Friday, November 15, 2013

Finally, my place is coming into a livable space.  I recently received my new sofa and new chair.  I need to put in some artwork and personal items to make it comfortable and inviting and slowly I will add these things.  It has been such a long journey and I am glad to see it coming to a close.

My kitchen is still in reno phase but getting there.  I now have the appliances in but the cabinets have not been installed yet.  I do have them.  i do not have my sink or countertops yet and it was interesting to find out  yesterday that  according to Lowe's home improvement center, I cannot order a solid surface countertop as I do not have enough square footage required.  You have to have 25 Sq. Ft of countertop in order to get it.  I do not.  I stand at approximately 20 sq. ft.  Somehow that doesn't seem fair to me so I will check out some on line sources and see if I can do it from another place.  I have not checked Home Depot yet but think for some reason that it will be the same.  Maybe not if I can convince them it would outdo their competer and be beneficial in terms of me promoting their service.

As soon as I get a little further along I will post some pictures of the kitchen and then, when all the rooms are together I will do a before picture of flood damage to the present.  What a difference.

While I'm here, there are some more hints about when you renovate.  Here is a picture of what most of my electrical switches looked like.  The holes were too big for the switch plates to cover so I had to go back and fill in the space and then paint over.  Such a nuisance as it takes so much extra time and also when the boxes are installed they need to allow for the depth of the sheetrock.  The boxes were so deep set that I had to loosen the screws in order to "pull" the switches out to lie flush with the switch plates.  Most of the holes were cut too wide and not vertically long enough so the parts of the switch that are supposed to be on the outside of the wall were inside and in order to bring them out I had to trim the sheetrock at the bottom or top.  Again, I'm not sure I explained this well, but if you are having someone do this for you, you need to make sure they allow for the depth of the sheetrock and install the boxes closer to the surface.  Pics here.

Thanks for stopping by and good luck in any home improvement projects you may be involved in.  Don't hesitate to write me a note if you have a question I might be able to answer.  Glad to help if I can.....


  1. Your living room looks amazing Peggy! I do love the chair with your new couch! Your personal touches will complete this and you'll have a charming and relaxing place that is yours! You're amazing! xo

  2. Your living room is already a wonderful space. You can add the little touches as you find them. I know you have some set aside projects that could look great, remember the metalwork flower thing? And wasn t there sconces or a chandelier?

    LOL we have the same sofa! It s a terrific neutral ground for throws and pillows etc.

    You ve done an amazing job. Looking forward to seeing the kitchen evolve.





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