Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A Work In Progress

Work is progressing on my kitchen.  Tonight the drywall went up.  Grant Drywall guys ROCK!  Grant is a young father who works in a nasty factory job and is trying to get his own business started.  He and his 16 yr. old foster son are doing the work after Grant gets off in the evenings.  Last night they took down the old lights, too off all the scaling crap and prepped the ceiling with shims, etc.  Tonight the heavy, dirty stuff began.

I thought I would show you their work in progress. Note:  All those decorator "tins" are in garbage bags in my garage for anyone who wants them.  I saved the granite tea kettle for myself, sorry!

  1.  This is the major hole left by the storm which tore loose upper level siding, which in turn let water leak into my kitchen ceiling.
 Here's tonight's work.  No taping started yet, but progress is being made.

 Here's another view of the ravaged ceiling. 
Here's the progress they made in one evening.

I will continue to update as the work goes along.  I have new lighting going in.  There will be a white ceiling fan in the kitchen with lights.  The dining area, which I will show you later is getting a new ceiling too since it's part of this one, but sustained no damage.  But a new light is going in there, too.  I am so excited.  Wowza!!


Monday, July 28, 2014


Our music teacher has this as a border all the way around her classroom beginning on the left as you walk in the door.  I copied it down one day when I was subbing in her room.  Then I made it into a poster.  This is a smaller version of the poster.  It is probably my favorite "saying" about music ever!


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Getting my work done, finally!

Fellow blog readers, I have been remiss in posting lately, I know, but I am getting the kitchen ready for the new ceilings which I have waited on since April of 2013.  After 3 contractors who never showed up, two who gave me promise dates and good quotes, I have found a guy eager to do my work.  He came highly recommended by a couple who just had him remodel a house top to bottom, inside and out.  They weren't living there, so it didn't matter to them that he worked only on evenings and weekends.  He also works in a metals processing factory during the day. He is hoping to get his contracting business off the ground so he can give up that job, but it's slow going getting a small business built up.
Anyway, he's doing my outdoor work, some new gutters and soffits which came down in the same storm that did the leak damage to my kitchen ceiling, beginning tomorrow evening, then he will do the kitchen dry wall ceiling.  Then new lighting in there.  Then comes the fun part for me.  I will be doing some redecorating; wall paper (yes, I am one of the few who still likes wallpaper) which my late wife picked out long ago and has been on a closet shelf, some decorative mouldings,  new curtains, and lastly, if money holds out, new floor covering.  The area I am doing the redo in is my dining area, which is at the end of the kitchen.  All the kitchen needs is paint on the walls and ceiling and new lighting.  I will take some before, in progress, and after shots so you can see what I have done.  I have the walls denuded, all the "decorator stuff" down, and counters cleared, except for my toaster and coffee pot.  I will move them to the screened porch tomorrow where I can get to them easily.  This will be a work in progress when I take over the redo, but the contractor work should be completed in a week.  Yay!