New Home Update — Week 22

Garage Entry Door Painted -- A Pinch of Joy

Garage Entry Door Painted -- A Pinch of Joy

A new coat of paint — well, several coats actually — changed that shiny, yellow faux oak but really metal fire door between the house and the garage into this.  I love it!  Although it may get a darker, grayer coat eventually because it does get a lot of traffic.  We’ll see how it holds up.  It makes the real oak wood closet doors look better too. Thanks, Chris, for the suggestion to paint the frame!  Lots more changes coming to this small space!   It’s where we enter our home most frequently and is quite visible from the living area.  I see the wreath drifted off center —

1Garage Storage 4 cabinets and some cubbies-- A Pinch of Joy

We added four new cabinets to the garage for storage.  Second from right has painting equipment.  So glad to have it out of the house and organized!!  We topped the four cabinets with the three cubbies we brought with us.  Wheels was exulting over all the storage space — won’t be empty long.  Here’s the story behind the works for him and works for her cubby storage.  Needs black and white labels.  That’s Deputy Frog on top of the cabinet; walk past his motion sensor and he goes “ribbett, ribbett.”  Bytes and his brother delighted in hiding that thing in the most unlikely places just to see me jump.  At least it is over my head now so I can walk by without setting it off.  I thought it was long gone, but seems he surfaced in time to make the move.  Be afraid, Deputy, be very afraid.  One ribbett and the trash can is just six feet away!

Hooks in Laundry Room -- A Pinch of Joy

We added a rack of hooks across from the washer and dryer in the laundry room.  Works great to hang clothes right out of the dryer.

Laundry Room Backsplash - A Pinch of Joy

I added a utility backsplash behind the laundry room sink.  This sink gets used for dirty jobs and we anticipate that use will increase.  There was a lot of splashing on the wall and this seemed the most effective way of dealing with it.  Today the spider plant is getting emergency therapy.  Yesterday the furnace registers got a scrubdown.


We’ve done mundane things like caulk all the windows where ever they needed it .  . .

3closet shelves

remove too high  hanging rods and add a shelf.   A new rod is waiting to be installed here, once the support is painted.  We’ll do this to all the closets.

Organized Pantry -- A Pinch of Joy

It took two days to organize the pantry.  I was disappointed to find that the shelves are not only NOT adjustable, but, in fact, the supports are glued to the wall.  Just did not want to add drywall replacement to the list right now so I worked with the way it is.    I reworked the things in kitchen cabinets and basement storage, putting some things in the pantry and putting  things I had in the pantry in cabinets or storage.  That is definitely still a work in progress.  I like the way the pantry finally pulled together though.  I stock up at sale time so its nice to have enough space to see what we have at any one time.

The Shark Tank -- A Pinch of Joy

We made a Shark Tank behind the pantry door.   I’m thinking of hanging a plaque to my sister Vee, who recommended the Shark vacuum and steamer.  Love, love, love them both. Never been able to find a light weight machine that really worked before.  These are great!  Should I be annoyed that the last person to use the vacuum didn’t empty it?  I’ll just be glad they vacuumed!  

Big project

We brought the big outdoor table into the basement game room so I could spread out for this big project.  I may have bitten off more than I can chew this time, but stay tuned I’ll show you the results and how I did it in a future post.  If it works out — .  I hope you’ve enjoyed these little peeks at our new home while we are settling in and making it “ours”.   Thank you for your patience  while we do!!!  I can’t leave today without a couple of these pics . . .

Snowstorm 2016 -- A Pinch of Joy

The Blizzard of 2016.  Eighteen inches of snow and gusts of fifty mile an hour wind.  Severe snowstorm with winds over 35 mph and visibility of less than a quarter mile for more than three hours — that’s the definition of blizzard.  We had that, for sure!  This photo was about halfway through the storm Tuesday.  That’s a six foot privacy fence!

Blizzard 2016-- A Pinch of Joy

The view out the front door this morning.  That’s an almost eight foot tall tree.  Three neighbors came over to help Wheels and Bytes shovel out early Wednesday morning.  Front end loader, snow blowers and snow shovels made really quick work of the four foot deep snowdrift that filled our entire driveway.  Welcome to the Great Plains!

