Monday, December 10, 2012

Thursday, December 6, 2012



Slate, light grey paint, and that about sums it up...

angled linen closet door to fit space

sneak peek of accent wall in bedroom

little light above stairwell

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Monday, November 19, 2012

second storie

Make sure you stop in and check out all the great artists at this event. Also, bring your appetite because the food will be amazing! 

Saturday, November 17, 2012


Just jump in. Stop thinking about everything that might hold you back and go for it. All of the lists and plans that you're making might be keeping you from actually making the work - don't use them as an excuse to start. Don't be afraid of failure. You'll learn the most that way even though it's scary. And make friends with people who are also makers. They'll push you when you need it, they understand what you're going through, and they can give you advice that really resonates.

Rachael, Pistachio Press

Thursday, November 8, 2012

drywall, tape and primer

This lasted almost two weeks. There are many angles that had to be cut just right and then filled in due to the old work and nature of a settled 60 year old home. Tape, mud and sand. And when they were done, mud and sand a few more times. The walls look great and we wanted to move up there right away.

Jen's closet (bigger than it looks) has 9' high wall on the left




my walk-in closet on the right (doors will be painted)

Thursday, November 1, 2012

electric and insulation

This rounded out the end of week two. Two can lights, 4 eyeball lights, an exhaust fan/light, electric heat, and numerous outlets and switches. I could not believe the amount of wire running through the walls and ceiling. Reason number 2 for throwing in the towel.

recessed can lights

movable eyeball lights over bed

to many wires for me to deal with

eyeball lights over vanity and exhaust fan/light combo


forced air for heat and a/c

Wednesday, October 31, 2012


This is also part of the reason I gave in to a contractor, I would not have a f@*$ing clue how to do this.

opened up the floor to lay in the main drain pipe

vanity sink drain and hot and cold lines

shower pan and hot and cold lines

shower vent inside wall

had to cut old vent/drain pipe to connect new pvc, also run hot and cold lines through wall into basement

spare bedroom wall fell victim to the new drain/vent operation

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

More studs

The contractors first day of work.
doorway into new bathroom

decided to raise entire ceiling to 9 feet

closet in bathroom, toilet will be located on the right of angled door

stand up shower, 46 inches wide

48 inch vanity will be located in front of new studs

california dreamin'

Monday, October 29, 2012


The attic is finished. Yes, finally. I remember writing about it a few times. Maybe a few images here and there. I had high hopes of doing it myself. I even wrote that I would finish in a month. Ha! After two years we hired a contractor and they finished in 5 weeks. We love it. I will give a bit of a run down of the project in a few posts, mostly images. The attic was a large open room with shallow ceilings when we moved in. The revamped project now includes a walk in closet, a kind of walk in closet, master bedroom and full bathroom. It is amazing. So here we go.....

Here it is when we first moved in. I thought I had better images than these. If I find them I will post them.

top of stairs looking into room

main area, larger then this image shows

far side of room looking at entrance (stairs), closet at right
The following images are of my work before the contractor.

removed wall to create more depth in the room

removed knee wall/bookshelf to open up space
began placing the studs

going to raise the ceiling in the bathroom to 9 feet

bathroom is coming together

and we have 9 feet
this was as far as I was able to get
I know that was probably confusing. The awful carpet was the first to go also. This project went in spurts for the past two years and that led to the decision to hire a contractor. Be back soon with more.