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Just Add Support

Our brand new bathroom counter cracked. I heard it from the kitchen and came running. My husband was leaning against the side of the counter while installing the hand-towel holder and it gave out.
new sink cracked

How did this happen? Can you see the gap between the counter and the wooden cabinet? That’s the problem right there. There’s no support. The store exchanged the broken bits for a whole and we started over. This time my husband cut some wood and glued/nailed it to the inside of the vanity.  It was a design flaw. The sink needed more support.
sink design flawWe all need extra support sometimes. My quilting buddies are helping me with these place mats. They’re cool, huh? The conversation’s ranged from confidence to marketing with many ideas that are new to me. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

set of 6 bright crumbs placemats
Our bathroom looks much better now. The counter cracking was a bummer but I’m glad it happened when it did. We got it exchanged and added supports and can be confident it’s sturdy as well as pretty. bathroom before after
It’s kitty approved. 🙂

Velcro on sink

 

 

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Window to my Art

Soon I’ll have an art studio! Hubby and I installed a new window today. Yup, all by ourselves. 🙂

Milo hides

Our cat Milo didn’t approve. His hiding spot is under the covers. (I see you!) He’s not going to be happy tomorrow when we replace the bedroom window. The kitties will be locked out of the bedroom while there’s a gigantic hole in the wall.

Milo hears a noise

My husband started the job by unscrewing the window and removing the frame and track. We set those aside to deal with after the installation.

Out with the old windowWe discovered that he’s much better with the caulking gun than I am. So my job was to squish the silicone into the holes and smooth it out.Caulking to seal
The window easily slid into its space. I pushed from the outside and Jeff screwed the frame into the wall from inside. It’s a nice tight fit. The window on the left in the photo below is the old style. How much nicer does this one look?! All of the windows in the house will be replaced. First one’s done!
new window vs old
Clean-up was fun. It’s not everyday you get to smash a window! We hammered the glass out, swept it up, and put it in the bin for recycling. The metal track and frames were sawed smaller and recycled too.
smashing old window

 

I’m excited to see things progressing! The studio will be ready for me soon. We’re going to put bamboo flooring in. The closet doors need to be put back up (we took ’em down to paint) and then… and then… and then… well, I guess there’s nothing left to do but move in!

 

 

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And The Walls Came a Tumbling Down

My husband and I have been looking forward to this for a long time: the day we take down two walls and turn the living room into a great room. He’s been hard at work running electrical, working in the attic, and doing all the other small tasks that have to happen before you can do the major tear-down.

Then, this weekend we did it! Those walls came down, one side at a time. There are spots in the photos because this sure did kick up a lot of dust. Okay, first photo. By this time Jeff had scraped the popcorn ceiling down and gotten most of the inside-the-bedroom insulation ripped off. We put the chunks of insulation straight into the rolling garbage bin and hit them with hammers to break them into smaller pieces. Most of the inside drywall fit into the trash that way. You can also see the plastic sheeting covering the doorway on the left in this photo. We did as much as we could with that up to keep the dust contained.

inside drywall down

Jeff cut the drywall next to each wooden stud, and then cut the stud from the ceiling and floor. That way we had nice, long, pieces to remove. This was helpful in reducing the mess. Plus, we’d already filled the trash cans. These sections are in the backyard waiting for next week’s pickup. half drywall
Do you see the sections? One of the walls is gone. Now you can see the door to the garage, which we also installed.

Short Wall goneAnd from that door, you can see what used to be a long hallway and hall bathroom. The bathroom isn’t in the hall so much anymore. 🙂
No more hallway
Here’s the view from my desk. I’m blogging, facebooking, Pinteresting, and sewing from the living room great room. Both of those walls are down, modernizing this house and giving lots more living space. I’ll give you some shots of the whole large room later. Right now we still have all the furniture squished into what used to be all of our living room. We have some drywall patching to do, painting, flooring, etc still. But look at all this S P A C E! walls gone

 

Of course, it’s not officially a Great Room until the quilts are hung. 🙂