New Home updates:  Changing colors      Solar tubes    Painting Progress     Home Update Week 7    Home Update Week 11    Week 19 Painter’s Progress   New Home Update Week 22  

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New Home Update: Painter’s Progress Week 19

Mudroom gets a coat of primer

This time last year, I was finishing the design for the new home we were going to build. We loved the design and the details, but other important things – like the builder and the right land — just weren’t coming together. A few months later, we found this house on the third “shopping trip” 1000 miles from our Ohio home. (Thanks so much to my patient, hospitable and helpful sisters and families for their help and support!!!!) It was quite similar to the design we had planned — except we wanted a big front porch. Instead of building a new house, we’ve been painting this one. Probably could have built a new house in the same amount of time  :-) But we are done with the big paint projects. Happy dance!  Here’s what we’ve done most recently:

Mudroom gets a coat of primer

Wheels is putting  a coat of primer on the back entryway.  We had a discussion on the proper name for this space between the coat closet and a bench.  I’ve been calling it a mudroom.  He informed me we don’t have mud to worry about so we should call it a foyer.  I said it was too small to be a foyer, we’ll just call it the garage door space.  Well, it doesn’t matter, he said, just as long as it is not a mudroom.  Then it dawned on me.  That’s the door he uses most often and  he was taking offense at being considered a mud tracker in-er.  Okay, foyer, I said.  We’ve called it the back door  ever since.  Unless we want to get really specific.  Then it’s the mudroom.

After Painting: The Basement Bath

The basement bathroom above was painted a warm gray (Sherwin Williams Popular Gray), perfect for this windowless space.

Laundry Room Before

The laundry room before.  The mirror hangs above the sink.   All of the recently painted rooms were this same gold color.  It was the lightest color in the house and still took a coat of primer and two coats of color to cover.

Laundry Room After

Love, love, love the pure white of the cupboards against the blue green of the new wall color  (SW Tidewater) in the laundry room after painting.

5Guest Bath

The guest bath got a new color too (SW Cay).  The blue makes the copper glass top on the vanity stand out beautifully.  We needed new hardware in here so chose black ringed with copper, repeating the sink color.

 Bytes Office

Bytes office was painted SW Bubble to reflect as much light as possible.  Yes, the top of his computer monitor is the same height as the closet door.   The monitor is enormous and sets on a standing desk.  Definitely dominates the room!

8 Pantry After

We painted the walk-in pantry at the last minute.  It was a huge job, but finishing it meant all the rooms were freshly painted.  Bytes sprayed the walls, which saved a ton of time.  The walls are SW Biscuit and the shelves are SW Interactive Cream.  (Appropriate for the pantry — biscuits and cream!)    The ceiling paint is indeed yellow — Sherwin Williams Friendly Yellow to be exact!  Just for fun.  It looks like a bit of sunshine peeking through the transom above the pantry door.

9Back Door

We’re done with the big jobs.  But there is more to come. . . this shiny, yellow, shiny, metal painted to look like oak, shiny door in the foyer/mudroom is just begging to fit in with the new blue (SW Topsail)  walls.  Did I mention it is shiny?  Really shiny.  Not that it bugs me or anything.  Really, really shiny!

  New Home updates:  Changing colors      Solar tubes    Painting Progress     Home Update Week 7    Home Update Week 11    Week 19 Painter’s Progress   New Home Update Week 22  

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New Home Update: Week 11

The new demilune table in the hallway

The new demilune table in the hallway

New Home updates:  Changing colors      Solar tubes    Painting Progress     Home Update Week 7    Home Update Week 11    Week 19 Painter’s Progress   New Home Update Week 22  

There have been a number of pictures tested here in the front hallway– just to see if they “sing”.   This one has lasted the longest.    The colors are very intense, but remind us of a particular wooded path we liked to walk in the Ohio fall.  Maybe it’s the piece for this spot — maybe not.  The house hasn’t “sung”  yet — just nodded. :-)    Choirs sang when we added the demilune table, though! (Love that word – French for half moon!)   It was our first purchase from Wayfair.   As soon as we saw the picture on line, we both said “perfect” and it is.

