Sunday, April 21, 2013

Reveal V 1.0

Whew. Three weeks into our home re-do, I officially feel sorry for  house flippers. Why the rush, who knows.

The kitchen and dining room are at 95% completion lacking only a bit more decor. Our theme--"Go Bold or Grow Old".





The wall color is Valspar's "Tidal Teal". Or what I call "Cancun On A Budget". The time killer--every door/window trim and base board was brown and the ceiling required 3 coats of white paint sans popcorn.

Here is the link for you DIY'ers for the farm table. This thing was so easy it did not make "Carpentry for Dummies", more like "Lumber for the Dumber". If I can make one and still count ten fingers, anyone can do it. Simple yes, but still about 8 hours of labor.

Only a few alterations we made: 1) White-washed it, essentially rubbing white paint on it with a rag to give it a rustic appearancce and then topped with 3 coats of PolyCrylic. 2) Legs are 4x4s rather than suggested 2x4s to give it a more robust look. 3) Length was changed to 7ft. The 8 ft. recommended was big enough to feed Uncle Si and all of his Vietnam veteran friends.

The five chairs found at 3 different garage sales, all originally simple wood. The two on the right await seat cushions, hence the bottom-less photo.

The curtains are from Ikea. What is it with that place--like a NASCAR for shopping carts with no pit area. Oh, and also put it on your "Places To Never Go To On A Sunday" list. The lime green shelf is from Teri's grandma on her mom's side.

In other news:

This is Teri's new car. The manufacturer calls it a Mazda 2 hatchback, I call it a Hybrid--a cross between a metro pickup and a comfortable ATV. I was nervous bringing home four 80 lb. bags of QuikCrete in it. Yes, the used pickup hunt is still on and has reached desperation stage. It's hard to walk home 8 foot sections of lumber that I need for the chicken coop.

Our house has a walking score of 100%. (Teri is in to teal. I kid.)
  •             Hardware store: 4 mins 30 secs
  •             El Rancho Mexican Restaurant: 4 mins 30 secs
  •             HEB grocery store: 5 mins
  •             Whataburger: 5 mins 30 secs
  •             Library: 9 mins (for Teri, I don't read anything printed on paper) 

 The RV has yet to sell. Arrgghh.

The Vector in Flip Flop Vector is alive and well. Totally enjoyed volunteering for two days last weekend at the Bluebonnet Festival Airshow in our hometown with a B17 the star of the show.

Next reveal: Living Room.It's about 80% complete. Til next time...oh, and the new King size bed--a dream machine!

Sunday, April 7, 2013


The strangest thing happened a week ago--we slept amidst a rain storm and the house did not shake and the roof did not sound as if it was being assailed by missiles. YUP, we are in our new to us forty year old brickalow! The RV has been relegated to storage at the KOA campground lot and they are consigning it for us as their location is much more central to metro Austin.

The first 7 days has pretty much been nothing but a paintathon. After paying (some things are worth having someone else do) a very fair rate to have half of our home's popcorn ceiling removed, we broke out 5 gallons of white paint to repaint the ceiling as well as cover up the dark wood of the 70s that adorned our base boards, shelves, door and window trim. Thirty hours later, our labor of love, Phase 1, is complete. Now time to splash on the COLOR!

While I have manned the paint brush, Teri spent the majority of the week being Mrs. Clean. Our previous owners were in their mid-80s and bless their hearts, but the only thing they may have kept clean were their Depends. The original kitchen hardware was still in place and Teri finally just gave up trying to de-gunk--off to Amazon's website and 2 days later courtesy of Prime and free shipping, all new knobs and pulls have been  installed. Yes, our first new friends have been the FedEx and UPS delivery drivers.

As we did with the RV, we will have a big reveal moment, or two. Not sure if we will wait til it's all complete or roll it out room by room. Stay tuned.

As to the home's character and quirkiness, I have had many "what were they thinking" moments as I explore our new address. Let's take a tour of  them.

Male visitors, please present your Urinal Marksmanship score card before entering our bathroom.

It's called being resourceful--watering your yard with your washing machine drain line. Honestly, the appliance dude who brought over our machine said "Best durn 'maters you will  ever have if you plant your garden right there". Gotta luv the small town folk. Yes, line burial is on the To Do list.

 Don't you love it when they remove 99% of the tree, but leave behind 1% that represents 99% of the weight. Somewhere on Pinterest I hope they have an idea of what to do with leftover tree trunks.

Spring is in the air bathroom. Hideous.

 and thus Building Codes were born...

Hey, when you get the discounted dishwasher, the whole thing tips forward when you pull it out. The owners put in new Corian style countertops, but did not resecure the 2 brackets that hold it in place. While I will show some rarely seen grace as you don't simply insert screws into solid surface counters, I don't know how they tolerated this huge inconvenience for as long as they did.

If someone has seen the PVC Jolly Green Giant, I do believe we have found his walker.

There you have it, our week in review--sleep, eat, paint. Time to get back to the brush.