Renovation Update: Painting and Hardwood Floors

Today we have color on the walls in the living room, entrance way, hallway and playroom.  Also, the hardwood floors are going down in the remainder of the house!

Light lavender for the livingroom walls to go with our grey furniture and purple accent chair.  My father-in-law was nice enough to not laugh at my choice in color and did a great job with the painting.

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Silvery grey walls for the entrance way, hallway and playroom.

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Hardwood floors going down in the hallway.  The hubby is helping to put this down, pre-finished and installed with just some staples.

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We chose a light blue for the master bedroom, a green for JWs bedroom and teal for the kitchen.  Once those have been painted I will post some pics!


Renovation Update: Doors, Trim, Primer and more Foam

Renovation Update!

Today, I stopped by the house and we had a new front door! As well as a new door leading into the house from the mud room.  This door has built-in blinds right in the glass, pretty nifty.  Don’t they look great!

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Speaking of doors, we now have a door in the basement leading outside, with framework for sheet rock.  The last little bit of wall has also been removed in the basement, making it one large room.

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My father-in-law was able to put up all the crown molding and trim as well as prime all the interior walls.  It really is starting to look like in the final stages!

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Hubby has been working in the attic for the past few days, spray foam insulating all the outer walls.  It’s a huge job but coming along well.

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This week, we were able to order ALL of our appliances and ALL of our furniture for delivery in a few weeks.  The kitchen cabinets were finalized today and will take 10-14 days to build then a day or two to install.  The plumbing, electrical and HVAC are all about 90% done.

Is it fair to say we are in the home stretch?


Renovation Update: Tile, Doors, Stairs and a lot of Dirt

Another Homestead Renovation Update!

Today, the lil guy and I stopped up at the house to check in on the renovation progress.  The hubby was there with a ton of workmen and so much has been done.

The tile is down on the floor in the kitchen and the bathroom, as well as the shower walls.  The strip of glass tile is how the accent is going to look in the shower when it wil complete.

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The bedroom and closet doors have been installed.

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The original stairs leading down to the basement were crazy dangerous, so we replaced them and framed out for a new door.

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The hubby hand mixed 9 bags of cement, by hand, to make a pad for the AC unit, came out great!  Also, the trench is filled in and the front walkway was torn out.

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Its hard to tell by the picture, but the back 1/3 of the property has been graded and a retaining wall will be built.  In the spring this area will be home to our vegetable garden 🙂

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Putting Up the Garden; Pepper Jelly, Tomato Sauce and Homemade Vicks

Our garden seems to be coming to a close for the season.  We are processing the last of the tomatoes, peppers and watermelon.  Although we did not grow any hot peppers, I still wanted to make pepper jelly, so I used a variety of sweet peppers.  It took all summer to find a pectin I actually liked the taste of an was easy to work with.  I use Pomona’s Universal Pectin.  It is great because it is activated by calcium, not sugar, so you are free to add as a little or as much sweetener as you would like.  Also, you do not have to cook it for hours ont he stove, just a few minutes and its done.

I just followed the directions ont he box to make this sweet pepper jelly.

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Tomato sauce was my next adventure.  I felt uneasy about water bath canning my fresh tomato sauce, so I decided to freeze the jars instead.  I made a basic recipe of olive oil, garlic, red pepper flake, peeled and seeded tomatos, basil and seasoning.  It should last 4 months in the f freezer

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Lil man has caught a cold and is all congested.  I went ahead and made him a homemade Vicks rub so help loosen some of that junk.  Simply melt a big scoop of coconut oil and add essential oil.  I used peppermint and rosemary essential oils and stored it in a small ball jar in the fridge.

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What are you putting up?

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Renovation Update: Plumbing, Tile Delivery and a HUGE Trench

Everything is starting to move incredibly fast with our Homestead Renovation! New plumbing throughout the house is almost complete, so we can finally use water from the well that was fixed last month.  We received our full tile delivery that included our teal subway tile for the kitchen backsplash and multi-colored blue and grey decorative accent tile for the bathroom shower.  Also, the hubby has been enjoying his very large rental digger machine to dig an even bigger trench to run wires from the street pole to our new utility box.  Enjoy the pics!

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I am thinking of whitewashing our fireplace like this picture, thoughts?

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