Tuesday, July 23, 2013

mid-july ~ what's new and exciting...

We've been taking a break from painting the cabinet doors.  We've really got to get back to it since there are 27 doors and the island still to paint.

We've been washing things and putting them back in the cupboards.  It's nice to finally have a bit of a working kitchen again.  Still no sink.

So other than that we've been really taking it kinda (too) easy.  We had a new roof put on at the house on Riverside.  Plus the tenants said that the furnace seized up, so we had to get that looked at and fixed.  At the Breezeway condo, there was an issue with the water line going into the fridge and at that same time, we finally met up with the guy to pay him for the new AC condenser.

So to this point this year, we've spent $6000 on the house on Riverside and $6200 on the condo on Breezeway for improvements.  This does not include the money we had to spend on Riverside in order to get it rented again after our last tenant decided to skip town.  At this point, we've pretty much broke even on Riverside and we are losing money on the condo...hopefully next year we'll make some money.

Another thing that has happened is that we had our first guests for our Airbnb.  They were a very nice couple - early retirees on a trip across the country (from Colorado to Ontario Canada).  It was nice to host them and Jerome made a lovely breakfast on Sunday morning where we finally sat with them and chit-chatted.  They have invited us to stay with them at their place in Tarpon Springs, Florida.  We just might take them up on that as we will be heading to Florida for Thanksgiving this year.  As far as Airbnb, we've had a lot of inquiries but up until this time we were turning them away because of the mess with the kitchen remodel.  Now we can really start hosting.  And pretty much as soon as our first guests were gone, we received another inquiry for the end of August.  That should work.

My oldest sister came for a short visit this past weekend.  She's the one that always asks me what's new and exciting.  She got to see first hand and she claims to like it.  I have not completely learned if I can believe what she says or if she was just being nice.  I am the baby of the family and while having a conversation during this trip, my sister mentioned how I seem to express my views / speak my mind a lot more now, when I used to be so easy going when I was younger....Yeah, I'm 47 - they just aren't used to the baby having an opinion AND expressing it.  What can I say?  It's new to me too.

While she was here, we brought my mom (actually, it was my mom's idea) to Harsens Island for lunch.  You have to take a small car ferry over to the island and then you can drive everywhere.  We ate at Sans Souci Bar.  We had a beautiful view of the South Channel.  Sans Souci means Carefree or without care - and yeah, I guess I felt a bit that way on that day.  Hakuna Matata!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

beginning of july ~ what's new and exciting?...

We finished painting the espresso doors and drawers and they are busy "curing" in one of our extra bedrooms.

Now, on to the uppers!

One of the most time consuming, frustrating and tedious things to do for this project is all the prepping with paper.  On the ceiling, on the walls and protecting the inside of the cabinets.  So.Much.Work!

...but I guess it's worth it so that you don't get all that paint everywhere.

We finished painting all the white cabinets (other than the peninsula, its shelves and ALL of the doors ~ there are sixteen doors to the wall of cabinets alone ~ and an additional eleven doors to the other cabinets!).

LOVE the contrast and it worked so well!

We felt confident enough that the rest of the work would be moved to the garage that we painted the ceiling and crown molding, cleared away all the paper from everything, including the floor.

Washed out the cupboards and will start refilling them, even though we won't have the doors for awhile.  Just need to start to feel like we have a workable home again.

The medium brown peninsula will be brought out to the garage to get painted...but for now (because was are expecting company), it will stay where it is and we will bring back the old (PINK!) counters so that we will at least have a surface to put things on.

Had the counter-top measured and ordered.  Had the appliances delivered.  Counter-top guy took our sink with him, so we will be without plumbing for another 3 weeks.

We are pretty pleased with how it's looking so far.  Happy to NOT have soffits any longer.  Happy to have a different color scheme (espresso, cream & gray instead of medium brown, PINK, white and black).  As Jerome pointed out, we went from a room that was the color of our cat Sparky to a room that is the color of our cat Smokey! :)  Happy to have new appliances (that match ~ first time ever!).

The list of things that still need to be done:
  • put another coat on the ceiling (which means we need to cover everything again...boooo)
  • paint walls that will be exposed (not covered in back splash tile)
  • wipe the tops of the cupboards (over spray)
  • restock the cupboards
  • install lights
  • connect electrical boxes
  • reinstall phone (NEEDED! ~ yes, we still have a land-line) 
  • install cabinet hardware
  • install cupboard doors and drawers that are done (espresso)
  • respray a couple of the espresso doors (didn't get enough clear coat or had a drip or two)
  • install all 4 lazy Susan's (corner cabinets)
  • install and paint moldings (around windows and doors)
  • paint windows and frames leading outside
  • install window sills
  • paint peninsula & shelves
  • paint cupboard doors (cream)
  • paint 1/4 round toe moldings (and any other little item we missed)
  • have counter-top installed (we get to wait 3 weeks)
  • install dishwasher, sink, faucet, filter, garbage disposal
  • install back splash
  • decorate!