a bar there. I’m loving this one:

It comes in a nice dark wood as well, and even has space for a mini fridge. I have to say that I am super excited to go shopping, to not be painting, and to not have to make the trek to work, to our rental, to our home, then back to our rental again. I swear it gets longer each time! All of our hard work is totally worth it though. I can’t wait to actually move into our new home this weekend! We get our fridge, dryer and microwave on Saturday, and we’re using a Re/Max moving truck on Sunday to move the rest of our stuff! Woo!! We moved a little bit of furniture last night, and even with that little move it felt like we made a ton of progress and the house was more and more becoming our new home.

I leave you with a photo I forgot the hubby took on Saturday of my best friend surrounded by the padding for our laminate flooring. Doesn’t she look cozy? Priceless.