We have our house back! Woo hoo!
All the work was completed on Friday as promised except for the reinstallation of the sink in the upstairs bathroom. That was completed yesterday because one of the bolts that was connected to one of the original faucets was so corroded that they couldn’t get it off. To make a long story short, one of Jody’s workers who specializes in plumbing took the sink home on Friday night and worked his magic on it there. Now it’s sitting pretty right back where it belongs…but I’ll save those photos for another day.
Today, I’m including some photos of the downstairs area of our house. I’ve spent the last two days cleaning almost non stop and I’m still not finished. We’ve hung a few things but that is going to be a huge job in itself and we’re not going to rush it.
One of the things that I fell in love with when we first looked at our house was the kitchen and the original farm house sink. As long as we own this house, it will always remain a part of it.
Although you can’t see it in this photo, when we’re sitting at our kitchen table, we look out onto the Annapolis Basin which is a part of the Bay of Fundy.
Our house was built in 1835 and the addition which includes the kitchen, pantry and enclosed entrance/porch downstairs and the master bedroom and Mr. Painted Quilt’s office upstairs was added in 1917.
Mac was a real trooper throughout the renovations. After he got his morning hugs from Jody and his crew, he stayed close to our sides the rest of the time. I know it was a very stressful time for him as well…but he did take full advantage of the extra treats. *wink*
I liked the pantry before but I L-O-V-E it now!
I can’t wait to unpack all my ‘treasures’ to display on the shelves.
It’s starting to finally come together. Notice the herring bone pattern where the two sides meet in the corner? Cool, huh? Jody used 2” x 4” clear pine planks which he screwed down onto the existing surface which raised the counter top to a perfect 34” height. People were much shorter when this was originally built.
The sitting room is almost done. I just have to hang some pictures, a grandmother clock and add a few ‘chochkies’. This is where Mac and Mr. PQ hang out in the evenings.
The dining room beyond is also starting to take shape. I have to find my ‘good’ dishes and set them up in the freshly painted china cabinet. This room still remains a ‘catch all’ room for things still looking for a home.
Notice the pile of wrapped pictures and a shelf perched on top of the tea wagon in the corner? We’ll be hanging those in the next little while along with the larger ones that are currently stored in our living room.
And I can’t wait to unpack all my yellowware bowls to display in our pine cupboard.
The downstairs bathroom turned out even better than my wildest expectations.
There is still lots to be added to it as well but it’s now sparkling clean and a pleasure to spend time in. *wink*
Rather than have a linen closet built, we decided to use the sideboard that we already had on hand. The bathroom is quite large and easily accommodates the piece with lots of room to spare.
And last but not least, a part of our living room that abuts the three season enclosed sun porch that spans the front of the original structure. You can just make out the boxes that are still stored out there waiting to be unpacked.
Every square inch of our humble abode has been repainted and looks wonderfully clean and fresh. The floors of my studio and Mr. PQ’s office still have to be painted and that’s what we’ll be concentrating on this week. Once they’re done, we can then move everything that’s now piled and crammed into the spare bedroom back to where it belongs and resume living again.
Having said that, I’m afraid that my FFF (First Friday Freebie) for March will be postponed until April. Not only did I not have the time nor energy to work on it…but I couldn’t find it amidst the ‘rubble’. Please accept my humble apologies ahead of time but I’m sure you understand.
And now…it’s back to dusting.