Project Hallway

Last December, in preparation for putting new color on the hallway walls, I taped and primed the walls.  Many months passed and finally, around Feb or Mar, I did one short wall and one long wall.  Time passed and other things took priority.  Finally, with guests due in less than a week, I decided it was time to paint the other short and long wall.  So that’s what I did.

First I pulled off the painters tape.

Funny what you can get used to! Can you believe this didn’t drive me crazy?

It looked so much better with the tape down, I was tempted not to do anything else!

All the tape was down. It wasn’t as hard as I feared using the heat gun tip I found on Pintrest! Fingers got a bit warm tho. LOL

Finally, after numerous breaks and several cappuccinos, the work was done!

Photo doesn’t do it justice! The paint is Enlightenment by Valspar. The white bit on the right of the photo is the door way to the kitchen. The kitchen is red, trim white and that yellow looks amazing when viewed together!

Now I’ve only got to do the trim work (glossy white), touch up and clean up the drops on the floor.  Wonder how long that will take?


PS – My hallway is really long.  It took nearly a gallon to put 2 coats of paint on the one long wall and the wall where the doorway to the kitchen is!

Failure to communicate

So, October is here.  Which means I’ve been officially retired (the second time) for 3 months and here in Louisiana for about 6 weeks.  And what have I learned?  i’ve learned that retirement is wonderful, home ownership is so much more expensive than I thought, and that I cannot effectively communicate in my own country.

Example 1:  I purchased my pro stove, pro hood, dishwasher and washing machine from a local company.  They recommended an installer to make bring all my appliances to the house and hook them up.  I had to have 220v run for the convection oven, and since I wanted my laundry room moved to where it was originally in the house, 220v run for the washing machine.  The electrician came and fixed the electric for the oven, but told me to have the plumber in first.

It’s a beautiful range and hood – and I love them.  But look closely at the hood.  Notice how it doesn’t vent any where?  That is because the installer doesn’t “do” duct work.  So I still need to figure out who does duct work and have them come complete the job.

Example 2:  Plumber came out and while I thought they’d go under the house and reconnect the hot and cold water and the drain, I was wrong.  They said it would be better to come through where the “new” laundry room was located.  Here’s a professional plumbing job if there ever was one:

That is a hole in the wall in the pantry (previously the laundry room) and while you can’t see it here, behind that big pipe is the bath tub in one of the guest bathrooms.  The bit with the duct tape is my sorry attempt at trying to keep critters out of the house.

Example #3.  The electricians told me that whoever did the previous renovations cut the wires totally in the old laundry room, and this I can believe.  They said they’d run some conduit and I ASSUMED that the conduit would run to the laundry room and that they’d be able to somehow use the old outlets.  I was wrong.

My new extra outlets!

The new dryer outlet.

My new light – and one of my daughter said it looked like art and maybe it’d be fun to have more conduit ran in spokes coming from the light.  Sounds good to me.

I’d hoped to have the walls repainted before my furniture arrives (which is in 2 days so that isn’t happening).  I’ve tried color after color and can’t find anything I like.  The lighting is strange and every color looks like a different shade on each wall.  Here’s what it looks like now:

Wall 1with purples and yellow .  The light colors weren’t working so I thought I’d try dark…

Doesn’t work for me either.

One thing that is going well is that my Dad is installing my new surround sound system.  We have the holes drilled for the center speakers and the rear speakers.  So I have 4 holes in my walls like this one with wire coming out:

We still have to get the wires from the receiver, up through the walls behind the TV to the attic and then across to the holes and then the job will be done.  But it is harder than it sounds.  All of the interior walls are wall board OVER 1″ thick board, which is attached to 2x4s.  To it is slow going, but I am happy knowing the house is so well constructed.  (Note: the more recent renovations like the “new” laundry room are just dry wall attached to 2x4s.)

The older cat has just about had it:

And I’m sure you will all be delighted to hear that Bilbo Baggins didn’t die after all.  He’s alive and well in Bossier City, Louisiana where he opened a sports bar:

Hope this finds you all well and enjoying life!