How do you eat an elephant………………….one bite at a time and that is what it’s going to take to get my house finished. One would think now that I’m living here I’d have more time to work on things, but that has not proven to be the case. I had to come to the reality that I have not been growing my consulting business in over a year and I’ve probably jeopardized some of my existing clients by being overly focused on my house. Thanks to those that have shown patience and understanding.
Now that the 1st floor bath is fully functioning (next post) I have been tackling quick small projects in the evenings. In no particular order:
I’ve installed all the cold air vent covers. Only three, but I did need to buy a metal drill bit to get a hole through the metal frames that were behind the drywall. I got the grills from Amazon.
I put the access panel up in the guest bedroom. The City plumbing inspector required me to put a mixing valve on the water lines for the master tub and those lines ran in the ceiling of the guest bedroom along with the connection for the tub. I needed to create access to that area, so hence the need for the panel. I got the access panel from Home Depot.
The kitchen door is lockable, but I knew the knob on the door was not original and it looked terrible. The new knob I found looks like originals I have on other doors and I found it originally on Build.com. It was almost $50, but as I’ve said many times I’m trying to restore, not renovate, so I made the splurge. I realized a couple of weeks had gone by (you just lose track of time working on a house) and the knob hadn’t arrived, so I contacted Build.com. Turns out it was a special order for Baldwin, the manufacturer and it wasn’t scheduled to ship until March. I cancelled the order and found the exact one on Amazon for $20. I had it in FREE two-day shipping with Prime. My price must have been a fluke or special, because now the same knob is on Amazon for $40.
This next project actually took multiple evenings because of a brain freeze mis-drill. I hung the master bathroom vanity light. I’ve had the light for a few months, but didn’t like it. This was my first and LAST time ordering from Houzz. As soon as it arrived I had buyers remorse and contacted them that day for a return. I got no response. I don’t shop where I can’t return, so done with Houzz. I decided after we ran wires, but before drywall that I wanted the light to come from the ceiling instead of the wall (inspired by some HGTV show). Fortunately I had enough extra wire to make the move.
I went up into the attic access panel and measured the length of wire and the distance of where I wanted the light to cascade. I thought I had enough, but totally snoozed on allowing for the height of the ceiling joist. I cut the first hole and quickly realized the light needed to be on the opposite side of the joist. So, more drywall patching was in my future. I’m getting pretty good at it now.
Unfortunately there was one casualty, the LED mirror. I cleaned it for the first time and it fell off the wall. Fortunately I caught it, so it didn’t fall forward and the glass did not break. The bottom of the metal frame, which houses the IR and on/off switch, landed on the back splash and both broke. The light no longer functions, so I guess it’s a good thing I hung the ceiling light, which I’m learning to like. Build.com carries the same Eglo light. I contacted the miror manufacturer, Innoci-USA, and they said it’s not covered under the warranty. They are willing to send me a new IR and on/off switch if I pay shipping and handling. I’ll get the parts, but may never install them. I don’t miss the neon-like light it cast. If I understood what 6000K lumens provided (basically a blue tone, daylight) I wouldn’t have gotten it. At night you feel like you’re on Time Square. The glow is so neon-like you barely can see yourself in the mirror.
I ordered and hung the dining room chandelier, which means I’m now ready for my final electrical inspection. I wanted something that would compliment the original wall sconces. I was hoping to find something in pewter, like those lights, but couldn’t find anything I liked that was affordable. I started looking at other matt, silver, finishes and found this light originally on LampsPlus.com. They didn’t carry it in brushed nickel, but Build.com did. To get the right size chandelier I followed the guidelines outlined in a video found on LampsPlus.com. I ordered the same satin threaded bulbs, but in E12, from Bulbs.com I put in the wall scones. I’ll post a picture of it lit once they arrive.
I stained the moulding around the stain glass entry foyer window. I really need to put the frame back together, so I can finish that area once and for all. As you can see I managed to get stain on the wall, so some touch-up painting is in my future. The front door is scheduled to arrive the week of February 18, so I may need to spend a few evenings in this area.
The remaining projects were more decor related and helped to clear out some more boxes. I put all my mother’s figurines back in their storage cases and put out some of my framed pictures. I also hung two pictures. Gilbert Young’s “Fleeting Moments” will definitely stay in that location, but my Shackelfords photo picture I will probably end up relocating after my new sofa and over-sized chair arrive. I think it may get blocked by my floor lamp and make it hard for people to see it.
A friend of mine was shopping for bar stools for her house at the Frontgate Outlet Store and sent me some pictures of blue pieces she thought I might like. I liked several and decided to go take a look. I had planned to get two ottomans to use as my coffee table, but one of the only two had a defective leg. I did get the navy leather bench for my master bedroom. It looks awesome at the foot of my bed.
The last project to share was the connecting of my receiver, CD/DVD player, and phono to the Leviton Home System my dad ingeniously researched for my house. I can now listen to the TV, records, radio, DVDs and CDs through the speakers located throughout the house. I must admit, it’s pretty cool.
I found those peach crates on Offer Up. I had similar to store my albums in college, but stupidly got rid of them years ago. I found LP dividers, similar to what record stores use, along with sleeves for 45s, and vinyl record cleaner on Amazon. I felt compelled to get my old-school way of listening to music up and running given I’m living in an old house. My mix of vinyl (most of it was my mom’s) is pretty eclectic. That entertainment system has to be the most coolest feature of the house, at least until my car wash shower is complete.
Hunker down for the next post. It was almost 6 months in the making.