 Grandfather Clock in front foyer - A Pinch of Joy The grandfather clock was cramped everywhere else we put it.  Here it has breathing room!  And solves a longstanding border war.  Wheels and I like to hear it chime.  Bytes complains because the longest chime comes  at the climax of tv mysteries and drowns out THE crucial bit of information.  We turn it on.  He turns it off.  But here . . . it chimes away keeping us aware of the passing time but not obscuring other sounds.    The wall color is SW Interactive Cream and exactly matches the light tone of the strongly patterned tile. The front door has a Craftsman vibe from the Thirties which I find interesting.  Not sure what to put between the clock and the door.  A picture?  A small coat rack? A bench?  Nothing?

Upper Hallway Wall Art

I admired the wall art that was hanging in the stairway niche when we looked at the house and the way it fit the space so well.  The previous owners graciously brought it over a few weeks after we all moved so that we could return it to its assigned space.  Thank you!!!

We finished painting the niche SW Biscuit and Bytes popped the metal and wood decor into place.  We still have a bit of the old terra cotta color at the ceiling, but it is narrowing!  We used a long extension handle on the roller to paint that wall from the hall floor.  The last roller was quite small and allowed us to make an even demarcation closer to the ceiling.  Do you think we can pass it off as an intentional design element now?   That wall color is SW Popular Gray, a warm yellow based gray that also ties in with the tiles.

 Stairway To Basement

The stair railing was lost, found and put back in place.  We update the electrical switches as we go along, from flippers (toggle switches) to rockers.  One stairway wall is Interactive Cream, the other is Popular Gray.  The stairway curves.  It’s interesting to look at the backside of the stairway from the basement storeroom and see how they achieved the curve by kerfing the 8×2 inch wood frames.  Kerfing involves making cuts close together and partway through the wood.  This allows the wood to curve evenly and hold its shape when fastened into place.

5Walls before The before color of the media space and the game room in the basement.  By the way, this is NOT the correct way to test colors.  Somebody ^looks evasive^ was “cleaning” the sample testing brush on the wall.

New Basement Wall This is the new wall color –SW Lazy Gray.  It makes the space luminous with its blue base —- so much brighter!!!  We sprayed the paint — oh! so much faster!  Started on Saturday and completed the huge space just before guests arrived the day before Thanksgiving.  Nothing says “welcome” like the smell of fresh paint!     You may remember the picture as the poster we framed in the Ohio house.

7Bringing Family Home Now it is becoming more like home with some family photos in place . . . .

8Thanksgiving Day We added the smell of burnt butter to the smell of new paint to make our Thanksgiving guests feel REALLY welcome!   The movers seem to have lost a large number of boxes from our move, including the one that includes the jelly roll pan.  When I made Cinnamon Cream Cheese Open  Danish for Thanksgiving Breakfast I used a flat cookie sheet, crimping the edges of the dough to hold in the melted butter.  You guessed it.   Melted butter all over the oven.  Smoke rolling throughout the house.  Thick and smelly smoke!    Finally I remembered Mom’s remedy — pour salt on the smoke producing “stuff” on the oven bottom.  The smoke quit.  Eventually.  Bytes and my sister Vee literally vacuumed the oven so we could use it to cook Thanksgiving dinner!  Which was delicious!

9Christmas tree

It’s our tradition to decorate the Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving.  We know the Christmas tree has to be in the storage unit two hours from here.  (You probably remember that we had such a hard time finding a house here that we just put things into a storage unit that was kind of central to cities where we “might” live.)  What to do?  Wheels suggested we decorate one of the three evergreens in the backyard and that would be our tree this year.  So that’s what we did!  Creating new things in new ways in new spaces.  Very appropriate!  (However, we hope we don’t have to create many more works of art with bare hands in a freezing snow!!)


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