Disclaimer: we aren't professionals

Thanks for reading our silly little blog! As the disclaimer says, we aren't professionals in either blogging or house stuff, but we try. This is mostly to let our friends and family know what we've destroyed so far in the house. We post irregularly and usually forget to take pictures, so thanks for your patience, and please feel free to comment with your thoughts and suggestions!

Monday, April 4, 2011


aka what's been happening around the house

Here we have the completed tile floor, the new kitchen table and chairs, the mudding of the drywall repairs on that back wall, and oh... yes... a puppeh dohg.

Here is the new rug under the table, along with its bench friend. Clearly we do not clean up before taking pictures. =P

I forgot to mention in the last post that I started priming the back bedroom. This is so that the following sequence of events can take place:
room painted --> floor refinished --> stuff moved out of master bedroom --> master bedroom repainted --> master bedroom has bed put in it and becomes a bedroom instead of a storage room

More priming. Bye bye section of new drywall! Thank you for replacing the rotted stuff!

Ok so change tracks now to the kitchen. I had decided that this weekend I would start the backsplash tile. It was pretty easy because the sheet was conveniently the perfect size to fit between the laminate countertop and the bottom of the cabinet. Anyway, that meant all I had to do was cut out the holes for the outlets. 

And lay it out roughly. 

And then slap some mortar on the wall and stick up some tiles! I started in the very back corner where it wouldn't show as easily if I messed up.

Here I've tiled behind the stove too, down to the level of the top of the cabinets. If someone has a flat range someday, there will be plenty of tile on the wall. 

Here's the finished corner (except for grout and stuff). I had to cut down some tiles for where the corner meets, but I just used my handy glass tile nippers and then scooted the rough edges underneath the smooth ones on the other wall. We also went up a little on the sides of the window, so that it's 18" of tile. I think it makes the whole corner look like there is more tile than there is. Like, you would look at it and say "oh, there are 5 more inches of tile behind the wall cabinets!". Or... not. 

So here's how it will look, except imagine some grout in there. I think white will be fine; it's not like a shower where it will get all mildewy. That exposed wire there is for the under-cabinet lighting that Chris can finally install once the tile is finished! 

Here's a view of my gorgeous expanse of countertop. I can't wait until my cherry-red stand mixer is sitting where the knife block is, and I can roll out cookie or pie dough on my butcher block kitchen table. I'm keeping my eye on the prize! Which is Chris, of course, except I am also looking forward to using that kitchen. <3

Speaking of Chris, I thought this was cute. Jezza was all like "phew, I'm tired! but if you open this door, I'll go play some more!" and Chris is all like "omigosh she's actually laying still". Please note behind him the finished glass cabinet doors. I kind of like them unfrosted, actually. Maybe I'll get some fun wallpaper to put on the back wall to make it more interesting. I might also find a new home for all of those pint glasses on the top shelf, too. We have a lot. 

And so that is my photo update for now! I have some pics of the bathroom too, but I'll let Chris narrate those. 

Quick update

This is kind of a summary of the last two weeks, as I am aware.

Chris has been busy continuing work under the house on the HVAC system, and cutting down annoying little trees in his free time. We have quite a wood pile going, and he's burned the brush a few times too. There's a cool pic of him and Jezza in front of one fire that is pretty cute.

I ordered a bunch of stuff online and it finally arrived! I also got some stuff at Ikea.
- We bought a rug for under the dining room table (this one, 5'5"x7'7" in medium brown)
- I got a leather storage bench from Overstock. It's actually REAL leather (not bonded or bicast or any of the other fake ones, sorry PETA). It's huge, and is a great seat for the table. This way we'll get 4 dining room chairs and have a bench keeping it open near the front door. We can sit on it to take off shoes or whatever, and store shoes, hats, gloves, blankets, etc. inside.
- Also from Overstock, I ordered these steel chairs for the kitchen table. They're knockoffs of the Emeco Navy chair, which is > $400 a chair. Ummmm no thanks. These came out to about $70 a chair, which is still expensive, but they are super-sturdy and should last a long time. In the pictures that I'll try to post tonight, you'll see there are only 3. Two of the plastic foot inserts on the 4th chair were broken, but Overstock was good about getting replacements. Then we'll get soft rubber stick-on feet for them too, just to make sure there are no scrapes.
-Finally, the chairs will go around this Ikea table that we are still planning to put a butcher block top on. First, we need a router and a Kreg jig. That will allow us to cut out the top from one of Ikea's countertops ($59, sweet!) and fasten the two semi-circles together from below using pocket-holes. Then we'll just bolt the new tabletop onto the base! (I hope it's actually that easy)

Also this past weekend, I started tiling the backsplash in the kitchen. I have 3 sheets left to put up, but I ran out of mortar. I'll post pictures of the progress so far later (I have them, they're just on my laptop, and I'm currently on my work computer).

And speaking of work, I should really go study because quals are this Friday. Commence freaking out. Jk, I'm in a good mental state. And then, finally, I will be able to focus on the house (and um wedding planning too?) a lot more instead of having this exam nightmare hanging over my head.